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.
1. Proposals now being accepted for National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
Organizers of the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference are seeking proposals for workshops, posters and lightning talks to feature during the two-day gathering in Madison, Wis., June 2-4, 2016. This event is the premier gathering of individuals and organizations working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. Cafeterias in schools and early care, colleges and universities, hospitals, prisons and other institutional settings serve tens of millions of Americans every day, placing the farm to cafeteria movement at the forefront of the fight to end obesity and strengthen local food systems. The 2016 conference theme Moving Forward Together lifts up new and innovative partnerships to continue building momentum and ensure long-term sustainability in the movement. The application period closes this Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 at 11:59pm ET. Learn more at farmtocafeteriaconference.org.
2. Webinar: National Farm to School Network
Funding Partnerships: Farm to School & Farm Credit
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 12pm CST
Join the National Farm to School Network and Farm Credit for a webinar highlighting innovative ways to partner with you local Farm Credit association, and learn how your program can grow with creative funding and partnership opportunities. Register here.
3. Webinar: School Food FOCUS
Maximize Your Procurement Dollars through Regional Purchasing - School Food and Forward Contracting
Thursday, Dec. 10, 1-2pm EST
Forward contracting establishes a price to be paid for a certain quantity of product to be provided at a future date. Learn how forward contracting can help maximize your procurement budget and support local farmers at the same time. Speakers will highlight the benefits and challenges of forward contracting school food and demonstrate how to write forward contracts. School Food FOCUS is a national collaborative that leverages the knowledge and procurement power of large school districts to make school meals nationwide more healthful, regionally sourced, and sustainably produced. Register here.
4. Webinar recording: Oregon Food Bank
FEAST webinar: Farm to School
Oregon Food Bank recently hosted an introductory webinar about farm to school, with speakers including Megan Kemple (NFSN’s Oregon State Lead), Rick Sherman (Farm to School & School Garden Coordinator, Oregon Dept. of Education), and Amy Gilroy (Farm to School Manager, Oregon Dept. of Education). A recording of the webinar is available here.
Farm to school in the news
10 Champions of the Local Food Movement - shoutout to our Executive Director and Co-Founder, Anupama Joshi!
Behind the local and urban food movement stand hundreds of people, each adding their own unique momentum. From urban farms in the city, to activists and writers, each of these people contributes something to a brighter future of food. See Bright Agrotech’s top 10 list of local food movement champions here.
From The Farm To The City: A Thanksgiving Bounty For The Hungry
Last week, 200 Florida students harvested local collard greens and sweet potatoes, and packaged freshly ground corn meal and grits, to share with hungry families in their community on Thanksgiving. (via NorthEscambia.com)