Farm to School is Taking Root and Scaling Up!
Taking Root, the 5th Annual Farm to Cafeteria Conference is kicking off on Monday in Detroit, Michigan.
Besides amazing workshops and presenters and networking opportunities:
1) USDA Deputy Kathleen Merrigan (2010 TIME 100) is keynoting on Wednesday.
2) LunchLine premiers at movie night along with Grown in Detroit
3) We don’t just talk, we build. The conference closes with a community service project of building school gardens in Detroit.
With the expertise present at this conference, you can learn more in three days than months of conference calls and emails.
Hope to see you there!
But if you can’t make it to the conference, or you need something to read on the plane……check out the great new publication from the Community Food Security Coalition that highlights some of UEPI’s farm to school work:
Delivering More: Scaling Up Farm to School Programs
by Kristen Markley, Marion Kalb, and Loren Gustafson April 2010, 45 pages
How can farm to school programs reach more students and more schools? This booklet looks at CFSC’s work with four farm to school programs seeking to answer this question through strategic planning related to distribution capacity. Beginning in 2007, CFSC worked with City Harvest (NYC), Farm to Table (NM), Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (NC), and the Center for Food & Justice (CA) on strategic planning related to distribution capacity. This booklet profiles each program’s planning efforts, describes the related work of the Farm to School Distribution Learning Community, and explores the implications of the results. The project was funded by grants from The UPS Foundation and the Compton Foundation.