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2013 Farm to School Conference

ASAP’s 2013 Farm to School Conference
November 2, 2013
University of North Carolina Asheville Sherrill Center
$45, includes breakfast, lunch, and resource notebook.

 Please save the date for our 2014 conference: November 1, 2014! 

Farm to School programming connects classrooms, the cafeteria, and the community—helping children develop healthy relationships with food and enriching the overall educational experience for children and adults alike. The movement is growing, nationally and here in Western North Carolina.

With more than 10 years of experience in Farm to School training and programming, ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School Program offers a combination of creative ideas and practical applications for school environments. Our Farm to School Conference is designed to provide you—school staff and community members—the training and resources you need to implement successful Farm to School programs.

This year's Farm to School Conference will offer multiple workshop sessions geared specifically for teachers, early childhood educators, professors, education and nutrition students, parents, and child nutrition staff. Participants are encouraged to invite key stakeholders in their school or community to join them at this training, creating “teams” that can support and sustain Farm to School efforts. Join educators from across the southeast to strengthen existing programs and jump start new Farm to School efforts in your community!

This year's conference will feature workshops focused on four specialized tracks:

Preschoolsponsors
Connecting the youngest students with local food and farms.

  • Gardening with preschoolers
  • Menu planning and procurement for preschool
  • Preschool taste tests and cooking in the classroom

Higher Education
Integrating Farm to School into coursework, service learning, and more.

  • From the student perspective: the value of local food and Farm to School
  • Institutional food systems
  • From the professor perspective: local food and Farm to School across university curricula

Getting Started
Discover how Farm to School can work for you.

  • School gardens 101
  • Making the local farm connection
  • Getting started in Farm to School and sustaining your program

Digging Deeper
Learn more about specialized Farm to School topics.

  • Using Farm to School to connect the classroom and the cafeteria
  • Highlighting state and regional history through Farm to School
  • Farm to School and the high school student

View workshop descriptions

Schedule

8-8:15 am Registration and local food breakfast
8:15-9:15 am Breakfast, welcome and opening remarks
9:30-10:45 am Breakout 1
11-12:30 pm Breakout 2
12:30-2:00 pm Lunch and networking
2:15-3:45 pm Breakout 3
3:45-4:00 pm Closing remarks

$35 includes resource notebook, local food breakfast, and lunch.

All k-12 attendees will receive certificates of completion for CEU purposes.

Are you attending the Farm to School Conference and are interested in rebuilding the food system in rural WNC? Plan to come a day early and attend our Local Food in Rural WNC Forum held at the Sherrill Center the day before the Farm to School Conference.

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