This Week in farm to school: 2/14/17
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
School Grants for Healthy Kids
Action for Healthy Kids is accepting applications for school grants for the 2017-2018 school year. Schools may apply for School Breakfast grants (up to $3,000) to pilot or expand their School Breakfast programs or Game On grants (up to $1,000) to fund physical activity/nutrition initiatives. Deadline to apply is April 7. Visit ActionforHealthyKids.org/Grants for more information and register for informational webinars: School Breakfast (February 22) and Game On (February 21).
Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition’s 2017 YES! Research Grant Competition
BCFN YES! (Young Earth Solutions) is an international competition for young researchers from all over the world. It was first launched in 2012, with the aim of rewarding the best ideas about food and sustainability. The 2017 BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition invites young PhD and postdoc researchers from any background and nationality to submit a research project to improve the sustainability of the food system. The award is a 20,000 € (US$21,367) research grant applied to a one-year investigation. Proposals are due June 28, 2017. Learn more here.
National Young Farmer Survey
Take the National Young Farmer Survey and let Congress know that #FarmersCount! The survey is conducted every five years by the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) in order to understand and elevate the issues that matter most to young farmers and aspiring farmers. Take the survey today and share it broadly. It is crucial that the survey results represent all young farmers and aspiring farmers, no matter where they live or what they grow. Survey answers are completely confidential. Take the survey at youngfarmers.org/survey
High School Garden Programs Survey
Noehealani Antolin, a graduate student at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, is conducting an online survey to ascertain information on high school garden programs across the United States. The purpose of the study is to describe educators’ perspectives about high school gardening programs across the nation, including benefits associated with having a school garden and barriers encountered with implementation and sustainability of a school garden. Please share this survey widely with your networks. All who are directly involved in high school garden programs are encouraged to participate. Learn more here.
Farm to ECE Trainer
Community Groundworks seeks a Farm to ECE Trainer to join its team in Madison, Wis. The Farm to ECE Trainer will develop and share materials promoting the best practices in farm to early care and education (ECE) through its Growing Capacity for Farm to Early Care and Education Project, funded by a grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Learn more here.
Farm to School in the News
Vermont celebrates Farm to School Awareness Day
Students, teachers, legislators, government officials, and Vermont Farm to School Network leaders to celebrate Farm to School Awareness Day on Feb. 8. The day included farm to school stakeholders providing testimony to agriculture and education committees in support of farm to school programming, and a grant award ceremony. Over $121,000 in grants and technical supports were awarded to 13 schools, representing 10 Vermont counties, for the purpose of growing and developing farm to school programs. (via Vermont Business Magazine)
Student meals are Georgia grown
Thanks to the 2020 Vision joint initiative between the Georgia Departments of Agriculture and Education, students within the Baldwin County School System know that a significant portion of their meals are Georgia Grown. (via Union Record)
White House Kitchen Garden Will Stay
“As a mother and as the First Lady of this country, Mrs. Trump is committed to the preservation and continuation of the White House Gardens, specifically the First Lady’s Kitchen Garden and the Rose Garden,” Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, senior adviser to the first lady. (via The Washington Post)