2020 Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Virtual Conference Resources

Webinar recording

General conference slides

from Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Coalition


Des Moines Schools Farm to School Challenges and Successes:
Jen Ransom-Gach (DMPS Nutrition Grants Director). Learn about six unique gardens that serve their students and communities in different ways.

Reading Books with Hungry Eyes: Anita Schuckert (Little Steps and Beyond Daycare). See video below for Anita’s presentation on how she incorporates nutrition and gardening lessons into her at-home day care. (Her presentation was not included in the webinar due to technical difficulties.)

Local Procurement: Teresa Wiemerslage (ISU Extension and Outreach local foods field specialist). Teresa shares information on the five tiers of sourcing food, and how food hubs can be perfect partners in sourcing local food for your school or daycare.

Iowa Local Food Day: Tammy Stotts (farm to school coordinator with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship). Tammy shares information on past local food days and plans for 2020 in light of COVID.

Growing the Farm to School Movement in the Waukee Community School District: Kaitlyn Scheuerman (Registered Dietitian with Waukee Community Schools). This presentation covers best practices for integrating local food procurement, nutrition education, and hands-on agricultural opportunities into farm to school initiatives.

Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Network and Coalition Resources

View the Chef Ann Foundation video “Honoring School Food Heros” below, featuring Iowa’s own Chef Chad Elliot of Decorah Community School District.

“Kids can’t eat a virtual lunch, and farmers can’t sell virtual vegetables! School food professionals have ensured our kids have access to healthy meals daily, and they are an integral part of regional food economies, purchasing local products in large quantities to serve to students. Help celebrate America’s school food heroes by sharing this video and appreciating those who feed our kids.”

~ Chef Ann Cooper

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