F2S News: August 2011


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Farms, Foraging and Freezing

With the help of some basic equipment and an enthusiastic staff, the Benson and Morris Public Schools are freezing vegetables from local farms to extend the Farm to School “season” into the winter. Students are helping create new recipes and even developing their business skills by making one-on-one contacts with local farmers to find new sources of favorite Farm to School foods. Read More 

Composting Takes Root in Orono

What happens to food that doesn’t get eaten? At the Orono, MN Schools, an innovative composting project is turning food waste into soil. Students then “complete the food cycle” by using that soil in their “Little Acre” garden to grow more food. Help from teachers, parents, community volunteers and Hennepin County make it possible. Read More and Check Out the Video

Growing Food from Grade School to Graduation

When Minnesota schools face major budget challenges, vocational programs are often the first to go. But Ashby High School in West Central Minnesota and its new sustainable agriculture course are a welcome exception. Students are getting a first-hand education in growing and marketing fresh vegetables. Read More

Oregon Approves Groundbreaking Legislation

Oregon’s innovative "Farm to School and School Garden" bill received unanimous support from both the state House and Senate, and will create a pilot program to increase the use of Oregon-grown foods. Read More

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