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News from 2013

MULLICA TOWNSHIP, OCTOBER 16, The PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY Mullica School’s Community Garden Grows Into Award MULLICA TOWNSHIP — “A lot of kids were disgusted by asparagus,” said Rebekah Allebach, a fourth-grader in the township school district. But then they grew it, harvested it and tasted it prepared in various ways, teacher Marci Galli said. READ MORE…

TRENTON, OCTOBER 2, NEW JERSEY FARM TO SCHOOL NETWORK New Jersey Farm To School Network and Edible Jersey Magazine to Present “2013 Garden of the Year” Awards During National Farm To School Month TRENTON — William J. McGinn Elementary School, the “Overall Winning Garden”, will receive a $1500 prize at an award ceremony hosted at the school garden at 9:30am on October 21st. Congressman Rush Holt will be on hand to present the award and share his thoughts about October’s “National Farm to School Month” which he introduced in 2010. Three additional awards will be given to the following schools that represent notable practices in Nutrition Education, Environmental Education and Community Outreach. READ MORE…

TRENTON, FEBRUARY 7, NEW JERSEY Department of Agriculture “Farmers, School Food Service Get Twitter Training To Facilitate Farm To School Initiative” A grant awarded by the Christie Administration is funding a project to instantaneously connect farmers and school food service procurement professionals to facilitate the purchasing of Jersey Fresh produce for use in school meal programs. READ MORE…

NEWARK, SEPTEMBER 24, THE STAR-LEDGER
Scotch Plains School Honored for “Garden of the Year”
SCOTCH PLAINS — Kids in a Scotch Plains elementary school don’t object if someone says, “eat your vegetables!”
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TRENTON, FEBRUARY 7, NEW JERSEY Department of Agriculture
“Farmers, School Food Service Get Twitter Training To Facilitate Farm To School Initiative”
A grant awarded by the Christie Administration is funding a project to instantaneously connect farmers and school food service procurement professionals to facilitate the purchasing of Jersey Fresh produce for use in school meal programs.
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TRENTON, JANUARY 31, NEW JERSEY FARM TO SCHOOL NETWORK
“New Jersey Farm to School to Host Twitter Training at 2013 New Jersey Agricultural Convention & Trade Show”
On February 7, the New Jersey Farm to School Network, with the assistance of the New Jersey Farm Bureau and the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, will host a training seminar for farmers and school food service directors to instruct them to communicate through a social media platform using Twitter.
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PRINCETON, JANUARY 16, PRINCETON PATCH
“Jersey Trailblazers – the Delicious Revolution”
A few years ago, after reviewing a “menu calendar” from my kids’ school (aka 365 ways to say ‘chicken nuggets’), I called Beth Feehan, executive director of the NJ Farm to School Network. I wanted to know what it took to get some fresh local food into my kids’ cafeteria. “We can help you,” she said, “but you’re looking at a year or so of enough work for a full time job.” Yes, it took that long to get some veggies into a school cafeteria. These days, largely due to the relentless work of people like Beth, it’s getting easier.
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News from 2012

National Farm To School, October 8
“Prize-Winning School Gardens: Planting Seeds, Reaping Results”
One of my favorite places to be is my garden. As I harvest the last of this year’s bounty, so many fond memories of this great growing season come to mind – watching from the window as my neighbor “sneaks” into the raspberry patch for a snack, listening to my son laugh as he picks snap peas with the help of our pea-eating dog, Leo, and feeling my muscles ache as I push a wheelbarrow full of onions toward the house following an afternoon of digging in the dirt. Now, in the middle of National Farm to School month, I am inspired to celebrate school gardens. School gardens are integral components of many Farm to School endeavors across the country, connecting the classroom, the cafeteria, and the community, and allowing kids the opportunity to grow delicious, healthy food. Here, I’m thrilled to share some of the great school garden stories I have heard lately.
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MARGATE, SEPTEMBER 26, SHORE NEWS TODAY
“Tighe School Garden is Tops in the State”
Mary Mary quite contrary raised cockle shells and silver bells in her garden, but at the Eugene A. Tighe Middle School the garden yields its bounty of peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, Swiss chard, lettuce and more from spring through the fall under the watchful eye and green thumb of third grade teacher Jessica Cuevas, her husband Bob Blumberg and the community of students, parents and co-workers. This cooperative effort was not lost on Douglas Fisher, the New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture who along with a team of state officials kicked off Jersey Fresh Farm to School Week and recognized Cuevas and the Margate School District as the top school garden in New Jersey.
Beth Feehan, of the N.J. Farm to School network, said there were 165 schools around the state that entered their garden into the competition. Margate took first place and along with bragging rights they received $1,000 from Nancy Painter, editor of Edible New Jersey Magazine to purchase seeds or whatever garden supplies they might need for their garden.
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MAPLEWOOD, SEPTEMBER 26, SOUTH ORANGE PATCH
“Seth Boyden Celebrates Farm to School”
Assemblyman John F. McKeon and Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey (both Essex/Morris) joined students, PTA members and school officials to celebrate Jersey Fresh Farm to School Week at Seth Boyden Elementary School’s Strawberry Fields garden on Tuesday. Under a brilliant September sky, McKeon lauded the work done by the school community to bring Strawberry Fields to fruition.
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MaRGATE, SEPTEMBER 25, PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY
“Margate school garden wins state agricultural award”
Teacher Jessica Cuevas doesn’t think of the garden in the Eugene A. Tighe School courtyard as just a place to grow produce. To her, it’s an endeavor that has benefited students, parents and families well beyond the city. “The garden doesn’t belong to us,” she told students, staff, family and guests at a special assembly Monday at the school. “We belong to the garden. It’s bigger than any one of us.”.
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TRENTON, SEPTEMBER 24, New Jersey Department of Agriculture
“Margate Schools’ Gardend Honored During State Kick-Off To Jersey Fresh Farm To School Week”
New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher today presented Eugene A. Tighe Middle School and William H. Ross Elementary School in Margate City with the inaugural School Garden of the Year Award during a ceremony at the Tighe School. The award was sponsored by the New Jersey Farm to School Network and Edible Jersey magazine. “Ross and Tighe Schools are doing everything right and should be the model for other schools in New Jersey unsure if they can grow a garden and connect it to the curriculum and what’s eaten in the cafeteria,” said Secretary Fisher. “I have seen the excitement children have when they are eating something they grew themselves. We hope working in the school garden will lead them to living healthier lives.”
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MaRGATE, SEPTEMBER 24, NBC 40
“School garden is changing students lives, best in the state”
Students in Margate are awarded the “School Garden of the Year” award on Monday. “Eggplants, tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, and radishes, student Tai Schiavo said.” Those are just some of the veggies the kids at the Eugene A. Tighe Middle School and the William H. Ross Elementary School are growing and learning to love.
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Mays Landing, January 30, New Jersey Farm TO SCHOOL NETWORK
“NJ Farm To School Winter Conference”
The New Jersey Farm to School Network will host their Winter Conference, “It Takes a Village: Collaborations in Good Food and School Gardens,” February 24 and 25, 2012 at Atlantic Cape Community College, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing in Walter E. Edge Hall. With support from the AtlantiCare Foundation, the conference will highlight collaborations in southern New Jersey among higher education, not-for-profit organizations, K-12 schools and community organizers who are bringing good food and nutrition education solutions to the region. The conference will be of interest to educators, healthcare providers, agricultural professionals, philanthropists, and students seeking degrees in education, healthcare, social sciences, agriculture and/or the culinary arts.
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ATLANTIC COUNTY, FEBRUARY 24-25, JONATHAN JENSEN
“Building a community within the community; a first time experience at the Annual NJ Farm to School Conference”
The third annual NJ Farm to School winter conference was held this year at the Atlantic Cape County College. The theme, “It takes a Village. Collaborations in Good Food and School Gardens” featured speakers and exhibits focusing on the benefits of school gardens and the growing green initiative. The event has become a gathering place for teachers, community groups, non profits, and businesses as well as students like myself to learn and create friendships in sharing ideas and purposes.
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Mays Landing, January 30, New Jersey Farm TO SCHOOL NETWORK
“NJ Farm To School Winter Conference”
The New Jersey Farm to School Network will host their Winter Conference, “It Takes a Village: Collaborations in Good Food and School Gardens,” February 24 and 25, 2012 at Atlantic Cape Community College, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing in Walter E. Edge Hall. With support from the AtlantiCare Foundation, the conference will highlight collaborations in southern New Jersey among higher education, not-for-profit organizations, K-12 schools and community organizers who are bringing good food and nutrition education solutions to the region. The conference will be of interest to educators, healthcare providers, agricultural professionals, philanthropists, and students seeking degrees in education, healthcare, social sciences, agriculture and/or the culinary arts.
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News from 2011

Always CURRENT, New Jersey Farm TO SCHOOL NETWORK
“Growing Gardens – Feeding Minds”
The New Jersey Farm to School Network made this film to highlight farm to school programs in the Garden State
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News from 2010

SEPTEMBER 2010, New Jersey Farm Bureau
NJFB Partners With NJ Farm To School Network
New Jersey Farm Bureau is working to build new relationships as we promote the value Jersey Fresh produce as a part of the national movement towards eating healthy, local, fresh food. One such collaboration is with the New Jersey Farm to School Network, a relatively new organization with a mission to improve school food, promote locally grown produce and educate through school gardens.
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SEPTEmber 22, 2010, PERISHABLENEWS.COM
NJF2S and NJ Farm Bureau Awarded Grant to Produce Seasonality Cards to Promote NJ Produce
(TRENTON) – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded the Christie Administration a $840,373 United States Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant for a variety of uses including education, marketing and promotion of New Jersey agricultural products.
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News from 2009

December 9, 2009, The Packer

National Farm to School Network Has Exploded from Humble Beginnings
When Rodney Taylor was first approached back in the mid-1990s by a parent wanting more fresh, locally grown produce served in a school district, he initially dismissed it. After all, the Santa Monica/Malibu school district for which Taylor was director of nutritional services, already had salad bars in the schools. He thought that was progressive enough. But the parent’s daughter complained she wouldn’t go near the salad bar at her school because the lettuce was brown, carrots were turning white and, well, the colors were just dull.
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APRIL 18, 2009, NJ FARM TO SCHOOL CONFERENCE
Local Coverage of the NJ Farm To School Conference

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