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National Farm to School Network

2019 NFSN Annual Meeting

April 30 - May 2, 2019 - Tampa, FL

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.
Basic Schedule: 
  • 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)

2019 Annual Meeting Notes

2019 Annual Meeting Attendees

Farm to School as a Strategy for Advancing Food Sovereignty in Native Communities
- Presentation: Farm to School: A Strategy for Advancing Food Sovereignty
- Handouts: Farm to School Profiles from Native Communities
- Handout: Farm to School in Native Communities Fact Sheet

Day 1
New Attendee Orientation Breakfast
- Presentation: New Attendee Orientation Breakfast

Welcome and Opening
- Presentation: Welcome and Introductions

NFSN Strategic Planning 2020 and Beyond Part 1
- Preparation Presentation: NFSN Strategic Planning Annual Meeting Preparation
- Presentation: NFSN Strategic Planning Process for 2020 and Beyond
- Handout: Strategic Plan Map
- Handout: Strategic Plan Goal Setting

Farm to School in Native Communities
- Presentation: Farm to School in Native Communities
- Video: Watch a recording of the panel presentation here

Day 2
Equity and Farm to School Workshop
- Presentation: Equity and Farm to School Workshop
- Handout: Racial and Social Equity Assessment Tool for Farm to School Programs and Policy
- Handout: Meet Bernadette

Farm to Early Care and Education World Cafe
- Presentation: Farm to ECE World Cafe
- Handout: A Roadmap for Farm to Early Care and Education
- Handout: Evaluation for Transformation: A Cross-Sectoral Framework for Farm to School
- Handout: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Spectrum of Opportunities for Obesity Prevention in Early Care and Education Settings

State Farm to School and ECE Strategies
- Presentation: State Farm to School and ECE Strategies
- Preparation Webinar: Partner Deep Dive: State Strategies Action Planning
- Handout: Farm to School State Strategic Action Plan Template
- Handout: State Farm to School Networks Toolkit
- Handout: State Farm to School Positions Guide
- Handout: State Farm to School Policy Handbook: 2002-2018
- Handout: State of the States

NFSN Strategic Planning 2020 and Beyond Part 2
- Presentation: Strategic Planning Process - Day 1 Results and Next Steps

Farm to School Movement Map - State Successes
Annual Meeting Agenda

Meeting Goals
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. 

Meeting Agenda
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  Lunch
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 Lunch
  • 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  Regional Breakouts
4:30 - 5:00 PM  NFSN Strategic Planning Wrap-Up
5:00 - 5:30 PM  Closing Session 

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.
1:00 PM 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
  • Look for learning
  • Take care of yourself, take care of each other 
  • Put relationships first 
  • Children are always welcome
  • Keep focused on our common goals
*Agreements adapted from First Alaskans Institute, Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, and Color Brave Space

Farm to School as a Strategy for Advancing Food Sovereignty in Native Communities
The workshop will be held before the official start of the 2019 NFSN Annual Meeting, on April 29th from 1pm-5pm.

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.

What to bring
  • Computer and/or paper and pens for notes
  • Business cards for networking
  • Resources for resource sharing table. You’re welcome to bring any of your farm to school materials and handouts for sharing or bring "table copies" of larger resources.
  • Your farm to school flare (t-shirts, stickers, hats, etc.)
  • A spirit of participation!
Questions? Who to Contact
Have questions about Annual Meeting? Here’s who to contact: 

Tracey Starkovich – Operations and Events Manager // 630.207.3855
Contact for: Logistical questions, including transportation, lodging, venue, and confirming registration status for Annual Meeting  

Lacy Stephens – Program Manager // 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)