The John C. Stalker Institute
of Food and Nutrition

at Framingham State University

2010 Summer Institute

On August 17, 18, and 19th, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition (JSI) presented the 2010 Summer Institute. This three-day conference focused on the best practices in school nutrition operations, management and marketing.

Girl smiling with watermelonAugust 17th was dedicated to new directors, introducing essential USDA and DESE information and resources and encouraging networking among child nutrition professionals. August 18th and 19th were packed with presentations of the most recent and relevant topics in child nutrition of interest to all school nutrition professionals.

The keynote speaker on August 18th was Tony Geraci, a national leader in the local food revolution. Tony inspired the audience with his stories of successfully implementing farm-to-school programs in the Baltimore public school system. The audience described him as "impressive, motivating and inspiring." To get inspired, check out the video of Tony Geraci @

For more resources on school gardening, including those shared at the Summer Institute; check out the Go Green for Schools section of the JSI Resource Center

The keynote speaker on August 19th was Tami Cline, PhD, RD, who shared with the audience how students are using social networking, how social networking applies to school nutrition programs, and how your program can use it to their advantage. Tami emphasized to the audience, that a critical step to remember when engaging through social networks is to follow your school district's social media policy.

For a quick overview of how to use alerts and electronic feeds, check out this blog from the Framingham State University Library.

This year's SNA Summer Annual Meeting and Reception was held in conjunction with the Summer Institute on Wednesday, August 18th. A reception and dinner including the installation of the 2010-2011 board of directors was held.