Join the Growing Farm to School Movement! 2018 Salad Bar Grant Applications Now Available

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Author: Josie Di Felice

Posted: January 11, 2018

Categories: Edible Education Network / GoodFoodBites / Schools

The last round of Farm to School Canada Grants saw 50 schools in Ontario and British Columbia—and thus thousands of students—delight in the experience of growing, cooking and eating fresh, local foods at school.

And in 2018, those numbers are only going to rise!

If your school is eager to join this growing, unstoppable movement, there’s no better time than the present: Application forms are now available online (in English and French) for the next round of Farm to School Salad Bar Grants! Apply by March 31, 2018.

The grants, valued at up to $10,000, are designed to establish or enhance efforts that will bring more of the local harvest into schools via a fresh salad bar meal service.

If you’re curious what a farm to school salad bar grant can do for your school, check out the Farm to Cafeteria Canada blog for stirring stories from past recipient schools. Most recently, Sutton District High School and Parry Sound High School have shared their experiences.

A portion of Parry Sound High School’s grant enabled some of their students to use topsoil, mulch and sheep manure to encourage the growth of root vegetables that could be harvested and kept through the winter.

Their story shares:

“Even with a summer of no sun (and more than enough rain!) the students were able to harvest beets, carrots and even some turnips. They were stored in the kitchen and used for several events including pickled beets for the schools’ twice weekly salad bar, a special meal featuring only locally produced food for the Grown Around the Bay event and a fabulous Thanksgiving feast for the students who planted and harvested the garden.”

If you want to offer these sort of invaluable, nourishing experiences for your students, don’t miss out on this great opportunity to acquire funds that will help bring the local harvest into your school.

Apply now and share widely!

Farm to Cafeteria Canada has partnered with the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Whole Kids Foundation, the Public Health Association of BC, Sustain Ontario, Equiterre, and Food First NL to deliver these Farm to School Canada Grants across Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador.