Farm to School
Over 65,000 vegetable bundles and recipe books have been distributed in Manitoba to school-aged children and families through a partnership with Peak of the Market, Manitoba Home Economists Association, Manitoba Government and the Manitoba Canola Growers Canola Eat Well consumer outreach.
Farm to School is a non-profit fundraiser that encourages healthy eating and earning money for the school or registered daycare. The children sell fresh vegetables and 50 per cent of the proceeds go back to the school or daycare. For more information about the program, check out www.FarmtoSchool.ca.
In 2015, the Manitoba Canola Growers Canola Eat Well supplied a recipe book for each order. The recipe booklet provides the practical application side of what to do once you get those delicious healthy vegetables home and into your kitchen and eventually on to your dinner plates. It showcases how you can make or bake with canola oil using all of the locally sourced vegetables. The recipe book also includes health tips like how adding canola oil to vegetables increases your intake of fat soluble vitamins A, E, D and K. Why is this so important? Vitamin A and D helps our eyes, teeth and bones grow to their full potential while vitamins E and K help to regulate our blood.
If you live in Manitoba, you received the Farm To School veggie recipe booklet as part of your subscription to the Canola Digest. If you are outside of Manitoba and want a free copy, please go to www.CanolaEatWell.com to order your copy.
Member dollars at work!
What do you get when the Manitoba Canola Growers Association, 20 canola farmers and the Manitoba Agri-Health Research Network get together? Another partnership!
The group has been studying virgin cold-pressed canola oil, meal and co-products from processing as part of a Canadian Climate Advantage Diet project funded by Growing Forward 2.
Recently, the partnership has been investigating additional
values – like human food uses for the meal and industrial compounds in the residue left over from crushing.
Working with the Red River College culinary program, the group developed new food concepts; virgin canola oil gelato and a whipped topping (like a Hollandaise sauce) were two of the more innovative concepts.
New branding focuses on the location each variety is grown. As part of the Buy Manitoba program, the oils are currently available in the Red River Co-op food stores in Winnipeg, Morden and Winkler.
Manitoba Canola Growers Association’s investment in the Canadian Climate Advantage Diet project will continue to investigate additional values to canola meal and co-products as part of the 2016-17 project plan.
Connect with us this winter at:
Manitoba Farm Women’s Conference –
November 20-22, Portage la Prairie
Cover Your Assets –
December 7, Neepawa
Cover Your Assets –
December 8, Roblin
Canola Junior Curling Championships –
January 1-6, Winnipeg
Canola Day at Ag Days –
January 17, Brandon
Manitoba Ag Days –
January 17-19, Brandon
CropConnect Conference –
February 15 & 16, Winnipeg
Manitoba Canola Growers Association Annual General Meeting –
February 16, Winnipeg
FCC Meeting –
March 7, Brandon
March 15 & 16, Dauphin
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