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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.

This Week in Farm to School: 2/12/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, February 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. 

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.

3. 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.

4. New Hampshire Food System State-Wide Gathering
March 12 // Plymouth, NH
The 4th Annual NH Food System Statewide Gathering will bring together 200+ individuals, organizations, businesses, and institutions working to strengthen our local food system. Our focus this year will be on "Cultivating our Collective Voice" and harnessing the power of our connections and relationships to shape local and state food policy. Through engaging workshops and dialogue, we'll explore how we can best collaborate and advocate to support our farms, fisheries, and food businesses, who in turn, sustain healthy communities and our vibrant working landscapes. Register here.

5. Virginia Farm to School Conference
March 14 // Hampton, VA
The Farm to School Conference is designed to help Virginia’s expanding Farm to School Network increase procurement of local foods and educational opportunities in school gardens, cafeterias, classrooms, early care centers and summer feeding programs across the commonwealth. Register here.

6. EQUITY Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge
April 1-21  
Food Solutions New England invites you to join for the fifth year of the Challenge! Participants from across New England and the rest of the country will be taking part in this year's effort which will include updated daily prompts, a new launch webinar featuring Dr. Eddie Moore, a Discussion Guide for groups and much more. Sign up here.

Research & Resources 
1. EQUITY Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems: Racial Equity in the Food System ListServ 
Michigan State University's Center for Regional Food Systems just launched a national Racial Equity ListServ - EQUITYFOOD - to complement its Racial Equity in the Food System workgroup. Connect with your colleagues around building racial equity within the food system, and access resources like an annotated bibliography on structural racism, webinars, and various tools and articles. Learn more here

2. American Traditional Foods In USDA School Meals Program - Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
The American Indian Traditional Foods In USDA School Meals Programs: A Wisconsin Farm to School Toolkit is a new resource to help source, menu, credit, and use more traditional foods in school meal programs. The Toolkit features native and traditional foods to include in school means, new recipes for schools use, menu planning support, and procurement information. Read more here.

3. EQUITY Food and Farm Reading List for Black History Month
For Black History Month, Rafter Ferguson, Scientist, Food and Environment, at the Union for Concerned Scientists is sharing a reading list of books that can help deepen our understanding of the history and contributions of Black farmers in our food system. Explore the reading list here
 

Job Opportunities
1. Senior Associate, Community Food Systems, The Food Trust (Philadelphia, PA)
The Food Trust is seeking an enthusiastic, creative, organized and committed leader to oversee the planning, development and implementation of The Food Trust’s Community Food Systems program including multiple statewide policy and regional food systems initiatives. Learn more here

2. Garden Projects Champion AmeriCorps Vista, North Coast Opportunities (Ukiah, CA)
The Gardens Project of North Coast Opportunities seeks to relieve hunger and inadequate nutrition throughout Mendocino and Lake Counties by creating access to community-based food  production and local, nutritious food. Much of their current work focuses on supporting existing gardens and gardeners through leadership training, food production workshops, advocacy and organizational support. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to avaryan@ncoinc.org.

3. Farm to School Coordinator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (Ithaca, NY) 
In collaboration with school food service staff, regional farms and distributors, food, nutrition, garden and agriculture educators and Cornell’s Master of Public Health program, the Farm to School Coordinator will be responsible for developing, implementing, and improving a coordinated and sustainable procurement plan to increase the amount of local produce served in Tompkins County’s school cafeterias. Learn more and apply here.

4. CoFED Racial Justice Fellowship
CoFED’s Racial Justice Fellowship is a 6-month opportunity for young cooperators (ages 18-30) of color working to close the racial wealth gap by advancing community ownership of land and the food system. They're looking to support emerging leaders who can demonstrate a solid and progressive track record of creating change - and who are ready to take their vision, leadership and impact to the next level. The fellowship includes a $5,000 stipend, leadership coaching, trainings and networking opportunities. Applications open Feb. 15 and are due by March 15, 2019. Learn more here.

 
Farm to School in the News
Nebraska high-schoolers sell produce to school cafeteria
Students who are part of the local chapter of the National FFA Organization at a Nebraska high school are learning about sustainable agricultural production by working in an on-campus greenhouse. The students plant and harvest produce in vertical towers that is sold to the school's cafeteria. (The Grand Island Independent)

University of Georgia’s ‘Grow It Know It’ program expanded
An award-winning interactive Clarke County school program that teaches students about science and nutrition is now underway in Barrow County, thanks to the University of Georgia. The “Grow It Know It” program, established in 2013 by the UGA Office of Service-Learning, UGA Cooperative Extension, UGArden and the Clarke County School District, is designed to support teachers involved in farm-to-school programming. (Albany Herald)

Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids program grows vegetables at Delaware schools
A program designed to get kids to eat more vegetables has made inroads at area schools. The organization's mission is to design and implement food-and-garden-based school program, partnering with schools in Delaware to start vegetable garden programs on-site during the academic day that align with the science curriculum, and also enable students to try delicious vegetables. (WDEL)

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: 2/5/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, February 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. 2019 Gro More Grassroots Grant 
Deadline: February 15, 2019
In 2019, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening will award 175 grants worth a collective total of $100,000. 150 grant recipients will be awarded a check for $500 to support their initiatives. The top 25 programs will receive a check for $1,000. The Gro More Grassroots Grant is open to all nonprofit and tax exempt organizations (including schools) in the United States and US Territories planning to use the funds to install new or expand existing youth focused gardens or greenspaces. Learn more and apply here.


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to ECE: Farm to Early Care and Education in Family Child Care
Thursday, February 7, 1-2 PM ET
Across the country, there are over 213,000 licensed family child care homes and nearly one quarter of all children spend time in family child care before they reach kindergarten. Farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) – including local food procurement, gardening, and food and agriculture education – is a great fit for family child care. Farm to ECE adapts to diverse ages, abilities, and settings and offers evidenced-based approaches to meeting educational and nutrition standards. Join this National Farm to School Network webinar to learn about new resources to support farm to ECE in family child care, hear about best practices from county level farm to ECE initiatives, and see examples of farm to ECE in family child care success. Register here.

2. 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.

3. Vermont Farm to School & Early Childhood Day
Wednesday, February 6, 9:30 AM - 6 PM
Join us at the State House to celebrate and raise awareness of Farm to School and Early Childhood in Vermont. Activities and celebration range from a joint House and Senate Agriculture Committee hearing, school lunch served in the cafeteria, time to connect with legislators, and time to hear farm to school stories, displays, and networking. Learn more here


Research & Resources 
1. Online Course: Teaching Food & Nutrition for All
Teaching about food & nutrition can seem complicated, but it doesn’t have to! The Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy is launching a NEW online course this summer, from July 8-26. The course is intended to be for current educators or individuals interested in teaching nutrition in the school setting, to give you the tools & confidence to bring this topic to life in your classroom. Register before March 1 for a discount. Learn more here

2. EQUITY Equity Imperative Declaration - Novato Unified School District 
Here's a great example of how a school district in California is sharing our its commitment to equity. Equity in Novato Unified School District means ensuring every student has access to educational opportunities that challenge, inspire and prepare him or her for a strong future. The purpose of the Equity Imperative Declaration is to publicly explain why equity is important, to outline NUSD’s universal and targeted goals, and to state NUSD’s commitment to the actions necessary to achieve its goals. Read NUSD's Equity Imperative Declaration here.

3. EQUITY 7 Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Black History Month
February is Black History Month, a dedicated time to pay attention to the power and resilience of the black community. This celebration is reminder to seek out stories and histories that often go overlooked — and it also serves as a call to recognize the various black leaders in our own lives. This article by Katie Dupere offers ideas for honoring black lives and culture this Black History Month.


Job Opportunities
1. Outreach and Education Coordinator, Arcadia Food, Inc. (Alexandria, VA)
The Outreach and Education Coordinator will develop and provide garden and nutrition educational programming for youth, adults, and senior citizens; support Arcadia’s Field Trip and Farm Camp programs; strengthen Arcadia’s connection to schools and community partners in the surrounding community; support efforts to build garden and nutrition education capacity in schools; and support efforts to link health providers and food access organizations in the County. Learn more here.

2. Food Hub Program Associate, Field to Family (Iowa City, IA)
Field to Family is hiring a Food Hub Program Associate to connect more schools, hospitals and retirement communities with local farmers and producers. The Food Hub Program Associate will assist the Food Hub Manager in the general operations of the Field to Family Food Hub to create a more local, healthy and sustainable food system. Learn more here.


Farm to School in the News
Georgia student chefs compete in farm to school contest
Middle-school students in Georgia are competing in the preliminary round of the Georgia Department of Education's Farm to School Student Chef Competition. Students will taste-test and judge vegetable side dishes and the winner will submit the recipe -- along with its nutritional analysis -- to the statewide competition, where the judges will be school nutrition professionals. (Union Recorder)

Oregon Junior-Senior High School produces own beef, eggs, produce for student body
Students at Lost River Junior-Senior High School know where their food comes from: they eat beef from their own steers, eggs from their chickens and tomatoes from their greenhouse. (Herald and News)

Sunny Baker selected as WKKF Community Leadership Network Fellow
The Center for Creative Leadership and W.K. Kellogg Foundation have announced Class Two of the WKKF Community Leadership Network, a model program for developing local leaders who can unite people to create transformational change toward a more equitable society for all. Congratulations to Sunny Baker, co-director of the Mississippi Farm to School Network and NFSN Mississippi Core Partner, for being selected as a fellow in the Mississippi cohort! Read more here.
 
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: 1/29/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, January 29, 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. Clif Bar Family Foundation Small Grants
Deadline: February 1
The Clif Bar Family Foundation awards small grants for projects focused on one of five priority areas, including creating a robust, healthy food system, increasing opportunities for outdoor activity, and building stronger communities, a great fit for school garden projects. These grants are awarded for general organizational support as well as funding for specific projects. Learn more and apply here.

2. Action for Healthy Kids Game on Grants
Deadline: April 5
In order to get every kid healthy and ready to learn, Action for Healthy Kids’ Game On grants provide funding and resources for schools to improve or introduce new nutrition and physical activity programs. With a $1,000 grant, you can build a school garden, get equipment for active recess, host taste tests, and other nutrition promotion, start a before- or after-school activity club, and more. Learn more here.


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to ECE: Farm to Early Care and Education in Family Child Care
Thursday, February 7, 1-2 PM ET
Across the country, there are over 213,000 licensed family child care homes and nearly one quarter of all children spend time in family child care before they reach kindergarten. Farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) – including local food procurement, gardening, and food and agriculture education – is a great fit for family child care. Farm to ECE adapts to diverse ages, abilities, and settings and offers evidenced-based approaches to meeting educational and nutrition standards. Join this National Farm to School Network webinar to learn about new resources to support farm to ECE in family child care, hear about best practices from county level farm to ECE initiatives, and see examples of farm to ECE in family child care success. Register here.

2. 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. Register here.   
 
3. 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. Register here.

4. 2019 Canada National Farm to School Conference
May 15-17 // Victoria, BC
The 2019 Canada National Farm to School Conference will emphasize scaling-up efforts and evaluating impacts of farm and local food to school activities happening across Canada – putting more healthy, local and sustainable foods on the minds and plates of all students. This three-day event will feature field trips to inspirational projects in British Columbia, world-class keynote speakers, presentations, workshops and networking opportunities. Early Bird registration is now own through March 1. Learn more here.
 
5. Georgia Farm to School and ECE Summit
June 7-8 // Macon, GA
Save the date! The 7th Georgia Farm to School and Early Care and Education Summit will be held June 7-8 at Helms College in Macon. The Summit features dynamic, hands on education sessions, workshops, and field trips for early care providers and k-12 staff on gardening, cooking with kids, local procurement, and more! This event is co-hosted by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and Georgia Organics and presented by the Georgia Farm to School Alliance and the Georgia Farm to Early Care and Education Coalition. Registration opens in mid-March. Learn more here.


Job Opportunities
1. Farm to School Coordinator, Capital Roots (Troy, NY)
The Farm to School Coordinator will work to enhance the local food system by expanding access to healthy, affordable foods in our region's schools by working directly with farmers and producers to sell their products to institutions, as well as achieve higher levels of food safety certifications. Learn more here.

2. Director of Culinary Services, Thaden School (Bentonville, AR) 
The Director of Culinary Services will develop a vision, infrastructure, partnerships, and resources for the school that puts culinary services on par with the school’s other educational programs. Thaden School’s Meals program connects students to the myriad roles that food plays in our lives, as well as the ecological, scientific, economic and cultural dimensions of the plate. As the construction of Thaden's campus advances, students will grow and harvest increasing quantities of food for school meals, and will help with food preparation in our teaching kitchens. Learn more here

3. EQUITY  Seeding Power Fellowship (New York) 
The Seeding Power Fellowship is an innovative 18-month, cohort-based food justice fellowship program for experienced leaders working across sectors to build equitable food systems. In its inaugural year it will accept applications from leaders in New York City, the Hudson Valley, and Long Island. Application deadline: January 31. Learn more here.  


Farm to School in the News
Louisiana community garden laying down roots to alleviate food desert
Local high school students who've grown up in urban areas are learning how to plant their own food for the first time. For some of them, it's the first time seeing the planting process because of where they live. (WBRZ)

Growing student success: Florida students plant gardens
A collaboration between the Flagler County UF/IFAS Extension and 21st Century Community Learning Centers focuses on students below grade level in math, language arts and/or science, with interactive, after-school curriculum. (Palm Coast Observer

Texas garden project combines science, community service
Fourth-graders at a Texas elementary school are tending to a community garden as part of a yearlong science and community service project. Students recently weeded the space, will record weather and crop conditions, collect soil samples for analysis and hold a farmers market to distribute their produce. (The Eagle)

 
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: 1/22/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, January 22, 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. Clif Bar Family Foundation Small Grants
Deadline: February 1
The Clif Bar Family Foundation awards small grants for projects focused on one of five priority areas, including creating a robust, healthy food system, increasing opportunities for outdoor activity, and building stronger communities, a great fit for school garden projects. These grants are awarded for general organizational support as well as funding for specific projects. Learn more and apply here.

2. 2019 Gro More Grassroots Grant 
Deadline: February 15, 2019
In 2019, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening will award 175 grants worth a collective total of $100,000. 150 grant recipients will be awarded a check for $500 to support their initiatives. The top 25 programs will receive a check for $1,000. The Gro More Grassroots Grant is open to all nonprofit and tax exempt organizations (including schools) in the United States and US Territories planning to use the funds to install new or expand existing youth focused gardens or greenspaces. Learn more and apply here.
 
3. Carton 2 Garden Contest 
Deadline: March 25, 2019
The fifth annual national Carton 2 Garden Contest, sponsored by Evergreen Packaging, is now accepting entries! 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 re-purposed milk and juice cartons. Your school can get started by collecting at least 100 empty cartons from your home, community, or cafeteria. Learn more and enter here


Webinars & Events
1. Trending Topics in Farm to ECE: Farm to Early Care and Education in Family Child Care
Thursday, February 7, 1-2 PM ET
Across the country, there are over 213,000 licensed family child care homes and nearly one quarter of all children spend time in family child care before they reach kindergarten. Farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) – including local food procurement, gardening, and food and agriculture education – is a great fit for family child care. Farm to ECE adapts to diverse ages, abilities, and settings and offers evidenced-based approaches to meeting educational and nutrition standards. Join this National Farm to School Network webinar to learn about new resources to support farm to ECE in family child care, hear about best practices from county level farm to ECE initiatives, and see examples of farm to ECE in family child care success. Register here.

2. National Day of Racial Healing
TODAY - January 22
On January 22, join people across the country in celebrating our common humanity and taking collective action toward a more just and equitable world for the National Day of Racial Healing. The National Day of Racial Healing is a part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation effort. Learn more and find an event near you here.

3. White Privilege Conference
March 20-23 // Cedar Rapids, IA
WPC is a conference that examines challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solutions and team building strategies to work toward a more equitable world. The WPC provides a challenging, collaborative and comprehensive experience striving to empower and equip individuals to work for equity and justice through self and social transformations. Learn more and register here.


Resources & Research
1. 2019 NFSN National Partner of the Year - Intertribal Agriculture Council

As a national organization uniquely situated at the intersection of numerous sectors and communities, networking and partnership building are at the core of the National Farm to School Network’s efforts. To support this work, we’re expanding engagement in farm to school through the annual designation of a “National Partner of the Year.” In 2019, we are excited to announce the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) as NFSN’s National Partner of the Year. 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. Read more on our blog.

2. NEW Farm to School Local Policy Resources
National Farm to School Network is pleased to share two new fact sheets to support the development of farm to school policies at the local level. Supporting Farm to School with Non-Profit Hospital Community Benefit Dollars - This fact sheet explores opportunities for farm to school practitioners to partner with non-profit hospitals, and how hospital can provide resources to support farm to school and foster public health. City and School District Farm to School Policy Opportunities - Local school wellness policies and city purchasing policies are policy interventions that have been successful in supporting farm to school activities. This fact sheet explores these local policy opportunities.

3. An Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System, Sixth Edition
Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems has updated their Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System (Sixth Edition). This resources identifies literature that links the social construction of whiteness and its intentional or consequential impact on structural racism within the United States’ local food movement. It is focused on recent peer-reviewed and gray literature materials that are national, regional, and local in scope that included significant references. The sixth edition contains 18 videos and 41 new citations. Learn more here.


Job Opportunities
1. Illinois Farm to School Coordinator, Seven Generations Ahead (Oak Park, IL)
Working closely with SGA's Farm to School Program Manager, the position will include developing and facilitating the Illinois Farm to School Network, advancing relevant statewide policies, building involvement from state agencies and a diverse array of farm to school stakeholders, and driving increased farm to school participation among schools, early childhood education centers, and other child nutrition programs - with an emphasis on those most in need - across Illinois. Learn more and apply here.

2. Executive Director, National Young Farmers Coalition (Hudson, NY)
The National Young Farmers Coalition seeks an Executive Director, to be the voice and leader for the national movement of young people in agriculture. The ideal candidate must have a deep understanding of agriculture policy and a drive to solve the most pressing challenges in food and farming today, an ability to motivate and unify a diverse set of farmer voices around a common cause, a strong commitment to equity and justice, and the skills to successfully grow the work of the Coalition. Learn more here

3. Nutrition Action Healthletter Project Assistant, Center for Science in the Public Interest (Washington, D.C.)
The Project Assistant will gather and compile data related to articles about the nutrient content of food products and provide general administrative support. This position works with the Nutrition Action Healthletter (NAH) team and reports to a Senior Nutritionist. Learn more here.


Farm to School in the News
Garden at Illinois juvenile justice center offers chance for young people to grow
This spring, the garden at the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center in St. Charles will grow a bit, thanks to a two-year grant from the United States Department of Agriculture. Pam Ely with the Juvenile Justice Center said for many of the young people there the program provides their first experience gardening. For others, it may be their first exposure to healthy eating habits. (The Beacon-News)

Farm to fork offers fresh greens to Nebraska cafeteria
Many Nebraska schools are adding these towers to their greenhouses as a teaching tool to talk about sustainable agriculture. Several schools now have them, but Grand Island Northwest may be the first in the state with what it considers a whole farm of tower gardens. (NTV ABC)

New York schools promote wellness, local farmers
While January is a popular time of year to adopt resolutions for healthier habits, Forestville Central School is taking great strides to promote health and wellness district-wide, year ’round, beginning with Wellness Week this week. (Observer)

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: 1/15/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, January 15, 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. Winston Equipment Grant
Due: January 31
Applications are open for the Winston Equipment Grant, which provides school nutrition programs with 10 pieces of equipment for their programs. Applications can be submitted by a school nutrition director who has been a member of SNA for at least one year. There are NO eligibility requirements for a certain percentage of free/reduced eligible students! Learn more and apply here

Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to ECE: Farm to Early Care and Education in Family Child Care
Thursday, February 7, 1-2pm ET
Across the country, there are over 213,000 licensed family child care homes and nearly one quarter of all children spend time in family child care before they reach kindergarten. Farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) – including local food procurement, gardening, and food and agriculture education – is a great fit for family child care. Farm to ECE adapts to diverse ages, abilities, and settings and offers evidenced-based approaches to meeting educational and nutrition standards. Join this National Farm to School Network webinar to learn about new resources to support farm to ECE in family child care, hear about best practices from county level farm to ECE initiatives, and see examples of farm to ECE in family child care success. Register here.

2. Green Apply Day of Service
Green Apple Day of Service is an opportunity to join schools across the world in celebrating the central role that schools play in preparing the next generation of leaders in sustainability. A school’s event improves the learning environment while strengthening student civic leadership, environmental literacy, and project management skills. Since it began in 2012, Green Apple Day of Service has inspired over 900,000 volunteers in 80 countries to act in support of sustainability at their schools. With one in eight people around the globe attending a school every day, there is more work to be done! Schools and the community leaders who support them can choose their own date for their project, and they have access to mini-grants and personalized guidance to help them make their projects a reality. Sign up and register your project by March 15, 2019 to participate at greenapple.org.


Research & Resources
1. Evaluating the Economic Impacts of Farm-to-school Procurement, Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development
One of the purported benefits of farm-to-school procurement is that it strengthens the local econ­omy by providing expanded market access for local farms and ranches. Despite the claims of positive economic impact, there is limited research to sup­port this. This paper presents a framework for evaluating the economic impacts of farm-to-school programs, adapting the USDA’s “Local Food Economics Toolkit” for this specific context. Read more here.

2. Commit to Healthy Workplaces this New Year with the Healthy Meeting Pledge
Studies show a strong relationship between the physical and social environments of the workplace and the health behaviors of employees. The Healthy Meeting Toolkit, developed by members of the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA), includes guidance on key components of a healthy meeting and resources to help make hosting healthy meetings easier. Take the Healthy Meeting Pledge here.


Job Opportunities
1. Programs Coordinator: Farm to Early Childcare Education Specialist, Mississippi Farm to School Network (Jackson, MS)
The Mississippi Farm to School Network seeks a motivated programs coordinator to help increase its offerings to early childcare programs in Mississippi. The ideal candidate will understand the importance and value of local food and have demonstrated work experience in the world of early childcare. Learn more here

2. FoodCorps Service Member, FoodCorps (Nationwide)
FoodCorps believes that every child - no matter their race, place, or class - has a right to healthy food at school. Applications are now open for the next class of leaders - people who want to serve up change in your community. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Positions are open in 17 states and the D.C. Metro Area. Learn more here.

3. Community Food Systems Mentorship Program, Wallace Center
Applications for the Spring 2019 round of the Community Food Systems Mentorship Program are now open through January 15. Nine mentors with a wide range of expertise and experience will work with food systems leaders over the course of four months to support their continued growth and development as a leader. Applications close January 15, and the mentorship will occur from February 15 – June 15, 2019. Learn more here.


Farm to School in the News
Virginia high school outdoor classroom helps students learn life lessons
The Outdoor Educational Center in Roanoke is a hands-on learning environment where students learn all about agri-science -- from growing a garden to re-potting plants, even feeding chickens and collecting eggs everyday. (ABC 33/40)

South Dakota district locally sources beef for school lunches
The Wall School District in South Dakota is piloting a new school lunch program that sources cafeteria beef from local ranchers. The pilot began this month and lasts until May, but if successful, it will be used again in the coming year, and Superintendent Dan Baldwin hopes it expands to other districts across the state. (KOTA TV

Farm Show experience is a take-home lesson for Pennsylvania students
Education is part of what the Pennsylvania Farm Show is all about, and students can still think about agriculture long after the show is over. That's because of the Pennsylvania Farm to School Network. It teaches kids that their food doesn't just come from grocery stores; there's an entire industry behind it and an important industry at that. (ABC 27)

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: 1/8/19

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

Grants & Funding
1. Aim High Grants: Supporting Out-of-School Time Programs Serving Middle School Youth 
Due: January 25
On behalf of the New York Life Foundation, the Afterschool Alliance invites out-of-school time programs to apply for a new competitive grant opportunity to support and bolster the ability of afterschool and summer learning programs help their middle school students make a successful transition from 8th to 9th grade. A total of 26 grant awards will be made nationwide. Grant funds may be used for technical assistance, capacity building, enhancing direct service activities, and/or program expansion. Learn more and apply here


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics: Youth Voice and Engagement in Farm to School
Thursday, January 10 // 1-2pm ET
Engaging youth voice and leadership in farm to school initiatives is essential to advancing the movement and growing the next generation of food systems leaders. Join the National Farm to School Network and Shelburne Farms to celebrate youth engagement in farm to school projects and curriculum. Hear from educators and students from urban, suburban, and rural communities as they share how they are innovatively promoting healthier and more just food systems in their schools and communities through farm to school. Register here

2. Community Food Systems Conference 2019
December 9-11, 2019 // Savannah, GA
Hosted by New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and Georgia Farmers Market Association, the 2019 Community Food Systems Conference will address common underlying themes between food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture including obstacles in urban and rural environments and fostering community empowerment to create and sustain resilient local food systems. Learn more here.


Resources & Research
1. New JAFSCD Paper: Evaluating the Economic Impacts of Farm-to-School Procurement 
The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development has recently published "Evaluating the Economic Impacts of Farm-to-school Procurement." This paper presents a framework for evaluating the economic impacts of farm-to-school programs, adapting the USDA’s “Local Food Economics Toolkit” for this specific context. The approach combines primary and secondary data to customize an input-output model, reflecting the complex supply chains that link producers and schools. Additionally, to illustrate the approach, the paper summarizes the findings from two case studies of local food procurement by schools between 2016 and 2017. The paper is co-authored by Lacy Stephens, NFSN Program Manager. Read more here


Job Opportunities
1. Executive Director, Common Ground (New Haven, CT)
Common Ground High School, Urban Farm & Environmental Education Center is looking for its next Executive Director. The ED reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission, strategic priorities, and financial objectives. The ED of Common Ground directly supervises 6 Program Directors as well as the Site Manager. Learn more here.

2. Food Justice Education Coordinator, Common Ground (New Haven, CT)
The Food Justice Education Coordinator plays an important role in supporting educational projects involving the farm, requiring strong skills in leading groups of youth and adults in food justice, cooking and farm based activities. The Food Justice Education Coordinator works closely with Farm, High School and Environmental Education Center Staff to plan and execute educational programs. Learn more here.

3. 2019 Appalachian Food Justice Fellowship Program
The Appalachian Food Justice Institute (AFJI) aims to support youth leaders in Central Appalachia (West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Western Virginia, Western North Carolina) in their learning, experimentation, and action within local and regional food systems change. The AFJI Fellowship program will support 10 students from across Appalachia to learn, experiment, and act to confront injustices within their regional food systems. The Fellowship award will cover all costs associated with attending the 10-day Appalachian Food Justice Institute, as well as a $500 stipend. Learn more here


Farm to School in the News
Local tuna arrives at Oregon school cafeteria, along with the fishermen
Local, sustainably caught tuna was served up in the Driftwood School cafeteria in Port Orford on Thursday, Dec. 13, and the students were treated not only to tuna, but to stories from two local fishermen, who caught the fish, shared about their occupation and what it is like to be out in the ocean. (Bandon Western World)

Pennsylvania schools adds local foods to cafeteria menu through farm-to-table program
Through the district’s participation in a farm-to-table program, new for the 2018-19 school year, students are receiving regionally sourced food in the cafeteria that meets or exceeds school nutrition standards and educational activities in the classroom that emphasize nutrition and local agriculture. (Herald-Standard)

Maryland district seeks local farms for school lunch initiative
Frederick County Public Schools, in cooperation with two local food advocacy organizations, has spent the past year exploring the feasibility of adding more locally and Maryland-grown fruits and vegetables to school lunches. (The Frederick News Post)

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: 12/18/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, December 18, 2018
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. Katie's Krops Garden Grower Grant
Deadline: December 31, 2018
Starting a Katie’s Krops Garden is so much more than just receiving funding to grow a garden. Youth selected as Katie’s Krops Growers are empowered to grow a healthy end to hunger in their community and positively impacting the health of their cities and towns. Learn more and apply here.


Webinars & Events
1. NEW NFSN Webinar Series
Starting in 2019, the National Farm to School Network (NFSN) will host quarterly Resource Roundup webinars. These bite-sized webinars provide a brief highlight of a new or innovate farm to school or farm to early care and education resource. Featured resources will include tools and publications from the National Farm to School Network, as well as resources developed by other organizations. Webinars will take place the third Wednesday of February, May, August and November from 4-4:30 PM ET. Save the date and be on the lookout for more information about the February Resource Roundup Webinar soon.

2. Trending Topics: Youth Voice and Engagement in Farm to School
Thursday, January 10 // 1 - 2 PM ET
Engaging youth voice and leadership in farm to school initiatives is essential to advancing the movement and growing the next generation of food systems leaders. Join the National Farm to School Network and Shelburne Farms to celebrate youth engagement in farm to school projects and curriculum. Hear from educators and students from urban, suburban, and rural communities as they share how they are innovatively promoting healthier and more just food systems in their schools and communities through farm to school. Register here

3. Farm to Cafeteria Canada National Farm to School Conference - Call for Proposals
Farm to Cafeteria Canada's (F2CC) National Farm to School Conference will be held in Victoria, British Columbia, May 15-17, 2019 and we are now accepting proposals. Building on the success of the 2015 Changing the Menu conference, this event is designed to advance activity to bring more healthy, local and sustainable foods into the minds and onto the plates of students in preschools, schools (K-12) and campuses across Canada. We invite you to join your colleagues from across Canada as they INSPIRE, INNOVATE, and organize for IMPACT. Deadline to submit is December 20, 2018. Learn more here.


Job Opportunities
1. Executive Director, National Farm to School Network (Remote) 
National Farm to School Network seeks a dynamic, values-driven and collaborative leader as Executive Director. The Executive Director leads innovation and strategic growth toward accomplishing the mission of the organization. Location is flexible (anywhere within the U.S., with preference for proximity to Washington, D.C.). The deadline to apply is Jan. 7, 2019. Learn more here

2. Farm to School Director, Community Groundworks (Madison, WI)
Community GroundWorks is looking for a .8 FTE Farm to School Director. The Farm to School Director is responsible for the oversight and programming for the Farm to School and Farm to Early Care and Education programs. Our mission is to ensure that every child across Wisconsin has access to healthy, local foods, and hands-on education in nutrition, food, and agriculture. Learn more here.

3. Coalition Director, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (Washington, D.C.)
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is seeking an energetic, passionate, experienced and collaborative Coalition Director to provide executive-level leadership to NSAC, its staff, governing body, and membership. The Coalition Director must be deeply committed to serving the sustainable agriculture movement’s policy and grassroots work and to becoming an integral part of our high-performing, passionate, and diverse team. The Coalition Director is a full-time, salaried position and is based in Washington, DC. Learn more here

4. CRM/Database Consultant, Massachusetts Farm to School (Remote)
Massachusetts Farm to School is looking for a consultant to assess our current and projected database needs and identify and implement a new database and CRM platform to better meet the organization’s communications, development, and data management needs. Read the full RFP here.


Farm to School in the News
Making Healthy School Lunches Free for All Should Be a National Priority
Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced plans to lower nutrition standards for the National School Lunch Program and roll them back to pre-Obama era levels. A professor argues we should destigmatize and better shape school meals to provide much-needed support to children and their families. (Civil Eats)

An elementary school program is growing gardeners in Alaska
Cold, gray winter may be settling on Juneau, but kids at Riverbend and Glacier Valley elementary schools are still talking about the rainbow of fruits and vegetables they helped grow this summer. Gold and purple potatoes, purple and orange carrots, red tomatoes. (KTOO Public Media)

Illinois high tech school gardening programs teach students important life skills
Growing Healthy People, a non-profit organization, has created year-round gardening programs at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Waukegan, Lake Forest Country Day School and Bowen Park Urban Ag Lab in Waukegan. The organization utilizes cutting edge gardening technology including hydroponics, aquaponics and aeroponics in greenhouses to allow students to grow food year-round during the entire academic school year. (Daily Herald)

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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