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Students from Wilbanks Middle School recently visited Chattooga Belle Farm and calculated the average number of grapes growing there per plant and per acre.

   Act Now for Smart Snacks!

During the summer, the new Smart Snacks in Schools rule went into effect. It includes guidelines for competitive foods and beverages served in schools (i.e. from vending machines).

The Georgia State Board of Education is voting THIS THURSDAY on whether to allow exemptions to the Smart Snacks rule, and if so, how many (recommendations range from 5 exemptions to 30). For more information and to find out how to provide feedback to the Board, click here!
Georgia SHAPE is an exciting initiative of the GA Dept. of Public Health to improve our state's most vital and important asset: our young people. SHAPE offers resources to schools to improve student health and fitness, and Georgia Organics is excited to be SHAPE's August Partner of the Month!

SHAPE awards grants each year to help schools make healthy changes. These grants are PERFECT to support farm to school initiatives and are due August 29.

Additionally, schools and districts can take the Power Up for 30 Pledge to incorporate at least 30 minutes of physical activity into the school day.
Cafeteria staff in Rabun County had fun in the kitchen with Chef Barrie Aycock while learning about handling and preparing fresh produce. Later, the staff competed to make the best farm-fresh slaw!

New Farm to Preschool Curriculum

A recently released Farm to Childcare Curriculum package gives childcare providers a roadmap to start a program to connect young children with locally grown, minimally processed foods and the farmers who grow them. The curriculum includes activies highlighting a new local item every two weeks. 

Evaluating Farm to School

Evaluating your farm to school program helps you improve your program, and communicate your successes to stakeholders and funders. Colorado Farm to School is offering two upcoming webinar series to help you figure out what to evaluate about your farm to school program, how to evaluate, and how to communicate the results. Find out more here!
Distributors are key to most farm to school programs. Many school districts rely on their distributors to find and deliver local products. Habersham County Schools' produce distributor works to serve students more local food.

"We are always looking for opportunities to buy produce from local farmers. They are our neighbors, brothers, sisters, and friends," says Anita of Holland's Produce.

Read more about how the district works with their distributor here.
September 4 - October 2 Webinar
Learn How to Evaluate your Farm to School Activities (series of five webinars)

September 9 Webinar
Farm to School in Child Nutrition Reauthorization, 2015

October 3 Roswell
Outdoor Learning Symposium from the Council of Outdoor Learning

October 6 Atlanta
Golden Radish Award Ceremony

October 23 - November 20 Webinar
Learn How to Evaluate your Farm to School Activities (series of five webinars)

February 19-20 Athens
Georgia Farm to School Summit--SAVE THE DATE!
Check out all currently available grants here. Some with upcoming deadlines include:
Athens Students Grow, Cook, and Serve Meals in a New Program

New Atlanta School Superintendent's Thoughts for APS School Meals

UGA Course Teaches School Nutrition Staff To Be Leaders

"Positive Happenings in Sustainable Food" includes FoodCorps!

Colorado School Cafeterias Serve Up School Garden Produce

School Nutrition Standards Underpin Healthy Eating Habits

"Eat Brighter Campaign" Uses Sesame Street Characters to Advocate Eating Fresh Food
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