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This Week in Farm to School: 9/22/20

NFSN Staff Tuesday, September 22, 2020
SIGN UP: National Farm to School Network has weekly e-newsletter to share a roundup of COVID-19 related resources and information with farm to school and farm to ECE stakeholders - similar to what is shared weekly in these This Week in Farm to School blog posts. Sign up here to have this information delivered in your inbox weekly.

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. Food 4 Families Initiative: Youth Funding Opportunity
The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) in partnership with Farm-Aid, Indian Land Tenure Foundation, and First Nations Development Institute is proud to announce the “Food 4 Families” initiative. While funds last, IAC is awarding coupons to cover processing fees of eligible show animals. Are you a Tribal youth that is an active 4H/FFA member in Indian Country? Did you have a recent COVID-19 related cancellation of your local live auction prevent you from marketing your 2020 4H/FFA Livestock Animal? If you answered YES to both questions, you qualify to apply! Learn more and apply.

2. Cigna Foundation's Healthier Kids For Our Future Grant Program
Deadline: September 30
Cigna Foundation is looking to partner with school systems and surrounding communities — including clinicians, local and national nonprofits — to supplement existing mental health programming and help close gaps both within and outside the school environment to address loneliness, anxiety, depression, and suicide prevention. To that end, it will fund programs that foster collaboration between various stakeholders, including school administrators and teachers, clinicians, and local and national nonprofits. The grants are up to $65,000 grants per year for two years. Learn more and apply.

3.  Voices for Healthy Kids' Policy Campaign Grant
Short Form Application Deadline: September 30
The Policy Campaign Grant is designed to support strategic issue advocacy campaigns supporting Voices for Healthy Kids policy priorities with a focus on health equity. Applications must be specific to an individual campaign for public policy change in one state, city, town or county, or tribal nation. Applications should focus on public policy changes to reduce health disparities for children in urban, suburban or rural settings who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, and Alaskan Native or from families who have low income. To learn more about the Voices for Healthy Kids policy areas - please review the descriptions in the policy lever agenda. Applications can be submitted for $50,000 - $200,000 for a duration of up to 18 months and can support non-lobbying and lobbying activities. Learn more and apply.

4. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Call for Proposals: Community Solutions for Health Equity
LOI deadline: October 7
With Community Solutions for Health Equity, RWJF seeks to make local health care systems more responsive to the needs of the community by elevating the voices, stories, priorities, and knowledge of people of color, and others who are left out of policy decisions. The Foundation's funding will provide community organizations with grant support to help increase their ability to organize members, build partnerships with other constituencies, and develop effective communication-all of which are critical to shared decisionmaking. Nine organizations will be given $300,000 each over the course of three years as part of the program. The Foundation is interested in engaging diverse groups and organizations, including those that have limited experience receiving grants of this size. Learn more and apply.


Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Beef Industry from Pasture to Plate
September 22 // 2:00pm ET
Raising beef is a complex process, and through it, one thing remains constant—the beef community’s commitment to raising cattle in a safe, humane, and environmentally sustainable way. A panel of experts and chefs will share how cattle are raised and cared for and how beef gets to the plate. You’ll also hear how the industry is adjusting to respond to COVID-19. This webinar is hosted by the James Beard Foundation. Register here.

2. EQUITY NESAWG Sankofa Webinar Series: Youth and Food Justice Education
September 22 // 4-5:30pm ET
NESAWG is launching the first webinar from their new Sankofa Series on Tuesday, September 22, from 4-5:30pm. In this Back to School webinar, learn how education is the key as we take a look at food sovereignty from the youth of VietLead and their work at Resilient Roots Farm. Hear from Tobias Fox, founder of the Newark Science and Sustainability organization. He will share the importance of education in his work, teaching sustainable living practices and how we can create self-sustaining communities. Register here. 

3. COVID-19 Webinar: Educational Gardens Support of Food Relief During Covid 19
September 23 // 2pm ET
Join the School Garden Support Organization Network and other School Garden Support Organizations to learn and share how school and community garden programs are distributing their harvests to address food insecurity and provide food relief during Covid-19.This virtual gathering will share case studies from Jones Valley Teaching Farm, Denver Urban Gardens, and other willing attendees. Note your interest in sharing in the registration process and we will be in touch with you prior to the presentation. Register here.


4. EQUITY Black Farm Cooperatives: Tangible Solutions Webinar
September 23 // 2:30pm ET
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) and the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFED) will be co-hosting this webinar - it will be a virtual discussion to learn about the history of Black cooperative land ownership and its connection to racial equity in federal agriculture policy. Learn how cooperative farming and racial equity in federal food policy can create economic sustainability in Black communities. Register here.

5. Food Justice, Climate Change and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals: A Workshop for Educators
September 23 // 3pm ET
The UN states, “Food is a life force for our families, cultures, and our communities. But profound changes in the way food is grown, processed, distributed, consumed, and wasted over the last several decades has led to increasing threats to a future of food that is sustainable, equitable, and secure.”  Join educators from Shelburne Farms, Northeast Climate Change Education Collaborative, and VT FEED to explore these ideas and learn how to support youth in bringing about a more just and sustainable food system. Register here.

6. COVID-19 USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) Producer Webinar
September 24 // 3pm ET
To introduce CFAP 2, the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) will conduct a producer webinar Sept. 24, 2020 at  3 p.m. ET to discuss the expanded eligibility for certain commodities, new payment categories including a sales-based approach to specialty crops and other specific commodities, and information on how to apply. Register here.

7. COVID-19 Stepping Up To Contract Seed Production: A Forum for Midwest Growers
September 24 // 4:30pm ET
The COVID-19 pandemic increased demand for seeds in 2020 to an unprecedented degree. As seed companies assess their needs for replenishing seed stocks, farmers at all scales are considering producing seed for their own use or for sale to seed companies. This forum is designed to provide beginning or intermediate seed growers with a foundation in how to pursue, negotiate and deliver on seed contracts. The conversation is targeted toward growers in the Midwest region, but will be useful to growers in other regions as well. Learn more and register.

8.EQUITY Webinar: Increasing Equity in Community-Based Nutrition Research
September 25 // 12pm ET
Healthy Eating Research (HER) is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that supports research on policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) strategies with strong potential to promote the health and well-being of children, and that advance health equity in the areas of nutrition, nutritional disparities, and food security. As a funding organization, HER has committed to funding research with an intentional health equity lens. But, what does this process really look like in action and how can researchers effectively contribute to equity? How does equity become part of the evidence base? Presenters in this webinar will describe a framework for increasing equity impact in research, share their experiences applying and carrying out principles of equitable evaluation in their own work, and address the added complexity of issues such as white privilege and institutional racism when designing and carrying out research. Register here. 

9. Webinar: More Politics on the Menu - Registered Dietitians and Agribusiness Sponsored Education
September 25 // 3pm ET
Join Prescott College's Food System Fridays webinar series for Episode 16 of the web series. This week’s episode features Mary Purdy, MS, RDN, who was featured in the Food Politics post on sponsored education for dieticians. She will speak about the educational process of RDs, the governance framework for dietitians and how she came to be involved in the emerging social movement among RDs to address sustainability in our diets. Register here.

10. Dig In! Conference 2020
September 26 // 8:30am-1pm ET
The Poe Center is excited to continue the tradition of the Dig In! conference, previously hosted by Advocates for Health in Action. Dig In! is an educational event focused on school, community, and childcare gardening, as well as urban agriculture. As a leader in nutrition education, the Poe Center’s work in our unique GrowWELL teaching garden and themed-educational theaters make us a great organization to host this inspiring online event. Learn more and purchase a ticket.

11. Louisiana Farm to School Conference: Virtually Everywhere
September 30, October 1, 7, & 8 // 11am ET
The fifth annual Louisiana Farm to School Conference will be held entirely online, free of cost. The theme for the 2020 conference is “Virtually Everywhere,” and will occur in 2-hour sessions from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. CT on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 7 and 8. The event will emphasize the three main components of farm to school — education, school gardens and local food procurement. Hear from speakers, Helen Dombalis with the National Farm to School Network and Sunny Baker with the Mississippi Farm to School Network. Learn more and register. 

12. Virtual 2020 Urban Food Systems Symposium
Every Wednesday in October
In response to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 Urban Food Systems Symposium: Nourishing Cities in a Changing Climate, hosted by the Kansas State University and K-State Research and Extension, has been modified to an online format scheduled for each Wednesday in October from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT. Live keynote speakers will be featured each Wednesday accompanied by breakout discussions and poster sessions. Cost for access to all live and recorded presentations is $100 for professionals and $50 for students (includes AmeriCorps and FoodCorps members), with a price increase after September 18. Recorded sessions will become available next week. Learn more and register. 

13. NFSN Food Justice is Racial Justice: National Farm to School Network Movement Meeting
October 14, 1-3pm ET (Virtual)
How can we shift power in our communities to create a more just food system? What community capital and resources can help us create systemic change in the ways we grow, prepare and eat food? Join National Farm to School Network for a virtual Movement Meeting on Wednesday, Oct.14 from 1-3pm ET, featuring Karen Washington, food justice activist, for deep conversation and action-oriented reflection on racial justice in the farm to school movement and wider food system. You’ll connect with fellow farm to school and food justice advocates from across the country, dig into conversations about what it means to shift power, and help shape the next steps of progress towards our vision of a just food system for all. This free, virtual Movement Meeting is open to everyone - no prior knowledge of farm to school needed. Register here.

14. Film Screening and Discussion: Just Eat It
October 16 // 7pm ET
Please join the Office of Sustainability at the University of California, Merced for a panel discussion with producer Jen Rustemeyer from the documentary film, “Just Eat It”. The event will be held on World Food Day, 10/16 at 4 pm PST. It is free and open to the public. Please watch the film here and then join our panel discussion on October 16th via Zoom

15. COVID-19 Webinar Recording: How Schools Can Utilize USDA Farmers to Families Food Boxes
The California Dairy Council hosted a webinar for school districts to learn how to leverage the USDA Farmers to Families Food Boxes Program (FFBP) to expand their business model to drive revenue while feeding children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar recording features Scott Berndt from Riverside Unified in Southern California, which is one of the only districts in the nation operating as an FFBP distributor.Information about the application process, as well as benefits and challenges of the program for a food service director or manager were shared. To view the recording, click here. 



Research & Resources 
1. COVID-19 NFSN National Farm to School Network - 2020 Back to School: Farm to School/ECE and COVID-19 Resource List
National Farm to School Network is compiling back-to-school resources that will be relevant to farm to school and farm to ECE stakeholders during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. See the resource list. Have resources to suggest? Please email us at info@farmtoschool.org. 

2. NFSN Vision and Key Strategies to Advance Farm to Early Care and Education
Farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) is a set of strategies and activities that include increased access to fresh, local foods through local food procurement, gardening opportunities, and food and agriculture education activities. The new resource from National Farm to School Network’s Farm to Early Care and Education Working Group share the vision for long-term impacts of farm to ECE, offer a comprehensive list of key strategies to advance towards that vision, and to elevate examples and resources that demonstrate these key strategies in action. Download the resource

3. COVID-19 EQUITY Advancing Equity in an Era of Crisis: A Guide to Equity in Remote Learning
The California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators has created a “Advancing Equity in an Era of Crisis” virtual guide that can help school administrators examine how to equitably meet the needs of all students in the 2020-21 school year. This guide pays particular attention to the digital divide, and provides strategies for ensuring equitable access to remote learning. Parents, teachers, paraprofessionals and school administrators are encouraged to use this resource as a tool to help support  all students. Read the guide here.  

4. COVID-19 Survey: COVID-19 Impacts on Farmers Markets
Deadline: October 31
The Farmers Market Coalition is reaching out again to get a big picture sense of how farmers markets across the country are faring economically. If you are a market operator/manager with a market that was operational at any time during 2020, please take 20 minutes to complete this questionnaire. If you are a vendor at a farmers market, please send this survey on to your market manager/operator and ask them to complete it. The response data from this survey will inform FMC's future work and services, and will be shared with USDA agencies as well as national food systems networks and supporters. No individual organizational or market-level data will be made public and any state-level data will only be shared if enough responses from that area allow individual data to be kept anonymous. Contact Nina Budabin McQuown with questions. 

5. Report: Support Early Childhood Education Programs for Health and Well-Being of Georgia Families
The limited ability of many parents to have access to affordable, quality ECE was not created by the pandemic, but it has been amplified as a larger number of parents now struggle to balance work and caring for their children as schools moved to online instruction. With 657,304 children aged four and under and about 28 percent of ECE centers temporarily closed, Georgia’s working parents are feeling the stress on many levels. Read the full report here.

6. EQUITY Advancing Racial Equity Webinar Series 
The American Public Health Association's Advancing Racial Equity webinar series takes an in-depth look at racism as a driving force of the social determinants of health and equity in the United States. To help you use the webinars to initiate or deepen anti-racism efforts in your organizations, schools and communities, we’ve developed a discussion guide to be used along with viewing the webinar recordings. The guide is primarily designed for public health students and professionals. However, many individuals and groups can also use the guide to launch meaningful conversations about racism and racial equity. 



Policy News
1. COVID-19 NFSN Sign-On To Endorse NFSN's COVID-19 Federal Policy Platform
National Farm to School Network's federal policy platform calls on Congress to strengthen its support for school meal and child nutrition programs, farmers and those who feed us, Native communities, essential workers, children and families, and others who have been historically underserved and underrepresented. Please add your voice by endorsing our federal COVID-19 policy platform, and help us advocate for key food systems priorities on Capitol Hill. Sign on here

2. Virginia House Bill to Guarantee Free School Meals to Students Advances to Senate
The Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill this month to provide free school meals for 109,000 more public school students in the commonwealth. House Bill 5113, introduced by Del. Danica Roem, D-Prince William, passed the chamber unanimously. Roem’s bill requires eligible public elementary and secondary schools to apply for the Community Eligibility Provision through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service. Read more.

3.  COVID-19 Upcoming Expiration for P-EBT Food Assistance for School Children Threatens Long-Term Ramifications
Public health advocates fear Congress will adjourn for fall break without first extending emergency food assistance that is set to expire at the end of the month – potentially leaving millions of families whose children rely on free or reduced school meals with insufficient food. Read more.

4. COVID-19 USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus
Signup will begin September 21 and run through December 11, 2020, for this next round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program payments (CFAP 2). Producers whose agricultural operation has been impacted by the pandemic since April 2020 are encouraged to apply for CFAP 2. Payments will be made for three categories of commodities: Price Trigger Commodities, Flat-rate Crops and Sales Commodities. View the full announcement here.  Register for the 3pm ET September 24 informational webinar here.


Jobs & Opportunities
1. NFSN Program Manager, National Farm to School Network (Remote) 
The Program Manager will manage a portfolio of farm to school projects and ensure the project goals align with National Farm to School Network's mission and strategic priorities. The current portfolio program areas include Native Communities and agricultural producers. This is a full-time (40 hours per week), exempt position that includes benefits. Open until filled. Learn more and apply here.

2. NFSN Program Associate, National Farm to School Network (Remote, Part-Time)
The Program Associate will implement National Farm to School Network's Seed Change in Native Communities project to scale up and institutionalize culturally significant farm to school programs throughout the entire school environment and ultimately improve the nutritional health and wellness of Native youth. The Program Associate will work at the local level to expand farm to school activities: Procurement of local and traditional foods, school gardens, and agriculture and nutrition education. This is nonexempt, part-time (20 hours/week) position with a limited term ending 3/31/22. Learn more and apply here.

3. CDC Food Insecurity - Nutrition and Obesity Fellowship (Atlanta, GA)
A fellowship opportunity is currently available with the Obesity Prevention and Control Branch in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO) within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, Georgia. This fellow will receive training and gain experience in DNPAO’s policy, systems, and environmental approach to promoting healthy food access and reducing food and nutrition insecurity. The application deadline is Sept. 25 at 3pm ET. Learn more and apply here

4. Policy Specialist, Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities (Michigan) 
Deadline: September 30
Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities in Michigan is seeking a Policy Specialist to carry out its 10 Cents a Meal for Michigan’s Kids & Farms outreach and advocacy initiative. The ideal candidate will be passionate and knowledgeable about the value of getting locally grown food to children in school and early childcare settings; experienced in public policy advocacy, networking, and facilitation; and wake up every day thinking about how to embed 10 Cents a Meal and the value of investing in healthy, locally grown food for children in school and early child care into Michigan’s identity. Learn more and apply here.

5. Advisors for Institutional Investment Accelerator Program, Wallace Center
Deadline: Oct. 12, 6pm ET
The Wallace Center is launching a new initiative aimed at catalyzing and increasing institutional investment to accelerate the development of more equitable food systems. At the core of this initiative is a cohort of six teams doing this work in their communities. As part of this program, Wallace Center is seeking advisors to support the development of the program and work with cohort team. Advisors should have deep experience working with teams and knowledge of one or more of the following areas: Institutional procurement, value chain coordination, financing food businesses and infrastructure, and developing cross-sector partnerships. The advisors would bring an anti-racist lens to their work, with a demonstrated track record of working with leaders of color and centering racial equity. Engagement for this project is November 2020 - July 2022. Applications are open through Oct. 12. Learn more here

6. Local Foods Specialist, National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) (Butte, Montana)
NCAT is seeking a Local Foods Specialist to work on local food projects with partners around Montana. NCAT works to foster and promote sustainable technologies and systems, especially for the benefit of economically disadvantaged individuals and communities. NCAT’s work includes nationally recognized projects in food, agriculture, and energy. The Local Foods Specialist will be a regular, full-time position based at NCAT’s headquarters in Butte, Montana. The position will be working to grow Montana’s farm-to-institution movement by collaborating with a statewide network of foodservice professionals, farmers and ranchers, and leaders in the local food movement. Apply here.

In the News
15 Stories About How the Pandemic is Impacting Food and Farm Workers
If there’s one, unifying theme throughout the COVID-19 pandemic—beyond the importance of social distancing, hand washing, and mask wearing—it’s that food and farmworkers are critically important and critically under-supported. (Civil Eats)

'A savagely broken food system': Cory Booker wants radical reform ... now
“Nobody seems to be calling out how multinational, vertically integrated industrial agricultural companies are threatening American wellbeing, and I just think that the more people learn about these practices, the more shocked they are. I don’t think most Americans realize that the way we raise animals is such a betrayal of the heritage of our grandparents. I don’t think they realize that … these big companies like Smithfield and Cargill and others have our American farmers now living like sharecroppers in constant debt, forced to follow their rules..." says Cory Booker. (The Guardian)

More Than 200 Meat Plant Workers in the U.S. Have Died of COVID-19. Federal Regulators Just Issued Two Modest Fines.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said the plants failed to provide a workplace “free from recognized hazards that were causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees in that employees were working in close proximity to each other and were exposed to” the coronavirus. (The Washington Post)


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: 9/15/20

NFSN Staff Tuesday, September 15, 2020
SIGN UP: National Farm to School Network has weekly e-newsletter to share a roundup of COVID-19 related resources and information with farm to school and farm to ECE stakeholders - similar to what is shared weekly in these This Week in Farm to School blog posts. Sign up here to have this information delivered in your inbox weekly.

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. Food 4 Families Initiative: Youth Funding Opportunity
The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) in partnership with Farm-Aid, Indian Land Tenure Foundation, and First Nations Development Institute is proud to announce the “Food 4 Families” initiative. While funds last, IAC is awarding coupons to cover processing fees of eligible show animals. Are you a Tribal youth that is an active 4H/FFA member in Indian Country? Did you have a recent COVID-19 related cancellation of your local live auction prevent you from marketing your 2020 4H/FFA Livestock Animal? If you answered YES to both questions, you qualify to apply! Learn more and apply.

2. Cigna Foundation's Healthier Kids For Our Future Grant Program
Deadline: September 30
Cigna Foundation is looking to partner with school systems and surrounding communities — including clinicians, local and national nonprofits — to supplement existing mental health programming and help close gaps both within and outside the school environment to address loneliness, anxiety, depression, and suicide prevention. To that end, it will fund programs that foster collaboration between various stakeholders, including school administrators and teachers, clinicians, and local and national nonprofits. The grants are up to $65,000 grants per year for two years. Learn more and apply.

3.  Voices for Healthy Kids' Policy Campaign Grant
Short Form Application Deadline: September 30
The Policy Campaign Grant is designed to support strategic issue advocacy campaigns supporting Voices for Healthy Kids policy priorities with a focus on health equity. Applications must be specific to an individual campaign for public policy change in one state, city, town or county, or tribal nation. Applications should focus on public policy changes to reduce health disparities for children in urban, suburban or rural settings who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, and Alaskan Native or from families who have low income. To learn more about the Voices for Healthy Kids policy areas - please review the descriptions in the policy lever agenda. Applications can be submitted for $50,000 - $200,000 for a duration of up to 18 months and can support non-lobbying and lobbying activities. Learn more and apply.

4. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Call for Proposals: Community Solutions for Health Equity
LOI deadline: October 7
With Community Solutions for Health Equity, RWJF seeks to make local health care systems more responsive to the needs of the community by elevating the voices, stories, priorities, and knowledge of people of color, and others who are left out of policy decisions. The Foundation's funding will provide community organizations with grant support to help increase their ability to organize members, build partnerships with other constituencies, and develop effective communication-all of which are critical to shared decisionmaking. Nine organizations will be given $300,000 each over the course of three years as part of the program. The Foundation is interested in engaging diverse groups and organizations, including those that have limited experience receiving grants of this size. Learn more and apply.


Webinars & Events
1. COVID-19 Washington Post Facebook Live: Fighting Food Insecurity
September 15 // 12:45pm ET
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated food insecurity in the United States. General economic hardship, school closures and overwhelmed food banks have left the most vulnerable increasingly at risk. Join Washington Post senior writer Frances Stead Sellers who will explore unexpected aspects of food insecurity – from hidden hunger on college campuses to the impact on over 20 million American schoolchildren who rely on free or reduced price school meals. Learn more and register.

2. EQUITY Exploring Racial Equity and Access in Our Food System: History, Land Access, and Race
September 15 // 12pm ET
This webinar will examine the impact of the long history of structural and systemic racism within the food and agricultural systems on black and brown farmers in the United States. Panelists will share their lived experiences with racism in farming and food system work, as well as barriers faced in accessing resources needed to grow and succeed. This webinar is the first of a four-part series on Exploring Racial Equity and Access in our Food System. Learn more and register.

3. COVID-19 Virtual Gathering: In-Person Outdoor Instruction During Covid
September 16 // 2pm ET
This Virtual Gathering will start with an overview of resources shared via School Garden Support Organization Network's channels, then transition to quick overview of what a handful of organizations are doing already. If you'd like to share during this time, please indicate so in the registration. Lastly, there will be Breakout Rooms to brainstorm strategies together, and then share back to the whole group Register and learn more here!

4. Eat Local Massachusetts Presents: A Virtual Facility Tour of City Fresh Foods
September 17 // 12pm ET
The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts is organizing a virtual tour of the City Fresh Foods facility in Boston as part of the statewide Eat Local MA Campaign. City Fresh Foods works to deliver fresh, wholesome meals to childcare centers, schools, and rehabilitation programs across Eastern Massachusetts. Additionally, they work to educate communities about the benefits of making healthier and more nutritional choices in their daily diets. Learn more and register

5. COVID-19 EQUITY Webinar: Dismantling and Rebuilding the Food System after COVID-19: The 5Ds of Redistribution
September 18 // 1pm ET
Some groups feel the brunt of harms in the food system caused by shocks like COVID-19 more than others. Food systems also concentrate power and resources. How might redistribution of risks and benefits play a role in building resilient food systems? Join experts Dr. Charlotte Coté, University of Washington, Dr. Ernesto Méndez, The University of Vermont, Dr. Sieglinde Snapp, Michigan State University, Dr. Mary Hendrickson, University of Missouri, and Dr. Neva Hassanein, University of Montana in discussing redistributive policy tools towards the “5D of Redistribution”: Decolonization, Decarbonization, Diversification, Democratization, and Decommodification. Learn more and register.

6. EQUITY NESAWG Sankofa Webinar Series: Youth and Food Justice Education
September 22 // 4-5:30pm ET
NESAWG is launching the first webinar from their new Sankofa Series on Tuesday, September 22, from 4-5:30pm. In this Back to School webinar, learn how education is the key as we take a look at food sovereignty from the youth of VietLead and their work at Resilient Roots Farm. Hear from Tobias Fox, founder of the Newark Science and Sustainability organization. He will share the importance of education in his work, teaching sustainable living practices and how we can create self-sustaining communities. Register here

7. COVID-19 Stepping Up To Contract Seed Production: A Forum for Midwest Growers
September 24 // 4:30pm ET
The COVID-19 pandemic increased demand for seeds in 2020 to an unprecedented degree. As seed companies assess their needs for replenishing seed stocks, farmers at all scales are considering producing seed for their own use or for sale to seed companies. This forum is designed to provide beginning or intermediate seed growers with a foundation in how to pursue, negotiate and deliver on seed contracts. The conversation is targeted toward growers in the Midwest region, but will be useful to growers in other regions as well. Learn more and register.

8. Dig In! Conference 2020
September 26 // 8:30am-1pm ET
The Poe Center is excited to continue the tradition of the Dig In! conference, previously hosted by Advocates for Health in Action. Dig In! is an educational event focused on school, community, and childcare gardening, as well as urban agriculture. As a leader in nutrition education, the Poe Center’s work in our unique GrowWELL teaching garden and themed-educational theaters make us a great organization to host this inspiring online event. Learn more and purchase a ticket.

9. Louisiana Farm to School Conference: Virtually Everywhere
September 30, October 1, 7, & 8 // 11am ET
The fifth annual Louisiana Farm to School Conference will be held entirely online, free of cost. The theme for the 2020 conference is “Virtually Everywhere,” and will occur in 2-hour sessions from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. CT on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 7 and 8. The event will emphasize the three main components of farm to school — education, school gardens and local food procurement. Hear from speakers, Helen Dombalis with the National Farm to School Network and Sunny Baker with the Mississippi Farm to School Network. Learn more and register

10. NFSN Food Justice is Racial Justice: National Farm to School Network Movement Meeting
October 14, 1-3pm ET (Virtual)
How can we shift power in our communities to create a more just food system? What community capital and resources can help us create systemic change in the ways we grow, prepare and eat food? Join National Farm to School Network for a virtual Movement Meeting on Wednesday, Oct.14 from 1-3pm ET, featuring Karen Washington, food justice activist, for deep conversation and action-oriented reflection on racial justice in the farm to school movement and wider food system. You’ll connect with fellow farm to school and food justice advocates from across the country, dig into conversations about what it means to shift power, and help shape the next steps of progress towards our vision of a just food system for all. This free, virtual Movement Meeting is open to everyone - no prior knowledge of farm to school needed. Register here.

11. 5th Semi-Annual (Virtual!) Alaska Food Festival & Conference
November 6-7, 2020
The Alaska Food Policy Council and Alaska Village Initiatives, Fresh, and Alaska Pacific University are partnering for the 5th Semi-Annual Alaska Food Festival & Conference. The goals of the conference and festival are to increase awareness of Alaska food issues among the general population; provide resources to increase involvement in local food issues by community members and decision makers; and increase connections and build community between the public, Alaska food businesses, NGOs, governmental entities, Tribal entities, and others to support local economic development and innovative solutions. Learn more and register here.

12. Prescott College's Food Systems Friday Webinar: Removing Politics from the Children's Menu
Webinar Recording
Join Dr. Robin Currey, Director of the MS in Sustainable Food Systems program at Prescott College, as the "Food Systems Fridays" series moderator for Episode 14 of Food Systems Friday. View the recording.


Research & Resources 
1. COVID-19 NFSN National Farm to School Network - 2020 Back to School: Farm to School/ECE and COVID-19 Resource List
National Farm to School Network is compiling back-to-school resources that will be relevant to farm to school and farm to ECE stakeholders during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. See the resource list. Have resources to suggest? Please email us at info@farmtoschool.org.

2. NFSN Vision and Key Strategies to Advance Farm to Early Care and Education
Farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) is a set of strategies and activities that include increased access to fresh, local foods through local food procurement, gardening opportunities, and food and agriculture education activities. The new resource from National Farm to School Network’s Farm to Early Care and Education Working Group share the vision for long-term impacts of farm to ECE, offer a comprehensive list of key strategies to advance towards that vision, and to elevate examples and resources that demonstrate these key strategies in action. Download the resource

3. COVID-19 EQUITY Advancing Equity in an Era of Crisis: A Guide to Equity in Remote Learning
The California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators has created a “Advancing Equity in an Era of Crisis” virtual guide that can help school administrators examine how to equitably meet the needs of all students in the 2020-21 school year. This guide pays particular attention to the digital divide, and provides strategies for ensuring equitable access to remote learning. Parents, teachers, paraprofessionals and school administrators are encouraged to use this resource as a tool to help support  all students. Read the guide here

4. COVID-19 The Common Market's COVID-19 Impact Report
The Common Market fully recognizes the role high-quality, local food can play in nutrition and overall good health. In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, The Common Market has leaned on its mission to serve, and is proud to be a part of the solution. The impact illustrated reflects a collective effort, the result of mutually beneficial partnerships between local growers, community organizations and regional food hubs. Learn more here.

5. EQUITY Delivering More than Food: Understanding and Operationalizing Racial Equity in Food Hubs
How do food hubs understand racial equity and embed it in their work? Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems found that organizational history and culture, leadership, financial structure, inter-organizational dynamics, and meaningful engagement with BIPOC impacted how food hubs operationalize racial equity. Read the full report here.

6. KidsGardening's Lessons to Grow By
KidsGardening is launching Lessons to Grow By, a FREE four-month program of weekly garden-themed lessons and activities is for caregivers teaching at home, or for educators instructing via distance learning. These fun, engaging adventures are grouped around a monthly theme, featuring three hands-on activities for kids each week with supplemental suggested reading, videos, and more. Lessons to Grow By is only available by subscription. You can catch up on past week's lessons at any time, but you must subscribe to have access.

7. EQUITY W.K. Kellog Foundation's One Journey
WKKF has released a new racial equity, diversity and inclusion resource: One Journey. One Journey shares lessons from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation‘s experience with organizational leaders, human resource professionals and any individual or organization looking to advance racial equity in nonprofits, business or community groups. This guide is intended for foundations, nonprofit organizations, human resource professionals and any individual or organization looking to advance racial equity. View the resource here.

8. From Paddock to Plate Program: Feeding the Minds of Young Australians
From Paddock to Plate (FP2P) is an online resources library for primary and high school teachers and students to learn about food and agriculture in Australia, comprising more than 350 unique, thought-provoking and engaging virtual video excursions designed for the classroom. Learn more about the impacts of the program and resource here.


Policy News
1. COVID-19 NFSN Sign-On To Endorse NFSN's COVID-19 Federal Policy Platform
National Farm to School Network's federal policy platform calls on Congress to strengthen its support for school meal and child nutrition programs, farmers and those who feed us, Native communities, essential workers, children and families, and others who have been historically underserved and underrepresented. Please add your voice by endorsing our federal COVID-19 policy platform, and help us advocate for key food systems priorities on Capitol Hill. Sign on here.

2. A Call for Universal School Meals
The Center for Science in the Public Interest has compiled resources to advocate for universal school meals. View the resource here for data, a social media toolkit and more. 

3. NFSN A Fresh Take on Dietary Guidelines Points to Need for Farm to School
In August, National Farm to School Network submitted comments on the Scientific Report of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee, which reviews new scientific evidence about diet's impact on health. We’re excited by these new areas of focus, and in our comments have highlighted for the Secretaries that farm to school and farm to early care and education (ECE) activities can help achieve these recommendations. Read more.  


Jobs & Opportunities
1. NFSN Program Manager, National Farm to School Network (Remote) 
The Program Manager will manage a portfolio of farm to school projects and ensure the project goals align with National Farm to School Network's mission and strategic priorities. The current portfolio program areas include Native Communities and agricultural producers. This is a full-time (40 hours per week), exempt position that includes benefits. Open until filled. Learn more and apply here.

2. NFSN Program Associate, National Farm to School Network (Remote, Part-Time)
The Program Associate will implement National Farm to School Network's Seed Change in Native Communities project to scale up and institutionalize culturally significant farm to school programs throughout the entire school environment and ultimately improve the nutritional health and wellness of Native youth. The Program Associate will work at the local level to expand farm to school activities: Procurement of local and traditional foods, school gardens, and agriculture and nutrition education. This is nonexempt, part-time (20 hours/week) position with a limited term ending 3/31/22. Learn more and apply here.

3. CDC Food Insecurity - Nutrition and Obesity Fellowship (Atlanta, GA)
A fellowship opportunity is currently available with the Obesity Prevention and Control Branch in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO) within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, Georgia. This fellow will receive training and gain experience in DNPAO’s policy, systems, and environmental approach to promoting healthy food access and reducing food and nutrition insecurity. The application deadline is Sept. 25 at 3pm ET. Learn more and apply here

4. Policy Specialist, Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities (Michigan) 
Deadline: September 30
Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities in Michigan is seeking a Policy Specialist to carry out its 10 Cents a Meal for Michigan’s Kids & Farms outreach and advocacy initiative. The ideal candidate will be passionate and knowledgeable about the value of getting locally grown food to children in school and early childcare settings; experienced in public policy advocacy, networking, and facilitation; and wake up every day thinking about how to embed 10 Cents a Meal and the value of investing in healthy, locally grown food for children in school and early child care into Michigan’s identity. Learn more and apply here.

5. Advisors for Institutional Investment Accelerator Program, Wallace Center
Deadline: Oct. 12, 6pm ET
The Wallace Center is launching a new initiative aimed at catalyzing and increasing institutional investment to accelerate the development of more equitable food systems. At the core of this initiative is a cohort of six teams doing this work in their communities. As part of this program, Wallace Center is seeking advisors to support the development of the program and work with cohort team. Advisors should have deep experience working with teams and knowledge of one or more of the following areas: Institutional procurement, value chain coordination, financing food businesses and infrastructure, and developing cross-sector partnerships. The advisors would bring an anti-racist lens to their work, with a demonstrated track record of working with leaders of color and centering racial equity. Engagement for this project is November 2020 - July 2022. Applications are open through Oct. 12. Learn more here


In the News
The Silent Suffering of Cafeteria Workers
As schools navigate reopening for the fall, most coverage has focused on the safety of students and teachers. But another group on campus is also at risk. (The Atlantic)

When Boston’s Public Schools Closed in March, Their Gardens Went Untended. Then a Volunteer Effort Grew.
When Boston Public Schools closed in mid-March because of COVID-19, schoolyard gardens sat untended. On a Zoom session later that month, a group of teachers proposed to restore the neglected gardens and begin growing food for their communities. About two months later, the volunteer group was 70 members strong, and cleanup and planting at 14 schools commenced. By early August, greens and other vegetables were ready for picking. (The Boston Globe)

Edible Education Goes Online in the COVID Era
As the school year starts in the most of uncertain of times, these food and garden classes enter new virtual territory. (Civil Eats)

Opinion: USDA Makes Right Move to Mitigate Food Insecurity With Lunch Program Extension
Eliminating food insecurity in the U.S. will improve the health of millions of Americans but will only be possible if we support all the links in the food supply chain, from our farms to our children’s lunch bags. (Education Drive)

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.

Making it Work: Why Local Purchasing is Still Important and How to Make it Work in ECE Settings

NFSN Staff Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Photo courtesy of Little Ones Learning Center
By National Farm to School Network's Farm to ECE Working Group - Procurement Subgroup

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc in communities across the country. Early care and education (ECE) and food systems have been profoundly impacted and the inequities in access to quality care and nutritious food have only deepened. Many ECE providers and food producers alike are fighting to keep their businesses alive, even as the essential nature of these businesses becomes more apparent. As families face extended financial challenges and potential food insecurity, ECE sites are an important access point for nutritious food for children and families. For that reason, farm to ECE initiatives, especially local food purchasing, offer benefits that may prove even more important right now: 
  • ECE sites can link families to the source of local food (farmer’s market, local farms, CSA or food boxes, etc) contributing to sustainable local food systems and increasing access to local food sources.
  • Purchasing local food supports local producers and invests dollars back into the local economy and the local food system.
  • Incorporating local foods in meals can increase nutritional value, quality, and appeal of meals, helping ensure children get the nutrition they need to stay healthy and be ready to learn.  
ECE sites are facing unprecedented financial challenges, including reduced enrollment and limitations in parents’ ability to pay, paired with increased expenses related to meeting health and safety guidelines of reopening. The National Farm to School Network Farm to ECE Procurement Subgroup has compiled recommendations to help local food fit within any budget, including tips for leveraging innovations and partnerships that have emerged through the COVID-19 crisis. For additional resources to support local purchasing, check out the Farm to ECE Local Food Purchasing Resource Compilation. 
  • Utilize the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) - CACFP provides reimbursement for meals and snacks served in ECE settings and is an important way to further food budgets. USDA not only allows, but encourages the use of local foods in CACFP meals and snacks. Connect with your state agency contact to get more information about CACFP in your state. For more tips on using CACFP for local purchasing, take a look at USDA’s Procuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs Guide or Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems’ Local Food for Little Eaters Toolbox.
  • Seek out Seasonal - In many parts of the country, late summer and early fall signal peak abundance of locally grown foods. When produce is abundant, it is also often less expensive. Learn about seasonal availability in your region with this Seasonal Food Guide. Many states have also developed their own guides, like this one from Louisiana State University which shows the vegetable subgroups recommended by CACFP.
  • Count on Community -  During the COVID-19 crisis, communities have come together to ensure families have enough to eat, sometimes through programs that purchase food from local producers to distribute in the community. Community development organizations, local community foundations, and community food access organizations (like food banks and pantries), may be able to offer local foods as a donation or at a reduced price to ECE sites and to families they serve. Find your local food bank through Feeding America and learn more about the USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program here. Donated foods are allowable in CACFP with appropriate documentation. Contact your state administering agency for more information. 
  • Order Online - As producers shift to online marketplaces there is increased opportunity for connection and purchasing that can accommodate the smaller quantities needed in ECE settings. Increased options in online purchasing can allow providers to find the producer or vendor with the preferred product, quantity, price, and pick-up/delivery options. Browse the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s Local Foods Directory to find producers, farmers markets, and food hubs in your area.
  • Get Growing - On-site edible gardens not only provide valuable hands-on experiential learning, but can be an access point for locally grown produce. Fruits, vegetables, and herbs grown in the ECE garden can be used in meals and snacks, or shared with families to take home.  
Even as the costs and impacts of COVID-19 continue to mount, the importance of strong ECE and food systems, and the opportunity for these systems and stakeholders to work together, is only becoming more apparent. Starting or continuing to offer local foods to children and families is one way to contribute to healthy learning environments and healthy communities that benefit families today and build strength and resilience for whatever the future holds. 

More Resources for Farm to ECE and COVID-19: 

This Week in Farm to School: 9/8/20

Anna Mullen Tuesday, September 08, 2020
SIGN UP: National Farm to School Network has weekly e-newsletter to share a roundup of COVID-19 related resources and information with farm to school and farm to ECE stakeholders - similar to what is shared weekly in these This Week in Farm to School blog posts. Sign up here to have this information delivered in your inbox weekly.

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. Food 4 Families Initiative: Youth Funding Opportunity
The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) in partnership with Farm-Aid, Indian Land Tenure Foundation, and First Nations Development Institute is proud to announce the “Food 4 Families” initiative. While funds last, IAC is awarding coupons to cover processing fees of eligible show animals. Are you a Tribal youth that is an active 4H/FFA member in Indian Country? Did you have a recent COVID-19 related cancellation of your local live auction prevent you from marketing your 2020 4H/FFA Livestock Animal? If you answered YES to both questions, you qualify to apply! Learn more and apply.

2. Cigna Foundation's Healthier Kids For Our Future Grant Program
Deadline: September 30
Cigna Foundation is looking to partner with school systems and surrounding communities — including clinicians, local and national nonprofits — to supplement existing mental health programming and help close gaps both within and outside the school environment to address loneliness, anxiety, depression, and suicide prevention. To that end, it will fund programs that foster collaboration between various stakeholders, including school administrators and teachers, clinicians, and local and national nonprofits. The grants are up to $65,000 grants per year for two years. Learn more and apply.

3. Voices for Healthy Kids' Policy Campaign Grant
Short Form Application Deadline: September 30
The Policy Campaign Grant is designed to support strategic issue advocacy campaigns supporting Voices for Healthy Kids policy priorities with a focus on health equity. Applications must be specific to an individual campaign for public policy change in one state, city, town or county, or tribal nation. Applications should focus on public policy changes to reduce health disparities for children in urban, suburban or rural settings who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, and Alaskan Native or from families who have low income. To learn more about the Voices for Healthy Kids policy areas - please review the descriptions in the policy lever agenda. Applications can be submitted for $50,000 - $200,000 for a duration of up to 18 months and can support non-lobbying and lobbying activities. Learn more and apply.

4. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Call for Proposals: Community Solutions for Health Equity
LOI deadline: October 7
With Community Solutions for Health Equity , RWJF seeks to make local health care systems more responsive to the needs of the community by elevating the voices, stories, priorities, and knowledge of people of color, and others who are left out of policy decisions. The Foundation's funding will provide community organizations with grant support to help increase their ability to organize members, build partnerships with other constituencies, and develop effective communication-all of which are critical to shared decisionmaking. Nine organizations will be given $300,000 each over the course of three years as part of the program. The Foundation is interested in engaging diverse groups and organizations, including those that have limited experience receiving grants of this size. Learn more and apply.


Webinars & Events
1. COVID-19 Panel: Resilience vs. Efficiency
Today! September 8 // 1pm ET
Covid-19 has shown the tension in the food system between big and rigid and small but less efficient. This panel moderated by Food Tank and hosted by Niman Ranch, will examine how we can achieve a more balanced, resilient system that is better for our health, communities, animals and food and agriculture sector workers. Learn more and register.

2. NFSN Facebook Live: How Do We End Food Apartheid In Our Communities?
Today! September 8 // 3pm ET - On Facebook
National Farm to School Network is hosting a series of Facebook Live videos this Fall to dig deeper into topics of farm to school and food justice with experts and practitioners from across the country. Join us on Sept. 8 at 3pm ET for a conversation with Qiana Mickie of Just Food about ending food apartheid in our communities. Watch live or check back later for the recording on our Facebook page.

3. EQUITY Food, Agriculture, Land and Racial Justice Story Share Series
September 8, October 13, & November 17 // 3pm-5pm ET
Join International Organic Inspectors Association, Ceres Trust, and the National Organic Coalition during September-November 2020, in their upcoming Story/Skillshares series around the broad and intersectional themes of Food, Agriculture, Land, and Racial Justice. The first story share will be on Indigenous Resistance, Resilience, and Just Transition in the Food System. RSVP here.

4. Webinar: Bringing Social Emotional Learning and Mindfulness Education to Your Work
September 9 // 2pm-3:15pm ET
Join School Garden Support Organization Network and Sheri S. Dollin, M.Ed., Educational Consultant and Mindfulness Facilitator, and Sunny Wight, Co-Founder of Mindfulness First, for an overview of mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in the distance learning setting. Together, participants will look at how an understanding of trauma, mindfulness and SEL can help us to manage stress while nurturing the scientifically proven “protective factors” that help prevent and manage trauma and mental health issues both for ourselves and our students. Learn more and register.

5. COVID-19 Webinar: Back-to-School Meal Service: Feeding Kids During the 2020-2021 School Year – Part 3
September 9 // 3:30 - 4:45pm ET
Join No Kid Hungry for the next webinar in their back-to-school meal service series! Participants will hear from two districts—Brandon Valley School District (South Dakota) and Vaughn Next Century Learning Center (California)— about their plans for feeding kids during the 2020-2021 school year. Learn more and register.

6. COVID-19 Webinar: Serving Meals this Fall: USDA Waiver Update
September 10 // 3pm ET
On August 31 USDA announced the extension of key waivers which will allow the continued operation of the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option through December 31, 2020. Join Food Research & Action Center and representatives from USDA for this webinar to hear the latest updates on the waivers and how they will impact meal service this fall. Register here.

7. EQUITY Black Farming: Beyond "40 Acres and a Mule"
September 11-12
People of African descent have a long agricultural tradition. In spite of their forced farm labor under chattel slavery in the Americas, in emancipation most African Americans returned to this tradition as independent farmers or sharecroppers. Co-sponsored with Antioch College and The National Afro American Museum and Cultural Center, this conference will be discussing the influential history of black farmers in Ohio with an emphasis on the strength of community, preparing the next generation of underrepresented farmers for the future, and cultivating the cooperative business model to promote healthy farming and sustainable businesses. There will be keynote addresses, breakout sessions, networking, a resource fair, and more! Learn more and register.

9. Webinar: Cultivating Talent — Agriculture and Applied Economics at the Nation’s 1890 Universities
September 14 // 11am ET
The 19 institutions established under the Second Morrill Act of 1890 comprise a group of historically black universities (HBCU’s) seeded with federal dollars in order to strengthen research, extension and education in food and agricultural sciences. Applied economics is an important discipline across both courses of study. The Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics will bring together representatives of 1890 schools and national and regional agricultural and applied economics associations for a webinar to discuss this nexus in 1890 universities’ curriculum, as well as the greater importance of 1890 universities’ graduates in the nation’s food and commodities’ policy work. Register here.

10. NFSN Food Justice is Racial Justice: National Farm to School Network Movement Meeting
October 14, 1-3pm ET (Virtual)
How can we shift power in our communities to create a more just food system? What community capital and resources can help us create systemic change in the ways we grow, prepare and eat food? Join National Farm to School Network for a virtual Movement Meeting on Wednesday, Oct.14 from 1-3pm ET, featuring Karen Washington, food justice activist, for deep conversation and action-oriented reflection on racial justice in the farm to school movement and wider food system. You’ll connect with fellow farm to school and food justice advocates from across the country, dig into conversations about what it means to shift power, and help shape the next steps of progress towards our vision of a just food system for all. This free, virtual Movement Meeting is open to everyone - no prior knowledge of farm to school needed. Register here.


Research & Resources
1. COVID-19 NFSN National Farm to School Network - 2020 Back to School: Farm to School/ECE and COVID-19 Resource List
National Farm to School Network is compiling back-to-school resources that will be relevant to farm to school and farm to ECE stakeholders during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. See the resource list. Have resources to suggest? Please email us at info@farmtoschool.org

2. EQUITY The Center for Environmental Farming Systems' Farm to ECE Learning Bursts on Race and Equity
Check out these Learning Bursts for teachers and providers to support having conversations on racial equity, race, and justice through the pedagogy of farm to early childhood education. View the resource here.

3. NFSN Nurture Young Children's Health and Curiosity During COVID-19
Farm to early care and education offers healthy and safe outdoor activities for children and ECE staff, and connects ECEs to local food producers. This new resource from The University of Tennessee’s Maternal & Child Health Nutrition Leadership Trainee program, Association of State Public Health Nutritionists, and National Farm to School Network offers reasons why farm to ECE can be helpful during the challenges and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and provides tips for putting farm to ECE into action. This resource is intended for use by ECE providers. For complementary resources for ECE technical assistance providers and public health practitioners, see our The Significance of Farm to Early Care and Education in the Context of COVID-19 fact sheet. Explore the resources.

4. 10 Cents A Meal: Results, Reflections & Recommendations
A new program framework and a 2018-19 school year evaluation report from Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems describe how the 10 Cents a Meal for Michigan's Kids & Farmers works, its impacts, and how to keep making the program stronger. Schools, policy makers, and advocates can use these documents to understand and communicate about the value and impact of the 10 Cents a Meal pilot program and similar school-based incentive programs for locally grown foods.
10 Cents a Meal Framework
10 Cents a Meal 2018-2019 Evaluation Report

5. National Center for Appropriate Technology's (NCAT) Farm to Healthcare Tips Playlist
NCAT recently uploaded a farm to healthcare playlist on food service tips featuring Seth Bostick during his time as Executive Chef at the Kalispell Regional Medical Center. Farm to Hospital programs are gaining ground nationwide as fresh, local food plays an increasingly vital role in hospitals’ missions to improve the health of their patients. Seth shares food service tips relevant to all institutions interested in starting or growing their local food purchases. For more information and resources, check out the Montana Farm to Cafeteria Manual.

6. COVID-19 USDA Launches A Resource Hub on Local Food System Response to COVID-19
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in partnership with 16 partner organizations, including National Farm to School Network, has launched the Local Food System Response to COVID Resource Hub designed to assist local and regional food producers as USDA and its partners develop, share and assess resources on local and regional food system responses to COVID-19. This searchable database contains insights and educational material to help local and regional food producers and businesses adapt their market strategies in the current environment. Learn more.

7. Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition's Student Research and Writing Awards
Deadline: September 18
The Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition has 3 awards for undergraduates and graduate students (MA/MS, PhD) who have researched and written about food security, food justice, the right to food in international and domestic contexts, and/or a variety of related issues. These awards are for completed research and for new and ongoing projects. Learn more and apply here.

8. EQUITY Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD) Call for Volunteer Equity Advisors
JAFSCD is looking for two volunteers to develop and conduct an annual equity and engagement evaluation to oversee the implementation of JAFSCD’s Equity Agenda. Developed by the JAFSCD Shareholder Consortium, the Equity Agenda includes a specific set of strategies, policies, and goals to increase our engagement (via authoring, reviewing, reading, advising) with diverse people, focusing on communities of color. The Equity Advisor(s) will establish a SMART metrics tracking system and measure our progress toward these goals on an annual basis. The ongoing work will include helping JAFSCD leadership make midcourse corrections in strategy that maximize diversity and real engagement with food systems practitioners, activists, scholars, and students who are underrepresented in scholarly research. To apply, send an email expressing your interest and availability, and attach a résumé or CV to Duncan Hilchey at duncan@lysoncenter.org.


Policy News
1. COVID-19 USDA Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020
On August 31, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will extend several flexibilities through as late as December 31, 2020. The flexibilities allow summer meal program operators to continue serving free meals to all children into the fall months. Additional waivers available through the end of 2020, or until available funding runs out includes:
- Allowing SFSP and SSO meals to be served in all areas and at no cost;
- Permitting meals to be served outside of the typically-required group settings and meal times;
- Waiving meal pattern requirements as necessary; and
- Allowing parents and guardians to pick-up meals for their children.

2. COVID-19 NFSN Sign-On To Endorse NFSN's COVID-19 Federal Policy Platform
National Farm to School Network's federal policy platform calls on Congress to strengthen its support for school meal and child nutrition programs, farmers and those who feed us, Native communities, essential workers, children and families, and others who have been historically underserved and underrepresented. Please add your voice by endorsing our federal COVID-19 policy platform, and help us advocate for key food systems priorities on Capitol Hill. Sign on here.

3. NFSN A Fresh Take on Dietary Guidelines Points to Need for Farm to School
In August, National Farm to School Network submitted comments on the Scientific Report of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee, which reviews new scientific evidence about diet's impact on health. We’re excited by these new areas of focus, and in our comments have highlighted for the Secretaries that farm to school and farm to early care and education (ECE) activities can help achieve these recommendations. Read more.


Job Opportunities
1. Policy Specialist, Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities (Michigan)
Deadline: September 30
Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities in Michigan is seeking a Policy Specialist to carry out its 10 Cents a Meal for Michigan’s Kids & Farms outreach and advocacy initiative. The ideal candidate will be passionate and knowledgeable about the value of getting locally grown food to children in school and early childcare settings; experienced in public policy advocacy, networking, and facilitation; and wake up every day thinking about how to embed 10 Cents a Meal and the value of investing in healthy, locally grown food for children in school and early child care into Michigan’s identity. While Groundwork Center is located in northwest Michigan, consideration will be given to candidates who need to reside elsewhere in Michigan. Learn more about the position, salary range, and how to apply here.

2. CDC Food Insecurity - Nutrition and Obesity Fellowship (Atlanta, GA)
Deadline: September 25, 3pm ET
A fellowship opportunity is currently available with the Obesity Prevention and Control Branch in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO) within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, Georgia. This fellow will receive training and gain experience in DNPAO’s policy, systems, and environmental approach to promoting healthy food access and reducing food and nutrition insecurity. The application deadline is Sept. 25 at 3pm ET. Learn more here.


In the News
Making Reopening Schools Easier With Farm to School Program
"The need for more outdoor learning is bringing new schools and classrooms into the world of Farm to School (FTS), which has already established curriculums, lessons, and activities that are ready to be implemented. Forest schools and long-standing FTS programs have experience bringing students outside in different weather conditions and know how to adapt spaces cheaply to create weather-protected outdoor classrooms." (Brattleboro Reformer)

“Meet Your Farmer” Videos Connect Kids with Farms During COVID
The videos are lively and colorful and really make you feel like you’re at the farm. They’re also a jumping off point to take this experiential knowledge to the next level. Below each video, there are links to Growing Minds lesson plans for various ages that go into more depth on the topics that are covered in the video. For example, Anna Littman’s video is paired with lesson plans about soil exploration and starting seeds. (ASAP Connections)

On the Site Where a Looted Liquor Store Once Stood, Teens Now Run Austin Harvest, an Open-Air Market Stocked With Produce, Flowers and Hope
In looking for ways to help push the growing fallout of George Floyd in a positive direction, a Chicago Bears linebacker approached an afterschool program director, who suggested they use healing circles to get young people talking. Through these discussions, the kids had an idea to use a recently looted liquor store, and in its place, they built an open-air market that sells fruits and vegetables, healthy snacks and drinks, and locally sourced flowers. (Chicago Tribune)

Opinion: Coronavirus Comes for the Farmers’ Market
Across the U.S., small farmers who built businesses marketing locally grown produce are struggling to stay afloat. They aren’t the largest source of America’s food supply. But they’re undeniably important, both to the economy and to the development of healthy and robust food systems. So far, though, the federal government has largely overlooked them in favor of larger farms and agribusinesses. As Congress mulls new ways to assist employers, specialty farms should be included in small-business support programs. (Bloomberg)

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: 9/1/20

NFSN Staff Tuesday, September 01, 2020
SIGN UP: National Farm to School Network has weekly e-newsletter to share a roundup of COVID-19 related resources and information with farm to school and farm to ECE stakeholders - similar to what is shared weekly in these This Week in Farm to School blog posts. Sign up here to have this information delivered in your inbox weekly.

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. Voices for Healthy Kids' Policy Campaign Grant
Short Form Application Deadline: September 30
The Policy Campaign Grant is designed to support strategic issue advocacy campaigns supporting Voices for Healthy Kids policy priorities with a focus on health equity. Applications must be specific to an individual campaign for public policy change in one state, city, town or county, or tribal nation. Applications should focus on public policy changes to reduce health disparities for children in urban, suburban or rural settings who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, and Alaskan Native or from families who have low income. To learn more about the Voices for Healthy Kids policy areas - please review the descriptions in the policy lever agenda. Applications can be submitted for $50,000 - $200,000 for a duration of up to 18 months and can support non-lobbying and lobbying activities. Learn more and apply.


2. Cigna Foundation's Healthier Kids For Our Future Grant Program
Deadline: September 30 
Cigna Foundation is looking to partner with school systems and surrounding communities — including clinicians, local and national nonprofits — to supplement existing mental health programming and help close gaps both within and outside the school environment to address loneliness, anxiety, depression, and suicide prevention. To that end, it will fund programs that foster collaboration between various stakeholders, including school administrators and teachers, clinicians, and local and national nonprofits. The grants are up to $65,000 grants per year for two years. Learn more and apply.

3. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Call for Proposals: Community Solutions for Health Equity
LOI deadline: October 7
With Community Solutions for Health Equity , RWJF seeks to make local health care systems more responsive to the needs of the community by elevating the voices, stories, priorities, and knowledge of people of color, and others who are left out of policy decisions. The Foundation's funding will provide community organizations with grant support to help increase their ability to organize members, build partnerships with other constituencies, and develop effective communication-all of which are critical to shared decisionmaking. Nine organizations will be given $300,000 each over the course of three years as part of the program. The Foundation is interested in engaging diverse groups and organizations, including those that have limited experience receiving grants of this size. Learn more and apply.

Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Opportunities for Supporting Voter Engagement as a 501(c)(3) Social Justice Organization
September 1 // 3pm ET
This webinar is hosted by the Coalition on Human Needs, Food Research & Action Center, National Low Income Housing Coalition, and NETWORK. It is the first in a series of webinars for 501(c)(3) organizations on permissible election-related activities. Register here.

2. COVID-19  Webinar: COVID-Friendly Outdoor Classroom Infrastructure and Design
September 2 // 2pm-3:15pm ET
There is an urgent need to reimagine PreK-12 schools in order to reopen safely and equitably. Repurposing outdoor spaces is a cost-effective way to reduce the burden on indoor classrooms while providing fresh air, hands-on learning opportunities, and the health benefits associated with increased access to nature. Join Sharon Danks, a leader of the National COVID-19 Outdoor Learning Initiative, author of Asphalt to Ecosystems, and founder of Green Schoolyards America, to learn about her work supporting the creation of outdoor classrooms for reopening schools. This webinar is hosted by School Garden Support Organizations. Register here.

3. EQUITY Panel Discussion: Rooting out Structural Racism in American Agriculture
September 3 // 6pm-8pm ET
Join Vermont Law School's Center for Agriculture and Food Systems for an upcoming virtual panel discussion to discuss Black land loss, the connection between agriculture and environmental justice, and the role of law and policy professionals in rooting out racism in the food system. Several lawyers fighting structural racism in agricultural law and policy will be featured. The event is free and no registration is required. 

4. COVID-19  Webinar: COVID's Hidden Toll: A Panel Discussion
September 4 // 7pm ET
University of California, MERCED, and Frontline present a panel discussion on the film "COVID's Hidden Toll" which examines how the COVID crisis has hit vulnerable immigrants and undocumented workers. The documentary follows the coronavirus pandemic's invisible victims including crucial farm and meat-packing workers who lack protections and have been getting sick. Please watch the film here and then register to join the panel discussion on September 4 via Zoom. 

5. Reclaiming Health Through Indigenous Food Systems: A Discussion on the Film “Gather”
September 8 // 10am ET
A unique opportunity to watch the new film, "Gather," prior to its public debut! With registration, you will have a 96 hour window to watch the film. Join Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) North America for a panel discussion with the film director and featured Indigenous figures from the film. Panelists will share their insights on the timely and critical nature of Indigenous peoples' knowledge, languages, cultures, innovation and leadership as Native communities build up their traditional food systems across North America. Learn more and register. 

6.COVID-19 Back to School 2020: Feeding Young Minds in Uncertain Times
Webinar Recording
Watch former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and a panel of national school food experts discussing why no matter what schools look like – remote, in person, or hybrid – we have a responsibility to ensure every child gets the food they need. This discussion, sponsored by the National Press Club (NPC), was live streamed on August 17 and explored the important role school meal programs play in the overall health, education and wellbeing of students and will highlight current challenges schools are facing, proposed policy solutions, and the innovative approaches schools are taking during this time of crisis. Watch the recording here. 

7. EQUITY Black Farming: Beyond "40 Acres and a Mule."
September 11-12
People of African descent have a long agricultural tradition. In spite of their forced farm labor under chattel slavery in the Americas, in emancipation most African Americans returned to this tradition as independent farmers or sharecroppers. Co-sponsored with Antioch College and The National Afro American Museum and Cultural Center, this conference will be discussing the influential history of black farmers in Ohio with an emphasis on the strength of community, preparing the next generation of underrepresented farmers for the future, and cultivating the cooperative business model to promote healthy farming and sustainable businesses. There will be keynote addresses, breakout sessions, networking, a resource fair, and more! Learn more and register. 


Research & Resources
1. COVID-19 NFSN National Farm to School Network - 2020 Back to School: Farm to School/ECE and COVID-19 Resource List
National Farm to School Network is compiling back-to-school resources that will be relevant to farm to school and farm to ECE stakeholders during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. See the resource list. Have resources to suggest? Please email us at info@farmtoschool.org

2. USDA Launches A Resource Hub on Local Food System Response to COVID-19
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in partnership with 16 partner organizations, launched the Local Food System Response to COVID Resource Hub designed to assist local and regional food producers as USDA and its partners develop, share and assess resources on local and regional food system responses to COVID-19. This searchable database contains insights and educational material from the 16 partner organizations (including NFSN!) to help local and regional food producers and businesses adapt their market strategies in the current environment. Learn more.

3. COVID-19 Call for Local Food Impact Stories
As part of a Local Food Systems Response to COVID-19 Project, Farm to Institution New England (FINE) is looking to highlight examples of institutions (hospitals, campuses, schools, etc) utilizing CSAs and pop-up grocery stores to provide local, fresh food to institutional staff and constituents during the pandemic. If anyone has examples of successful models, FINE would like to hear from you! These stories will contribute to a series of innovation briefs that highlight local food strategies employed during COVID-19. Contact Hannah Leighton (pronouns: she/her), FINE's Research & Evaluation Manager, at hannah@farmtoinst.org with questions and/or your stories.

4. 10 Cents a Meal for Michigan’s Kids & Farms Framework
10 Cents a Meal for Michigan’s Kids & Farms is designed to improve daily nutrition and eating habits for Michigan children and invest in Michigan’s agriculture and local food business economy. This resource shows how the 10 Cents program works and the impacts it can have:
• A framework, based on the 2018-2019 program design, depicts how the incentive program contributes to healthier kids and stronger local economies.
• A flow chart shows the businesses, groups, and organizations involved in providing food to schools or supporting the 10 Cents program.
View the framework here. 

5. Northeast Farm to School Institute Kicks Off with STAY IN-stitute!
In the Spring of 2020, USDA awarded a brand-new grant – the Regional Farm to School Institute Grants – to two grantees: Vermont FEED, a partnership of Shelburne Farms and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of VT, to provide schools and districts in the six New England States and New York with professional development to create robust farm to school programs. In June, Vermont FEED launched the tenth annual Northeast Farm to School Institute with a first ever virtual STAY IN-stitute retreat. The institute is a unique year-long professional learning opportunity for the selected school teams that include school nutrition directors or managers, classroom teachers, school administrators, school nurses, parents, school board, or community partners. Find more information about Vermont FEED’s action planning process in this new resource, Connecting Classrooms, Cafeterias, Communities: A Guide to Building Integrated Farm to School Programs.

6. National Farmers Market Managers Survey Data Published
The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service released the summary data of the 2019 National Farmers Market Managers Survey on August 17, 2020. This project was a joint venture of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). This summary data contains a wealth of information that can be used by policy makers, economic development professionals, chambers of commerce, and the U.S. farmers market sector.  AMS will release an in-depth analysis of the survey data in spring of 2021. The full data can be found on the NASS site.

7. Farm and Energy Initiative (FEI) Website
A collaboration between the Institute for Energy and the Environment and the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School have created a  new open-access resource that helps farmers, researchers, and policymakers promote sustainable energy use in agriculture. It includes toolkits and information in three main sections: The Farmland Solar Policy Project, Biogas and Organic Waste Management Project, and the Healthy Soils Law Project. View the website.

8. New Community Eligibility Provision Grouping Optimizer: Meals Count
Meals Count is a free interactive, customizable tool to help districts optimize their CEP groupings and maximize federal reimbursement. Meals Count is powered by sophisticated algorithms developed by data scientists across the country to eliminate the guesswork of grouping. Just by using Meals Count, districts have been able to optimize CEP groupings and increase expected annual reimbursement by 13% on average. For districts with 11 schools or fewer, the tool actually runs through every possible grouping scenario (of thousands possible combinations) to give the optimal scenario for maximizing expected annual reimbursement. For a quick demo on how to use Meals Count, watch this step-by-step tutorial.


Policy News
1. COVID-19 NFSN Sign-On To Endorse NFSN's COVID-19 Federal Policy Platform
As Congress works to finalize its next COVID-19 response bill, NOW is that time to make our voices heard. National Farm to School Network's federal policy platform calls on Congress to strengthen its support for school meal and child nutrition programs, farmers and those who feed us, Native communities, essential workers, children and families, and others who have been historically underserved and underrepresented. Please add your voice by endorsing our federal COVID-19 policy platform, and help us advocate for key food systems priorities on Capitol Hill. Sign on here.

2. COVID-19 NFSN Action Alert: Senate Must Do More For Kids, Farmers & Schools
Last week, Senate leadership released their latest set of COVID-19 relief bills, a $1 trillion bundle of legislation covering business aid, money for schools and agricultural aid funding. While National Farm to School Network is glad that Senators have recognized that our schools and farmers are in urgent need of critical funding support, this proposed legislation from the Senate falls far short of targeting the actual needs of our kids, farmers, educators and school nutrition professionals. Congress should be taking bolder action to respond to this emergency, support those most impacted and help advance us towards a more equitable future for all. Read more on our blog, and take 5 minutes to call your senators using our easy call script. 

3. USDA Extends Waivers to Fill Gap for Schools Starting in September
On August 20, the USDA announced the extension of four waivers through September 30, 2020 to support continued summer meals program operations in areas where the school year begins in September. These are:
1) The non-congregate waiver for SFSP;
2) The parent or guardian meal pick-up waiver for SFSP;
3) The meal pattern waiver for SFSP; and
4) The area eligibility waiver for open summer meals site.Previously, these critical waivers expired on August 31st, which created a gap for communities where schools are starting after that date. These waivers do not change the options available to schools and non-profit operators in communities where schools have already started. The USDA has reiterated that the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option are no longer available once the school year begins, whether in person or virtually. View No Kid Hungry's updated waiver summary that also includes the waivers available to support operations during the school year.

4. COVID-19 Program Created to Help Schools Purchase Iowa-Grown Produce
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced the creation of a Local Produce and Protein Program today. Gov. Reynolds has allocated $500,000 through CARES Act funding to help Iowa schools purchase locally-grown products from Iowa farmers impacted by COVID-19-related supply chain disruptions. The funding will be awarded through three grant programs administered by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Learn more.

5. School Leaders Fear That Stricter Lunch Program Eligibility in the Fall Could Make It Harder for Students to Eat
When the coronavirus pandemic shut down schools across the country, the Agriculture Department — the federal agency overseeing the nation’s school lunch program — made temporary changes to the program, including enabling families like Johnson’s to pick up multiple meals at one site. But some of those changes are set to expire in September, and school districts are bracing for more restrictions on who can pick up free meals at schools and where. Read more. 

Job Opportunities
1. Communications Coordinator, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (Massachusetts/Remote)
Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) is a nonprofit that works with hundreds of local farms and the community to get more local food onto people’s plates. The Communications Coordinator supports the Communications Manager in implementing communications and educational activities that support the mission of the organization. This includes: supporting CISA’s online presence (website and social media); writing and creative development; creation and management of community event(s); and maintaining communications systems. The Communications Coordinator manages the day-to-day activities for this work and collaborates with the Communications Manager to set strategic goals and develop new program strategies and activities. Learn more and apply.

2. Food Access Program Director, Farm Fresh Rhode Island (Providence, Rhode Island)
Deadline: September 6
 Farm Fresh Rhode Island is seeking a Food Access Program Director who is responsible for the oversight of all Farm Fresh RI Farmers Market and Food Access programs. Currently Farm Fresh RI manages 9 seasonal farmers markets and supports a network of over 20 partners in facilitating Food Access programs at farmers markets, farm stands, and CSAs statewide. Farm Fresh Food Access programming includes efforts to increase the affordability and availability of fresh, local foods for all residents of Rhode Island. The Food Access Program Director will bridge the gap between agriculture and public health by developing and maintaining key partnerships and programs, seeking new connections, and ensuring Food Access programs are meeting community needs. Learn more and apply.


In The News
School Food Politics: A Conversation with Jennifer Gaddis
Dr. Gaddis is an assistant professor of Civil Society and Community Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In this podcast, hear her discuss the politics of participatory research, the centrality of racial justice organizing to the success of the food movement, and the stunning connections between school food and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and uprisings against white supremacy in the United States. (Edge Effects)

Twenty Recognized as Emerging Leaders in Food and Ag
Emerging Leaders in Food & Ag is a national initiative that aims to develop, build community amongst, and celebrate visionary leaders across the agriculture supply chain in order to ensure that the enormous challenges facing food and agriculture today are addressed by a new generation of innovative, engaged leaders. Emerging Leaders in Food & Ag unveiled their inaugural Top 20 Award winners at a virtual event on August 17. The 2020 award winners included farmers and people in various levels of the food and agriculture value chains across the U.S. and Canada. One of the 20 award recipients is our fearless leader, Helen Dombalis! Congrats to Helen on this recognition! View the awards programs here and learn more about Emerging Leaders in Food and Ag here.

'Make Farmers Black Again': African Americans Fight Discrimination To Own Farmland"
Lenders tend to be less hesitant to lend certain amounts of money to people based on their preexisting financial conditions, which are determined by what opportunities and privileges people have had in the past to get to the point where they can purchase that land.." (NPR)

The Iowa Derecho Put Refugee Food Workers at Even Greater Risk
The hurricane-force winds that leveled Cedar Rapids have impacted hundreds of refugees who were considered ‘essential workers’ at meatpacking plants and supermarkets. (Civil Eats)

Middle Schoolers Get Their Hands Dirty Remotely
The Grow It Know It (GIKI) Summer Camp, offered through University of Georgia’s Office of Service-Learning, is typically a weeklong experience at Clarke or Hilsman middle schools. This year, it was offered virtually, educating participants about agriculture, plant science and nutrition, while providing fun, hands-on activities that the students could do at home. (University of Georgia

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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