Enjoy delicious food and rich conversation in the living rooms of Farm to School practitioners across Vermont. Bring a dish and join us!
Please email or call the number indicated for reservations and directions. There is no charge for FTS Salons but do bring a potluck dish to share.
Space is limited – RSVP early! Questions? Call 802-985-0318 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013 Winter Salons
Reaping the Most Benefit from School Gardens
- Burlington, VT
- Tuesday, February 5th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
- Hosted by: Linda Berlin, Jess Hyman, Jen McGowan, and Sarah Heusner
- RSVP/directions: Linda.Berlin@uvm.edu or 656-0669
Have you been active in school gardens? Want to help kids understand that green beans and zucchini don’t come from the supermarket? Let’s get kids digging in the dirt! School gardens are sprouting all over the state and they need your help. Please join us in thoughtful conversation about school garden best practices. We can discuss garden management, linking to the cafeteria and curriculum, community connections, fundraising and more. Come with your thoughts and ideas!
Collaboration and Regional Approaches to Farm to School
- Middlebury, VT
- Wednesday, February 6th, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
- Hosted by: Lea Calderon-Guthe
- RSVP/directions: email@example.com or 382-0401
Farm to School organizations are popping up around the state—how can we work together so we’re not reinventing the wheel? How can we encourage more people to get involved in Farm-to-School and reap the benefits for themselves and their communities? We’ll discuss regional Farm to School programs and useful collaborations going forward. Come with questions, ideas and resources, and meet new people passionate about this topic.
Farm to School for the Preschool Child
- Middlebury, VT
- Thursday, February 28th, 6:30-8:30 pm
- Hosted by: Emily Hoyler and Addison County Farm to Preschool
- RSVP/Directions: Amethyst at firstname.lastname@example.org or 388-4304
How does Farm to School translate to the early education setting? What are the challenges and opportunities for the pre-school child? Research has shown that the very early years are the most formative for how/if children develop healthy eating habits. What can we do to foster this connection at home and in school? Come join us for stimulating conversation and good food.
Let's Get Creative! Utilizing Art, Story-telling and Music in Farm to School Education
- Newport, VT
- Wednesday, April 10th, 6:00 -8:30 pm
- Hosted by: Maegan Brown and Green Mountain Farm to School
- RSVP/Directions: Maegan@gmfts.org
How can we make nutrition and agriculture education more creative and fun for children? How can educators combine the arts and music with farm to school curriculum? How can we better nurture the creative and expressive spirit in our students? Bring your favorite games, songs and books to share. Be creative with your potluck dish as well!
PREVIOUS SALONS in 2012
Raising Healthy Kids
- Charlotte, VT
- Wednesday, October 24th, 6-9 p.m.
- Hosted by: Anne Bijur, Deirdre Holmes, and Kit Perkins
- RSVP/directions: email@example.com or 802-923-6101
We all know kids are supposed to eat more fruits and vegetables, but how do we get them to do it? What is a school's responsibility in raising healthy children? Should the local community be involved as well? We’ll discuss everything from the obesity epidemic to how new federal dietary guidelines are changing school lunches and share tips and tricks on helping kids make healthy choices.
Rise Up & Eat! Amplifying the Youth Voice in Local Food Systems
- Hyde Park, VT
- Saturday, November 17th, 11:30-2:00
- Hosted by: Koi Boynton and Tess Cartwright
- RSVP/directions: firstname.lastname@example.org
What role does local food and farming play in young people’s lives? Do they really prefer processed and fast food? How can youth make a difference in improving our food system? Talk with students from around the state about taking charge of what we eat and sustaining our vital working landscape.
Nurturing Farm to School Leaders and Programs
- Hartland, VT
- Wednesday, November 28th, 5-7:30pm
- Hosted by: Amy Richardson, Peter Allison, and Delia Clark
- RSVP/directions: Amy Richardson at email@example.com
Harvest season is nearly over, but new Farm to School (FTS) leaders in our communities are still growing! How can we support new FTS leaders as well as energize and inspire seasoned champions? What advantages and challenges do school-employed FTS leaders have compared to parents or other community members? Join the discussion of what skills FTS leaders need and where they can find support as they work to change school food culture and re-connect communities to local agriculture.
Breaking Down Walls: How Schools and Communities Can Work Together to Improve Community Health
- Brattleboro, VT
- Wednesday, January 9th, 6:00-9:00
- Hosted by: Katherine Gillespie, Richard Berkfield, and JoEllen Tarallo-Falk
- RSVP/directions: firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-971-2855
As the State of Vermont works to reform our current health care system, we have the opportunity to focus on disease prevention and community wellness at the local level. Now is the time for the health and education sectors to work together. How can Farm to School help create opportunities for connecting school and community agencies? What ways can we support and bridge institutional efforts to improve community health?