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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)


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: 8/13/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, August 13, 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. Native American Agriculture Fund Inaugural RFA Now Open
Deadline: September 30, 2019
The Native American Agriculture Fund's (NAAF) mission is to support Native American farmers and ranchers and promote their continued engagement in agriculture. NAAF was created after conclusion of the lengthy Keepseagle v. Vilsack litigation and was designed for the purpose of addressing four areas important to the success of Native farmers and ranchers:  business assistance, agricultural education, technical support and advocacy. Eligible applicants must submit a complete application no later than Monday, September 30, 2019. Learn more here

2. 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. 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. 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. Full information and a registration link can be found here.

3. NESAWG's 26th Annual It Takes a Region Conference
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. Learn more here

4. 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 Call for Updates to "Benefits of Farm to School" Fact Sheet
National Farm to School Network is in the process of updating our popular Benefits of Farm to School fact sheet and we need your help identifying farm to school and farm to early care and education research and reports that may be relevant to include in a new edition of the resource. You can submit relevant content by adding directly to this spreadsheet or sending to Lacy Stephens, NFSN Program Manager, at lacy@farmtoschool.org. We are interested in both peer reviewed and grey literature. Please submit by Friday, August 16. Thank you for your help in making this valuable resource even more impactful!

2. EQUITY American Academy of Pediatrics Addresses Racism and Its Health Impact on Children and Teens
Racism has a profound impact on children’s health. With the goal of helping all children reach their full potential, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is publishing new recommendations on ways to lessen the impact of racism on children and teens. In the policy statement, “Racism and Its Impact on Child and Adolescent Health,” the AAP calls on pediatricians to create welcoming, culturally competent medical practices, to advocate for policies that advance social justice, and to engage leaders in their communities to reduce health disparities. Read more here

3. Report: Food Systems Resilience: Concepts & Policy Approaches
Food Systems Resilience: Concepts & Policy Approaches presents advocates and policymakers with a suite of policy tools for strengthening food system resilience. With climate-related shocks and stressors adding to existing hazards facing food systems, this is a critical time to examine food system vulnerabilities and work to ameliorate them. This resource provides an overview of the current scholarship on resilience, especially as it applies to food systems, as a means to predict, assess, and improve how those systems cope with disruption. It also includes a case study of Puerto Rican laws and policies. Learn more here


Policy News
1. TAKE ACTION for Farm to School in the next CNR
National Farm to School Network is taking steps now to ensure that the next Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization (CNR) strengthens farm to school opportunities across the country! Farm to school activities – including procurement of local food for school meals, school gardens, and food and agriculture education – have been proven to help students build healthy eating habits and support family farmers by expanding market opportunities. You can help! Endorse the Farm to School Act of 2019 (S. 2026, H.R. 3562) and Kids Eat Local Act (S.1817, H.R. 3230) to encourage members of Congress to provide the federal dollars needed by community-grown initiatives. Have another five minutes? Make a quick call to your members of Congress to ask them to co-sponsor these bills! Learn more about farm to school opportunities in the next CNR here


Jobs & Opportunities
1. Applications Now Open: 2020 Bloomberg Fellows Program
The Bloomberg American Health Initiative is supporting a new generation of public health leaders in organizations across the country who are tackling some of the most pressing challenges to public health, including Obesity and the Food System. The Bloomberg Fellows Program offers a full scholarship and $10,000 stipend for the Master of Public Health (MPH) or a full scholarship for the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The application deadline is December 1, 2019. Learn more here


Farm to School in the News
West Virginia 'farm to school institute’ connects students to the food they eat
How does milk get to the dairy aisle? Why are there different types of apples? Why should salads be a part of a healthy diet? Answers to questions like these and more are things that children at Jefferson County Schools in West Virginia will be welcomed back to this coming school year after school teachers and workers attended a program that was the first of its kind for the area. (Herald Mail Media)

Washington State University Extension helps launch robotics gardening program
An elementary school in the Mount Vernon School District received a $25,000 grant to start a robotics gardening program with the help of WSU Extension. The FarmBot growing system will be installed at Jefferson Elementary this fall to help grow, water and weed the school’s garden. (WSU Insider)

Texas school district unveils innovative new menu
With an emphasis on international cuisine and locally sourced ingredients, Texarkana Independent School District will revolutionize most parents understanding of the typical school lunch. (TXK Today)

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: 7/30/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, July 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 School Cooking Grant
Application Opens Monday, August 19
Get Schools Cooking (previously known as the School Food Support Initiative), a program of Chef Ann Foundation,  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. The 2019 grant application period will open August 19, 2019. Learn more here


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to School: State Local Purchasing Incentive Bills 
This Week! Thursday, August 1 // 1-2 PM ET
Providing an increased meal reimbursement to schools and early care and education sites purchasing and serving local foods not only increases the amount of fresh, local foods in meal program, but can provide increased revenue streams for local producers. Many states are exploring or pursuing local food incentive bills and a few states have passed and implemented successful legislation, providing important models for future legislation. In this webinar, presented by the National Farm to School Network, we’ll hear from key stakeholders about the passage and enactment of the MI Ten Cents a Meal Program and the New Mexico Grown Local Produce Grant. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.

2. EQUITY Webinar: Amplifying the Leadership of People of Color and Indigenous Communities in Sustainable Food Systems Organizations
Wednesday, Jul 31 // 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM CDT
The purpose of this webinar is to elevate the important work of sustainable food systems organizations in the US, specifically those led by people of color and Indigenous communities, and to answer common questions on ways to identify and support these efforts. This webinar is hosted by Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in Environmental Philanthropy (InDEEP). Register here

3. Registration Deadline: School Garden Support Organization Leadership Institute
January 19-24, 2020 // Santa Cruz, CA
Join 20 other School Garden Support Organization teams from across the nation to strengthen your organization’s goal of enhancing professional development and ongoing support for school garden programs in your region. Apply here by August 2, 2019

4. Celebrate National Farmers Market Week
August 4-10, 2019
Each year, Farmer's Market Coalition helps recognize farmers markets across the country with National Farmers Market Week. During this time, markets will host local special events and activities alongside media campaigns. You can help spread the word online about the importance and impact of farmers markets for National Farmers Market Week this year by following FMC and your local farmers market on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay in the loop, by using the hashtags #farmersmarketweek, #lovemymarket and #whyfarmersmarkets, and by downloading the "Why Farmers Market" infographic 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 in August. Visit farmtoschool.org/conference to learn more and start making plans to join us in Albuquerque!


Resources & Research 
1. NFSN RESOURCE Call for Updates to "Benefits of Farm to School" Fact Sheet
National Farm to School Network is in the process of updating our popular Benefits of Farm to School fact sheet and we need your help identifying farm to school and farm to early care and education research and reports that may be relevant to include in a new edition of the resource. You can submit relevant content by adding directly to this spreadsheet or sending to Lacy Stephens, NFSN Program Manager, at lacy@farmtoschool.org. We are interested in both peer reviewed and grey literature. Please submit by Friday, August 16. Thank you for your help in making this valuable resource even more impactful!

2. EQUITY Call for Citations: 7th edition of Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism present in US Food System
Deadline: August 5, 2019
MSU Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) is seeking help in identifying citations to update CRFS’s publication: An Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System. They seek citations that refer to research, analysis, outreach, and commentary on BOTH structural racism AND the U.S. food system. Deadline for citation submission is August 5, 2019. Learn more here


Policy News 
1. TAKE ACTION for Farm to School in the next CNR 
National Farm to School Network is taking steps now to ensure that the next Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization (CNR) strengthens farm to school opportunities across the country! Farm to school activities – including procurement of local food for school meals, school gardens, and food and agriculture education – have been proven to help students build healthy eating habits and support family farmers by expanding market opportunities. You can help! Endorse the Farm to School Act of 2019 (S. 2026, H.R. 3562) and Kids Eat Local Act (S.1817, H.R. 3220) to encourage members of Congress to provide the federal dollars needed by community-grown initiatives. Have another five minutes? Make a quick call to your members of Congress to ask them to co-sponsor these bills! Learn more about farm to school opportunities in the next CNR here

2. Thousands of Students Could Lose Free School Meals if SNAP Changes
A Trump administration plan to tighten eligibility requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) could have a secondary effect: hundreds of thousands of children losing automatic eligibility for free school lunches. The proposal, announced last week, would curb broad-based categorical eligibility, which currently allows children in families who participate in SNAP to be "directly certified" for participation in federally subsidized free school meal programs. In addition, more students could lose access to free meals if SNAP changes drop their schools below the threshold for community eligibility. Read more here from Education Week


Job Opportunities
1. Farm to School Program Manager, Food Connects (Brattleboro, VT) 
The Farm To School Program Manager’s primary responsibilities are to manage the overall program and to be a motivational guide and knowledgeable resource for teachers, food service professionals, and school administrators to further develop and support Farm to School programs throughout the region. Acknowledged as a statewide leader, the Farm to School program builds capacity at over 30 schools to improve food, farm and nutrition education as well as increase local food purchasing and school meal participation. Learn more and apply here

2. AmeriCorps VISTA Service Member (Traverse City, MI)
The Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District is hiring two full-time AmeriCorps VISTA Service Members to advance farm to school initiatives and activities across elementary schools in northwest lower Michigan. Projects that the VISTA will help coordinate may include cooking demonstrations in partnership with local chefs, coordinating pop-up farmer’s markets, facilitating school garden development, and supporting classroom nutrition educators. To apply for the position, please contact Ranae McCauley (ranae@unitedwaynwmi.org) or Alice Bowe (abowe@tbaisd.org).


Farm to School in the News
Students learn about gardening, food prep and nutrition in Migrant Program in North Dakota
Amid the neatly spaced rows of carrots, lettuce, spinach, onions, peppers and other vegetables, Lizzy Vaudrin joins a cadre of third- and fourth-graders to pick ingredients they’ll use in a cooking class on this sunny morning in Manvel. The four-day cooking class, led by NDSU Extension employees, concludes the seven-week Migrant Program this week at Manvel Public School. “It’s a great experience,” said Vaudrin, a teacher, as she watched the children select the produce. “It’s so rewarding, too, for them to see how they planted (the vegetables) from seed and how they use them.” (Grand Forks Herald)

Youth center’s vegetable roof garden provides food for children in Chicago
American design firm Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects has transformed the terrace of an education center in Chicago into a large rooftop vegetable garden which also provides organic food to the school’s kitchen. (Inexhibit)

Apples are for more than teachers in New York
In a few months, school will be back in session and apples will be growing at Indian Ladder Farms. The farm, as part of an initiative with the not-for-profit Capital Roots, will be sending hundreds of pounds of apples to schools in the Capital Region. (The Altamont Enterprise)


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: 7/23/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, July 23, 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. 

National Farm to School Network News
1. Meet Our National Farm to School Network Interns!
National Farm to School Network is excited to be working with three interns to support our policy, programs and communications work this summer. On our blog, meet Jacquelyn Sullivan (Zero Hunger Intern, Congressional Hunger Center), Jenileigh Harris, and Mackenize Martinez (Partnership Communications Intern, Intertribal Agriculture Council). Read more here.

2. National Farm to School Network Receives Donation from National Co+op Grocers To Launch Equity Learning Lab
National Co+op Grocers (NCG) and partners within the natural/organic foods industry have made a generous contribution to the National Farm to School Network to fund a new equity learning lab, aimed at advancing equity within the farm to school movement. NCG led the fundraising effort as part of its annual grocery and wellness conference and tradeshow, Co+nvergence, held on June 26 in St. Paul, Minn. Read more here.


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to School: State Local Purchasing Incentive Bills 
Thursday, August 1 // 1-2 PM ET
Providing an increased meal reimbursement to schools and early care and education sites purchasing and serving local foods not only increases the amount of fresh, local foods in meal program, but can provide increased revenue streams for local producers. Many states are exploring or pursuing local food incentive bills and a few states have passed and implemented successful legislation, providing important models for future legislation. In this webinar, presented by the National Farm to School Network, we’ll hear from key stakeholders about the passage and enactment of the MI Ten Cents a Meal Program and the New Mexico Grown Local Produce Grant. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.

2. School Garden Support Organization Leadership Institute
January 19-24, 2020 // Santa Cruz, CA
Join 20 other School Garden Support Organization teams from across the nation to strengthen your organization’s goal of enhancing professional development and ongoing support for school garden programs in your region. Apply here by August 2, 2019. 

3. 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 in August. Visit farmtoschool.org/conference to learn more and start making plans to join us in Albuquerque!


Resources & Research
1. EQUITY Webinar Recording: Measuring Racial Equity in the Food System: Established and Suggested Metrics
This webinar recording provides an introduction to the newly published guide, Measuring Racial Equity in the Food System: Established and Suggested Metrics, including examples of metrics in four different themes and ways the guide can be used. Two food system leaders also share how they are using data and metrics to drive system change. This webinar was sponsored by the national Racial Equity in the Food System workgroup committee and the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems. Watch the recording here.

2. Webinar Recording: Kick off the Summer with Farm to Head Start and Early Care and Education!
Farm to early care and education (ECE) includes the use of local foods in meals and snacks, gardening opportunities, and food, nutrition, and agriculture learning activities to promote health and wellness and enhance the quality of ECE settings. How can a Farm to Head Start/ECE help your program serve fresh, local food? Learn how it works through presentations from national experts and Head Start program examples. This webinar was sponsored by USDA, Food and Nutrition Service, Office of Head Start, and National Farm to School Network. Watch the recording here


Policy News
1. TAKE ACTION for Farm to School in the next CNR 
National Farm to School Network is taking steps now to ensure that the next Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization (CNR) strengthens farm to school opportunities across the country! Farm to school activities – including procurement of local food for school meals, school gardens, and food and agriculture education – have been proven to help students build healthy eating habits and support family farmers by expanding market opportunities. You can help! Endorse the Farm to School Act of 2019 (S. 2026, H.R. 3562) and Kids Eat Local Act (S.1817, H.R. 3220) to encourage members of Congress to provide the federal dollars needed by community-grown initiatives. Have another five minutes? Make a quick call to your members of Congress to ask them to co-sponsor these bills! Learn more about farm to school opportunities in the next CNR here

2. USDA Announces 2019 Farm to School Grant Awards
National Farm to School Network congratulations the record-breaking 126 awardees of the 2019 USDA Farm to School Grants, announced last week. This included 19 NFSN Core and Supporting Partner Organizations and the National Farm to School Network! Read more about the 2019 awards - and the importance of Congress continuing to support this highly impactful program - on our blog


Job Opportunities
1. Program Analyst, USDA Food and Nutrition Service (Alexandria, VA)
This position is located in Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), Child Nutrition Programs (CNP). FNS serves as the Nation's first line of defense against hunger. Through the agency's nutrition assistance programs, FNS provides children and needy families' access to food and a more healthful lifestyle. FNCS Headquarters Offices provide the policies and regulatory support regarding the nutrition assistance program administrated through Congressional action. Learn more and apply here

2. Junior Associate, Public Health, Bloomberg Philanthropies (New York, NY)
Bloomberg Philanthropies seeks a Junior Associate to support the Program Manager for the Obesity Prevention program. H/she will provide program management support, high level administrative support, research and analysis. Strong written and oral communications, attention to detail, flexibility/availability and project management skills are a must. Learn more and apply here


Farm to School in the News
Locally-raised bison meat to be introduced into Oklahoma lunch program
The Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma and Miami Public Schools will develop a partnership to facilitate planning the introduction and regular consumption of locally raised bison meat into the student lunch program. (The Miami News - Record)

Minnesota kids enjoy locally grown food
Last week was Farm to Summer Week in Minnesota, and children throughout the state ate locally grown foods to celebrate. The USDA's Summer Food Service Program offers free meals to children under 18 while school is out. Those meals are important. "When school's not in session, a lot of kids are at risk of going hungry. So what we're trying to do is take advantage of the summer growing season here in Minnesota by incorporating items grown by local farmers in those summer food service meals." (Public News Service)

Maine students learning how to farm and grow crops
"This program is actually very important to this community. Because there are a lot of people out there who can't get good food. A lot of people are suffering from food inequality. What we're trying to do is basically we're trying to get more food out there for people who truly need it," said Randi Bolen, an incoming Junior. (WABI

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: 7/16/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, July 16, 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. 

Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to School: State Local Purchasing Incentive Bills 
Thursday, August 1 // 1-2 PM ET
Providing an increased meal reimbursement to schools and early care and education sites purchasing and serving local foods not only increases the amount of fresh, local foods in meal program, but can provide increased revenue streams for local producers. Many states are exploring or pursuing local food incentive bills and a few states have passed and implemented successful legislation, providing important models for future legislation. In this webinar, presented by the National Farm to School Network, we’ll hear from key stakeholders about the passage and enactment of the MI Ten Cents a Meal Program and the New Mexico Grown Local Produce Grant. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.

2. Call for Proposals: 2020 Green Schools Conference and Expo
March 2-4, 2019 // Portland, Oregon
The 2020 Green Schools Conference & Expo is coming to Portland! Mark your calendars for March 2-4. What’s more, you have the chance right now to be part of the conference program. Session proposals are being accepted until July 22nd that focus on what it means to be a green school: efforts to reduce environmental impact, improve health and wellness, increase sustainability literacy, and address whole-school sustainability. This year, bonus points will be given to sessions that address the conference’s four priority topics for 2020: student leadership, career & technical education, climate change education, and equity and inclusion. Read more information and submit your session 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. Full information and a registration link can be found here.

4. NFSN EVENT Save the Date: 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
April 20-24, 2020 // Albuquerque, New Mexico
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 in August. Visit farmtoschool.org/conference to learn more and start making plans to join us in Albuquerque!


Resources & Research
1. Call for Resources: Farm to School/ECE Procurement and Child Nutrition Program Resources  
In partnership with National Center for Appropriate Technology, National Farm to School Network was recently awarded a cooperative agreement with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) to develop a Farm to School Producer Training Program. Our first step is aggregating farm to school/ECE training resources that have content focused on USDA Child Nutrition Programs and local procurement. We are especially interested in content targeted at farmers and producers. Please send any and all relevant resources (name of resource and link) to Jenileigh Harris, NFSN Program Intern, at programs@farmtoschool.org.

2. EQUITY Article: It’s Great That We Talk About ‘Food Deserts’ — But It Might Be Time To Stop
The common belief is that providing low-income neighborhoods with supermarkets will solve food deserts, but studies show this can have little effect. What actually causes food inequality goes beyond location, and extends to bigger structural inequalities around income, education, nutritional knowledge and, importantly, race. Read more here

3. NFSN RESOURCE Farm to ECE Procurement Blog Series 
Early care and education (ECE) sites are leading the way with innovative approaches to connect children and their families to local food and local food producers. National Farm to School Network's Farm to ECE Procurement Blog Series highlights successes and key learnings from farm to ECE programs and partners across the country. Explore the blog series here.


Policy News
1. Take Action for Farm to School in the next CNR
National Farm to School Network is taking steps now to ensure that the next Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization (CNR) strengthens farm to school opportunities across the country! Farm to school activities – including procurement of local food for school meals, school gardens, and food and agriculture education – have been proven to help students build healthy eating habits and support family farmers by expanding market opportunities. You can help! Endorse the Farm to School Act of 2019 (S. 2026, H.R. 3562) and Kids Eat Local Act (S.1817, H.R. 3230) to encourage members of Congress to provide the federal dollars needed by community-grown initiatives. Have another five minutes? Make a quick call to your members of Congress to ask them to co-sponsor these bills! Learn more about farm to school opportunities in the next CNR here


Farm to School in the News
Florida farm to school 'revolutionary"
Twenty-nine school gardens, a new 5-acre farm and relationships with local farmers bring fresh produce to Sarasota students. “We have great relationships with their local farmers and they love working with us and providing for the children. It’s really fulfilling for them to know that their products are going right into the schools,” said Carrie McDonald, Sarasota’s farm to school coordinator. (Herald-Tribune)

Georgia elementary school to pilot new agriculture curriculum 
Musical rain catchers, hydroponic vegetable rigs and sensory gardens are among projects planned for new agriculture classes offered at a Bibb County elementary school this fall. Heard Elementary is among 20 elementary schools statewide chosen to pilot a new agriculture curriculum. Carol Dunn, the school’s new agriculture teacher, said she wants her students to understand where their food comes from. (The Telegraph)

In a New York City garden, students grow their community roots and critical consciousness
Iris, a high school student in New York City, took a course aimed at preparing public school students for college. As part of the course, she visited the Park Slope Food Co-op, among the oldest member-owned businesses in the United States. Members work monthly shifts in return for access to affordable, ethically sourced food and goods. Students enrolled in the course—called Community Roots—investigated the larger social, political and historical issues of food and place while gardening and learning about food-related activities. (Science X Daily)

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: 7/9/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, July 09, 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. 

Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to School: Farm to Early Care and Education State Strategic Planning 
Thursday, July 11 // 1-2 PM ET
Developing a farm to early care and education (ECE) state strategic plan can facilitate the coordinated growth, expansion, and institutionalization of farm to ECE across the state. Aligning the plan with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Spectrum of Opportunities for State-Level Obesity Prevention Efforts Targeting the Early Care and Education Setting further supports comprehensive integration of farm to ECE into existing ECE systems and structures, which can increase reach and support long-term successes. In this webinar presented by the National Farm to School Network, we’ll learn about the Spectrum of Opportunities from Nora Geary of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and hear from Erin Croom of Georgia Organics and Caliste Chong of Alabama Smart Start about the development, implementation, and impacts of state farm to ECE strategic plans in their states. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.

2. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to School: State Local Purchasing Incentive Bills 
Thursday, August 1 // 1-2 PM ET
Providing an increased meal reimbursement to schools and early care and education sites purchasing and serving local foods not only increases the amount of fresh, local foods in meal program, but can provide increased revenue streams for local producers. Many states are exploring or pursuing local food incentive bills and a few states have passed and implemented successful legislation, providing important models for future legislation. In this webinar, presented by the National Farm to School Network, we’ll hear from key stakeholders about the passage and enactment of the MI Ten Cents a Meal Program and the New Mexico Grown Local Produce Grant. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.

3. School Garden Support Organization Leadership Institute
January 19-24, 2020 // Santa Cruz, CA
Join 20 other School Garden Support Organization teams from across the nation to strengthen your organization’s goal of enhancing professional development and ongoing support for school garden programs in your region. Apply here by August 2, 2019. 

4. North Carolina Farm to School Summit
September 20, 2019 // Raleigh, NC
The Farm to School Coalition of NC brings together a dedicated group of farm to school stakeholders that collaborate to expand and strengthen farm to school initiatives across the state. This event serves as an opportunity to strengthen the network of practitioners committed to any and all components of farm to school—from local food purchasing to experiential learning about agriculture, gardening, food, cooking, nutrition and health. Pre-Conference trainings and workshops will take place on September 19, 2019. Learn more here.

5. Food Sovereignty Summit
September 23-26, 2019 // Green Bay, WI
First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) and the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin (Oneida) are co-hosting the national Food Sovereignty Summit, September 23-26, 2019, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Food Sovereignty Summit began in 2013. It is the undisputed national forum for sharing and collaboration to build healthy food systems within Native American communities. Hundreds of attendees come from tribal communities all over that are actively involved in food sovereignty work, including caring for our land, sustaining food systems, and strengthening tribal sovereignty and partnerships between Native nations. Learn more and register here

6. Farms, Food & Health Conference
September 26-29, 2019 // Traverse City, MI
Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities is proud to partner with Munson Healthcare, Great Lakes Culinary Institute of Northwestern Michigan College, and Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District to present the first joint Farms, Food & Health Conference. This event will highlight innovative initiatives, engage a large, diverse audience and provide much-needed technical skill-building for healthcare providers and educators. Early bird registration is now open. Learn more and register here


Resources & Research 
1. Call for Resources: Farm to School/ECE Procurement and Child Nutrition Program Resources  
In partnership with National Center for Appropriate Technology, National Farm to School Network was recently awarded a cooperative agreement with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) to develop a Farm to School Producer Training Program. Our first step is aggregating farm to school/ECE training resources that have content focused on USDA Child Nutrition Programs and local procurement. We are especially interested in content targeted at farmers and producers. Please send any and all relevant resources (name of resource and link) to Jenileigh Harris, NFSN Program Intern, at programs@farmtoschool.org.

2. EQUITY Article: How USDA distorted data to conceal decades of discrimination against black farmers
A New Food Economy investigation found that as recently as 2016, USDA promoted misleading data to depict a fictional renaissance in black farming. That narrative falsely inflated the department's record on civil rights, and ultimately cost black farmers land, money and agency. National Farm to School Network staff have been reading this well-research, long-form article and encourage others to do so to learn about recent, systemic discrimination that directly intersects with farm to school efforts. Read the article here


Policy News
1. Oregon Lawmakers Expand Farm to School Program
Oregon's Farm to School Program is poised to expand after state lawmakers approved a bill tripling the program’s budget. House Bill 2579, which passed both the House and Senate unanimously, will expand funding for the program to nearly $15 million and now include federally funded early childcare and summer food service centers, such as Head Start. Most of the money, $11 million, will go toward grants for schools to purchase Oregon-grown food. Some $2.5 million is set aside for farm and garden-based education grants. $500,000 has been allocated to the Oregon Department of Agriculture to help farmers and ranchers with farm to school market access. The rest of the money is for program evaluation, technical assistance and administrative costs. Congratulations, Oregon! Read more here

2. NFSN RESOURCE State Farm to School Policy Handbook: 2002-2018
National Farm to School Network and the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School are pleased to share their new State Farm to School Policy Handbook: 2002-2018. The Handbook summarizes and analyzes every proposed farm to school bill and resolution introduced between January 1, 2002, and December 31, 2018, from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. It enables readers to search bills by both jurisdiction and topic, and includes analysis of trends, case studies, advocacy resources and more. Explore the State Farm to School Policy Handbook here.


Job Opportunities
1. Farm to School Program Coordinator, Arkansas Agriculture Department (Little Rock, AR) 
The Farm to School and Early Childhood Program Coordinator is responsible for developing and coordinating the statewide farm to school program and for providing technical expertise and assistance to local school food authorities, local farmers, and other institutions and farm to school stakeholders. Application closes July 12. Learn more and apply here

2. Program Leader, Health and Nutrition, University of Minnesota (St. Paul, MN) 
This Program Leader position leads the Health and Nutrition program area in the Extension Center for Family Development. The Program Leader provides leadership for a dynamic team of master’s level Extension Educators located across the state who conduct innovative work through informal education, using both direct education and policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) methodology. PSE efforts include working in partnership with neighborhoods, school districts, food pantries and municipalities. Over half of the families that we serve are new immigrants, culturally diverse, economically diverse, and/or underserved audiences. Learn more and apply here

3. FoodCorps Service Member, Various Locations
FoodCorps is currently accepting service member applications for the following states: Connecticut, Iowa, DC Metro, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, and North Carolina. Learn more and apply here

4. Executive Director, Gallatin Valley Farm to School (Montana) 
Gallatin Valley Farm to School is hiring an Executive Director. The Executive Director is a professional position that is accountable to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the management and oversight of all aspects of GVF2S programs and business operations. The Executive Director leads innovation and strategic growth toward accomplishing the mission of the organization, and acts to create the long-term success of GVF2S. Learn more and apply here


Farm to School in the News
Alabama students get delivery of fresh corn
The smell of sweet corn filled the lunchroom at Carbon Hill Elementary/Jr. High School Tuesday, and students had the opportunity to meet the farmer who grew it. Deemed "Sweet Corn Day," around 60 students in the school's summer program were served corn from McKenzie Farm & Forest. (Daily Mountain Eagle)

How hydroponic school gardens in New York can cultivate food justice, year-round
After a full day of school a few weeks ago, 12-year-old Rose Quigley donned gloves and quickly picked bunches of fresh lettuce, Swiss chard, kale, mint and oregano. But she didn't have to leave her school in Brooklyn, N.Y., or even go outdoors to do it. The vegetables never stop coming because the crops are grown hydroponically. The students provide weekly produce for their cafeteria's salad bar and other dishes. (NPR)

"Farm to summer" program teaches Idaho students about agriculture
An Idaho school district is partnering with the state's Department of Agriculture for its "farm-to-summer" program, in which students learn more about the fruits and vegetables produced in the state while getting a free lunch. The program serves about 1,700 lunches a day. (KMVT

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: 7/2/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, July 02, 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. 

Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to School: Farm to Early Care and Education State Strategic Planning 
Thursday, July 11 // 1-2 PM ET
Developing a farm to early care and education (ECE) state strategic plan can facilitate the coordinated growth, expansion, and institutionalization of farm to ECE across the state. Aligning the plan with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Spectrum of Opportunities for State-Level Obesity Prevention Efforts Targeting the Early Care and Education Setting further supports comprehensive integration of farm to ECE into existing ECE systems and structures, which can increase reach and support long-term successes. In this webinar presented by the National Farm to School Network, we’ll learn about the Spectrum of Opportunities from Nora Geary of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and hear from Erin Croom of Georgia Organics and Caliste Chong of Alabama Smart Start about the development, implementation, and impacts of state farm to ECE strategic plans in their states. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.

2. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to School: State Local Purchasing Incentive Bills 
Thursday, August 1 // 1-2 PM ET
Providing an increased meal reimbursement to schools and early care and education sites purchasing and serving local foods not only increases the amount of fresh, local foods in meal program, but can provide increased revenue streams for local producers. Many states are exploring or pursuing local food incentive bills and a few states have passed and implemented successful legislation, providing important models for future legislation. In this webinar, presented by the National Farm to School Network, we’ll hear from key stakeholders about the passage and enactment of the MI Ten Cents a Meal Program and the New Mexico Grown Local Produce Grant. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.

3. EQUITY Webinar: Measuring Racial Equity in the Food System: Established and Suggested Metrics
Tuesday, July 16 // 3-4 PM ET
The Racial Equity in Food Systems Working Group (REFS) is a national workgroup coordinated by the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems. The webinar will provide an introduction to the newly published guide, Measuring Racial Equity in the Food System: Established and Suggested Metrics, including examples of metrics in four different themes and ways the guide can be used. Following this introduction, two food system leaders will share how they are using data and metrics to drive system change. There will be time in the webinar for questions, comments, and suggestions for related resources. Register here

4. Webinar: Keeping up with Reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act
Tuesday, July 9 //  3-4 PM EDT
Join the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future Food Policy Networks project for a panel discussion with policy experts (including Chloe Marshall, NFSN Policy Specialist) on the process for reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act. This important act legislates school meal and child nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch Program and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and was last reauthorized in 2010 in the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act. Learn about the process for reauthorization, what is to come in the next few months, and how food policy councils can engage in the reauthorization process. Register here

5. Louisiana Farm to School Conference
October 22-23, 2019  // Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The Louisiana Farm to School Program will host the annual Louisiana Farm to School Conference on October 23, 2019 at the Pennington Biomedical Conference Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. During their time in the Bayou State, stakeholders will attend a special "Meet the Buyer, Greet the Grower" event to kick off the conference and explore networking opportunities between farmers and school nutrition staff. Some of the hot topics for this event will include school gardening challenges, barriers of farm to school, and sourcing local foods in school. Save the date and make a trip to attend! Learn more here

6. 2019 Maine Farm to School Conference
October 4, 2019  // Hinckley/Clinton, Maine
With the 2019 conference theme of "Innovations in Farm to School", stakeholders from across the state of Maine and beyond will convene for a full day of learning, best practice sharing, and networking. This event will be hosted at the Kennebec Valley Community College's Alfond Campus from 8:30 AM - 5 PM. Learn more here


Research & Resources
1. Call for Resources: Farm to School/ECE Procurement and Child Nutrition Program Resources  
In partnership with National Centers for Appropriate Technology, National Farm to School Network was recently awarded a cooperative agreement with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) to develop a Farm to School Producer Training Program. Our first step is aggregating farm to school/ECE training resources that have content focused on USDA Child Nutrition Programs and local procurement. We are especially interested in content targeted at farmers and producers. Please send any and all relevant resources (name of resource and link) to Jenileigh Harris, NFSN Program Intern, at programs@farmtoschool.org.

2. EQUITY Boston Brings Sustainability, Equity to Its Food Purchasing
In March, the Boston City Council unanimously passed a good food purchasing program (GFPP) ordinance. Serving 11.1 million meals annually with an $18 million food budget, Boston Public Schools (BPS) is the city’s biggest food purchaser, and the GFPP will lead to big changes in BPS’s school lunch menus. What stands out about Boston’s policy is that it not only requires the city to procure sustainably grown food, consider animal welfare and the local economy, but also to focus on racial equity in the food chain during the purchasing process. "This policy is so transformative because it impacts all of those concerns at every step—serving nutritious food that’s been grown sustainably and harvested by workers who are treated with dignity as much as possible.” Read more on Civil Eats


Policy News
1. Farm to School Act of 2019 Introduced in Congress
The Farm to School Act of 2019 has been introduced in Congress with bipartisan support by legislative champions Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), David Perdue (R-GA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) and Representatives Marcia Fudge (D-OH ) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE). The Farm to School Act of 2019 builds on the success of the farm to school movement by proposing an increase in funding from $5 million to $15 million for the USDA Farm to School Grant Program. The bill would also: increase the maximum grant award to $250,000; prioritize grant proposals that engage beginning, veteran and socially disadvantaged farmers and serve high-need schools; fully include early care and education sites, summer food service sites and afterschool programs; and, increase access among Native and tribal schools to traditional foods, especially from tribal producers. Tell Congress you support the Farm to School Act of 2019 by signing a letter of support on behalf of your organization. Individuals can sign up here to receive campaign updates and alerts for important action opportunities. Join us in making sure Congress knows that farm to school is a powerful tool for supporting our kids, our farmers and our communities! To learn more, download this fact sheet and visit farmtoschool.org/cnr2019


Job Opportunities
1. Executive Director, Gallatin Valley Farm to School (Montana) 
Gallatin Valley Farm to School is hiring an Executive Director. The Executive Director is a professional position that is accountable to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the management and oversight of all aspects of GVF2S programs and business operations. The Executive Director leads innovation and strategic growth toward accomplishing the mission of the organization, and acts to create the long-term success of GVF2S. Learn more here

2. Garden Coordinator, Green Plate Special (Washington)
Green Plate Special (GPS) is hiring a Garden Coordinator. GPS is a rapidly growing organization that offers seed-to-table programs serving youth ages 9-14. This is an excellent opportunity for a strong organic gardener/farmer with experience working with youth in an educational setting. This position is geared for someone who is committed to inspiring young people to experience food in new ways and interested in joining a small team with big ambitions. Learn more here

3. Resident District Manager, Sodexo Schools (Massachusetts)
Sodexo Schools is seeking a Resident District Manager to oversee food operation for the Springfield Public Schools District, serving over 60 schools. The successful candidate will have strong leadership and client relations skills and possess the ability to balance multiple priorities simultaneously. Springfield Public Schools District recently completed a new commissary with the stated intention of processing and serving local food - this a great opportunity to grow new farm to school efforts. Learn more here


Farm to School in the News
Maoloha on the move in Hawaii
The first time Malama Kauai fired up their new kitchen trailer was in November, on the grounds of Kawaikini Public Charter School. Since then, the school’s second-grade class named has named the trailer “Maoloha,” after the large-meshed nets used at Hawaiian makahiki ceremonies. It represents the trailer’s purpose in feeding the community. (The Garden Island)

How a garden is helping Illinois students learn English
When it comes to mastering a new language, it's often best to learn by doing. That's the real reason English Language Learners teacher Melissa Eaton planted a garden at Cowlishaw Elementary School in Naperville. (Daily Herald)

Building a garden to offer Pennsylvania students healthy eating options
A group of students and volunteers got together in Schuylkill County to put the finishing touches on a huge garden. It's designed to offer students healthier eating options, but it will also benefit the public. "I think it's terrific. It is very important that we teach our children about being able to grow plants and learning to plant and be self-sufficient and harvest what we grow," said Mary Anne Woodward, North Schuylkill School Board. (WNEP ABC)

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: 6/25/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, June 25, 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. 

Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to School: Farm to Early Care and Education State Strategic Planning 
Thursday, July 11 // 1-2 PM ET
Developing a farm to early care and education (ECE) state strategic plan can facilitate the coordinated growth, expansion, and institutionalization of farm to ECE across the state. Aligning the plan with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Spectrum of Opportunities for State-Level Obesity Prevention Efforts Targeting the Early Care and Education Setting further supports comprehensive integration of farm to ECE into existing ECE systems and structures, which can increase reach and support long-term successes. In this webinar presented by the National Farm to School Network, we’ll learn about the Spectrum of Opportunities from Nora Geary of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and hear from Erin Croom of Georgia Organics and Caliste Chong of Alabama Smart Start about the development, implementation, and impacts of state farm to ECE strategic plans in their states. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.

2. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to School: State Local Purchasing Incentive Bills 
Thursday, August 1 // 1-2 PM ET
Providing an increased meal reimbursement to schools and early care and education sites purchasing and serving local foods not only increases the amount of fresh, local foods in meal program, but can provide increased revenue streams for local producers. Many states are exploring or pursuing local food incentive bills and a few states have passed and implemented successful legislation, providing important models for future legislation. In this webinar, presented by the National Farm to School Network, we’ll hear from key stakeholders about the passage and enactment of the MI Ten Cents a Meal Program and the New Mexico Grown Local Produce Grant. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.

3. EQUITY Webinar: Measuring Racial Equity in the Food System: Established and Suggested Metrics
Tuesday, July 16 // 3-4 PM ET
The Racial Equity in Food Systems Working Group (REFS) is a national workgroup coordinated by the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems. The webinar will provide an introduction to the newly published guide, Measuring Racial Equity in the Food System: Established and Suggested Metrics, including examples of metrics in four different themes and ways the guide can be used. Following this introduction, two food system leaders will share how they are using data and metrics to drive system change. There will be time in the webinar for questions, comments, and suggestions for related resources. Register here

4. Webinar: Maryland Farm to School - Economic Feasibility Study
Friday, June 28 // 9-12 PM ET
The Maryland Department of Agriculture will host a webinar on June 28 from 9 a.m. to noon to present the Maryland Farm to School economic feasibility study. The webinar will focus on best practices for launching and successfully leveraging a purchasing cooperative for Farm-to-School program purchases. To register for the webinar, please email your full name, title, affiliation, email address and phone number to BEACON@salisbury.edu.

5. NFSN EVENT Save the Date: 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
April 20-24, 2020 // Albuquerque, New Mexico
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. Are you passionate about supporting local agriculture and fostering a culture of food literacy in your community? This event is for you. Visit farmtoschool.org/conference to learn more and start making plans to join us in Albuquerque!


Resources & Research
1. Call for Resources: Farm to School/ECE Procurement and Child Nutrition Program Resources  
National Farm to School Network is in the process of aggregating farm to school/farm to early care and education procurement resources and training resources providing information about USDA Child Nutrition Programs for an upcoming project. We are especially interested in content targeted at farmers and producers. Please send any and all relevant resources (name of resource and link) to Jenileigh Harris, NFSN Program Intern, at programs@farmtoschool.org

2. Online Training: Straw Bale Gardening in Child Nutrition Programs
Straw Bale Gardening in Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) course is a new online training added to the California Department of Education CNP Course Catalog. This online training is 37 minutes long and reviews the benefits of a straw bale garden in comparison to traditional gardening techniques. It will walk you step by step through the process of conditioning a straw bale so that it’s ready for planting. It also covers the supplies needed and costs to create a straw bale garden, lessons learned from a first time straw bale gardener, and numerous photographs to inspire you. Learn more here


Policy News
1. NFSN RESOURCE State Farm to School Policy Handbook: 2002-2018
National Farm to School Network and the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School are pleased to announce the release of the State Farm to School Policy Handbook: 2002-2018. The Handbook summarizes and analyzes every proposed farm to school bill and resolution introduced between January 1, 2002, and December 31, 2018, from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. It enables readers to search bills by both jurisdiction and topic, and includes analysis of trends, case studies, advocacy resources and more. Explore the State Farm to School Policy Handbook here.

2. Pennsylvania House passes legislation supporting PA Farm to School Grant Program
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a package of legislation to provide continued support for and investments in the state’s agricultural industry. In this package of legislation, House Bill 1514 was approved authorizing the creation of PA Farm to School Grant Program to improve childhood nutrition while increasing agriculture education for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students. Learn more here

3. Massachusetts Report & Case Studies: Public Investment in Farm to School - Lessons from State Policies
Massachusetts Farm to School has released two new resources: “Public Investment in Farm to School: Lessons from State Policies” and a complementary set of case studies titled “The Benefits of Farm to School: Economic, Health, and Educational Impacts in Three Massachusetts Districts.” The report summarizes research conducted by MFTS in 2018 on state level policies designed to incentivize farm to school activity. The report was intended to provide an objective survey on state laws and regulations in order to prepare Massachusetts stakeholders for developing a state-level advocacy campaign. The case studies highlight three school districts – Chicopee, Somerville, and Webster – with very different but successful farm to school programs and demonstrate the impact small investments can have on catalyzing new farm to school activity. Learn more here

4. New Michigan 10 Cents a Meal for School Kids & Farms Resources
Several new resources are available about Michigan's 10 Cents a Meal for School Kids & Farms program, including: a new info-graphic one-pager that puts in graphic form some of the headings and bullets of this legislative report; a new one-pager on 10 Cents agriculture impacts; and, a blog post on where 10 Cents is at in the legislative process. Learn more at tencentsmichigan.org


Farm to School in the News
Montana FFA Takes Learning to a New Level
A new FFA program is making headlines by launching a student-run farm and meat processing lab, providing its students with a one-of-a-kind educational opportunity to truly experience the entire livestock production cycle. “On our farm, once an animal is ready for slaughter, we send them off and that is the end of the learning for our kids,” Andres says. “But by building this state-inspected meat processing plant, we can now complete the entire food cycle right here on our school farm.” (Drovers)

New York Students Get Crash Course in Farming
New York Agricultural Commissioner Richard Ball invited New York City students to his upstate farm to grow squash, to give them a glimpse of how food makes the journey from seed to harvest and beyond. Seneca County CCE educators have embarked on a similar project with all four county school districts thanks to a Farm to School grant. Called Seed to Harvest, students across the county have been planting butternut squash seeds to grow over the summer. In the fall the items will be harvested and hopefully served in school cafeterias. (Finger Lakes Times)

Illinois School Ag Program Expands to Feature Barn and Sensory Garden
Students and teachers worked in the garden plots alongside the school, while others admired the new barn and paddock behind the school, where small farm animals will be housed both for the 4H program and for the Ag Academy. The sensory garden, for example, is designed specifically for the students who can't see, or hear, or have some disability, with different textures and smells and sights and sounds so that all of those students can enjoy it. (Herald & Review)

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.

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