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. Early Head Start Grants as Opportunity for Farm to ECE Funding
The Administration for Children and Families has announced approximately $135 million in funding available to expand access to high-quality, comprehensive services for low-income infants and toddlers and their families. This funding will support the creation of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships and the expansion of Early Head Start services to children and families. ACF solicits applications from public entities, including states, or private non-profit organizations, including community-based or faith-based organizations, or for-profit agencies that meet eligibility for applying as stated in section 645A of the Head Start Act. Explore available funding opportunities here.
Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Integrating Local Foods into Child Nutrition Programs
Thursday, June 30 // 3-4pm ET
Fruits and vegetables, milk and cheese, whole grain breads and pastas, beans, meats, seafood, and poultry - the opportunities for serving local foods in child nutrition programs are abundant! In the webinar Integrating Local Foods in Child Nutrition Programs, USDA’s Office of Community Food Systems will highlight the variety of ways districts across the country are incorporating local foods. In addition, districts from Vermont and Colorado will share how they started adding local foods to their meals and how seasonal cycle menus are now mainstays in their districts. Register here.
2. Workshop: Using Gardens to Teach Summer Institute
August 23-25 // Poughkeepsie, NY
The summer institute is designed to help educators integrate gardens into their teaching. It cover topics in literacy, social studies, science, math, and nutrition, as well as build knowledge about sustainable agriculture, food systems, social justice, and ecological gardening practices. Workshop is hosted at Poughkeepsie Farm Project. Learn more and register here.
Research & Resources
1. Findings of the 2015 National Food Hub Survey
Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems has released the Findings of the 2015 National Food Hub Survey, produced in collaboration with the Wallace Center at Winrock International. This is the only study of its caliber to track nationwide data on food hubs over time. Overall, the 2015 National Food Hub Survey indicates that the food hub model can be financially successful across a variety of legal structures and geographic or customer markets. See the findings here.
Jobs & Opportunities
1. Project Coordinator, Community Food Systems, The Food Trust
The Food Trust seeks a Project Coordinator to support projects related to healthy early care and education policy, farm to school and other related child nutrition programs. The coordinator will support the day-to-day management of several project focused on improving farm to early care best practices, both through policy change and through programming. Learn more here.
2. Director of Education, Stone Barns Center
Supervised by the Director of Programs, the Director of Education will manage and lead teacher and youth programs, including Mobile Kitchen Classroom, Farm Camp and other strategic educational initiatives. The Director of Education is responsible for developing and assessing strategies for achieving specific educational outcomes related to our mission. These include knowledge, skills and values related to agroecology (sustainable agriculture principles demonstrated at Stone Barns), farm-driven cuisine and making connections across the food system. Learn more here.
Farm to school in the news
Schools make cafeteria connections - shoutout to Bertrand Weber, NFSN Advisory Board!
School districts across the country are engaging parents with kitchen tours, smartphone apps and social media to persuade them that today’s school meals are nothing like the sometimes unhealthy foods they remember from their own childhoods. (via District Administration)
Gardening camp teaches problem-solving skills
A summer camp in Newark, N.J., offers students the opportunity to tend a school garden, feed chickens and do garden crafts. One students favorite part? "I like when we have a big root and we finally get it out after we've been working on it for so long. You get a victory." (via Newark Advocate)
Healthy Cuisine for Kids workshop touts importance of food preparation, palatability
About 30 school cafeteria managers from across Alabama are spending their summer learning from culinary experts how to best prepare and present nutritious food to students. Managers are learning new culinary techniques, recipe preparation, and the nutritional value of the food they serve. (via Times Daily)
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.