October 24, 8:30am–3pmWhere
Mid-Ohio Foodbank 3960 Brookham Drive, Columbus, OH
Farmers looking for school districts to provide with fresh local foods and school districts looking for farmers to source local foods for their school lunch programs can attend a regional Farm to School workshop Oct. 24 that organizers liken to speed dating for its ability to try to help connect producers and school districts looking to start or expand Farm to School programs.
The workshop is targeted toward educators, farmers, food producers, businesses and anyone else interested in beginning or expanding a Farm to School program or other related activities, said Mike Hogan, an Ohio State University Extension educator and sustainable agriculture coordinator.
OSU Extension is boositng its efforts to expand the successful Farm to School program, which works to increase students’ access to healthy foods and to help them learn more about food, health, nutrition and agriculture. Farm to School is a national program, which in Ohio is led by OSU Extension and is supported by numerous agencies, foundations and industry organizations.
Leadership of the program transitioned from the Ohio Department of Agriculture to OSU Extension in 2011. The Program works to ensure that students pre-K through college have increased access to locally produced nutritious food.
Topics to be discussed during the event include: Starting a Farm to School Program; What’s Happening with Farm to School; Local Foods and Meal Planning; Food Safety; Making Connections: Distributors, Cooperatives, Producers and Schools; Students Grow: Hands-on Education; Finding Local Foods in Your Community; Local Foods Cooking Demonstration for Schools.
Registration is $30 and includes admission, all materials, continental breakfast and lunch. The deadline to register is Oct. 17.