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What's On Your Tray? School Lunch Photo Contest!

Does your school cafeteria practice scratch cooking? Does a local farmer provide the freshest broccoli to your students? Do fresh greens from the school garden end up in a healthy lunch salad? The California Farm to School Network is holding a contest to celebrate the school lunch trays throughout the state that feature the great ways that California is leading the way in providing good food to students from preschool through high school.

Winners will receive:

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The Power of Kale - A Taste Test Success

The following post was submitted by Sierra Harvest FoodCorps Service Member Elizabeth Lane:

In rural Nevada County California Sierra Harvest works in local schools to educate, inspire and connect local families to fresh, local, seasonal food. As a Nevada County native, I am excited about this important work in the schools I grew up in.

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Take the 2014 California School Garden Survey

Survey Closes on February 21.

Life Lab, in collaboration with the California School Garden Network, is conducting a survey of California School Gardens. This same survey was conducted in 2010-11 with 580 respondents. The information gathered from this survey will help those that are creating and supporting school garden projects across the state and nation to better understand how school gardens operate.

Child Care & Pre-school Garden Grants - Winners Announced

Congratulations to the recipients of the Child Care and Pre-school Garden Grants! 

Resource Guide for Preschool Gardens

In 2012, Western Growers Foundation (WGF) worked with the California Department of Education (CDE), Nutrition Services Division (NSD) to provide 100 garden grants of $1,000 each to eligible child care centers or preschools participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). These competitive garden grants were awarded to agencies or sites that demonstrate how they will use garden-enhanced nutrition education to promote fruit and vegetable consumption among 2-5 year olds in child care or preschool settings. 

California Specialty Crop Taste Test Grants!

California Foundation for Agriculture is the Classroom is providing 250 third through eighth grade educators with grants of $300 each to purchase California specialty crop fruits and vegetables for monthly classroom taste tests!

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Oxnard students' school garden a bounty of learning

Taken from: Ventura County Star

Reaping the benefits of their crop, Oxnard’s Harrington School students harvested lettuce to take home and enjoy for healthy eating last week.

The students have been working to tend their garden as part of a program started last year to help teach them about where their food comes from and develop healthy eating habits.