Farm to School in the Community
For the first time, Farm to School Manitoba participated in Winnipeg’s most popular vegan festival, Veg Fest! This wonderful festival is devoted to embracing all things vegan and had over 80 different vendors, representing many sectors including: home and beauty, wellness, clothing, art, food and not for profit organizations. With over 5,000 people in attendance, Farm to School had a great time speaking with festival-goers.
Peak of the Market held its 21st annual Family Fun Day and Farm to School Manitoba was there to participate in all of the festivities. From multiple bouncy houses, a petting zoo, to free popcorn and lunch, there was surely something for everyone to enjoy! The day supported/raised awareness for Children’s Variety and all proceeds collected went directly to this worthy foundation.
Farm to School Manitoba in collaboration with Canola Growers hosted a day filled with fun activities. From learning interesting facts about Manitoban grown produce to participating in an interactive food demo, there was never a dull moment!
Farm to School Manitoba attended the Manitoba Child Care Association Marketplace event at their annual conference. Check out highlights from our time at the conference.
Manitoba Association of Parent Councils (MAPC) held its annual conference supporting parental involvement in education throughout Manitoba. Farm to School Manitoba attended the tradeshow exhibit where multiple parent council leaders were able to learn more about numerous programs and fundraisers available to schools across Manitoba. Farm to School Manitoba had a display booth and was handing out program information sheets that weekend.
Farm to School in collaboration with partner organizations (Manitoba Healthy Food in Schools; Nutrition for Early Learning and Child Care; Dairy Farmers of Manitoba, Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba and Northern Regional Health Authority) held a contest for schools and licensed daycares to win a chance to host a Great Big Crunch event at their facility.
Representatives from the collaborating organizations attended and hosted events at both Clifton School and S.P.L.A.S.H. Child Care Inc. located in Winnipeg. Carrots were provided by Farm to School Manitoba and partner organizations and were distributed to all students and staff to take part in a “synchronized crunch” by biting their carrots all at the same time.
Clifton School’s Great Big Crunch Photos
S.P.L.A.S.H. Child Care Inc.’s Great Big Crunch Photos
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!!
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!
HOW TO ENTER:
Send Farm to School Manitoba an email at email@example.com 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.
First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba Chronic Disease Workshop, February 27 – 28, 2019
Farm to School Manitoba attended a Chronic Disease Workshop for Community Health Representatives in February. In attendance were individuals from the 63 First Nation Communities and Tribal Councils of Manitoba. At the workshop, Farm to School had a display booth, provided program flyers and auctioned a door prize that included a large vegetable bundle, diabetes recipe books, measuring spoons and kitchen utensils on both days of the workshop.
The Frontier School Division held its annual conference for school committee members in Winnipeg, MB. This two-day conference allows delegates to participate in workshops and engage in discussions/feedback with the Frontier School Board. Farm to School Manitoba had a display booth with program flyers and a vegetable bundle as a door prize at the conference for promotion of the program to the attendees.
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.