This Week in farm to school: 3/7/17
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
1. Request for Applications: Native Communities with Farm to School
The National Farm to School Network is pleased to announce a new mini-grant project: Seed Change in Native Communities with Farm to School. This project aims to expand farm to school activities (procurement of local and traditional foods, school gardens, and food and agriculture education) in Native communities as a strategy to leverage community-wide initiatives towards building food security and food sovereignty and towards revitalizing use of traditional foods. The project will provide five Native schools mini-grants in the amount of $5,900 to expand and promote farm to school. Native schools/early care and education sites will be selected through an open application process to partner on this project. The full RFA can be found here. Applications are due March 22, 2017 at 6pm ET.
2. United Fresh Start Foundation Community Grants Program
The United Fresh Start Foundation is now accepting applications for its new Community Grants Program, established to help advance the organization’s mission to increase children’s access to fresh fruit and vegetables. The Community Grants Program extends the foundation’s work beyond the school day, with the goal to provide children in communities across the country with access to fresh fruit and vegetables afterschool, on weekends, during summer breaks and in other creative venues. Local community organizations and groups that share the United Fresh Start Foundation’s mission are encouraged to apply. Not-for-profit organizations focused on child nutrition, food access and creating healthy communities through increased access to fresh produce, can download the grant application here. Applications are due by Monday, April 20, 2017.
3. Voices for Healthy Kids: Incubator Grant Opportunity
The purpose of this Strategic Campaign Fund Incubator opportunity is to support innovative advocacy approaches that align with Voices for Healthy Kids policy priorities. Incubator opportunities should identify additional partners and strategies through the empowered engagement of populations that are in the greatest need for helping all children achieve a healthy weight. All grants awarded within this opportunity will be 100% non-lobbying funding. The deadline for application submission is Friday, March 31, 2017 at 5pm EST. Learn more here.
4. Specialty Crop Block Grant Program 2017 RFA
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, AMS, requests applications for the FY 2017 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to award grants to eligible State departments of agriculture to carry out projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Approximately $60.6 million, less USDA administrative costs, is available to fund applications under this solicitation. Learn more here.
Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Promising Partnerships: Extension and Farm to Early Care and Education
March 14, 2pm ET
With the goal of bringing practical information to improve the lives of agricultural producers, consumers, families, and children, extension is a natural fit for partnership in farm to school and farm to early care and education (ECE) initiatives. The National Institute for Food and Agriculture, in partnership with the National Farm to School Network, will be offering a webinar to share extension and farm to ECE partnerships and projects. Register here.
2. Webinar: Farm to School in the Every Student Succeeds Act
March 21, 3-4pm ET
Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this webinar will discuss new opportunities for farm to school under the newest authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, called the Every Student Succeeds Act. In this legislation, there are various funding opportunities and policy levers that advocates and educators on the ground can utilize to move farm to school forward in their communities. This webinar is open to the public. Register here.
3. Webinar: Statewide Farm to ECE Network Building
Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 3:30 – 4:30 PM ET
Statewide farm to early care and education (ECE) network building is a key approach to institutionalizing farm to ECE and increasing opportunities for all children, families, and communities to reap the many benefits of farm to ECE. Join us for the April NFSN Farm to ECE Webinar where we will hear from Emily Jackson of the North Carolina Farm to Preschool Network and Erin Croom of the Georgia Farm to Early Care and Education Coalition who will share models from their states and identify keys to success in building a statewide farm to ECE network. This webinar is open to the public so please share through your networks. Register here.
4. 2017 New England Farm to Institution Summit
April 5-7 // Leominster, Mass.
Are you working to mobilize the power of schools, colleges, hospitals, corrections, and other institutions to transform our food system? You’re invited to the 2017 New England Farm to Institution Summit on April 5-7 in Leominster, Massachusetts! The #F2ISummit will feature 65+ sessions, inspiring speakers, local tours, good food, an exhibitor fair, and more. Please join us – along with hundreds of other farm to institution advocates – for up to three exciting days of learning, sharing and connecting. Early bird rates end on March 10th. Register online: www.f2isummit.org/register
5. National Children & Youth Garden Symposium: Scholarships Available
July 12-25 // Greater Portland, Oregon & Vancouver, Washington area
NCYGS is a national networking event for like-minded teachers, garden designers, community leaders, program coordinators, and others involved with connecting kids to the natural world. A limited number of scholarships for discounted or complimentary registration are available for the 25th annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium (NCYGS). The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, March 17. Learn more here.
1. 500 Cities Map: Local data for better health
CDC has launched an interactive web application for the 500 Cities Project. The interactive web application allows users to view chronic disease risk factors such as obesity, health outcomes, and clinical preventive service use for the largest 500 cities. The interactive mapping application also enables users to zoom in to their neighborhood and explore their local data in the larger context of their city. View the map here.
1. Survey: how can NFSN better support your farm to school efforts?
The National Farm to School Network (NFSN) is partnering with the STAR program at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School to identify new and innovative ways NFSN can better support farm to school and farm to early care and education efforts to keep the movement growing strong. All farm to school and ECE practitioners and stakeholders are invited to take a short (15 minute) survey to offer their perspective on opportunities for additional services, platforms and content that the National Farm to School Network may offer. Take the survey here, and please share widely with your networks. The survey closes March 19.
1. Development Director, National Farm to School Network
The National Farm to School Network seeks a Development Director to lead the organization is strategic growth and diversification of its funding base. This is a remote position and candidates will be considered from any location within the United States. The deadline to apply is March 20, 2017. Learn more here.
2. Communications Intern, National Farm to School Network
The National Farm to School Network seeks a Communications Intern to support content development and dissemination of information and resources to Core Partners and general membership. This is a paid, twelve-month position, with approximate 10 hours of work per week. The deadline to apply is March 13, 2017. Learn more here.