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Let’s Get Growing!. The Hope to Build the Future  Children who are introduced to fruits and vegetables at a young age are more likely to consume them.

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1 Let’s Get Growing!

2 The Hope to Build the Future  Children who are introduced to fruits and vegetables at a young age are more likely to consume them on a regular basis  Children participating in Farm to School programs have been shown to consume an increase of one serving of fruits and vegetables per day.  Combining educational components with local, quality foods served in the cafeteria can lead to permanent improvements in children’s diets both in school and at home.

3 Service Site: Michigan Land Use Institute  Supervisor Diane Conners,  Healthy Food For All Policy Specialist  Partnerships with Fourteen Schools:  Frankfort Elementary  Platte River Elementary  Crystal Lake Elementary  Betsie Valley Elementary  Lake Anne Elementary  Northport Public Schools  Suttons Bay Schools  Glen Lake Public Schools  Leland Public School  Blair Elementary  Traverse Heights  Interlochen Elementary  Central Grade School  Central Lake Elementary

4 Michigan FoodCorps Five Sites Coordinated by Michigan State University Extension Community Food Systems Work Group Michigan Land Use Institute (Traverse City) Crim Fitness Foundation (Flint) Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (Detroit) Wayne State University Center for School Health (Detroit) MSU Extension Chippewa County (Sault Sainte Marie)

5 Our Activities Include Teaching hands-on nutrition education Building and tending school gardens Sourcing high-quality local food FoodCorps The three pillars of FoodCorps Service are Knowledge, Engagement, and Access with healthy foods

6 Teaching hands-on nutrition education

7 Building and tending school gardens

8 Sourcing high-quality local food

9 How You Can Help  Donate Gardening Supplies  (potting soil, seed trays and other containers, seeds, small trowels, buckets, straw)  Volunteering:  Planning and designing gardens  Recruiting and managing volunteers  Assisting with lessons  Garden Maintenance (with or without children)  Fun demonstrations for classes  Field Trips

10 School Gardens Lianna works with:  Traverse Heights Elementary:  17 Raised Beds  Interlochen Elementary:  Indoor: Hydrostacker; Outdoor: raised beds  Platte River Elementary:  Hoophouse and several raised beds  Frankfort Elementary:  2 raised beds  Betsie Valley Elementary: Hydroponic Tower

11 Our other schools  For more information about the other schools, contact the following farm to school educators:  Crystal Lake, Central Lake: Meghan McDermott  Central Grade School, Blair Elementary, Lake Ann Elementary: Michele Worden  Northport, Suttons Bay, Glen Lake, and Leland schools: Pam Bardenhagen

12 & Lianna Bowman FoodCorps Service Member, Michigan Land Use Institute (MLUI) & Michigan State University Extension Community Food Systems Work Group Questions?


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