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This Week in Farm to School: 4/17/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, April 17, 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. New CDC Notice of Funding Opportunity: State Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) Program
CDC has announced the availability of FY 2018 funds to implement CDC-RFA-DP18-1807: State Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) Program. The funds will supports state investments to improve nutrition and to increase safe and accessible physical activity that benefits the whole state and can be shared with local governmental entities. Application due date: June 14, 2018. Learn more here

2. Updated SARE State Summaries and Grants Lists Now Available
Since 1988, the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has been a go-to USDA grants and outreach program for farmers, ranchers, researchers and educators who develop innovations that improve farm profitability, protect water and land, and revitalize communities. SARE has awarded over $251 million to more than 6,300 projects. Learn more about funded grants, project highlights and a breakdown of funding in your state using our newly updated portfolio summaries and grant lists.


Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Racial Equity in Food Systems Work: Beginning the Journey
April 24 // 3-4:30pm ET
Hosted by the eXtension working group on Undoing Inequality in the Food System which is part of the eXtension Community, Local and Regional Community of Practice and the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, this presentation is intended to inspire Extension educators who want to make racial equity a more intentional part of their work – and an introduction to resources and tools to help do so. This webinar will begin to discuss what racial equity training is and how it benefits Extension work, and also, suggest additional resources and tools useful to those who want to bring racial equity training to their organizations. Register here

2. SNAP-Ed Connection Webinar: Writing SNAP-Ed Stories: Simple Strategies for Success
May 8 // 12-1pm ET 
Sharing the success of the SNAP-Ed program can be enhanced with powerful stories that resonate with stakeholders.  During this 1-hour webinar, 3 SNAP-Ed agency program leaders with experience developing and sharing effective success stories will share their methods and recommendations.  SNAP-Ed Connection will review tips and strategies for creating stories that are concise, powerful, and engaging to readers across the SNAP-Ed stakeholder community.  Plus, we'll share with you the top 5 mistakes made when writing success stories-- and show you how to avoid them! Register here

3. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics Webinar: State Farm to School Networks 
Thursday, May 10 // 2-3 PM ET
State farm to school networks are vital to the growth and institutionalization of farm to school through their state level leadership and coordination and contributions to a nationwide movement. On this webinar, learn about a new resource from the National Farm to School Network that highlights network best practices, and hear from NFSN Core Partners who are leading the way in state network development. Register here.


Research & Resources
1. Walking the Thin Line: Urban Action Towards Food Justice
Food justice is concerned with equity in all steps of the food system (from production to consumption). It covers equity in access to healthy food, participation in decisions about food, and even wider equity in power and resources. It acknowledges the disparities built in the food system. Food justice is about acknowledging and acting upon past and existing inequities and traumas, as well as their structural causes (in terms of ethnicity, class, gender…). This raises the question of what cities can do to tackle structural problems that far exceed their remit. Read more from Urban Food Futures here

2. JAFSCD Seeking New Reviewers
Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD) is looking to add new reviewers, who may be food systems researchers, scholars, or practitioners. To be eligible, you should have experience in writing and/or reviewing scholarly work and have considerable knowledge or experience in some area of food systems. You should be able to do a rigorous review of at least 3 manuscripts each year. Learn more about becoming an active member of the JAFSCD community as a peer reviewer by going to the online application here. 
 

Job Opportunities
1. Outreach Coordinator, The Common Market Georgia
The Common Market Georgia, a mission-driven distributor of local foods to the Atlanta area, seeks a Customer Outreach Associate. Learn more here

2. Executive Director, NCAT
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is seeking an  Executive Director to provide visionary leadership to NCAT, its staff, board and partners. Learn more here

3. Garden Educator, CommunityGrows
CommunityGrows seeks to hire a Garden Educator to manage the in-school environmental education program at John Muir Elementary in California. Learn more here

4. Program and Policy Director, Mandela MarketPlace
Mandela MarketPlace is seeking to hire a Program and Policy Director to oversee their suite of food access and public health programming. Learn more here


Farm to School in the News
West Virginia after-school program to offer new gardening club
Children involved in the Stockert Youth and Community Center’s after-school program will soon learn the importance of gardening and harvesting home-grown fruits and vegetables. With assistance and knowledge from the Buckhannon Community Garden officials, SYCC kids will learn the extensive process of planting fruits and vegetables. (The Inter Mountain)

Locally sourced food truck makes way to Madison schools
Food from the Uproot truck counts as a reimbursable school lunch, which REAP’s executive director, Helen Sarakinos, said is important, because half of MMSD’s student body qualifies for free or reduced lunch. (Channel 3000)

Growing and knowing: Virginia science students, staff construct greenhouse, native plants garden
If all goes as planned, the greenhouse will provide a nurturing home not just for young vegetable plants and flowers but also the makings for many a seafood dinner. Pointing at a bubbling fish tank connected by a tube to a second tank filled with plants rooted in water, Burkett said it is a small, classroom version of what she plans to install in the greenhouse. (Orange County Review)

Farm to school cooking competition heats up in Maine
Students and school nutrition professionals in a Maine school district recently participated in a cooking contest featuring locally produced food. Stephanie Stambach, a child nutrition consultant, says the event features hands-on learning and raises awareness about local food. (WABI TV)

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: 4/10/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, April 10, 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. Humana Foundation RFA
The Humana Foundation has an open Request for Applications (RFA) through April 27 for LA, FL, TN, KY, and TX focusing on food security and social connection. The Humana Foundation invests in nonprofit organizations that address the barriers keeping people from overcoming social determinants of health. Social determinants of health are the conditions under which people are born, grow, live, work and age that impact overall health and well-being. More than $191 million has been funded by the Humana Foundation since 1981 to support the communities we serve. Learn more here.


Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: More Plants Please!
April 10, 2pm MT
How is your food service program making a positive impact on the environment? Learn why getting more plant forward meals into school lunch matters during this Chef Ann Foundation webinar. Hear from Friends of the Earth U.S. and Novato Unified School District about how more plant-based meals can have a positive environmental impact as a part of a healthy, nutritious meal, and how you can make plant forward meals fit into your school lunch menus. Curious? Register here

2. Webinar: Racial Equity in Food Systems Work: Beginning the Journey
April 24 // 3-4:30pm ET
Hosted by the eXtension working group on Undoing Inequality in the Food System which is part of the eXtension Community, Local and Regional Community of Practice and the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, this presentation is intended to inspire Extension educators who want to make racial equity a more intentional part of their work – and an introduction to resources and tools to help do so. This webinar will begin to discuss what racial equity training is and how it benefits Extension work, and also, suggest additional resources and tools useful to those who want to bring racial equity training to their organizations. Register here

3. Unlocking Our Food Systems Change Capacity: A Two-Day Leadership Retreat
June 5-7 // New Orleans, LA
The Food Systems Leadership Network is excited to announce an upcoming opportunity to connect with other leaders, reflect on our individual and collective work, and dig into the tools of systems leadership and systems thinking for social change. Applications are now being accepted for “Unlocking Our Food Systems Change Capacity: A Two-Day Leadership Retreat,” to be held June 5-7, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Applications are due April 15. Learn more and apply here.


Take Action
1. Recognize your #LunchHeroes on School Lunch Hero Day
On Friday, May 4, SNA will kick off School Nutrition Employee Week (May 7-11) with a celebration, as we take part in the 6th Annual School Lunch Hero Day. School Lunch Hero Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the hardworking professionals in school cafeterias across the country, who fuel our emerging future leaders with the healthy meals that make a difference in their success. Nominate your school lunch (s)heroes today

2. Celebrate CACFP's 50th Birthday!
They say “a picture is a worth a 1,000 words.”  What would a thousand pictures be worth?  The National CACFP Forum wants us to find out together.  It’s time to celebrate 50 years of the CACFP and all of those who have been involved in making it a success - YOU.  May 8th, 2018, is the 50th Birthday of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and the National CACFP Forum and the National Farm to School Network want to celebrate with the entire CACFP community by creating a billboard sized birthday card on Capitol Hill. The birthday card will be a mosaic made of thousands of images from the diverse community of programs serving CACFP meals and snacks. Send an image of your CACFP program; serving healthy meals, doing a healthy celebration, or implementing a CACFP best practice, like serving local and seasonal food. Submit a healthy celebration picture through this form and be entered into a drawing for Kaplan materials courtesy of our partnership with Nemours and sponsorship by Kaplan. Together, we can show Congress the impact they’ve made and will continue to make by supporting the food program.  Send your image, by April 14th, to smarshall@cacfpforum.com or post it on your social media page using the hashtag #CACFP50 (but make sure the post is public or we won’t see it!).  Learn more here.


Research & Resources
1. Food Hubs: A flagship socially conscious business model and key to scaling up local food
Food hubs are maturing into a strong, stable model for socially conscious business and are helping to scale up the local food market, according to a just-released report from the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) and the Wallace Center at Winrock International. Read the report here

2. Determining the True Costs of Our Food Through Systems Thinking 
“Systems thinking: an approach for understanding eco-agri-food systems,” is part of a new, ground-breaking report from the Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity for Agriculture and Food (TEEB AgriFood). This report addresses how to evaluate our agriculture and food systems while considering a range of social, human, and environmental dimensions across the value chain. It is creating a framework for looking at all the impacts of the ‘eco-agri-food’ value chain, from farm to fork to disposal, including effects on livelihoods, the environment, and health. This can help farmers, decision makers, and businesses more explicitly look at the impacts of different practices and policies. 

3. National Young Farmers Coalition Launches Finding Farmland Calculator
NYFC is proud to share a newly upgraded tool for the farmer's digital toolbox: the Finding Farmland Calculator. The calculator, a decision-making tool built specifically for farmers seeking land, enables farmers to understand farm financing options, determine what they can afford, and prepare to work with a lender. 


Job, Service, & Education Opportunities
1. Partnership Coordinator Americorps VISTA, Appetite for Change
The VISTA member at Appetite For Change/Northside Fresh Coalition will develop community partnerships & create systems to better connect the broader community with urban growers & local produce retailers on the northside of Minneapolis. Learn more here

2. Americorps VISTAs, Farm Fresh Rhode Island
Farm Fresh RI is seeking to fill several full-time, year term Americorps VISTA positions including: Food Literacy VISTA, Growing & Garden VISTA, Volunteer Coordinator VISTA. Learn more here.

3. Operations Coordinator, Edible Schoolyard Berkley 
Edible Schoolyard Berkley seeks to hire an Operations Coordinator. Learn more here

4. Communications Director, National Young Farmers Coalition
The National Young Farmers Coalition seeks a communications director to lead their external communications from their Hudson, NY headquarters. Learn more here

5. Bloomberg Fellows Program
The Bloomberg Fellows Program is an initiative to provide world-class public health training to individuals engaged with organizations tackling critical challenges facing the United States. When fully implemented, each year, 50 fellows will receive full-tuition scholarships to attain the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School’s Master of Public Health (MPH). Following graduation, Bloomberg Fellows will work for at least one year for such organizations, putting their new skills to use. These individuals and organizations will then join a growing network of scholarship, education and practice devoted to using the tools of public health to address the problems of the twenty-first century. Learn more here


Farm to School in the News
In Texas, learning garden grows Pre-K student's curiosity for nutrition
The impact of the program reached beyond the garden fence. Some of the student’s families have planted seeds at home and learned new recipes from school demonstrations. With all senses part of the nutrition lesson, students are bound to find a new favorite food. (Ken5)

Fifth generation Arkansas farm family continues tradition
“In the past few years, farm-to-school programs have been really good for us,” Morgan said. “Lamar school actually had an opportunity through the NFL’s Play60 program where they brought the kids out to us, picked their own peaches and then returned to their school’s cafeteria to process everything.” (Farm Talk Newspaper)

New food processor job created to bring more local food to New York’s school cafeterias
“This is totally new,” said Maria “Flip” Filippi, local foods program leader. “I think it’s exciting because there’s a lot of interest from local schools to buy local produce and it will make it easier for them. It lowers the burden for the farmer and it lowers the burden for the school.” (Watertown Daily Times)

New Hampshire teen cook off a treat and challenge for everyone involved
With whisks flying, butter melting, garlic sauteing and knives chopping, the kitchen at Nashua High School North was a cacophony of sounds and smells during Wednesday afternoon's New Hampshire Teen Cook Off. Three teams, Nashua, Hollis Brookline and Souhegan competed to see who could make the best, most nutritious school lunch with a few locally sourced ingredients. (San Francisco Chronicle)

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: 4/03/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, April 03, 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. Aetna 2018 Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant Program
Aetna Foundation is inviting projects that address issues in the following domains to apply for the 2018 Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant: Built Environment, Community Safety, Environmental Exposures, Healthy Behaviors, and Social/Economic Factors. These grants are expected to award up to $2 million to organizations in the contiguous United States through this program. This will be a highly competitive funding opportunity with a two-stage application process. All Stage 1 applications must be received by April 18. Learn more here

2. Crafting Winning Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program Proposals
April 12 // 2pm ET
In 2018, $30 million in funding is available through the USDA AMS Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP) to support an array of direct-to-consumer and local food market projects. These competitive grant opportunities are important sources of support for building local and regional food systems. But if you don’t have much experience with grant writing, applying for a federal grant can seem like a big lift. In this webinar, the Wallace Center, the Farmers Market Coalition, Colorado State University, and USDA AMS are teaming up to bring you information for Crafting Winning LFPP/FMPP Proposals. Register here. Applications for both LFPP and FMPP need to be submitted on www.grants.gov by 11:59pm EST on May 7th, 2018. You can learn more about applying for the LFPP Grant and access the RFA here


Events & Webinars
1. Last Chance: Registration for the 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference ends 4/9 
April 25-27, 2018 // Cincinnati, OH
Last chance to register for the 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference! Join 1,000 local food leaders, sustainable agriculture advocates and public health professional from across the country in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 25-27, for three inspiring days of learning, networking and movement building. This biennial 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. Registration ends next Monday, April 9. Learn more and register today at farmtocafeteriaconference.org.

2. Rethinking Procurement: The Complexity of Advancing Local and Regional ECE and K-12 Procurement Systems
April 3 // 11am-12:30pm ET
Join KHA Inc. for the Rethinking Procurement: The Complexity of Advancing Local and Regional ECE and K-12 Procurement Systems webinar, featuring leaders and experts in ECE settings and K-12 schools, who will provide context and grounding in food procurement policies, implementation, model successes and critical solutions to barriers. The Rethinking Procurement webinar will explore the complexity of ECE and K-12 procurement systems and nuances in the process of obtaining healthy, local, and sustainably grown food. Register here

3. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics Webinar: Family Engagement Through Farm to Early Care and Education
April 5 // 2pm ET
Parent and family engagement in the early years of life is vital to healthy development and healthy relationships. Farm to early care and education (ECE) offers a unique opportunity to engage families in activities in the ECE setting while offering nutrition, culinary and gardening education that can impact food practices and health behaviors in the home. Join the National Farm to School Network,  the Farm to Family Project, and Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness to hear about innovative programs that are leveraging farm to ECE as a key to family engagement and, in doing so, increasing healthy food access, healthy behaviors, and healthy relationships for children, families and communities. Register here.

4. WEBINAR More Plants Please!
April 10, 2pm MT
How is your food service program making a positive impact on the environment? Learn why getting more plant forward meals into school lunch matters during this Chef Ann Foundation webinar. Hear from Friends of the Earth U.S. and Novato Unified School District about how more plant-based meals can have a positive environmental impact as a part of a healthy, nutritious meal, and how you can make plant forward meals fit into your school lunch menus. Curious? Register here


Research
1. Tisch Food Center: Nutrition Education in NYC Schools
The Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy (Tisch Food Center) in the Program in Nutrition at Teachers College, Columbia University, has studied 40 organizations that run 101 nutrition education programs in schools across New York City. See what's they've found in A is for Apple: The State of Nutrition Education Programs in New York City Schools, and learn more in the Nutrition Education Programs in NYC Schools Database


Job Opportunities
1. Program Director, Land For Good
Land For Good is seeking to hire a Program Director. This is a unique opportunity to work on critical issues facing farmers, rural communities, and the food system. Learn more here

2. Research Coordinator, Colorado State University

Colorado State University’s inter-disciplinary Food Systems Initiative is hiring a Research Coordinator. Learn more here.

3. Farm to School Coordinator, Food and Health Network 
The Food and Health Network, a collaborative eight-county network based in Whitney Point, NY, is hiring a Farm to School Coordinator. Learn more here.


Farm to School in the News
Gardening with Minnesota Class
The students at Crossroads have significant challenges, but their story has a lot of heart and the schoolyard gardens feed families in need. Master Gardeners help Minnesota students grow and donate 13,000 pounds of vegetables to food shelves in a single season. (University of MN Extension)

North Carolina districts, farmers connect to freshen up cafeteria offerings
Students in some North Carolina schools are being served more locally produced foods. School nutrition professionals in one district are using local, antibiotic-free beef to make meatloaf for school meals. (Mountain Express)

California students run their own food business out of a classroom
The Growing Leaders class at Willard Middle School performs this complex operation every two weeks, cooking about 300 meals, often with produce they’ve grown themselves, and packaging them up for customers who’ve ordered online ahead of time. (Berkleyside)

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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