Farm to Preschool Open House and Happy Hour
Tuesday, April 15, 3 – 5 pm
Join us for an informal networking session with farm to preschool enthusiasts from around the country. Members of the National Farm to School Network’s Farm to Preschool Subcommittee will be in attendance to share information about their work; attendees will have the chance to introduce themselves to everyone in the room before breaking out into small groups for specific conversations on a variety of farm to preschool topics, followed by open networking time accompanied by light snacks and refreshments. Participants will walk away with new resources and are welcome to bring materials of their own to share. This session is free and open to all conference attendees; no farm to preschool experience needed!  Please sign up through the conference registration process.

 

School Garden Support Organizations Unite!
A networking session for organizations and individuals that support multiple school gardens
Tuesday, April 15, 3:30-5:30 pm
At no other time in the school garden movement has there been so many support organizations for school garden development. Across the nation, foundations, non-profits, school districts, states and universities are working to institutionalize school gardens in their regions. The goals of our gathering are for school garden support organizations to share successful models for sustaining regional-based school garden programs and to determine a strategy for these organizations (and others not in the room) to continue networking virtually and face to face. This is a free event is hosted by the National School Garden Network Forum and The Captain Planet Foundation. Please register through the conference registration process. Please sign up through the conference registration process.  Learn more about the www.nationalschoolgardennetwork.org forum.

 

Engaging Native American Communities in Farm to School
Wednesday, April 15th
8:00am- 5:00pm in Room 404
Full-day workshop, 8 am to 3 pm (invite only): Workshop brings together tribal communities from across the nation to learn more about farm to school activities, shareprogram successes and challenges. Opportunities to share in the large group and to receive specific support in smaller work-groups are built into the schedule.
Topical Networking Session, 3 to 5pm: (open to all conference participants). Open discussion on the topic of successful farm to school partnerships within Native American communities.

 

Regional Networking Sessions
Wednesday, April 16, 8 – 10:30 am
Get together with others in your region to learn about the spectrum of work that is taking place in your state, in neighboring states and collectively within the region. Regional Networking Sessions provide a great opportunity to meet new people, build relationships and POWER UP farm to cafeteria initiatives in your state and region. This is a free event. Please register for your region’s meeting through the conference registration process.

 

Musical Art Project
All are encouraged to participate!
Times: Ongoing, with special sessions Wednesday 12:30-1:30 pm; Thursday 8-8:30 am; Thursday 12:30-1 pm; Friday 8-8:30 am.
Join veteran teaching artist and farm to school activist “Story Laurie” McIntosh in creating an original Powering Up song. Visit the Song Circle at any time throughout the conference to toss your ideas up on the song wall, shake a gourd if you’re so inspired and have fun pitching in to this collaborative effort, the fruits of which will be shared at the Closing Plenary Session. Laurie will lead mini-workshop/brainstorm sessions at the Song Circle at the following times: Wednesday 12:30-1:30 pm; Thursday 8-8:30 am; Thursday 12:30-1 pm; Friday 8-8:30 am.
LOCATION:  Preconference Area JK- 6th floor

 

Local Procurement Curbside Consulting with the USDA Farm to School Program
Wednesday, April 16  from 5-6 pm at the USDA table in the sponsor area
Bring your solicitations to the USDA Farm to School table to get new ideas about how to bring more local products into your school cafeteria. USDA staff will be on hand to offer tips, tricks and suggestions to school nutrition professionals.

 

Morning Yoga Sessions
Thursday and Friday, April 17 & 18, 7 – 8 am
Stretch, breath and begin your day with a soothing yoga class. Instructors are volunteers and farm to cafeteria champions.

 

Open Space Session
Thursday, April 17, 10 am – 12 pm
Open Space is not to be missed!  These sessions at past National Farm to Cafeteria Conferences have proven to be a setting for rich discussion, networking and problem solving. How does it work? Conference participants identify discussion topics as a full group, then divide out into smaller groups to dig in to the topic discussions. Many important projects and relationships begin in open space sessions.

 

Local Procurement Curbside Consulting with the USDA Farm to School Program
Thursday, April 17 from 4-6 pm (during the share fair) at the USDA table in the Poster, Networking, Share Fair
Bring your solicitations to the USDA Farm to School table to get new ideas about how to bring more local products into your school cafeteria. USDA staff will be on hand to offer tips, tricks and suggestions to school nutrition professionals.

 

FoodTalks with FoodCorps
Thursday, April 17, 7:30 – 9 pm
Join FoodCorps for an evening of stories about farm to school in action. What inspires us to do this work? How does collaboration make this work possible? What are the obstacles? How does innovation help us succeed? Service members, friends and collaborators of FoodCorps will share animated and engrossing stories about what motivates them to do this work, as well as success stories from their communities.