Grants & Funding
1. USDA FY 2019 Farm to School Grant RFA
The FY 2019 Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) is now open to applicants. Due to additional funding made available to the Farm to School Grant Program through the FY 2018 Omnibus Bill, the Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) seeks to award approximately $7.5M in FY 2019 funding. Applications are due Dec. 4, 2018. Learn more and apply here. For more information, join OCFS for a special two-part webinar on Oct. 16 and Oct. 17 at 1pm ET. These webinars will review the important details of the FY 2019 Farm to School Grants and walk candidates through the application process.
2. One Earth Award
There's an exciting, new opportunity for teens! The One Earth Award provides four students whose creative works encourage the awareness of, and meaningful responses to, pressing issues of human-caused climate change with $1,000 scholarships. In addition, special awards are also available for students and educators from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. All students in grades 7-12 (ages 13 and up) are eligible to participate. Visit artandwriting.org for more information, and visit the deadlines and guidelines page for information on when and how students can submit their work.
3. 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 November 1. Learn more and apply here.
Webinars & Events
1. October is National Farm to School Month!
National Farm to School month is here! The National Farm to School Network has free resources, planning materials, activity ideas and a new calendar of events for ways you can get involved in October. Share how your celebrating National Farm to School Month by signing the Take Action Pledge and you'll be entered to win farm to school prizes for a school or early care and education site of your choice! Visit farmtoschool.org/month to get involved.
2. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics: NFSN Seed Change in Native Communities Cohort
November 1, 2-3pm ET
In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, our November Trending Topics webinar will feature partners from the National Farm to School Network's Seed Change in Native Communities project. Since 2017, the Seed Change project has helped to create dozens of school gardens in Native communities, put local and indigenous foods on the plates of hundreds of children, and supported the inspiring work of five school communities dedicated to expanding and sustaining farm to school programming for the next generation of Native youth. Register here.
3. Webinar: Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior - Journal Club 4: A Plate Waste Evaluation of the Farm to School Program
October 22, 1-2pm ET
Program evaluation is an important part of determining any intervention’s success. In this presentation, we will discuss the study design and methodologies used to evaluate a new farm to school program. Specifically, the benefits and drawback of the quarter-waste method will be discussed within the context of evaluating school-level nutrition interventions. Register here.
4. NH Food Alliance Webinar: Farm to School as a Catalyst to Local Food System Change
October 23, 12-1pm ET
Since October is National Farm to School Month, we thought it was fitting to have an opportunity to learn about the New Hampshire Farm to School (NHFTS) Program and how they are facilitating connections between food producers, K-12 schools, and the broader community as a whole. NHFTS began in 2003 and has found tremendous success in bringing local food into over half of the public schools in the state! Register here.
5. Celebrate National Farm to School Month in Early Child Care and Education Settings: Farm to CACFP
October 25, 2-3pm ET
Learn more about Farm to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) during this interactive webinar brought to you by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. Participants will learn how Farm to CACFP efforts big and small can be successfully implemented in a variety of settings; how early exposure to gardening, farming, and local foods can benefit young eaters; where to find free Team Nutrition materials focused on garden-based nutrition education that can be used in early care and education sites; and how California-based North Bay Children’s Center’s Garden of Eatin program is helping to change the way children think about food through hands-on experiences. Register here.
6. Equity & Access in the School Garden Movement Webinar
October 30, 1-2pm PT
School gardens can be a powerful tool for promoting racial and social equity, but equally important are the ways school garden organizations and school garden educators approach equity and access. Please join Suzannah Holsenbeck of Common Ground, Ida Sobotik of Community Groundworks, and Sam Ullery of the DC Office of State Superintendent of Education as they discuss what equity in school gardens means to their organizations. They will share case studies and offer suggestions for how your organization can tackle issues around equity and access in your work. Register here.
7. Farm to School and 21st Century Food Service Programs
November 15, 7-8pm ET
In 2018, National Farm to School Network teamed up with National Education Association as its National Partner of the Year. Growing from this partnership is a movement to challenge schools to build 21st Century food programs. We want to enrich the connection between schools and fresh, healthy, and locally sourced food. Additionally, we will build a new school nutrition workforce that will anchor this lofty project in our school communities. Join this webinar to hear from participants in this new partnership that are already reaping the benefits. Register here.
Research & Resources
1. Farm to Childcare: An Analysis of Social and Economic Values in Local Food Systems
Farm to childcare (F2CC) is a next step in developing farm to institution links between local producers and organizations. F2CC can reach young children at a critical point in their habit formation and biological development, as well as provide economic opportunities for local farmers. In a qualitative case study, researchers from North Carolina State University investigate the social and financial tensions in F2CC work. In doing so, they provide strategies that can be used to better achieve the social goals of farm to childcare programs. Read more here.
1. Maine Harvest of the Month Program Coordinator, Maine Department of Education (Augusta, ME)
The Harvest of the Month Coordinator will develop and oversee the Maine Harvest of the Month Project and will actively recruit schools to participate. The position will develop marketing materials for school nutrition programs and conduct trainings and technical assistance to schools to ensure they have the tools for success. For interest and more information please contact Stephanie Stambach at email@example.com.
2. Local Food Program Manager, North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC)
The Extension Local Food Program Manager provides program management and coordination for NC Cooperative Extension’s Local Food Program. This position will work with other local food leadership groups to build Extension’s statewide capacity in local food systems. This will happen mainly through resource development, managing the local food web portal and online courses, participating/ leading cross disciplinary curriculum and training development teams, co-chairing the Local Food Program Team and delivering training. Learn more and apply here.
Farm to School in the News
School Lunch Day recognizes Iowa farm sources
Apples and honey from Iowa orchards and apiaries, sweet potatoes from a farm in Grinnell and pork from Iowa Select Farms will create Thursday’s meal for Ottumwa’s school children. During National Farm to School Month, the I Department of Agriculture, using grant money from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, is bringing attention to Iowa-grown food to school children around the state. (Ottumwa Courier)
North Carolina students learn about food at Agriculture by the Slice
Fifth-grade students at Lexington City Schools had a chance to learn about the science, math, agriculture and other processes that go into making a pizza during the Agriculture by the Slice program at the Davidson County Fairgrounds on Tuesday morning. (The Dispatch)
Kentucky farm to school program is a win-win
October is Farm to School Month, and Kentucky has plenty of reasons to celebrate. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture staff has recruited 907 schools in 77 school districts to participate in their Farm to School program. Some school districts are the largest food procurers in each county, so this program provides many benefits to Kentucky farmers and students alike. (Surf KY News)