Farm to School, Institutions

Farm to Institution New England (FINE) has released the new report Campus Dining 201: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities for Farm to College in New England. The report summarizes the results of FINE’s 2018 survey of New England colleges and universities with dining services. Results show that 93 percent of responding colleges reported purchasing local food for their […]

This article from Urban Food Futures gives a brief overview of the changes happening in our food system. Spoiler alert: high volume buyers make big differences in our food sourcing and eating. We would add the fabulous Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP)! We’re a proud member of the Austin area GFPP team with the City of […]

This article on Medium includes some good tips on planning and holding a successful public community meeting on food security. 1 – Do we really need another meeting? 2 – Curate! 3 – Comfort zone 4 – Fun.. intentionally 5 – Inspire 6 – Make space for networking and informal learning

Episode 2.2: “Access to Local Food Systems as a Rural Economic Driver” The Texas Center for Local Food is featured in the latest episode of Access, the Federal Reserve’s podcast on community development topics. Each episode asks community members and organizations across the U.S. about programs that help provide access to opportunity for underserved individuals […]

What is the approach taken by the Texas Center for Local Food (TCLF) in Texas?  On July 26, 2018, Sue Beckwith of TCLF joined others to present an introduction to value chain coordination at a webinar conducted by the Wallace Center.  Here’s a link to the webinar recording.  Sue’s part begins at 41:45.  There is […]

The Elgin school district (Elgin ISD) is one of only a dozen districts to receive recognition for ground-breaking programs in a special edition of Texas School Business magazine.  This article highlights this outstanding recognition of Elgin ISD’s Farm-to-School program by the Texas Association of School Administrators.   Partnership with the City of Elgin is key to this […]

3rd graders holdings carrots and he is dressed in orange and has red hair!

Our first produce delivery under Elgin’s USDA Farm-to-School grant was completed on May 9th by Bekki Calloway of Skinny Lane Farm.  Clearing the paperwork hurdle to become an official vendor for the Elgin ISD kitchen taken care of – she provided 60 lbs of carrots and onions making sure to include her funniest-looking ones!  The […]