March 6th - The Collective visited students at Rolando Elementary during their Family Luncheon gathering. Students had the chance to win prizes after answers trivia questions related to nutrition, food, and the environment.
February 27th - Mike Reeske, owner of Rio Del Rey Heirloom Beans paid a visit to students at Eastlake High School. During this visit students learned about the four kinds of common beans, the nutritional value of beans, as well as the origins of wild and domestic beans. Along with this educational session, students taste tested and scored 7 different varieties of beans.
January 21st- The Farm 2 School Collective joined San Diego Unified at Madison High School to taste test the district's new salad dressing. While students taste tested the new strawberry vinaigrette and jalapeno cilantro dressings, the Collective gave away prizes for students who engaged in food, nutrition, and environmental trivia.
November 8th -15th - The Farm 2 School Collective tabled at six different San Diego County Farmer's Markets during the month of November. These markets included La Mesa, La Jolla, Escondido, Santee, North Park, and Imperial Beach. Collective participants and school district partners spoke with members of the community about their districts' child nutrition program and farm to school efforts. To view more highlights from these efforts, click here.
September 4th- The Farm 2 School Collective is growing! We're happy to announce that 4 new school districts will be joining the Farm 2 School Collective for the 2019-2020 school year campaign.
June 5th - Students at Florence Elementary, Chula Vista High, Julian Elementary were awarded prize money for their submissions in the Farm 2 School Social Media Contest. Florence Elementary received 1st place for their kindergartners harvesting lettuce from their school garden to be served on their salad bar. Chula Vista High received 2nd place for their student farmers eating the chard, cilantro, and mint they grew on their school farm. Julian Elementary received 3rd place for their students who went back for seconds and thirds of roasted brussel sprouts.
May 3rd - Students at Challenger Middle, Willow Elementary, and Julian Elementary played The Farm to School Challenge. The F2S Challenge is a play it forward game in which students select a random card, which has a specific challenge related to Farm to School. An example of a challenge includes "Try a new food during lunch, give this card to someone near you at the time you try it and tell them what you tried." The Challenge coincided with the School Lunch Hero Day, which is a national celebration of school nutrition professionals.
April 15th - April 26th - The Farm to School Collective held a Farm to School Social Media Contest to celebrate the movement toward healthier food for healthier kids. Participating school districts shared photos of school food, school gardens, and healthy meals on Instagram to enter to win $100. Thank you to @sdfarmtoschool @studentfarmers_cvhs @julianpathwaysinc for participating.
Saturday, April 6th – The Farm to School Collective attended and spread the word about farm to school and its impact at Cajon Valley's amazing, innovative TedxKids @ El Cajon event! Through this event, students have a platform where they can showcase their passions and ideas to attendees through eye-opening talks and captivating entertainment. This event is a great opportunity to hear from future leaders, and to get inspired. Fore more information on this event, please click here.
Saturday, October 27th - The Farm 2 School Collective held a Farm 2 School Family Picnic in Balboa Park. School districts, and food vendors provided tasty, local treats for families to enjoy. The picnic also included outdoor games to play, music to enjoy, and the opportunity to support farm to school efforts in San Diego County. Thank you to all the school districts, vendors, and local sports teams who made it out for the picnic!
Thursday, October 25th - Fox six years, Julian Elementary and Julian Junior High has hosted a Food Day event, a full day of school devoted for garden education, California agriculture, nutrition, and cooking education. Farmers, non-profits, chefs, and local partners offer experimental workshops throughout the day for Julian students.