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This Week in Farm to School: 9/25/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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. 2019 Youth Garden Grant
Any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program in the United States or US Territories planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18 is eligible to apply. The selection of winners is based on demonstrated program impact and sustainability. The top 5 programs will be awarded grant packages worth $2,100. Grant packages worth $500 will be awarded to 20 additional programs. Applications are due Dec. 17. Learn more and apply here.

2. Annie’s Grant for Edible School Gardens
Want a school garden? Annie’s believes that showing future generations how sustainable food is grown changes their lives. Connecting kids to gardens helps them to start thinking more holistically about their food, their communities, and the planet. Applications are due Nov. 1, 2018. Learn more and apply here.


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Results from the 2018 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey
October 11, 2-3pm  ET
The National Farm to School Network (NFSN), in partnership with Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, launched for the 2018 National Survey of Early Care and Education Providers in the spring of 2018. Over 2,000 ECE providers from across the country responded and shared information about current farm to ECE initiatives, motivations for participation, challenges to starting or expanding farm to ECE, and more. Join the National Farm to School Network and Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems to hear about the survey finding and learn how you can use the results to promote farm to ECE in your state and community. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.

2. It's almost time for National Farm to School Month!
October 2018
National Farm to School month is right around the corner! The National Farm to School Network has free resources, planning materials, activity ideas and a national calendar of events with ways you can get involved in October. Check out our *new* Farm to School Month Celebration Toolkit and download resources at farmtoschool.org/month. Does your organization want to be part of this year's National Farm to School Month campaign? Sign up to be a Farm to School Month Outreach Partner at farmtoschool.org/monthpartner

3. Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners Conference
October 19-21 // Durham, NC
Registration is now open for the 2018 Black Farmer & Urban Gardeners (BUGS) National Conference. The conference is presented by Black Urban Growers (BUGS), an organization committed to building networks and community support for growers in both urban and rural settings. Learn more and register here.

4. 2020 National Good Food Network Conference - Local Host Organization Request for Proposals
The Wallace Center would like to partner with a place-based host organization to support and guide the planning of the 2020 National Good Food Network Conference. The NGFN Conference is the leading national conference for the food hubs, food and farm businesses, value chain coordinators, financers, and community leaders working to build sustainable regional food systems across the United States. The role of the local host is to serve as the primary link between the host community and the NGFN Conference Planning Team (staff and contracted conference coordinators) to highlight the local food systems work and stakeholders in your region. Proposals are due Monday October 22. Read the full RFP here.


Policy Update
1. Tell Congress: We need a Farm Bill Extension!
It looks very unlikely that either a farm bill or an extension will pass before September 30, the day the 2014 farm bill expires. However, it’s important that we call Congress to tell them to prioritize an extension to fund vital farm bill programs, including: Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Program; Outreach for Socially Disadvantaged & Veteran Producer; Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP); and, Farmers’ Market Promotion Program (FMPP).  Call Congress today! Here is a link to find your representative or Senator’s phone numbers. Now is the time to let them know that we need an extension to fund programs that support our work and communities!


Research & Resources
1. Seeking Examples: Affordable Care Act Community Benefit Dollars for Farm to School
NFSN is developing a new resource about how ACA Community Benefit dollars can fund farm to school activities. This is a largely untapped potential funding source for farm to school! Do you have any examples of where this has already happened? If so, please contact policyfellow@farmtoschool.org.

2. EQUITY Racial Equity Framework, The Food Trust
As a part of its statewide Farm to ECE work, The Food Trust’s Ready Set Grow team has developed an equity framework to evaluate planning, decision-making and resource allocation through a racial equity lens. The team is working collaboratively to advance racial equity in outcomes through transformative change. Together, we can promote racial healing, advance equity and co-create a future where all children can thrive. Explore the Equity Framework here.


Job Opportunities
1. Strategic Planning Consultant, National Farm to School Network (Remote)
National Farm to School Network seeks a skilled and experienced professional to facilitate a strategic planning process for the organization that will set the direction of NFSN beyond 2020. The process aims to review gains made during the 2017-2019 phase, retool strategies as needed, create space for innovation to meet the emerging needs of the movement, and plan for organizational stability and sustainability. Read the full Request for Proposals here. Proposals are due no later than Oct. 1, 2018. 

2. Executive Director, The Food Project (Boston, MA)
The Food Project is seeking a new Executive Director to lead the organization into its next, exciting phase. Must be a dynamic, inspirational, collaborative leader with strong experience working across difference. Successful applicants will have a solid understanding of organizational finance, a deep commitment to youth leadership development, proven success in fundraising, and a passion for driving meaningful food system change. Learn more and apply here

3. Student Engagement Coordinator, SFUSD’s Future Dining Experience (San Fransisco, CA)
SFUSD’s Future Dining Experience is hiring a Student Engagement Coordinator to lead and grow the departments School Food Advisory (SFA) program. This is a youth-led group that collaborates with SFUSD’s Student Nutrition Services to elevate the student voice and engage students in reimagining the school dining experience, utilizing the design thinking process. Learn more and apply here


Farm to School in the News
South Dakota campus garden supports school meals
Students at Chadron Intermediate School in South Dakota are beginning to harvest fruits, vegetables and herbs that they began to grow from seeds during the past school year. The harvest from the on-campus garden is being used in the school's meal program. (Rapid City Journal)

Montana ranchers want to see local beef in school lunch program
Four Choteau women are asking community members to work with them to provide locally-grown beef for the Choteau Public Schools hot lunch program. Ranchers Cathy Campbell, Carli Neal and Misti Redland and former rancher Darlene Yeager are working to bring a locally-grown beef program to Choteau Public Schools, patterning this venture after a similar program being used in Winnett Public Schools and other public schools. (Choteau Acantha)

New York dietician brings health and fitness education to preschool children
Registered dietitian Bonnie Schultz uses the "Eat Well, Play Hard" nutrition program to teach young children at child care centers about health and fitness. Schultz's program included bringing in pepper and tomato plants and showing children how to plant them in a raised garden in their play area. (Press-Republican)


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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