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This Week in Farm to School: 12/11/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, December 11, 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. NFSN WEBINAR 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

2. EQUITY Webinar: Building Racial Equity Within Cooperative Extension
Dec. 13, 2-3:30pm ET
This webinar will highlight tools, strategies, and takeaways from a panel that participated in the “Coming Together for Racial Understanding” week-long workshop in August 2018. We will also learn about the work of eXtension Foundation’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion fellow and a new fieldbook resource. Many people are looking for a place to start including racial equity in your work and/or making connections with those who have had multiple learning experiences with racial equity and are already using it as a programming lens. The majority of the webinar time will be used to field participant questions and insights about integrating a lens of racial equity in the work of food systems, agriculture, health, and related content areas. 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.

4. Save the Date: 2019 Community Food Systems Conference
December 9-11, 2019 // Savannah, GA
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. Hosted by New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and Georgia Farmers Market Association. Save the date and learn more here.


Research & Resources
1. RWJF Interdisciplinary Leaders Application Opening Soon 
Applications for the next cohort of Interdisciplinary Research Leaders open January 11, 2019! RWJF is looking for teams of two researchers and one community partner who are using the power of applied research—research that informs and supports critical work being done in communities—to improve health and equity. Let us know (email lacy@farmtoschool.org) if you are interested in exploring farm to school/ECE opportunities for this research partnership. 

2. Local Food for Little Eaters: A Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Guide to Local Food Purchasing
Local food purchasing is one component of farm to early care and education (ECE), which also includes on-site gardens and food, nutrition, and agriculture education. This guide, developed by Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, is designed to help Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) programs increase the amount of local foods they purchase and use in their early care and education (ECE) programs serving children of migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Read more here.


Policy Updates
1. USDA Publishes School Meals Final Rule
Last week, USDA announced a final rule that will relax nutrition standards for meals under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP) and other federal child nutrition programs. The rule will allow schools to offer 1% milk in flavors, maintain (rather than reduce) sodium levels in school food, and requires that only half of the grains used in menu items must be whole grains. Read 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. Executive Director, Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (remote)
Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) is seeking to hire an entrepreneurial, visionary leader and fundraiser to serve as Executive Director. The Executive Director will be responsible for leading the organization in its work of increasing the collective power of the sustainable agriculture movement in 13 southern states by building knowledge, awareness, and community amount farmers and their key partners. Must reside in one of the 13 southern states SSAWG serves. Application deadline is December 31, 2018. Learn more here.  

3. Farm to ECE Program Coordinator, University of Idaho (Blaine County, ID)
University of Idaho Extension, in partnership with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW), has received a Maternal and Child Health Services Title Block Grant to develop and implement a pilot program of Farm to Early Childcare Education in up to 10 preschools throughout South Central Idaho. Learn more and apply here


Farm to School in the News
Farm to School Back on Menu at Minnesota State Capitol
When the 2019 session convenes next month, Minnesota legislators will hear about the success of farm-to-school programs and how they could be improved with a centralized approach and additional state funding. Relying on locally sourced food would mean small farms can sell their crops, the local economy benefits and kids eat better. (Public News Service)

New robot to help New Hampshire students learn science
Soon, student at Monadnock Regional Middle/High School will reap more than knowledge. The school will be unveiling its new FarmBot - a farming machine that automatically plants and cultivates crops, and is programmed using open source software. Students in woods, metals, and robotics classes have been working to assemble and program the FarmBot. (Sentinel Source)

Massachusetts school holds community lunch
Students at a Massachusetts school recently held a lunch for their community, including local leaders. The farm-to-school meal included locally produced chicken and campus-grown kale and herbs, and was served by the school's sixth-grade students. (Vineyard Gazette)

 
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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