Survey: Help Shape the Future of Farm to School
The National Farm to School Network is looking toward its goals for the future – and we want your input! Please take a few moments to complete our member survey to provide us with your perspective about the National Farm to School Network and your ideas about our future work. The results from this survey will inform plans our next strategic plan and future National Farm to School Network activities. Take the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JRVJVXR The survey closes March 1. If you have any questions or technical issues with the survey, please contact our Evaluation Consultant, Amy Paxton Aiken at email@example.com.
1. NFSN WEBINAR Farm to School Resource Roundup
Wednesday, February 27, 3-4 PM ET
Join us for the first ever National Farm to School Network (NFSN) Farm to School Resource Roundup Webinar. The February webinar will feature three new resources from NFSN that aim to increase equitable access to farm to school initiatives, including theNFSN Programs and Policy Racial and Social Equity Assessment Tool; Supporting Farm to School with Non-Profit Hospital Community Benefit Dollars; and City & School District Farm to School Policy Opportunities. Register here.
2. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics Webinar: NFSN National Partner of the Year - Intertribal Agriculture Council
Thursday, March 7 // 1-2 PM ET
The National Farm to School Network (NFSN) is excited to announce the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) as NFSN’s 2019 National Partner of the Year. The IAC, a non-profit, Tribal membership organization, serving all tribal producers and communities across the country, was established in 1987 to pursue and promote conservation, development and use of Indian agricultural resources for the betterment of Indian communities. Through intentional programmatic and policy advocacy collaboration, resource sharing and cross-promotion, we aim to better connect NFSN and IAC members and continue growing farm to school in Native communities. Join this webinar to learn more about IAC and NFSN's collaboration and how members can get involved in this work. Register here.
3. Life Lab's 2019 School Garden Workshops
Santa Cruz, CA
In Life Lab's Garden Classroom on the UC Santa Cruz campus, professional trainers bring inspiration and information to educators interested in bringing learning to life in the garden. Workshops are available on a variety of garden / outdoor learning topics and will be hosted throughout 2019. Learn more and register here.
4. New Hampshire Food System State-Wide Gathering
March 12 // Plymouth, NH
The 4th Annual NH Food System Statewide Gathering will bring together 200+ individuals, organizations, businesses, and institutions working to strengthen our local food system. Our focus this year will be on "Cultivating our Collective Voice" and harnessing the power of our connections and relationships to shape local and state food policy. Through engaging workshops and dialogue, we'll explore how we can best collaborate and advocate to support our farms, fisheries, and food businesses, who in turn, sustain healthy communities and our vibrant working landscapes. Register here.
5. Virginia Farm to School Conference
March 14 // Hampton, VA
The Farm to School Conference is designed to help Virginia’s expanding Farm to School Network increase procurement of local foods and educational opportunities in school gardens, cafeterias, classrooms, early care centers and summer feeding programs across the commonwealth. Register here.
6. EQUITY Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge
Research & Resources
1. EQUITY Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems: Racial Equity in the Food System ListServ
Michigan State University's Center for Regional Food Systems just launched a national Racial Equity ListServ - EQUITYFOOD - to complement its Racial Equity in the Food System workgroup. Connect with your colleagues around building racial equity within the food system, and access resources like an annotated bibliography on structural racism, webinars, and various tools and articles. Learn more here.
2. American Traditional Foods In USDA School Meals Program - Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
The American Indian Traditional Foods In USDA School Meals Programs: A Wisconsin Farm to School Toolkit is a new resource to help source, menu, credit, and use more traditional foods in school meal programs. The Toolkit features native and traditional foods to include in school means, new recipes for schools use, menu planning support, and procurement information. Read more here.
3. EQUITY Food and Farm Reading List for Black History Month
For Black History Month, Rafter Ferguson, Scientist, Food and Environment, at the Union for Concerned Scientists is sharing a reading list of books that can help deepen our understanding of the history and contributions of Black farmers in our food system. Explore the reading list here.
1. Senior Associate, Community Food Systems, The Food Trust (Philadelphia, PA)
The Food Trust is seeking an enthusiastic, creative, organized and committed leader to oversee the planning, development and implementation of The Food Trust’s Community Food Systems program including multiple statewide policy and regional food systems initiatives. Learn more here.
2. Garden Projects Champion AmeriCorps Vista, North Coast Opportunities (Ukiah, CA)
The Gardens Project of North Coast Opportunities seeks to relieve hunger and inadequate nutrition throughout Mendocino and Lake Counties by creating access to community-based food production and local, nutritious food. Much of their current work focuses on supporting existing gardens and gardeners through leadership training, food production workshops, advocacy and organizational support. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Farm to School Coordinator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (Ithaca, NY)
In collaboration with school food service staff, regional farms and distributors, food, nutrition, garden and agriculture educators and Cornell’s Master of Public Health program, the Farm to School Coordinator will be responsible for developing, implementing, and improving a coordinated and sustainable procurement plan to increase the amount of local produce served in Tompkins County’s school cafeterias. Learn more and apply here.
4. CoFED Racial Justice Fellowship
CoFED’s Racial Justice Fellowship is a 6-month opportunity for young cooperators (ages 18-30) of color working to close the racial wealth gap by advancing community ownership of land and the food system. They're looking to support emerging leaders who can demonstrate a solid and progressive track record of creating change - and who are ready to take their vision, leadership and impact to the next level. The fellowship includes a $5,000 stipend, leadership coaching, trainings and networking opportunities. Applications open Feb. 15 and are due by March 15, 2019. Learn more here.
Farm to School in the News
Nebraska high-schoolers sell produce to school cafeteria
Students who are part of the local chapter of the National FFA Organization at a Nebraska high school are learning about sustainable agricultural production by working in an on-campus greenhouse. The students plant and harvest produce in vertical towers that is sold to the school's cafeteria. (The Grand Island Independent)
University of Georgia’s ‘Grow It Know It’ program expanded
An award-winning interactive Clarke County school program that teaches students about science and nutrition is now underway in Barrow County, thanks to the University of Georgia. The “Grow It Know It” program, established in 2013 by the UGA Office of Service-Learning, UGA Cooperative Extension, UGArden and the Clarke County School District, is designed to support teachers involved in farm-to-school programming. (Albany Herald)
Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids program grows vegetables at Delaware schools
A program designed to get kids to eat more vegetables has made inroads at area schools. The organization's mission is to design and implement food-and-garden-based school program, partnering with schools in Delaware to start vegetable garden programs on-site during the academic day that align with the science curriculum, and also enable students to try delicious vegetables. (WDEL)