Grants & Funding
1. Clif Bar Family Foundation Small Grants
Deadline: February 1
The Clif Bar Family Foundation awards small grants for projects focused on one of five priority areas, including creating a robust, healthy food system, increasing opportunities for outdoor activity, and building stronger communities, a great fit for school garden projects. These grants are awarded for general organizational support as well as funding for specific projects. Learn more and apply here.
2. 2019 Gro More Grassroots Grant
Deadline: February 15, 2019
In 2019, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening will award 175 grants worth a collective total of $100,000. 150 grant recipients will be awarded a check for $500 to support their initiatives. The top 25 programs will receive a check for $1,000. The Gro More Grassroots Grant is open to all nonprofit and tax exempt organizations (including schools) in the United States and US Territories planning to use the funds to install new or expand existing youth focused gardens or greenspaces. Learn more and apply here.
3. Carton 2 Garden Contest
The fifth annual national Carton 2 Garden Contest, sponsored by Evergreen Packaging, is now accepting entries! 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 re-purposed milk and juice cartons. Your school can get started by collecting at least 100 empty cartons from your home, community, or cafeteria. Learn more and enter here.
Webinars & Events
1. Trending Topics in Farm to ECE: Farm to Early Care and Education in Family Child Care
Thursday, February 7, 1-2 PM ET
Across the country, there are over 213,000 licensed family child care homes and nearly one quarter of all children spend time in family child care before they reach kindergarten. Farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) – including local food procurement, gardening, and food and agriculture education – is a great fit for family child care. Farm to ECE adapts to diverse ages, abilities, and settings and offers evidenced-based approaches to meeting educational and nutrition standards. Join this National Farm to School Network webinar to learn about new resources to support farm to ECE in family child care, hear about best practices from county level farm to ECE initiatives, and see examples of farm to ECE in family child care success. Register here.
2. National Day of Racial Healing
TODAY - January 22
On January 22, join people across the country in celebrating our common humanity and taking collective action toward a more just and equitable world for the National Day of Racial Healing. The National Day of Racial Healing is a part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation effort. Learn more and find an event near you here.
3. White Privilege Conference
March 20-23 // Cedar Rapids, IA
WPC is a conference that examines challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solutions and team building strategies to work toward a more equitable world. The WPC provides a challenging, collaborative and comprehensive experience striving to empower and equip individuals to work for equity and justice through self and social transformations. Learn more and register here.
Resources & Research
1. 2019 NFSN National Partner of the Year - Intertribal Agriculture Council
As a national organization uniquely situated at the intersection of numerous sectors and communities, networking and partnership building are at the core of the National Farm to School Network’s efforts. To support this work, we’re expanding engagement in farm to school through the annual designation of a “National Partner of the Year.” In 2019, we are excited to announce the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) as NFSN’s National Partner of the Year. Through intentional programmatic and policy advocacy collaboration, resource sharing and cross-promotion, we aim to better connect NFSN and IAC members and continue growing farm to school in Native communities. Read more on our blog.
2. NEW Farm to School Local Policy Resources
National Farm to School Network is pleased to share two new fact sheets to support the development of farm to school policies at the local level. Supporting Farm to School with Non-Profit Hospital Community Benefit Dollars - This fact sheet explores opportunities for farm to school practitioners to partner with non-profit hospitals, and how hospital can provide resources to support farm to school and foster public health. City and School District Farm to School Policy Opportunities - Local school wellness policies and city purchasing policies are policy interventions that have been successful in supporting farm to school activities. This fact sheet explores these local policy opportunities.
3. An Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System, Sixth Edition
Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems has updated their Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System (Sixth Edition). This resources identifies literature that links the social construction of whiteness and its intentional or consequential impact on structural racism within the United States’ local food movement. It is focused on recent peer-reviewed and gray literature materials that are national, regional, and local in scope that included significant references. The sixth edition contains 18 videos and 41 new citations. Learn more here.
1. Illinois Farm to School Coordinator, Seven Generations Ahead (Oak Park, IL)
Working closely with SGA's Farm to School Program Manager, the position will include developing and facilitating the Illinois Farm to School Network, advancing relevant statewide policies, building involvement from state agencies and a diverse array of farm to school stakeholders, and driving increased farm to school participation among schools, early childhood education centers, and other child nutrition programs - with an emphasis on those most in need - across Illinois. Learn more and apply here.
2. Executive Director, National Young Farmers Coalition (Hudson, NY)
The National Young Farmers Coalition seeks an Executive Director, to be the voice and leader for the national movement of young people in agriculture. The ideal candidate must have a deep understanding of agriculture policy and a drive to solve the most pressing challenges in food and farming today, an ability to motivate and unify a diverse set of farmer voices around a common cause, a strong commitment to equity and justice, and the skills to successfully grow the work of the Coalition. Learn more here.
3. Nutrition Action Healthletter Project Assistant, Center for Science in the Public Interest (Washington, D.C.)
The Project Assistant will gather and compile data related to articles about the nutrient content of food products and provide general administrative support. This position works with the Nutrition Action Healthletter (NAH) team and reports to a Senior Nutritionist. Learn more here.
Farm to School in the News
Garden at Illinois juvenile justice center offers chance for young people to grow
This spring, the garden at the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center in St. Charles will grow a bit, thanks to a two-year grant from the United States Department of Agriculture. Pam Ely with the Juvenile Justice Center said for many of the young people there the program provides their first experience gardening. For others, it may be their first exposure to healthy eating habits. (The Beacon-News)
Farm to fork offers fresh greens to Nebraska cafeteria
Many Nebraska schools are adding these towers to their greenhouses as a teaching tool to talk about sustainable agriculture. Several schools now have them, but Grand Island Northwest may be the first in the state with what it considers a whole farm of tower gardens. (NTV ABC)
New York schools promote wellness, local farmers
While January is a popular time of year to adopt resolutions for healthier habits, Forestville Central School is taking great strides to promote health and wellness district-wide, year ’round, beginning with Wellness Week this week. (Observer)