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Celebrating Fall Farm to School

Reposted from Vermont Farm to School & Early Childhood Network On Tuesday, October 24, students, school and district staff, Congressional delegation staff, Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets Anson Tebbetts, and the Vermont Farm to School and Early Childhood Network gathered at Spaulding Education Alternatives School (SEA) to celebrate National Farm to School Month and the success of Farm Fresh School…

Interested in Learning More?

Are you working to expand Farm to School at your school or Early Childhood Center? Reach out to Andrew Deaett with the Upper Valley Farm to School Network to learn more about the NE Farm to School Institute and applying for 2024! Andrew can be reached at andrew@vitalcommunities.org.    “Andrew has been amazing! He has kept us…

Take Aways

There is so much to be gained from coming together in spaces like this with shared goals, and creative new ways of achieving those goals that emerge when we all contribute our unique perspectives and ideas. Here is some of what the Barre team took away from the retreat and coaching experience!     “We…

Place Based Art

Participants had a chance to not only connect with one another and the space, but also had chances to connect with lessons that they could bring back to their students! By going through learning journeys themselves, and having the opportunity to create things like the piece here, school team members get a chance to experience…

Pasture Walk

A highlight for Andrew was the Pasture Walk and Place-Based Art Learning Journey hosted by Shelburne Farms staff member Courtney Mulcahy, Sarah Webb, and Sam Dixon.       Shelburne Farms staff member Sam Dixon explores pasture with participants

Learning Journeys

When teams are not busy building relationships and working on their action plans, there is ample time to go on learning journeys at the farm, find a moment of quiet sitting by the shores of Lake Champlain, eat fabulous meals, and get inspired by the wealth of knowledge and experience from a diverse list of…

Crafting Values Statements

There is a lot to love about the Barre Team, and Andrew finds their gifts really shine through the Farm to School Values statement they created during the summer kickoff retreat: “The Barre Unified Union School District is committed to Farm to School programming that supports student growth in a holistic approach with the goal…

Meet the Barre Team!

With the goal of integrating Farm to School into school culture, teams must have individuals from: district-level administration, teachers, and school nutrition/food service.     The Barre team includes:    Jennifer Hutchinson – District Manager of Food programs  Lea Buel – School Nutrition Specialist & Cook    Alyssa Pratt – Student Support Specialist  Jason Derner –…

Summer Kickoff

In late June nine Farm to School Teams gathered on the shores of Lake Champlain at Shelburne Farms for the Northeast Farm to School Institute kickoff retreat. Over the three-day retreat, school teams had the rare opportunity to immerse themselves in relationship building, learning journeys, and the development of a Farm to School action plan…

Coaching and Action Team Model

What makes the Northeast Farm to School Institute so successful is the combination of a school team, action planning, and coaching.    Farm to school action planning: During the program, participants develop a values-based, school-wide farm to school action plan that integrates curriculum, local procurement, youth voice, and family and community connections.  Coaching: Teams are paired…