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School gardens are now being embraced nationwide, as is farm-to-school. But school garden-to-cafeteria? It's what's coming next--well-established in some districts, in fact, which offer valuable resources to beginners. Concerned about food safety? Funding? Whether or not to buy student-grown or accept it as a donation? Is it worth the trouble--does it interest children in eating more produce, trying new fruits and veggies? The nation's two leading experts, from Colorado and Oregon, discuss all this and more. This program was brought to you by White Oak Pastures.

"Everyone along the supply chain of school food should get their fair equal prices. There are costs to school gardens. Right now districts don't pay for much of those costs." [18:00]

---Andy Nowak on Inside School Food

"What we develop in Denver needs to be a template - the beginning of a conversation in your own county." [25:00]

"If you put in the effort and there are educational opportunities in place - you see wholeheartedly that kids will make nutritional choices." [28:00]

--Rick Sherman on Inside School Food


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This week on Just Food Stories, Jacquie welcomes Reverend Robert Ennis Jackson to the program to talk about his amazing work in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant. The Reverend has lent his hand in co-founding many organizations such as the Brooklyn Rescue Mission Urban Harvest Center, Healthy Harvest Food Pantries, Bedford-Stuyvesant Farm, among many others. Explaining his background and what inspired him to bring fresh and nutritious foods into Bedford-Stuyvesant, Reverend Jackson talks about transforming the current food system to promote the health of both consumers and producers, including partnering with Just Food on a chicken coop project. This program has been sponsored by Whole Foods Market.

"We saw that folks that were getting pantry food or donated food were getting less quality food. We had to figure out how to get fresh, healthy, organic, conventional food into the hands of pantry guests, so we started Bed-Stuy Farm." [6:20]

"Our first farm year was about people who were getting out of addiction, helping us clear the land, and seniors helping us plant food, and enjoying the partaking in eating that food." [8:50]

-- Reverend Robert Jackson on Just Food Stories


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This week on The Farm Report, host Erin Fairbanks welcomes Manolia Charlotin, Managing Editor of Feet in 2 Worlds, Tamara Dawson, Director of Programs at the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger (BSCAH), and Jenae Joseph, a Green Team Leader for BSCAH. Talking about the amazing things that are happening in NYC's own backyard, Manolia, Tamara, and Jenae share the background, current operations, and community impact that the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger has had since its inception in 1998. Delving deeper into the notion of a food pantry, the group discusses that many times donated food goes to waste because patrons aren't sure how to cook certain items. The BSCAH, led by Dr. Melony Samuels, aims to change the views of the typical food pantry and community gardens, making fresh, local produce affordable and accessible to the masses. Tune in for an informative and motivating discussion! This program was brought to you by Cain Vineyard and Winery.

"When a client enters the pantry, we provide them with food in a dignified aspect. The pantry is not set up like a typical pantry where you get online and receive a bag of food, but it's set up in a supermarket style pantry." [7:36]

"She (Dr. Melony Samuels) was very determined that she wanted to meet the needs of the community." [23:08]

--Tamara Dawson on The Farm Report

"In these gardens, young people all the way up to seniors are learning how to grow naturally. Their hands are in the dirt." [35:52]

--Manolia Charlotin on The Farm Report


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