The vision for FoodCorps is to recruit young adults for a yearlong term of public service in school food systems. Once stationed, FoodCorps members will build Farm to School supply chains, expand food system and nutrition education programs, and build and tend school food gardens.
The ultimate goal of the project is to increase the health and prosperity of vulnerable children, while investing in the next generation of farmers.
A 16-month planning process to develop FoodCorps began in January 2010. A summit of 60 interested stakeholders took place in Detroit May 19-20. Open conference calls to discuss the program are held on the first Thursday of every month at 5pm ET. For information about how to join the open calls and reminders on when they're being held, sign up here.The planning process is building toward submission of a proposal to implement the FoodCorps concept, to be submitted to AmeriCorps and program partners in January 2011.
Checklist for Starting a School Gardenwebsite
Master Gardener Dorothy Mullen created a Checklist for Starting a School Garden for the New Jersey Farm to School Network.
The checklist covers a variety of topics such as developing a stakeholder group and a project purpose, selecting a site, determining funding needs, and conducting community outreach.