Educators convene for the first Farm to School Institute

To keep the momentum from National Farm to School Month going, area teachers, early childhood educators, child nutrition directors, parents and chefs are all invited to attend ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School Institute on Nov. 10 at UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center. Register by Oct. 22 at

“We have more than 10 years of experience in Farm to School training and programming,” says Growing Minds program director Emily Jackson. “We can’t wait to share a decade’s worth of creative ideas and practical applications for school environments with both long-time Farm to School supporters and those newly interested in the flourishing movement.”

Keynote speaker Tim O’Keefe will kick off the daylong event. O’Keefe has been a classroom teacher for almost 35 years, teaching Head Start through sixth grade. He currently teaches in South Carolina at the Center for Inquiry, a small school partnership between Richland District Two and the University of South Carolina. Following the keynote will be three breakout workshop sessions. Participants are encouraged to invite key stakeholders in their school or community to create “teams” that can support and sustain Farm to School efforts.

The $30 fee includes a resource notebook and a local food breakfast and lunch. More information and a registration form can be found at The institute is sponsored by Biltmore, BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina Foundation and the N.C. Center for Health & Wellness.

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