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This Week in farm to school: 1/31/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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. RIDGE Center RFP
The Tufts/UConn RIDGE Center seeks to support innovative economic research on domestic nutrition assistance programs and to broaden a network of researchers applying their expertise to USDA topics. The RIDGE Center seeks applications from a diverse community of experienced nutrition assistance researchers, graduate students, early career scholars, and established researchers who bring expertise in another research area. Full details are available in the 2017 Request for Proposals (RFP). Additional information can be found here

2. Carton 2 Garden 2017 Contest
Evergreen Packaging and KidsGardening.org are proud to present its third annual national Carton 2 Garden Contest. Open to public and private schools, contest winners will be selected based on their implementation of an innovative garden creation featuring creative and sustainable uses for repurposed milk and juice cartons. Fourteen entries will be selected to receive award packages for their efforts. Submissions are due April 12, 2017. Learn more here


Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Moving Schools Toward Local, Scratch-Cooked Food
Thursday, Feb. 2, 1-2pm EST
Chesapeake Woodshed Network presents "Moving Schools Toward Local Scratch-Cooked Food" on February 2. Lindsey Parsons, Founder and Coordinator of Healthy School Food Maryland, and Rodney Taylor, award-winning Director of Food and Nutrition Services at Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), will present. Register here

2. The Edible Schoolyard Intensive: Farm to School
July 9-11 // Berkeley, Calif.
Develop your team’s holistic approach to program success and strengthen relationships between food service staff members, school and district leadership, and classroom, garden and kitchen educators. Applications due March 5. Learn more here

3. Life Lab: Educator Workshops at the Garden Classroom
Santa Cruz, Calif. 
Life Lab offers trainings and workshops for educators in their Garden Classroom on the UCSC CASFS Farm. Upcoming trainings this spring and summer include: Next Generation Science in the Garden (Grades K-5), Common Core in the Garden (Grades K-6), The Growing Classroom (Grades K-6) and Growing Seeds of Wonder (PreK-K). Learn more and find additional training opportunities here

4. Save the Date: Georgia Farm to School Summit
Oct. 5-6 // Augusta, Georgia 
Save the Date! The 6th Georgia Farm to School Summit will be held Oct.5-6, 2017 at Helms College in Augusta, GA. Engage in a variety of farm to school and early care sessions and workshops, tour dynamic school gardens and educational farms, and network with farm to school and early care leaders from across our state. Registration will open in April 2017. Learn more here


Resources
1. Recording Now Available: January NFSN Farm to ECE Webinar
Exploring the Good Food, Great Kids Project
A recording of NFSN's January Farm to ECE Webinar is now available. This webinar explores lessons learned and best practices gleaned from pfc Social Impact Advisors's new series of farm to ECE case studies and policy report. Speakers including John Sherman, Senior Managing Director with pfc Social Impact Advisors, and the team at Norris Square Community Alliance, one of the feature case studies. Watch the recording here.

2. Local Food Processing Video & Case Studies
Farm to Institution New England’s New England Food Processors’ Community of Practice has released a short video and suite of seven comprehensive case studies that highlight some of the challenges to processing local food and the innovative solutions that are helping bring local products to institutions. Explore these new resources here

3. Study: Increasing the capacity of a local food hub to service the public school market
Cooperation with a local food hub can be beneficial for bringing together farmers and school district food services interested in serving local food to their students. This study examines a project in northeast Iowa that has successfully navigated some of the challenges for these groups to collaborate. Learn more here

4. Take the National Young Farmer Survey
Take the National Young Farmer Survey and let Congress know that #FarmersCount! The survey is conducted every five years by the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) in order to understand and elevate the issues that matter most to young farmers and aspiring farmers. It is crucial that the survey results represent all young farmers and aspiring farmers, no matter where they live or what they grow. Survey answers are completely confidential. Learn more here


Jobs & Opportunities
1. Farm to School Education Coordinator 
REAP Food Group is a non-profit organization in Madison Wisconsin that nourishes links between land and table to grow a healthful, just, and sustainable local food system. The Farm to School Education Coordinator will manage the Farm to School educational curriculum and programs, deliver direct education in classrooms, and provide management and training to REAP Farm to School educators. This is a full time position. Learn more here

2. Education Program Specialist - Nutrition Learning Lab
Georgia Department of Education seeks a Education Program Specialist- Nutrition Learning Lab. This position will provide leadership for the development and implementation of a new statewide K-12 Cafeteria Learning Lab program. Learn more here

3. FoodCorps Service Member Application Open
FoodCorps is recruiting talented leaders for a year of paid public service building healthy school food environments in limited-resource communities. FoodCorps AmeriCorps members teach student hands on lessons in growing cooking and tasting healthy food; promote healthy eating onions in the cafeteria; and, make schools healthier place to eat, learn and grow. The FoodCorps application is open now through March 15th. Learn more here

4. Request for Proposals for Program Evaluation
ProCureWorks, a joint initiative of School Food Focus (SFF) and Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), is currently accepting proposals to design and conduct a formal program evaluation. ProCureWorks is accepting Request for Proposal (RFP) to evaluate this ground breaking cross sector collaboration designed to leverage the buying power of the health and education sectors to transform the food supply chain for school districts and hospitals within California. Proposals must be submitted by Feb. 6. Learn more here


Farm to School in the News
Wisconsin students enjoy a meal from farm to plate
For a third straight year, Holmen School District (Wisconsin) served students at all six of its schools a lunch of student-raised chicken served alongside fresh fruits, vegetables and roasted potatoes grown in nearby Vernon County. La Crosse Tribune

New Jersey students participate in 'farm-to-art' project
Second graders at Warren Township Schools (New Jersey) are receiving “farm to art” lessons. Using wool from local sheep, students are learning how wool is sheared, washed, carded, and spun into yarn that can be used for weaving. Echoes-Sentinel 

Louisiana students cook up a feast for community members
The LSU AgCenter hosted the third annual Cuisine du Jardin Cookoff on Saturday. Teams consisted of students, elected officials, chefs and teachers, and dishes incorporated vegetables grown in school gardens. The winner's dish will be served across Lafayette Parish schools next October for National Farm to School Month. The Advertiser

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: 1/24/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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. NEA Foundation: Grants to Educators 
The NEA Foundation is providing mini-grants for projects and programs that can support STEM learning, such a urban farming and other farm to school activities. Deadlines for applications are due Feb. 1, June 1, and Oct. 15. Learn more here

2. Carton 2 Garden 2017 Contest
Evergreen Packaging and KidsGardening.org are proud to present its third annual national Carton 2 Garden Contest. Open to public and private schools, contest winners will be selected based on their implementation of an innovative garden creation featuring creative and sustainable uses for repurposed milk and juice cartons. Fourteen entries will be selected to receive award packages for their efforts. Submissions are due April 12, 2017. Learn more here


Webinars & Events
1. Life Lab: Educator Workshops at the Garden Classroom
Santa Cruz, Calif. 
Life Lab offers trainings and workshops for educators in their Garden Classroom on the UCSC CASFS Farm. Upcoming trainings this spring and summer include: Next Generation Science in the Garden (Grades K-5), Common Core in the Garden (Grades K-6), The Growing Classroom (Grades K-6) and Growing Seeds of Wonder (PreK-K). Learn more and find additional training opportunities here

2. Save the Date: Georgia Farm to School Summit
Oct. 5-6 // Augusta, Georgia 
Save the Date! The 6th Georgia Farm to School Summit will be held Oct.5-6, 2017 at Helms College in Augusta, GA. Engage in a variety of farm to school and early care sessions and workshops, tour dynamic school gardens and educational farms, and network with farm to school and early care leaders from across our state. Registration will open in April 2017. Learn more here


Resources
1. Recording Now Available: January NFSN Farm to ECE Webinar
Exploring the Good Food, Great Kids Project
A recording of NFSN's January Farm to ECE Webinar is now available. This webinar explores lessons learned and best practices gleaned from pfc Social Impact Advisors's new series of farm to ECE case studies and policy report. Speakers including John Sherman, Senior Managing Director with pfc Social Impact Advisors, and the team at Norris Square Community Alliance, one of the feature case studies. Watch the recording here.

2. Take the National Young Farmer Survey
Take the National Young Farmer Survey and let Congress know that #FarmersCount! The survey is conducted every five years by the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) in order to understand and elevate the issues that matter most to young farmers and aspiring farmers. It is crucial that the survey results represent all young farmers and aspiring farmers, no matter where they live or what they grow. Survey answers are completely confidential. Learn more here


Jobs & Opportunities
1. Request for Applications: National Farm to School Network Core Partners for 2017-2019
National Farm to School Network is seeking partner organizations in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. Territories (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands) to serve as NFSN Core Partners for 2017-2019, the next phase of farm to school and farm to early care and education growth and evolution. Organizations and agencies interested in and capable of contributing to the advancement of farm to school and ECE are encouraged to apply. Applications are due January 26, 2017 at 6pm ET. Learn more and apply at farmtoschool.org/rfa

2. Policy Director
The National Farm to School Network seeks a Policy Director to joins its team. The Policy Director is responsible for leading NFSN’s policy advocacy work. NFSN serves as a national voice for the farm to school movement and a leading resource on national, state and local policies that impact farm to school and farm to ECE. Read the full position description here. Applications due January 27, 2017

3. Farm to School Education Coordinator 
REAP Food Group is a non-profit organization in Madison Wisconsin that nourishes links between land and table to grow a healthful, just, and sustainable local food system. The Farm to School Education Coordinator will manage the Farm to School educational curriculum and programs, deliver direct education in classrooms, and provide management and training to REAP Farm to School educators. This is a full time position. Learn more here

4. FoodCorps Service Member Application Open
FoodCorps is recruiting talented leaders for a year of paid public service building healthy school food environments in limited-resource communities. FoodCorps AmeriCorps members teach student hands on lessons in growing cooking and tasting healthy food; promote healthy eating onions in the cafeteria; and, make schools healthier place to eat, learn and grow. The FoodCorps application is open now through March 15th. 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. 

This Week in farm to school: 1/17/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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. USDA Announces $27 Million in Grants Available to Support the Local Food Sector
On January 11, USDA announced requests for applications for the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP), and the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP), which offer $27 million in grants to fund innovative projects designed to strengthen market opportunities for local and regional food producers and businesses. These grants can be used to support farm to school activities. For example, in 2014 Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation received a LFPP grant to expand a pilot Farm to Early Care Project in Central Brooklyn by increasing access to farm fresh, healthy food for 1,500 children while generating increased revenue for participating farmers. Learn more here


Webinars & Events
1. 2017 New England Farm to Institution Summit
April 5-7 // Leominster, Mass. 
Registration is now open for the 2017 New England Farm to Institution Summit, April 5-7, 2017 at the Doubletree Hotel in Leominster, Massachusetts. The program features a dynamic and inspiring array of sessions, speakers, activities, cooking demonstrations, field trips, exhibitors, entertainment, and networking time. In addition to focus areas on schools, health care, and college campuses, there will be sessions related to correctional facilities. Cross-cutting topics include supply chain management, food waste, racial equity, skill building, and much more. Learn more and register here

2. 2017-2018 Northeast Farm to School Institute
June 27-29 // Shelburne, VT
The Northeast Farm to School Institute is a unique year-long professional learning opportunity for twelve school teams from New England and New York. The year-long Institute kicks off with a Summer Retreat held at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, VT from June 27-29, 2017. During the Summer Retreat, participants will develop a comprehensive school-wide Farm to School Action Plan that includes curriculum, local procurement, utilizing outdoor learning spaces, and cultivating family and community connections. Applications are due March 9. Learn more here


Resources
1. Take the National Young Farmer Survey
Take the National Young Farmer Survey and let Congress know that #FarmersCount! The survey is conducted every five years by the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) in order to understand and elevate the issues that matter most to young farmers and aspiring farmers. It is crucial that the survey results represent all young farmers and aspiring farmers, no matter where they live or what they grow. Survey answers are completely confidential. Learn more here


Jobs & Opportunities
1. Request for Applications: National Farm to School Network Core Partners for 2017-2019
National Farm to School Network is seeking partner organizations in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. Territories (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands) to serve as NFSN Core Partners for 2017-2019, the next phase of farm to school and farm to early care and education growth and evolution. Organizations and agencies interested in and capable of contributing to the advancement of farm to school and ECE are encouraged to apply. Applications are due January 26, 2017. Learn more and apply at farmtoschool.org/rfa

2. Policy Director
The National Farm to School Network seeks a Policy Director to joins its team. The Policy Director is responsible for leading NFSN’s policy advocacy work. NFSN serves as a national voice for the farm to school movement and a leading resource on national, state and local policies that impact farm to school and farm to ECE. Read the full position description here. Applications due January 27, 2017. 


Farm to school in the news
Texans Embrace MLK Day Of Service in School Garden
Volunteers in east Dallas spent MLK Day knee deep in dirt and mulch to help a small school garden become something much bigger. “The garden is the heart of the community, so when you bring people together in the garden, they start seeing nature differently, they see themselves differently and they see the world differently.” (via KERA News)

Balancing farm chores and school work near Lake Placid
Not every school can boast its own flock of sheep or herd of horses. But at North Country School in New York, daily homework includes farm chores, even in the dark winter months. Twice a day, students feed livestock and check barn conditions. In the spring, there's all-school maple syrup production, and garden and chicken harvests in early autumn. (via North Country Public Radio)

Public schools eyed as potential buyers for blueberry crop
The Maine Wild Blueberry Commission has received a $50,000 grant from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to market wild blueberries for public school breakfast and lunch programs. (via The Ellsworth American)

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. 

New Resources: Engaging Farmers and Producers in Farm to School

NFSN Staff Friday, January 13, 2017

Farmers, fisherman, ranchers and other local food producers play a critical role in the farm to school movement. From cafeteria to classroom, these food champions provide healthy, local food and agriculture education to millions of our nation’s kids. Farm to school couldn’t happen without them!
 
That’s why the National Farm to School Network is committed to propelling new ideas and innovative resources to support farmers and producers in the farm to school movement. Our 2016 Innovation Awards did just that.
 
With funding support from Newman’s Own Foundation and Farm Credit, the National Farm to School Network presented Innovation Awards in February 2016 to three projects led by partners in Georgia, the Great Lakes and the Northeast. This year’s theme, Engaging Farmers and Producers in Farm to School, inspired these partners to develop resources and creative approaches for engaging more farmers and producers in the farm to school movement.
 
Here are highlights of what the projects accomplished and several new resources now available:
 
Sea to School
Maine Farm to School, Massachusetts Farm to School, New Hampshire Farm to School
Three New England states worked together to create two new resources, a Sea to School Guide and “Sea to School: A Lunch Voyage” video, that will help expand the use of local seafood in school meals and marine education. The guide includes case studies, best practices, recipes, and other useful resources to expand “sea to school” programs and support of local fishermen.
 
Growing Farm to School by Sharing Farmer Stories
University of Wisconsin, Madison - Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin teamed up to document grower-food service relationships that make farm to school implementation successful. The videos feature conversations between farmers and food service directors, highlighting the key points that make their relationships work.
 
Pop-Up School Market: Engaging Farmers at Early Care and Education Centers
Georgia Organics
This project piloted 10 pop-up farmers markets at a childcare facility in Georgia as a direct marketing opportunity for a small family farmer, while engaging parents and caregivers in farm to early care and education. Cooking demonstrations and taste tests were offered at the market each week, and parents were provided cooking and educational supplies for use at home. An evaluation of the project provides lessons learned for replicating the pop-up market model at other childcare facilities.


Help support more innovative ideas like these by making a donation to the National Farm to School Network. Your donations support more resource development and outreach to the farmers and producers who bring our kids fresh, healthy food.  

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This Week in farm to school: 1/10/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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. Lowe's Charitable and Education Foundation Accepting Applications for Toolbox for Education Grants
The Lowe's Charitable and Education Foundation has announced the opening of its Spring 2017 Toolbox for Education, which supports projects that encourage parent involvement in local schools and build stronger community spirit. One-year grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to projects with the potential to have a permanent impact on a school community, such as facility enhancement (indoor or outdoor) or landscaping/clean-up projects. In addition,  Toolbox grants can be used as part of a large-scale project like a playground, as long as the grant will be used to complete a phase of the project that can be completed within twelve months of the award. Learn more and apply here. Application deadline is Feb. 9, 2017. Learn more here

2. Pediatric Obesity Mini CoIIN 2017 Application
The Association of State Public Healthy Nutritionists (ASPHN) has supported the Pediatric Obesity Mini Collaborative Improvement and Innovative Networks (CoIIN) for the past 3 years. The purpose of the Pediatric Obesity Mini CoIIN is to support and enhance state health departments in their work on the DP13-1305, Domain 2 strategy of improving nutrition and physical activity in early care and education (ECE) settings. In 2017, this project will provide oversight and support for at least 10 state teams to engage in a quality improvement process that embeds childhood obesity-prevention standards and improves capacity in state ECE systems.  If interested, send an e-mail indicating interest in applying to sandy@asphn.org by Friday, January 13. Learn more here


Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: January NFSN Farm to ECE Webinar: Good Food, Great Kids Project 
January 11, 3:30-5pm ET
pfc Social Impact Advisors, in partnership with the National Farm to School Network and the BUILD Initiative, recently developed a series of case studies on the emerging benefits of farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) initiatives. These case studies, along with the accompanying policy report, explore the policy and practice of how communities are joining forces to bring farm to ECE programs to vulnerable children and families. Join us to hear from Hilda Vega, Vice President of Programs at pfc Social Impact Advisors, about the important lessons gleaned from the project and from the team at Norris Square Community Alliance, one of the featured case studies, about how their farm to ECE model is supporting equity and inclusion in the ECE setting. Register here

2. Webinar: Farm to Institution Training for Food Service Consultants

January 31, 1-2pm ET
Farm to Institution New England is working to build a resource for food service consultants in this growing field. In this webinar, FINE will share its comprehensive toolkit for increasing local food procurement by institutional food services, showcasing how it pertains to the request for proposal (RFP) process for food service management companies. The webinar will include a live case study sharing how the University of Vermont navigated a cutting edge RFP process by working with a consultant and engaging the campus community. Register here

3. 2017 Food Waste & Hunger Summit
March 24-25 // Canton, Ohio
Each spring, The Campus Kitchens Project hosts a Food Waste & Hunger Summit that brings together leading national nonprofit organizations and engaged students who are working to fight food waste and hunger, for a packed weekend of learning about advocacy, service and leadership. The 4th Annual Food Waste & Hunger Summit will be held at Walsh University in Canton, Ohio on March 24-25. Learn more here

4. Save the Date: Georgia Farm to School Summit
Oct. 5-6 // Augusta, Georgia
The 6th Georgia Farm to School Summit will be held Oct.5-6, 2017 at Helms College in Augusta, GA. Engage in a variety of farm to school and early care sessions and workshops, tour dynamic school gardens and educational farms, and network with farm to school and early care leaders from across our state. Registration will open in April 2017. Learn more here

5. Save the Date: Community Food Systems Conference
December 5-7, 2017 // Boston, Mass. 
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project's Community Food Systems Conference will address common underlying themes between food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture including obstacles in urban and rural environments and fostering community empowerment to create and sustain resilient local food systems. Learn more here


Resources
1. Two New “Sea to School” Resources Available
Massachusetts Farm to School, Maine Farm to School Network, and New Hampshire Farm to School have released two new resources, a Sea to School Guide and “Sea to School: A Lunch Voyage” video, to help expand the use of local seafood in school meals and seafood/marine education. This project was made possible with a 2016 Innovation Award from the National Farm to School Network funded by Farm Credit and the Newman’s Own Foundation. Explore the new resources here

2. 2015 Local Food Marketing Practices Survey Results
On December 20, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) announced the release of the results from their highly anticipated Local Food Marketing Practices Survey. The survey includes information on both fresh and value-added foods, such as meat and cheese, and shows strong potential for future growth. According to the results, over 167,000 U.S. farms produced and sold food locally through through food hubs and other intermediaries, direct farmer-to-consumer marketing, or direct farm to retail, resulting in $8.7 billion in revenue in 2015. Learn more here


Jobs & Opportunities
1. Request for Applications: National Farm to School Network Core Partners for 2017-2019
National Farm to School Network is seeking partner organizations in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. Territories (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands) to serve as NFSN Core Partners for 2017-2019, the next phase of farm to school and farm to early care and education growth and evolution. Organizations and agencies interested in and capable of contributing to the advancement of farm to school and ECE are encouraged to apply. Applications are due January 26, 2017. Learn more and apply at farmtoschool.org/rfa

2. Deputy Director, DC Greens
DC Greens, a non-profit organization that uses the power of partnerships to support food education, food access, and food policy in the nation's capital, seeks a Deputy Director. The Deputy Director will serve as a thought partner to the Executive Director and be responsible for enhancing the internal organization and infrastructure necessary for DC Greens’ continued success and growth. Learn more here

3. Growing for Success Program Specialist
National Center for Appropriate Technology’s (NCAT) Growing for Success project aims to expand the Harvest of the Month initiative to a broader institutional audience including hospitals and pre-schools. This job entails travel around Montana to establish and maintain relationships with prospective pilot sites, attend conferences, and build the database of producers and institutions that are engaged in Farm to Cafeteria. The position will run from March 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018. Application closes Feb. 3, 2017. Learn more here

4. Executive Director of The Institute of Child Nutrition
The School of Applied Sciences at the University of Mississippi is seeking a skilled visionary leader to serve as the permanent Executive Director for the Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN). Learn more here

5. FoodCorps Service Member Application Open
FoodCorps is recruiting talented leaders for a year of paid public service building healthy school food environments in limited-resource communities. FoodCorps AmeriCorps members teach student hands on lessons in growing cooking and tasting healthy food; promote healthy eating onions in the cafeteria; and, make schools healthier place to eat, learn and grow. The FoodCorps application is open now through March 15th. Learn more here


Farm to school in the news
Betti Wiggins named 2017 School Nutrition Hero
The non-profit School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) has announced the national recognition of five 2017 School Nutrition Heroes for their efforts as positive role models in school nutrition. Betti Wiggins, Executive Director of Office of School Nutrition, Detroit Public Schools Community District, and NFSN board member, is one of this year's honorees. Congratulations, Betti! 

The Next Generation Of Farmers Is Being Trained In New York City High Schools
Some 600 of New York City’s public school students are enrolled in a specialized, four-year high school agriculture program. Like most of their schoolmates, the students follow an ordinary curriculum of English, math and social studies. But they also  grow crops, care for livestock and learn the rudiments of floriculture, viticulture, aquaculture, biotechnology and entrepreneurship. (via NPR)

Texas Elementary students start 'fresh' in New Year
DeLeon Elementary School in Texas uses its school garden to meet state education standards and encourage students to try new, healthy foods. ”We are bringing education to life. They really learn when they are out of their seats and moving around and getting their hands dirty." (via Victoria Advocate)

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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