Cultivating Healthy and Sustainable School Communities
Join the Center for Ecoliteracy in Oakland on June 27 and 28 for a professional development experience that empowers you and your teams. Explore ideas and innovations for every aspect of school food and education, including how students can learn about food and how the choices they make impact their health, the health of their communities, and the health of the environment.
DAY 1: Thursday, June 27
8:30am - 5:30pm
BREAKFAST AND REGISTRATION
Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture
PANEL DISCUSSION: A COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE
Stakeholders will discuss how their unique roles support farm to school throughout school communities.
HANDS-ON COOKING IN TEAMS
Participants will prepare lunch featuring California Thursdays® recipes.
Participants will have the opportunity to attend two of the following workshop sessions. (Let us know your workshop preferences here.)
- Waste Management Strategies in Schools: Gain an understanding of how school district waste reduction programs can be implemented across the school environment to enhance sustainability and foster student learning opportunities.
- Developing Robust School Gardens: Get inspiration for taking your school garden to the next level. Find out about partnerships that can enable gardens to be successfully maintained and supported by broad members of the school community.
- Food Education: From Dirt to Desk to Dining Room: Roll up your sleeves and practice using resources that incorporate food education into the school day, reinforce efforts to connect the classroom, garden, and cafeteria, and support students' understanding of where food comes from and how it reaches the table.
- Scratch Cooking and Menu Development: Discover strategies to transition your menus and develop recipes that children love, featuring fresh, California-grown fruits and vegetables.
- Enhancing the Dining Experience: Learn creative and effective strategies for enhancing students' dining experience and increasing participation in your program.
- Innovative Procurement Strategies: Discover multiple pathways to enhancing your procurement efforts. Hear case studies from school districts that have successfully utilized local, state, and federal resources and leveraged partnerships to improve their procurement.
GOOD FOOD SHOWCASE AND DEMONSTRATIONS
The Good Food Showcase is presented by the Community Alliance with Family Farmers. It showcases local and sustainable growers from across the state. Watch educational demonstrations from Network members and partners.
Refreshments generously provided by The Slanted Door.
DAY 2: Friday, June 28
8:30am - 3:30pm
BREAKFAST AND REGISTRATION
FoodLab and modeling student engagement.
LEADERSHIP AND INNOVATION AWARDS
Recognizing outstanding leadership and innovation in the school food system.
INNOVATION EXCHANGE WITH AWARD WINNERS
Peer-to-peer discussions about innovative practices in Farm to School.
Featuring recipes from California Thursdays school districts.
PANEL DISCUSSION: SUPPORTING FARM TO SCHOOL
Statewide leaders will discuss the latest programming and strategies and how your collective efforts will drive the future of the Farm to School movement.
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94607
Courtyard Oakland Downtown
988 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607
Oakland Marriott City Center
1001 Broadway, Oakland CA 94607
Waterfront Hotel Oakland
10 Washington Street, Oakland, CA 94607
California Food for California Kids is generously supported by TomKat Ranch, California Department of Food and Agriculture, Chilean Forests Preservation Fund, Panta Rhea Fund, Sustainable Futures Fund, Tides Foundation, and donors to the Center for Ecoliteracy.
Special thanks to conference sponsorships from Amalgamated Bank, California Wheat Commission, Clif Bar & Company, Gold Star Foods, Mary's Free Range Chickens, The California Endowment, The Humane Society of the United States, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), and World Centric®.
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