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We’re Still Farming~A Fresh Roots COVID-19 Update

Dear Fresh Roots Community,

Like many of you, we are closely following COVID-19 developments and taking steps to keep our team and all those we work with healthy. We hope you and yours are safe and well during this time. We wanted to share what’s happening here at Fresh Roots.

Most importantly, our team is working to ensure our farms will be growing more rather than less food this season to feed you, your families and our community. Food is an essential service and a strong local food system is more important now than ever.

Signing up for a Fresh Roots Veggie Box is a great way to access weekly, hyper-local produce! Sign up today or inquire to see how you could buy a Veggie Box to be donated, email food@freshroots.ca to learn more.

With the announcement of indefinite school closures, we’ve suspended all of our school-based programming, including field trips and field classes until school reopens. This also includes the LunchLAB program we run in partnership with Growing Chefs!. We happily look forward to re-scheduling these programs once safe to do so.

At this time we are planning on running our summer SOYL youth leadership and empowerment program and kids camps as planned. Youth registration for SOYL is open until the end of April at: https://freshroots.ca/get-involved/soyl/ and camp registration is ongoing at: https://freshroots.ca/education/camp/.

We continue to monitor the situation and recommendations by the health authorities and will communicate any further adaptations and plans to Fresh Roots programs to you all as the situation develops. The safety of our community comes first. We have communicated to our partners that we are here to help support the kids, youth and families in our communities through these challenging times.

We are also working creatively to look into how we can support distance learning for classes and families. Maybe a virtual farm tour for your kids or class? A “meet a farmer or chef” program? Lesson plans you can use or share? We’d love any suggestions you may have! Follow us on social media to learn about upcoming online resources, tools, and program ideas.

We greatly appreciate all the support our community has given to ensure the continued success of Fresh Roots – thank you!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at info@freshroots.ca or by phone at 778-764-0DIG (0344).

With a fistful of hopeful sunshine,

Alexa and the Fresh Roots team

 

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The Great Big Crunch: Making Noise for Healthy School Food!

The Great Big Crunch:
Making Noise for Healthy School Food!

For Immediate Release
March 3, 2020

Vancouver, BC– The Great Big Crunch is a national movement and annual moment of anti-silence in which students, teachers, parents and others passionate about food join the food movement and crunch into apples (or other crunchy fruit or vegetable) to make noise for healthy school food! Every year since 2008, Canadians from coast to coast to coast have participated in the Great Big Crunch, an initiative of FoodShare Toronto. Schools from across the country are coming up with exciting plans to make this year the loudest yet.

This year, with growing momentum for a National School Food Program and in alignment with the Nourish Kids Now campaign, 2020’s Great Big Crunch is an event not to be missed! Students, teachers, and advocates for healthy school food across the country will be crunching down on March 12th, though schools are invited to participate anytime in March. This is also a great way for schools to celebrate Nutrition Month.

“My class had a great time learning about the lifecycle of an apple, conducting apple experiments, and of course, crunching into some delicious apples to celebrate healthy food for every student!” Kaitlin Flemons, Grade 3 Teacher, Gilmore Community School, Burnaby, BC.

“This event is not only a fun way to celebrate local fruits and vegetables, but also an opportunity to show provincial and federal governments how excited students, teachers and school communities are about healthy food at school” Samantha Gambling, Project Coordinator, BC Chapter of the Coalition for Healthy School Food (BC-CHSF)

The Great Big Crunch is an initiative supported by the Coalition for Healthy School Food. The coalition is made up of over 120 organizations across Canada, including FoodShare Toronto, and is advocating for public investment in a universal, cost-shared, healthy national school food program that ensures all Canadian students have access to healthy food at school every day.

Local BC partners supporting to get the word out about the Great Big Crunch
2020 are Fresh Roots the BC Chapter of the Coalition for Healthy School Food,Kalum Community School Society (Terrace) and BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation

Follow along on social media #NourishKidsNow #GreatBigCrunch!

For more information about the Great Big Crunch Crunch, visit https://foodshare.net/program/crunch/