Farm to Cafeteria Canada News
September 2018, Issue 9

Local Food on the Public Plate:

Pan Canadian News

Farm to School Month is Here! #DigInCanada

This year marks the 5th Annual Farm to School Month in Canada! We invite you to join us as we celebrate and strive to make this be the biggest, most successful campaign yet.

Farm to School Month provides an opportunity to engage and connect pre-school, school (K-12) and campus communities to showcase the diverse farm and local food to school initiatives across the country, while inspiring others to join the movement. Most importantly, participation in Farm to School Month activities helps to raise the profile of these efforts and garner increased support to put more healthy, local food on the minds and plates of students across Canada.

You can show your support and be part of Canada’s Farm to School Month story by participating in the social media campaign #DigInCanada anytime during the month of October. Register, share a photo and let us know what inspires you about farm and local food to school activities. Anyone can participate, and schools will be entered to win one of THREE $1,500 grants, courtesy of our partners at Whole Kids Foundation. More

NEWS! On the 2019 National Farm to School Conference

In the spring we shared that Farm to Cafeteria Canada will be hosting a National Farm to School Conference in beautiful Victoria, BC in May 2019. We’re pleased to be working with our BC provincial partners, the Public Health Association of BC, who is leading our local conference planning team.

This conference will build on the success of the Changing the Menu National School Food Conference (2015), and is designed to celebrate, link and advance activity to put more healthy, local and sustainable foods on the minds and plates of students across Canada – and beyond.

We’re now excited to share with you the following updates! MORE

Local Food on the Public Plate:

Regional News

Salad Bar Grant Recipients Share F2S’s Impact in Ontario

Nobel Public School

A number of schools across Ontario are entering the third year of their Farm to School Salad Bar Grants, and the Farm to Cafeteria Canada (F2CC) blog has been blooming with their 2018 stories and updates, touching on everything from food literacy and local food procurement, to student nutrition, sustainability education and more.  More

Announcing the F2CC RL for Prince Edward Island!

Prince Edward Island (PEI) may be Canada’s smallest province, but that doesn’t mean it lacks for enthusiasm for putting more healthy, local and sustainable food in its institutions.
In particular, Farm to School activities are burgeoning in the province and, as a result we’re thrilled to announce the appointment of F2CC's brand new Regional Lead (RL), Morgan Palmer. More

Farm to Campus Initiative at University of Victoria Looks to Bring ‘Good Food’ to Campus

Jess Schellenberg is a student at the University of Victoria, where she is completing a double major in Environmental Studies and Political Science, with a minor in Education. Even with a full course load on her plate, she still finds the time to lead the Meal Exchange chapter on campus, which for the past year has focused on making farm to school connections to bring more local foods to campus. More

Fresh Ideas in Farm to School: Summer Salad Bars at the Farmers’ Market in New Denver BC

Salad bars…in the summer?! Yes please! 

Inspired by the Farm to School (F2S) salad bar, the Healthy Community Society of the North Slocan Valley (HCS) created a healthy and innovative pilot project this summer. Read about how one BC Farm to School program spurred a community partnership to become integrated into their local Farmer’s Market.  More

Making healthy, local choices easy and accessible in Newfoundland & Labrador

Food First NL announces a new position "Institutional Food Programs Coordinator" to advance its mission to make healthy, local food accessible in public spaces such as schools, hospitals and universities. One of the first projects for new hire Suzanne Hawkins? Undertaking a consultation and review process to collect recommendations for updating the province's School Food guidelines.  More

Enhanced New Brunswick school nutrition policy calls for more healthy, local food in schools!

On June 13, 2018, New Brunswick’s Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) released its newly enhanced public school nutrition policy (Policy 711) to ensure all New Brunswick students have access to healthier foods and moreover, creating healthier school food environments in all New Brunswick public schools. More

NEW Faces at The National Table

Left to Right: Nicole Norris, National Good Food Campus Lead, Meal Exchange; Morgan Palmer, Lead for Prince Edward Island; Micheline Turnau, Leadership Council

We at F2CC feel privileged to work with such creative and dedicated people from across Canada who work hard to put more local, healthy food into the minds and onto the plates of students! We're excited to have recently welcomed some new faces to our team. Meet the Regional Leads in your area and members of our Leadership Council by visiting our website. 

Put Your School on the Map!

Did you know that by registering your school on our School Food Map you're raising awareness about Farm to School activity happening across Canada? This gets the attention of key decision makers and funders alike, helping to grow support for the the Farm to School movement across Canada! Join the more than 1100 Canadian schools already registered, and sign-up today!

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