Farm to School in the Community

The Great Big Crunch in Manitoba

A huge thank you to all of the schools and child care facilities who entered the contest! There were several entries and we wish everybody good luck with their Nutrition Month activities!!

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CONGRATULATIONS to Clifton School and S.P.L.A.S.H. Child Care Centre on winning the opportunity to take a GREAT BIG CRUNCH with us in celebration of Nutrition Month.

 ** Contest is now closed for 2019. Stay tuned for upates on the 2020 Great Big Crunch activities **

CONTEST ALERT: Celebrate Nutrition Month this March by taking part in a Great Big Crunch event!

Did you know March is Nutrition Month? How will your school and/or child care facility celebrate? On March 20, 2019, Farm to School and partner organizations want to celebrate with you by co-hosting a Great Big Crunch event!

The Great Big Crunch is a Canadian campaign created by FoodShare in Ontario which invites students and staff at schools and child care facilities to learn about healthy food choices and positive eating environments. It is a special day, assembly, lunch hour or even just 5 minutes dedicated to healthy produce that ends with a synchronized “crunch” to celebrate!

Farm to School Manitoba and partners are looking for a school and/or childcare facility to celebrate the Great Big Crunch Day together on March 20, 2019 and it could be yours!


Send Farm to School Manitoba an email at and tell us what your school or child care facility has been doing to support healthy eating environments. By doing this, you will be entered for a chance to have Farm to School and partners host and provide carrots for your Great Big Crunch event!  The winning school will be announced on March 1, 2019.  

WHAT TO EXPECT (if you’re the winner):

  • Farm to School Manitoba and partner organizations will come to the winning school and/or child care facility on March 20, 2019, for approximately one hour (at an agreed upon time)
  • Together, we will plan carrot themed age-appropriate games and activities. Some examples of activities include skits, poems, songs, art work, education from seed to carrot.  
  • The event will finish off with a great big CARROT CRUNCH – all students and staff will each receive a carrot, courtesy of Farm to School and partners, to crunch into simultaneously! How loud will the crunch be?

Once entered, Farm to School Manitoba will provide you with a resource package including fact sheets and recipes to help you put together an awesome Great Big Crunch event!


Interested in taking part in The Great Big Crunch? Join the fun wherever you are in Manitoba on March 20th, 2019! See the following resources to plan your own event and connect with us on social media.



Wednesday, December 12, 2018 – Farm to School Manitoba Visits Springfield Middle School

For our last visit of the 2018 year, we had the pleasure of visiting Springfield Middle School in Oakbank. This school has had many Farm to School Manitoba fundraisers over the years, this year is no exception with raised funds of approximately $3600! Along with raising a lot of funds for themselves, their group was able to donate just under 700 lbs of vegetables to their local food bank! The volunteers request to have the vegetables delivered to their school so they can coordinate with their local food bank directly.

This school works together with the neighboring high school, Springfield Collegiate Institute, to fundraise for both their band programs. Along with Farm to School Manitoba, the students carry out other fundraisers that are local, including pierogies, kovbasa, flower sales.

All the raised funds go towards band programming such as trips and bringing clinicians for individualized learning.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 – Farm to School Manitoba Visits Blumenort Christian Preschool

Farm to School Manitoba was in Blumenort to visit the fundraising coordinator and students from Blumenort Christian Preschool. They have been participating in this healthy choice fundraiser for years, and have donated hundreds of pounds of vegetables to different local organizations including Soup’s On Steinbach, Grunthal Caring Hands Food Bank, Community Outreach and Blumenort Church Christmas Hampers

The fundraising coordinator has said they typically use their raised funds to purchase new school supplies and equipment for their active preschool classrooms. Congratulations to Blumenort Christian Preschool on another successful fundraiser and way to support your local community!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 – Farm to School Manitoba Visits École South Pointe School

Our program coordinator had a great time visiting École South Pointe to see the action of their very first Farm to School Manitoba fundraiser. The school is raising funds to go towards the first phase of developing a brand new playground with play structures for their school. They were able to fundraise close to $4500!

A class of Grade 8 students along with parent volunteers jumped right in to put together almost 450 bundles! The Parent Advisory Council spearheaded this fundraiser and chose it because they liked that it can give back to the community through donations. Many participants chose to donate some bundles which amounted to just under 1800 lbs of vegetables to Winnipeg Harvest.

Congratulations to École South Pointe on a very successful fundraiser!!

Monday, November 5, 2018 – Farm to School Manitoba Visits École Howden

As returning program participants, the parents and volunteers of École Howden were pros at putting together their vegetable bundles. Check out the progress from unloading the truck to the neatly arranged bundles below!

The school has plans to carry out multiple fundraisers over the next few years in order to save up and build brand new playground structures for the students. We’re happy that Farm to School Manitoba is able to be a part of École Howden’s efforts.

Thursday, November 1, 2018 – Farm to School Manitoba Visits J.A. Cuddy School

This is the first time that J.A. Cuddy School has participated in the Farm to School fundraiser. And from the sea of vegetable bundles, it looks like it was a success! The enthusiastic student council put together all the bundles efficiently while showing off some wacky hairstyles for their Spirit Week’s Crazy Hair Day.

The school chose to participate in this fundraising program as there are many farming families in their community. They plan on using their raised funds towards field trips and towards bringing in special guests for the students like authors. Congratulations to all the students and families of J.A Cuddy on your first Farm to School Manitoba fundraiser!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 – Farm to School Manitoba Visits Oak Park High School

Oak Park High School has participated in Farm to School for many years. For their current fundraiser, multiple groups of students are putting in efforts to help fund a few different initiatives, including a student trip to Kenya, a student trip to Europe and for the band program!

Aside of from fundraising with local vegetables, this group also did a local cheese fundraiser with Bothwell Cheese. Way to support local foods, Oak Park High School!!

Thursday, October 4, 2018 – Farm to School Manitoba visited Lockport School

The Lockport Band Parents Association has been participating in the Farm to School fundraiser for the past six years to assist in covering expenses related to musical studies, annual music retreats and participation/attendance to festivals.

This year, Lockport School achieved their highest fundraising profit amount to date at over $7,500. That means they sold over $15,000 of fresh, Manitoba produce! Congratulations and way to go, Lockport School!!

Local Veggie Day and the Official 2018 Annual Farm to School Manitoba Kick-Off

Farm to School Manitoba had a successful kick-off celebration in September 2018 hosted by the Culinary Arts students at Technical Vocational High School.

Delicious local vegetable dishes were prepared by the students, the Honourable Ralph Eichler, Minister of Agriculture, declared September 19th Local Veggie Day, and program partners shared wonderful words about the program.

To read more about the event, check out this Winnipeg Free Press feature