Webinars are a great way to learn about specific farm to school activities, programs, and resources.
Farm to School Food Safety Webinar Series
Healthy Farms, Healthy People Coalition (October 2013)
Check out this NEW informative series about food safety issues specific to farm to school.
1. Farm to School Food Safety Project
This webinar provides an in-depth look at a comprehensive review and analysis of the statutory and regulatory structure of agricultural policies as they relate to farm to school in Colorado, with a specific focus on the interconnectedness of federal mandates on state regulatory structures and local county health regulations related to food safety.
In this webinar you will learn about four specific resources from the project – each targeted for specific audiences: policymakers/regulators, public health, school food service directors, and producers. In addition, the speakers will discuss how Colorado’s resources can be used as a template for other states to undertake their own comprehensive analysis and why they should do it.
2. Food Safety Modernization Act, the Produce Rule, and Farm to School
This webinar provides an overview of the Food Safety Modernization Act and explores how the proposed produce rules could facilitate or hinder farm to school efforts. While much has been said about the proposed rule’s impact on specific types of producers, this webinar uniquely considers the farm to school implications from the producer and the food service director’s perspectives. Panelists include national agricultural food safety specialists, a legal analyst, and farm to school research staff.
3. Farm to School and the Cost of Food Safety
This webinar presents findings from a study by the Oregon Public Health Institute that investigated the cost of food safety measures among a sample of small and medium sized Oregon growers participating in the United States Department of Agriculture’s Good Agricultural Practices & Good Handling Practices Audit Verification Program (USDA GAP&GHP). Hear from public health officials, producers, and school food service directors as they discuss the barriers and how to overcome them.
4. Food Safety, Urban Farming, and Farm to School
In this webinar learn how one of the largest school districts in the country is creating a farm to school program using acres of their own land. Denver Public Schools identified 25 acres that can be farmed. This year, three acres are under production, providing affordable organically-grown and oh-so-local vegetables to its schools.
There are many issues a school district must address when growing their own food. First and foremost is food safety. This webinar will introduce you to the innovate school farming project AND discuss the food safety issues associated with urban farming, whether existing regulations adequately address the issues, and how Denver Public Schools partners with Extension to ensure food safety in the farming, harvesting, and transport processes while not overburdening the farmers of these small urban plots.
National Farm to School “Lunch Bites“ webinars
USDA 2014 Farm to School webinar series
Finding, Buying and Serving Local Foods
Beginning January 2014 through June 2014, the USDA Farm to School Program will host two webinars each month to showcase the variety of ways school districts can purchase local foods. The webinars will be held at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Topics will include everything from procurement basics to using geographic preference, to finding local producers, to buying local through DoD Fresh. See the schedule below for more information. To register for the webinars or view past webinars, click here.
Colorado Farm to School webinars
Learn about how the state of Colorado is supporting farm to school, Colorado Proud School Meal Day, local procurement, school gardens, youth farmers markets, and much more. Check out our archives here.