News from the Appalachian Staple Foods Collaborative
Local Food in Schools Keeps Dollars in the Community
When Lynne Genter was hired to coordinate Farm to School purchases and education at Federal Hocking Schools, she used the cafeteria as her classroom, where she introduced students to local foods and offered some fun facts about the impact buying local has on our community.
Collage by Eleanor Reagan.
Whole Grain Rich Standards Rolled Back for School Meals
Across the country, the COVID-19 pandemic proves to be a major barrier to nutrition for over 30 million children relying on subsidized school meals. Abrupt school closures, supply chain disruptions, staffing shortages, and rising food costs continue to threaten efforts to provide healthy, local foods to schools.
100% Whole Grain Rye Cookies
Athens bakers and chefs provided a spread of dishes containing locally milled chestnut flour.
Chestnut Field Day is a Tasty Success
CAROLLTON, OH – ASFC hosted a hands-on field day this September to share our North Central Region SARE funded grant research to develop value-added products from Grade-B chestnuts.
NASN Member Coordinates 2nd Year of Farming Fellowship
North American Staples Network member Tia Stuart facilitates the Regenerative Farm Fellowship, a program launched in 2021 to encourage, support and train aspiring and beginning farmers with a special emphasis on BIPOC farmers.
This year's 10 fellows hail from Greene, Clark, Montgomery, and Hamilton counties in Ohio. Photo credit.
Photo by Dennie Eagleson.
Heritage Grain Brings People Together in Yellow Springs
YELLOW SPRINGS, OH - Farmers, millers, brewers, bakers, entrepreneurs, and researchers convened for the first ever Heritage Grain School hosted by the Agraria Center for Regenerative Practice. The event, which took place August 12-14, aimed to create a gathering much like the Grain School organized by University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) since 2016.
Grainstorm: An Event About Regional Grains
Join CRAFT at Chatham University for a day learning all about the regional grainshed in Western PA with hands-on workshops and roundtable discussions.
Interested in local food systems? Curious about how food hubs are created to serve local communities? We will hear from Rural Action’s Director of Sustainable Agriculture and Auction Manager about the auction’s history and growth, and then stay for a community potluck!
National Farm to School Network Movement Meeting
Whether you've been doing farm to school for years or are new to it, join the NFSN Movement Meeting to learn about how farm to school is growing.
Pathways to Regeneration: Critical Agrarianism
This annual conference will cover critical agrarianism, a topic that examines the intersection of agrarian movements across the globe with important implications for social and ecological justice.
Build social solidarity not charity! Support horizontal networks of cooperation by sharing resources with organizations on the frontlines of food sovereignty work. This section will feature opportunities to fund grassroots organizations related to the newsletter theme.
Neighbor Loaves (& Meals) delivers bread and meals purchased at local bakeries and restaurants directly to Athens county food access programs.
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