MVWSD’s Food and Nutrition Services, in partnership with Living Classroom, recently earned a “Grow” honorable mention Golden Seed award from the California Farm to School Network (CFSN) for doing excellent ‘farm to school’ work.
The award recognizes the District’s partnership with Living Classrooms on the “Farm to Lunch” program that combines the hands-on experience of growing food with the health benefits of better eating. Students from the Beyond the Bell after school program plant vegetables in more than 20 raised planter beds across several MVWSD schools, including Crittenden and Theuerkauf. The District also gets a delivery every Friday from a local farmer who is a member of Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF). This local- and school-grown produce is featured in tasty dishes several times a month on menus at all schools.
“This work enhances the health and the nutritional knowledge of our children, allowing them to make good choices in life,” said District Food Services Director Debbie Austin.
“The award recognizes both the amazing transformation of Food and Nutrition Services to fresh and locally sourced food and the great partnership with the Living Classroom ‘Farm to Lunch’ program,” said Vicki Moore, Living Classroom Education Director.
The Golden Seed Awards recognize farm to school champions and foster recognition of California schools and districts that are beginning to grow their farm to school programs. Applicants were evaluated on their unique and innovative programs as well as their contributions to the three pillars of farm to school: procurement, education and gardens.
CFSN is a project of CAFF, a California nonprofit organization that builds sustainable food and farming systems through policy advocacy and on-the-ground programs. CFSN honored winners across 11 regions and three award categories, including Sow, Grow and Harvest. In addition, nearly 20 schools and districts were recognized with honorable mentions.
For more information about CAFF and its Farm to School program, please visit: http://www.caff.org/.