9: 00 a m. 10: 00 a m. Local Beef Project Working Breakfast

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.              Local Beef Project Working Breakfast*

Andy Kimpel, President

FSC Concepts, LLC 
The Florida Farm to School Local Beef Committee is invited to a working breakfast to discuss the next steps for Florida Farm to School and districts who are interested in procuring local beef. This working breakfast will create a strategic action plan around set group goals. 
Please bring to this meeting your current total volume of beef in pounds and the average price per pound of various beef products you currently procure particularly as it relates to meatballs, crumbles, fajita meat and patties.
*Special Invite Session

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.                        Opening Remarks
10:15 a.m. – 11:15a.m.                         Mini Smarter Lunchroom Training

                                                Paula Kendrick, Fresh from Florida Kids Chef

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness
Take a sneak peek at one of the free trainings offered to school food professionals from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. This session will give a glance at the Smarter Lunchroom training where you will examine what cafeterias are and what they can become! Developed by the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics, this training will show you no to low-cost changes that you can make to initiate better choices from students when it comes to meal service!

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.                        Break
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.                        Panel Discussion: Menu Planning for Maximizing Local Food 

Lauren Couchois, Lee County School District 

                                                Dawn Houser, Collier County Public Schools

                                                Andy Kimpel, FSC Concepts, LLC 

                                                Darren Frymoyer, St. Lucie Public Schools

                                                Alife Oakes, Oakes Farm

Menus and food need careful planning! Learn more about what other districts or industry experts suggest when menuing around seasonal products or working to introduce other local specialties. The audience will be able to ask questions on specific topics as it relates to menu planning, the produce industry and learn best practices from successful programs in the region. 

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.                         Lunch and Learn: Going Tropical!

                                                Paula Kendrick, Fresh from Florida Kids Chef

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness
Don’t let the Florida fall fool you. There are many great seasonal opportunities year-round for local products. Tropical fruits are in-season and offer a great opportunity for students to try new fruits and vegetables. Enjoy your lunch as the Fresh From Florida Kids Chef, Paula Kendrick introduces you to tropical fruit and vegetable recipes that are kid-tested and approved for school cafeterias! 
1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.               Break
1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.               Board Bus
2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.               Oakes Farm Processing Facility Tour

Anthony K. High, President

Oakes Farms 
Learn about food beyond the farm! This tour will take participants to tour a food service production facility to see how Oakes Farms provides value added products to its customers nation-wide. Make sure to wear closed-toed shoes and a jacket as participants will visit warehousing facilities and see processing machinery used to slice and dice products. Transportation will be provided.

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.               Collier County School District Farm to School Spotlight Session**

Dawn Houser, Director of Nutrition Services

Collier County Public Schools
Take a look into a successful Florida Farm to School program with Dawn Houser and the Collier County Public Schools. Explore how local is defined for this Farm to School Program and the successful relationship that can be fostered between schools, distributors and growers as well as best practices from a school-level prospective.
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.               Networking Reception**

provided by Collier County Public School Nutrition Services
**These events are located in the Collier County Public School Nutrition Services office. Buses will leave the Processing Facility tour and head straight to Collier County offices. The buses will return to the hotel at 6:45 p.m.
7:15 p.m.                                 Dinner Groups
Join your colleagues, new and old, for a relaxed dinner at one of the restaurants in walking distance of the hotel. Sign-up sheets will be located at the registration desk. Each group will meet in the lobby at 7:15 p.m.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.               Morning Mooga

                                                Led by Kristi Hatakka

7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.               Continental Breakfast
8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.               Opening Remarks
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.               Farm to School Produce Detective!

Malory Foster, Farm to School Liaison

Sarasota County Food & Nutrition Services
Do you know how much of your produce is local? Join Malory Foster as this session will dive deep into purchasing data and how you can begin or enhance your procurement data tracking. Participants will learn how to create a baseline of data to help your Farm to School programs grow!

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.              Food is Art!

Katie Self, Executive Chef

Duval Public School District 
We’re taking taste testing to the next level! Enjoy this session as participants will look at other ways to get students involved in using their senses around food and exploring how food looks, tastes, smells and feels. Participants will enjoy this hands-on activity to do some of their own food art and practice how to facilitate similar taste testing demos in their own districts or schools. 

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.                        Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.                        Agriculture Lunch and Learn

                                                Presenter Name: TBD

Description: TBD
12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.                       Break
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.             Breakout Sessions
Option 1: Farm to School 101

Allison Leo, Sean Doran and Hannah Kaplan, The Florida Farm to School Team

Florida Department and Consumer Services, Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness
Want to know more about school gardens, buying local products or where to start? We are here to help! This session will walk you through the first thoughts of starting a farm to school program at your school or district and highlight opportunities that you can do to get started. Topics will also discuss how to engage the community and work with school administration from promotions to taste tests! 
Option 2: Integrating School Garden Produce into the Cafeteria

Kristi Hatakka, State School Garden Specialist

Florida Department and Consumer Services, Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness
You have a school garden, now what’s the next step in garden production for your cafeteria? Join Kristi Hatakka, Florida Farm to School’s State School Garden Specialist, as we discuss what it means to have good handling practices and things to consider when using gardens as a part of food service operations. 
Option 3: Procurement Contract Writing

Christie Meresse, Bureau Chief of Food Distribution

Florida Department and Consumer Services, Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness
This is an advanced session for those who are interesting in procurement contract writing as it relates to Farm to School and produce. This hands-on session will develop a template for participants to use when writing their own produce contracts and go over contract examples and best practices. Participants are urged to bring their current produce contract from their district, questions or any best practice suggestions.

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.   Produce Industry Panel: Growers, Distributors, School Food Service and More!

Dawn Houser, Collier County Public Schools

                                    Paul Allen, RC Hatton

                                    Robert Wall, Erneston Produce Company  

                                    Christie Meresse, Florida Department and Consumer Services, Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness
Do you want to know more about industry practices, Florida seasonality or talk about how to build a successful Farm to School Program with a team? Join us as we cover various topics and answer your questions about your own Farm to School Program. 


1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.               Florida Farm to Preschool Agency Workgroup*

Lindsey Grubbs, Florida Farm to School Director

Florida Department and Consumer Services, Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness
Florida Farm to School is proud to partner with preschool agencies! Please join this special session as stage agency representatives will work together to create a strategic action plan around Florida Farm to Preschool initiatives. We are excited to share what we have learned and work together to create programming around food, nutrition and agriculture!
*Special Invite Session
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.               Closing Remarks
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.               Meet and Greet Reception
Get to know your Florida farmers! This networking session will allow participants to meet growers in the region who are interested in learning more about Florida Farm to School and selling products to school districts. Producers to be announced.

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