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2019 Fall Funding Opportunities for Farm to School

NFSN Staff Thursday, September 12, 2019

The beginning of a new school year is a great time to consider starting or ramping up farm to school activities in your community. From planting seeds in a school garden to local food procurement in the cafeteria, there are numerous ways to engage in farm to school and get kids excited about fresh, healthy food. If you’re new to farm to school, check out our getting started resources: 

Looking for funding options to help kickoff or expand your farm to school efforts? Here are several fall funding opportunities to explore:

Green Education Foundation Green Thumb Challenge Grant
Deadline: September 30

Native American Agriculture Fund Grants
Deadline: September 30

Clif Bar Family Foundation Small Grants
Deadline: October 1

The Herb Society of America Classroom Herb Garden Grants
Deadline: October 1

Target Field Trip Grants
Deadline: October 1

American Heart Association Teaching Gardens Network Grant Program
Deadline: October 11

National Head Start Association Gro More Good Garden Grants
Deadline: October 11

The Bee Cause Project Bee Grants
Deadline: October 15

Whole Kids Foundation School Garden, Beehive and Salad Bar Grants
Deadline: October 15

Chef Ann Foundation Get Schools Cooking Grants
Deadline: October 28 

Annie’s Grants for Gardens
Deadline: November 1  

Klorane Botanical Foundation Budding Botanist Grant
Deadline: November 8

Find more ideas for supporting your farm to school activities in our Funding Farm to School factsheet. Stay tuned to our This Week in Farm to School blogs, posted every Tuesday, for more farm to school funding, resources and engagement opportunities.

This Week in Farm to School: 9/10/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, September 10, 2019
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. Whole Kids Foundation Grants - School Garden, Beehive & Salad Bar
Deadline: October 15, 2019
Through their grant programs, the Whole Kids Foundation is fostering opportunities to connect kids to the root of their food. A school garden, salad bar or beehive can help spark a child’s curiosity and teach them to love fresh, nutritious, whole foods. Bring the joy of a garden or beehive to your school - applications start Sunday, September 1 and close Tuesday, October 15, 2019. Salad Bar grant applications are accepted year-round. Learn more here.
 

2. Clif Bar Family Foundation Small Grants
Deadline: October 1, 2019 
The Clif Bar Family Foundation awards small grants for projects focused on one of five priority areas, including creating a robust, healthy food system, increasing opportunities for outdoor activity, and building stronger communities - a great fit for school garden projects. These grants are awarded for general organizational support as well as funding for specific projects. Learn more and apply here.  

3. Budding Botanist Grant
Deadline: November 8, 2019
The Klorane Botanical Foundation is committed to supporting programs to teach respect for the environment and protect nature through the preservation of plant species and biodiversity. Designed to further their mission, the Budding Botanist Grant will help our youngest citizens learn about plants, explore their world and inspire them to take care of the life they discover in their local ecosystems. In early 2020, twelve grant packages will be awarded to schools across the United States. Three schools will be awarded a $2,250 package. Nine schools will be awarded a $1,250 package. Learn more and apply here.


Webinar & Events
1. EQUITY Webinar: Food Sovereignty and the Role of Extension: Partnerships that Work
Monday, September 16 // 3 PM EST
Sponsored by Racial Equity in the Food System workgroup, this webinar will provide an introduction to food sovereignty, looking at how and why this principle is used in different First Nations communities. Following this introduction, two partners (one from the community and one from Extension) will describe how they have worked together on food sovereignty projects. They will describe how the partnership developed and key elements of a partnership that promotes food sovereignty. There will be time in the webinar for questions, comments, and suggestions of related resources. Register here

2. Webinar: Exploring Soils in the Garden
September 26 // 4:30 PM EST
Soils are alive with a variety of organisms that recycle nutrients, water, and gases. In this webinar presented by Veronica Justen, professor at UW-River Falls, we will discuss STEM lessons that we can harvest from the soil and demonstrate activities that allow students to explore the power of soils and the world beneath our feet. The webinar is hosted by the Wisconsin School Garden Network. Learn more and register here

3. NFSN WEBINAR Bring Farm to School to Life with Highbush Blueberries
Thursday, October 3 // 1-2 PM ET
October is National Farm to School Month, the perfect time to host a farm to school event to celebrate healthy, local food in the cafeteria, classroom and beyond! Resources like the Highbush Blueberry Farm to School Playbook can be a great tool for helping schools of any size find small and big ways to get kids excited about where their food comes from. On this webinar, three schools will share how they’ve used the Farm to School Playbook to put together successful nutrition celebrations with blueberries. Nutrition Consultant Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, will lead a panel discussion with three rockstar school nutrition professionals, who will share easy and practical inspiration for schools looking to kickstart their farm to school programs, tips for a successful promotion and increases in school breakfast/lunch participation, and inspiration for events your students will love. This webinar is hosted by the National Farm to School Network and sponsored by the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. Register here

4. NFSN EVENT Call for Proposals: 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
Deadline: October 4, 2019
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Albuquerque, NM, April 21-23, 2020! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene nearly 1,000 diverse stakeholders working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. Do you have expertise to share? Conference organizers are seeking workshop and poster proposals from individuals and organizations working to improve our food system, strengthen community health, empower youth, advance equity and increase opportunities for farmers and food producers. The Request for Proposals (RFP) is open now through Oct. 4, 2019. Learn more at farmtoschool.org/conference.

5. 2020 Urban Food Systems Symposium: Nourishing Cities in a Changing Climate Call for Abstracts 
Deadline: November 1, 2019 // 5 PM CST 
The symposium brings together researchers, not-for-profit administrators, community organizers, extension professionals, students, and others, to share and gain knowledge on urban food systems and agriculture and their role in global food security. Oral and poster presentations addressing research, education, and extension and/or community development programs around these topics and within the field of Urban Food Systems are encouraged to submit. Scholarships will be available for students and Extension educators thanks to sponsors and a generous grant from the North Central Region SARE. Learn more here

6. 2019 Western Youth Food Sovereignty Summit - Application Now Open
October 18-20, 2019 // Camp Verde, AZ
The 2019 Western Region Native Youth Food Sovereignty Summit is organized by Intertribal Agriculture Council and hosted by the Yavapai Apache Nation. At this summit, Native American youth will explore different areas of agriculture ranging from traditional foods to land stewardship techniques. This year's event is open to high school and college aged youth from the ages 13-22 living in Arizona and Utah. Participants must be enrolled in a federally or state-recognized tribe or be a tribal descendant. Apply here


Farm to School in the News
New York Farm to School lunch program builds community ties, improves food quality
This is the sixth year of the Broome-Tioga BOCES farm to school lunch program, an initiative to have more produce grown locally. Last year, more than thirty percent of all lunch purchases in the 15 BOCES school districts were New York products, to the tune of $1.5 million. BOCES staff say the benefits to this program go far beyond simply growing local produce. (WBNG)

Blueberries added to Alabama farm to school program 
“It was really great, and as soon as I told them I picked blueberries, to see their faces — they were like — what you picked blueberries? I said, yeah, they come off the bushes,” said Jane Haithcock, who teaches students in the eighth grade. “So it was really neat to see them make that connection that it doesn’t just show up here.” (Rocket City Now)

New Mexico arts program plants seeds for the next generation of local creatives 
"Food is art," Roseberry reminded the gathering, pointing out the "art" of historical acequia and farm traditions of Northern New Mexico. This year Growing Community Now will be serving 700 meals a day to Taos County school kids as a result of a USDA grant that allows six new area schools to be added to the organic food program. (Taos News)

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: 9/3/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, September 03, 2019
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. Target Field Trip Grants
Deadline: October 1, 2019
Some of the best learning opportunities happen outside the classroom. That's why Target is helping give students a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience through field trips (like visits to a local farm!). As part of the program, Target stores award Target Field Trip™ grants to K-12 schools nationwide. Learn more here.

2. National Education Association Foundation Grants
Deadline: October 15, 2019
Student Achievement Grants, offered by the National Education Association (NEA) Foundation, are for projects that help students learn how to think critically and solve problems in order to improve student learning. Learning & Leadership Grants, offered by the NEA Foundation, are for professional development opportunities for individuals or groups. Grants are available to current members of NEA who are educators in public schools or public institutions of higher education. Preference is given to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global learning into projects, which can include farm to school activities. Two levels of funding are available: $2,000 and $5,000.

3 Annie’s Grant for Edible School Gardens
Deadline: November 1, 2019
Want a school garden? Annie’s believes that showing future generations how sustainable food is grown changes their lives. Connecting kids to gardens helps them to start thinking more holistically about their food, their communities, and the planet. Learn more and apply here.

4. Call for Applications: 2020 RWJF Culture of Health Prize
Deadline: November 4, 2019
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize recognizes communities that have come together around a commitment to health, opportunity, and equity through collaboration and inclusion. Through the RWJF Culture of Health Prize application process, a community comes together to tell their inspiring stories of collaboration, action, and results. Communities should understand they are applying for a prize and not a grant. The Prize recognizes work that has already been accomplished so there is no required workplan or budget. Learn more here.

5. Farm Credit East Accepting Applications for AgEnhancement Grant Program
Deadline: December 1, 2019
Farm Credit East is part of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide agricultural network that provides credit and affiliated services to those in agriculture and related industries across the United States. In support of that mission, the organization is accepting applications to the Farm Credit AgEnhancement Grant program. Through the program, grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to help organizations promote awareness of and strengthen agriculture, commercial fishing, and forest products in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Learn more here.


Webinar & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Bring Farm to School to Life with Highbush Blueberries
Thursday, October 3 // 1-2 PM ET
October is National Farm to School Month, the perfect time to host a farm to school event to celebrate healthy, local food in the cafeteria, classroom and beyond! Resources like the Highbush Blueberry Farm to School Playbook can be a great tool for helping schools of any size find small and big ways to get kids excited about where their food comes from. On this webinar, three schools will share how they’ve used the Farm to School Playbook to put together successful nutrition celebrations with blueberries. Nutrition Consultant Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, will lead a panel discussion with three rockstar school nutrition professionals, who will share easy and practical inspiration for schools looking to kickstart their farm to school programs, tips for a successful promotion and increases in school breakfast/lunch participation, and inspiration for events your students will love. This webinar is hosted by the National Farm to School Network and sponsored by the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. Register here

2. NFSN EVENT Call for Proposals: 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
Deadline: October 4, 2019
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Albuquerque, NM, April 21-23, 2020! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene nearly 1,000 diverse stakeholders working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. Do you have expertise to share? Conference organizers are seeking workshop and poster proposals from individuals and organizations working to improve our food system, strengthen community health, empower youth, advance equity and increase opportunities for farmers and food producers. The Request for Proposals (RFP) is open now through Oct. 4, 2019. Learn more at farmtoschool.org/conference

3. 2019 Western Youth Food Sovereignty Summit - Application Now Open
October 18-20, 2019 // Camp Verde, AZ
The 2019 Western Region Native Youth Food Sovereignty Summit is organized by Intertribal Agriculture Council and hosted by the Yavapai Apache Nation. At this summit, Native American youth will explore different areas of agriculture ranging from traditional foods to land stewardship techniques. This year's event is open to high school and college aged youth from the ages 13-22 living in Arizona and Utah. Participants must be enrolled in a federally or state recognized tribe or be a tribal descendant. Apply here


Resources
1. EQUITY Book Recommendations: The role of food in building a more equitable society 
Community Food Centres Canada has shared a list of book recommendations focused on how we can build a healthier and more equitable society, and the role of food in that equation. Explore their recommendations here


Farm to School in the News
Indiana School Brings Student-grown Food To Cafeteria
Students at Crawfordsville’s Meredith Nicholson Elementary have learned to grow fruits and vegetables in the school garden for nearly a decade. This year, students can enjoy the fruits of their labor in the school cafeteria for the first time. (WBAA)

Wisconsin schools install hydroponic garden to grow food year-round
For years, the Waunakee School District has grown plants in community and school gardens during harvest seasons. But this school year, the district is implementing a new way to grow plants all year long, using hydroponics. (WMTV)

West Virginia middle schoolers learn importance of agriculture through farm-to-table program
Friday, students at Robert L Bland Middle School in Weston were treated to an entire menu of locally grown food; burgers made from fresh beef from a local family farm in Weston and fresh fruit grown in Bruceton mills. (WBOY)


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: 8/27/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, August 27, 2019
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. 2019 CHS Foundation Classroom Grant
Deadline: September 15, 2019
CHS Foundation provides $500 grants each year to Pre-K-12 teachers who have classroom projects that use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies and more. Eligible projects include classroom and schoolyard gardens, embryology projects, aquaculture projects and agricultural literacy reading programs to name a few. Teachers have until June 30 the following year to complete the project and submit a final report. Only state-certified classroom teachers who are employed by a school district are eligible to apply. In addition, Private school teachers are also eligible to apply. Learn more here. 

2. Green Thumb Challenge Grant
Deadline: September 30, 2019
It's that time of year again! GEF and Gardener’s Supply Company have teamed up on an exciting funding opportunity for established youth garden projects nationwide! The organizations are calling on schools and youth groups to submit chronicles of their garden projects in a race to win a $500 prize. The award is designed to support the continued sustainability of an exceptional youth garden program that has demonstrated success, and has impacted the lives of kids and their community. Learn more here.

3. Head Start Gro More Good Garden Grants
Deadline: October 11, 2019
In collaboration with The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening, The National Head Start Association is honored to bring the life-enhancing benefits of gardens to more children and families in the Head Start community. Schools, community action programs, non-profits, hospitals, community centers and inter-generational groups that hosts Head Start programs are eligible to apply. The grants awarded are in the amount of $5,000, plus a garden kit and materials and gardening educational resources. Learn more here.

4. Get Schools Cooking Grants
Deadline: October 28, 2019
A program of Chef Ann Foundation, Get Schools Cooking (previously known as the School Food Support Initiative) provides school districts with the operational foundation necessary to transition their Food & Nutrition Service Departments from a heat & serve or processed model to one that is rooted in scratch cooking using real ingredients. Through Get Schools Cooking, food service teams are guided through an intensive, three-year program. Applications for the 2019 Cohort are now open. An information webinar is scheduled for Sept. 12. Learn more here. 


Webinar & Events
1. Webinar: SGSO Network Crowdfunding Webinar
Wednesday, August 28 // 3-4 PM EST
Time and time again, the ability to raise adequate financial support tops the list of challenges of school garden programs both at individual school and SGSO levels. In this webinar we will explore the concept of crowdfunding which is a term broadly used to describe fundraising efforts focused on raising smaller amounts of money from large numbers of people frequently through online and social media efforts. This webinar is a part of the School Garden Support Organization (SGSO) Network. Register here. 

2. EQUITY Webinar: Food Sovereignty and the Role of Extension: Partnerships that Work
Monday, September 16 // 3 PM EST
Sponsored by Racial Equity in the Food System workgroup, this webinar will provide an introduction to food sovereignty, looking at how and why this principle is used in different First Nations communities. Following this introduction, two partners (one from the community and one from Extension) will describe how they have worked together on food sovereignty projects. They will describe how the partnership developed and key elements of a partnership that promotes food sovereignty. There will be time in the webinar for questions, comments, and suggestions of related resources. Register here. 

3. NFSN WEBINAR Bring Farm to School to Life with Highbush Blueberries
Thursday, October 3 // 1-2 PM ET
October is National Farm to School Month, the perfect time to host a farm to school event to celebrate healthy, local food in the cafeteria, classroom and beyond! Resources like the Highbush Blueberry Farm to School Playbook can be a great tool for helping schools of any size find small and big ways to get kids excited about where their food comes from. On this webinar, three schools will share how they’ve used the Farm to School Playbook to put together successful nutrition celebrations with blueberries. Nutrition Consultant Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, will lead a panel discussion with three rockstar school nutrition professionals, who will share easy and practical inspiration for schools looking to kickstart their farm to school programs, tips for a successful promotion and increases in school breakfast/lunch participation, and inspiration for events your students will love. This webinar is hosted by the National Farm to School Network and sponsored by the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. Register here. 

4. NFSN EVENT Call for Proposals: 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
April 20-24, 2020 // Albuquerque, NM
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Albuquerque, NM, April 21-23, 2020! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene nearly 1,000 diverse stakeholders working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. Do you have expertise to share? Conference organizers are seeking workshop and poster proposals from individuals and organizations working to improve our food system, strengthen community health, empower youth, advance equity and increase opportunities for farmers and food producers. The Request for Proposals (RFP) is open now through Oct. 4, 2019. Learn more at farmtoschool.org/conference. 

5. 2019 Western Youth Food Sovereignty Summit - Application Now Open
October 18-20, 2019 // Camp Verde, AZ
The 2019 Western Region Native Youth Food Sovereignty Summit is organized by Intertribal Agriculture Council and hosted by the Yavapai Apache Nation. At this summit, Native American youth will explore different areas of agriculture ranging from traditional foods to land stewardship techniques. This year's event is open to high school and college aged youth from the ages 13-22 living in Arizona and Utah. Participants must be enrolled in a federally or state recognized tribe or be a tribal descendant. Apply here.


Resources & Research 
1. New Research: Regional Trends in New England Farm to Institution Procurement Policy
This new report from Farm to Institution New England (FINE) and the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) at Vermont Law School analyzes state laws in the New England region intended to incentivize institutional local food procurement. The research looks at institutions broadly, though farm to school makes up a significant portion of local purchase efforts and is featured prominently throughout the regional report and accompanying state policy snapshots. Learn more here. 


Farm to School in the News
California students get hands-on gardening experience through Agriculture Academy
An elementary school is a place where a lot of growing takes place — young minds learn something new each day, students develop and mature mentally and sometimes even plants, fruits and vegetables are harvested after a strong season. Tucked behind McKinley Elementary School's classrooms is a fully functioning garden where students learn everything from loosening soil to making a delicious meal from the fruits and vegetables grown. There are even five egg laying chickens clucking around their coop. (The Bakersfield Californian)

Illinois students turn vacant lot into urban garden offering free produce to neighbors
A group of students from the Montessori School of Englewood have turned a vacant lot into something pretty spectacular. "I never had a garden. So when I heard we could come outside and plant things, that just made me happy," student Elantra House said. Through a grant from 'The Trotter Project' and master gardeners from University of Illinois, that empty lot is now an urban farm overflowing with colorful flowers and fresh vegetables. For many of the kids, it was the first time they tried a vegetable straight from the soil. (WGN9)

Montana farm to school brings 'Bozeone Ozone Bus' to Story Mill Park
"The BOB bus is our mobile greenhouse that we use for garden and nutrition education," said Madi Mathiasen, who works for Gallatin Valley Farm to School. "In the spring and fall we drive it around to elementary schools and sometimes middle schools and we do all kinds of different lessons with them." Campers harvest vegetables and herbs from the BOB bus to make healthy afternoon snacks. (KBZK)


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: 8/20/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, August 20, 2019
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. Get Schools Cooking Grants
Deadline: October 28, 2019
A program of Chef Ann Foundation, Get Schools Cooking (previously known as the School Food Support Initiative) provides school districts with the operational foundation necessary to transition their Food & Nutrition Service Departments from a heat & serve or processed model to one that is rooted in scratch cooking using real ingredients. Through Get Schools Cooking, food service teams are guided through an intensive, three-year program. Applications for the 2019 Cohort are now open. An information webinar is scheduled for Sept. 12. Learn more here

2. NCR-SARE Youth Educator Sustainable Agriculture Grants
Deadline: November 14, 2019
North Central Region-SARE recognizes that youth programs are a way to introduce new and exciting farming and ranching options to youth, parents, and community members. Youth Educator grants support projects by youth educators that encourage youth to try sustainable practices and explore sustainable agriculture as a viable career option. Applicants can request up to $4,000 for youth education projects. North Central Region-SARE includes: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Learn more here

3. SeedMoney Grants for Garden Projects
Deadline: November 12, 2019
SeedMoney is offering 255 garden grants totaling $40,000 to diverse food garden projects through a 30-day crowdfunding challenge running from November 15 to December 15. The grants are open to all types of public food garden project, including youth gardens, community gardens, food bank gardens, etc., regardless of their location. Grant applications will be accepted until November 12. Learn more here

4. Head Start Gro More Good Garden Grants
Deadline: October 11, 2019
In collaboration with The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening, The National Head Start Association is honored to bring the life-enhancing benefits of gardens to more children and families in the Head Start community. Schools, community action programs, non-profits, hospitals, community centers and inter-generational groups that hosts Head Start programs are eligible to apply. The grants awarded are in the amount of $5,000, plus a garden kit and materials and gardening educational resources. Learn more here


Webinar & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Bring Farm to School to Life with Highbush Blueberries
October 3 // 1-2 PM EST
October is National Farm to School Month, the perfect time to host a farm to school event to celebrate healthy, local food in the cafeteria, classroom and beyond! Resources like the Highbush Blueberry Farm to School Playbook can be a great tool for helping schools of any size find small and big ways to get kids excited about where their food comes from. On this webinar, three schools will share how they’ve used the Farm to School Playbook to put together successful nutrition celebrations with blueberries. Nutrition Consultant Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, will lead a panel discussion with three rockstar school nutrition professionals, who will share easy and practical inspiration for schools looking to kickstart their farm to school programs, tips for a successful promotion and increases in school breakfast/lunch participation, and inspiration for events your students will love. This webinar is hosted by the National Farm to School Network and sponsored by the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. Register here

2. Webinar: SGSO Network Crowdfunding Webinar
Wednesday, August 28 // 3-4 PM EST
Time and time again, the ability to raise adequate financial support tops the list of challenges of school garden programs both at individual school and SGSO levels. In this webinar we will explore the concept of crowdfunding which is a term broadly used to describe fundraising efforts focused on raising smaller amounts of money from large numbers of people frequently through online and social media efforts. This webinar is a part of the School Garden Support Organization (SGSO) Network. Register here

3. First Nations Food Sovereignty Summit
September 23-26, 2019 // Green Bay, Wisconsin
First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) and the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin (Oneida) again are co-hosting the national Food Sovereignty Summit. It will be held September 23-26, 2019, at the Radisson Hotel in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The conference workshops are divided into three tracks: Sustaining Food Systems, Strengthening Tribal Sovereignty, and Caring for Our Lands. Learn more and register here

4. 2019 Western Youth Food Sovereignty Summit - Application Now Open
October 18-20, 2019 // Camp Verde, AZ
The 2019 Western Region Native Youth Food Sovereignty Summit is organized by Intertribal Agriculture Council and hosted by the Yavapai Apache Nation. At this summit, Native American youth will explore different areas of agriculture ranging from traditional foods to land stewardship techniques. This year's event is open to high school and college aged youth from the ages 13-22 living in Arizona and Utah. Participants must be enrolled in a federally or state recognized tribe or be a tribal descendant. Apply here

5. NFSN EVENT Save the Date: 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
April 20-24, 2020 // Albuquerque, NM
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 20-24, 2020! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene a diverse group of food service professionals, farmers, educators, students, representatives from nonprofits and government agencies, public health professionals and more to learn, network, and strengthen this important movement. Do you have expertise to share? We’ll be seeking proposals for conference content (workshops, posters, etc.) from stakeholders interested in sharing their models and strategies for making farm to cafeteria initiatives a reality in their communities. The Request for Proposals will open mid-August. Visit farmtoschool.org/conference to learn more and start making plans to join us in Albuquerque! 


Resources & Research 
1. NFSN RESOURCE 2019 Vision and Key Strategies to Advance Farm to Early Care and Education
In this newly revised resource, the National Farm to School Network’s Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE) Working Group outlines a vision for the future of farm to ECE and details key strategies at the local, state, tribal and national level to achieve this vision. The NFSN Farm to Early Care and Education Working Group is a cohort of experienced leaders and stakeholders in the field that work collaboratively in identifying and addressing barriers and strategic opportunities to further the national farm to ECE movement. This resource is intended to provide guidance and direction to NFSN and national, state, tribal and local partners in prioritizing and coordinating efforts to advance the farm to ECE movement across the country. Learn more here


Jobs & Opportunities
1. Farm to School Supply Chain Development Program Manager, CADE (Oneonta, NY)
Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE), whose vision it is to "build a vibrant food system in which locally owned agricultural businesses thrive and consumers are nourished by healthy, sustainably produced food," recently received a USDA grant that will enable us to support the important Farm to School  incentives in place in New York by building infrastructure that connects regionally food producers to NY State school districts.  CADE is currently seeking to fill a full time program manager position under that grant. Applications are due August 21. Learn more here

2. University of Minnesota College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Mentorship Program
The University of Minnesota seeks mentors to guide college students and post-docs exploring careers in your field! The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) matches industry professionals with CFANS students and post-docs who are seeking guidance and insight into a career path. The program runs November 2019-May 2020. The U of M asks that mentors and students check in, either in-person, by email, or by phone/Skype at least once a month for an hour, and there is a required half-day job-shadowing component. Local and long-distance mentors are welcome! Submit your application by September 23, and learn more about the program here. Contact cfansaro@umn.edu with any additional questions.


Farm to School in the News
Tennessee school uses gardening to cultivate students' business acumen
When St. Mary’s School received a grant to build a few raised flower beds six years ago, it wasn’t much — and it wasn’t near the level it is now. Now, the garden has expanded, and serves as a basis for teaching students not only how to garden, but how to run a business as well. (Johnson City Press)

Alaska school district works to reduce food waste
As kids get ready to head back to school, the staff at the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District Nutrition Services department are prepared to fuel students’ learning with healthy food. “We do a hot pack and a cold pack every day,” explained Nutrition Services supervisor Chris Johnson. “So what is manufactured today is what schools will be getting tomorrow.” (KTVA)

North Carolina teens grow food, faith and focus on Cedar Grove Farm
Sankofa Farms was originally supposed to be a school garden in which middle school students could get away from the pressures of the classroom and get their hands dirty in the soil. After the proposal was rejected by the school’s principal, middle-school science teacher Kamal Bell made a much bigger investment in the idea. (WUNC)


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.

Celebrating Jenna Rhodes - NFSN Arkansas Co-Core Partner

NFSN Staff Friday, August 16, 2019

By National Farm to School Network Staff and Partners

Jenna Rhodes, National Farm to School Network Arkansas Co-Core Partner, brought an indomitable spirit to our farm to school family. It is with sadness, but also hope and fond memories, that we celebrate her life. Though much too short, it was a life lived with joy, passion, and commitment, including a deep-seated commitment to farm to school. 

As Program Manager at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Jenna supported Arkansas Farm to School, helping it grow into the robust program that it is today. Not only was Jenna a vital part of Arkansas Farm to School’s success, she shared her enthusiasm and knowledge with our national network of partners, bolstering and helping to grow the national farm to school movement. Jenna was always at the ready with an infectious smile and helping hand. Along with NFSN staff, Jenna’s farm to school friends from across the country are celebrating her spirit:    

Jenna started on our team at the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute following a year-long student project with us as part of her Master of Public Service from the Clinton School of Public Service (more info here from the Clinton School’s memorial here). We were immediately drawn to her outgoing and earnest spirit and her higher than average devotion to organization. Those two characteristics continued through her entire five years with us.
 
Jenna could flip any stranger to friend in a matter of minutes, always managing to get straight to the heart of your unique situation and offer suggestions to help you on your way. Her first forays into the field yielded open arms and huge hugs within minutes, which was always warmly received by our farm to school community, especially with our school child nutrition teams.
 
Her family tells the story of her organizing the third-grade tug of war - taking charge, situating people on the rope, and cheering louder than anyone else in her class. Her teacher told her mom, “This is how Jenna always is, and this is how Jenna will always be.” Never a truer sentence spoken. She had timelines for every project, color-coded sticky notes to keep us all on track, and just the week before she passed had written out every single activity (by month!), that we need to get done in the next year.
 
Jenna was incredibly organized. If we said we needed to bring something special into the office like a camera or kitchen tools, Jenna would find out when we planned to leave home the next morning, and text us just before to remind us to bring the thing. She even set little reminders for herself to remind us.  
 
Jenna jumped into everything wholeheartedly. A friend shared last week that when you mentioned an idea to Jenna, if she liked it, then it felt like you were just starting and she was already at halftime. Her questions, her plans, dates, people to invite, what about...things you hadn’t considered she would already have thought about somehow.
 
And at the SNA conference in Salt Lake City, she was sitting across from Bertrand Weber, who had spoken about taste tests and how he introduces new foods to students that day. Someone at the table ordered calamari, which Jenna had not had before and wasn’t excited about trying, but having heard Bertrand she wanted to see his method first hand. Bertrand went through his full taste test/sensory experience with Jenna and the calamari, and though she wasn’t crazy about it she admitted his process works!
 
She was a rockstar, both personally and professionally, and she will be deeply missed by many.
 
- Emily English and Andrew Carberry  



I had the unique pleasure of working with Ms. Jenna as she first entered the farm to school arena. As the NFSN South Region’s lead, I engaged closely with the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute and their Arkansas Grow Healthy Study about school gardening. When Andrew Carberry suggested that Jenna be added as the Arkansas co-lead, I understood why he felt she should be formally recognized in her role. Our monthly regional calls were livened up by Jenna’s presence and enthusiasm. We attended many state and national conferences together and her smile always lit the room. Of the many farm tours we joined, I remember her at Heifer Ranch the most. After a full day of farm to school planning, touring, and celebrating, Jenna stepped on a big old thorn that went through her shoe, deep into her foot. We were outside taking our group photo and many of us offered to drive her to the hospital. Jenna insisted we take our group photo and finish our day together. We removed the thorn and cleaned her foot and then she smiled just as big as ever for our photo. We cleaned up the space and Jenna drove herself to the hospital.

I will always remember her laughter, her creative joy in her work, her faith, and her dedication to service. Laughing and wounded, she put herself last. But she is first in many of our hearts as we mourn her untimely passing.

- Pam Kingfisher




While Jenna will be dearly missed as a friend and colleague, her impact on farm to school in Arkansas and on NFSN will not be forgotten. We feel privileged to carry on her legacy of building community and making the world a better place through farm to school. You can read more about Jenna, including ways to donate to scholarships set up in her name, here

This Week in Farm to School: 8/13/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, August 13, 2019
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. Native American Agriculture Fund Inaugural RFA Now Open
Deadline: September 30, 2019
The Native American Agriculture Fund's (NAAF) mission is to support Native American farmers and ranchers and promote their continued engagement in agriculture. NAAF was created after conclusion of the lengthy Keepseagle v. Vilsack litigation and was designed for the purpose of addressing four areas important to the success of Native farmers and ranchers:  business assistance, agricultural education, technical support and advocacy. Eligible applicants must submit a complete application no later than Monday, September 30, 2019. Learn more here

2. Head Start Gro More Good Garden Grants
Deadline: October 11, 2019
In collaboration with The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening, The National Head Start Association is honored to bring the life-enhancing benefits of gardens to more children and families in the Head Start community. Schools, community action programs, non-profits, hospitals, community centers and inter-generational groups that hosts Head Start programs are eligible to apply. The grants awarded are in the amount of $5,000, plus a garden kit and materials and gardening educational resources. Learn more here


Webinar & Events
1. Webinar: SGSO Network Crowdfunding Webinar
Wednesday, August 28 // 3-4 PM EST
Time and time again, the ability to raise adequate financial support tops the list of challenges of school garden programs both at individual school and SGSO levels. In this webinar we will explore the concept of crowdfunding which is a term broadly used to describe fundraising efforts focused on raising smaller amounts of money from large numbers of people frequently through online and social media efforts. This webinar is a part of the School Garden Support Organization (SGSO) Network. Register here

2. First Nations Food Sovereignty Summit
September 23-26, 2019 // Green Bay, Wisconsin
First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) and the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin (Oneida) again are co-hosting the national Food Sovereignty Summit. It will be held September 23-26, 2019, at the Radisson Hotel in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The conference workshops are divided into three tracks: Sustaining Food Systems, Strengthening Tribal Sovereignty, and Caring for Our Lands. Full information and a registration link can be found here.

3. NESAWG's 26th Annual It Takes a Region Conference
November 7-9, 2019 // Jersey City, NJ
The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group annual It Takes a Region Conference brings together farm and food practitioners across the 12-state Northeast region to learn, debate, collaborate, and innovate ideas and solutions to critical food systems issues. Hundreds of practitioners convene not only for workshops, plenaries and networking, but to roll up their sleeves and do the real work needed to create a just and fair regional food system in several work group sessions. Learn more here

4. NFSN EVENT Save the Date: 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
April 20-24, 2020 // Albuquerque, NM
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 20-24, 2020! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene a diverse group of food service professionals, farmers, educators, students, representatives from nonprofits and government agencies, public health professionals and more to learn, network, and strengthen this important movement. Do you have expertise to share? We’ll be seeking proposals for conference content (workshops, posters, etc.) from stakeholders interested in sharing their models and strategies for making farm to cafeteria initiatives a reality in their communities. The Request for Proposals will open mid-August. Visit farmtoschool.org/conference to learn more and start making plans to join us in Albuquerque! 


Resources & Research 
1. NFSN RESOURCE Call for Updates to "Benefits of Farm to School" Fact Sheet
National Farm to School Network is in the process of updating our popular Benefits of Farm to School fact sheet and we need your help identifying farm to school and farm to early care and education research and reports that may be relevant to include in a new edition of the resource. You can submit relevant content by adding directly to this spreadsheet or sending to Lacy Stephens, NFSN Program Manager, at lacy@farmtoschool.org. We are interested in both peer reviewed and grey literature. Please submit by Friday, August 16. Thank you for your help in making this valuable resource even more impactful!

2. EQUITY American Academy of Pediatrics Addresses Racism and Its Health Impact on Children and Teens
Racism has a profound impact on children’s health. With the goal of helping all children reach their full potential, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is publishing new recommendations on ways to lessen the impact of racism on children and teens. In the policy statement, “Racism and Its Impact on Child and Adolescent Health,” the AAP calls on pediatricians to create welcoming, culturally competent medical practices, to advocate for policies that advance social justice, and to engage leaders in their communities to reduce health disparities. Read more here

3. Report: Food Systems Resilience: Concepts & Policy Approaches
Food Systems Resilience: Concepts & Policy Approaches presents advocates and policymakers with a suite of policy tools for strengthening food system resilience. With climate-related shocks and stressors adding to existing hazards facing food systems, this is a critical time to examine food system vulnerabilities and work to ameliorate them. This resource provides an overview of the current scholarship on resilience, especially as it applies to food systems, as a means to predict, assess, and improve how those systems cope with disruption. It also includes a case study of Puerto Rican laws and policies. Learn more here


Policy News
1. TAKE ACTION for Farm to School in the next CNR
National Farm to School Network is taking steps now to ensure that the next Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization (CNR) strengthens farm to school opportunities across the country! Farm to school activities – including procurement of local food for school meals, school gardens, and food and agriculture education – have been proven to help students build healthy eating habits and support family farmers by expanding market opportunities. You can help! Endorse the Farm to School Act of 2019 (S. 2026, H.R. 3562) and Kids Eat Local Act (S.1817, H.R. 3230) to encourage members of Congress to provide the federal dollars needed by community-grown initiatives. Have another five minutes? Make a quick call to your members of Congress to ask them to co-sponsor these bills! Learn more about farm to school opportunities in the next CNR here


Jobs & Opportunities
1. Applications Now Open: 2020 Bloomberg Fellows Program
The Bloomberg American Health Initiative is supporting a new generation of public health leaders in organizations across the country who are tackling some of the most pressing challenges to public health, including Obesity and the Food System. The Bloomberg Fellows Program offers a full scholarship and $10,000 stipend for the Master of Public Health (MPH) or a full scholarship for the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The application deadline is December 1, 2019. Learn more here


Farm to School in the News
West Virginia 'farm to school institute’ connects students to the food they eat
How does milk get to the dairy aisle? Why are there different types of apples? Why should salads be a part of a healthy diet? Answers to questions like these and more are things that children at Jefferson County Schools in West Virginia will be welcomed back to this coming school year after school teachers and workers attended a program that was the first of its kind for the area. (Herald Mail Media)

Washington State University Extension helps launch robotics gardening program
An elementary school in the Mount Vernon School District received a $25,000 grant to start a robotics gardening program with the help of WSU Extension. The FarmBot growing system will be installed at Jefferson Elementary this fall to help grow, water and weed the school’s garden. (WSU Insider)

Texas school district unveils innovative new menu
With an emphasis on international cuisine and locally sourced ingredients, Texarkana Independent School District will revolutionize most parents understanding of the typical school lunch. (TXK Today)

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: 7/30/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, July 30, 2019
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. Get School Cooking Grant
Application Opens Monday, August 19
Get Schools Cooking (previously known as the School Food Support Initiative), a program of Chef Ann Foundation,  provides school districts with the operational foundation necessary to transition their Food & Nutrition Service Departments from a heat & serve or processed model to one that is rooted in scratch cooking using real ingredients. Through Get Schools Cooking, food service teams are guided through an intensive, three-year program. The 2019 grant application period will open August 19, 2019. Learn more here


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to School: State Local Purchasing Incentive Bills 
This Week! Thursday, August 1 // 1-2 PM ET
Providing an increased meal reimbursement to schools and early care and education sites purchasing and serving local foods not only increases the amount of fresh, local foods in meal program, but can provide increased revenue streams for local producers. Many states are exploring or pursuing local food incentive bills and a few states have passed and implemented successful legislation, providing important models for future legislation. In this webinar, presented by the National Farm to School Network, we’ll hear from key stakeholders about the passage and enactment of the MI Ten Cents a Meal Program and the New Mexico Grown Local Produce Grant. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.

2. EQUITY Webinar: Amplifying the Leadership of People of Color and Indigenous Communities in Sustainable Food Systems Organizations
Wednesday, Jul 31 // 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM CDT
The purpose of this webinar is to elevate the important work of sustainable food systems organizations in the US, specifically those led by people of color and Indigenous communities, and to answer common questions on ways to identify and support these efforts. This webinar is hosted by Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in Environmental Philanthropy (InDEEP). Register here

3. Registration Deadline: School Garden Support Organization Leadership Institute
January 19-24, 2020 // Santa Cruz, CA
Join 20 other School Garden Support Organization teams from across the nation to strengthen your organization’s goal of enhancing professional development and ongoing support for school garden programs in your region. Apply here by August 2, 2019

4. Celebrate National Farmers Market Week
August 4-10, 2019
Each year, Farmer's Market Coalition helps recognize farmers markets across the country with National Farmers Market Week. During this time, markets will host local special events and activities alongside media campaigns. You can help spread the word online about the importance and impact of farmers markets for National Farmers Market Week this year by following FMC and your local farmers market on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay in the loop, by using the hashtags #farmersmarketweek, #lovemymarket and #whyfarmersmarkets, and by downloading the "Why Farmers Market" infographic here.

5. NFSN EVENT Save the Date: 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
April 20-24, 2020 // Albuquerque, NM
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 20-24, 2020! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene a diverse group of food service professionals, farmers, educators, students, representatives from nonprofits and government agencies, public health professionals and more to learn, network, and strengthen this important movement. Do you have expertise to share? We’ll be seeking proposals for conference content (workshops, posters, etc.) from stakeholders interested in sharing their models and strategies for making farm to cafeteria initiatives a reality in their communities. The Request for Proposals will open in August. Visit farmtoschool.org/conference to learn more and start making plans to join us in Albuquerque!


Resources & Research 
1. NFSN RESOURCE Call for Updates to "Benefits of Farm to School" Fact Sheet
National Farm to School Network is in the process of updating our popular Benefits of Farm to School fact sheet and we need your help identifying farm to school and farm to early care and education research and reports that may be relevant to include in a new edition of the resource. You can submit relevant content by adding directly to this spreadsheet or sending to Lacy Stephens, NFSN Program Manager, at lacy@farmtoschool.org. We are interested in both peer reviewed and grey literature. Please submit by Friday, August 16. Thank you for your help in making this valuable resource even more impactful!

2. EQUITY Call for Citations: 7th edition of Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism present in US Food System
Deadline: August 5, 2019
MSU Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) is seeking help in identifying citations to update CRFS’s publication: An Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System. They seek citations that refer to research, analysis, outreach, and commentary on BOTH structural racism AND the U.S. food system. Deadline for citation submission is August 5, 2019. Learn more here


Policy News 
1. TAKE ACTION for Farm to School in the next CNR 
National Farm to School Network is taking steps now to ensure that the next Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization (CNR) strengthens farm to school opportunities across the country! Farm to school activities – including procurement of local food for school meals, school gardens, and food and agriculture education – have been proven to help students build healthy eating habits and support family farmers by expanding market opportunities. You can help! Endorse the Farm to School Act of 2019 (S. 2026, H.R. 3562) and Kids Eat Local Act (S.1817, H.R. 3220) to encourage members of Congress to provide the federal dollars needed by community-grown initiatives. Have another five minutes? Make a quick call to your members of Congress to ask them to co-sponsor these bills! Learn more about farm to school opportunities in the next CNR here

2. Thousands of Students Could Lose Free School Meals if SNAP Changes
A Trump administration plan to tighten eligibility requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) could have a secondary effect: hundreds of thousands of children losing automatic eligibility for free school lunches. The proposal, announced last week, would curb broad-based categorical eligibility, which currently allows children in families who participate in SNAP to be "directly certified" for participation in federally subsidized free school meal programs. In addition, more students could lose access to free meals if SNAP changes drop their schools below the threshold for community eligibility. Read more here from Education Week


Job Opportunities
1. Farm to School Program Manager, Food Connects (Brattleboro, VT) 
The Farm To School Program Manager’s primary responsibilities are to manage the overall program and to be a motivational guide and knowledgeable resource for teachers, food service professionals, and school administrators to further develop and support Farm to School programs throughout the region. Acknowledged as a statewide leader, the Farm to School program builds capacity at over 30 schools to improve food, farm and nutrition education as well as increase local food purchasing and school meal participation. Learn more and apply here

2. AmeriCorps VISTA Service Member (Traverse City, MI)
The Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District is hiring two full-time AmeriCorps VISTA Service Members to advance farm to school initiatives and activities across elementary schools in northwest lower Michigan. Projects that the VISTA will help coordinate may include cooking demonstrations in partnership with local chefs, coordinating pop-up farmer’s markets, facilitating school garden development, and supporting classroom nutrition educators. To apply for the position, please contact Ranae McCauley (ranae@unitedwaynwmi.org) or Alice Bowe (abowe@tbaisd.org).


Farm to School in the News
Students learn about gardening, food prep and nutrition in Migrant Program in North Dakota
Amid the neatly spaced rows of carrots, lettuce, spinach, onions, peppers and other vegetables, Lizzy Vaudrin joins a cadre of third- and fourth-graders to pick ingredients they’ll use in a cooking class on this sunny morning in Manvel. The four-day cooking class, led by NDSU Extension employees, concludes the seven-week Migrant Program this week at Manvel Public School. “It’s a great experience,” said Vaudrin, a teacher, as she watched the children select the produce. “It’s so rewarding, too, for them to see how they planted (the vegetables) from seed and how they use them.” (Grand Forks Herald)

Youth center’s vegetable roof garden provides food for children in Chicago
American design firm Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects has transformed the terrace of an education center in Chicago into a large rooftop vegetable garden which also provides organic food to the school’s kitchen. (Inexhibit)

Apples are for more than teachers in New York
In a few months, school will be back in session and apples will be growing at Indian Ladder Farms. The farm, as part of an initiative with the not-for-profit Capital Roots, will be sending hundreds of pounds of apples to schools in the Capital Region. (The Altamont Enterprise)


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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