Farm to School in the Community
CONTEST ALERT: Celebrate Nutrition Month 2020 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 19, 2020, Farm to School wants 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 5 minutes dedicated to carrots and ending with a synchronized “crunch” to celebrate!
Farm to School Manitoba is looking for a school and/or child care facility to celebrate the Great Big Crunch with and it could be you!
To enter the contest:
Send Farm to School an email at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 host and provide carrots for your Great Big Crunch event! The winning school will be announced on March 1, 2020.
What to expect (if you are the winner):
- Farm to School Manitoba will come to the winning school and/or child care facility on March 19, 2020, or 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 Manitoba, 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!
Farm to School Manitoba’s Program Coordinator was delighted to speak with grade 9 students at this year’s career exploration day at Nelson McIntyre Collegiate. The session was divided into 2 portions:
- A discussion on the vegetarian diet with questions and answers. Students put what they learned into action and had a great time coming up with sample vegetarian and vegan meal/snack ideas that they shared with the entire group.
- The second portion of the session included students rolling up their sleeves and heading into the kitchen to make one of two recipes. Keeping in line with the vegetarian theme, students incorporated plant-based proteins into their dishes to make tomato bean soup and lentil banana-raisin muffins.
Thank you Nelson McIntyre Collegiate for including us in your career exploration week!
On November 14th, 2019, Farm to School visited J.H. Bruns Collegiate to view their veggie day delivery. This was their second year of fundraising. Both years, the school has had more bundles sold for donations than to be taken home by the students themselves. At J.H. Bruns Collegiate, they work to encourage healthy communities and giving back. The Farm to School MB fundraiser is just one of the ways they fulfill this goal!
Students from all grade levels assisted with promoting the fundraiser and with orders, delivery, and distribution. Within the school, they challenged each other to see which grade could sell the most vegetables. With the 50% profit return, J.H. Bruns Collegiate plans on updating their theatre and drama program.
Way to go J.H. Bruns Collegiate for another successful year and for your continued support!
Farm to School’s Program Coordinator was pleased to attend Nelson McIntyre’s veggie day delivery in October.
For many years, the school’s band teacher and NMC performing arts parents association have been choosing Farm to School Manitoba to be the fundraiser for their school.
Grade 9 students worked together to fundraise money for a band trip they hope to take to Chicago, where they will compete in a musical festival and explore the music and art scene. Way to go Nelson McIntyre!
A special shout-out goes to the parent council and parent volunteers for organizing such a successful fundraiser. Even though Ecole Provencher had only one week scheduled for the fundraiser, they managed to raise $1,700.00.
On the day of the delivery, the Farm to School Program Coordinator was present for all of the action. From unloading to sorting more than 2,200 lbs of fresh and local vegetables, everyone worked together as a team to ensure veggies were ready for pick-up.
From the 2,200 lbs of vegetables sold, more than 650 lbs of vegetables were donated to Winnipeg Harvest.
Thank you to the students at Ecole Provencher for your commitment and generosity!
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.