Happy Holidays from New Hampshire Farm to School!



NH Farm to School Coordinator, Stacey Purslow, helps deliver Acadian Redfish to Seabrook schools.
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Calendar of Events

January 8: Oyster River High School Community Dinner and Fed Up!, the documentary 5:00-6:30 pm. Register here.
January 15: Keep Growing: Sowing our Local Food Movement Strategy Session 10-2:00 pm Lancaster
January 31: NOFA NH Winter Conference  Rundlett Middle School, Concord  
The NOFA NH conference will feature an all day workshop on school and youth gardens.
February 3: Flatbread Pizza benefit night to benefit NH Gleans, Portsmouth
February 6-7: NH Farm and Forest Expo Radisson Hotel, Manchester 
This expo will feature a workshop on NH Gleans and Understanding the Institutional Market for Farmers.
February 25-26: Harvest New EnglandSturbridge, MA

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Fish to School on the Seacoast

On December 11, eight Seacoast schools served Acadian redfish for lunch. The event was designed to support our NH commercial fishermen who struggle to make a living, to introduce healthy fresh fish to students, to create new markets for sustainable species of fish like the redfish, and to increase education about local foods.

The fish was caught by local fishermen and processed by Tri State Seafood in Somersworth. NH Community Seafood provided the use of their van for distribution and helped with the communication between the fishermen and the processor. The fresh fish was delivered to the schools on Wednesday and served on Thursday. Each school prepared the fish differently from being baked with breadcrumbs, lemon, and parsley to stuffed with broccoli and cheese to blackened. Participating schools included Oyster River School District, Epping Elementary School, Seabrook Schools, Portsmouth High School, and Winnacunnet High School.

The students really liked the fish! Many students at Epping Elementary wanted additional helpings which was a surprise to the school's food service director. Kai Nichols, a sophomore at Winnacunnet High School, said " The fish is definitely better than I thought and I was more willing to try it knowing where it came from and knowing that it's fresh."

Learn more about Fish to School here. The Portsmouth Herald article about this event can be found here.

Farm to Institution Summit

The Northeast Regional Steering Committee (RSC) of the National Farm to School network was awarded a USDA Farm to School
grant to support a regional Farm to Institution Summit. This three day event will be April 7-9, 2015 and take place on the campus of UMass Amherst. This summit is a collaboration between Farm to Institution New EnglandHealthcare Without Harm and the farm to school programs of all of the northeast states. The first day of this event will be devoted to farm to school and will bring together farm to school leaders from across the northeast to share best practices, innovative ideas, and provide opportunities for strengthening state and regional networks. Scholarships will be available to attend. The RSC is working on a contest to gather great examples of farm to school at work so look for the opportunity to submit your example soon. The best examples will be asked to present at the summit either in-person or via an electronic submission if you are unable to attend. If you are interested in offering a workshop session, please click here to access the RFP (request for proposals). Check here for more information about the summit.

Farm to School Survey

The annual NH Farm to School survey of all NH K-12 school food service directors is underway. Please click here to access the survey. Results of the survey help inform direction of the program as well as collect data on local foods purchases.

NH Healthy Recipe Cooking Challenge 2015

Calling all school lunch chefs, culinary and family and consumer science students and CACFP food service! 
The third Annual NH Healthy Recipe Cooking Challenge is being rescheduled for the spring of 2015.This culinary cook off features creative recipes that meet current nutrition guidelines for USDA meal programs, includes New Hampshire grown foods in the recipes and are easy and affordable to prepare. For next spring's competition each recipe will need to include dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, romaine, collard greens or Swiss chard. Finished dishes will be judged on appearance, taste, adherence to nutrition guidelines and use of local ingredients. Prizes will be awarded to the top three recipes in each category: High school, CACFP and NSLP food service.The date for this event has not been set but will happen likely in May. For more information and to register your team click here. To view recipes from previous competitions click here. To see photos from previous competitions click here. 

School Garden News

The January 31 NOFA NH Winter Conference is once again offering an all day school and youth garden workshop. This workshop will feature a panel presentation of successful school gardens, connecting the garden to curriculum, school garden basics and more! Register here.

Recently the NH School and Youth Garden Network hosted three school garden events at Stevens High School in Claremont, Inter Lakes Elementary School in Meredith, and at Beaver Brook Association in Hollis. More than 30 people attended from 9 different school districts. Highlights included the Living Classroom greenhouse project, the award winning composting program at the Brett School in Tamworth, and the new garden project in Claremont.
Find more school garden resources here.




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