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This Week in Farm to School: 11/27/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, November 27, 2018
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 FY 2019 Farm to School Grant RFA
Deadline: December 4, 2018 - last week to apply!
The FY 2019 Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) is now open to applicants. Due to additional funding made available to the Farm to School Grant Program through the FY 2018 Omnibus Bill, the Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) seeks to award approximately $7.5M in FY 2019 funding.  Applications are due Dec. 4, 2018. Learn more and apply here.

2. One Earth Award 
The One Earth Award provides four students whose creative works encourage the awareness of, and meaningful responses to, pressing issues of human-caused climate change with $1,000 scholarships. In addition, special awards are also available for students and educators from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. All students in grades 7-12 (ages 13 and up) are eligible to participate. Visit artandwriting.org for more information, and visit the deadlines and guidelines page for information on when and how students can submit their work.


Webinars & Events
1. EQUITY Webinar: Building Racial Equity Within Cooperative Extension
Dec. 13, 2-3:30pm ET
This webinar will highlight tools, strategies, and takeaways from a panel that participated in the “Coming Together for Racial Understanding” week-long workshop in August 2018. We will also learn about the work of eXtension Foundation’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion fellow and a new fieldbook resource. Many people are looking for a place to start including racial equity in your work and/or making connections with those who have had multiple learning experiences with racial equity and are already using it as a programming lens. The majority of the webinar time will be used to field participant questions and insights about integrating a lens of racial equity in the work of food systems, agriculture, health, and related content areas. Register here.

2. Call for Session Proposals: National Children & Youth Garden Symposium Building Blocks for a Sustainable Future
July 10-13, 2019 // Madison, WI
The American Horticultural Society is pleased to announce its 27th annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium (NCYGS), the only national professional development event of its kind where we are cultivating tomorrow's gardeners by energizing, inspiring, and training today's garden educators. The 2019 event will take place July 10-13 in Madison, Wisconsin. Session proposals that embody the theme, Building Blocks for a Sustainable Future will be accepted until December 31, 2018. Learn more and submit your proposal here.

3. National Farmers Union’s Women’s Conference
January 13-17, 2019 // San Diego, CA
Calling all women in agriculture: are you looking for applicable business skills, innovative marketing tactics, advice for making a food safety plan, and a strong network of other women in agriculture? National Farmers Union’s Women’s Conference, January 13-17 in San Diego, California, offers all that and more. Learn more and register here


Job Opportunities
1. Executive Director, National Farm to School Network (Remote) 
National Farm to School Network seeks a dynamic, values-driven and collaborative leader as Executive Director. The Executive Director leads innovation and strategic growth toward accomplishing the mission of the organization. Location is flexible (anywhere within the U.S., with preference for proximity to Washington, D.C.). The deadline to apply is Jan. 7, 2019. Learn more here

2. Executive Director, NOFA-VT (Richmond, VT)
NOFA-VT is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director. They seek a leader who will continue to build a big, inclusive, and energetic tent for Vermont’s agricultural community and be resilient and adaptable while leading the organization. Learn more and apply here

3. Program Coordinator, Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (Brooklyn, NY) 
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation is seeking a Program Coordinator to lead outreach and engagement activities, in support of initiatives such as Restoration’s Farm to Institution and Bike Share efforts, and to ensure the coordination and sustainability of the work as part of Restoration’s larger mission and vision as a community development organization. Learn more and apply here.

4. Multiple Positions, Calypso Farm & Ecology Center (Fairbanks, AK)
Calypso Farm & Ecology Center is seeking a Field Trip Coordinator, a School Garden Manager, and a Farm Camp & Volunteer Program Coordinator. Learn more and apply here.


Farm to School in the News
Minnesota farm to school has been good for farmers & students alike
In 2017, farm to school advocates approached the Legislature with a proposed bill that would bring Minnesota more in line with other states. They want the state to fund a position in the education or agriculture department that would be a centralized resource for schools. (MinnPost)

Utah school district using produce from local farms
Most of the students Tim Crandall hands his apples to bite deep into the fruit, eating every bit. Going into schools to hand out his produce gives students the opportunity to try fresh, locally-grown produce, learn more about his farm and connect with a local grower. (Daily Herald)

“Feed a farmer” event at Oregon schools
OSU Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center in cooperation with the Klamath County School District and the Klamath City School District are inviting local potato farmers to share a school lunch with students. The event is called “Feed a Farmer” and has taken place at several schools over the past year as part of Klamath’s Farm to School program. (Herald and News)

 
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: 11/20/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, November 20, 2018
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 FY 2019 Farm to School Grant RFA
Deadline: December 4, 2018
The FY 2019 Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) is now open to applicants. Due to additional funding made available to the Farm to School Grant Program through the FY 2018 Omnibus Bill, the Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) seeks to award approximately $7.5M in FY 2019 funding.  Applications are due Dec. 4, 2018. Learn more and apply here.

2. 2019 Youth Garden Grant
Deadline: December 17, 2018
Any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program in the United States or US Territories planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18 is eligible to apply. The selection of winners is based on demonstrated program impact and sustainability. The top 5 programs will be awarded grant packages worth $2,100. Grant packages worth $500 will be awarded to 20 additional programs. Applications are due December 17. Learn more here


Webinars & Events
1. National Farmers Union’s Women’s Conference
January 13-17, 2019 // San Diego, CA
Calling all women in agriculture: are you looking for applicable business skills, innovative marketing tactics, advice for making a food safety plan, and a strong network of other women in agriculture? National Farmers Union’s Women’s Conference, January 13-17 in San Diego, California, offers all that and more. Learn more and register here.

2. Green Apply Day of Service
Green Apple Day of Service is an opportunity to join schools across the world in celebrating the central role that schools play in preparing the next generation of leaders in sustainability. A school’s event improves the learning environment while strengthening student civic leadership, environmental literacy, and project management skills. Since it began in 2012, Green Apple Day of Service has inspired over 900,000 volunteers in 80 countries to act in support of sustainability at their schools. With one in eight people around the globe attending a school every day, there is more work to be done! Schools and the community leaders who support them can choose their own date for their project, and they have access to mini-grants and personalized guidance to help them make their projects a reality. Sign up and register your project by March 15, 2019 to participate at greenapple.org.    


Research & Resources
1. 2018 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey: Full Report and State Level Data Now Available
In 2018, the National Farm to School Network (NFSN) and the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) surveyed early care and education (ECE) providers across the country. NFSN and CRFS have just released the full report and state level data detailing responses from 2,030 providers serving 255,257 young children in 45 states and Washington D.C. Respondents shared the benefits and challenges of connecting young children to healthy, local foods, gardening, and food and agriculture education through farm to ECE. The survey found that farm to ECE is reaching far and wide across the country. 49% of respondents are already doing farm to ECE activities and another 30% plan to start in the near future. Explore the full report and other survey resources to learn about the scope and reach of farm to ECE and opportunities to grow the movement. See the results and resources at farmtoschool.org/ece
 
2. New Farm to School Resources in Spanish
Farm to school activities are taking root across the country, and can benefit every student and every community. In an effort to make farm to school information and resources accessible to more students, parents, educators, farmers and other farm to school advocates, the National Farm to School Network has had more of its signature farm to school fact sheets translated into Spanish, including Farm to School Advocacy, Local Procurement for Child Care Centers, and Local Purchasing for Family Child Care Providers. These new resources add to a growing list of farm to school and early care and education resources available in languages other than English. Explore more than 35 non-English and bilingual farm to school resources and materials in NFSN's Resource Library.

3. Slow Food USA and Whole Kids Foundation: Garden to Cafeteria Toolkit
Slow Food USA, in partnership with Whole Kids Foundation, has developed a toolkit to help school district food services safely bring school garden produce onto the lunch line!The toolkit builds off the successes and safety protocols of five school districts across the United States to provide templates and a step-by-step process to help District Food Services develop their own protocols. Read the toolkit here.

4. A Guide to Using The Creative Curriculum® to Support Farm-to-ECE Models
These resource, developed by The Policy Equity Group, align farm to ECE strategies with one of the most widely used ECE curricula—The Creative Curriculum®. The guides explores how teachers can use The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool and The Creative Curriculum® for Infants, Toddlers, & Twos as a foundation to embed farm to ECE learning opportunities into their existing practices. Read the full resource here.


Policy News
1. Local School Foods Expansion Act Introduced
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) have introduced the Local School Foods Expansion Act. The legislation builds on the success of the Pilot Project for the Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetable, which was authored by Wyden and Welch and passed in the 2014 Farm Bill.The Local School Foods Expansion Act establishes this pilot project as a permanent program and allows participating states and school food authorities to purchase locally-grown, fresh fruits and vegetables with existing National School Lunch Program funds. The legislation also directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand the program in at least 15 states and provides additional funding for its implementation. Learn more here.


Job Opportunities
1. Executive Director, National Farm to School Network (Remote) 
National Farm to School Network seeks a dynamic, values-driven and collaborative leader as Executive Director. The Executive Director leads innovation and strategic growth toward accomplishing the mission of the organization. Location is flexible (anywhere within the U.S., with preference for proximity to Washington, D.C.). The deadline to apply is Jan. 7, 2019. Learn more here

2. Project Coordinator, Maine Farm to School Network (Gardiner, ME)
Healthy Communities of the Capital Area is the fiscal and staffing home to the Maine Farm to School Network (MFSN), which is led by a Leadership Council of farm to school stakeholders and whose mission is to build a communication and coordination infrastructure at the school and community level to support farm to school programs throughout Maine. MFSN is seeking a Coordinator to oversee implementation of the Network’s strategic plan priorities while advancing farm to school strategies and partnerships across the state of Maine with the goal of increasing procurement of Maine produced foods by schools, experiential agricultural education, and school gardens. Learn more here.

4. Castanea Fellowship

The Castanea Fellowship is looking for dedicated leaders ready to deepen the impact of their vision to build a healthier, more equitable, and sustainable food system. The Fellowship is for established leaders who are already equipped with a deep understanding of how the food system could shift in a meaningful way and have had considerable impact, yet know they could do much more. The leaders we seek are those who have demonstrated commitment to the work, understand racial equity, believe in the power of diversity, and welcome collaboration. Learn more and apply here

5. Multiple Positions, Healthy School Meals Initiative, FoodCorps (New York, NY or Portland, OR)
FoodCorps is seeking a Network Director and a Senior Director for its Healthy School Meals Initiative. Learn more and apply here.


Farm to School in the News
Dorothy Grady-Scarbrough Pioneering to End Hunger in the U.S.
According to the USDA, the percentage of households that are food insecure remains higher than it was before the 2008 recession. To grasp the issues fueling this silent epidemic, as well as how to fight them, Woman's Day spoke to three women battling hunger in their communities, inculde Dorothy Grady-Scarbrough, one of NFSN’s Mississippi Core Partners! (Women’s Day) - shout out to Dorothy! 

What School Lunches Have to Do With Fixing Wealth Inequality
Farm-to-institution organizations such as farm to school are pursuing local, state and national policies that exploit the enormous buying power of institutions such as hospitals and schools to help redistribute some of the wealth concentrated in large, private food companies. The hope is that this redistribution will create equity for farms owned by women and people of color, and provide more nourishing food choices in communities that historically have had limited options. (Yes Magazine) - shoutout to Anupama Joshi, NFSN's Executive Director!

Georgia ECE Garden Educator Recognized As PBS KIDS "Early Learning Champion"
PBS KIDS named 17 educators, including Andrea Zoppo from Little Ones Learning Center in Forest Park, Georgia, as PBS KIDS Early Learning Champions. This new awards program recognizes committed educators who work with young children, from infants to second graders, and will offer a variety of community building, leadership and professional learning opportunities provided by PBS and member stations over the next two years. (Georgia Public Broadcasting)

 
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, Scott Bunn!

NFSN Staff Wednesday, November 14, 2018


National Farm to School Network is excited to welcome Scott Bunn to our team as Development Director! With nearly 20 years of working in nonprofit development, Scott brings a wealth of fundraising leadership and experience to the organization. 

Prior to joining the National Farm to School Network, Scott spent eight years leading development activities with ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project), a North Carolina Supporting Partner of NFSN. While at ASAP, Scott created ASAP’s major donor program and elevated the fundraising culture at the organization. He also contributed significantly to ASAP's communications by overseeing rebranding and making ASAP the go-to resource for local food in Western North Carolina. Prior to ASAP, Scott held development positions at the Asheville Art Museum and Penland School of Crafts. 

As Development Director, Scott will lead the organization’s strategic growth and manage the strategy and execution of all development efforts. In addition to growing traditional revenue streams such as individual giving, events, corporate partnerships and grants, Scott will continue building the National Farm to School Network’s earned income strategies and explore other innovative development strategies, like social investment donors, to support our ongoing work. 

Scott lives in the Asheville, NC area with his wife Jenny and two children Stella and Levi. He also co-hosts a weekly sports talk radio show for Asheville FM, the community radio station in Asheville. 

Reach out to Scott with your development questions, to brainstorm solutions to fundraising challenges, to share your successes or to find out how you can collaborate in raising awareness and money to support the farm to school movement. Send him a message or say hello at scott@farmtoschool.org

A Garden Story, The Passamaquoddy Way

NFSN Staff Tuesday, November 13, 2018

By Alena Paisano, Program Manager, National Farm to School Network

National Farm to School Network’s Seed Change in Native Communities with Farm to School project is working with on-the-ground partners to expand and sustain farm to school activities in Native communities across the nation. In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, here’s a story from one Seed Change school about how farm to school activities are benefiting Native youth and their communities. 

“Our success started with a behavioral intervention,” says Brian Giles, Special Education Teacher at Indian Township School in the Passamaquoddy Indian Township Reservation, Maine. “I will tell you a story, which is the Passamaquoddy way. There is a student. I will call him Kinap. Kinap means strong and brave in Passamaquoddy and although that is not his name I feel it suits him. 

This student faces multiple hardships at home. His father is afflicted with an illness out of his control, his mother not present in the picture for reasons unknown to me. He walked around school every day with his hood up and his back slouched. He would not high five, handshake or utter good morning to anyone. I knew right away that I had to get him on board. As we all know, food is life, and gardens are good therapy. This student agreed to be part of the garden club at school and showed up religiously for a few weeks. He helped weed and prepare the garden. I elected him the leader of our club since the attendance was low and he was the most active member of our group. 

Before I knew it, he was leading the younger children groups, and when the FoodCorps national team visited, I elected to have him lead our group tour. They were blown away. His hood came down, and he was excited about garden club. The enthusiasm spread through his friends. I elected to have the students do the daily watering, and he and his peers begged me each morning for the keys to the greenhouse to water our beloved seedlings. We held a community show-off night, and the students led their families through the greenhouse and gardens to see what they had grown. We were met with ‘Hey tus or qoss (son or daughter), I didn’t know you were doing this. I am so proud of you.’ 

We are trying to make gardening and food sovereignty cool. Our afterschool garden program is called Passamaquoddy OG (Original Gardeners). I am working with tribal members to integrate traditional tribal music, hip hop, and traditional dance to create a culture of cool. We are working on t-shirt and hoodie designs that integrate the medicine wheel and tribal colors and language to reward our students for their hard work and to give them a badge of honor. Our OG membership and enthusiasm continues to rise and I am met daily with ‘When are we going to garden Mr. Giles.’ My answer will always be, toke (now).”

From garden clubs celebrating tribal culture and school menus serving up traditional foods, to planting heritage orchards and connecting classroom education with traditional teachings, farm to school activities in Native communities are helping break down barriers and reinvigorating traditional food ways one ear of corn (or salmon, chokecherry, squash, taro) at a time.

Learn more about our Seed Change in Native Communities project here: www.farmtoschool.org/nativecommunities 

Find resources for growing farm to school activities in Native communities in our Resource Library by searching the “Native Communities” tag: www.farmtoschool.org/resources 

This Week in Farm to School: 11/13/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, November 13, 2018
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 FY 2019 Farm to School Grant RFA
The FY 2019 Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) is now open to applicants. Due to additional funding made available to the Farm to School Grant Program through the FY 2018 Omnibus Bill, the Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) seeks to award approximately $7.5M in FY 2019 funding.  Applications are due Dec. 4, 2018. Learn more and apply here

2. 2019 Youth Garden Grant
Any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program in the United States or US Territories planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18 is eligible to apply. The selection of winners is based on demonstrated program impact and sustainability. The top 5 programs will be awarded grant packages worth $2,100. Grant packages worth $500 will be awarded to 20 additional programs. Applications are due December 17. Learn more here


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Farm to School and 21st Century Food Service Programs
November 15, 7-8pm ET
In 2018, National Farm to School Network teamed up with National Education Association as its National Partner of the Year. Growing from this partnership is a movement to challenge schools to build 21st Century food programs. We want to enrich the connection between schools and fresh, healthy, and locally sourced food. Additionally, we will build a new school nutrition workforce that will anchor this lofty project in our school communities. Join this webinar to hear from participants in this new partnership that are already reaping the benefits. Register here

2. Massachusetts Farm to School Farm & Sea to School Conference 
December 6, 2018 // Leominster, MA
On December 6, 2018, Mass. Farm to School will hold its fifth statewide conference, The Massachusetts Farm & Sea to School Conference. This year’s theme is Setting the Table: Communities Creating Change.  The conference seeks to amplify traditionally underrepresented voices in the Massachusetts food system and identify strategies and resources for promoting racial equity and social justice as we grow the farm & sea to school movement. Register here


Research & Resources
1. Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy Farm to Head Start Video
With the help of partners like the Hmong American Farmers Association, CKC Good Foods, and Bix Produce, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy partnered with Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties to implement a farm to head start initiative. The program has had a positive impact on children, farmers, and the whole community. Watch the video here.


Job Opportunities
1. Executive Director, National Farm to School Network (Remote) 
National Farm to School Network seeks a dynamic, values-driven and collaborative leader as Executive Director. The Executive Director leads innovation and strategic growth toward accomplishing the mission of the organization. Location is flexible (anywhere within the U.S., with preference for proximity to Washington, D.C.). The deadline to apply is Jan. 7, 2019. Learn more here

2. Policy Specialist, National Farm to School Network (Washington, D.C.) 
National Farm to School Network seeks a Policy Specialist to lead implementation of the organization's policy priorities, including influencing federal administrative, rulemaking, and legislative actions, and supporting the development of its biennial report of state level policies supportive of farm to school. This position is based in Washington, DC. Deadline to apply is Nov. 16, 2018. Learn more here

3. Executive Director, Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (Richmond, VT)
The Executive Director is responsible for providing leadership and direction toward the achievement of NOFA-VT’s mission and goals; administering the operations and programs of NOFA-VT; executing the policies established by the Board of Directors; overseeing the preparation of meaningful reports reflecting the financial health of the organization; providing human resources leadership/supervising staff; and representing the goals and work of the organization to the wider community. Reporting to the NOFA-VT Board of Directors, the Executive Director will help accomplish goals set towards positive operating results for the organization. Learn more and apply here.


Farm to School in the News
Michigan fruits and vegetables feed and educate kids
An innovative and expanding farm-to-cafeteria food program is helping students in the Battle Creek Public Schools find their way to more nutritious food while helping Michigan farmers find new markets for their produce. (Second Wave)

New farm to school menu at Florida High School
A new “farm-to-school” menu at Ocoee High School is getting students excited about eating healthy. “How can we get kids excited about agriculture, create jobs for them when they come out, get healthy nutritional food back into the school system and reduce the cost in the process of it?” said 4 Rivers CEO John Rivers. (Fox 35)

Farm to School: Growing Achievements in Vermont
Farm to school activities strengthen the American economy and connects students to the farm. Schools like these contribute to a stable market for local producers, and provide dependable revenues that boost the regional economy. Farm to school also helps kids to learn where their food comes from and inspires them to try foods they have grown or prepared. (USDA)

 
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: 11/06/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, November 06, 2018
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 FY 2019 Farm to School Grant RFA
The FY 2019 Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) is now open to applicants. Due to additional funding made available to the Farm to School Grant Program through the FY 2018 Omnibus Bill, the Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) seeks to award approximately $7.5M in FY 2019 funding.  Applications are due Dec. 4, 2018. Learn more and apply here

2. Captain Planet Project Learning Garden
Schools can apply now to win a Captain Planet Foundation Project Learning Garden through partnerships with grocery retailers around the country. Grand Prize Winners will receive a one year supply of DOLE Fruit Bowls and a Project Learning Garden provided by Captain Planet Foundation, including: 5 garden beds or garden expansion (for schools with an existing garden), mobile garden cooking cart, standards-based Learning Garden lessons and lesson supply kits, and online teacher training. Learn more and apply here.

3. SeedMoney Grants for Garden Projects
SeedMoney is giving away $30,000 in grants to food garden projects during their 4th Annual SeedMoney Challenge which starts on November 15th and ends December 15th. They’re offering challenge grants, crowdfunding opportunities and merit grants (i.e. no crowdfunding required) via one, easy online application. The Challenge is timed for projects to take advantage of #GivingTuesday (Nov 27) and the start of the year-end giving season. Last year, participating groups raised an average of $807 per project (i.e. grant + crowdfunds raised). Learn more and apply here.


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Farm to School and 21st Century Food Service Programs
November 15, 7-8pm ET
In 2018, National Farm to School Network teamed up with National Education Association as its National Partner of the Year. Growing from this partnership is a movement to challenge schools to build 21st Century food programs. We want to enrich the connection between schools and fresh, healthy, and locally sourced food. Additionally, we will build a new school nutrition workforce that will anchor this lofty project in our school communities. Join this webinar to hear from participants in this new partnership that are already reaping the benefits. Register here

2. Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine & Friends of the Eartch: Scaling Up Healthy, Climate-Friendly School Food
November 14, 4pm ET
Join Chef Ann Cooper, from Boulder Valley School District, Jen Dalton, from Friends of the Earth and Maggie Neola, from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) in a discussion on strategies and policies for scaling up healthy, plant-forward, climate-friendly school food. In this webinar, you will learn what other districts do to successfully increase participation rates and shift the culture towards healthier food. Register here.


Research & Resources
1. Cultivating Opportunity: An Overview of USDA’s Fiscal Year 2015 and 2016 Farm to School Grantees’ Growing Achievements
The Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) is excited to release a new report: Cultivating Opportunity: An Overview of USDA’s Fiscal Year 2015 and 2016 Farm to School Grantees’ Growing Achievements. Trends and best practices from fiscal year (FY) 2015 and 2016 farm to school grantees are highlighted throughout. OCFS also takes a look at baseline data collected from grantees to assess the impact of the grant program on the growth of the farm to school movement nationwide. Read the full report here.

2. Summary of Findings Report: Superintendent Perspectives on Local School Wellness Policies
This report summarizes findings from focus groups conducted with superintendents at The School Superintendents Association (AASA) meeting; in addition, key informant follow up interviews were conducted following the focus groups. Superintendents shared their perspectives and experiences with implementation and evaluation of local school wellness policies (LWP). Read the full report here.

3. New Resource from NACDD: Healthy School, Healthy Staff, Healthy Students: A Guide to Improving School Employee Wellness
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors has released Healthy School, Healthy Staff, Healthy Students: A Guide to Improving School Employee Wellness, a new resource to assist school districts and schools in establishing or enhancing an employee wellness initiative. Evidence-based school employee wellness programs have the potential to increase employee productivity and performance, improve the health of both staff and students, and support student academic success. Read the full report here.

4. No Kid Hungry Innovation Survey Opportunity
We know you’re doing creative work when it comes to feeding kids. We want to hear all about it. No Kid Hungry is developing a report on innovation and they want to hear from you. We have come a long way, but there is more work to do and innovative ideas are critical. If you or someone you know has applied a unique approach to ensuring that all kids get the food they need, please tell us more by taking this survey. Respondents will be featured in a report on the state of innovation and have the chance to receive an innovation accelerator award to support their work. The survey closes on November 30. Take the survey here.


Job Opportunities
1. Policy Specialist, National Farm to School Network (Washington, DC)
The National Farm to School Network seeks a Policy Specialist to lead implementation of the organization's policy priorities, including influencing federal administrative, rulemaking, and legislative actions, and supporting the development of its biennial report of state level policies supportive of farm to school. The Policy Specialist will cultivate relationships with policymakers and their staff, partner organizations and advocacy coalitions, manage and facilitate NFSN's Policy Group, and educate and mobilize NFSN stakeholders around key issues. This position is based in Washington, DC. Deadline to apply is Nov. 16, 2018. Learn more and apply here

2. Operations Manager, Castanea Fellowship (Remote)
Working with the Castanea Fellowship Steering Committee, and under direction of the Executive Director, the Operations Manager oversees the completion of projects and manages the day-to-day operations of the Castanea Fellowship, including scheduling and organizing meeting and events, processing financial reimbursements, providing budget tracking support, and providing project management support. This position also assists in communications and outreach to the Castanea Fellowship community, which includes partners, potential applicants, and advisors. We strongly encourage applicants with personal experience confronting the challenges of our current food system to apply, as well as, people with experience in multi-racial and multi-sector driven organizations. Learn more and apply here

3. Policy Specialist, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (Washington, D.C.)
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is an alliance of over 120 grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities. NSAC is currently seeking candidates for a Policy Specialist position. This position is located at NSAC’s DC office on Capitol Hill and is a full-time exempt position. Each one of five Policy Specialists at NSAC reports to NSAC’s Policy Director. Learn more and apply here.

4. Good Food Purchasing Project Manager, Chicago Food Policy Action Council (Chicago, IL)
The CFPAC Good Food Purchasing Project Manager will support CFPAC’s priorities by working in coordination with CFPAC Board and staff members, local communities, organizations, vendors, suppliers, processors, and producers as well as staff at City of Chicago and Cook County Departments and Agencies, and other state and national level partners. The Good Food Purchasing Project Manager is a new role serving as a resource to participants in the above networks. The position will also closely coordinate with the Center for Good Food Purchasing and other national partners. Learn more and apply here.

5. Farm to School AmeriCorps Member, Rural Health Network of South Central New York (Binghamton, NY)
The Farm to School AmeriCorps program is an exciting new initiative of the Food and Health Network (FaHN), a program of Rural Health Network of South Central New York. The regional Farm to School program works collaboratively with 26 school districts in South Central New York. Farm to School Corps members will work as part of an expanding regional team to develop, implement, grow, and evaluate programs to bring healthy, local food to students. Members will work with staff, students, parents, farms, and community partners to increase capacity for hands-on learning, local procurement, and creating a school-wide culture of health. Learn more and apply here.


Farm to School in the News
Iowa students learn from local farmers
Iowa Valley RC&D and Field to Family are working with the Iowa City Community School District — which oversees Van Allen Elementary — as well as the Solon, Clear Creek Amana and Cedar Rapids districts to provide nutrition education programs for students. (The Gazette)

New Jersey school goes hydroponic, wins farm-to-school award
For “Take Your Parents to Lunch Day” earlier this month, Hopewell Elementary School students picked basil from the school’s vertical farm that was later featured in a deconstructed caprese salad. It is the latest item to be added to the school’s organic homemade lunch menu, available three times a week, with vertical farm produce infused into two of those three meals. (Community News)

New York students take food from courtyard to cafeteria
Last month, students celebrated eating a breakfast made from their own eggs, and it’s all thanks to Andover Central School’s Environmental Technology class. In 2015, this course was formed after a strong demand by high school students who desired to learn about local and sustainable agriculture. Since the garden’s inception, students in the Environmental Technology course have designed, built, and maintained a high tunnel, a raised bed garden, a composting system, and a mobile chicken coop in their courtyard. (Wellsville Daily)

  
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