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NC Farm to School Summit 2019

September 19–20, 2019

Raleigh Convention Center
500 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC

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Early Bird Registration Prices Through August 23!

Farm to School Summit, 2019: Working Together in Farm to School

Hosted by Farm to School Coalition of NC and launching the 1st annual farm to school awards of NC.

Early Bird registration prices through August 23rd!! Registration will close September 6th.

Pre-summit workshops and field trips will take place on September 19, 2019 at various sites near Raleigh—join us for Food Sciences Teacher Workshop, Garden Teacher Workshop, Racial Equity in Farm to School Workshop, Policy in Farm to School Workshop, Four Farm Field Trips , Composting Facility Field Trip, School and Early Care Center Field Trips

Our 2nd state-level summit, to be held September 20th, 2019 in Raleigh, NC, will be an opportunity to strengthen the network of practitioners committed to any and all components of farm to school—from local food purchasing to experiential learning about agriculture, gardening, food, cooking, nutrition and health.

Join us as we grow our membership and collaboratively build capacity of farm to school efforts across the state.

Who Should Attend?

Teachers, School Nutrition Directors, Family and Consumer Sciences Agents, Non-profits, Farmers, Cooperative Extension Agents, Researchers, Parents, Chefs, and all!

Host Hotel

Farm to School Room Block at the Sheraton Raleigh

  • Sheraton Raleigh Hotel (1 min walking from Raleigh Convention Center) 421 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601
  • State rate available for single and double rooms ($149/per night)
  • Reservation link for conference attendees: Book your group rate for Farm To School Summit 2019

Alternate Hotels in Downtown Raleigh

Raleigh Marriott City Center, 500 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601 USA

Holiday Inn Raleigh Downtown, 320 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27603

Thursday, September 19th

Pre-Summit Trainings and Field Trips - various times, locations, and prices; detailed descriptions and info on registration page and on downloadable “full schedule”

  • Food Sciences Teacher Workshop
  • Garden Teacher Workshop
  • Racial Equity in Farm to School Workshop
  • Policy in Farm to School Workshop
  • Four Farm Field Trips
  • School and Early Care Center Field Trips
  • Composting Facility Field Trip

Friday, September 20th

Detailed descriptions and info on registration page and on downloadable “full schedule”

500 S. Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

8:00am – 9:00am

Registration and Breakfast

Meeting Area North

9:00am – 9:30am

Welcome and Who is in the Room?

306 Ballroom


9:30am – 11:00am

Displays, Demos, and Hands-on Activity Rooms

Gardening & Composting for Classrooms and Schools, Rm 202

Cooking with Students & Taste Tests, Rm 203

F2SCoalition of NC: What’s next in Farm to School in NC & YOUR VOICE, Rm 307

Concurrent Sessions

Local Food on the Line: Share Outs from School Nutrition Directors, Rm 305A

Racial Equity in Farm to School Curriculum, Rm 305B

Youth Leadership in f2s: Supporting EmergingCurrent Leaders, Rm 201


11:15am – 12:30pm

Displays, Demos, and Hands-on Activity Rooms (see above)

Concurrent Sessions

Culinary Institute: Teaching Forward for Successful Students, Rm 305A

Local Foods Curricula: Teaching Resources, Rm 305B

Farm Visits & Farmer Connections: Share Outs from Farmers & Teachers, Rm 201

12:30pm – 2:00pm

LUNCH and Awards Ceremony

Music by Dillard Academy Students

2:15pm – 3:30pm

Concurrent Sessions

The Role of Farm to School in Weather Emergencies, 305A

Your Local Food Councils and Farm to School, Room 305B

Jr Chef Competition, Rm 201

Open Sessions (determined by attendee interest during lunch break), Rms 202 and 203

3:45pm – 4:15pm

Closing, Next Year Announcements, and Raffle

There is an option to register for pre-summit field trips and workshops separately, you do not need to register for the Summit to attend pre-summit events. Each workshop/field trip has its own registration link.

Friday Summit

All-Day Farm to School (F2S) Summit - $35

  • Offered by The Farm to School Coalition of NC
  • Includes lunch
  • Full day, 8:00am-4:30pm
  • at Raleigh Convention Center,
  • 500 S. Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601
  • demo/resource room for gardening & composting
  • demo/resource room for cooking & taste
  • concurrent sessions am and pm
  • open session opportunities in afternoon
  • awards ceremony over lunch

Thursday,Pre-Summit Trainings and Field Trips

Pre-Summit Food Sciences Teacher Workshop - $40

  • Offered by The NC Department of Public Instruction
  • Full day, 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Museum of Natural Science, 11 W Jones St Raleigh
  • Open to Ag and FCS teachers only
  • Max 24
  • Includes lunch
  • Designed for Family & Consumer Sciences and Ag Ed Teachers currently teaching or planning to teach the FN43 Food Science & Technology course. This full-day training includes hands-on food science labs, expert presentations, curriculum overview, and instructional best practices. Questions:

Pre-Summit Racial Equity in F2S Workshop - $40

  • Offered by we are
  • Full day, 8:00am-4:30pm
  • NC Rural Center, 4021 Carya Dr, Raleigh
  • Max 35
  • Includes lunch
  • This Racial Equity training serves as a general introduction to racial equity at the intersections of food and education. Open to anyone doing work related to farm to school (k-12); come as we work together to explore language, history & analysis to strengthen our collective ability to work through an equity lens for the benefit of all children. *We encourage coming in teams.

Pre-Summit F2S Garden Teacher Workshop - $40

  • Offered by NC Department of Public Instruction, NC4H, and NCSU Plants for Human Health Institute
  • Full Day: 8:30am-4:30pm
  • Location tbd
  • Max: 25
  • Includes lunch
  • Dig in with a team of educators, nutritionists,and horticulturists how a school garden can enhance hands-on learning in all K-12 curriculum areas and build a healthy school environment. At this hands on workshop, discover how to build, plant and tend an edible garden; strategies and activities for connecting to grade-level standards; and how to sustain and keep the garden growing through garden management teams.

Pre-Summit p/Policies to Support f2s Workshop - $25

  • Offered by Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
  • The National Farm to School Network
  • Half Day, 1:00pm-4:30pm
  • at the NC Rural Center, 4021 Carya Dr, Raleigh
  • max 35
  • snacks only
  • From local purchases to education, farm to school has multiple benefits for kids, schools, and communities, but with layers of federal, state, and local policy, efforts can be daunting. Join this session to learn about policies that help determine what local food ends up feeding NC kids and develop strategies for educating and/or advocating to your Congressional delegates, state-level elected officials and your local school board to make the process of supporting farm to school easier at all levels of government.

Farm Field Trip to Black Cotton - $40

  • Offered by Julius Tillery at BlackCotton
  • Full day, 8:15am-4:30pm
  • max 30
  • Bus departs from Rural Center, 4021 Carya Dr, Raleigh
  • Includes Lunch at La Kitchen Delite
  • We’ll head first to Tillery Family Farm in Rich Square, NC where you’ll see cotton and soybean fields, the historical school house and cemetery, as well as the family garden. We’ll then stop for lunch at a local diner, La Kitchen Delite before heading to the BlackCottonUS office at old Garysburg Elementary School, now the Town Center. At the office you’ll see how cotton is processed and turned into product. Julius Tillery will share the story of why he started Black Cotton, his travels and research in developing his plan, and the impact of this farm on the community and region. He’ll also address how the context of this farm is part of what he shares with school groups coming to learn about both the production and the history of cotton farming in NC and the South.

Farm Field Trip to First Fruits - $25

  • Offered by Wisdom for Life
  • Half day, 8am-1pm
  • max 45
  • Bus departs from Rural Center, 4021 Carya Dr, Raleigh, NC 27610
  • Snacks only provided
  • Jason Brown, a former NFL player, and his wife Tay work with school groups to “teach the life cycle of plants, how to plant a seed, the importance of the soil, and how to be good stewards of the land—all universal concepts that are important for every child to know and understand.” You’ll get a farm trolley tour of the whole farm, from garden to barnyard and hear how they work with school groups. Jason and Tay have been dedicated to donating produce for hunger relief, and will share their story and faith-based mission of the farm.

Farm Field Trip to Durham HUB Farm - $20

  • Offered by Durham Public Schools HUB Farm
  • Half Day, 10am-12pm
  • Max 30
  • Meet at site: Durham Public Schools Hub Farm
  • 117 Milton Road, Durham, NC 27712
  • by Durham Public Schools. The Hub Farm engages students, teachers, and the greater Durham community in environmental stewardship, health and nutrition, and career development.
  • The Hub Farm’s mission is to improve the academic achievement and well-being of students in Durham Public Schools through experiential outdoor learning. Come tour the Hub Farm’s 30 acre farm, forest and aquatic outdoor learning center, owned

Field Trip to NCSU Compost Learning Lab - free

  • Offered by NCSU Cooperative Extension and Wake County Cooperative Extension
  • 4000 Chi Road, Raleigh
  • Half day, 9am-12pm
  • No max
  • Meet at site: NCSU Compost Learning Lab,
  • This education, research and demonstration site is the heart of the 1,500-acre Lake Wheeler Road Field Laboratory, with 26 types of backyard composting and vermicomposting units, both medium and small scale, and multiple areas for hands-on activities. A 40-ft by 30-ft Worm Barn houses a dozen types of worm bins ranging in size from household bins to a 40 square feet bed.

Early Care Center Field Trip to A Safe Place - $20

  • Offered by Kim Shaw
  • Facebook @ASafePlaceChildhoodEnrichmentCenters
  • Half day, 10am-11:30pm
  • Max 20
  • Meet at site: 1216 Cross Link Rd, Raleigh
  • Come visit a model farm to early care center to explore their farm to ECE work: garden & cooking education in the classroom, procurement and promotion efforts, healthy school food environment, food waste reduction through composting, hunger reduction efforts, and parent connections. The Director, Chef and teachers will share how they have made f2ECE happen, sharing out of successes and learned lessons, and the benefits and impacts of farm to early care and Education.

School f2s Field Trip - $20

  • Offered by FoodCorps NC
  • Half day, 9am-12pm
  • Meet at Raleigh Location: TBD
  • Max 20
  • Optional lunch in the school cafeteria.
  • Join us at local elementary schools that are growing the Farm to School movement in their own playgrounds and courtyards. Farm to School is more than connecting our cafeterias to our farms, it is also the education of our students on the food system and its impact on the health of our mind, bodies, and planet. On this field trip, you will tour a local school garden and hear from the dedicated school staff about the impact these edible spaces have on their communities, and how FoodCorps is supporting their missions in Farm to School.

Farm Field Trip to Fresh-Pik/Deans Farm - $20

  • Offered by Fresh-Pik/Deans farm
  • Half day, 9:00-1:00
  • Bus departs from The NC Rural Center,
  • 4021 Carya Dr, Raleigh, NC 27610
  • Max 20
  • snacks only provided
  • Come meet the farmer who is a founding member and the current president of the NC Farm to School Cooperative, a farmer cooperative comprised of farmers across the state, who bid on the NCF2S contract. FreshPik sells produce across the US and into Canada but James Sharp also sells at Deans Farm Market in Wilson. Several years ago, the farm built a commercial kitchen and hired a chef. The chef now makes value-added products from the farm’s produce, including jams, sauces, dips and meal packages. Coordinated by Courtney Sharp, Deans Farm Market also hosts school field trips, holds summer camps for kids, is available for parties and has several events on the farm.