National Farm to School Network – conference host
Nourishing Kids and Community
The National Farm to School Network (NFSN), founded in 2007, sprouted from the desire to support community-based food systems, strengthen family farms, and improve student health. NFSN was launched by a collaborative of more than 30 organizations seeking to shape the burgeoning farm to school movement, which has grown from a handful of schools in the late 1990s to more than 38,000 schools in all 50 states today. Initially led by staff from the Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) and the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI) at Occidental College, NFSN is now a project of the Tides Center.
NFSN provides vision, leadership and support at the state, regional and national levels to connect and grow the farm to school movement. NFSN sets national priorities and policy goals, generates a research agenda, creates and aggregates resources, provides technical assistance, convenes gatherings and promotes the movement. Our network includes national staff, eight Regional Lead Agencies, 50 State Leads, a 16-member Advisory Board and thousands of farm to school supporters.
To learn more or to become a member of the NFSN, visit www.farmtoschool.org
Sustainable Food Center – local host
From seed to table, Sustainable Food Center (SFC) creates opportunities for individuals to make healthy food choices and to participate in a vibrant local food system. Through organic food gardening, relationships with area farmers, interactive cooking classes and nutrition education, children and adults have increased access to locally grown food and are empowered to improve the long-term health of Central Texans and our environment.
To learn more or to sign up for a newsletter from SFC, visit www.sustainablefoodcenter.org