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Wenatchee High School FFA student serves Smithson Ranch plums to Washington Elementary students on Taste Washington Day 2014

News from Taste Washington Day 2017
Visit WSDA's website for a copy of the 2017 Taste Washington Day press release

An excerpt:

TWD 2017 Proclamation ThumbnailFor the seventh year in a row, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) and the Washington State Nutrition Association (WSNA) will promote Taste Washington Day, partnering with farmers and schools to feature Washington-grown foods in school cafeteria meals.

Held on Oct. 4, Taste Washington Day is an opportunity to encourage the collaboration of school districts and their local agricultural community to provide healthy school meals throughout the school year.

So far, 54 school districts and 48 farms are participating this year, and there’s still time for more to sign up. Some schools plan special events for Taste Washington Day, such as inviting a farmer to lunch or participating in the Washington Apple Crunch.

In proclaiming Oct. 4 as Taste Washington Day, Gov. Jay Inslee noted that farmers’ and ranchers’ capacity to provide a variety of nutritious fruits, vegetables and meats, as well as the partnerships among state agencies and the WSNA show a solid commitment to provide healthy meals to our state’s students.

“We’ve seen an increased emphasis on making sure all students can eat healthy foods at school,” WSDA Director Derek Sandison said. “Our Farm to School program works diligently to link farmers and ranchers with their local schools, fostering partnerships that lead to great-tasting, healthy meals for our students.”

News from Taste Washington Day 2017

TVW @ Large: Taste Washington Day - TVW, Oct. 17, 2017

Local farm, preschool team up for Taste Washington Day - My Edmonds News, Oct. 4, 2017

Taste Washington Day celebrates Farm-to-School connections today - KOHO 101, Oct. 4, 2017

Taste Washington Day celebrates Farm-To-School connections - Washington Ag Network, Oct. 4, 2017

Walla Walla parent shares corn crop with local schools - Walla Walla Union Bulletin, Oct. 3, 2017

Taste Washington Day draws local participants - Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle, September 27, 2017

Schools to serve locally-grown foods on Taste Washington Day - Wenatchee World, September 27, 2017

Other News from Washington State:

Making Fresh Foods the New Norm

For three elementary schools in Washington, fresh produce from the salad bar has become the new norm.

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Area students enjoy Farm to School- The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, December 1, 2017

Not your parents' lunch - Vancouver Public Schools Newsletter, November 2017

Moses Lake first graders join FFA to learn about agriculture at First Grade Farm Day - Fiber One News, October 18, 2017

Cows and rabbits and kittens on farm day - Columbia Basin Herald, October 19, 2017

Locally sourced food: SPS serving 'farm to table' meals - Seattle Public Schools news, October 16, 2017

Jefferson Elementary students learn about farm life - Skagit Valley Herald, October 20, 2017

District's Farm to School program a model for the state - Franklin Pierce School District news, October 17, 2017

Second year of Whatcom Farm Circle for kids Nov. 1-2 - Lynden Tribune, October 10, 2017

School district looks at reducing food waste - The Daily Record, August 10, 2017

Farm to Fork, kids learn about food - The Columbian, June 17, 2017

Belfair school kids, community build garden - Kitsap Sun, May 22, 2017

Grow For It! after school program offers lessons on gardening - The Northern Light, May 3, 2017

Cooking from scratch returning to some school lunchrooms - King5 News, April May 18, 2017

Ellensburg School District Navigates Stringent Regulations, Puts Focus on Fresh Foods - The Daily Record, April 1, 2017

Worms at Head of Class in Gardening Project - The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, March 9, 2017

Farm to School program champions more healthy eating - The Columbian; March 8, 2017

Methow Valley school kids enjoy local lunch - Methow Valley News; Feb. 11, 2016

Making Fresh Foods the New Norm - Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools; Feb. 8, 2017

Ocean to Table - Suquamish News; Jan. 1, 2017

South Whidbey School District garden program hits the big screen - South Whidbey Record; Oct. 29, 2016

Locally sourced lunch a hit - The Columbian; Oct. 5, 2016

Wednesday marks Taste Washington Day - Washington Ag Network; Oct. 5, 2016

Grandview Getting Loud for Taste Washington - Washingotn Ag Network; Oct. 05, 2016

Taste Washington serves up a school of tasty tilapia tacos - The Wenatchee World; Oct. 12, 2016

Riverview schools eat local in observance of Taste Washington Day Oct. 5 - Snoqualmie Valley Record; Oct. 18, 2016

Franklin Pierce Students Visit the Farm - Pierce Prairie Post blog; Sept. 29, 2016

Kids Get Their Hands Dirty to Learn About Healthy Eating - Seattle Times; Sept. 14, 2016

Washington State Results from the 2015 USDA Farm to School Census

Congratulations to Franklin Pierce School District for being voted the "One in a Melon" district for Washington State in 2015!

Historic Ohop Valley farm getting new life as school campus - The News Tribune; June 26, 2016

Concrete Elementary students reap rewards of Leadership Skagit project - Skagit Valley Herald; May 6, 2016

USDA Grant fuels Farm-to-School momentum in PT - PT Leader; Nov 25, 2015

USDA Helps Schools Connect with Local Farmers and Ranchers - USDA Press Release; Nov. 17, 2015

Congratulations to Vancouver Public Schools, Concrete School District, Tumwater School District, Eatonville School District, and Port Townsend School District for being a part of USDA Farm to School grants in 2016!

Farmers, Schools Taste Potential Partnerships - Capital Ag Press; Sept. 26, 2014

New processing center brings more local produce to Whatcom County schools – Bellingham Herald; June 3, 2014.

USDA Farm to School Grant Awards Announced! - Nov, 19, 2013

Congratulations to Concrete School District and Olympia School District on receiving planning grant and implementation grant, respectively!

A complete list of recipents can be found here.

Wenatchee School District Food Service featured on the Bon Appetit website!

At These Public Schools, Cafeteria Food Is Healthy, Tasty—and Locavore

Walla Walla Public Schools Farm to School Program featured in the "Washington Grown" TV Series Episode 3!

Washington Grown Episode 3

Last Updated: 12/4/2017