Farm to School Action Plan

GUIDING PRINCIPLE:  CT FTS network will work as a cohesive and inclusive unit to ensure equitable processes and culturally appropriate resources. There will be increased accessibility in the CT FTS network to ensure institutionalized power is shared. We understand there are multiple forms of capital, including human and environmental capital.

We invite you to sign up for one of three Action Teams that will carry the work forward in 2020 to continue to grow momentum for farm to school. Meetings are likely to take place monthly with the goal of achieving an 'early win' by summer, however the Action Team members will be encouraged to define their own norms and parameters as they get started. Action Team Leaders will be identified after the teams have assembled and identified their top strategies.

Action Teams:

Increase Ease of Use

Increase FTS Education

Increase FTS Resources/Funding

By 2032, 100% of CT ECE Centers and K-12 schools have tangible, sustainable processes that connect education, agriculture and nutrition, where at least 25% of food served in CT ECE Centers & K12 Schools is sourced locally, and all students enrolled in CT ECE Centers and K-12 schools have access to meaningful, empowering experiences with the local food system in their classrooms, cafeterias and outdoor learning spaces.

Group Goal:

See the restructuring we did of these original summit groups (7 in total), and how we narrowed it down to three focuses. We shifted around the language of the names of the groups, but preserved all of the team goals and strategies. 

First, there is a page showing the team goals, and the ways they were combined.

Action Teams

These are example strategies that could be tackled by each action team, based on ideas generated at the Summit. These are not final, only a couple of pulled ideas from this document.

We will be looking for Action Teams to identify an early-win project to be addressed by August 2020.

Planning Resources

Larger Systems Map - Before Analysis

Just like the food system, the farm to school food system isn't any less complicated. This map was drawn up by our consultant, Scott Spann, based on the 30 phone interviews he conducted over the summer of 2019. 

In September, there were 4 subgroup meetings held in order to verify the map represented an accurate read of the real farm to school ecosystem. The goal in the center here, is just a placeholder. 

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Confusing, I know. Watch Scott explain it and explore it. Let it become a tool!
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Attending the Summit on November 6th & 7th, 2019? Please watch to come in prepared! 

Watch this video to understand the methods to how we landed with a more distilled map of key drivers. This is the map that will guide the teams we form at the November summit. 

Watch this video to understand what happened at the two day summit!

Distilled Systems Map - After Analysis

After further analysis, the large systems map was distilled into this, based on a series of different analyses. We used this tool to identify action teams.

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