Farm to School Manitoba kicked off its 9th season in September at Technical Vocational High School (Tec Voc) in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The event was a collaborative effort by Tec Voc, MAHE, Peak of the Market, Manitoba Agriculture and Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living. Even planning and promotions were supported by SPARKER Strategy Group.
Activities of the day included the official proclamation of “Local Veggie Day” on September 19th by the Province of Manitoba’s Minister of Agriculture, the Honourable Ralph Eichler. As well, speakers representing Peak of the Market, MAHE, and Manitoba Association of Food Banks shared words with attendees. Foods using local ingredients were prepared by the Culinary Arts program students at Tec Voc, headed by their instructor, Livia Gloux. Food and beverage samples were served throughout the event. As well, Tec Voc launched its annual Farm to School Manitoba fundraiser that day and offered door prize contests and a local-themed lunch open to students and the public.
Attendees and invitees included Tec Voc students, program partners, community members, community partners, government representatives, and local media.