Produce, Not Plastic

This service highlight was originally posted by the California Farm to School Network and was written by FoodCorps Service Member Shannon McDowell, who is currently serving with the Center for Healthy Communities through California State University, Chico. Within less than a year, Shannon has spearheaded the Harvest of the Month program where she sources and delivers an upwards of 5,000 tastings of local fruits and vegetables from nearby farms in the North Valley. Read on to learn about Harvest of the Month and how it operates in Chico, California.
 

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Bringing Farm to School with Local Foods Procurement Workshops

This service highlight was originally posted by the California Farm to School Network and was written by FoodCorps Service Member Ryan Griffith, who is currently serving with Conejo Valley Unified School District in Thousand Oaks, CA. From conducting taste tests and supporting school gardens to recipe development for school lunches, Ryan is bringing farm to school in the district. Read on to learn how Ryan connects growers to school food services. 
 

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The Crimson Giant Step Forward

This service highlight was originally posted by the California Farm to School Network and was written by FoodCorps Service Member Emily Metzger, who is currently serving with University of California Cooperative Extension, Central Sierra and Gardens to Grow In in Calaveras, CA. As one of the very few California natives in the FoodCorps California program, Emily is strengthening farm to school programs in her home county.
 

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Bridging the Gap Between Students and Community Leaders

This service highlight was originally posted by the California Farm to School Network and was written by FoodCorps Service Member Michelle Pinter-Petrillo, who is currently serving with Oakland Unified School District as a garden educator. Read on to learn how Michelle juggles teaching classrooms and mentoring high school youth. 
 

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Peer, What?! Let the Youth Lead!

This service highlight was originally posted by the California Farm to School Network and was written by FoodCorps Service Member Roanna Cooper with Food, What?!, a youth empowerment program in partnership with Life Lab. Read on to learn about how Roanna is leading teen youth and supporting them with events, workshops and work days  throughout the year.
 

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Local Communities Bring Farm to School in Gold Country

This service highlight was originally posted by the California Farm to School Network and was written by FoodCorps Service Member Monica Drazba with University of California Cooperative Extension, Central Sierra. Read on to learn about how Gold Country is bringing farm to school along the Sierras.
 

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The Brave Little Taster

This service highlight was originally posted by the California Farm to School Network and was written by FoodCorps Service Member, Ashley Marquez, with San Diego Unified School District. This year Ashley is supporting the district's Harvest of the Month program by facilitating taste tests in classes and school cafeterias. Read on to learn how Ashley connects students with fresh and locally sourced produce in San Diego. 
 

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Finding health in school farms and gardens in Ventura

This service highlight was originally posted by the California Farm to School Network and was written by former FoodCorps Service Member, Chris Massa, with Ventura Unified School District. After serving with FoodCorps for 1.5 years, Chris Massa has now landed the position as the Farm to School Operations Specialist with the school district. Read on to learn why Chris is advocating for student-runned farms along the southern Central Coast.
 
“Is this seed really going to grow?”
 

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California Thursdays: Building Farm to School in Oakland Unified School District

This service highlight was originally posted by the California Farm to School Network and was written by FoodCorps Service Member John Pleasants with Oakland Unified School District. Read on to learn about our member's service with the district and the partnership between the district and Center for Ecoliteracy for the California Thursdays program.
 

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