Conference Materials

Conference Program

Full agenda of Taking Root, 5th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference.

Coming soon: Conference T-shirts, Posters, & Bags

Soon you will be able to order a t-shirt, poster, or bag with the conference logo. We will post the link here as soon as our Cafe Press store is ready.

Workshop Materials

Slideshow presentations and handouts from the conference workshops have been posted at submit materials from your workshop, please email them to with the title of the workshop.

Keynote and Plenary Highlights

Real Food Is… YouTube contest winning video: Lincoln’s Journey to Real Food
Acceptance speech by Lincoln Elementary student Olivia Farrell, May 17, 2010

Students were challenged to define what real food means to them through a nationwide video contest sponsored by The Lunchbox. The winning video was Lincoln’s Journey to Real Food, by 5th grader Olivia Farrell from Lincoln Elementary, Mount Vernon, Washington. Olivia who shared her video-making experience and accept the $1,000 prize to be expended on a cafeteria food project at Lincoln Elementary. Olivia’s video received the most votes in the open public voting period.

Cooking Up Change contest winning team: Tohono O’odham Community Action Cooking Club

See articles about the team on and Healthy Schools Campaign. Learn more about the Tohono O’odham Nation at The site includes info on their traditional food system and how to purchase the Tepary beans featured in their winning recipe.

Farm to Cafeteria 50 x 20 Slideshow, May 17, 2010

We invited submissions from every state to depict their Farm to Cafeteria successes with an image and a caption that could be summed up in 20 seconds. Of all the submissions, the National Farm to School Network chose one photo for each state to provide a snapshot of our national foothold, highlighting innovative Farm to Cafeteria projects around the country and in Canada.

Keynote by Kathleen Merrigan, USDA Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, May 18, 2010

Merrigan provided insights into the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative, a USDA-wide effort to create new economic opportunities by better connecting consumers with local producers.

Conference Photos

Conference Photos (Flickr)

FoodCorps Summit and Community Service Project (Flickr)

National Farm to School Network Handouts

National Farm to School Network Contact Sheet

Farm to School Everywhere

Proposed Rule on Geographic Preference

Farm to School in the House

Farm to School in the Senate

Press about the Conference

AP and TV:

Blog: (including quote from James Johnson-Piett, CFSC Board member)

Local paper in MI:

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Press photo of lunch leads to food service review:

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