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This Week in farm to school: 2/23/16

NFSN Staff Tuesday, February 23, 2016
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. Smart from the Start Award
Smart from the Start is seeking early childhood education or Head Start centers which offer a Pre-K program to apply for a $20,000 cash grant. The Smart from the Start Awards are designed to encourage preschool teachers to create practical, long-term improvements in nutrition and physical activity in their classroom. Ten second prize $2,500 cash grants will also be awarded. Deadline is Thursday, March 3rd, 2016. Learn more here

2. Plate of the Union, Campus Challenge
Plate of the Union, a collaborative effort to raise the voice of the millions of Americans who care about food and farm issues in the 2016 presidential election cycle, is excited to announce the launch of its Campus Challenge. The Campus Challenge is an opportunity for young people to leverage their enormous political power. Through this challenge, Plate of the Union is seeking university student groups who care about food and electoral politics to develop and execute organizing plans that drive engagement in the 2016 election cycle. How will you influence your peers, the media, and candidates to talk about food? Groups can win up to $5000 to execute their plans. Learn more here


Webinars & Events
1. Scholarship Deadline Feb. 29 for National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
The National Farm to School Network is now accepting applications for scholarships to the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, which will take place in Madison, Wis., June 2-4, 2016. This event is the top national training and networking event for farm to cafeteria professionals working to improve community health, build economic opportunities for farmers and producers, and ensure long-term sustainability for local food efforts nationwide. To ensure the conference reflects the full diversity of the movement, scholarships are prioritized for farmers, farmer support organizations, youth (through age 22), persons of color, food service professionals, farm to college/hospital practitioners, and early care and education providers. Don’t delay! Scholarship application are due Feb. 29 at 5pm ET. Learn more and submit your application at farmtocafeteriaconference.org.

2. 2016 Food Tank Summit
April 20-21 // Washington, DC
Food Tank, in partnership with American University, is excited to announce the 2nd Annual Washington, D.C. Food Tank Summit. This two-day event will feature more than 70 different speakers from the food and agriculture field. Researchers, farmers, chefs, policy makers, government officials, and students will come together for panels on topics including; nourishing the planet, improving nutrient density, the future of organic, investing in the food movement, legislating change in the food system, and more. Learn more and register here

3. North Dakota Farm to School Conference

May 10-11 // North Dakota
You’re invited to attend the first North Dakota Farm to School and Farm to Preschool conference, coming this May. Put Our State on Your Plate: ND Farm to School Conference invites school staff, childcare staff and farmers/producers who would like to learn more about serving local foods in North Dakota schools and childcare centers to join. Conferences will be held in Fargo (May 10) and Mandan (May 11). Learn more and register here

4. 2016 Annual National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference
June 20-24 // Litchfield Park, Arizona
You’re invited to join the 2016 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference: Agriculture Blooming in the Desert. Learn more about the agenda, presenters, registration and more on the conference website

5. Webinar: Support Your School Garden with Chipotle
Monday, Feb. 29, 5pm EST
Do you want to raise money for your school garden through a 50% restaurant fundraiser? How about free burritos to feed volunteers at a garden workday? Or are you looking for ways to thank teachers and supporters? Gift cards are great! And educational materials like Grow Kits are perfect to teach kids about starting seeds. Come hear about the Chipotle Resources for School Gardens available to any school through Slow Food USA's partnership with Chipotle Mexican Grill. Learn more here

6. Webinar: USDA Planning for Farm to School Success, Food Safety

Wednesday, March 3, 2pm EST
How can we ensure the safety of farm fresh food? We’ll share local food safety best practices, including identifying safety measures for school gardens and school salad bars. Joining us is Londa Nwadike, PhD, who serves as Extension Food Safety Specialist for both Kansas State University and the University of Missouri. She works with small-scale produce farmers, farmers market vendors, as well as schools and consumers on food safety-related issues. Register here

7. Webinar: How to Build a Hydroponic System for Your Lunch Program
Wednesday, March 9, 3-4pm EST
Want to green up your school lunch program? Tune in for Fresh From The School: How To Build a Hydroponic System for Your Lunch Program webinar to learn how you can get lettuce into your lunchroom that is as local as from across the hall. Hosted by seventh-grade students from Palouse Prairie Charter School (Moscow, Idaho), this webinar will teach participants how to build a hydroponic system as affordably as possible and incorporate the produce grown by students into your school’s lunches. Register here


Research & Resources
1. New Institutional Procurement Guide
Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future has released a new report, Instituting Change: An Overview of Institutional Food Procurement and Recommendations for Improvement. This report reviews the literature and key information resources regarding institutional food service procurement systems, presents the potential benefits of a largescale shift among institutional procurement policies, discusses some of the existing barriers to the adoption of policies that favor regionally and/or sustainably produced food, and provides recommendations and tools for influencing institutional food procurement practices. This report is intended to serve as a resource for those seeking a better understanding of institutional food service procurement policies and provide a rationale for working toward reform. Learn more here


Farm to school in the news
Brooklyn students grow produce inside classroom 
Students in Brooklyn, N.Y. are harvesting cucumbers at a local farm, and they didn’t even have to leave their school building to get there. This winter crop was grown in the warmth of a classroom equipped with hydroponic systems the 6th, 7th and 8th graders built themselves. (via PIX 11)

Students take hand in school lunch
Students at Clearview Elementary School in Minnesota have been given the chance to explore roles in the lunchroom by learning how to prepare school meals. Almost two dozen students have signed up to participate. (via St. Cloud Times)

Nebraska schools serves locally raised meat
Students at Banner County in Nebraska will be seeing more pork and beef in their lunches. A $2,000 grant was recently provided by Farm Credit Services of America which allows Banner County Schools to process three cattle and two hogs. (via Scottsbluff Star Herald)

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. 

Welcome to Wisconsin!

NFSN Staff Wednesday, February 17, 2016
This blog was written by the local hosts of the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: The Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, Community GroundWorks, and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Learn more about them here

 Credit: Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
As the local hosts of the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, we are thrilled to welcome you to Madison, Wis. this June for a national gathering of local food leaders, community health professionals and sustainable agriculture advocates working to change the culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. 

As a largely rural state, ensuring the economic viability of agriculture has always been a priority in Wisconsin. While historically our farmers have been invested in dairy and vegetable processing (canning), Wisconsin’s current agricultural landscape includes many small and medium-sized diversified farms that increasingly support local food markets. This strengthening of our local food system, and the diverse partnerships that are helping make it happen, exemplify the opportunities and benefits of the farm to cafeteria movement.  

At the center of this vibrant agriculture scene is Madison. In addition to being a hub for local food across the state, Madison was also home to Wisconsin's first coordinated farm to school program in 2003, called the Wisconsin Homegrown Lunch Program with the Madison Metropolitan School District. Since then, the farm to school movement has grown rapidly across the state, with more than 55 percent of all K-12 schools engaging in farm to school activities.

Our state has grown well beyond farm to school, though. In recent years, Wisconsin has seen significant expansion of farm to hospital, farm to college and university, and farm to early care and education activities. “The growth of farm to cafeteria in these sectors has been made possible by strong partnerships across the state,” says Sarah Elliott, Director of Wisconsin Farm to School at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. In fact, it’s these collaborative and innovative partnerships that have inspired this year’s conference theme, Moving Forward Together. 

With its bountiful school and community gardens, bustling farmers’ markets, and delicious restaurants, Madison is the perfect location for the conference. “We’re sure attendees will fall in love with Madison,” says Beth Hanna, Training and Outreach Specialist for the Wisconsin School Garden Initiative at Community GroundWorks. “It's a great representation of what a strong farm to cafeteria effort can look like. We have great people, good food, and plenty of opportunities to bring those two things together.”  

In addition to sampling local foods at Madison’s restaurants, exploring Lake Monona and Lake Mendota, and visiting the nation’s largest producer-only farmers’ market, conference attendees will be able to immerse themselves in the city’s farm to cafeteria hotspots during hands-on field trips. “Whether you tour the food production center that preps schools meals or the hospitals making local, healthy food a priority, we are confident attendees will be inspired by the local food efforts powering Wisconsin’s farm to cafeteria movement, ” says Hanna. 

“We feel lucky to live among such lively and passionate farmers, food service directors, and advocates for local and regional foods,” says Vanessa Herald, Farm to School Outreach Specialist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison - Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems. “There is genuine enthusiasm for the farm to cafeteria movement here, and we can’t wait to share it with conference attendees.” 

And share we will! The unique flavors of Madison and Wisconsin will be included in every aspect of the conference, from the menu to the Local Food Reception to the local plenary. But at our core, we’re most excited to highlight the inspired work of our dedicated state and regional farm to cafeteria partners. “The best part about strong farm to cafeteria relationships is that we love to see our partners succeed, and we want to keep lifting up their stories,” Herald says. “We’re so excited for the chance to do that through the National Farm to Cafeteria Conference.”

Come join us in Madison, June 2-4, for three exciting days of skill-building workshops, short courses, lightning talks, keynotes, networking opportunities and a taste of Wisconsin’s vibrant local food scene to help you bring home real food solutions to your community. We look forward to seeing you there!

Register Now

Registration for the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is now open. The last conference sold out before registration closed, so secure your spot today! Find more information about the conference program, venue, scholarships and registration at farmtocafeteriaconference.org

This Week in farm to school: 2/16/16

NFSN Staff Tuesday, February 16, 2016
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. 


Webinars & Events
1. Register Now! Early Bird Prices for National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
June 2-4, 2016 // Madison, Wisconsin
Don’t miss the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Madison, Wis., June 2-4, 2016. This event is the only national gathering of stakeholders from across the farm to cafeteria movement, making it a crucial leadership development opportunity to advance community health, build economic opportunities for farmers and producers, and ensure long-term sustainability for local food efforts nationwide. Early bird registration is open now, including pre-conference short courses and field trips. Event organizers expect more than 1,500 attendees, and the last event sold out before the registration deadline, so don’t wait. Register today at farmtocafeteriaconference.org.

2. Growing Education on the Farm: A Hands-on Workshop for Farmers, Ranchers and Educators
April 2-3, 2016 // Fort Collins, CO
Whether you teach summer camp on a ranch, welcome community members to your garden, or teach in a public school classroom, this workshop will offer fresh ideas and activities to improve your farm-based education programming.  Explore activities from Shelburne Farms’ publications: Project Seasons and Cultivating Joy and Wonder during this hands-on, discussion-based workshop. Registration is open through March 18. Learn more and register here.  

3. 2016 Extension Risk Management Education National Conference
April 27 - 28, 2016 // Fort Worth, Texas
The 2016 Extension Risk Management Education National Conference will bring together public and private sector educators, crop insurance agents, lenders, and other agricultural professionals to share ongoing and emerging successful risk management education efforts which target agricultural producers and their families. Conference participants will learn about what is working to help producers effectively manage the financial, production, marketing, legal and human risks associated with their agribusinesses. Concurrent Session and Poster Presentations proposals are being accepted through Feb. 19. Learn more here

4. NOFA Summer Conference: Request for Proposals
August 12-14, 2016 // UMASS Amherst
You are invited to submit a workshop proposal for the 42nd annual NOFA Summer Conference - the Northeast's foremost conference for pioneers of organic agriculture and sustainable living! Conference organizers are particularly interested in receiving proposals on topics including: local farm tours; marketing; nutrition and health; social justice; urban agriculture; and  farming and the community, among others. Consider submitting a proposal here.

5. 2016 Southeast Farm to School Conference: Request for Proposals
September 23-24, 2016 // Greenville, South Carolina
The Southeast is hosting a farm to school gathering and you are invited! ASAP's Growing Minds Farm to School program, the conference hosts, are currently seeking workshop proposals on the following topics:  Community Connections, Local Procurement and Cafeteria Connections, School Gardens, Farm to Preschool / ECE, Getting Started, and Messaging and Communications. The deadline to submit proposals is March 14, 2016 at 11:59pm EST.  You can view the conference RFP and more information about the conference on the Growing Minds website.

6. Growing Power Conference: Request for Proposals
November 18-20, 2016 // Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Save the date for Growing Power’s Urban and Small Farms Conference, to be held Nov. 18-20 in Milwaukee, Wis. The theme for the 2016 conference is "Let’s Scale It Up! Growing Food and Farmers: Best Practices in Growing, Distribution and Community Building”. The Request for Proposals is open through April 15. Learn more here


Jobs & Opportunities
1. Farm Manager, Bethel School District 
Bethel School District (Eugene, OR) is seeking a Farm Manager for the 2016 growing season. The Farm Manager is responsible for developing all aspects of a 2-3 acre district farm. This job balances running a small production farm and incorporating various educational and empowerment objectives. Learn more and apply here


Farm to school in the news
Chef to help ‘spice up’ meals for county schools
Eight school districts in Kentucky have been awarded grants to provide school food personnel face-to-face instruction from chefs. The Chefs in Schools Collaborative will help schools incorporate more fresh local foods into their menus and support local growers as part of rural economic development. (via Harlan Daily Enterprise

Supporters hope to expand farm to school program
Farm to school advocates in Vermont recently celebrated Farm to School Awareness Day at their Statehouse. Betsy Rosenbluth, Project Director for Vermont Feed, testified on the impacts of the state’s farm to school program at the Vermont House and Senate Agriculture Committee legislative hearing. (via My Champlain Valley)

Farm to School programs help build local foods infrastructure
Tammy Stotts, Farm to School coordinator for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, tries to make it easier for farmers to plan for the school market. In partnership with the USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service, the department has started collecting local-produce purchase information from Iowa schools, to be published monthly. (via The Gazette)

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. 

This Week in farm to school: 2/9/16

NFSN Staff Tuesday, February 09, 2016

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
USDA Grants Available for Food Service Equipment
Can your farm to school program benefit from new kitchen equipment? There’s a grant for that! Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of $35 million in grants to help schools upgrade kitchen equipment and infrastructure. These grants provide schools with funds to purchase equipment to help meet national nutrition standards and serve healthy meals with more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein and low-fat dairy, and less sodium and fat.Schools can apply for USDA funding through their state or for funds from Fuel Up to Play 60 directly. Learn more here

USDA Farm to School Grant Program Schedule Update
Exciting change is underway with the USDA Farm to School Grant Program! The Child Nutrition Act, the authorizing legislation for the grant program, is currently in the reauthorization process in Congress. The most recent version passed by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry includes changes that impact the scope of the grant program. In anticipation of change, there will be a delay in the release of the FY2017 request for applications from February to September. The anticipate schedule is as follows: 

September 2016: Release FY2017 request for Farm to School Grant applications
November 2016: FY2017 Farm to School Grant applications due
May 2017: Announce awards

Check the USDA Farm to School website for updates. 


Webinars & Events
Webinar: Food Research & Action Center
USDA Community Eligibility Provision Webinar Series: Messaging and Outreach in Your Community
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1-2:15pm ET
The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) was established by Congress in 2010 as part of the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Programs. Today, CEP is reaching over 8 million children nationwide, but many eligible schools and districts that stand to benefit are not yet electing. Sharing success stories about streamlined meal service, increased participation, and enhanced food security are effective strategies to encourage eligible districts and schools to elect CEP. This webinar will help State and local officials launch an effective and well-rounded effort to promote CEP and address common barriers to implementation. Join here.

International School Meals Day, March 3, 2016
Since March 2013, schools across the world have celebrated International School Meals Day. This annual event celebrates food and promotes healthy living through the education environment. The fourth International School Meals Day theme is fresh and healthy local foods. Schools, organizations, government bodies, catering companies and anyone with an interest or involvement in promoting healthy eating are encouraged to get involved. Learn more here

The Edible Schoolyard Project Summer 2016 Trainings
The Edible Schoolyard Project trains educators to create powerful and sustainable edible education programs in their schools and communities. Learn and experience first-hand the core principles and practical tools for bringing academic subjects to life in the kitchen, garden, and lunchroom. This summer, two trainings will be offered for teachers, administrators, food service professionals, and advocates on site at the Edible Schoolyard Berkeley in California. The application deadline for both programs is March 13, 2016. Learn more and apply here

Vermont FEED Training: A Dairy for Every Classroom, July 2016
A Dairy for Every Classroom is a professional development course intended for middle, high school, and career and technical education teachers who are looking to deepen or expand their personal knowledge, curricular connections, and project-based learning opportunities related to dairy agriculture and the contributions the industry makes to the health of people and their communities. This course has been developed with the needs of teachers in mind and will provide teachers the time and ability to focus on projects of their choice, as well as opportunities to learn from colleagues and experts from the field.  Utilizing a unique learning format, the course includes a three-day residential intensive at Vermont Technical College in July; an independent work project period; and a two-day curriculum retreat at Shelburne Farms in late September. Learn more and apply here


Jobs & Opportunities
AmeriCorps Farm-to-School Coordinator, Green Mountain Farm-to-School 
Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) is a nonprofit organization promoting the health and wellbeing of Vermont's children, farms and communities by providing programs to connect schools and farms through food and education. The primary responsibilities of the AmeriCorps Farm-to-School Coordinator will be to develop, grow, present, and evaluate GMFTS’ Farm-to-School Programs and provide general operational and administrative support. This is a full-time year-long AmeriCorps position. Learn more here

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. 

Winter planning for spring chickens

NFSN Staff Thursday, February 04, 2016
By Nora Jungbluth, Programs Intern

 Photo credit: Jason Van Haverbeke
Although the ground is still covered in snow and the spring thaw feels distant, students and staff at Bald Eagle Area School District in Pennsylvania are busy preparing for an exciting (and tasty) new project. As a recipient of a Seed Change mini grant, the school district is ramping up its farm to school efforts with a unique “Chicken and Corn to Cafeteria” initiative. Starting this spring, students will be involved in every step of bringing chicken from eggshell to table. 
 
With support from the grant, the district plans to build its agricultural program, with a twist: raising chickens and growing sweet corn to prepare a large batch of chicken and corn chowder to feed students and the wider community. 

While teachers and staff have been preparing for the project for months – such as attending a farm to school training last fall with other Seed Change grant recipients – student involvement has recently taken off as the project has been integrated into classroom curriculum. Over the past few weeks, students have been preparing for the arrival of 40 fertilized eggs that will be hatched and raised to adulthood on the school grounds this spring. 

When the eggs arrive, kindergarten students will be responsible for watching over the incubators until the eggs hatch. This lesson in caring for the eggs will be integrated into their science curriculum, teaching them the process of hatching eggs and identifying the conditions young chicks need to live and grow. 

Middle and high school students in the woodshop and agriculture classes have been constructing brooder boxes that will keep the newly hatched chicks warm and cozy in their infant stage. The classes are also designing and constructing a hen house for when the chicks grow larger. Later this spring, after the birds have grown to full size, both the agriculture and family and consumer science classes will be directly involved in butchering and processing the chickens for chowder.

While the project initially intended for student to grow their own corn for the chowder, an unusually wet summer prevented them from having a successful growing season. Therefore, corn was purchased from a nearby farmer, which family and consumer science classes processed and froze to be used in the chowder later this spring. Currently, the students are researching chicken corn chowder recipes, testing different methods of preparing soup, as well as learning about ways of processing and storing chicken and corn. 

Once the chicken corn chowder is made, the district plans to sell the soup as a fundraiser to fund the project’s continuation next year. In this way, they hope the project will become a self-sustaining school tradition. 

“Innovative projects like this have a significant impact on entire communities,” says Kelsey Porter, Pennsylvania’s Seed Change state coordinator. “Students are engaging in agriculture in new and exciting ways, teachers are utilizing new tools in the classroom, and communities are renewing their excitement about local food.”   

Learn more about our Seed Change initiative and how we're growing farm to school state by state here

Seed Change in Kentucky, Louisiana and Pennsylvania is made possible by a generous grant from the Walmart Foundation, which shares the National Farm to School Network’s commitment to improving child and community healthy through innovative partnerships. 

This Week in farm to school: 2/2/16

NFSN Staff Tuesday, February 02, 2016

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. 



Webinars & Events
1. Scholarships available for National Farm to Cafeteria Conference 
Scholarships are now available for the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, a biennial event hosted by the National Farm to School Network that will convene more than 1,500 diverse stakeholders working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. Scholarship awards will cover short course and/or registration fees for the conference, pending available funds. Costs associated with travel, lodging and field trips are not covered by the scholarship award. In order to ensure the conference reflects the full diversity of farm to cafeteria constituents, scholarships are prioritized for farmers, farmer support organizations, youth (through age 22), persons of color, food service professionals, among others. Additional preference will be given to first-time conference attendees and presenters. Representation from all regions of the country will also be taken into consideration when evaluating scholarship applicants. The application is available online at farmtocafeteriaconference.org. Applications must be received or postmarked by 5pm (EST) on February 29, 2016.  

Research & Resources
1. Toolkit: Increasing Local Food Purchasing by Institutional Food Service Management
Farm to Institution New England (FINE) has released a new food service toolkit titled, “Setting the Table for Success: Increasing Local Food Purchasing by Institutional Food Service Management.” The toolkit covers the basics of how institutional purchasing works and digs in deep into guidance for using the food service request for proposal and contract process to guide institutions in sharing the responsibility of identifying and sourcing local food with their supply chain partners. FINE will host an introductory webinar on February 9th at 1 pm EST to walk through how the toolkit can be used. Register for the webinar here. View the toolkit here

2. Report: How States Strengthen Local Food Systems
The National Conference of State Legislatures has released a new report examining state legislation in all 50 states enacted between 2012 and 2014 that aimed to strengthen various components of local food systems. “Harvesting Healthier Options: State Legislative Trends in Local Foods 2012-2014” focuses on six policy areas, including farm to school. View the report here

3. Resource: Structural Racism Present in the US Food System Bibliography

The 3rd edition of the annotated bibliography “Structural Racism Present in the US Food System” is now available at the MSU Center for Regional Food System’s website. This edition has more than 20 new entries as well as the digital object identifier for most of the peer-reviewed publications cited. Support for this publication comes in part from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. View the resource here


Jobs & Opportunities
1. Executive Director, Urban Roots
Urban Roots seeks a highly skilled and passionate individual to serve as Executive Director and uphold its mission and vision in the community. The Executive Director is responsible for organizational leadership, management, and oversight of all employees, finances, programming, fundraising, events, and activities. Learn more and apply here

2. FoodCorps Service Member Application Open
Are you a leader passionate about healthy food, farms and kids? Become a FoodCorps service member! FoodCorps recruits talented leaders for a year of paid public service building healthy school food environments in limited-resource communities. Learn more about this opportunity and apply here


Farm to school in the news
Wyoming Schools Serve Student-Raised Beef
The Lander school district in Wyoming is serving up local beef to students from animals the students raised. With recent government interest in getting more locally-sourced foods into schools, the district partnered with the local FFA program to raise steers. (via Wyoming Public Media)

High School Uses Science and Fish To Help Save Garden
A San Diego, Calif. high school in danger of losing its garden because of the drought has, instead, created a sustainable living lab to grow fresh vegetables and fish. (via San Diego 7)

Students learn to raise and grow food for school lunch
For students at Prairie View Elementary in Holmen, Wis., the lunch menu includes chicken, sweet corn, and hydroponic lettuce grown by high school students. (via WXOW)

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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