Other Farm-to-School Programs
Farm to School and School Garden Video Links & Webinars
School Gardens Grow Heathy Kids, A two minute video featuring JCF2S students working in their school garden.
Lunch Bites, 20 minute webinars hosted by the National Farm to School Network. Sign up for one now!
Stepping Up to the Plate, by Candice Cosler: A 35 minute film highlighting successful farm to school programs in Washington.
Nationwide over 9,000 (and growing!) Farm-to-School Programs are working to bring fresh local food to schools. Some of them are in Washington State. (National Farm to School Network)
Rethinking School Lunch Guide (Source: Center for Eco Literacy)
Bringing Local Food to Local Institutions: A Resource Guide for Farm-to-School and Farm-to-Institution Programs (Source: National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service)
How Various Farm-to-School Programs Got Their Start (Source: Seattle PI)
Cooking with California Foods in K-12 Schools (Source: Center for Ecoliteracy)
Wellness & Nutrition Policies
After nearly a year of deliberation by the Wellness Committee, in Nov. 2011 the School Board passed an new Wellness Policy which provides guidelines for nutrition & physical fitness. Port Townsend School District Wellness Policy (Board Policy 6700) (pdf)
The 2011 Port Townsend School District Wellness Policy includes guidelines laid out in the Healthier US School Challenge (pdf)
Links to Nutrition/Wellness Policies for Washington State Schools (Source: Coordinated School Health in Washington State)
The Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria Program
On February 8, 2011, an article appeared in The Daily Meal online magazine featuring 10 of America’s best school lunch programs – Orcas Island is one of them!! The Huffington Post online magazine also picked up the story. View slide show and article
Helping students learn about nutrition, food differences, how to eat proper foods for healthy bodies, see how food is grown, visit farms and meet farmers, learn to cook…these are all aspects of an effective Farm to Cafeteria Program. They are the aspects we are binding together and disseminating through our classrooms, the school garden, the school cafeteria, the community and the farms.
Our mission is to create and implement a strong Farm-to-Cafeteria Program incorporating local organic food sources, the community and the public school classrooms and cafeteria; and maintaining a solid base upon which the Orcas Island Farm-to-Cafeteria Program may continue to grow, prosper and provide good health and nutritional knowledge to our youth. Read more about The Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria Program.
FEAST Farm Education & Sustainability for Teens is a program on Orcas Island which offers classes for teens ranging from bee-keeping and food preservation to bio-dynamic farming practices.
Whatcom Farm-to-School (F2S)
The majority of public and independent schools in Whatcom County now purchase small, very limited quantities of local produce, and most schools are wishing that they could do more. In 2009, the Whatcom Community Foundation’s Sustainable Whatcom Fund Committee launched a farm-to-school initiative in Whatcom County. From this initiative, an Action Plan was developed and the Whatcom Farm-to-School Support Team was formed. The Sustainable Whatcom Fund Committee granted a total of $66,490 in November 2009 and February 2010 for pilot projects that would help expand the use of locally grown foods in school meal and snack programs. Fourteen pilot projects were funded to date. These include seven public schools, six independent schools, and one non-profit local food distributor. Read more about Whatcom Farm-to-School.
The Olympia School District’s Organic Choices Program
The Olympia School District piloted an Organic Choices salad bar at Lincoln Elementary School in October 2002. The pilot program was started when Vanessa Ruddy, a concerned parent from Lincoln Elementary School approached Child Nutrition Supervisor Paul Flock about the quality of school lunches. Meetings were arranged between Ruddy, Flock, other parents, teachers, community members, and Lincoln’s principal and a plan and goals for the program were created. Read more about Olympia’s Organic Choices Program. (Source: Washington Farm to School Programs)
Olympia district’s farm-to-school program a role model (Source: Seattle PI)
Olympia School District Nutrition Policy (PDF Download)
Lopez Island Farm Education (LIFE) Farm to School Program
The Lopez Island Farm Education (LIFE) Farm to School program, funded by the school district and local donations, supports a large organic garden and orchard on the school?s campus. There are six raised beds, a twelve-tree orchard, and three forty-eight-foot long hoop houses that provide greens year-round for students. The Lopez Island Farm Education (LIFE) Farm to School program was initiated in 2001 by local farmers from the S&S Homestead Farm, who wanted to grow greens for the public K-12 Lopez School. The S&S Homestead Farm is an organic demonstration farm for the Washington State University Center for Sustaining Agriculture. Read more about Lopez’s LIFE Program. (Source: Washington Farm to School Programs)
Auburn School District Garden to Cafeteria Program
The Auburn School District began partnering with local farmers in 2006. The district receives fresh fruits and vegetables in a central warehouse and distributes to all 21 schools for use in the school breakfast, lunch and summer food service programs. Much of the produce is organic. The district advertises for certain products in the spring to contract with local farmers for the following school year (potatoes, whole carrots with their tops on and apples). The cooks in our school district are focused on preparing whole, fresh natural foods for students (we still serve processed foods – but our menus reflect their dedication to utilizing fresh local produce and introducing new homemade unprocessed entrees). Read more about Auburn School District Garden to Cafeteria Program. (Source: Washington Farm to School Programs)