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2017-18 MA Farm to School Institute’s Fall Retreat

Earlier this month, we kicked off the 2017-18 Mass. Farm to School Institute with an incredible Fall Retreat at Appleton Farms in Ipswich, MA on November 3rd-4th. School teams from Essex Technical High School, Webster Public Schools, and Ipswich Public Schools were selected from a pool of applicants for the opportunity to participate in the […]

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Farm to School Awareness Day Brought Advocates & Legislators together to celebrate Farm to School & the 2017 Kale Blazer

Farm to School advocates from across the Commonwealth gathered at the Massachusetts State House on Thursday, October 26th to share their stories of bringing healthy, locally grown foods and food education to students with each other and their legislators. They heard from one of the 2016 Kale Blazer award winners, Senator Anne Gobi as well […]

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Harvest of the Month Profile: Gill-Montague Regional School District

Lessons from the Gill-Montague Regional School District Mistelle Hannah is the Food Service Director of the Gill-Montague School District. Since she became the food service director, she has re-implemented and is developing the Harvest of the Month Program. We interviewed her earlier this year to speak about her experiences.   Procurement The Gill-Montague School District […]

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Harvest of the Month Profile: Salem Public Schools

Lessons from the Salem Public School District Salem Public Schools have participated in our Harvest of the Month program since its inception five years ago. This summer, we interviewed Deborah Jeffers and Patrice Toomey–the district’s Food Service Director and Program Manager, respectively– on their high school’s innovative dining services and how they incorporate Harvest of […]

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Harvest of the Month: Dairy Contest

The New England Dairy and Food Council sponsored a Harvest of the Month: Dairy contest, inviting Harvest of the Month participants to send along images and a description of how they celebrated Dairy month at their schools for a chance to win a field trip to a dairy farm. The participating schools celebrated Dairy in […]

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Harvest of the Month Profile: Webster Public Schools

Starting a Local Foods Program with Harvest of the Month: Lessons from the Webster Public School District Food Service Director Ellen Nylen was not only new to the Webster School District, but also new to Massachusetts, and chose to participate in the Harvest of the Month program as a way to demonstrate her interest in […]

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Seafood Success!

Our first ever Seafood Harvest of the Month was a big success thanks to all the great work done by our participating Harvest of the Month schools and institutions. There were seafood culinary workshops and seafood celebrations which resulted in new recipes learned and more seafood purchased locally and enjoyed in cafeterias around the state.  […]

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Harvest of the Month Profile: Lowell Public Schools

Kristina Webber, Food Service Director at Lowell Public Schools, has taken well thought out steps to increase and improve upon Lowell’s participation in the Harvest of the Month program. Procurement Lowell Public Schools has sourced from many farms in the Massachusetts area, including Manheim Farms in Whatley, Czajkowski Farm in Hadley, Souza Farm in Rehoboth, and more! As they are a […]

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Harvest of the Month Profile: Chicopee Public Schools

We had a great discussion with Greta Schwachman (FoodCorps member with ChicopeeFRESH), Rachel Harb (Chicopee Public Schools Farm to School Coordinator), Becky Barrett (Head Chef at Lambert-Lavoie Elementary School), and Joanne Lennon (Director of Food Service at Chicopee Public Schools), who all shared their experiences implementing Harvest of the Month with us. Procurement & Menu […]

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