Upper Valley Farm to School 2017 Mini-Grants!

I am so excited to announce the 2017 mini-grant program at Upper Valley Farm to School! We have funding focused on both Vermont and New Hampshire schools. Start dreaming up your farm-to-school projects – we want to support you!

 

Application deadline – Friday, March 24, 2017HSS - Green team at market 1

Mini-grants are designed to help your school, afterschool program, or school-related wellness program launch projects related to farms, our agricultural heritage, farm products, food production, or local food consumption at the school itself.

A broad range of projects has received funding in recent years including field trips to local farms, food from a local farm, materials for gardens and garden activities, and stipends for farmers, teachers, or FTS coordinators. Funds could also be used in the cafeteria, to pay for training, supplies, or equipment.

For additional information on eligibility, the application process, and possible projects, please go to our on-line application form, download a form or, contact me.

The Upper Valley Farm to School mini-grant program is made possible thanks to the Couch Family Foundation, the National Park Service, and the Wellborn Ecology Fund.

Tunbridge - Garden Day TeamworkBeth Roy
Farm to School Coordinator
Upper Valley Farm to School Network
Beth@VitalCommunities.org
802.291.9100 x105

Enjoying the Fruits of their Labors in Newbury

Newbury Elementary School: “The Newbury Elementary School has beboy in garden dec 16en enjoying the fruits of many labors with the success of our first “Grow-a-Row” program. Throughout the summer, green-thumbed and generous community members tended an extra row or two in their gardens and then sent along the harvest to Chef Paul, our energetic food service director. Instead of piling up produce in the kitchen and walking away, these same folks and others met on certain days to help Paul process and freeze the offerings so that they could be used throughout the school year in our lunch program. It’s such a win-win and the program continues to gain interest and develop. We enjoy wonderful community support here.
We’ve added two new components to our program that helps support the Grow-a-Row program and our commitment to eating more locally: we Newbury Elementarypurchased a large, walk-in freezer and a small greenhouse. The freezer has already been pressed into action holding the processed vegetables we acquired over the summer. The beautiful new greenhouse will be utilized by the students and teachers as we continue to learn together about gardening and botany.
We held our first of the year staff meeting about our Farm to School program. Staff members learned about our plan for the next five years, the resources available to them, and in the process, made a really delicious “massaged kale salad” to enjoy during the meeting. The Farm to School team did a great job informing the rest of the staff about easy ways to build in farm to school lessons and values into the curriculum through project based learning. Students helped “put Newbury Elementarythe gardens to bed”… all except one: our 5/6 team planted a bed of garlic to be used in the kitchen next year. It is now sleeping under this first snow of the year!
We wish all of our Farm to School friends happy holidays and a great start to the new year. The attached photos show our 5/6 grade “Falcons” and “Otters” working in the permaculture garden and harvesting squash in one of the raised beds this fall. The top photo shows Chef Paul addressing our Grow-a-Row community group.” Kim Goody, Farm to School Coordinator

Spring has sprung at Newbury Elementary School!

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Spring has sprung at Newbury Elementary School!
There’s been a lot of planning for our “lab gardens” here at NES.  Each classroom has adopted a garden or raised bed.  Our 5/6 team has committed to keeping the permaculture gardens in shape and also the perennial beds around our historic Common.  The K/1 team plans to plant a “5 senses garden”, and a 1/2 class is planning a butterfly garden.  In enrichment, we host gardeners from grades K-6 who have been making good choices in school.  This allows us to work with small groups as we work in the garden spaces.  Students in the 3/4 team have been interviewing our culinary guru, Chef Paul, to plan and plant vegetables that will be used to support the school lunch program.  Also, 3 beautiful laying hens have made their new home in back of our school.  K/1 students have enjoyed learning about their quirky habits and finding eggs each day to use in classroom projects.
Additionally, we have a robust community group that’s committed to “Grow a Row” activities and also helping Chef Paul process vegetables for the upcoming school year.  As you can see, things are really cooking at NES now that spring has finally arrived.  Our best to all of you gardeners out there! – Kim Goody, Farm to School Coordinator, Newbury Elementary School, Newbury, VT

 

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Digging in with Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union

Most of the districts around the supervisory union were able to plant garlic for the first time last month.  November was amazing for getting students outside to the gardens and they had a terrific time preparing the soil and cloves to plant! We also completed the third planting of perennial fruit-bearing bushes with Upper Valley Apple Corps. Next spring we hope to collaborate with UVAC again at our fourth school. The Vermont HOM taste test of kale was another success, and we are proud of our students who love to taste new seasonal foods! As the next season progresses we will turn attention to indoor growing projects. – Amy Richardson, WSESU FEAST Program Coordinator

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Raising Funds at the Farm Stand in Thetford

An end of year highlight at TES was the First Grade farm stand. Every day after school the week before Thanksgiving the students sold mini ‘glitter gourds’, popcorn, roasted pumpkin seeds, and mini pumpkin-oat muffins, all from the garden. The students earned over $100 in pennies and nickels and completely sold out of everything! Many thanks to all of the students, teachers, and parents who contribute to our beautiful gardens. – Cat Buxton, Garden Manager, Thetford Elementary School, Thetford, VT

Dacres field tirp

Upper Valley Farm to School 2016 Mini-Grants!

I am so excited to announce the 2016 mini-grant program at Upper Valley Farm to School! We have funding focused on both Vermont and New Hampshire schools. Start dreaming up your farm-to-school projects – we want to support you!

 

Application deadline – Friday, February 19, 2016HSS - Green team at market 1

Mini-grants are designed to help your school, afterschool program, or school-related wellness program launch projects related to farms, our agricultural heritage, farm products, food production, or local food consumption at the school itself.

A broad range of projects has received funding in recent years including field trips to local farms, food from a local farm, materials for gardens and garden activities, and stipends for farmers, teachers, or FTS coordinators. Funds could also be used in the cafeteria, to pay for training, supplies, or equipment.

For additional information on eligibility, the application process, and possible projects, please download an application or contact me.

The Upper Valley Farm to School mini-grant program is made possible thanks to the Couch Family Foundation, the National Park Service, and the Wellborn Ecology Fund.

Tunbridge - Garden Day TeamworkBeth Roy
Farm to School Coordinator
Upper Valley Farm to School Network
Beth@VitalCommunities.org
802.291.9100 x105

picking carrots for web

Taste of Tunbridge a Huge Success!

The third annual Taste of Tunbridge community dinner was a huge success. We had a fantastic crowd of more than 100 people in attendance, plus a successful take-a-chance table and Thanksgiving turkey raffle to help raise funds for our Farm to School program. This potluck dinner had one requirement, each dish shared must include at least one local ingredient. Each TCS grade and TA had a hand in preparing part of the meal, and created delicious dishes such as applesauce, carrot soup, Swedish apple bake, kale chips, baked wheat crackers, homemade rolls, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, and more. We hope to replicate the event next harvest season! – Jen Thygesen, Farm to School Coordinator, Tunbridge Central School, Tunbridge, VT

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Enjoying the Fruits of Their Labor in Norwich

The Marion Cross Elementary School community enjoyed the fruits of the school garden harvest at the Open House event in October. Students harvested and prepped many pounds of vegetables – squash, tomatoes, zucchini, potatoes, corn, beans, and onions. Parent volunteers cooked it all up. King Arthur Flour generously donated many loaves of bread for our meal. Much of the harvest came from a Three Sister’s planting done by third graders last spring who had been studying Native American culture and history. This fall, the “Earth Stewardship” elective crew dove into the harvest season and helped prepare a feast which was enjoyed by all the families of the Marion Cross community. – Lindsay Putnam, LEEEP Coordinator, Marion Cross School, Norwich, VT

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Goat Math at Hanover Street School

Second graders at Hanover Street School in Lebanon, NH are currently collecting change to buy a goat through Heifer International. In honor of World Hunger Day on October 16, all second graders read ‘Beatrice’s Goat’ by Page McBrier with their Art teacher, Mrs. Cardillo. A student from Mrs. Hayes’ class even created what she calls ‘Goat Math’ as the students regularly account for money they have raised. As part their World Hunger day celebration, students will also be harvesting potatoes from the school garden and working together with our Cafe’ Service Director, Dennis Samuel, to prepare a potato soup to share. – Marjie Bish, Teacher, Hanover Street School, Lebanon, NH

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Building Community in Newbury

Things are humming at Newbury Elementary! Our raised beds and gardens yielded some delicious crops for our kitchen: potatoes, squash, onions, carrots, and tomatoes, to name a few. Chef Paul, our food service magician, is ordering a wonderful new food processor with farm to school grant money. His efforts in the kitchen will be so much more efficient with this invaluable tool. Two early primary classes have used our Farm to School cooking/baking kits to share some home-made goodness with a local elderly community. The elders and our young first and second grade students shared reading and conversation, fueled by the healthy goodies. This great idea was spawned by two brand new teachers at NES who are excited about Farm to School and connecting with community. On October 6th, our beloved parent group FoNES, will host the 3rd annual FarmRaiser on the Newbury Common. Numerous local farmers gather to sell their goods all the while fundraising for the school. Music, hayrides, cider pressing and other demonstrations will be featured. Come and join in the healthy fun! It’s exciting to be a part of Newbury’s growing Farm to School program! – Kim Goody, Farm to School Coordinator, Newbury Elementary, Newbury, VT

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