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Conference Session

"Utilizing the USDA Farm to School Grant in Nutrition Services Programs"
Key Areas: Operations
Session: Session G - Sunday November 12, 2017: 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. - 301

Speaker(s): Nicole Sturzenberger, MS - Outreach and Communications , California Department of Food and Agriculture
Rylee Welly - Coordinator of Nutrition Services & Warehousing, Natomas Unified School District Nutrition Se
Brenda Ruiz - Farm to School Project Coordinator, Twin Rivers Unified School District
Ben Thomas - Farm to Cafeteri, Community Alliance with Family Farmers

Description: Learn how three local school districts, a state agency and a nonprofit are utilizing the USDA Farm to School Grant to support local farmers, school gardens and student engagement in Nutrition Services programs. Participants will discuss connecting Farm to School activities to apply for the Grant and share lessons learned with 2017 grantees.

Speaker Bio(s):
Nicole Sturzenberger, MS - Outreach and Communications
California Department of Food and Agriculture

Rylee Welly - Coordinator of Nutrition Services & Warehousing
Natomas Unified School District Nutrition Se

Brenda Ruiz - Farm to School Project Coordinator
Twin Rivers Unified School District

Ben Thomas - Farm to Cafeteri
Community Alliance with Family Farmers

Ben manages CAFF's Farm to Cafeteria program, which facilitates sales between farmers and institutions, such as hospitals and schools. Ben has worked with college and university sustainable food procurement and education since 2009 and joined CAFF after m
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