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This Week in farm to school: 6/14/16

NFSN Staff Tuesday, June 14, 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. Donald Herb Garden Grant, Herb Society of America
The Herb Society of America is inviting applications from teachers in grades 3 to 6 for its 2016-17 Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant. Through the program, the society will award up to ten $200 grants to public and private school  teachers in grades 3 to 6 to cultivate an indoor or outdoor herb garden. The funds may be used for materials such as soil, plant trays, containers, child- or youth-sized tools, etc. Selected classrooms selected will receive three windowsill herb garden kits complete with pots, soil, seeds, and educational materials for use in the classroom. Learn more here


Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Garden to Cafeteria: Successes, Challenges and Models from Across the U.S.
Thursday, June 23 // 3pm ET
Have you ever wondered what it takes to get your school garden produce into the lunchroom? This month, SlowFood USA will be discussing the concept of Garden to Cafeteria, which serves as an incredible educational opportunity for students and can greatly contribute to changing a school food culture.  Slow Food USA will describe their successes working with the county health department and food service to develop a robust Garden to Cafeteria program in Denver, CO, and you will hear about other exciting models from across the U.S. Learn more and register here

2. NESAWG 2016 Conference: Accepting Proposals
NESAWG is currently accepting proposals for sessions for the 2016 It Takes a Region Conference. The Conference, now in its 23rd year, brings together practitioners and professionals from across the Northeast to explore ideas that move us towards a more sustainable and just farm and food system. This year's conference theme is Tackling Wicked Problems in Food Systems.  Proposal submissions are due by June 30th at midnight. For more information and to submit a proposal, visit their website

3. 6th Farm-Based Education Network National Gathering 
November 4-6 // Concord, MA
Save the date! Educators, farmers, nonprofit organization staff, parents, nutrition practitioners, policy makers, students, and more will come together to share skills and resources, build relationships, and celebrate the vibrant field of farm-based education. Workshops will focus on program development, marketing, fundraising, the balance of production and education, nonprofit board management, and much more. Peer educators will showcase their sites during field trips and workshops, a keynote address will spark discussion, and group meals will allow for ample networking time. Learn more here


Research & Resources
1. Cross-Sector Collaboration: A Report from the Minnesota Farm to School Leadership Team
This report documents the processes and outcomes of the Minnesota Farm to School Leadership Team’s collective efforts over the past five years. It highlights dynamic tensions and examples of success while documenting the history of farm to school in Minnesota. The full report is available here.

2. Oregon Farm to School Counts
Built by Ecotrust on behalf of the Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network (OFSSGN), Oregon Farm to School Counts documents the impact of Oregon’s farm to school work in four key areas: health, education, economy, and the environment. It also highlights key gaps in data, pointing to where future research and investment are needed. View the website here


Jobs & Opportunities
1. Opportunities with Rogue Valley Farm to School
Rogue Valley Farm to School is looking for a self motivated and detail oriented individuals to join their team. The Outreach Coordinator is responsible for community outreach, administrative support, volunteer coordination, social media, and fundraising support for RVF2S and the Siskiyou Challenge. For more information about this part-time position please read the full job description. They also are looking to hire an AmeriCorps Farm to School Leader. The AmeriCorps applications close August 1st, 2016. Read the full job description.

2. The Edible Schoolyard ​Garden AmeriCorps Member
The Edible Schoolyard Berkeley is seeking a Garden AmeriCorps Member to join its teaching team next year. Service members play a key role in delivering instruction to students and maintaining our one-acre garden. Learn more about the opportunity here and apply by June 19th. 

3. Farm to School Coordinator, Sustainable Nantucket

Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Farm to School Coordinator will cultivate and maintain the Farm to School teaching garden, develop and implement curriculum-integrated programming, perform outreach in schools and community, and connect local farms with school food services. Learn more here


Farm to school in the news
How Farm to School Summer Programs Feed Low-Income Families - shoutout to Erin McGuire, NFSN Policy Director, and Helen Dombalis, NFSN Director of Programs!
When the bell rings signaling summer recess, it also means the end for many school meal programs serving low-income families. “Hungry children are most vulnerable when school is out, but with the USDA Farm to School Program’s focus on summer meals, we have an amazing tool to connect kids to their community and get more nutritious food on their plates,” said Erin McGuire,  Policy Director for the National Farm to School Network. (via Media Planet)

Farm to school campaigns growing nationally, locally
Matthew Raiford, keynote speaker at the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, and Dawn Lewis, culinary services director at Glenn County School System, discuss how farm to school efforts are taking root and positively impacting kids and the agricultural community in Georgia and beyond. “Our goal is to feed as many students as possible with the healthiest and freshest food options. The farmers want it, we want it, and state leaders want farm-to-school to be a bigger initiative,” Lewis said. (via The Brunswick News)

Students get hands-on, farm-to-table experience
Bald Eagle Area (Pennsylvania) students spent the past school year raising chickens, growing corn and making homemade chicken corn soup to benefit the district’s budding farm to school program. The project was funded by a National Farm to School Network Seed Change mini grant. (via Centre Daily Times)

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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