This Week in Farm to School: 7/9/19
Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to School: Farm to Early Care and Education State Strategic Planning
Thursday, July 11 // 1-2 PM ET
Developing a farm to early care and education (ECE) state strategic plan can facilitate the coordinated growth, expansion, and institutionalization of farm to ECE across the state. Aligning the plan with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Spectrum of Opportunities for State-Level Obesity Prevention Efforts Targeting the Early Care and Education Setting further supports comprehensive integration of farm to ECE into existing ECE systems and structures, which can increase reach and support long-term successes. In this webinar presented by the National Farm to School Network, we’ll learn about the Spectrum of Opportunities from Nora Geary of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and hear from Erin Croom of Georgia Organics and Caliste Chong of Alabama Smart Start about the development, implementation, and impacts of state farm to ECE strategic plans in their states. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.
2. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to School: State Local Purchasing Incentive Bills
Thursday, August 1 // 1-2 PM ET
Providing an increased meal reimbursement to schools and early care and education sites purchasing and serving local foods not only increases the amount of fresh, local foods in meal program, but can provide increased revenue streams for local producers. Many states are exploring or pursuing local food incentive bills and a few states have passed and implemented successful legislation, providing important models for future legislation. In this webinar, presented by the National Farm to School Network, we’ll hear from key stakeholders about the passage and enactment of the MI Ten Cents a Meal Program and the New Mexico Grown Local Produce Grant. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.
3. School Garden Support Organization Leadership Institute
January 19-24, 2020 // Santa Cruz, CA
Join 20 other School Garden Support Organization teams from across the nation to strengthen your organization’s goal of enhancing professional development and ongoing support for school garden programs in your region. Apply here by August 2, 2019.
4. North Carolina Farm to School Summit
September 20, 2019 // Raleigh, NC
The Farm to School Coalition of NC brings together a dedicated group of farm to school stakeholders that collaborate to expand and strengthen farm to school initiatives across the state. This event serves as an opportunity to strengthen the network of practitioners committed to any and all components of farm to school—from local food purchasing to experiential learning about agriculture, gardening, food, cooking, nutrition and health. Pre-Conference trainings and workshops will take place on September 19, 2019. Learn more here.
5. Food Sovereignty Summit
September 23-26, 2019 // Green Bay, WI
First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) and the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin (Oneida) are co-hosting the national Food Sovereignty Summit, September 23-26, 2019, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Food Sovereignty Summit began in 2013. It is the undisputed national forum for sharing and collaboration to build healthy food systems within Native American communities. Hundreds of attendees come from tribal communities all over that are actively involved in food sovereignty work, including caring for our land, sustaining food systems, and strengthening tribal sovereignty and partnerships between Native nations. Learn more and register here.
6. Farms, Food & Health Conference
September 26-29, 2019 // Traverse City, MI
Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities is proud to partner with Munson Healthcare, Great Lakes Culinary Institute of Northwestern Michigan College, and Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District to present the first joint Farms, Food & Health Conference. This event will highlight innovative initiatives, engage a large, diverse audience and provide much-needed technical skill-building for healthcare providers and educators. Early bird registration is now open. Learn more and register here.
Resources & Research
1. Call for Resources: Farm to School/ECE Procurement and Child Nutrition Program Resources
In partnership with National Center for Appropriate Technology, National Farm to School Network was recently awarded a cooperative agreement with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) to develop a Farm to School Producer Training Program. Our first step is aggregating farm to school/ECE training resources that have content focused on USDA Child Nutrition Programs and local procurement. We are especially interested in content targeted at farmers and producers. Please send any and all relevant resources (name of resource and link) to Jenileigh Harris, NFSN Program Intern, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. EQUITY Article: How USDA distorted data to conceal decades of discrimination against black farmers
A New Food Economy investigation found that as recently as 2016, USDA promoted misleading data to depict a fictional renaissance in black farming. That narrative falsely inflated the department's record on civil rights, and ultimately cost black farmers land, money and agency. National Farm to School Network staff have been reading this well-research, long-form article and encourage others to do so to learn about recent, systemic discrimination that directly intersects with farm to school efforts. Read the article here.
1. Oregon Lawmakers Expand Farm to School Program
Oregon's Farm to School Program is poised to expand after state lawmakers approved a bill tripling the program’s budget. House Bill 2579, which passed both the House and Senate unanimously, will expand funding for the program to nearly $15 million and now include federally funded early childcare and summer food service centers, such as Head Start. Most of the money, $11 million, will go toward grants for schools to purchase Oregon-grown food. Some $2.5 million is set aside for farm and garden-based education grants. $500,000 has been allocated to the Oregon Department of Agriculture to help farmers and ranchers with farm to school market access. The rest of the money is for program evaluation, technical assistance and administrative costs. Congratulations, Oregon! Read more here.
2. NFSN RESOURCE State Farm to School Policy Handbook: 2002-2018
National Farm to School Network and the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School are pleased to share their new State Farm to School Policy Handbook: 2002-2018. The Handbook summarizes and analyzes every proposed farm to school bill and resolution introduced between January 1, 2002, and December 31, 2018, from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. It enables readers to search bills by both jurisdiction and topic, and includes analysis of trends, case studies, advocacy resources and more. Explore the State Farm to School Policy Handbook here.
1. Farm to School Program Coordinator, Arkansas Agriculture Department (Little Rock, AR)
The Farm to School and Early Childhood Program Coordinator is responsible for developing and coordinating the statewide farm to school program and for providing technical expertise and assistance to local school food authorities, local farmers, and other institutions and farm to school stakeholders. Application closes July 12. Learn more and apply here.
2. Program Leader, Health and Nutrition, University of Minnesota (St. Paul, MN)
This Program Leader position leads the Health and Nutrition program area in the Extension Center for Family Development. The Program Leader provides leadership for a dynamic team of master’s level Extension Educators located across the state who conduct innovative work through informal education, using both direct education and policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) methodology. PSE efforts include working in partnership with neighborhoods, school districts, food pantries and municipalities. Over half of the families that we serve are new immigrants, culturally diverse, economically diverse, and/or underserved audiences. Learn more and apply here.
3. FoodCorps Service Member, Various Locations
FoodCorps is currently accepting service member applications for the following states: Connecticut, Iowa, DC Metro, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, and North Carolina. Learn more and apply here.
4. Executive Director, Gallatin Valley Farm to School (Montana)
Gallatin Valley Farm to School is hiring an Executive Director. The Executive Director is a professional position that is accountable to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the management and oversight of all aspects of GVF2S programs and business operations. The Executive Director leads innovation and strategic growth toward accomplishing the mission of the organization, and acts to create the long-term success of GVF2S. Learn more and apply here.
Farm to School in the News
Alabama students get delivery of fresh corn
The smell of sweet corn filled the lunchroom at Carbon Hill Elementary/Jr. High School Tuesday, and students had the opportunity to meet the farmer who grew it. Deemed "Sweet Corn Day," around 60 students in the school's summer program were served corn from McKenzie Farm & Forest. (Daily Mountain Eagle)
How hydroponic school gardens in New York can cultivate food justice, year-round
After a full day of school a few weeks ago, 12-year-old Rose Quigley donned gloves and quickly picked bunches of fresh lettuce, Swiss chard, kale, mint and oregano. But she didn't have to leave her school in Brooklyn, N.Y., or even go outdoors to do it. The vegetables never stop coming because the crops are grown hydroponically. The students provide weekly produce for their cafeteria's salad bar and other dishes. (NPR)
"Farm to summer" program teaches Idaho students about agriculture
An Idaho school district is partnering with the state's Department of Agriculture for its "farm-to-summer" program, in which students learn more about the fruits and vegetables produced in the state while getting a free lunch. The program serves about 1,700 lunches a day. (KMVT)