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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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Are you a salad bar skeptic? If you are, you're not alone. Many a committed K-12 food service director is hesitant to try, out of concern over participation, waste, expense, mess, and food safety. And now salad bars in schools are seemingly even trickier to pull off. How do you insure that kids are meeting their daily fruit and vegetable quotas--and the required weekly balance of green and orange veggies, and beans and peas--if you let them serve themselves? For answers, we will first turn to school salad bar evangelist Rodney Taylor, from Riverside Unified, and two of his talented staff. This program was sponsored by Tabard Inn

"Every kid goes through the salad bar first. At that point they are engaged by an adult on each side who encourage children to eat the colors. We want the plate to be colorful." [09:00]

Rodney Taylor on Inside School Food

"I have served over 6 million salad bar meals in Riverside. For those who tell you it places children at risk - I'll tell you I haven't lost one child yet." [15:00]

"There's a level of service we want to be able to provide. Once they [the children] see that you care - it will immediately turn [things] around." [31:00]

-- Ryan Douglas on Inside School Food


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If you're old enough, you remember the days when "cafeteria ladies" had a craft and the food at school was hand made, right down to the dinner rolls. After decades of moving away from that proud tradition, districts are slowly returning to it. In Maryland, a stand-out "boot camp" for food service workers statewide teaches basic cookery, nutrition science, professional kitchen protocols, and much more. It's a model for training programs that are emerging all over the nation as schools work their way forward (and back) to more real, fresh food in the cafeteria. This program was brought to you by White Oak Pastures.

"The folks that attend our training are trained on how to train and then there's a ripple effect." [05:30]

--Stewart Eidel on Inside School Food

"We're trying to be catalysts for the local economy and jump-start it through economic development. which is just a sidebar to all this [school food initiative]" [35:00]

--Jeffrey Proulx on Inside School Food

"Anybody can heat anything up regardless of technique - but to actually have to chop vegetables or whatever the recipe calls for - gives me more pride." [36:00]

--Becky Anderson on Inside School Food


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