Friday, August 28, 2009

School Lunch & Garden discussion on NPR

Earlier this week there was a discussion on NPR about two different school food service programs that are taking steps to have healthier school lunch programs. The School Food Service Director for Baltimore City Public Schools talks about a farm that he owns and allows children to come out and reconnect with how food is produced, in addition so supplying the food service program. He also discusses steps he is taking to purchase from other local producers and how he wants to change some of the choices currently being offered in school vending machines.
The other presentor is from Conneticut and he talks about how they are doing more to purchase local and seasonal products to help children reconnect with their food and what it looks and tastes like in its raw, un processed form. For the transcript and full discussion, please visit:

Monday, August 24, 2009

SC School Garden Survey

The Department of Agriculture would like to invite you to participate in the South Carolina School Garden Inventory. The 2008 distribution of this survey resulted in five schools throughout the state being awarded “Eat Smart …it’s in the Garden” mini grants. Once again, we would like distribute our School Garden Inventory to learn more about school gardens throughout the state.
The data gathered from this inventory will be used to determine a pool of potential applicants the Department of Agriculture invites to apply for the 2009 “Eat Smart…it’s in the Garden” mini-grants sponsored by Eat Smart Move More…SC.
We are trying to reach as many schools across the state as possible. Therefore, please share this email with your colleagues and encourage others to complete the survey.
The survey should take no longer than 10-15 minutes to complete. Please submit your survey responses by Friday September 4, 2009. If you have any questions please contact Beth Crocker at Thank you in advance for your time and assistance with distributing this survey throughout the state.