In this issue: NH Healthy Recipe Cooking Challenge, Farm to Preschool Forum, Manchester Cooks and NH School and Education Garden Network


NH Healthy Recipe Challenge

November 9, 2013


 Teams from around the state competed in the third annual NH Healthy Recipe Cooking Challenge on November 9 at the Hospitality Center on the campus of Southern New Hampshire University. For this year's competition, teams were challenged to create recipes that contained New Hampshire grown orange vegetables like carrots, pumpkin and butternut squash. Orange vegetables are now required to be served as part of a school lunch every week. Judges scored the dishes based on adherence to nutrition guidelines, taste, presentation, and use of local ingredients. The panel of judges included Wendy Stevens, vice president of the NH Farmers Market Association, Amy Manzelli, board president of NOFA  NH, Bob and Cheryl Perkins, owners of Autumn View Farm, Jeanne Pierce, food service director for SAU 16, Regina Flynn of the NH Department of Health and Human Services, Martha May Fink, Hunger Chair for Taste of the Nation Manchester, and a couple of UNH Nutrition students,  Prizes were awarded to the top three in each category. The Children's Center of the Upper Valley, in the Child and Adult Care Food Program category, won for their submission of Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup with Pumpkin Bread. In the high school culinary category, Nate Hollins of Concord Regional Tech won for his original recipe of Mt. Washington Apple Rosemary Roasted Butternut Squash. All recipes can be found on the NH Farm to School website.

Next years competition will feature recipes made with NH grown dark leafy greens like kale, spinach and romaine. If you interested in competing next fall, check the NH Farm to School website late next summer for competition details.

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FPO ImageNext years National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is taking place in Austin, Texas!  More than 1,000 food service professionals, farmers, educators, youth leaders, policy makers, advocates, state/federal agency professionals, entrepreneurs, public health professionals and others will gather in Texas and work to continue to foster a culture of food and agriculture literacy across America. The farm to cafeteria movement is at the forefront of the fight to end childhood obesity and strengthen local food systems. Information about scholarships to attend will be forthcoming. Registration opens in January. Check the Farm to Cafeteria website for all details.

Other Events:
New England Vegetable and Fruit Conference  December 17-19, 2013 
NOFA NH Conference   February 1-2, 2014  
NH Farm and Forest  Expo  February 7-8, 2014  
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Farm to PreSchool

Seventy-five people attended the first Northeast Farm to PreSchool Forum held on October 5 in Dublin, NH.  
This collaborative event
featured workshops on curriculum, gardens, funding and material resources, class room activities, cooking,
and taste testing, as well as field trips to a number of NH farms to learn about their preschool programming.
Participants came from five states, and most who attended represented child care centers and in-home child care.
One of the highlights was Valentine and Sons' 
Gardening Rocks Mobile Farm.
A local foods lunch was served that included roasted cauliflower soup, bread, sandwiches, and
recipes prepared during one of the workshops. 
For more Farm to PreSchool resources check the NH Farm to School website.

Look for the second annual Farm to PreSchool forum to be held next year.

NH Farm to School is conducting it's annual survey of school food service directors about local food purchases this school year. If you are a NH school food service director, please respond to the survey here.

Manchester Cooks: Asia

The first in a series of four workshops for the food service department of the Manchester school district happened in the kitchen of West High School on October 10. These workshops are designed to inform the cafeteria staff about the immigrant and refugee populations present in the school district and to provide those students with familiar foods as they transition to a new life in New Hampshire. Each workshop will focus on a different population including Asian, African, Latino and Middle Eastern. The first training workshop, led by Chef David Chan, featured recipes from Bhutan, Nepal and India. Ingredients included pumpkin, mustard greens, kale, green beans, eggplant, hot peppers, chic peas, and lentils. The curry chic pea dish was the favorite. The Organization For Refugee and Immigrant Success (ORIS)  provided some of the food and farmers from  Fresh Start Farms, will be guest speakers for future workshops. The rest of the workshops will be held in 2014.

NH School and
Garden Network

The NH School and Educational Garden Network
is a collaborative project of the UNH Cooperative Extension, NOFA NH, NH Farm to School and NH Ag in the Class.
The purpose of the network is to provide educational
opportunities, resources and support for school and educational garden practitioners. As the network develops,
a new online resource will be available that will
provide opportunities for resource sharing, networking, and an interactive map that will feature all the current NH school and educational gardens. The network
will also support hands-on training and technical assistance. 
As part of the upcoming NOFA NH Winter Conference on
February 1, 2014, there is a full day of workshops around school and educational gardens. If you are interested in
learning how to build, teach in, and sustain a garden, consider attending this event. Registration includes breakfast,
lunch, and the Green Market Fair plus keynote presentations.
More workshops will also be offered at the
NH Farm to School conference next spring.
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