From the Executive Directo r: 
Farm to School Promotes Better Nutrition, Healthier Students, and Positive Academic Outcomes
 
The month of October brings to mind thoughts of crisp fall weather, bountiful harvests....and apple crunches?! Yes, it's that time of year again...Farm to School Month is officially in full swing! There is a lot to love about farm to school, from its focus on fostering deeper relationships with local farmers and community organizations to featuring fresh produce in school meals to integrating nutrition and agricultural education in the classroom. Apparently, I am not alone. Consider these stats from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2015 Farm to School Census : Approximately 42% of U.S. school districts, including more than 42,500 schools, are participating in farm to school activities, impacting 23.6 million students. 
Cultivating Healthy Students via Farm to School at San Diego Unified School District

Amy Garfinkel, Farm to School Program Specialist in the San Diego Unified School District, provides an overview of her district's farm to school methodology, from sourcing local produce and supporting school gardens to promoting nutrition knowledge through student and community engagement.
It Takes a Village to Transform School Lunches

Debbie Friedman, Program Director at The Conscious Kitchen, describes how her organization is shifting the paradigm for school food programs, partnering with schools and school districts to transition to fresh, local, organic, seasonal, non-GMO meals. 
Grow. Teach. Eat. Repeat.

Rachael Jones, Farm to School Director at Livingston (Montana) Public Schools, discusses Livingston Farm to School's new program, Trout to Tray, which involves students raising fish in aquaponics systems and enjoying the fruits of their labor in school meals. 
Burlington School Food Project Brings Food- and Garden-Based Learning to Vermont Students

Christine Gall, Garden Education Coordinator for the Burlington School Food Project, shares how this nationally recognized farm to school model is bringing food- and garden-based educational opportunities to Vermont's classrooms, from elementary to high school.
Tasty Ideas Linking Classrooms, School Gardens, and Cafeterias

Chris Smith, Director of Development and External Relations at the Center for Ecoliteracy, discusses how the Center's California Thursdays program is helping schools across the state rethink school lunch through initiatives like the Tomato Salsa Challenge.  
Whitsons' Farm to School Initiatives Engage Children in Healthy Eating

Karen Dittrich, Director of Marketing at Whitsons Culinary Group, shares how her company supports farm to school and healthy eating for K-12 students, including examples of best practices implemented at several of their school districts.
Planting Seeds for Farm to School Success

Christina Conell, Senior Technical Advisor at the USDA Office of Community Food Systems, describes five ways to start, or enhance, a farm to school program and provides examples of school districts excelling at farm to school. 
Harvesting Life Lessons

How Youth Farm Projects teach teens a lot more than gardening. Reprinted with permission from Green Teacher magazine and originally authored by Carrie Koplinka-Loehr. 
GSNN Educator's Toolbox: Professional Development, Resources, Grants, and Awards for October

The latest news on professional development, resources, grants, and awards for October.  
Read the Fall 2017 Catalyst Quarterly!

The Fall Edition of the Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly explores the future of the green schools movement. Feature articles cover lessons learned and current trends driving the movement, prioritizing citizenship in the classroom, growing momentum in early childhood nature education, and the future of school food

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W rite for GreenNotes!

Green Schools National Network's newsletter, GreenNotes, focuses on one overarching topic each month. We will consider articles for the month that best matches the topic. Have a question about an upcoming theme? Contact cmerse@greenschoolsnationalnetwork.org.
 
We are looking for a variety of articles for GreenNotes, including:
  • Case studies of schools and school districts doing exemplary work in environmental and sustainability initiatives.
  • Profiles of leaders and advocates in the green schools movement.
  • News and current events of interest to the green schools movement.
 
Themes for the next three issues include:
 
Creating a Culture of Sustainability in K-12 Education -- November 2017
Submission deadline: November 3, 2017
A child will spend up to 15,000 hours in school from the day she begins kindergarten to the day she graduates. While it is important for her to graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary for college, It is just as important for her to graduate with a strong social and emotional foundation. Education for sustainability influences the culture of a school and school district, and has the potential to influence how a child thinks and feels about her role in co-creating a sustainable future. This issue of GreenNotes will explore how a culture of sustainability influences today's students to be tomorrow's environmentally-conscious, sustainability natives.

Going Green to Save Green -- January 2018
Submission deadline: December 29, 2017
Adopting a sustainability mindset is not just about zero waste and eco-literacy, but extends to how schools procure goods and services. Investing in sustainable products and services can help schools create healthier learning environments by removing toxic chemicals and reducing consumption of resources. This issue of GreenNotes profiles schools and school districts that are using sustainable purchasing. We will highlight lessons learned and best practices you can adopt to make smarter, greener purchasing decisions at your school. You may even save some green too!

Water Quality -- February 2018
Submission deadline: February 2, 2018
TBD




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