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North Olympic Peninsula
- Farm to Cafeteria Conference – Nov 5, 2009
Advocacy and Support
– Group Notes:
(from notebook notes)
- Show Candice’s film in
High Schools – use as springboard
- Those with experience with
Wellness Policy can support volunteers in other districts
- Provide information session
on what has already been done in each district, define next steps
- Need to establish a timeline
for goals: e.g. Updated Wellness Policies by March 2010
- Help people deepen their
personal understanding and commitment through NWEI ‘Menu for the Future’.
Increase passion to follow-through with volunteer efforts
- Power of speaking up:
Only took 2 meetings with PT Planning Committee and City Council to
get community gardens sanctioned. It doesn’t take that much
if you go in prepared.
- PA Wellness Policy change:
Kia, Beth & Linda – small email campaign got language added to
the Wellness Policy.
- Elected representatives
and their staff are stretched very thin, especially now. Help
them do the homework to streamline decision making process
- Elected officials like to
work on positive issues – good for the economy & community, good
- Jefferson Healthy Lunch
for 4 weeks – show movie there
- Other institutions important.
E.g. OMC Farmer’s Mkt
- PT hospital may see lots
of staff resistance. Purchased movie to show there.
- Local food = good health.
Should make attractive to people
- Culinary Arts Institute
would be a great place to promote local food. Partner with Culinary
- Partnerships with complementary
organizations/programs maximizes impact, spreads the workload
- Encourage personal education
to drive behavior change – don’t tell people ‘what to do’
- Budget will be barrier.
Use Olympia story to demonstrate how it can be done
- Research grant opportunities
to help on budget issues
- Highlight investment in
healthy kids: attracts more families to region (needed to diversify
our demographics), more kids in schools, more funds to schools
- Make sure schools and other
institutions are aware of and participate in Gleaning Groups (OlyCAP
in Clallam and www.L2020.org/gleaning in Jefferson)
- Sunfield Farm & School:
Students from Brinnon/Quilcene participate in planting/harvesting for
- Use this ‘free food’
as foot in door to get ‘fresh’ snacks on the menu
- There are currently no regulations
at State level preventing the use of fresh, local food
- How to work around/with
Sodexo? Need to know when contracts are established and when they
- Did the new Food Safety
bill raise a barrier for farmers? (See current PT Food Coop Newsletter http://www.foodcoop.coop/uploads/pdf2/commons_oct_nov_2009.pdf page 18)
- Need to figure out how to
connect – support each other regionally
- Start with email list –
move to Social Networking Site like Facebook?
- Good Senior Project –
set up the advocacy network
- Jefferson County Master
Gardeners offering $1000 grants for food/garden projects. Next
application deadline is April, 2010
- Should we target parents
for NWEI and other child nutrition small group education?
- How do we reach beyond the
choir? Through kids??
- Create a Tsunami of Action
using the energy generated by the conference
Details (from flip charts)
- Show film at HS and other
schools – invite parents
- School staff show interest
to School Board – include parents
- MAP – where are we now?
What is happening already?
- Timeline – critical for
- Menu for the Future workshops
– drive change from personal perspective
- Go to School Board/City
Officials/etc. Have good presentation, do the homework for them.
- Suggest easy things to accomplish
- Health issue for kids
- Reinvest in community
- Use film in schools to galvanize
effort / spread the word
- Approach other institutions
- Appeal to humane side
- Culinary arts tie into culinary
- One example of effective
partnerships. What others are possible?
- Help people ‘discover
what they want to do – rather than telling them
- Be aware of what is happening
at national & state level that affect our efforts
- How do we tap into grants
and other available resources?
- Hub/Facebook page for advocacy
- Food Coop willing to post
- Senior project – website
- Student Councils – Include
kids in advocacy
- Master Gardener grants for
food related projects – April 2010 next deadline (up to $1000)
- Target Parents (educate
about healthy eating)
- Target specialty groups
- Healthy Eating’ Series
at the PT Library
- Research possible obstacles
– work to address barriers, provide examples, success stories
- Research grants
- Volunteerism in general
- Gleaning – donated to
school and other cafeterias
- Kids grow food for food
bank / partner with OlyCAP and Sunfield Farm School
- Volunteer gleaned fruit
& veggies to classrooms – get foot in door for ‘healthy
- Goal is to create a tsunami
of actions that build on conference energy.
- Focus on LOCAL advocacy;
keep an eye on Federal and State level.
- Start with a follow-up email
to allow folks to opt-out of future organizing efforts
- Work with High Schools –
Any interest Senior Project: Building the regional Advocacy Network?
- If not, explore other options
to create effective and useful hub to
- Share information &
- Provide support for each
- Start building a list of
potential partners: e.g. Culinary Tourism
- Remember our elected and
their staffs are overloaded. Do the homework, make it easy to
- Reinforce the impact on
community health: physical, economic and strong sense of community
- Economic Stimulus:
$ to Farmers = $ to Community. Invest in kids = families move
to community = more $ for schools
What’s currently happening
– ways to get involved:
Nov. 18, 2009 - Inspired by the conference,
Quilcene school district officials met and have agreed to start buying
local produce from local farmers at least once per month, to occasionally
feature fresh locally grown foods for afternoon snacks, to place posters
of local farmers in the school cafeteria and to enlarge their school
Nov. 30, 2009 - Also inspired by the
conference, Sodexo, food service provider for both Port Angeles and
Sequim school districts, committed to moving forward with purchasing
some local produce for both districts.
Dec. 15, 2009 – Candice Cosler of
Port Townsend will an evening event to further the successful Farm-to-Cafeteria
Conference, 7pm at the QUUF, Quimper Unitarian Church. Attendees
will view segments of selected speeches from the conference as well
as the newly released film “Stepping Up to the Plate”, share ideas
and formulate action plans for making Farm-to-Cafeteria programs a reality.
Child care provided. Donations greatly appreciated. For
more info please contact Candice at firstname.lastname@example.org
Community meetings are planned in Port
Angeles, Sequim, and Port Townsend during December and January to attract
and engage interested parents, students, educators, and community members
in the effort to increase the amount of fresh, whole foods offered in
our cafeterias (look for details at the websites listed below).
Mid-January, 2010 - Jefferson Elementary
School in Port Angeles will pilot a 6-week lunch menu that features
more whole, fresh foods and fewer processed foods.
Join our Facebook group: North Olympic
Peninsula Farm to Cafeteria Program for updates, discussion groups,
and calls to action.
The Jefferson County Farm to School Coalition presents two films Sunday, April 25th at 1 p.m. at the Rose Theater in Port Townsend
The film Two Angry Moms questions
what our children are eating in school and explores the roles the
federal government, corporate interest, school administration and
parents play in the feeding of our country’s school kids. The film
shows how important real food is for the health of each child and the
long-term health of the country.
Stepping up to the Plate follows
the efforts of Washington School districts in Olympia and the Methow
Valley as they make Farm to School a reality and set a precedent for
schools in our area. This film was shown at the November Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Blyn. Tickets:$5 Available at the Food Coop
North Olympic Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development Council
and the Port Angeles School District's Nutrition and Physical Activity Advisory Committee in conjunction with the following partners: Nash's Organic Produce, OlyCAP, Sustainable Peninsula, Port Angeles and Port Townsend Farmers Markets, Local 20/20, Port Townsend Food Co-op, JeffersonGrown.org, ClallamGrown.org, WSU, WSDA Farm-to-School Program, Port Townsend School District
Farm to Cafeteria News:
- October 9, 2009: President Obama declares the week of October 11-17 National School Lunch Week
- September 15, 2009: The USDA has announced a new initiative to better connect children to their food and
create opportunities for local farmers to provide their harvest to
schools in their communities as part of USDA's 'Know Your Farmer, Know
Your Food' initiative.
- September 14, 2009: The program Weekday on Seattle's 94.9 KUOW
had a segment about the issue of improving school lunches. The program
covers the national effort to improve school meals as Congress is set
to renew the Child Nutrition Act which funds
breakfast and lunches for 30 million school children. Momentum is
building to provide enough money to purchase local and whole foods, but
that is a challenge for some.
Links about Farm to Cafeteria Programs in our region: