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.
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