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This Week in Farm to School: 4/16/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, April 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: Farm to School and National Agriculture in the Classroom
Tuesday, May 7 // 1 PM ET
Food and agriculture education is a core element of farm to school and vital to developing a comprehensive and impactful farm to school programs. The National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITCO) and its member state programs provide K-12 teachers with educational resources and programs that use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies and more. Join this National Farm to School Network (NFSN) webinar to hear from NAITCO about resources, information, and partnerships and learn from Healthy Communities of the Capital Area, NFSN Core Partner in Maine, about how Agriculture in the Classroom partnerships have expanded farm to school initiatives in their state. Register here

2. NFSN WEBINAR Farm to School Resource Roundup: Resources for Implementing State Farm to School Strategies
Wednesday, May 29 // 3 PM ET    
Responding to the rapid growth and interest in farm to school, the National Farm to School Network’s 2017-2019 Strategic Plan prioritizes building the capacity of its partners to advance farm to school at the state level through three complementary strategies: (1) state farm to school networks, (2) state farm to school positions at state agencies and university Extension offices, and (3) state farm to school policies. To support these efforts, the National Farm to School Network (NFSN) has developed an accompanying resource for each of the three strategies:
Join the National Farm to School Network and special guest State Farm to Vermont Law School, coauthors of the State Farm to School Policy Handbook,  to learn more about these resources and how to apply these strategies in your state. Register here

3. National Farm to Institution Metrics Collaborative Webinar Series: Local Food Procurement – Definitions are Pivotal
April 25 // 3:30-4:00 pm EST 
In this new series, each 30-minute webinar will feature a different Collaborative member and a tool or program they have used to measure farm to institution efforts. In the third webinar in this series, Dr. Lilian Brislen of the Food Connection at the University Kentucky will demonstrate the importance of identifying the ‘what’ and ‘why’ when establishing local food definitions and metrics. Drawing on six years of the University’s first private dining contract, Brislen will share strategies, metrics, and hard-won lessons in developing effective local procurement initiatives at public institutions. Register here.

4. 2019 Maine School Garden Day
April 27 // Trenton, ME 
A fun-filled day of workshops and networking for school garden enthusiasts and educators will be hosted by Maine School Garden Network (MSGN) and Maine Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC). Whether you're dreaming of starting an educational garden or working to develop an existing program... this day is for you! Register online here.

5. Life Lab's 2019 School Garden Workshops
Santa Cruz, CA
In Life Lab's Garden Classroom on the UC Santa Cruz campus, professional trainers bring inspiration and information to educators interested in bringing learning to life in the garden. Workshops are available on a variety of garden / outdoor learning topics and will be hosted throughout 2019. Learn more and register here.

6. NAAEE 48th Annual Conference: Educating for a Just and Sustainable Future
October 16-19 // Lexington, KY
This annual event hosted by the North American Association for Environmental Education brings together global leaders, decision makers, practitioners, and rising stars to leverage the power of environmental education. This year's theme focuses on  the three interwoven pillars of sustainability — social equity, shared prosperity, and environmental integrity — as well as how education can advance environmental literacy and civic engagement, STEM learning, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and ensure that everyone, everywhere, has access to nature and high quality environmental education. NAAEE is now accepting applications for conference scholarships. The deadline to apply is June 17, 2019. Learn more here


Research & Resources
1. Identifying Indicators of Readiness and Capacity for Implementing Farm to School Interventions
Farm to school interventions are recommended strategies to improve dietary behaviors among school-aged children. Tools are needed to assess community readiness and capacity to optimize farm to school implementation. The objective of this study was to identify and prioritize factors to inform tailored farm-to-school implementation by practitioners working in diverse contexts. Read the full study here.

2. Case Study: Lessons from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy’s Farm to Head Start Program
Farm to Head Start is a type of Farm to Early Care initiative that includes a broad range of activities designed to introduce young children to locally grown foods and build their knowledge about where food comes from.The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy's work has been focused on partnerships with Head Start programs across Minnesota. Head Start settings vary greatly in their structure, necessitating each partner to adapt IATP’s “Farm to Head Start” model to suit their unique needs and goals. These three case studies highlight different approaches to implementing and sustaining Farm to Head Start initiatives. Read the case study here.

3. New Resource: Farm to School & Big Ideas
This new resource from Vermont FEED provides examples for educators on linking Big Ideas to their farm to school work. The Big Ideas are concepts that we can find in our daily life and experiences, standards and curriculum, and food systems. Curricular examples listed for each grade level illustrate how classrooms engage in farming, nutrition, and sustainability in their school and communities. This resource shares essential questions that drive the learning and assessments for each of the student investigations. Explore more here

4. EQUITY New Article: Young Black Farmers Find Liberation and Empowerment in Agriculture
The oppressive and painful histories of slavery, sharecropping, and discriminatory lending practices have contributed to a modern American agricultural landscape where black farmers are underrepresented. Additionally, the American farmer population overall is aging, and two-thirds of U.S. farmland is set to transition ownership in the next 20 years. Despite these worrisome trends, a small population of motivated and passionate young black farmers is emerging. In a new JAFSCD article, Leslie Touzeau presents findings from a qualitative case study that explored the motivations and attitudes of young black farmers like herself. By examining the lived experiences of young black farmers and sharing their stories, Touzeau gives voice to a previously unstudied population and contributes to the ongoing work of food justice scholars attempting to shift the black farmer narrative from one of oppression to one of liberation. Read more here


Job Opportunities
1. School & Scout & Public Program Educator, Natick Community Organic Farm (Natick, MA)
Do you have a strong interest in agriculture and the outdoors, love kids, communicate well, and like to learn new things? Natick Community Organic Farm is looking for teachers September through June to teach everything from maple sugaring to forest and farm ecology to the life and care of Farm animals. Learn more here

2. Children’s Garden Educator & Program Coordinator, Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids (Hockessin, DE)
Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids is seeking an energetic and enthusiastic individual to support HFHK’s expansion by providing children’s garden-based education at Historic Penn Farm’s educational garden, and to assist with HFHK’s Education Cultivation Program. Learn more here.


Farm to School in the News
Smart Farm project sows top Girl Scout award for California student
Natalie McCaffery recently earned a Girl Scout Gold Award (the highest achievement in Girl Scouting) with her project Smart Farm, a program she created at Laguna Blanca School to teach sustainable agriculture, with emphasis on how the agricultural world is changing with the emergence of technology. (Noozhawk)

Going to a farm high school doesn't mean you're going to be a farmer
Students who attend agriculture-focused high schools gain experiences that can take them to college, to a agricultural career or far beyond. Chicago High School for Agriculture Sciences and Only Friends School (Ohio) are featured in this story. (Mother Nature Network

Georgia Nutrition Interns Help Little Ones Enjoy Healthy Food
Little Ones Early Childhood Program Administrator Wande Okunoren-Meadows and center administrators wanted to have family-style dining but felt it was extra work for the classroom teachers. Master’s nutrition coordinated program student Camira Williams-Liggins took on the challenge. (Georgia State University 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: 4/9/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, April 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 School and National Agriculture in the Classroom
Tuesday, May 7 // 1 PM ET
Food and agriculture education is a core element of farm to school and vital to developing a comprehensive and impactful farm to school programs. The National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITCO) and its member state programs provide K-12 teachers with educational resources and programs that use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies and more. Join this National Farm to School Network (NFSN) webinar to hear from NAITCO about resources, information, and partnerships and learn from Healthy Communities of the Capital City, NFSN Core Partner in Maine, about how Agriculture in the Classroom partnerships have expanded farm to school initiatives in their state. Register here. 

2. NFSN WEBINAR Farm to School Resource Roundup: Resources for Implementing State Farm to School Strategies
Wednesday, May 29 // 3 PM ET    
Responding to the rapid growth and interest in farm to school, the National Farm to School Network’s 2017-2019 Strategic Plan prioritizes building the capacity of its partners to advance farm to school at the state level through three complementary strategies: (1) state farm to school networks, (2) state farm to school positions at state agencies and university Extension offices, and (3) state farm to school policies. To support these efforts, the National Farm to School Network (NFSN) has developed an accompanying resource for each of the three strategies:
Join the National Farm to School Network and special guest State Farm to Vermont Law School, coauthors of the State Farm to School Policy Handbook,  to learn more about these resources and how to apply these strategies in your state. Register here

3. EQUITY Webinar: Land-grant institutions and food systems: Acknowledging historical disparities and exploring present-day equity initiatives
April 17 // 3 pm EST
Participants will learn what organizations and administrators who work with land-grant institutions across the country are currently doing to address inequities present since the inception of land-grant institutions. Topics will include the historical disparities between 1862, 1890, and 1994 institutions as well as current efforts to create a more equitable food system through food and agricultural programs for historically marginalized groups. Register here.

4. Week of the Young Child
April 8-12, 2019
The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration hosted by NAEYC to spotlight early learning, young children, their teachers, families, and communities. National Farm to School Network is celebrating WOYC on our blog by sharing the abundant opportunities of farm to ECE to support ECE providers in creating high-quality learning environments and aligning with NAEYC Program Standards. Learn more about the Week of the Young Child and find ways to celebrate here

5. Request for Proposals - 2019 Community Food Systems Conference
December 9-12, 2019 // Savannah, GA
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and Georgia Farmers Market Association are currently welcoming proposals for workshop sessions at its 2019 Community Food Systems Conference, to be held Dec. 9-11, 2019 in Savannah, GA. Proposals will be accepted until April 15, 2019. They seek submissions from leaders in food security, social justice, and sustainable agriculture. This conference is a great opportunity to feature the role of farm to school in broader community food systems efforts!  Learn more here.


Resources & Research
1. NFSN RESOURCE Organics in Farm to School
Many schools across the country are applying organic principles to the three core elements of farm to school - local food procurement, schools gardens, and food and agriculture education - in a number of ways. This new fact sheet  from the National Farm to School Network shares keys to success for integrating organics in farm to school practices and highlights three case studies of school districts finding success with organic practices. Explore this new resource here

2. Study: Identifying Indicators of Readiness and Capacity for Implementing Farm to School Interventions
The objective of this study was to identify and prioritize factors to inform tailored farm to school implementation by practitioners working in diverse contexts. Findings highlight a range of indicators of community readiness and capacity needed to support farm to school implementation. Results offer guidance for tailoring intervention delivery based on levels of community, school, practitioner, and organizational readiness and capacity. Read the study here


Policy Update
1. Senate Committee to hold child nutrition hearing
On Wednesday, April 10, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry will hold a hearing in preparation for the next  Child Nutrition Act reauthorization (CNR). The “Perspectives on Child Nutrition Reauthorization" hearing begins at 10am ET and can be live streamed here. Check the National Farm to School Network blog for a recap of the hearing later this week. 


Job Opportunities
1. Farm to State Coordinator, Hawaii Department of Agriculture (Honolulu, HI)
This position will serve as one of two primary liaisons between Hawaii's agricultural industry, State of Hawaii Department of Education, State Department of Public Safety, State of Hawaii Department of Health, State of Hawaii Procurement Office, community-based organizations, USDA, University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, and other stakeholders interested in increasing utilization of locally produced commodities in Hawaii educational and institutional markets. Learn more and apply here.

2. FoodWIse State Program Manager, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI)
The FoodWIse State Program Manager provides administrative leadership and oversight to program development, implementation, evaluation and reporting for the program. FoodWIse is a community-based nutrition program that seeks to empower individuals with limited incomes to make healthy choices to achieve healthy lives and reduce health disparities. FoodWIse is federally funded by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) and Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP) grants. Learn more and apply here.

3. AmeriCorps Farm to School Coordinator, Green Mountain Farm-to-School (Newport, VT)
The primary responsibilities of the AmeriCorps Farm-to-School Coordinator will be to develop, grow, present, and evaluate GMFTS’ Farm-to-School Programs. This is a full-time year-long AmeriCorps position. The Farm-to-School Coordinator reports to the Farm to School Program Manager. Learn more and apply here.


Farm to School in the News
Cattle, Chicken, and Classrooms: The Ohio School Where Students Learn How to Farm
Olney Friends School, by virtue of their very own motto, “challenges students to grow.” This growth is both internal, and very, very literal: Olney high-schoolers take part in a multifaceted farming program on the school’s 350 acres of land near Barnesville, Ohio. (The Epoch Times)

Black beans go from farm to school cafeteria table in Iowa
All Cedar Rapids elementary schools served locally grown black beans Friday as part of lunch — a logistical feat for district administrators, a North English farmer and the nutrition workers tasked with encouraging students to eat legumes at least once a week. (The Gazette)

Louisiana pilot program incorporates gardening, nutrition into STEM curriculum
A partnership between the Food Bank of Central Louisiana and the Rapides Parish School Board is proving to be bountiful in knowledge and food for students involved in pilot programs at Mabel Brasher Elementary School and Phoenix Academic Magnet School. Staff members of the Food Bank’s Good Food Project sustainable gardening program have been teaching students at the two schools about gardening and nutrition. (Town Talk)
 
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: 4/2/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, April 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. 

Grants & Funding
1. Salad Bars to Schools Grant Applications
Salad Bars To Schools has granted over 5,000 salad bars to schools since 2010—and yours could be next! The Salad Bars To Schools program is focused on donating salad bars to school districts so that every child across our nation has daily access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Learn more here.


Webinars & Events
1. EQUITY Webinar: Land-grant institutions and food systems: Acknowledging historical disparities and exploring present-day equity initiatives

April 17 // 3 pm EST
Participants will learn what organizations and administrators who work with land-grant institutions across the country are currently doing to address inequities present since the inception of land-grant institutions. Topics will include the historical disparities between 1862, 1890, and 1994 institutions as well as current efforts to create a more equitable food system through food and agricultural programs for historically marginalized groups. Register here.

2. Kids Garden Month
April 2019
April is Kids Garden Month, and KidsGardening is celebrating by encouraging kids to share what grows in their garden! From beans to zucchini, love to cooperation, or food for a hungry friend; kid gardeners, show what grows in your garden! Each week KidsGardening will choose a favorite entry to receive a prize package, and at the end of the month they will award two grand prize winners: one to an individual, and one to a group or class. Learn more and celebrate Kids Garden Month here.

3. Food Sovereignty Summit
September 23-26, 2019 // Green Bay, WI
Mark your calendars! The First Nations Development Institute and the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin will be hosting the national Food Sovereignty Summit in September in Green Bay, Wisconsin. This is a great conference for those involved in Tribal and native food systems - native farmers, Tribal agriculture staff, non-profits, policymakers, and other leaders - to come together in collaboration to build healthier food systems. Learn more here.

4. Request for Proposals - 2019 Community Food Systems Conference
December 9-12, 2019 // Savannah, GA
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and Georgia Farmers Market Association are currently welcoming proposals for workshop sessions at its 2019 Community Food Systems Conference, to be held Dec. 9-11, 2019 in Savannah, GA. Proposals will be accepted until April 15, 2019. They seek submissions from leaders in food security, social justice, and sustainable agriculture. This conference is a great opportunity to feature the role of farm to school in broader community food systems efforts! Learn more here.


Research & Resources
1. Michigan Department of Education Legislative Report: 10 Cents a Meal for School Kids & Farms
Michigan’s innovative 10 Cents a Meal for School Kids & Farms program has released its 2018-2019 Legislative Report. This year’s 57 grantees purchased 93 different fruits, vegetables, and beans, grown by 143 farms located in 38 Michigan counties, and involved 20 additional businesses such as processors, distributors, and food hubs. Read the full legislative report here.

2. 2018 Vermont Farm to School Case Studies
What's happening with the farm to school movement in Vermont? In order to illustrate how Farm to School programming could work in early care and K-12 schools, the Vermont Farm to School Network chose five examples from across the state. They are diverse not only in experiences but also in terms of the size of the student population, grade level, socioeconomic representation, and approaches to Farm to School. Explore the case studies here


Policy Updates
1. NFSN SERIES Child Nutrition Reauthorization Listening Session Series
With the Farm Bill checked off of the Congressional to do list, policymakers are planning to pick back up their efforts to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization (CNR). National Farm to School Network is interested in hearing from farm to school advocates and stakeholders about what they'd like to see in the next CNR. If you're interested in learning more about farm to school opportunities in CNR or have thoughts to share about how CNR can support your farm to school efforts, please join our CNR Listening Sessions. Hear the latest CNR updates, share your ideas for farm to school in a new bill, and learn about ways you can get involved. The final sessions will be held Thursday, April 4, 1-2 PM ET - Register here.
 
 
Job Opportunities
1. Communications Interns, Intertirbal Agriculture Council (Remote)
The Intertribal Agriculture Council seeks a Program Communications Intern to support their role as National Farm to School Network Partner of the Year. While this intern will be hired by the IAC, the primary focus of their efforts will be committed to content development and dissemination of information and resources to membership of both organizations (IAC & NFSN). This uniquely designed internship position will offer an inside understanding of two national organizations that are improving the health of our Tribal communities. Application deadline: April 5. Learn more and apply here

2. Senior Policy Specialist & Policy Assistant, Good Food Institute (Washington, D.C.)
Good Food Institute is hiring a Senior Policy Specialist and a Policy Assistant.
GFI’s Policy department is focused on creating a clear regulatory pathway for cell-based meat, sometimes called clean meat or cultured meat, and leveling the playing field for plant-based meat, eggs, and dairy. Learn more and apply here

3. Research Analyst, Healthy Eating Research Program, Duke University (Durham, NC)
The Healthy Eating Research program at Duke University, Duke Global Health Institute seeks a 100% FTE Research Analyst. Healthy Eating Research funds research on policy, systems, and environmental strategies aimed at improving nutrition and preventing obesity in children (0 to 18 years of age) in the United states, with a priority on lower-income and racial and ethnic minority populations that are at-risk of poor nutrition and obesity. Learn more and apply here.

4. Planning and Research Associate, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, & Forestry (Augusta, ME)
The Division of Agricultural Resource Development has a current vacancy for a Planning and Research Associate II. This is professional services work developing and implementing a new local foods procurement program to increase the use of local food by state-funded and other institutions (such as hospitals, jails, and schools). Learn more and apply here.


Farm to School in the News
How garden-based learning helps students of color
Research has shown that school gardens are tied to a number of benefits, including higher science grades and better eating habits. And at schools attended largely by low-income students and students of color, school gardens can be particularly beneficial because they can help address some of the disadvantages students at those schools tend to face, including fewer educational resources. (NBC News)

Nebraska district looks to bring local beef to school lunches
Minden Public Schools introducing its new beef to school program that looks to connect ranchers and students with high quality beef, so they can learn what proper nutrition looks like. (NTV ABC)

Washington Farm to School program branches out
The Coupeville Farm to School program is on its way to planting even deeper roots. The Farm to School program is designed to integrate garden use for math, science, art and language arts classes. Long-term, the program’s leaders hope the growing site will be able to generate revenue to sustain its operations. (Whidbey News-Times)
  
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: 3/26/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, March 26, 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. Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
Deadline: May 24
Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) 2019 Request for Applications (RFA) has been announced and is now available. The purpose of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. The agency, commission, or department responsible for agriculture within any of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is eligible to apply directly to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for grant funds. Organizations or individuals interested in the SCBGP should contact their state department of agriculture for more information. Learn more here.



Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Summer Programs at School Gardens and Farms
Tuesday, March 26 // 4-5pm ET
Looking for ideas to keep your school gardens tended and active during the summer? Are you thinking of new ways to bring garden-based learning to a community garden or farm site? Join SGSO for a webinar on the ins and outs of running kids day camp programs on educational gardens. Erin Jackson, Education Director at Gallatin Valley Farm to School, and Amy Carlson, Garden Education Director at Life Lab, will share their years of experience and resources for creating day camp programs. From promotions to post assessments and everything in between, this hour long webinar will provide you with inspiration and ideas to create or enhance summer programming on your educational garden or farm. Register here.

2. 2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit
April 2-4 // Amherst, MA
The 2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit is designed for food service operators, people who work at institutions, and local food advocates as well as farmers, processors, and distributors. The goal is to maximize collective impact and overcome challenges to buying more local food. The summit will feature programming that focuses on farm to school, farm to campus, and farm to health care, as well as cross-sector themes. Learn more here.

3. Georgia Farm to School and Early Care and Education Summit
June 7-8 // Macon, GA
The Georgia Farm to School and Early Care and Education Summit features in-depth farm to early care and education (ECE) and farm to school professional development for early care providers and staff, teachers, school nutrition staff, administrators, students, parents, farmers, distributors, and others working with Georgia students. Highlights include keynote addresses from Linette Dodson of Carrollton City Schools and Wande Okunoren-Meadows of Little Ones Learning Center, hands-on workshops, a Friday evening Expo, and delicious, locally sourced food! Register here

4. 2019 Iowa Farm to School Conference
June 21-22 // Pella, IA
Farm to school activities in Iowa are helping put local food on school meal trays, supporting Iowa farmers, and connecting students to local food systems through school gardens and nutrition education activities. Want to learn more about how farm to school works, or ready to take your farm to school activities to the next level? Join the 2019 Iowa Farm to School Conference, June 21-22, at Central College in Pella, IA. Hands-on workshops, keynotes, field trips and intensive courses will be offered over two days to help you build new skills in local procurement strategy, farm to school curriculum, and community partnerships and collaborations. Registration is now open! Learn more and register here



Policy Updates

1. NFSN SERIES Child Nutrition Reauthorization Listening Session Series
With the Farm Bill checked off of the Congressional to do list, policymakers are planning to pick back up their efforts to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization (CNR). National Farm to School Network is interested in hearing from farm to school advocates and stakeholders about what they'd like to see in the next CNR. If you're interested in learning more about farm to school opportunities in CNR or have thoughts to share about how CNR can support your farm to school efforts, please join one of our upcoming CNR Listening Sessions. Hear the latest CNR updates, share your ideas for farm to school in a new bill, and learn about ways you can get involved. Four sessions are available, and open to anyone interested in or involved in farm to school efforts: 


Job Opportunities
1. New Roots Program Coordinator, International Rescue Committee (Atlanta, GA)
The New Roots Program Coordinator leads the IRC’s New Roots program which works with IRC clients and community in two main areas: 1) youth gardening & food justice and 2) food security and nutrition. The program’s goals are to connect IRC clients and the community with access to healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food options; provide nutrition education in the U.S. context; and facilitate participation in gardening/food production programs. Learn more and apply here.

2. Youth Program Educator, New Haven Farms (New Haven, CT)
The Youth Program Educator will develop and lead the Youth Farm-Based Wellness Program on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in the Fair Haven and Hill neighborhoods of New Haven, CT. The Youth Program Educator is responsible for creating and delivering weekly curriculum for a group of children and youth (ages 3 – 14 years old), supervising interns, and volunteers. Learn more and apply here.


Farm to School in the News
Nebraska district makes locally sourced food a priority
A Nebraska school district is serving more locally produced food to students, including vegetables, beef and pork. The district's food service manager, Janice Reynolds, says that as much as 75% of the meat and produce served for breakfast and lunch comes from local farms. (Kearney Hub)

New York district to participate in first Farm to School Day
Eight school districts in New York state's Buffalo Niagara region will participate in the area's first Farm to School Day will teach students about fresh, nutritious food and about where food comes from. (The Buffalo News)

Farm-To-Table Mindset Cultivated at Arizona High School
The Blue Sky Cafe farm-to-kitchen program at Sky Island Public High School in Tucson, AZ isn’t a standard culinary class that starts with hours of chopping onions and cutting carrots into brunoise; students gain experience in both growing the food and preparing it in the kitchen. (Tucson Foodie
  
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: 3/12/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, March 12, 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. Carton-2-Garden Contest
Deadline: March 25, 2019
Open to public and private schools, contest winners will be selected based on their implementation of an innovative garden creation featuring creative and sustainable uses for repurposed milk and juice cartons. Your school can get started by collecting at least 100 empty cartons from your home, community, or cafeteria. After gathering cartons, it’s time to design and construct purposeful garden items and structures using them. Learn more here

2. Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
Deadline: May 24
The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) 2019 Request for Applications (RFA) is now available. The purpose of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. The agency, commission, or department responsible for agriculture within any of the 50 States, DC, and US territories is eligible to apply directly to the USDA for grant funds. Organizations or individuals interested in the SCBGP should contact their state department of agriculture for more information. Learn more here.

3. FY 2019 Team Nutrition Training Grants
Deadline: June 2
FNS has announced two grant opportunities under the Team Nutrition Training Grant Program that will help State agencies implement job-skills training programs focused on addressing identified State and local needs impacting the quality of school meals. Up to $9 million dollars in grant funds are expected to be awarded in FY 2019. State agencies that administer the National School Lunch Program may submit an applications. Applications are due June 2. Learn more here


Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Summer Programs at School Gardens and Farms
Tuesday, March 26 // 1-2 PM PST
Looking for ideas to keep your school gardens tended and active during the summer? Are you thinking of new ways to bring garden-based learning to a community garden or farm site? Join SGSO for a webinar on the ins and outs of running kids day camp programs on educational gardens. Erin Jackson, Education Director at Gallatin Valley Farm to School, and Amy Carlson, Garden Education Director at Life Lab, will share their years of experience and resources for creating day camp programs. From promotions to post assessments and everything in between, this hour long webinar will provide you with inspiration and ideas to create or enhance summer programming on your educational garden or farm. Register here.

2. Food Sovereignty Summit
September 23-26, 2019 // Green Bay, WI
Mark your calendars! The First Nations Development Institute and the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin will be hosting the national Food Sovereignty Summit in September in Green Bay, Wisconsin. This is a great conference for those involved in Tribal and native food systems - native farmers, Tribal agriculture staff, non-profits, policymakers, and other leaders - to come together in collaboration to build healthier food systems. Learn more here.

3. 2019 Community Food Systems Conference: Request for Proposals
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and Georgia Farmers Market Association are currently welcoming proposals for workshop sessions at our 2019 Community Food Systems Conference. We will be accepting proposals until April 15, 2019 at 11:59pm EST. We seek submissions from leaders in food security, social justice, and sustainable agriculture. Learn more here.


Research & Resources
1. EQUITY 21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
April 1-21, 2019
Sign up for the FSNE 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge coming up in April! In its fifth year, the Challenge is a great way to learn about the history and impacts of racism on our current food system while inspiring participants with resources and tools to build racial equity in their work and lives. Coordinated by the Food Solutions New England network, the Challenge will help participants across the country raise awareness, shift attitudes and change outcomes. This year a Discussion Guide will be available for groups who want to do the Challenge together. Learn more and sign up here.

2. Article: Food Justice as a Dual Process, with Deep Roots in the Black Freedom Struggle
The struggle for food justice is often viewed as linear path to food justice that begins with dismantling oppression, followed by the building of sustainable solutions or community-based interventions. Yet, the struggle for food justice is a dual process related to power with deep roots in the historical arc of food politics in the Black Freedom Struggle in the civil rights era. A new JAFSCD article examines and explores this process. Read more here

3. Webinar Recordings: Network Weaving with June Holley and Yasmin Yonis
From the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future's Food Policy Networks project, this three part webinar series focuses on the different aspects of and approaches to network development. Webinar One is on the basic structure and governance of networks, Webinar Two discusses engagement and communications strategies, and Webinar Three is about self-organizing strategies and coordinating multiple projects. Check them out!

4. Rachel's Network Catalyst Award for Women Environmental Leaders of Color 
Rachel's Network is a community of women at the intersection of environmental advocacy, philanthropy, and leadership. This award recognizes women of color making an environmental impact in communities across the US, taking into account their service to a healthier natural world, positive impact on their communities, and their history of collaboration. Applications due April 14.  Learn more here


Policy Updates
1. NFSN SERIES Child Nutrition Reauthorization Listening Session Series
With the Farm Bill checked off of the Congressional to do list, policymakers are planning to pick back up their efforts to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization (CNR). National Farm to School Network is interested in hearing from farm to school advocates and stakeholders about what they'd like to see in the next CNR. If you're interested in learning more about farm to school opportunities in CNR or have thoughts to share about how CNR can support your farm to school efforts, please join one of our upcoming CNR Listening Sessions. Hear the latest CNR updates, share your ideas for farm to school in a new bill, and learn about ways you can get involved. Four sessions are available, and open to anyone interested in or involved in farm to school efforts: 
2. House Committee holds first CNR 2019 Hearing
On Tuesday, March 12, the House Education and Workforce Committee is holding its first hearing in preparation for the next Child Nutrition Act reauthorization (CNR). The “Growing a Healthy Next Generation: Examining Federal Child Nutrition Programs" hearing begins at 10:15am ET and can be live streamed here. Check the National Farm to School Network blog for a recap of the hearing later this week. 


Job Opportunities
1. EQUITY Racial Justice Fellowship, CoFED (Nationwide)
CoFed builds the leadership of young people of color to practice cooperative values, economics, and strategies for collective liberation. Their 6-month fellowship is a fantastic opportunity for young cooperators of color working to close the racial wealth gap by advancing community ownership of land and the food system. You'll work on a Fellowship project, participate in training opportunities, and build your network. Applications due March 15. Learn more here

2. Development Manager, Healthy Schools Campaign (Chicago, IL)
Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC), a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to making schools healthier places for all students, is seeking a full-time Development Manager who will support the mission and goals of the organization by helping to grow and implement a sustainable and vibrant fundraising program. Learn more and apply here.


Farm to School in the News
Farm to school day takes root in New Jersey school 
St. Gregory the Great Academy recently hosted a Farm to School Day, where local farmers came to the school to help teach students about how their food is grown. The young people also got to hear about the importance of locally sourced food from area farms from Douglas Fisher, New Jersey’s Secretary of Agriculture, and Carrie Lindig, the state conservationist. (The Monitor)

Virginia high school students earn grant for greenhouse project
Students enrolled in a Virginia high school's hospitality and tourism academy recently secured a $10,000 grant to support a project to help provide healthy food to the surrounding community. Part of the plan includes finishing construction of an on-campus greenhouse that could be used as a community garden and educational resource. (Daily Press)

South Carolina Students Treated to ‘Taste of Gullah’ 
Charleston County School District’s Nutrition Services Department recently teamed up with Chef GioVanni Richardson, founder of ‘A Taste of Gullah,’ to connect curriculum to the cafeteria during Black History Month. The students enjoyed a Gullah cuisine menu of okra gumbo, all meat pilau, rutabagas with greens, southern succotash, mandazi, and assorted fruit. "The Gullah culture is part of the academic curriculum," said Joe Pettit, CCSD’s Nutrition Services Field Officer. "By connecting the curriculum to the cafeteria, we’re completing that circle for the students and allowing them to taste what they are studying.” (The Charleston Chronicle
  
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: 3/5/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, March 05, 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. Test Kitchen Grant, No Kid Hungry
Deadline: March 15
The Test Kitchen is a concept accelerator designed to help nonprofits, schools, faith organizations, and local governments turn their best ideas into validated strategies and promising practices. This year’s focus is on ending childhood hunger in the summer. Organizations selected for the first cohort will receive grants up to $10,000 and technical assistance from No Kid Hungry (NKH) to test a new model, strategy, or program designed to provide more kids with meals in the summer. Learn more and apply here

2. Native Youth and Culture Fund Grants, First Nations Development Institute 
Deadline: March 12
First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is now accepting proposals for its Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF) for projects that focus on youth and incorporate culture and tradition to address social issues in Native communities. First Nations expects to award approximately 20 grants between $5,000 and $19,500 each for projects of no longer than one year in length. Learn more and apply here

3. Slow Food Plant a Seed Kits
Slow Food believes biodiversity is key to a sustainable, adaptable — and delicious — future. The Plant a Seed campaign gives you the tools to get amazing flavor back on your plate. The Plant a Seed kit features six seed packets: three from the Ark of Taste, and three from Row 7. There is a limited number of free kits available for school gardens, request one here.


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics Webinar: NFSN National Partner of the Year - Intertribal Agriculture Council
Thursday, March 7 // 1-2 PM ET
The National Farm to School Network (NFSN) is excited to announce the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) as NFSN’s 2019 National Partner of the Year. The IAC, a non-profit, Tribal membership organization, serving all tribal producers and communities across the country, was established in 1987 to pursue and promote conservation, development and use of Indian agricultural resources for the betterment of Indian communities. Through intentional programmatic and policy advocacy collaboration, resource sharing and cross-promotion, we aim to better connect NFSN and IAC members and continue growing farm to school in Native communities. Join this webinar to learn more about IAC and NFSN's collaboration and how members can get involved in this work. Register here.

2. Webinar: Summer Programs at School Gardens and Farms
Tuesday, March 26 // 1-2 PM PST
Looking for ideas to keep your school gardens tended and active during the summer? Are you thinking of new ways to bring garden-based learning to a community garden or farm site? Join SGSO for a webinar on the ins and outs of running kids day camp programs on educational gardens. Erin Jackson, Education Director at Gallatin Valley Farm to School, and Amy Carlson, Garden Education Director at Life Lab, will share their years of experience and resources for creating day camp programs. From promotions to post assessments and everything in between, this hour long webinar will provide you with inspiration and ideas to create or enhance summer programming on your educational garden or farm. Register here.


Resources & Research
1. EQUITY Conversation Guide: Talking about Racism, Racial Equity and Racial Healing 
Many people would like to talk about the impact of racism and the need for racial healing in our country, but don’t know where to start. W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Home Conversation Guide helps frame a respectful dialogue , where people and their experiences are recognized and affirmed. Developed in collaboration with racial healing practitioners from across the country, this guide includes: sample agreements participants create together for safe, healing spaces; conversation starters; paths for deeper sharing; and, ways to encourage bravery and willingness. View the conversation guide here

2. EQUITY New Report: $23 billion gap between white and nonwhite school districts
EdBuild has released a new report which examines school district revenues based on racial and socioeconomic characteristics at the national and state level. The report finds that nationally, predominantly white school districts receive $23 billion more than their nonwhite peers, despite serving a similar number of children. White school districts average revenue receipts of almost $14,000 per student, but nonwhite districts receive only $11,682. That’s a divide of over $2,200, on average, per student. Read EdBuild's full report here. Find more background information in this NPR article

3. Call for School Garden Vignettes
Do you have a school garden story that you would like to see published in a book collection for school garden researchers and practitioners? Organizers from the University of Oregon and University of Georgia would like to hear from you! They are inviting school garden practitioners to submit vignettes (short stories, narrative essays, creative works--poems, images, visual art, etc.) that showcase something you find valuable, challenging, enriching, surprising, or important about working with learners in school gardens. Contributors can be anyone who has experience working with school gardens in a K-12 context. Accepted contributions will be included in a book that links school garden research with practice. Contact Dr. Sarah Stapleton with questions and to submit an abstract (100-200 word description) by April 1st, 2019 at sstaplet@uoregon.edu.


Job Opportunities
1. Executive Director, Grow Portland (Portland, OR) 
Grow Portland is hiring a skilled Executive Director to guide the delivery of its school garden and healthy eating programs in Portland, Oregon. Grow Portland is the leading, local nonprofit organization dedicated to school garden education with more than 15 public school partners. Learn more and apply here

2. Administrative and Program Assistant, Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network (Eugene or remote in OR) 
This position will handle a wide range of administrative and program support related tasks for OFSSGN. The position is part-time starting at 12-15 hours a week and has the potential to increase hours as the need increases. Learn more and apply here

3. Marketing Specialist, San Francisco Unified School District (San Francisco, CA)
The Marketing Specialist will help create awareness with students and adults about the District’s groundbreaking efforts to improve the school meal experience. This work includes designing menus, developing and maintaining artifacts and various social media channels within SFUSD and the broader community, and leading creative marketing strategies to help grow and support SNS programs. Learn more and apply here

4. Dining Space Redesign Project Manager, San Francisco Unified School District (San Francisco, CA)
The Dining Space Redesign Project Manager will lead the expansion of this project from pilot to a districtwide initiative, reaching all SFUSD schools. This is a creative, detail oriented role that engages with people of all ages, from students, to vendors, to construction managers. Learn more and apply here.

5. AmeriCorps - Nutrition Educator, Clark County Food Bank (Vancouver, WA)
The Nutrition Educator will work to implement hands-on, interactive nutrition education to low-income children, teens, adults and families. Through teaching topics like healthy cooking, grocery shopping on a budget, and growing a portion of your own vegetables, the Nutrition Educator will build client skills and confidence in order to empower them to pull themselves out of poverty. Learn more and apply here.


Farm to School in the News
African Day of School Feeding: Investing in Nutrition Education
An international example of farm to school! The fourth edition of the African Day of School Feeding was celebrated in Abidjan under the theme “Investing in home-grown school feeding for achieving Zero Hunger and sustaining inclusive education for all, including refugees, returnees and internally-displaced persons in Africa”. Around 200 representatives of governments, civil society, and UN agencies participated in the event, including 14 ministers and deputy ministers. (World Food Program)

Montana students grow veggies, meet farmers
A Montana school is serving fresh produce and herbs grown in on-campus garden beds as part of a farm-to-school program. The school also started a monthly "Farmer in the Classroom" series, which brings in local people involved in agriculture to speak to students. (Sidney Herald)

Oklahoma elementary students taste vegetables grown in tower garden
Freedom Elementary’s student council has been growing vegetables and herbs in the school’s tower garden. This is the third year they have had the tower garden at the school. (KSWO)
  
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: 2/26/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, February 26, 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. Test Kitchen Grant, No Kid Hungry
Deadline: March 15
The Test Kitchen is a concept accelerator designed to help nonprofits, schools, faith organizations, and local governments turn their best ideas into validated strategies and promising practices. This year’s focus is on ending childhood hunger in the summer. Organizations selected for the first cohort will receive grants up to $10,000 and technical assistance from No Kid Hungry (NKH) to test a new model, strategy, or program designed to provide more kids with meals in the summer. Learn more and apply here

2. Native Youth and Culture Fund Grants, First Nations Development Institute 
Deadline: March 12
First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is now accepting proposals for its Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF) for projects that focus on youth and incorporate culture and tradition to address social issues in Native communities. First Nations expects to award approximately 20 grants between $5,000 and $19,500 each for projects of no longer than one year in length. Learn more and apply here


Webinars & Events
1. Farm to School Resource Roundup
Wednesday, February 27, 3-4 PM ET
Join us for the first ever National Farm to School Network (NFSN) Farm to School Resource Roundup Webinar. The February webinar will feature three new resources from NFSN that aim to increase equitable access to farm to school initiatives, including the NFSN Programs and Policy Racial and Social Equity Assessment Tool; Supporting Farm to School with Non-Profit Hospital Community Benefit Dollars; and City & School District Farm to School Policy Opportunities. Register here.

2. Trending Topics Webinar: NFSN National Partner of the Year - Intertribal Agriculture Council
Thursday, March 7 // 1-2 PM ET
The National Farm to School Network (NFSN) is excited to announce the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) as NFSN’s 2019 National Partner of the Year. The IAC, a non-profit, Tribal membership organization, serving all tribal producers and communities across the country, was established in 1987 to pursue and promote conservation, development and use of Indian agricultural resources for the betterment of Indian communities. Through intentional programmatic and policy advocacy collaboration, resource sharing and cross-promotion, we aim to better connect NFSN and IAC members and continue growing farm to school in Native communities. Join this webinar to learn more about IAC and NFSN's collaboration and how members can get involved in this work. Register here.

3. Northern Nevada School Wellness Conference
Saturday, March 16 // Reno, NV
The Nevada Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Division is excited to host its second Northern Nevada School Wellness Conference in Reno on March 16, 2019 at the Truckee Meadows Community College Dandini Campus. All administrators, school wellness coordinators, teachers, food service staff and community stakeholders are encouraged to attend! Register here.


Research & Resources 
1. Slow Food Plant a Seed Kits
Slow Food believes biodiversity is key to a sustainable, adaptable — and delicious — future. The Plant a Seed campaign gives you the tools to get amazing flavor back on your plate. The Plant a Seed kit features six seed packets: three from the Ark of Taste, and three from Row 7. There is a limited number of free kits available for school gardens, request one here.


Job Opportunities
1. Education Director, Lexington Community Farm Coalition (Lexington, MA)

The Lexington Community Farm (LexFarm) is seeking an Education Director to manage education programs. The Education Director will operate, implement, and teach education programs during the 2019 farm season in accordance with LexFarm’s calendar of programs and corresponding curricula. The Education Director will manage online sign-ups, day-of set up, scheduling, and instruction of farm and garden classes for a variety of ages. The Education Director will communicate with specialty program instructors to set up and schedule specialty programs. Learn more here.

2. Program Director, Edible Schoolyard (Berkeley, CA) 
The Edible Schoolyard Project is looking for an Program Director to oversee the management of the Edible Schoolyard Berkeley. The role will develop systems, procedures and structures that enable the team to provide the highest quality instruction to our diverse students. In addition, the Program Director will provide day-to-day direction for the Kitchen and Garden Managers and play a key role in the planning and execution of educator trainings and outreach. Learn more here.


Farm to School in the News
Tennessee schools serve their own meat products
Pork produced at Central High School was served by students in every McMinn County School cafeteria on Tuesday, February 19. Specifically, 100 students from the county’s FFA chapters were present at all nine schools not only serving the locally raised and made sausage, but also educating their peers about the process. (The Daily Post-Athenian)

Kentucky students use aquaponics to “food deserts”
Students at a Kentucky middle school are maintaining an indoor aquaponics system where they can grow vegetables while learning about agriculture. The initiative is part of a student-led project to think of solutions for "food deserts" -- communities that are far from grocery stores and have limited access to fresh food. (Courier Journal)

New York school gets creative with local food in recipes
Students at a New York state school recently tasted muffins made from locally-produced beets as part of the district's farm-to-school program. School nutrition professionals prepare the local fare in creative ways, and previous recipes have included a kale apple salad, kale pesto and butternut squash macaroni-and-cheese. (27 East)

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: 2/19/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, February 19, 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 Farm to School Resource Roundup
Wednesday, February 27, 3-4 PM ET
Join us for the first ever National Farm to School Network (NFSN) Farm to School Resource Roundup Webinar. The February webinar will feature three new resources from NFSN that aim to increase equitable access to farm to school initiatives, including theNFSN Programs and Policy Racial and Social Equity Assessment Tool; Supporting Farm to School with Non-Profit Hospital Community Benefit Dollars; and City & School District Farm to School Policy Opportunities. Register here.

2. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics Webinar: NFSN National Partner of the Year - Intertribal Agriculture Council
Thursday, March 7 // 1-2 PM ET
The National Farm to School Network (NFSN) is excited to announce the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) as NFSN’s 2019 National Partner of the Year. The IAC, a non-profit, Tribal membership organization, serving all tribal producers and communities across the country, was established in 1987 to pursue and promote conservation, development and use of Indian agricultural resources for the betterment of Indian communities. Through intentional programmatic and policy advocacy collaboration, resource sharing and cross-promotion, we aim to better connect NFSN and IAC members and continue growing farm to school in Native communities. Join this webinar to learn more about IAC and NFSN's collaboration and how members can get involved in this work. Register here.


Research & Resources 
1. EQUITY 3 Hard Truths that will Help Your Organization Undo Racism, FoodCorps
"We will only get so far if we don’t explicitly and intentionally commit ourselves to undoing racism because it is the foundation upon which extreme economic disparities exist - the very disparities that explain why some children don’t have access to healthy food." Tiffany McClain, Director of Organizational Equity and Inclusion at FoodCorps, shares three steps organizations can take to undo racism and create sustained systemic change. Read more here.

2. Grow It, Try It, Like It! Fun with Fruits and Vegetables at Family Child Care, USDA Team Nutrition
Grow It, Try It, Like It! Fun with Fruits and Vegetables at Family Child Care is designed to help Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) operators provide garden-based nutrition education for children ages 3 through 5 years old in family child care settings. Through the activities in Grow It, Try It, Like It!, children touch, smell, feel, and taste new fruits and vegetables. Children also learn how fruits and vegetables grow. Planting activities help children connect the delicious food choices at the table with the farm, orchard, or garden. Read more here.

3. Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act Case Study, Center for Science in the Public Interest
This case study developed by CSPI provides insights into policy strategy and advocacy best practices that resulted in passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA). The case study outlines key lessons to help inform nutrition and public health policy initiatives, as well as continued implementation and defense of school nutrition. It describes how advocates used research to develop and advocate for policy change, compromises that were needed to advance the policies, changes in attitudes about school food policy over time, framing and messaging, the role of state and local policy that laid the groundwork for national change, and how challenges were resolved between stakeholders. Read more here


Policy Updates
1. FY 2019 Funding Bill Includes $5 Million for Farm to School
The government funding bill signed by the President last week included a bright spot for the farm to school movement. Thanks to the leadership of Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the bill included an additional $5 million in discretionary funding for the USDA Farm to School Grant Program, which doubles the annual available funding for this highly impactful and important program for one year. This is a significant win for the farm to school movement. Demand for the program is more than four times higher than available yearly funding, and this additional discretionary funding will help make the program accessible to more schools, farmers and communities across the country. Read more on our blog

2. Minnesota Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Support Farm to School
New, bipartisan legislation introduced in Minnesota last week would set aside a $2 million annual grant program to reimburse schools and early child care providers for getting food from local providers. Both schools and farmers would also get the technical assistance required to make this relationship work -- like complying with food safety ordinances, sticking to federal food guidelines, and figuring out how to prepare available veggies for elementary school kids. Read more here.


Job Opportunities
1. Program Director, Edible Schoolyard (Berkeley, CA) 
The Edible Schoolyard Project is looking for an Program Director to oversee the management of the Edible Schoolyard Berkeley. The role will develop systems, procedures and structures that enable the team to provide the highest quality instruction to our diverse students. In addition, the Program Director will provide day-to-day direction for the Kitchen and Garden Managers and play a key role in the planning and execution of educator trainings and outreach. Learn more here.

2. Grassroots Intern & Policy Intern, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (Washington, D.C.)
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is currently seeking a Policy Intern and a Grassroots Intern for the summer term beginning in late May 2019 and lasting until mid-August 2019. These positions are paid, full-time, and located at NSAC’s Washington, D.C. office on Capitol Hill. Learn more and apply here.

3. Better Selves Fellowship, Knoll Farm (Waitsfield, VT)
The Better Selves Fellowship is born out of the belief that the challenges facing our communities are so vast that more work, more information, faster and longer hours cannot be the only answer; what's needed is space to remember and be our better selves: clear-headed, compassionate, courageous, wise. This year we will award 60 seven-day fellowships at the Refuge at Knoll Farm. The fellowship allows time to work on a specific project that needs your focus, to write, to brainstorm solutions, or simply to get your head back on straight by walking and living on a healthy working farm. Learn more here.


Farm to School in the News
Large to small growers move crops with farm to school movement
Providence Farm is a small vegetable-and-livestock operation in Michigan, with a community supported agriculture (CSA) program and a roadside market. But owners Ryan and Andrea Romeyn say direct sales to schools have led to the “dreamy” experience of doing a profitable higher-volume business in carrots. They harvest more than 20 acres of carrots, boxing them and shipping them out. (Vegetable Growers News)

New York district honored for incorporating farm produce into kids’ meals
Southampton Union Free School District has been honored for its work to integrate local farm products into its school meal program. Both the Southampton Union Free School District and the East End Farm to School Project were recently awarded the Farm to School Partnership Award for finding and incorporating local produce into kids' meals at the Southampton, Bridgehampton and Tuckahoe school districts. (Patch)

New Jersey students enjoy salad bar with their school-grown produce 
Memorial School 7th and 8th graders who are part of the STRIVE Gifted and Talented Program on Feb. 8 enjoyed pizza and a salad bar which utilized the first cut growths off their Tower Garden, a vertical, aeroponic growing system which enables the growing of up to 20 items in less than three square feet, indoors or out, at a time. (TapInto)

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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