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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.

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