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This Week in farm to school: 3/8/16

NFSN Staff Tuesday, March 08, 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. 


Grants & Funding
1. Carton2Garden, Spring 2016 Contest
Carton2Garden wants to see your students’ creativity by re-purposing milk and juice cartons from your school cafeteria to either build or enhance your school garden. Educators can engage students in a hands-on experience creating teachable moments on environmental stewardship, sustainable packaging and healthy living. The best use of cartons in a school garden gives your school the chance to win one of 14 prizes with a grand prize valued at $5,000. Learn more here

2. Healthy Lifestyles: Healthy School Meals Grant 
National PTA is now accepting applications for the Healthy Lifestyles: Healthy School Meals Grant. This awards provides the resources necessary for local PTAs to collaborate with their school officials and food service team to improve school meals. Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded to 25 local PTAs. Review the application and submit your completed answers online by 12:00 pm EST, Monday, April 4, 2016. Learn more here

3. Food Sovereignty Assessment Grant Program
First Nations Development Institute is accepting proposals from Native communities to conduct food sovereignty or community food assessments to gain a better knowledge and understanding about the historical, current and future state of their local food systems.   First Nations plans to award up to 10 grants of up to $10,000 each. Applications are due by March 15, 2016. Learn more here


Webinars & Events
1. Register Now! Early Bird Prices for National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
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. The Edible Schoolyard Project Summer 2016 Trainings
The Edible Schoolyard Project trains educators to create powerful and sustainable edible education programs in their schools and communities. Learn and experience first-hand the core principles and practical tools for bringing academic subjects to life in the kitchen, garden, and lunchroom. This summer, two trainings will be offered for teachers, administrators, food service professionals, and advocates on site at the Edible Schoolyard Berkeley in California. The Edible Schoolyard Academy will run from June 26-30 and the Edible Schoolyard Intensive: Farm to School from July 7-11.  The application deadline for both programs is March 13, 2016. Learn more and apply here

3. Save the date: Southern Obesity Summit
November 13-15 // Houston, Texas
The Southern Obesity Summit (SOS) is the largest regional obesity prevention event in the United States, drawing hundreds of participants from 16 Southern States consisting of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.  Together, these states join forces to fight obesity. Call for breakout proposals will open by April 1. Learn more here


Jobs & Opportunities
1. Farm to School Regional Leads, USDA Farm to School
USDA is looking for Farm to School Regional Leads in the following USDA Food and Nutrition Service locations: Southwest Regional Office: Dallas, TX; Western Regional Office: San Francisco, CA; Mountain Plains Regional Office: Denver, CO. This is an opportunity to help implement the USDA Farm to School Program, including grants, training and technical assistance, and actively participate in driving the program’s growth and evolution. Application are due March 11. Learn more here

2. Communications Associate, Shelburne Farms
The primary responsibilities of this position are to (1) support Shelburne Farms’ major communications, public relations, and marketing initiatives; and (2) coordinate communications/marketing and provide administrative support for VT FEED, a farm-to-school partnership project of Shelburne Farms. Learn more and apply here

3. FoodCorps Service Member Application Open
Are you a leader passionate about healthy food, farms and kids?
Become a FoodCorps service member! FoodCorps recruits talented leaders for a year of paid public service building healthy school food environments in limited-resource communities. Applications are due by March 31, 2016 at 6pm PT. Learn more and apply here


Farm to school in the news
Detroit’s Rebel Lunch Lady Wants to Fix More Than Food - shout out Betti Wiggins, NFSN Advisory Board member! 
Betti Wiggins is transforming school lunch for 46,000 Detroit Public Schools students. She’s thrown out the deep fryers, launched a 2 1/2-acre production farm and has a network of 80 school gardens that help bring farm to school. The Plate, National Geographic

Acadiana High celebrates farm-to-school movement
Lunch at Acadiana High was a bit different Thursday. The chicken that was served had been raised on the school farm, and prepared with the help of students. It’s part of a national farm-to-school initiative. Last fall, Acadiana High received a $27,000 grant through Seed Change, a project funded by the Wal-Mart foundation. The Advertiser

School Food Fight: My Interview with Senator Debbie Stabenow

In this interview, read Stabenow's predictions on whether the Senate Child Nutrition Reauthorization compromise will become law, her thoughts on using the appropriations process to legislate nutrition standards, the controversy over school meal verification and more. Huffington Post

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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