This blog comes from Amanda Parks, co-founder of New England Fishmongers and part time commercial hand gear fisherman on the Maine/NH Seacoast.
In case you haven’t heard: October is National Farm to School Month! Although nearing its end, it is important to act like every month should be continually focused on providing students with healthy, fresh, and local foods. And, Farm to School isn’t just about the veggies – efforts have been made to merge the work of local seafood organizations alongside farmers trying to accomplish the same goal.
And to celebrate, we'll soon be launching the BoatToSchool.org website.
|Coming Soon! BoatToSchool.org Website!|
What will the website hold, you ask?
Seafood recipes that students love…check!
Network of resources…check!
Social media highlights…check!
Stories from across the country…check!
All this and more can be found soon on the new BoatToSchool.org website. Don't everyone rush over there now because you won't see anything! I have been chipping away at the website over the summer and am glad to announce things are well on their way to going live.
Prior to our launch which will be in the next few weeks, I wanted to share a few shots of what it will look like. This website will act as a tool to unite those working to bring local and sustainable seafood to their schools. There is a lot of great work going on from Sitka, Alaska to Gloucester, Massachusetts and many places in between. Our goal is to highlight these stories and keep the momentum going!
|Just a couple of projects on the map so far, more to come before the site goes live.|
It is no easy task to find a way to successfully incorporate a system for sourcing, funding, and promoting a local seafood focus in the food service system. Through stories, resources, and contacts, everyone can share their ideas and solutions, and make their work effortless.
If you are interested in contributing stories or acting as a member of the BoatToSchool.org steering committee, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BoatToSchool.org is one of the projects taken on by the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance and its partners in the Fish Locally Collaborative (FLC). Amanda Parks is part of the FLC's Moving Markets and Food Justice Workgroup.