Grants & Funding
1. Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
Deadline: May 24
Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) 2019 Request for Applications (RFA) has been announced and is now available. The purpose of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. The agency, commission, or department responsible for agriculture within any of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is eligible to apply directly to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for grant funds. Organizations or individuals interested in the SCBGP should contact their state department of agriculture for more information. Learn more here.
Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Summer Programs at School Gardens and Farms
Tuesday, March 26 // 4-5pm ET
Looking for ideas to keep your school gardens tended and active during the summer? Are you thinking of new ways to bring garden-based learning to a community garden or farm site? Join SGSO for a webinar on the ins and outs of running kids day camp programs on educational gardens. Erin Jackson, Education Director at Gallatin Valley Farm to School, and Amy Carlson, Garden Education Director at Life Lab, will share their years of experience and resources for creating day camp programs. From promotions to post assessments and everything in between, this hour long webinar will provide you with inspiration and ideas to create or enhance summer programming on your educational garden or farm. Register here.
2. 2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit
April 2-4 // Amherst, MA
The 2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit is designed for food service operators, people who work at institutions, and local food advocates as well as farmers, processors, and distributors. The goal is to maximize collective impact and overcome challenges to buying more local food. The summit will feature programming that focuses on farm to school, farm to campus, and farm to health care, as well as cross-sector themes. Learn more here.
3. Georgia Farm to School and Early Care and Education Summit
June 7-8 // Macon, GA
The Georgia Farm to School and Early Care and Education Summit features in-depth farm to early care and education (ECE) and farm to school professional development for early care providers and staff, teachers, school nutrition staff, administrators, students, parents, farmers, distributors, and others working with Georgia students. Highlights include keynote addresses from Linette Dodson of Carrollton City Schools and Wande Okunoren-Meadows of Little Ones Learning Center, hands-on workshops, a Friday evening Expo, and delicious, locally sourced food! Register here.
June 21-22 // Pella, IA
Farm to school activities in Iowa are helping put local food on school meal trays, supporting Iowa farmers, and connecting students to local food systems through school gardens and nutrition education activities. Want to learn more about how farm to school works, or ready to take your farm to school activities to the next level? Join the 2019 Iowa Farm to School Conference, June 21-22, at Central College in Pella, IA. Hands-on workshops, keynotes, field trips and intensive courses will be offered over two days to help you build new skills in local procurement strategy, farm to school curriculum, and community partnerships and collaborations. Registration is now open! Learn more and register here.
1. NFSN SERIES Child Nutrition Reauthorization Listening Session Series
With the Farm Bill checked off of the Congressional to do list, policymakers are planning to pick back up their efforts to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization (CNR). National Farm to School Network is interested in hearing from farm to school advocates and stakeholders about what they'd like to see in the next CNR. If you're interested in learning more about farm to school opportunities in CNR or have thoughts to share about how CNR can support your farm to school efforts, please join one of our upcoming CNR Listening Sessions. Hear the latest CNR updates, share your ideas for farm to school in a new bill, and learn about ways you can get involved. Four sessions are available, and open to anyone interested in or involved in farm to school efforts:
1. New Roots Program Coordinator, International Rescue Committee (Atlanta, GA)
The New Roots Program Coordinator leads the IRC’s New Roots program which works with IRC clients and community in two main areas: 1) youth gardening & food justice and 2) food security and nutrition. The program’s goals are to connect IRC clients and the community with access to healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food options; provide nutrition education in the U.S. context; and facilitate participation in gardening/food production programs. Learn more and apply here.
2. Youth Program Educator, New Haven Farms (New Haven, CT)
The Youth Program Educator will develop and lead the Youth Farm-Based Wellness Program on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in the Fair Haven and Hill neighborhoods of New Haven, CT. The Youth Program Educator is responsible for creating and delivering weekly curriculum for a group of children and youth (ages 3 – 14 years old), supervising interns, and volunteers. Learn more and apply here.
Farm to School in the News
Nebraska district makes locally sourced food a priority
A Nebraska school district is serving more locally produced food to students, including vegetables, beef and pork. The district's food service manager, Janice Reynolds, says that as much as 75% of the meat and produce served for breakfast and lunch comes from local farms. (Kearney Hub)
New York district to participate in first Farm to School Day
Eight school districts in New York state's Buffalo Niagara region will participate in the area's first Farm to School Day will teach students about fresh, nutritious food and about where food comes from. (The Buffalo News)
Farm-To-Table Mindset Cultivated at Arizona High School
The Blue Sky Cafe farm-to-kitchen program at Sky Island Public High School in Tucson, AZ isn’t a standard culinary class that starts with hours of chopping onions and cutting carrots into brunoise; students gain experience in both growing the food and preparing it in the kitchen. (Tucson Foodie)