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This Week in Farm to School: 10/8/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, October 08, 2019
Every week, we share opportunities, action items and a selection of media stories that relate to the farm to school movement. To submit an item for consideration, send us an email. To be considered, content should be of national interest to the farm to school community. 


Grants & Funding
1. Get Schools Cooking Grants
Deadline: October 28, 2019
A program of Chef Ann Foundation, Get Schools Cooking (previously known as the School Food Support Initiative) provides school districts with the operational foundation necessary to transition their Food & Nutrition Service Departments from a heat & serve or processed model to one that is rooted in scratch cooking using real ingredients. Through Get Schools Cooking, food service teams are guided through an intensive, three-year program. Applications for the 2019 Cohort are now open. An information webinar is scheduled for Sept. 12. Learn more here.

2. Community Innovation Grants Program
Deadline: December 1, 2019
The Community Innovation Grants Program has been designed to allow the United Fresh Start Foundation to collaborate with like-minded stakeholders to increase children’s access, selection, and consumption of fresh produce while they are outside of school. The 2020 program is focused on supporting visionary initiatives and research that not only increases children and families’ access to fresh produce, but also broadens selection and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, whether at home, on weekends, during the summer, while out to eat, or any other time outside the traditional school day. A total of $50,000 in funds through the Community Innovation GrantsProgram will be awarded this year. A minimum of five grants will be awarded, in amounts warranted by applicants. Learn more here


Webinars & Events
1. EQUITY National Good Food Network Webinar: Equitable Food Oriented Development
October 17 // 3 PM - 4:15 PM EST
Join leading community food system practitioners and founders of the emerging Equitable Food Oriented Development (EFOD) Collaborative, as they present the EFOD framework for creating community-owned models of economic and social opportunity within traditionally disenfranchised and oppressed communities. Unique in being practitioner created and defined, EFOD has developed over many years of dialogue and practice in the field of food justice work (alt: food-based community development). This webinar will provide an introduction to the EFOD framework, present recent developments including research carried out in partnership with Daisa Enterprises and a new whitepaper written by the EFOD Collaborative, and introduce the Wallace Center's EFOD Regional Food Fellows. Learn more about how you can get involved. Register here

2. GSO Network Webinar: Winter Programming for SGSO’s in Northern Climates
October 8 // 3 PM - 4 PM EST
When much of the school year takes place in freezing temperatures, how do SGSO’s keep kids engaged with garden-based learning, and what are other roles that SGSO’s can take on when the garden is dormant? Discussion topics will include ways to bring gardening inside, as well as ways to create advocacy, training, and networking opportunities. Register here.

3. NFSN WEBINAR Kids Win and Farms Win: What Do We Know About the Impacts of Farm to School
November 7 // 1 PM ET
Advocates claim that 'kids win, farmers win, and communities win' from policies, programming and initiatives that promote farm to school. However, what do we know about the extent to which this is true? Recent research funded by the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture provides interesting insights into the kids win and farms win impacts of farm to school efforts. This webinar, featuring researchers from Colorado State University and University of Illinois, will highlight recent and ongoing research and important areas for future farm to school work. Register here

4. NFSN EVENT Scholarships Open - 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference 
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Albuquerque, NM, April 21-23, 2020! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene nearly 1,000 diverse stakeholders who are working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. The scholarship application is open through Nov. 1. Learn more at farmtoschool.org/conference.


Research & Resources
1. Article: Farm-to-school education grants reach low-income children and encourage them to learn about fruits and vegetables
Journal of Translational Behavioral Medicine - Caroline B. Rains, Kristen C. Giombi, Anupama Joshi
For children from low-income families, school meals are a significant portion of daily caloric intake and hence an opportunity to address food insecurity. Oregon established its Farm to School Education Grant Program to increase knowledge of and preference for fruits and vegetables among children in low-income school districts. This article outlines the reach of the education grants and examines their influence on children’s food choices and behaviors related to fruits and vegetables. Read more


Job Opportunities
1. Extension Associate - Farm to School Program Assistant (Baton Rouge, LA)
The Extension Associate is responsible to the Louisiana Farm to School (LA F2S) Program Executive Director and works under the direction of the LA F2S Program Director, and alongside the Farm to School Team. The successful candidate will plan, coordinate, and evaluate school-related programs within the Louisiana Farm to School Program, including Louisiana Harvest of the Month and Seeds to Success. Learn more and apply here


National Farm to School Month Highlights
October is National Farm to School Month!
Schools, ECE sites, farms and communities across the country are celebrating the connections between students and local food this month. See highlights of how states are celebrating below. National Farm to School Network has free resources, a calendar of events, planning materials and activity ideas for ways you can get involved in October. Visit farmtoschool.org/month to find more and join us!

Guam's Governor Lou Leon Guerrero has proclaimed October National Farm to School Month. During a signing ceremony, the department of education announced it is partnering with the economic development authority and local farmers to bring more local produce into school cafeterias. 

Idaho kicked off Idaho Farm to School Month with First Lady Teresa Little and state agriculture officials visiting the Notus School cafeteria Oct. 2. 

New Jersey celebrated its 9th Jersey Fresh Farm to School Week Sept. 23-27, which included presenting Philip’s Academy Charter School in Newark with the “Best in New Jersey Farm to School Award” and recognizing Cecil Creek Farm in Gloucester County as the winning farm for the Jersey Fresh Farm to School Farmer Recognition Award

New Mexico schools celebrated New Mexico Grown Week, Sept. 30 - Oct. 4. Farmington schools served up potatoes grown on the Navajo Nation, while schools in Taos ground blue corn into atole. Kids in Santa Fe Public Schools ate sunflower shoots and those in Albuquerque schools carved watermelons.

Virginia Farm to School Week is Oct. 7-11 and includes the annual "Crunch Heard 'Round the Commonwealth" on Oct. 9. Virginia First Lady Pamela Northam joined students at Matthew Whaley Elementary School on Monday for an early celebration of the event. 

Washington schools celebrated Taste Washington Day on Oct. 2. Governor Jay Inslee officially proclaimed Oct. 2 as Taste Washington Day - read the proclamation here

Wisconsin's Sugar Creek Elementary School welcomed U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue last week to celebrate National Farm to School Month. 


Farm to School in the News
Tennessee county 'farm to school' initiative aims to bring local food to cafeterias
For nearly 70 years, students at Dresden High School in Tennessee have worked on the farm at the school. It’s the only one like it in the state. Now, the school district is looking for ways to incorporate farming into more facets of the curriculum and get more people involved. It's part of Weakley County Schools' new "Farm to School" initiative. (WPSD

School gardens open doors to learning, and fun, at nine Louisiana schools
For students at nine Lafayette schools, playing in the dirt isn’t only allowed, it’s encouraged as students plan, grow and harvest their own produce. Around 80 students, teachers and gardening enthusiasts gathered recently at Charles Burke Elementary, excited to learn about healthy living and successful plant cultivation as part of the LSU AgCenter’s school gardening program. (The Advocate)

Local beef nourishes Washington students and future farmers
As an aspiring farmer, Avery is already finding success in partnership with the high school, Lopez Locavores, and the Lopez Community Land Trust. And he’s not alone. He and Josh Kramer, another student, have met the criteria to sell USDA-approved beef from their cows to be used in their school’s cafeteria. Avery says he’s excited, “to share quality, grass-fed beef with the school.” (Islands Weekly)

Read past editions of This Week for more funding opportunities, webinars and events, jobs, and ways to take action to support farm to school growth across the country.

This Week in Farm to School: 10/1/19

NFSN Staff Monday, September 30, 2019
Every week, we share opportunities, action items and a selection of media stories that relate to the farm to school movement. To submit an item for consideration, send us an email. To be considered, content should be of national interest to the farm to school community. 


Grants & Funding
1. Get Schools Cooking Grants
Deadline: October 28, 2019
A program of Chef Ann Foundation, Get Schools Cooking (previously known as the School Food Support Initiative) provides school districts with the operational foundation necessary to transition their Food & Nutrition Service Departments from a heat & serve or processed model to one that is rooted in scratch cooking using real ingredients. Through Get Schools Cooking, food service teams are guided through an intensive, three-year program. Applications for the 2019 Cohort are now open. An information webinar is scheduled for Sept. 12. Learn more here.

Webinars
1. NFSN WEBINAR Bring Farm to School to Life with Highbush Blueberries
October 3 // 1 PM ET
October is National Farm to School Month, the perfect time to host a farm to school event to celebrate healthy, local food in the cafeteria, classroom and beyond! Resources like the Highbush Blueberry Farm to School Playbook can be a great tool for helping schools of any size find small and big ways to get kids excited about where their food comes from. On this webinar, three schools will share how they’ve used the Farm to School Playbook to put together successful nutrition celebrations with blueberries. Nutrition Consultant Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, will lead a panel discussion with three rockstar school nutrition professionals, who will share easy and practical inspiration for schools looking to kickstart their farm to school programs, tips for a successful promotion and increases in school breakfast/lunch participation, and inspiration for events your students will love. This webinar is hosted by the National Farm to School Network and sponsored by the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. Register here.

2. NFSN WEBINAR Kids Win and Farms Win: What Do We Know About the Impacts of Farm to School
November 7 // 1 PM ET
Advocates claim that 'kids win, farmers win, and communities win' from policies, programming and initiatives that promote farm to school. However, what do we know about the extent to which this is true? Recent research funded by the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture provides interesting insights into the kids win and farms win impacts of farm to school efforts. This webinar, featuring researchers from Colorado State University and University of Illinois, will highlight recent and ongoing research and important areas for future farm to school work. Register here


Events & Networking Opportunities
1. October is National Farm to School Month!
National Farm to School month is here! The National Farm to School Network has free resources, planning materials and activity ideas for ways you can get involved in October. Check out the National Farm to School Month Events Calendar to see how your state is celebrating! Share your Farm to School Month highlights on social media with #F2SMonth and #farmtoschool. Visit farmtoschool.org/month to find more and join us in celebrating!

2. NFSN EVENT 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference - RFP Closing Soon & Scholarships Now Open
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Albuquerque, NM, April 21-23, 2020! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene nearly 1,000 diverse stakeholders who are working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. Do you have expertise to share? The workshop and poster Request for Proposals is open through Oct. 4. The scholarship application is open through Nov. 1. Learn more at farmtoschool.org/conference.

3. Local Foods Procurement Training
October 3, 2019 // Hinckley, ME
Join USDA Team Lead and Procurement Specialist Martine Cherry and Abbie Nelson, Farm to School Program Director from VT Food Education Every Day (VT FEED) and NOFA-VT for a fun, interactive afternoon of digging into local food procurement rules and guidelines so that you can get the local foods you want! Held at Kennebec Valley Community College, Alfond Campus in Hinckley, ME, this free 3-hour training, sponsored by the Maine Farm to School Network and supported by a USDA Farm to School Training Grant, will explore topics like micro purchasing, informal bid process, Buy American provision, purchasing thresholds, values-based buying, and the importance of relationship building with food producers. Needs based, first come first served scholarships are available to support attendance costs. Contact Renee Page at r.page@hccame.org if you are interested in attendance cost assistance.

4. 9th Annual Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners (BUGS) National Conference
October 25-27, 2019 // New York, NY
Homecoming: Remembering and Reclaiming our Futures through Soil and Soul is the theme of this year’s conference. Through engaging and participatory workshops, panel discussions and social events, attendees will explore the roots of Black Agriculture and its connections and influence on today’s movements for Black food sovereignty, urban agriculture, food systems, reclaiming Black cultural foodways and rebuilding thriving Black communities. The conference will also provide hands-on, skill-building workshops on sustainable agriculture education including soil health, hydroponics, hoop tunnels and other related topics. Learn more here.


Job Opportunities
1. Senior National Advisor for Food Systems (Washington Metropolitan Area)
The Senior National Advisor for Food Systems (Sr. Advisor) leads Healthier Generation’s (HG) cross-sector strategy to support communities and companies to ensure healthy food access for children and families. S/he works with colleagues and partners to develop, expand, improve and implement systemic and community-based approaches across settings that ensure all children, particularly those facing hunger and food insecurity, have the opportunity to eat healthfully every day. Learn more here.


Farm to School in the News
Pennsylvania girl scouts transform middle school 'jungle' to garden
It took a team effort to turn Boyce Middle School’s courtyard, which the principal described as a “jungle,” into a garden complete with raised beds for vegetables and fruits, flowers and butterfly bushes. The transformation occurred over the summer, thanks to the efforts of four girls from Girl Scout Troop 53680, school nurse Holly Fisher, and student and parent volunteers. (Post-Gazette)

Tennessee elementary school celebrates opening of learning garden
“Because our school is more of an urban school, many of our students don’t have the opportunity to garden and be outdoors in a beautiful space like this and so it’s so important that we provide that for them here,” Cross said. “To see the excitement and wonder on their faces as they were cutting those leaves and discovering that there’s red leaf lettuce as well as green leaf lettuce and those kinds of things I mean, again, it’s just a wonderful learning opportunity.” (WATE)

Georgia schools install hydroponic gardens for students to grow produce indoors
Many Bibb County Schools have agriculture programs that use outdoor gardens, but at SOAR Academy, there isn't really enough space for one, so school leaders decided to install the district's first hydroponic gardens for students to farm inside. (WMAZ)


Read past editions of This Week for more funding opportunities, webinars and events, jobs, and ways to take action to support farm to school growth across the country.

This Week in Farm to School: 9/24/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Every week, we share opportunities, action items and a selection of media stories that relate to the farm to school movement. To submit an item for consideration, send us an email. To be considered, content should be of national interest to the farm to school community. 

Grants & Funding
1. K4C Microgrant Program
Deadline: October 1, 2019
The K4C Microgrant Program is the bridge between ideas and action. By providing microgrants in varying amounts up to $1,000, K4C helps young citizen leaders execute and magnify their initiatives to help repair our world. Students 18 years of age and under may apply for funds to complete service projects in their communities throughout the United States. Whether you plan to turn a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuild a school playground or help senior citizens ready their homes for the winter, K4C wants to hear what project you’re passionate about. Applications are accepted on a quarterly basis. Learn more here


Webinars
1. Webinar: SGSO Volunteer Management and Community Support
September 26 //  3 PM EST
School gardens are ideal places to involve the community and school gardens also require significant maintenance so they’re the perfect place to bring people together. Join this webinar to learn about ways to get people out and excited, ideas for managing large volunteer groups, how to engage consistent volunteers, and help keep your garden looking good. This webinar is a part of the School Garden Support Organization (SGSO) Network. Register here

2. NFSN WEBINAR Bring Farm to School to Life with Highbush Blueberries
October 3 // 1 PM ET
October is National Farm to School Month, the perfect time to host a farm to school event to celebrate healthy, local food in the cafeteria, classroom and beyond! Resources like the Highbush Blueberry Farm to School Playbook can be a great tool for helping schools of any size find small and big ways to get kids excited about where their food comes from. On this webinar, three schools will share how they’ve used the Farm to School Playbook to put together successful nutrition celebrations with blueberries. Nutrition Consultant Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, will lead a panel discussion with three rockstar school nutrition professionals, who will share easy and practical inspiration for schools looking to kickstart their farm to school programs, tips for a successful promotion and increases in school breakfast/lunch participation, and inspiration for events your students will love. This webinar is hosted by the National Farm to School Network and sponsored by the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. Register here


Events & Networking Opportunities
1. NFSN EVENT Call for Proposals: 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
Deadline: October 4, 2019
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Albuquerque, NM, April 21-23, 2020! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene nearly 1,000 diverse stakeholders working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. Do you have expertise to share? Conference organizers are seeking workshop and poster proposals from individuals and organizations working to improve our food system, strengthen community health, empower youth, advance equity and increase opportunities for farmers and food producers. The Request for Proposals (RFP) is open now through Oct. 4, 2019. Learn more at farmtoschool.org/conference.

2. NFSN CELEBRATION It's almost time for National Farm to School Month!
October 2019
National Farm to School month is right around the corner! The National Farm to School Network has free resources, planning materials, activity ideas and a national calendar of events with ways you can get involved in October. Check out the complete Farm to School Month Celebration Toolkit and download resources at farmtoschool.org/month. Does your organization want to be part of this year's National Farm to School Month campaign? Sign up to be a Farm to School Month Outreach Partner at farmtoschool.org/monthpartner

3. Local Foods Procurement Training
October 3, 2019 // Hinckley, ME
Join USDA Team Lead and Procurement Specialist Martine Cherry and Abbie Nelson, Farm to School Program Director from VT Food Education Every Day (VT FEED) and NOFA-VT for a fun, interactive afternoon of digging into local food procurement rules and guidelines so that you can get the local foods you want! Held at Kennebec Valley Community College, Alfond Campus in Hinckley, ME, this free 3-hour training, sponsored by the Maine Farm to School Network and supported by a USDA Farm to School Training Grant, will explore topics like micro purchasing, informal bid process, Buy American provision, purchasing thresholds, values-based buying, and the importance of relationship building with food producers. Needs based, first come first served scholarships are available to support attendance costs. Contact Renee Page at r.page@hccame.org if you are interested in attendance cost assistance.

4. Maine Farm to School Conference - Innovations in Farm to School
October 4, 2019 // Hinckley, ME
Join farm to school practitioners, advocates, and stakeholders for a day of learning, networking, best practice sharing, and great local food! Hear how keynote speaker Bertrand Weber weaved farm to school strategies into all aspects of Minneapolis Public Schools. Learn about classroom and cafeteria strategies to advance farm to school. Review the agenda, learn more, and register here.

5. Request for Proposals: Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Annual Conference
Deadline: October 4, 2019
This conference will imagine and plan for how nutrition education, rooted in food, can move us to a new food future. SNEB invites proposals related to the 'What Food Future?' theme including: concurrent sessions, general sessions, pre- and post-conference workshops or tours, and non-CEU activity sessions (yoga, Zumba, meditation, etc.). Learn more here

6. Registration Open: Community Food Systems Conference
December 9-11, 2019 // Savannah, GA
The conference will draw over 500 participants from various fields including food justice and advocacy, local and regional food policy, nutrition and healthy food access, sustainable agriculture, racial and social justice, and community food projects. Attendees will come from all over the US to discuss food security, social justice, and sustainable agriculture. Register here


Resources & Research
1. Research: Farm to School Activities and Student Outcomes: A Systematic Review
Authors: Melissa Pflugh Prescott, Rebecca Cleary, Alessandro Bonanno, Marco Costanigro, Becca B R Jablonski, Abigail B Long
The primary objective of this systematic literature review is to summarize and evaluate studies on student outcomes associated with farm to school-related activities up to 1 September, 2017. Results from farm to school-related activity studies consistently show positive impacts on food and nutrition-related knowledge; most studies also suggest a positive relation between farm to school-related activities and healthy food selection during school meals, nutrition self-efficacy, and willingness to try fruits and vegetables. Read more here

2. EQUITY Advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Policy and Law Research: 2019 Call for Proposals for Early Career Investigators
Deadline: October 2, 2019
Policies for Action (P4A), a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is issuing a special call for proposals (CFP) to advance health equity by actively seeking new and diverse perspectives from the policy research field. This opportunity is designed to support researchers from multiple disciplines to better understand and find solutions that will promote health equity and foster action on policies and laws that ensure all people in America can attain and preserve good health and well-being. This opportunity will support early career researchers from underrepresented and historically disadvantaged backgrounds. P4A will provide support and training for up to six investigators. Learn more here

3. EQUITY Recording: Food Sovereignty and the Role of Extension - Partnerships that Work
This webinar provides an introduction to food sovereignty, looking at how and why this principle is used in different First Nations communities. Following this introduction, two partners describe how they have worked together on food sovereignty projects. They describe how the partnership developed and key elements of a partnership that promotes food sovereignty. Watch the recording here


Job Opportunities
1. Farm to School Program Director (Richmond, VT)
The Farm to School Program Director is responsible for all Farm to School work at NOFA-VT. Overall responsibilities include strategic development and implementation with Shelburne Farms staff for VT FEED and to scale up farm to school programming statewide with a focus on the farmers and school nutrition directors and staff who are, or want to be, involved in local food purchasing for schools. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more here


Farm to School in the News
Georgia school districts recognized for farm to school work at 2019 Golden Radish Awards
Elbert County School District received the Outstanding School District Award and Platinum Level recognition at the 2019 Golden Radish Awards. The Outstanding School District Award is given annually to school districts exhibiting exceptional excellence in Farm to School. (Georgia Organics)

Michigan FFA students make salsa from school garden
An FFA and food science class in Michigan has been growing tomatoes and selling them to a local restaurant. They're also turning some of their tomato crop into fresh salsa. (WZZM)

Iowa schools add local foods to lunch menu
Vinton- Shellsburg Community School District in Benton County, Iowa is working to add more locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as locally raised meat, to its school menu. “We have a lot of interest, and we are looking for farmers who are able to provide us with X amount of apples or X amount of tomatoes at a specific time." (Kenosha News)

Read past editions of This Week for more funding opportunities, webinars and events, jobs, and ways to take action to support farm to school growth across the country.

This Week in Farm to School: 9/17/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Every week, we share opportunities, action items and a selection of media stories that relate to the farm to school movement. To submit an item for consideration, send us an email. To be considered, content should be of national interest to the farm to school community. 

Grants & Funding
1. Teaching Gardens Network Grant Program
Deadline: October 11, 2019 // 5 PM EST
The American Heart Association Teaching Gardens Network Grant program is now open and accepting applications to support school gardens for the 2019-2020 school year. The American Heart Association is seeking schools and educational facilities that are working to connect children to the garden, supporting health, nutrition, and environmental stewardship. Grants will be awarded with the value of $2500 to support new or established school garden programs. Learn more here.

2. NFSN Roundup of Fall Funding Opportunities
Looking for funding options to help kickoff or expand your farm to school efforts this new school year? National Farm to School Network has compiled a list of currently available grant and funding opportunities that schools, ECE sites and nonprofits may be eligible to receive. Explore the full list here


Webinars
1. Webinar: SGSO Volunteer Management and Community Support 
September 26 //  3 PM EST
School gardens are ideal places to involve the community and school gardens also require significant maintenance so they’re the perfect place to bring people together. Join this webinar to learn about ways to get people out and excited, ideas for managing large volunteer groups, how to engage consistent volunteers, and help keep your garden looking good. This webinar is a part of the School Garden Support Organization (SGSO) Network. Register here

2. Webinar: Exploring Soils in the Garden
September 26 // 4:30 PM ET
Soils are alive with a variety of organisms that recycle nutrients, water, and gases. In this webinar presented by Veronica Justen, professor at UW-River Falls, learn about STEM lessons that we can harvest from the soil and demonstrate activities that allow students to explore the power of soils and the world beneath our feet. This webinar is hosted by the Wisconsin School Garden Network. Register here

3. EQUITY Webinar: Advancing a System of Prevention for Health and Racial Equity
October 2 // 2 PM ET
This web forum is designed to encourage health practitioners and partners to work together to produce systems that redefine health, safety, and equity. Prevention Institute will share its System of Prevention framework, which explains how systems shape health and equity. The event will also feature leaders of HIP-Cuyahoga, a county-wide health improvement partnership of over one hundred agencies, community groups and organizations that are taking a systems approach to advancing health equity and racial justice. This webinar is hosted by the Public Health Institute. Register here

4. NFSN WEBINAR Bring Farm to School to Life with Highbush Blueberries
October 3 // 1 PM ET
October is National Farm to School Month, the perfect time to host a farm to school event to celebrate healthy, local food in the cafeteria, classroom and beyond! Resources like the Highbush Blueberry Farm to School Playbook can be a great tool for helping schools of any size find small and big ways to get kids excited about where their food comes from. On this webinar, three schools will share how they’ve used the Farm to School Playbook to put together successful nutrition celebrations with blueberries. Nutrition Consultant Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, will lead a panel discussion with three rockstar school nutrition professionals, who will share easy and practical inspiration for schools looking to kickstart their farm to school programs, tips for a successful promotion and increases in school breakfast/lunch participation, and inspiration for events your students will love. This webinar is hosted by the National Farm to School Network and sponsored by the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. Register here


Events & Networking Opportunities
1. NFSN EVENT Call for Proposals: 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
Deadline: October 4, 2019
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Albuquerque, NM, April 21-23, 2020! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene nearly 1,000 diverse stakeholders working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. Do you have expertise to share? Conference organizers are seeking workshop and poster proposals from individuals and organizations working to improve our food system, strengthen community health, empower youth, advance equity and increase opportunities for farmers and food producers. The Request for Proposals (RFP) is open now through Oct. 4, 2019. Learn more at farmtoschool.org/conference.

2. NFSN CELEBRATION It's almost time for National Farm to School Month!
October 2019
National Farm to School month is right around the corner! The National Farm to School Network has free resources, planning materials, activity ideas and a national calendar of events with ways you can get involved in October. Check out the complete Farm to School Month Celebration Toolkit and download resources at farmtoschool.org/month. Does your organization want to be part of this year's National Farm to School Month campaign? Sign up to be a Farm to School Month Outreach Partner at farmtoschool.org/monthpartner

3. NESAWG's 26th Annual It Takes a Region Conference Registration Now Open
November 7-9, 2019 // Jersey City, NJ
The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group annual It Takes a Region Conference brings together farm and food practitioners across the 12-state Northeast region to learn, debate, collaborate, and innovate ideas and solutions to critical food systems issues. Hundreds of practitioners convene not only for workshops, plenaries and networking, but to roll up their sleeves and do the real work needed to create a just and fair regional food system in several work group sessions. Register here

4. 2019 Farm-Based Education Conference
November 8 -13, 2019 // Greater Baltimore Area, Maryland
The Farm-Based Education Network's 7th Conference is just around the corner, and thrilled to call Baltimore its host city! With field trips to farm and garden projects in Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and in towns throughout Maryland, followed by workshops at the Pearlstone Center in Reisterstown, MD, the conference promises to offer four days of rich learning, relationship building, growth, and inspiration for all. Through the generous support of many partners and sponsors, conference registration and lodging will be available at low costs. Learn more here.


Resources & Research 
1. Farm to ECE Resource - Making Your Own Local Baby Food
Community GroundWorks in Madison, Wisconsin has created a new Farm to ECE resource. Making Your Own Local Baby Food is a guide for early care and education sites on how to make your own local baby food from fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables. 


Policy News
1. NFSN Opposes SNAP Categorical Eligibility Rule Change
As Child Nutrition Reauthorization activity roils on, remember that the federal government is multitasking and we should be too. If you’re looking for other ways to advocate consider this: the United States Department of Agriculture has proposed a change in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also formerly known as “food stamps”). This rule would amend the categorical eligibility provision that allows families whose income would typically be too high to receive SNAP benefits to qualify based on their participation in other federal benefits programs. Supporters of the rule change call this a 'loophole' that takes resources from needy families. At the National Farm to School Network, we view the rule change as ultimately harmful to families in need of these benefits. The rule change would take vital food assistance away from nearly 3 million people. Given that many children’s free and reduced priced meal eligibility is tied to their SNAP eligibility, this also puts children at risk of losing access to school meals. NFSN strongly opposes the rule change because Farm to School can’t happen when families can’t eat. How can you help? Submit a comment opposing the rule before the September 23rd deadline. The Food Research and Action Center has great resources on how to prepare and submit comments that you can access here. Have questions? Connect with Chloe Marshall, NFSN Policy Specialist, at chloe@farmtoschool.org


Farm to School in the News
What have the last 10 Years of school food policy taught us?
From school lunch shaming to universal free meals, four experts discuss the changes the past decade has brought to the nation’s school lunch program and how to make healthy, nutritious food accessible to all. (Civil Eats)

Massachusetts school receives grant for farm to school program
Hoosac Valley High School is the recipient of a grant that will allow it to convert its abandoned tennis courts into a school garden and outdoor classroom. "I have worked in other programs before where we have built gardens and it has made such a huge difference in making a connection between students and food and also academic behavior for the positive." (iBerkshires)

Wisconsin ag students harvest their own lunch
While trudging through the mud, about a dozen FFA students picked sweet corn at Hammer-Kavazanjian Farms near Beaver Dam Tuesday morning. The bed of Ag Instructor Jonathon Ganske’s pickup truck almost overflowed as the students headed back to Beaver Dam High School. Ganske said his agriscience students prepared more than 600 cobs of corn which will be cooked by the school’s food service and made available Wednesday in the high school and middle school cafeterias. (Daily Citizen)

Read past editions of This Week for more funding opportunities, webinars and events, jobs, and ways to take action to support farm to school growth across the country.

This Week in Farm to School: 9/10/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Every week, we share opportunities, action items and a selection of media stories that relate to the farm to school movement. To submit an item for consideration, send us an email. To be considered, content should be of national interest to the farm to school community. 

Grants & Funding
1. Whole Kids Foundation Grants - School Garden, Beehive & Salad Bar
Deadline: October 15, 2019
Through their grant programs, the Whole Kids Foundation is fostering opportunities to connect kids to the root of their food. A school garden, salad bar or beehive can help spark a child’s curiosity and teach them to love fresh, nutritious, whole foods. Bring the joy of a garden or beehive to your school - applications start Sunday, September 1 and close Tuesday, October 15, 2019. Salad Bar grant applications are accepted year-round. Learn more here.
 

2. Clif Bar Family Foundation Small Grants
Deadline: October 1, 2019 
The Clif Bar Family Foundation awards small grants for projects focused on one of five priority areas, including creating a robust, healthy food system, increasing opportunities for outdoor activity, and building stronger communities - a great fit for school garden projects. These grants are awarded for general organizational support as well as funding for specific projects. Learn more and apply here.  

3. Budding Botanist Grant
Deadline: November 8, 2019
The Klorane Botanical Foundation is committed to supporting programs to teach respect for the environment and protect nature through the preservation of plant species and biodiversity. Designed to further their mission, the Budding Botanist Grant will help our youngest citizens learn about plants, explore their world and inspire them to take care of the life they discover in their local ecosystems. In early 2020, twelve grant packages will be awarded to schools across the United States. Three schools will be awarded a $2,250 package. Nine schools will be awarded a $1,250 package. Learn more and apply here.


Webinar & Events
1. EQUITY Webinar: Food Sovereignty and the Role of Extension: Partnerships that Work
Monday, September 16 // 3 PM EST
Sponsored by Racial Equity in the Food System workgroup, this webinar will provide an introduction to food sovereignty, looking at how and why this principle is used in different First Nations communities. Following this introduction, two partners (one from the community and one from Extension) will describe how they have worked together on food sovereignty projects. They will describe how the partnership developed and key elements of a partnership that promotes food sovereignty. There will be time in the webinar for questions, comments, and suggestions of related resources. Register here

2. Webinar: Exploring Soils in the Garden
September 26 // 4:30 PM EST
Soils are alive with a variety of organisms that recycle nutrients, water, and gases. In this webinar presented by Veronica Justen, professor at UW-River Falls, we will discuss STEM lessons that we can harvest from the soil and demonstrate activities that allow students to explore the power of soils and the world beneath our feet. The webinar is hosted by the Wisconsin School Garden Network. Learn more and register here

3. NFSN WEBINAR Bring Farm to School to Life with Highbush Blueberries
Thursday, October 3 // 1-2 PM ET
October is National Farm to School Month, the perfect time to host a farm to school event to celebrate healthy, local food in the cafeteria, classroom and beyond! Resources like the Highbush Blueberry Farm to School Playbook can be a great tool for helping schools of any size find small and big ways to get kids excited about where their food comes from. On this webinar, three schools will share how they’ve used the Farm to School Playbook to put together successful nutrition celebrations with blueberries. Nutrition Consultant Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, will lead a panel discussion with three rockstar school nutrition professionals, who will share easy and practical inspiration for schools looking to kickstart their farm to school programs, tips for a successful promotion and increases in school breakfast/lunch participation, and inspiration for events your students will love. This webinar is hosted by the National Farm to School Network and sponsored by the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. Register here

4. NFSN EVENT Call for Proposals: 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
Deadline: October 4, 2019
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Albuquerque, NM, April 21-23, 2020! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene nearly 1,000 diverse stakeholders working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. Do you have expertise to share? Conference organizers are seeking workshop and poster proposals from individuals and organizations working to improve our food system, strengthen community health, empower youth, advance equity and increase opportunities for farmers and food producers. The Request for Proposals (RFP) is open now through Oct. 4, 2019. Learn more at farmtoschool.org/conference.

5. 2020 Urban Food Systems Symposium: Nourishing Cities in a Changing Climate Call for Abstracts 
Deadline: November 1, 2019 // 5 PM CST 
The symposium brings together researchers, not-for-profit administrators, community organizers, extension professionals, students, and others, to share and gain knowledge on urban food systems and agriculture and their role in global food security. Oral and poster presentations addressing research, education, and extension and/or community development programs around these topics and within the field of Urban Food Systems are encouraged to submit. Scholarships will be available for students and Extension educators thanks to sponsors and a generous grant from the North Central Region SARE. Learn more here

6. 2019 Western Youth Food Sovereignty Summit - Application Now Open
October 18-20, 2019 // Camp Verde, AZ
The 2019 Western Region Native Youth Food Sovereignty Summit is organized by Intertribal Agriculture Council and hosted by the Yavapai Apache Nation. At this summit, Native American youth will explore different areas of agriculture ranging from traditional foods to land stewardship techniques. This year's event is open to high school and college aged youth from the ages 13-22 living in Arizona and Utah. Participants must be enrolled in a federally or state-recognized tribe or be a tribal descendant. Apply here


Farm to School in the News
New York Farm to School lunch program builds community ties, improves food quality
This is the sixth year of the Broome-Tioga BOCES farm to school lunch program, an initiative to have more produce grown locally. Last year, more than thirty percent of all lunch purchases in the 15 BOCES school districts were New York products, to the tune of $1.5 million. BOCES staff say the benefits to this program go far beyond simply growing local produce. (WBNG)

Blueberries added to Alabama farm to school program 
“It was really great, and as soon as I told them I picked blueberries, to see their faces — they were like — what you picked blueberries? I said, yeah, they come off the bushes,” said Jane Haithcock, who teaches students in the eighth grade. “So it was really neat to see them make that connection that it doesn’t just show up here.” (Rocket City Now)

New Mexico arts program plants seeds for the next generation of local creatives 
"Food is art," Roseberry reminded the gathering, pointing out the "art" of historical acequia and farm traditions of Northern New Mexico. This year Growing Community Now will be serving 700 meals a day to Taos County school kids as a result of a USDA grant that allows six new area schools to be added to the organic food program. (Taos News)

Read past editions of This Week for more funding opportunities, webinars and events, jobs, and ways to take action to support farm to school growth across the country.

This Week in Farm to School: 9/3/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, September 03, 2019
Every week, we share opportunities, action items and a selection of media stories that relate to the farm to school movement. To submit an item for consideration, send us an email. To be considered, content should be of national interest to the farm to school community. 

Grants & Funding
1. Target Field Trip Grants
Deadline: October 1, 2019
Some of the best learning opportunities happen outside the classroom. That's why Target is helping give students a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience through field trips (like visits to a local farm!). As part of the program, Target stores award Target Field Trip™ grants to K-12 schools nationwide. Learn more here.

2. National Education Association Foundation Grants
Deadline: October 15, 2019
Student Achievement Grants, offered by the National Education Association (NEA) Foundation, are for projects that help students learn how to think critically and solve problems in order to improve student learning. Learning & Leadership Grants, offered by the NEA Foundation, are for professional development opportunities for individuals or groups. Grants are available to current members of NEA who are educators in public schools or public institutions of higher education. Preference is given to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global learning into projects, which can include farm to school activities. Two levels of funding are available: $2,000 and $5,000.

3 Annie’s Grant for Edible School Gardens
Deadline: November 1, 2019
Want a school garden? Annie’s believes that showing future generations how sustainable food is grown changes their lives. Connecting kids to gardens helps them to start thinking more holistically about their food, their communities, and the planet. Learn more and apply here.

4. Call for Applications: 2020 RWJF Culture of Health Prize
Deadline: November 4, 2019
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize recognizes communities that have come together around a commitment to health, opportunity, and equity through collaboration and inclusion. Through the RWJF Culture of Health Prize application process, a community comes together to tell their inspiring stories of collaboration, action, and results. Communities should understand they are applying for a prize and not a grant. The Prize recognizes work that has already been accomplished so there is no required workplan or budget. Learn more here.

5. Farm Credit East Accepting Applications for AgEnhancement Grant Program
Deadline: December 1, 2019
Farm Credit East is part of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide agricultural network that provides credit and affiliated services to those in agriculture and related industries across the United States. In support of that mission, the organization is accepting applications to the Farm Credit AgEnhancement Grant program. Through the program, grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to help organizations promote awareness of and strengthen agriculture, commercial fishing, and forest products in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Learn more here.


Webinar & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Bring Farm to School to Life with Highbush Blueberries
Thursday, October 3 // 1-2 PM ET
October is National Farm to School Month, the perfect time to host a farm to school event to celebrate healthy, local food in the cafeteria, classroom and beyond! Resources like the Highbush Blueberry Farm to School Playbook can be a great tool for helping schools of any size find small and big ways to get kids excited about where their food comes from. On this webinar, three schools will share how they’ve used the Farm to School Playbook to put together successful nutrition celebrations with blueberries. Nutrition Consultant Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, will lead a panel discussion with three rockstar school nutrition professionals, who will share easy and practical inspiration for schools looking to kickstart their farm to school programs, tips for a successful promotion and increases in school breakfast/lunch participation, and inspiration for events your students will love. This webinar is hosted by the National Farm to School Network and sponsored by the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. Register here

2. NFSN EVENT Call for Proposals: 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
Deadline: October 4, 2019
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Albuquerque, NM, April 21-23, 2020! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene nearly 1,000 diverse stakeholders working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. Do you have expertise to share? Conference organizers are seeking workshop and poster proposals from individuals and organizations working to improve our food system, strengthen community health, empower youth, advance equity and increase opportunities for farmers and food producers. The Request for Proposals (RFP) is open now through Oct. 4, 2019. Learn more at farmtoschool.org/conference

3. 2019 Western Youth Food Sovereignty Summit - Application Now Open
October 18-20, 2019 // Camp Verde, AZ
The 2019 Western Region Native Youth Food Sovereignty Summit is organized by Intertribal Agriculture Council and hosted by the Yavapai Apache Nation. At this summit, Native American youth will explore different areas of agriculture ranging from traditional foods to land stewardship techniques. This year's event is open to high school and college aged youth from the ages 13-22 living in Arizona and Utah. Participants must be enrolled in a federally or state recognized tribe or be a tribal descendant. Apply here


Resources
1. EQUITY Book Recommendations: The role of food in building a more equitable society 
Community Food Centres Canada has shared a list of book recommendations focused on how we can build a healthier and more equitable society, and the role of food in that equation. Explore their recommendations here


Farm to School in the News
Indiana School Brings Student-grown Food To Cafeteria
Students at Crawfordsville’s Meredith Nicholson Elementary have learned to grow fruits and vegetables in the school garden for nearly a decade. This year, students can enjoy the fruits of their labor in the school cafeteria for the first time. (WBAA)

Wisconsin schools install hydroponic garden to grow food year-round
For years, the Waunakee School District has grown plants in community and school gardens during harvest seasons. But this school year, the district is implementing a new way to grow plants all year long, using hydroponics. (WMTV)

West Virginia middle schoolers learn importance of agriculture through farm-to-table program
Friday, students at Robert L Bland Middle School in Weston were treated to an entire menu of locally grown food; burgers made from fresh beef from a local family farm in Weston and fresh fruit grown in Bruceton mills. (WBOY)


Read past editions of This Week for more funding opportunities, webinars and events, jobs, and ways to take action to support farm to school growth across the country.

This Week in Farm to School: 8/27/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Every week, we share opportunities, action items and a selection of media stories that relate to the farm to school movement. To submit an item for consideration, send us an email. To be considered, content should be of national interest to the farm to school community. 

Grants & Funding
1. 2019 CHS Foundation Classroom Grant
Deadline: September 15, 2019
CHS Foundation provides $500 grants each year to Pre-K-12 teachers who have classroom projects that use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies and more. Eligible projects include classroom and schoolyard gardens, embryology projects, aquaculture projects and agricultural literacy reading programs to name a few. Teachers have until June 30 the following year to complete the project and submit a final report. Only state-certified classroom teachers who are employed by a school district are eligible to apply. In addition, Private school teachers are also eligible to apply. Learn more here. 

2. Green Thumb Challenge Grant
Deadline: September 30, 2019
It's that time of year again! GEF and Gardener’s Supply Company have teamed up on an exciting funding opportunity for established youth garden projects nationwide! The organizations are calling on schools and youth groups to submit chronicles of their garden projects in a race to win a $500 prize. The award is designed to support the continued sustainability of an exceptional youth garden program that has demonstrated success, and has impacted the lives of kids and their community. Learn more here.

3. Head Start Gro More Good Garden Grants
Deadline: October 11, 2019
In collaboration with The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening, The National Head Start Association is honored to bring the life-enhancing benefits of gardens to more children and families in the Head Start community. Schools, community action programs, non-profits, hospitals, community centers and inter-generational groups that hosts Head Start programs are eligible to apply. The grants awarded are in the amount of $5,000, plus a garden kit and materials and gardening educational resources. Learn more here.

4. Get Schools Cooking Grants
Deadline: October 28, 2019
A program of Chef Ann Foundation, Get Schools Cooking (previously known as the School Food Support Initiative) provides school districts with the operational foundation necessary to transition their Food & Nutrition Service Departments from a heat & serve or processed model to one that is rooted in scratch cooking using real ingredients. Through Get Schools Cooking, food service teams are guided through an intensive, three-year program. Applications for the 2019 Cohort are now open. An information webinar is scheduled for Sept. 12. Learn more here. 


Webinar & Events
1. Webinar: SGSO Network Crowdfunding Webinar
Wednesday, August 28 // 3-4 PM EST
Time and time again, the ability to raise adequate financial support tops the list of challenges of school garden programs both at individual school and SGSO levels. In this webinar we will explore the concept of crowdfunding which is a term broadly used to describe fundraising efforts focused on raising smaller amounts of money from large numbers of people frequently through online and social media efforts. This webinar is a part of the School Garden Support Organization (SGSO) Network. Register here. 

2. EQUITY Webinar: Food Sovereignty and the Role of Extension: Partnerships that Work
Monday, September 16 // 3 PM EST
Sponsored by Racial Equity in the Food System workgroup, this webinar will provide an introduction to food sovereignty, looking at how and why this principle is used in different First Nations communities. Following this introduction, two partners (one from the community and one from Extension) will describe how they have worked together on food sovereignty projects. They will describe how the partnership developed and key elements of a partnership that promotes food sovereignty. There will be time in the webinar for questions, comments, and suggestions of related resources. Register here. 

3. NFSN WEBINAR Bring Farm to School to Life with Highbush Blueberries
Thursday, October 3 // 1-2 PM ET
October is National Farm to School Month, the perfect time to host a farm to school event to celebrate healthy, local food in the cafeteria, classroom and beyond! Resources like the Highbush Blueberry Farm to School Playbook can be a great tool for helping schools of any size find small and big ways to get kids excited about where their food comes from. On this webinar, three schools will share how they’ve used the Farm to School Playbook to put together successful nutrition celebrations with blueberries. Nutrition Consultant Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, will lead a panel discussion with three rockstar school nutrition professionals, who will share easy and practical inspiration for schools looking to kickstart their farm to school programs, tips for a successful promotion and increases in school breakfast/lunch participation, and inspiration for events your students will love. This webinar is hosted by the National Farm to School Network and sponsored by the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. Register here. 

4. NFSN EVENT Call for Proposals: 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
April 20-24, 2020 // Albuquerque, NM
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Albuquerque, NM, April 21-23, 2020! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene nearly 1,000 diverse stakeholders working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. Do you have expertise to share? Conference organizers are seeking workshop and poster proposals from individuals and organizations working to improve our food system, strengthen community health, empower youth, advance equity and increase opportunities for farmers and food producers. The Request for Proposals (RFP) is open now through Oct. 4, 2019. Learn more at farmtoschool.org/conference. 

5. 2019 Western Youth Food Sovereignty Summit - Application Now Open
October 18-20, 2019 // Camp Verde, AZ
The 2019 Western Region Native Youth Food Sovereignty Summit is organized by Intertribal Agriculture Council and hosted by the Yavapai Apache Nation. At this summit, Native American youth will explore different areas of agriculture ranging from traditional foods to land stewardship techniques. This year's event is open to high school and college aged youth from the ages 13-22 living in Arizona and Utah. Participants must be enrolled in a federally or state recognized tribe or be a tribal descendant. Apply here.


Resources & Research 
1. New Research: Regional Trends in New England Farm to Institution Procurement Policy
This new report from Farm to Institution New England (FINE) and the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) at Vermont Law School analyzes state laws in the New England region intended to incentivize institutional local food procurement. The research looks at institutions broadly, though farm to school makes up a significant portion of local purchase efforts and is featured prominently throughout the regional report and accompanying state policy snapshots. Learn more here. 


Farm to School in the News
California students get hands-on gardening experience through Agriculture Academy
An elementary school is a place where a lot of growing takes place — young minds learn something new each day, students develop and mature mentally and sometimes even plants, fruits and vegetables are harvested after a strong season. Tucked behind McKinley Elementary School's classrooms is a fully functioning garden where students learn everything from loosening soil to making a delicious meal from the fruits and vegetables grown. There are even five egg laying chickens clucking around their coop. (The Bakersfield Californian)

Illinois students turn vacant lot into urban garden offering free produce to neighbors
A group of students from the Montessori School of Englewood have turned a vacant lot into something pretty spectacular. "I never had a garden. So when I heard we could come outside and plant things, that just made me happy," student Elantra House said. Through a grant from 'The Trotter Project' and master gardeners from University of Illinois, that empty lot is now an urban farm overflowing with colorful flowers and fresh vegetables. For many of the kids, it was the first time they tried a vegetable straight from the soil. (WGN9)

Montana farm to school brings 'Bozeone Ozone Bus' to Story Mill Park
"The BOB bus is our mobile greenhouse that we use for garden and nutrition education," said Madi Mathiasen, who works for Gallatin Valley Farm to School. "In the spring and fall we drive it around to elementary schools and sometimes middle schools and we do all kinds of different lessons with them." Campers harvest vegetables and herbs from the BOB bus to make healthy afternoon snacks. (KBZK)


Read past editions of This Week for more funding opportunities, webinars and events, jobs, and ways to take action to support farm to school growth across the country.

This Week in Farm to School: 8/20/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Every week, we share opportunities, action items and a selection of media stories that relate to the farm to school movement. To submit an item for consideration, send us an email. To be considered, content should be of national interest to the farm to school community. 

Grants & Funding 
1. Get Schools Cooking Grants
Deadline: October 28, 2019
A program of Chef Ann Foundation, Get Schools Cooking (previously known as the School Food Support Initiative) provides school districts with the operational foundation necessary to transition their Food & Nutrition Service Departments from a heat & serve or processed model to one that is rooted in scratch cooking using real ingredients. Through Get Schools Cooking, food service teams are guided through an intensive, three-year program. Applications for the 2019 Cohort are now open. An information webinar is scheduled for Sept. 12. Learn more here

2. NCR-SARE Youth Educator Sustainable Agriculture Grants
Deadline: November 14, 2019
North Central Region-SARE recognizes that youth programs are a way to introduce new and exciting farming and ranching options to youth, parents, and community members. Youth Educator grants support projects by youth educators that encourage youth to try sustainable practices and explore sustainable agriculture as a viable career option. Applicants can request up to $4,000 for youth education projects. North Central Region-SARE includes: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Learn more here

3. SeedMoney Grants for Garden Projects
Deadline: November 12, 2019
SeedMoney is offering 255 garden grants totaling $40,000 to diverse food garden projects through a 30-day crowdfunding challenge running from November 15 to December 15. The grants are open to all types of public food garden project, including youth gardens, community gardens, food bank gardens, etc., regardless of their location. Grant applications will be accepted until November 12. Learn more here

4. Head Start Gro More Good Garden Grants
Deadline: October 11, 2019
In collaboration with The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening, The National Head Start Association is honored to bring the life-enhancing benefits of gardens to more children and families in the Head Start community. Schools, community action programs, non-profits, hospitals, community centers and inter-generational groups that hosts Head Start programs are eligible to apply. The grants awarded are in the amount of $5,000, plus a garden kit and materials and gardening educational resources. Learn more here


Webinar & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Bring Farm to School to Life with Highbush Blueberries
October 3 // 1-2 PM EST
October is National Farm to School Month, the perfect time to host a farm to school event to celebrate healthy, local food in the cafeteria, classroom and beyond! Resources like the Highbush Blueberry Farm to School Playbook can be a great tool for helping schools of any size find small and big ways to get kids excited about where their food comes from. On this webinar, three schools will share how they’ve used the Farm to School Playbook to put together successful nutrition celebrations with blueberries. Nutrition Consultant Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, will lead a panel discussion with three rockstar school nutrition professionals, who will share easy and practical inspiration for schools looking to kickstart their farm to school programs, tips for a successful promotion and increases in school breakfast/lunch participation, and inspiration for events your students will love. This webinar is hosted by the National Farm to School Network and sponsored by the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. Register here

2. Webinar: SGSO Network Crowdfunding Webinar
Wednesday, August 28 // 3-4 PM EST
Time and time again, the ability to raise adequate financial support tops the list of challenges of school garden programs both at individual school and SGSO levels. In this webinar we will explore the concept of crowdfunding which is a term broadly used to describe fundraising efforts focused on raising smaller amounts of money from large numbers of people frequently through online and social media efforts. This webinar is a part of the School Garden Support Organization (SGSO) Network. Register here

3. First Nations Food Sovereignty Summit
September 23-26, 2019 // Green Bay, Wisconsin
First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) and the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin (Oneida) again are co-hosting the national Food Sovereignty Summit. It will be held September 23-26, 2019, at the Radisson Hotel in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The conference workshops are divided into three tracks: Sustaining Food Systems, Strengthening Tribal Sovereignty, and Caring for Our Lands. Learn more and register here

4. 2019 Western Youth Food Sovereignty Summit - Application Now Open
October 18-20, 2019 // Camp Verde, AZ
The 2019 Western Region Native Youth Food Sovereignty Summit is organized by Intertribal Agriculture Council and hosted by the Yavapai Apache Nation. At this summit, Native American youth will explore different areas of agriculture ranging from traditional foods to land stewardship techniques. This year's event is open to high school and college aged youth from the ages 13-22 living in Arizona and Utah. Participants must be enrolled in a federally or state recognized tribe or be a tribal descendant. Apply here

5. NFSN EVENT Save the Date: 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
April 20-24, 2020 // Albuquerque, NM
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 20-24, 2020! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene a diverse group of food service professionals, farmers, educators, students, representatives from nonprofits and government agencies, public health professionals and more to learn, network, and strengthen this important movement. Do you have expertise to share? We’ll be seeking proposals for conference content (workshops, posters, etc.) from stakeholders interested in sharing their models and strategies for making farm to cafeteria initiatives a reality in their communities. The Request for Proposals will open mid-August. Visit farmtoschool.org/conference to learn more and start making plans to join us in Albuquerque! 


Resources & Research 
1. NFSN RESOURCE 2019 Vision and Key Strategies to Advance Farm to Early Care and Education
In this newly revised resource, the National Farm to School Network’s Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE) Working Group outlines a vision for the future of farm to ECE and details key strategies at the local, state, tribal and national level to achieve this vision. The NFSN Farm to Early Care and Education Working Group is a cohort of experienced leaders and stakeholders in the field that work collaboratively in identifying and addressing barriers and strategic opportunities to further the national farm to ECE movement. This resource is intended to provide guidance and direction to NFSN and national, state, tribal and local partners in prioritizing and coordinating efforts to advance the farm to ECE movement across the country. Learn more here


Jobs & Opportunities
1. Farm to School Supply Chain Development Program Manager, CADE (Oneonta, NY)
Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE), whose vision it is to "build a vibrant food system in which locally owned agricultural businesses thrive and consumers are nourished by healthy, sustainably produced food," recently received a USDA grant that will enable us to support the important Farm to School  incentives in place in New York by building infrastructure that connects regionally food producers to NY State school districts.  CADE is currently seeking to fill a full time program manager position under that grant. Applications are due August 21. Learn more here

2. University of Minnesota College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Mentorship Program
The University of Minnesota seeks mentors to guide college students and post-docs exploring careers in your field! The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) matches industry professionals with CFANS students and post-docs who are seeking guidance and insight into a career path. The program runs November 2019-May 2020. The U of M asks that mentors and students check in, either in-person, by email, or by phone/Skype at least once a month for an hour, and there is a required half-day job-shadowing component. Local and long-distance mentors are welcome! Submit your application by September 23, and learn more about the program here. Contact cfansaro@umn.edu with any additional questions.


Farm to School in the News
Tennessee school uses gardening to cultivate students' business acumen
When St. Mary’s School received a grant to build a few raised flower beds six years ago, it wasn’t much — and it wasn’t near the level it is now. Now, the garden has expanded, and serves as a basis for teaching students not only how to garden, but how to run a business as well. (Johnson City Press)

Alaska school district works to reduce food waste
As kids get ready to head back to school, the staff at the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District Nutrition Services department are prepared to fuel students’ learning with healthy food. “We do a hot pack and a cold pack every day,” explained Nutrition Services supervisor Chris Johnson. “So what is manufactured today is what schools will be getting tomorrow.” (KTVA)

North Carolina teens grow food, faith and focus on Cedar Grove Farm
Sankofa Farms was originally supposed to be a school garden in which middle school students could get away from the pressures of the classroom and get their hands dirty in the soil. After the proposal was rejected by the school’s principal, middle-school science teacher Kamal Bell made a much bigger investment in the idea. (WUNC)


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