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This Week in farm to school: 2/16/16

NFSN Staff Tuesday, February 16, 2016
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. Register Now! Early Bird Prices for National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
June 2-4, 2016 // Madison, Wisconsin
Don’t miss the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Madison, Wis., June 2-4, 2016. This event is the only national gathering of stakeholders from across the farm to cafeteria movement, making it a crucial leadership development opportunity to advance community health, build economic opportunities for farmers and producers, and ensure long-term sustainability for local food efforts nationwide. Early bird registration is open now, including pre-conference short courses and field trips. Event organizers expect more than 1,500 attendees, and the last event sold out before the registration deadline, so don’t wait. Register today at farmtocafeteriaconference.org.

2. Growing Education on the Farm: A Hands-on Workshop for Farmers, Ranchers and Educators
April 2-3, 2016 // Fort Collins, CO
Whether you teach summer camp on a ranch, welcome community members to your garden, or teach in a public school classroom, this workshop will offer fresh ideas and activities to improve your farm-based education programming.  Explore activities from Shelburne Farms’ publications: Project Seasons and Cultivating Joy and Wonder during this hands-on, discussion-based workshop. Registration is open through March 18. Learn more and register here.  

3. 2016 Extension Risk Management Education National Conference
April 27 - 28, 2016 // Fort Worth, Texas
The 2016 Extension Risk Management Education National Conference will bring together public and private sector educators, crop insurance agents, lenders, and other agricultural professionals to share ongoing and emerging successful risk management education efforts which target agricultural producers and their families. Conference participants will learn about what is working to help producers effectively manage the financial, production, marketing, legal and human risks associated with their agribusinesses. Concurrent Session and Poster Presentations proposals are being accepted through Feb. 19. Learn more here

4. NOFA Summer Conference: Request for Proposals
August 12-14, 2016 // UMASS Amherst
You are invited to submit a workshop proposal for the 42nd annual NOFA Summer Conference - the Northeast's foremost conference for pioneers of organic agriculture and sustainable living! Conference organizers are particularly interested in receiving proposals on topics including: local farm tours; marketing; nutrition and health; social justice; urban agriculture; and  farming and the community, among others. Consider submitting a proposal here.

5. 2016 Southeast Farm to School Conference: Request for Proposals
September 23-24, 2016 // Greenville, South Carolina
The Southeast is hosting a farm to school gathering and you are invited! ASAP's Growing Minds Farm to School program, the conference hosts, are currently seeking workshop proposals on the following topics:  Community Connections, Local Procurement and Cafeteria Connections, School Gardens, Farm to Preschool / ECE, Getting Started, and Messaging and Communications. The deadline to submit proposals is March 14, 2016 at 11:59pm EST.  You can view the conference RFP and more information about the conference on the Growing Minds website.

6. Growing Power Conference: Request for Proposals
November 18-20, 2016 // Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Save the date for Growing Power’s Urban and Small Farms Conference, to be held Nov. 18-20 in Milwaukee, Wis. The theme for the 2016 conference is "Let’s Scale It Up! Growing Food and Farmers: Best Practices in Growing, Distribution and Community Building”. The Request for Proposals is open through April 15. Learn more here


Jobs & Opportunities
1. Farm Manager, Bethel School District 
Bethel School District (Eugene, OR) is seeking a Farm Manager for the 2016 growing season. The Farm Manager is responsible for developing all aspects of a 2-3 acre district farm. This job balances running a small production farm and incorporating various educational and empowerment objectives. Learn more and apply here


Farm to school in the news
Chef to help ‘spice up’ meals for county schools
Eight school districts in Kentucky have been awarded grants to provide school food personnel face-to-face instruction from chefs. The Chefs in Schools Collaborative will help schools incorporate more fresh local foods into their menus and support local growers as part of rural economic development. (via Harlan Daily Enterprise

Supporters hope to expand farm to school program
Farm to school advocates in Vermont recently celebrated Farm to School Awareness Day at their Statehouse. Betsy Rosenbluth, Project Director for Vermont Feed, testified on the impacts of the state’s farm to school program at the Vermont House and Senate Agriculture Committee legislative hearing. (via My Champlain Valley)

Farm to School programs help build local foods infrastructure
Tammy Stotts, Farm to School coordinator for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, tries to make it easier for farmers to plan for the school market. In partnership with the USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service, the department has started collecting local-produce purchase information from Iowa schools, to be published monthly. (via The 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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