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This event is invite-only and is not open to the public.
We are pleased to invite all National Farm to School Network (NFSN) Core Partners, Supporting Partners, Advisory Board members, staff, and other invited guests to the 2019 NFSN Annual Meeting. This is an important opportunity for us to strengthen our connections, share with one another, strategize, innovate, learn, and advance farm to school and early care and education (ECE) across the nation.
The Annual Meeting will be held at the Hilton Tampa Downtown in Tampa, Fl., April 30 - May 2, 2019. Click here to download a PDF with basic event information.
April 29, 12-6pm: NFSN Advisory Board Meeting (NFSN Advisory Board and Staff only)
April 30, 8am-5:30pm: NFSN Annual Meeting
May 1, 8am-5:30pm: NFSN Annual Meeting, continued
May 2, 8am-1pm: Optional farm to school site visit (limited registration - RSVP Required)
The NFSN Annual Meeting brings together partners and stakeholders to advance the farm to school and ECE movement through:
Partnerships - Strengthening partnerships (Core and Supporting Partners and strategic national partners) through in-person networking, peer learning, and celebrating NFSN’s collective accomplishments;
Capacity Building - Building capacity through sharing of content knowledge, professional skill development, and peer-to-peer learning while increasing capacity for NFSN to advance racial and social equity through farm to school; and
Action - Advancing the goals of the current NFSN strategic plan and collectively moving toward establishing a robust strategic plan for NFSN in 2020 and beyond.
Monday, April 29
12 PM - 6 PM
NFSN Advisory Board Meeting (Advisory Board and Staff Only)
1 PM - 5 PM
Farm to School as a Strategy for Advancing Food Sovereignty in Native Communities - open to all, separate registration required. Learn more here.
Tuesday, April 30
7:30 - 8:30 AM
Breakfast - Open to all attendees
New Attendee Orientation Breakfast: Join us during breakfast for a special orientation session for first-timers - Bayshore V
8:30 - 10:00 AM
Welcome and Opening
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
NFSN Strategic Planning 2020 and Beyond
12:30 - 1:30 PM
1:30 - 2:30 PM
Farm to School in Native Communities
2:45 - 5:15 PM
Skill Building Breakout Sessions (choose one)
Advocacy and Engagement: Making Your Case and Engaging Your Supporters - Amy Shollenberger, Action Circles and Betsy Rosenbluth, Vermont FEED-Shelburne Farms
Nonprofit Fundraising for Farm to School - Scott Bunn, National Farm to School Network and Renee Page, Healthy Communities of the Capital Area
Building a Community of Practice Through Dialogue on Racial Equity and Food - Tessa Thraves and Bevelyn Ukah, Center for Environmental Farming Systems
Brighten Your Media Spotlight: Farm to School Media Training - Heather Grzelka, Madeira Public Relations
Social Justice Training - Anthony Brisson and Nita Jones, National Education Association
Wednesday, May 1
7:30 - 8:15 AM
Breakfast - Open to all attendees
Optional: Breakfast Table Topics - Attendee suggested and facilitated topical conversations. Facilitator sign up on Day 1.
8:15 - 8:30 AM
Welcome and Opening
8:30 - 10:30 AM
Equity and Farm to School Workshop
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Farm to Early Care and Education World Cafe
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
NFSN Level 2 Partner Lunch: Level 2 Core and Supporting Partners will meet to reflect on progress and sustainability of Strategic Action Plans. Meeting room TBD.
12:45 - 1:45 PM
State Farm to School and ECE Strategies Session
2:15 - 4:15 PM
4:30 - 5:00 PM
NFSN Strategic Planning Wrap-Up
5:00 - 5:30 PM
Thursday, May 2- Optional Site Visit (limited registration - RSVP required)
7:45 - 8:00 AM
Meet at front doors of Hilton Tampa Downtown for 8:15 AM departure - grab-and-go breakfast provided
8:45 - 9:45 AM
Tour Fancy Farms - A family owned-and-operated strawberry and diversified fruit and vegetable production farm in Plant City, Florida, selling strawberries to schools throughout Florida as a grower for Wish Farms.
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Tour Greco Gardens at Greco Middle School - A project of Temple Terrace Community Gardens and Tampa Bay Farm 2 School - includes the Greco Pollinator Garden and Terrace orange tree grove.
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Lunch and Panel Discussion hosted at M&B Products Packing Facility - Enjoy lunch featuring Florida grown items and hear about exciting farm to school practices in Florida.
Return to Hilton Tampa Downtown (Schedule departing flights after 3 PM)
NFSN Annual Meeting Community Agreements
To facilitate a community and culture of respect, openness, and learning, we ask all attendees to agree to these agreements. Thank you to the Program Planning Committee for developing these agreements.
In every chair, a leader
Notice power dynamics in the room
Create space for multiple truths and norms
Be kind and brave
Take space/Make space
Practice examining racially biased systems and processes
Session Description: Farm to school is a new term for an ancient concept that embraces Indigenous knowledge and values in harmony with traditional lifeways, and has proven positive results on health, education, and hunger. This workshop will share best practices from National Farm to School Network’s partnerships to support farm to school in Native communities, and strategies for leveraging these efforts to advance food sovereignty. Participants will engage in group analysis of United States federal food policy history and the impacts on agriculture, child nutrition, and community health in Native communities today, explore best practices from on-the-ground practitioners, and engage in group dialogue to inspire new innovations for developing indigenous centered farm to school programs in their communities. Register here. Note: this is a separate registration from the 2019 Annual Meeting.
Attire: Casual to business casual. There will be breaks during the meeting that will allow you to move around and stretch your legs - hopefully outdoors - and we want you to be comfortable!
Materials to view & read in advance: To maximize our in-person time, we are asking attendees view two webinars and review one resource prior to the event. Webinar recordings will be available for those unable to attend live.
Have questions about Annual Meeting? Here’s who to contact:
Tracey Starkovich – Operations and Events Manager email@example.com // 630.207.3855
Contact for: Logistical questions, including transportation, lodging, venue, and confirming registration status for Annual Meeting
Lacy Stephens – Program Manager firstname.lastname@example.org // 816.914.0597
Contact for: Questions about the Annual Meeting agenda and schedule
NFSN would like to thank our local Florida partners and the NFSN Annual Meeting Program Planning Committee for their planning efforts and contributions.
Florida Site Visit Planning Team: Jon Brown, Beth Spratt, and Destiny Thomas (Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services); Tiffany Torres and Malory Foster (UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program)
Annual Meeting Program Planning Committee: Sunny Baker (Mississippi Farm to School Network, Mississippi Core Partner), Jon Brown (Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Florida Core Partner), Stephanie Heim (University of Minnesota Extension, Minnesota Core Partner), Chelsea Krist (Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Local Foods Team, Iowa Core Partner), Wendy Peters Moschetti (LiveWell Colorado, Colorado Core Partner), Ashley Schimke (Arizona Department of Education, Arizona Core Partner), Beth Spratt (Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Florida Core Partner)