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.
The 2016 USDA Community Food Projects Grant Program Request for Applications is open, with $8.4 million in grant funding available. Community Food Projects are designed to increase food security in communities by bringing the whole food system together to assess strengths, establish linkages, and create systems that improve the self-reliance of community members over their food needs. Eligible grant applicants include food program service providers, tribal organizations, or private nonprofit entities, including gleaners. The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project is providing free one-on-one technical assistance and resources to organizations interested in applying for the Community Food Projects Grant Program through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information and to apply for technical assistance, please visit the Community Food Projects' website. Applications are due Monday, November 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm EST.
Webinars & Events
1. Proposals now accepted for National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
Organizers of the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference are seeking proposals for workshops, posters and lightning talks to feature during the two-day gathering in Madison, Wis., June 2-4, 2016. This event is the premier gathering of individuals and organizations working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. Cafeterias in schools and early care, colleges and universities, hospitals, prisons and other institutional settings serve tens of millions of Americans every day, placing the farm to cafeteria movement at the forefront of the fight to end obesity and strengthen local food systems. The 2016 conference theme Moving Forward Together lifts up new and innovative partnerships to continue building momentum and ensure long-term sustainability in the movement. The application period is open now through Dec. 4, 2015. Learn more at farmtocafeteriaconference.org.
Policy & Action
1. A National Survey of Early Care Settings: Local Procurement, Gardens and Food and Farm Education
The National Farm to School Network is currently conducting a survey of early care and education staff and providers to gain a better understanding of current farm to preschool practices as well as barriers and challenges to implementing farm to preschool/early care initiatives. Please share the following survey link with early care and education staff and providers in your networks: www.surveymonkey.com/r/NFSNfarmtopreschool. The survey will close November 17. Thank you for your time and assistance in capturing this important information! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact NFSN Farm to Preschool Associate, Lacy Stephens (email@example.com) or Principal Investigator, Lydia Oberholzer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Jobs & Opportunities
1. Executive Director, Growing Gardens
Growing Gardens seeks a highly skilled and passionate individual to serve as Executive Director and uphold its mission to strengthen people and communities to grow their own food. Growing Gardens accomplishes this through a Home Gardens program working with families, a Youth Grow program in local schools, the Lettuce Grow program serving inmates in Oregon’s correctional facilities, and educational workshops. Learn more and apply here.
2. Call for papers: Childhood Obesity in Underserved Populations
Childhood Obesity plans to publish a special issue dedicated to Childhood Obesity in Underserved Populations. New ideas and initiatives are needed for understanding the factors that predispose or lead to obesity in these populations (biological, behavioral, and ecological). New analyses that enable us to understand why previous programs have not been successful (especially mediation and moderator analyses), and for innovative programs that deliberately attempt to minimize previous recognized problems and take new approaches to better serve these populations are needed. Editors are interested in original research and meta-analyses in regard to any aspect of childhood obesity in underserved populations. The deadline for manuscript submission is March 15, 2016. More information here.
3. Program Director, Land-Based Learning
Land-Based Learning is hiring a Program Director, based at its main office in Winters, Calif. at the Farm on Putah Creek. This position will be responsible for continuing the existing training and incubator programs; supervising 3 full-time CFA staff; writing and managing grants; creating and updating annual program budgets; working with an Advisory Committee of agricultural professionals, farmers and educators; launching an urban farm in a development currently under construction at The Cannery in Davis, CA; working with our West Sacramento urban farming program to oversee farm sites, expand marketing opportunities and explore aggregation; and, in partnership with another farmer training organization, developing an accredited farm apprenticeship program. Learn more here.
4. Legislative Assistant, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree
Progressive Maine Democratic Congresswoman Chellie Pingree seeks an experienced and proactive legislative assistant to handle her sustainable agriculture legislative portfolio and other legislative issues in her Washington D.C. office. Congresswoman Pingree is a national leader on local food and sustainable agriculture issues and the ideal candidate should have strong connections in these issue areas. Excellent writing and analytical skills, a proven record of generating and advancing legislative ideas, and a demonstrated ability to work with other offices and committees to advance the member’s agenda are important. Experience on Capitol Hill either in a Member office/committee or as an outside advocate is desired. The legislative assistant will be responsible for developing initiatives, tracking legislation, drafting correspondence and floor statements, and representing the Member in meetings and working closely with the district staff on outreach opportunities. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Pingree.Resume@mail.house.gov. Position will begin January 2016.
5. Development Director, The Food Literacy Project
The Food Literacy Project seeks a Development Director to join their team in Louisville, KY. The Development Director will plan, manage and evaluate the Food Literacy Project’s resource development efforts. The primary responsibilities are to develop and oversee the annual fundraising plan in collaboration with the Executive Director and Board of Directors. Learn more here.
6. Fellows, DC Greens
DC Greens is hiring two fellows for its 2016 Fellowship Programs. These two immersive year-long, professional development experiences are intended to cultivate growth into a career. The fellowships will provide hands on work in food access and food education and numerous opportunities for relationship building amongst our partners. Over the course of the position, the Fellows will learn the in’s and out’s of the nonprofits, government agencies, and businesses that make up the DC food landscape. Learn more here.
Farm to school in the news
Collier County schools lead the way in farm-to-school push
"When a child gets that ripe strawberry, it's a great strawberry. They'll think 'Wow, I want to eat this more often,' and that's what we want," said Dawn Houser, head of nutrition services for the Collier County school district. "And since we are the largest multiunit food service operation in Collier county ... schools are the perfect partner for farmers." (via Naples Daily News)
Mountain View students take a food adventure
The Corvallis Environmental Center puts on the food adventures as part of its Farm to School program, which also puts on monthly tasting tables with fresh fruits and vegetables for Corvallis and Philomath schools. (via Corvallis Gazette-Times)
Granville students start a fish farm
Behind Granville High School is a different type of school: one that consists of about 130 finger-length, iridescent tilapia, swimming together in two large, black tanks within a greenhouse nestled between the school parking lots. If all goes according to plan, the tilapia will survive the winter and ultimately land as a delectable dish on students’ lunch trays come spring. (via The Columbus Dispatch)