What People Are Saying

Since 2009 over 1,500 people have attended our workshops.
Here is what they have said about our trainings:

 

Administrators

·    Thank you for all your hard work! There was a considerable amount of preparation and we really appreciate your extra time to make this valuable for our students.

-       LAUSD, District Administrator

 

·    Wellness policy discussion helped us evaluate ours!

-      Principal

 

·    All activities with students were really great- correlates to standards helpful!

-      Countywide Ag/Environmental, Educator

 

·    This was so much better than I thought it would be. I look forward to tomorrow.

-      Head Preschool Teacher

 

·    Best Collaborative Farm to School Efforts.

-      Nutrition Services Coordinator

 

·    I was the only one at our table that had a wellness policy – they did not even know anything about their wellness policy.

-      Assistant Principal

 

·    The resources information and web sites, plus the sample activities because they provide clear examples of integration.

-      Associate Center Director

 

·    All information provided helpful and I will be useful in the classroom and is for families as well. – Garden-enhanced nutrition education is interesting, fun, involves participation and interaction.

-      Education Specialist

 

·    Loved the newspaper [seedling] pots; food pyramid relay was fun to get up and move!

-      Environmental Program Specialist

 

·    The math and garden concepts seem like it would be helpful, especially education the children in order for them to be exposed to great nutrition.

-      Center Director


 

Child Nutrition Services Administrators and Staff

·    Looking forward to implementing some nutrition education the classroom using plant parts and agriculture lesson.

-      Dietitian with Child Nutrition Services

 

·    Keeping the momentum on the wellness policy going and new partners and participation.  

-      Food Program Director

 

·    I want to pick Sandy’s (child nutrition director trainer) brain apart! I love learning from her.

-      Child nutrition Supervisor and Wellness Policy Lead

 

·    Very useful from a networking stand point, sharing of information and ideas.

-      Site Supervisor

 

·    Great ideas for our salad bars, Farm to School discussion and how the program looks.

-      Food Service Supervisor

 

·    The healthy school environment Web site which has all the links I need is the most helpful!  

-      School Produce Market Manager

 

·    I really like the Wake Up to More Fruits and Vegetables

-      Director of Food Service

 

·    Fun, great ideas for everyone!                        

-      Site Manager

 

·    A Fresh Look at Promotions – a great activity to help me think outside the box. We are not currently promoting our produce!

-      Director of Nutrition Services

 

·    Lots of ideas to try at mu school, to help educate students about nutrition. Like the idea of a brochure for the wellness policies.

-      Multi-site Cafeteria Manager.

 

·    Great to bring so many minds together.            

-      Director

 

·    The food and cooking activities are great and I will use them and share with my teachers.                                                             

-      Child Nutrition Supervisor

 

·    I want to create a job for a forager/delivery person to make Farm to School happen in our area.

-      Cafeteria Manager

 

·    This is the best and most relevant  workshop I have ever been to!

-      Marketing Specialist

 

·    Best….Access to garden materials and networking with attendees.

-      Food Service Director

 

·    The ideas for school gardens were helpful.

-      Director of Food Services

 

·    I want to start a wellness program and a policy at the daycare! 

-      Cook

 

·    Great workshop! Thank you…..

-      Child Nutrition

 

·    Thank you for a great workshop and bringing together so many of the “player!”

-      Director of Student Nutrition Services

 

·    This conference was amazing, and such a great and supportive group of people.            

-      Food and Nutrition Coordinator

 

·    The Team Nutrition Resources and Fruits and Vegetables Galore are the most helpful. 

-      Food Service Manager

 

Teacher

·    ……web sites, classroom ideas most helpful……so many, Thank You!

-      Teacher

 

·    Nadene [child nutrition director presenter] is very connected with the schools and teachers – how do we get Food Service Directors in other school district ot jump a board the Farm to School bandwagon?  Wow that Nadene links with teachers on new items coming through lunch meals! 

-      Elementary Teacher

 

·    Need to get info out to teachers and parents that there is a wellness policy!           

-      Elementary Teacher

 

·    You did an awesome job. Very worthwhile! Have to go online and investigate!

-      Teacher

 

·    I really got to meet other professionals and discuss what is really important.

-       Preschool Teacher

 

·    Healthy School Environment  - I can’t wait to go online. 

-      Science teacher

 

·    Awareness is powerful. Had no idea this (school wellness policies) was apart of my life at school!                                               

-      Teacher

 

·    The best…..how to get buy in form others to assist with promoting healthy skills!

-      Teacher – Garden Coordinator

 

·    Truly enjoyed the available resources and thinking about how to promote fruits and vegetables.

-      Preschool Teacher

 

·    Santa Cruz school lunch and food service program….this talk helped me understand what a food service department really does! 

-      Teacher

 

Nutrition Educators

·    Very, Very valuable to have her perspective/education on school food service. I think it would be great to have more discussion like this so everyone understands what Food Service Directors are up against. Thank you so much!!! Your conferences have been wonderful!

-      Registered Dietitian

 

·    Lots of different jobs represented this year. Adds vital dimension to discussion.

-      Nutrition Educator

 

·    All activities were great. Easy, practical, and useful. 

-      Nutrition Educator

 

·    Sincere thanks for all you do to keep our “torch” lit so that we can spread the “ light” to our students who are our “future!”  Preservance is Key!!!!

-      Nutrition Educator

 

·    Want to continue to look into Farm to School at our schools. 

-      Nutrition Educator

 

·    So many resources put up on the www.healthyschoolenvironment.org Web site, especially “Food Safety in the Garden” and www.wakeupfv.com – specifics about produce.

-      Nutrition Educator

 

·    Fruit and Veggie Cards and Harvest of the Month – good resources for parents.

-      County Health/Nutrition Specialist – Head Start

 

·    Farm to School information was very interesting and also learning about Harvest of the Month and Wake Up to More Fruits and Vegetables. –

-      Nutrition Educator

 

·    Excellent and multiple resources – thank you!

-      Nutrition Specialist

 

·    Best….healthyschoolenvironment.org! 

-      Director of Dietetics

 

Garden Coordinators and Educators

 

·    The best ….. a basic awareness of how important this is for our children’s education and health.                                    

-      Garden Coordinator

 

·    Well rounded educational possibilities.           

-      School Garden Coordinator

 

·    Thanks!  Have to teach it next week – new ideas and extensions of previous plans.                                                                        

-      Teacher – Garden Coordinator

 

·    The MyPyramid lesson and comparison of whole and processed foods!

-      Garden Educator

 

·    Fall and Spring sessions were different enough. Fall was more gardening oriented. Spring was more helpful with linking all the different areas.

-      Parent Garden Volunteer

 

·    Most helpful.....using health (wellness) policy to promote our garden goals!

-      Volunteer School Garden Parent

 

·    Classroom and garden ideas for kids…great. 

-      School Garden Volunteer

 

·    Best….garden-enhanced nutrition education, food shed and food web activities.

-      CREEC Coordinator

 

·    The fruit and vegetable cards are awesome…..and can’t believe they were being distributed!

-       Garden Educator

 

·    All the resources and people to network with were great! 

-      Afterschool Garden Program

 

Community Partners

 

·    Great and good energy presentations,            World Café Networking was very useful.                                    

-      Farmer

 

·    I loved that I was forced to get my school’s wellness policy. I didn’t even know we had one!                                               

-      Parent Volunteer

 

·    Food service director presentation Jamie Smith.  “Excellent” – he was a great presenter and happy to see the district hired him. 

-      Farmer

 

·    Best….ideas for linking to the education standards. 

-      Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) coordinator

 

·    Awesome networking!                                   

-      Youth program director

 

·    During the wellness policy breakout….really enjoyed the feedback the nutrition services directors gave – the real life experience.

-      Community health representative

 

·    The actual lessons were the most helpful, for example the Plant Part Factory lessons were great and the books. 

-       Community Outreach Educator

 

·    Better understanding of opportunities for food services, classroom….really creating well rounded health school environment.               

-      Wellness Coordinator

 

·    I loved the plant art and farmer to school information.

-      Non-profit Organization Director

 

·    All was very useful and helpful, thank you!  

-      Recreation Coordinator

 

·    Loved these activities – easy to do- great reinforcement for nutrition and healthy eating education.                                   

-      Program Coordinator – Nutrition Educator

 

·    Fun ideas on gardening to pass on to school partners. 

-      Network LIA

 

·    Loved the engagement and hands-on activities, I will use at my next training.                                               

-      Curriculum Specialist

 

·    All activities will be replicated and shared in out district

-      Curriculum Specialist