Technology and live presentations were combined on Friday, February 15 to bring participants around the state the first Wyoming Farm to School Workshop and Webinar. We talked about this and the Wyoming Farm to Plate program in an earlier blog post.
The workshop consisted of three modules specific to Farm to School. It started with keynote speaker, Jeremy West of Denver Public Schools, giving an enthusiastic success story from our Colorado neighbor. Julia Erlbaum of Real Food Colorado followed up with Farm to School 101 and Susan Benning with the Wyoming Department of Education gave an overview of the procurement process. Finally, Linda Stratton with the Wyoming Department of Agriculture’s Consumer Health Services Division concluded with a module on Food Safety.
There were 38 participants total with 15 attending live at the Cheyenne location and the others joining us via webinar from various locations including representatives from Jackson, Evanston, Sheridan, Cody, and several others throughout the state. This was a very exciting and successful venue for the Farm to Plate Task Force and Wyoming Department of Agriculture. Combining technology with live location allowed us to reach a much broader audience than if everyone had to travel to one location in order to attend.
Feedback from participants was positive and we are looking forward to our next informational session on Farm to Plate (a.k.a Farm to School). Thank you to all of our speakers and participants for joining us! We had a great day and our discussions have helped lay the groundwork to ideas that will help progress our local foods.
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From RealPartner Brook Brockman – Wyoming Department of Agriculture