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CICN Webinar - Farm to School: Fresh Ideas for Preparing Fall Fruits and Vegetables
Description
Now is the time to think about incorporating late summer and fall fruits and vegetables in your menus, including special celebrations for National Farm to School Month in October. Hear from an expert panel of school nutrition program operators to learn about their unique approaches to using local fruits and vegetables.

Objective:
After the webinar, participants will plan for incorporating fall produce items in their foodservice operation.

SNA Key Area(s):
1-Nutrition, 2-Operations

USDA Professional Standard Code(s):
1000 – Nutrition, 1100 – Menu Planning, 2000 – Operations, 2400 – Purchasing and Procurement

Aug 5, 2021 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Carlee Johnson McIntosh
District Director of Child Nutrition @Petersburg School District (AK)
Carlee Johnson McIntosh is the Director of Food Services in Petersburg, Alaska. She holds an associate’s degree in culinary arts and a bachelor’s degree in culinary management. Carlee became interested in child nutrition while working for corrections where she found that many women lacked knowledge of healthy eating habits. At that point Carlee knew she wanted to teach children to develop life-long healthy eating habits. In her experience, if children are allowed to choose their food, they are more likely to at least take a bite. Carlee’s school menus place emphasis on local food from vegetables, fish, and even moose to help create pride in foods available in Petersburg. Since August 2011, Carlee has enjoyed calling Petersburg home with her husband and two children. Carlee works with a wonderful group of women, and together they have built a program that is fun, healthy, and enjoyable for students, staff, and parents.
Erin Primer
Director of Food & Nutrition Services @San Luis Coastal Unified School District (CA)
Erin Primer is the Director of Food & Nutrition Services at San Luis Coastal Unified School District in California. She brings over 15 years of experience in the food service industry, including catering, hospitals and universities. With two young children of her own, she is passionate about providing students with quality food options and ensuring a healthy school environment. Erin is an enthusiastic Farm to School advocate and believes in educating youth about how food gets to their plate, while building respect for the greater food system and procuring local food. She constantly develops and tests new recipes that fit dietary needs while managing to establish food contracts with local farmers and vendors. Erin’s son and daughter are an inspiration for her to challenge and ignore adult assumptions about the way kids interact with food, and this ultimately pilots her vision of positively impacting students with healthy food choices.
Jenny Devivo
Head Chef/Cafe Director @Up Island Regional Schools (MA)
Jenny Devivo lives and works on Martha’s Vineyard, an island with a small hard-working population of farmers and fisherman. Jenny has been a constant champion of numerous campaigns for healthy food in school cafeterias and beyond. In 2011, Jenny built a school meals program for the Up Island Regional School District that has become a national model. Jenny has made it her mission to think outside the lunch box, scratch cooking locally sourced and sustainable ingredients for her lunches. Jenny has pioneered several Farm and Sea to School initiatives and continues to teach local food workshops nationally. Through her leadership, children learn the importance of knowing how their food gets to their lunch trays. Jenny is a contributor to NPR’s The Local Food Report. She has described her experience with sustainable seafood in school lunches for The Moth, and is a Finalist on Season 12 of The Great Food Truck Race, all this while continuing to directly provide good meals for kids at school.