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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.

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