Farm to School is Sizzling this July

Regional Farm to School Meetings 

Tuesday July 14 - Alexandria, LA

Foodapalooza: Farm to School Edition |  9am - 3:30pm

 Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center | 1202 3rd Street Alexandria, LA


In a twist on the traditional Foodapalooza in Central Louisiana, this summer the LSU AgCenter and CLEDA are coming together to bring you Foodapalooza: the Farm to School Edition! Register online at  https://lafarmtoschoolfoodapalooza.eventbrite.com The day is jam packed with exciting activities to help build momentum in farm to school.  The event will serve as a regional (North, Central, and Southwest LA) follow-up to Louisiana’s first-ever statewide Farm to School conference held in May. You did not need to attend the state meeting to attend this event.


This event is your chance to learn how you can help schools include more healthy and local food in their cafeterias and classrooms. The day will kick off with a keynote presentation from the Indian Springs Farmers Association, where you will learn how a small group of farmers in rural Mississippi banded together to sell directly to rural school systems in Mississippi and Louisiana.
The keynote presentation will be followed by a regional farm to school resources tour, which will include stops at farms, youth gardens, theFood Bank of Central Louisiana’s Nutrition on Wheels (N.O.W.) Truck, and the new Alexandria Farmers Market. Free tour transportation will be provided by the city of Alexandria’s historic trollies! Following the event, there will be a happy hour networking session. 


Whether you are a teacher, school administrator, nutritionist or health advocate, a farmer, wholesaler/distributor, parent, student, or consider yourself a local food advocate, the 2015 Foodapalooza: Farm to School Edition is the summer event for you! Visit www.freshcentral.org for more information. If you have specific questions, call (318) 441-3424 or email jdean@cenla.org. 
 

 

Thursday, July 16 - New Orleans, LA

Southeast Farm to School Regional Meeting | 9:00 am - 3:30 pm 

Langston Hughes Academy | 3519 Trafalgar St, New Orleans LA, 70119

The Edible Schoolyard NOLA, in partnership with the LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Farm to School Alliance is hosting the second of two regional farm to school meetings in follow-up to May's statewide farm to school conference. The meeting will include farm to school workshops coordinated by regional partners in the three core areas of farm to school (procurement, gardening, education) to facilitate planning and support programming needs for farm to school practitioners in the region. The workshops will be led by members from the Edible Schoolyard Nola, KIPP New Orleans Schools, USDA Farm to School team, Austin Sustainable Food Center, Louisiana Farm to School Alliance and LSU AgCenter. Lunch for the day will be provided by Liberty's Kitchen, a a social enterprise dedicated to transforming the lives of vulnerable New Orleans youth that provides a path to bright and healthy futures through employability and life skills training and by providing freshly prepared, nutritious meals to school children. The afternoon meeting will bring together all attendees for a regional goal setting and vision planning time which will end with a tour of the Dreamkeeper garden at Langston Hughes Academy, a Firstline School. Registration is open online via eventbrite and attendees are asked to select one of the three workshops to participate in for the morning meeting. Sign up today! http:bit.ly/laf2smtgse 

Direct meeting questions to kmularz@louisianafarmtoschool.org

POLICY: The time to sign on is NOW

 

The U.S. House has been busy the past month with hearings preparing for the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act, and farm to school has come up as a successful strategy to improve child health and schools’ bottom line again and again and again
 
Now is the time to make sure that your representatives support the Farm to School Act of 2015. We’re expecting committee markup to take place THIS MONTH, which means we need as many Congressmen and women on the bill as possible to ensure that it is included in the first full draft of the Child Nutrition Act. 
 
Consider getting involved in your community: write a letter to the editor, contact us to see if your representative needs to hear from you, or invite your federal and state representatives on a farm to school site visit. Your voice matters and should be heard! 
 
For a refresher on where we are on the road to CNR2015, check out this great timeline infographic developed by our partners at NSAC.

FARM TO PRESCHOOL RESOURCES

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has released via their USDA Farm to School E-Letter a new Farm to Pre-School fact sheet! For more resources on Farm to Pre-School visit the USDA Farm to Pre-School webpage and the National Farm to School Network's, Farm to Pre-School website, www.farmtopreschool.org 

If you are working in the early childcare setting in Louisiana and are interested in farm to preschool, please contact Katie Mularz at kmularz@louisianafarmtoschool,org for more information.