Resources

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The Lunch Box’s Resources section is the central library for all resource tools developed by The Lunch Box team and those shared by other School Food experts around the country. It is a wellspring of tools including evaluations, grant finding and writing tools, feasibility studies, case studies, Farm to School resources and more so you can consider and begin to take action to transform your school district’s food program from a highly processed to a scratch-cooking environment.
Ecological Farming Association

"The Ecological Farming Association nurtures healthy and just farms, food systems, communities and environment by bringing people together for education, alliance building and advocacy."

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Ecology Action

"Aware of intensifying world challenges and the basic need of people to feed themselves, we have been working for 40 years to develop an elegant, small-scale agricultural system — GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Sustainable Mini-Farming — that when practiced correctly, nurtures healthy soil fertility, produces high yields, conserves resources and can be used successfully by almost everyone. Our goal is to help this system be known and used locally...on a worldwide basis."

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Economic Research Service US Department of Agriculture

"The Economic Research Service is a primary source of economic information and research in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With over 350 employees, ERS conducts a research program to inform public and private decisionmaking on economic and policy issues involving food, farming, natural resources, and rural development.
ERS's highly trained economists and social scientists conduct research, analyze food and commodity markets, produce policy studies, and develop economic and statistical indicators. The agency’s research program is aimed at the information needs of USDA, other public policy officials, and the research community. ERS information and analysis is also used by the media, trade associations, public interest groups, and the general public."

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Economies of Size in Production Agriculture
This article discusses economies of size, which is the "ability of a farmer to lower costs of production by increasing production", in production agriculture.
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Ecotrust Farm to School
Organization working with Pacific Northwest Schools to enable schools to “feature healthy, locally sourced products in their cafeterias, incorporate nutrition-based curriculum in all academic disciplines, and provide students with experiential agriculture and food-based learning opportunities, from farm visits to gardening, cooking, composting, and recycling.”
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Environmental Working Group's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides

If you want to avoid foods with the highest levels of pesticides, this chart will help inform your decisions. Learn about the "Dirty Dozen" (foods that are best to buy organic) and the "Clean 15" (foods with the lowest levels of pesticides).

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Equal Exchange

"Equal Exchange has created Big Change since 1986. Our founders envisioned a food system that empowers farmers and consumers, supports small farmer co-ops, and uses sustainable farming methods. They started with fairly traded coffee from Nicaragua and didn't look back.

Today, we continue to find new and powerful ways to build a better food system. We partner with co-operatives of farmers who provide high-quality organic coffees, teas, chocolates, bananas, olive oil, and almonds.

We invite you to join us. Together we can create stronger local communities, a more just food system and a healthier planet."

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Evaluation Report Network for a Healthy California 2007-2008
For the BUSD Network evaluation, the Center for Weight and Health gathered information to assess food preferences and behaviors among 5th graders in two Network-funded schools. In particular, it assessed: preferences for fruits and vegetables, types of fruits and vegetables available for lunch (from school or home), amounts and types of fruits and vegetables consumed during lunch.
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Fair Trade Federation

"The Fair Trade Federation is the trade association that strengthens and promotes North American organizations fully committed to fair trade. The Federation is part of the global fair trade movement, building equitable and sustainable trading partnerships and creating opportunities to alleviate poverty."

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