Sponsored by the Public Health Association of BC and supported by many other partners, the Farm to School BC Network provides a framework that helps to unite the incredible work that is happening across the province to bring healthy, local and sustainable food and food literacy-based experiential learning into BC schools.
The Farm to School BC Network spans to every corner of the province, promoting, supporting and linking Farm to School activity, programs and policy. There are multiple layers to the Farm to School BC Network – see the short descriptions and diagram below as well as the sub-pages for each of the network layers.
Farm to School BC is linked to the provincial level work of Healthy Schools BC, DASH BC, and the Comprehensive School Health framework as well as the work of the BC Food Systems Network. Nationally we are connected to the Farm to School movement through Farm to Cafeteria Canada‘s National Farm to School Network as well as the Coalition for Healthy School Food through Food Secure Canada. We are also connected with the US National Farm to School Network and the Farm to School Networks of the western states of Washington, Oregon and California.
When funding is available, Farm to School BC provides school-based Farm to School grant funding and works with regions around the province in the development of Farm to School Regional Hubs.
Farm to School BC maintains a comprehensive e-platform to share knowledge, information and resources among network members. Network members connect to Farm to School BC through our seasonal Farm to School BC newsletters, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts as well as through our website.
F2SBC Health Region Leads Network
Farm to School BC Health Region Leads are individuals identified by the health authority that they work for as the lead contact for Farm to School. In most cases, the Farm to School BC Health Region leads are public health dietitians who stay connected to provincial and national Farm to School activity and help to communicate Farm to School information, ideas, resources and tools to community contacts and key stakeholders in their region. In some cases, a Health Regional Lead may have a hands-on role in inspiring and supporting local Farm to School programs. The network of Health Region Leads meet quarterly by teleconference.
F2SBC Regional Hubs Community Animator Network
Each of the three Farm to School BC Regional Hubs (Kamloops, Vancouver, Capital Region) has a part-time Community Animator that supports the development of their hub. This network meets monthly by teleconference.
Kamloops, Vancouver & Capital Region F2S Hub Networks
Each of the three Farm to School BC Regional Hubs host monthly Regional Hub Network teleconferences which provide the opportunity for school communities as well as other stakeholders and non-profits from the region to connect, share and learn from one another.
There are dozens of regional non-profits across the province who are working to support schools in the areas of increasing access to healthy, local and sustainable foods as well as providing experiential hands-on learning opportunities for students related to food literacy. This network provides an opportunity for these regional non-profits to connect, share and learn from one another. This network meets three times a year by teleconference.
Schools and their communities who are engaged in Farm to School activity have the chance to connect, share and learn from one another during monthly Farm to School BC School Communities Network meetings by teleconference.