A Sneak Peek at BoatToSchool.org!

This blog comes from Amanda Parks, co-founder of New England
Fishmongers and part time commercial hand gear fisherman on the Maine/NH

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!
Printed guides…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

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 anparks22@gmail.com.
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.