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This Week in farm to school: 6/21/16

NFSN Staff Tuesday, June 21, 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. Webinar: Regional Farm to Institution Insights: Learnings from Stakeholders Across the Value Chain
Wednesday, June 22, 1-2pm ET
Sharon Feuer Gruber and Wendy Stuart, co-founders of the consulting firm Food Works Group, and Jamie Moore, Director, Sourcing & Sustainability at the Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, will be presenting about regional Farm to Institution in the Chesapeake Bay foodshed and recommendations to advance these efforts. The recommendations were born out of a stakeholder needs assessment that Food Works Group conducted to support the Chesapeake Food Leadership Council in identifying strategies to propel forward F2I across the region. Learn more and register here

2. 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

3. National Children & Youth Garden Symposium
July 13-16, 2016 // Columbia, SC
The 24th annual NCYGS invites you to network with like-minded teachers, garden designers, community leaders, program coordinators, and others involved with connecting kids to the natural world. Explore topics ranging from curriculum to program management to garden design and maintenance during three dynamic days of educational sessions, field trips, and expert keynote presentations. Please register for NCYGS 2016 by Wednesday June 22, 2016. There will be limited on-site registration available in Columbia, South Carolina. Learn more here

4. Massachusetts Farm & Sea to School Conference: Call for Workshops
November 4, 2016 // Leominster, Mass. 
Massachusetts Farm to School will hold its fourth statewide conference, Growing Together: The Massachusetts Farm & Sea to School Conference this November. The conference brings together farm and sea to school advocates from pre-school, K-12, and college environments for a daylong event with workshops and panel discussions addressing a wide variety of topics. The planning committee is accepting workshop proposals through July 10. Learn more here

5. Life Lab: Educator Workshops at the Garden Classroom
Santa Cruz, Calif. 
Life Lab offers trainings and workshops for educators in their Garden Classroom on the UCSC CASFS Farm. Upcoming trainings this summer and fall include: Sowing the Seeds of Wonder (PreK-K), The Growing Classroom 2-Day Intensive (K-6) and Plant It, Grow It, Eat It (K-8). Learn more and find additional training opportunities here


Research & Resources

1. 2015 USDA Farm to School Census: Raw Data Released
Today, USDA released the raw data from its 2015 Farm to School Census. Information is available from all 12,585 respondents that completed the 2015 Census. At the respondent level, the spreadsheet contains secondary data, including matched data from the Common Core of Data. A separate excel file is also available at the state and national level for state and national level analysis. Later this summer, USDA will release a new data explorer tool so users can more easily explore the 2015 data and complete customized searches. Explore the raw data here


Jobs & Opportunities
1. School Garden Programs Director, The Kohala Center
The Kohala Center’s Farm to School programs are an integral component of its ‘āina-based education and food self-reliance efforts. The Director will be responsible for coordinating the Hawai‘i Island School Garden Network and FoodCorps Hawai‘i, working with the Hawai‘i Farm to School and School Garden Hui, as well as creating and leading (and/or working with staff to lead) after-school and school vacation STEAM education programs for middle-school students on gardening, agriculture, Hawaiian field systems, field science, and native, endemic, and Polynesian plants. Learn more here


Farm to school in the news

As more gardens sprout, schools find new way to reach students - shoutout to Simca Horowitz, NFSN Massachusetts State Co-Lead! 
What started years ago as isolated, often small plots at a handful of schools has blossomed into more than 200 school gardens across Massachusetts that have become multifaceted learning tools. Students learn more than how to grow and harvest their own vegetables; the gardens become part of classroom curriculums at many schools. (via Boston Globe)

Detroit Public Schools launches Friday farmers markets at two schools
- shoutout to Betti Wiggings, NFSN Advisory Board! 
New farmers markets launches at school in Detroit feature produce grown by DPS students and staff. Students are helping operate the markets. “The point is to get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables,” said Betti Wiggins, the Office of School Nutrition’s executive director. “The point is to engage them in growing their food and teach some them some entrepreneurial skills.” (via The Detroit News)

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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