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This Week in Farm to School: 2/12/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, February 12, 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. 

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 aepaxton@gmail.com.

Webinars & Events
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
April 1-21  
Food Solutions New England invites you to join for the fifth year of the Challenge! Participants from across New England and the rest of the country will be taking part in this year's effort which will include updated daily prompts, a new launch webinar featuring Dr. Eddie Moore, a Discussion Guide for groups and much more. Sign up here.

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
 

Job Opportunities
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 avaryan@ncoinc.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)

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: 2/5/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, February 05, 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 Gro More Grassroots Grant 
Deadline: February 15, 2019
In 2019, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening will award 175 grants worth a collective total of $100,000. 150 grant recipients will be awarded a check for $500 to support their initiatives. The top 25 programs will receive a check for $1,000. The Gro More Grassroots Grant is open to all nonprofit and tax exempt organizations (including schools) in the United States and US Territories planning to use the funds to install new or expand existing youth focused gardens or greenspaces. Learn more and apply here.


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to ECE: Farm to Early Care and Education in Family Child Care
Thursday, February 7, 1-2 PM ET
Across the country, there are over 213,000 licensed family child care homes and nearly one quarter of all children spend time in family child care before they reach kindergarten. Farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) – including local food procurement, gardening, and food and agriculture education – is a great fit for family child care. Farm to ECE adapts to diverse ages, abilities, and settings and offers evidenced-based approaches to meeting educational and nutrition standards. Join this National Farm to School Network webinar to learn about new resources to support farm to ECE in family child care, hear about best practices from county level farm to ECE initiatives, and see examples of farm to ECE in family child care success. Register here.

2. 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.

3. Vermont Farm to School & Early Childhood Day
Wednesday, February 6, 9:30 AM - 6 PM
Join us at the State House to celebrate and raise awareness of Farm to School and Early Childhood in Vermont. Activities and celebration range from a joint House and Senate Agriculture Committee hearing, school lunch served in the cafeteria, time to connect with legislators, and time to hear farm to school stories, displays, and networking. Learn more here


Research & Resources 
1. Online Course: Teaching Food & Nutrition for All
Teaching about food & nutrition can seem complicated, but it doesn’t have to! The Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy is launching a NEW online course this summer, from July 8-26. The course is intended to be for current educators or individuals interested in teaching nutrition in the school setting, to give you the tools & confidence to bring this topic to life in your classroom. Register before March 1 for a discount. Learn more here

2. EQUITY Equity Imperative Declaration - Novato Unified School District 
Here's a great example of how a school district in California is sharing our its commitment to equity. Equity in Novato Unified School District means ensuring every student has access to educational opportunities that challenge, inspire and prepare him or her for a strong future. The purpose of the Equity Imperative Declaration is to publicly explain why equity is important, to outline NUSD’s universal and targeted goals, and to state NUSD’s commitment to the actions necessary to achieve its goals. Read NUSD's Equity Imperative Declaration here.

3. EQUITY 7 Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Black History Month
February is Black History Month, a dedicated time to pay attention to the power and resilience of the black community. This celebration is reminder to seek out stories and histories that often go overlooked — and it also serves as a call to recognize the various black leaders in our own lives. This article by Katie Dupere offers ideas for honoring black lives and culture this Black History Month.


Job Opportunities
1. Outreach and Education Coordinator, Arcadia Food, Inc. (Alexandria, VA)
The Outreach and Education Coordinator will develop and provide garden and nutrition educational programming for youth, adults, and senior citizens; support Arcadia’s Field Trip and Farm Camp programs; strengthen Arcadia’s connection to schools and community partners in the surrounding community; support efforts to build garden and nutrition education capacity in schools; and support efforts to link health providers and food access organizations in the County. Learn more here.

2. Food Hub Program Associate, Field to Family (Iowa City, IA)
Field to Family is hiring a Food Hub Program Associate to connect more schools, hospitals and retirement communities with local farmers and producers. The Food Hub Program Associate will assist the Food Hub Manager in the general operations of the Field to Family Food Hub to create a more local, healthy and sustainable food system. Learn more here.


Farm to School in the News
Georgia student chefs compete in farm to school contest
Middle-school students in Georgia are competing in the preliminary round of the Georgia Department of Education's Farm to School Student Chef Competition. Students will taste-test and judge vegetable side dishes and the winner will submit the recipe -- along with its nutritional analysis -- to the statewide competition, where the judges will be school nutrition professionals. (Union Recorder)

Oregon Junior-Senior High School produces own beef, eggs, produce for student body
Students at Lost River Junior-Senior High School know where their food comes from: they eat beef from their own steers, eggs from their chickens and tomatoes from their greenhouse. (Herald and News)

Sunny Baker selected as WKKF Community Leadership Network Fellow
The Center for Creative Leadership and W.K. Kellogg Foundation have announced Class Two of the WKKF Community Leadership Network, a model program for developing local leaders who can unite people to create transformational change toward a more equitable society for all. Congratulations to Sunny Baker, co-director of the Mississippi Farm to School Network and NFSN Mississippi Core Partner, for being selected as a fellow in the Mississippi cohort! Read more here.
 
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.

Welcome, Chloe Marshall!

NFSN Staff Monday, February 04, 2019
National Farm to School Network is excited to welcome Chloe Marshall to our team as our Policy Specialist! 

Chloe brings a wealth of advocacy, coalition building, and food equity experience to our team. Before joining the National Farm to School Network, she served as the Maryland Advocacy & Outreach Coordinator with Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C, where she represented the food bank on policy and budget issues locally and on Capitol Hill. In addition, she has served on the Prince George’s County Food Equity Council (FEC),  where she leveraged her work with the Food Bank and the FEC into a partnership to launch a food justice coalition in Capitol Heights, MD, and founded the Food Justice Coalition of 20743, a collaboration of residents, community organizations, and grassroots leaders who seek community-led solutions to local food equity issues. Chloe is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University with a degree in Culinary Nutrition. Her strong passion for community engagement and unique background in food policy make Chloe an exciting addition to our team. 

Chloe currently resides in Prince George’s County, Maryland, where she enjoys singing with her church’s choir, the Suitland Road Chorus, and tending to her aging cat, Mabel Anne. 

Chloe is based in our Washington, D.C. office. Reach out to her with your policy questions, to brainstorm solutions to policy challenges, to share you successes or to find out how you can get involved in advocating for policy change. Send her a message or say hello at chloe@farmtoschool.org.

Farm to Belly Addresses Food Equity with Kids in Greenville, South Carolina

NFSN Staff Thursday, January 31, 2019
By Anna Defendiefer, Communications Intern

One of the most important goals to consider when encouraging farm to table practices is providing families and children from all communities with equitable access to nutrition, wholesome foods. A project called “Farm to Belly,” led by coordinator Kerry McKenzie, is making great headway in cultivating food equity in the Greenville, South Carolina community, specifically focusing on early care and education (ECE) initiatives. I had the opportunity to speak with Kerry about the success of the Farm to Belly program, her plans for the future, and about addressing food equity in our own communities.
 
A collaboration of the Greenville Health System, SHARE Head Start, and the advocacy group Feed & Seed, Farm to Belly aims to curb obesity and increase the accessibility and affordability of healthy food in low-income areas. To do so, Farm to Belly brings farmers markets and pre-made recipe bags to four different Head Start child care centers on a rotating basis, serving over 450 children and their families. Children and their caregivers can shop for foods that they are then encouraged to eat, cook, and discuss together. 
 
Farm to Belly is a project of Choosy Kids, a company “devoted to promoting health in young children and their families.” Choosy Kids provides classroom intervention and family engagement materials that can be used in tandem with the farmers markets and recipe bags to further encourage healthy habits. A life-size mascot named Choosy – which stands for  for Choose Healthy Options Often, Start Young – visits  Head Start centers during Farm to Belly activities, interacting with children and giving a friendly face to healthy foods. Kerry, who co-created of the mascot during her time at West Virginia University, says that Choosy has been a fantastic motivator for children in getting excited about fruits and vegetables and developing healthy eating habits. She emphasizes that it’s most important to establish those habits early in life, and that’s why she’s passionate about building a program specifically for children in the ECE setting. 
  
In order to adequately serve the hundreds of children and families Farm to Belly assists, Kerry continuously works with local South Carolina farmers to provide the produce needed for the markets. She employs individuals with special needs to package the recipe bags, and uses the help of generous volunteers and in-kind services to deliver the recipe bags and produce for farmers markets. Volunteers also help to maintain four established gardens in the area. Kerry continuously strives to make her model sustainable, like a “well-oiled machine.” 

Affordability and accessibility can often present barriers when encouraging healthy food consumption in low-income areas, and Farm to Belly aims to encourage healthy habits beyond just in their visits to Head Start Centers. In her efforts to address food inequity on a larger scale, Kerry is actively leading efforts to collect data from Farm to Belly participants - both children and parents - indicating the fruits and vegetables they consume and cook most often. Kerry then presents this data to local convenience stores, encouraging them to carry l the most popular foods (currently vegetables such as carrots, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts). Kerry explains that while it can be difficult to convince these stores to carry perishables that they haven’t historically sold, providing them with solid numbers can present a convincing argument. Kerry started these efforts by working with a Greenville gas station called Spinx, and is planning to work with more convenience stores in the near future.

Moving forward, Kerry plans to focus her efforts in collecting and presenting that data, in order  to make buying healthier foods easier for the whole community. She also continues to perfect the Farm to Belly model, and aims to expand first within the Greenville area, then in other cities and states. When asked about how to address food inequity in our own communities across the nation, she said that education for both children and parents is the first place to start; informing individuals about the positive health benefits of consuming fruits and vegetables can be a key motivator. Kerry also explained multiple detailed visions she has for communities to address food insecurity in the future, including a “Choosy-mobile” and mobile markets that deliver produce in food deserts.

Kerry is not only running a program that is currently helping hundreds of families, she is also continuously looking to the future. I found that incredibly inspiring. The Farm to Belly program can be a model for communities looking to address food equity; Kerry’s enthusiasm and dedication can be a model to all leaders working to advance and strengthen our food system. 
 


This Week in Farm to School: 1/29/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, January 29, 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. Clif Bar Family Foundation Small Grants
Deadline: February 1
The Clif Bar Family Foundation awards small grants for projects focused on one of five priority areas, including creating a robust, healthy food system, increasing opportunities for outdoor activity, and building stronger communities, a great fit for school garden projects. These grants are awarded for general organizational support as well as funding for specific projects. Learn more and apply here.

2. Action for Healthy Kids Game on Grants
Deadline: April 5
In order to get every kid healthy and ready to learn, Action for Healthy Kids’ Game On grants provide funding and resources for schools to improve or introduce new nutrition and physical activity programs. With a $1,000 grant, you can build a school garden, get equipment for active recess, host taste tests, and other nutrition promotion, start a before- or after-school activity club, and more. Learn more here.


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to ECE: Farm to Early Care and Education in Family Child Care
Thursday, February 7, 1-2 PM ET
Across the country, there are over 213,000 licensed family child care homes and nearly one quarter of all children spend time in family child care before they reach kindergarten. Farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) – including local food procurement, gardening, and food and agriculture education – is a great fit for family child care. Farm to ECE adapts to diverse ages, abilities, and settings and offers evidenced-based approaches to meeting educational and nutrition standards. Join this National Farm to School Network webinar to learn about new resources to support farm to ECE in family child care, hear about best practices from county level farm to ECE initiatives, and see examples of farm to ECE in family child care success. Register here.

2. 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. Register here.   
 
3. 2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit
April 2-4 // Amherst, MA
The 2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit is designed for food service operators, people who work at institutions, and local food advocates as well as farmers, processors, and distributors. The goal is to maximize collective impact and overcome challenges to buying more local food. The summit will feature programming that focuses on farm to school, farm to campus, and farm to health care, as well as cross-sector themes. Register here.

4. 2019 Canada National Farm to School Conference
May 15-17 // Victoria, BC
The 2019 Canada National Farm to School Conference will emphasize scaling-up efforts and evaluating impacts of farm and local food to school activities happening across Canada – putting more healthy, local and sustainable foods on the minds and plates of all students. This three-day event will feature field trips to inspirational projects in British Columbia, world-class keynote speakers, presentations, workshops and networking opportunities. Early Bird registration is now own through March 1. Learn more here.
 
5. Georgia Farm to School and ECE Summit
June 7-8 // Macon, GA
Save the date! The 7th Georgia Farm to School and Early Care and Education Summit will be held June 7-8 at Helms College in Macon. The Summit features dynamic, hands on education sessions, workshops, and field trips for early care providers and k-12 staff on gardening, cooking with kids, local procurement, and more! This event is co-hosted by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and Georgia Organics and presented by the Georgia Farm to School Alliance and the Georgia Farm to Early Care and Education Coalition. Registration opens in mid-March. Learn more here.


Job Opportunities
1. Farm to School Coordinator, Capital Roots (Troy, NY)
The Farm to School Coordinator will work to enhance the local food system by expanding access to healthy, affordable foods in our region's schools by working directly with farmers and producers to sell their products to institutions, as well as achieve higher levels of food safety certifications. Learn more here.

2. Director of Culinary Services, Thaden School (Bentonville, AR) 
The Director of Culinary Services will develop a vision, infrastructure, partnerships, and resources for the school that puts culinary services on par with the school’s other educational programs. Thaden School’s Meals program connects students to the myriad roles that food plays in our lives, as well as the ecological, scientific, economic and cultural dimensions of the plate. As the construction of Thaden's campus advances, students will grow and harvest increasing quantities of food for school meals, and will help with food preparation in our teaching kitchens. Learn more here

3. EQUITY  Seeding Power Fellowship (New York) 
The Seeding Power Fellowship is an innovative 18-month, cohort-based food justice fellowship program for experienced leaders working across sectors to build equitable food systems. In its inaugural year it will accept applications from leaders in New York City, the Hudson Valley, and Long Island. Application deadline: January 31. Learn more here.  


Farm to School in the News
Louisiana community garden laying down roots to alleviate food desert
Local high school students who've grown up in urban areas are learning how to plant their own food for the first time. For some of them, it's the first time seeing the planting process because of where they live. (WBRZ)

Growing student success: Florida students plant gardens
A collaboration between the Flagler County UF/IFAS Extension and 21st Century Community Learning Centers focuses on students below grade level in math, language arts and/or science, with interactive, after-school curriculum. (Palm Coast Observer

Texas garden project combines science, community service
Fourth-graders at a Texas elementary school are tending to a community garden as part of a yearlong science and community service project. Students recently weeded the space, will record weather and crop conditions, collect soil samples for analysis and hold a farmers market to distribute their produce. (The Eagle)

 
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: 1/22/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, January 22, 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. Clif Bar Family Foundation Small Grants
Deadline: February 1
The Clif Bar Family Foundation awards small grants for projects focused on one of five priority areas, including creating a robust, healthy food system, increasing opportunities for outdoor activity, and building stronger communities, a great fit for school garden projects. These grants are awarded for general organizational support as well as funding for specific projects. Learn more and apply here.

2. 2019 Gro More Grassroots Grant 
Deadline: February 15, 2019
In 2019, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening will award 175 grants worth a collective total of $100,000. 150 grant recipients will be awarded a check for $500 to support their initiatives. The top 25 programs will receive a check for $1,000. The Gro More Grassroots Grant is open to all nonprofit and tax exempt organizations (including schools) in the United States and US Territories planning to use the funds to install new or expand existing youth focused gardens or greenspaces. Learn more and apply here.
 
3. Carton 2 Garden Contest 
Deadline: March 25, 2019
The fifth annual national Carton 2 Garden Contest, sponsored by Evergreen Packaging, is now accepting entries! Open to public and private schools, contest winners will be selected based on their implementation of an innovative garden creation featuring creative and sustainable uses for re-purposed milk and juice cartons. Your school can get started by collecting at least 100 empty cartons from your home, community, or cafeteria. Learn more and enter here


Webinars & Events
1. Trending Topics in Farm to ECE: Farm to Early Care and Education in Family Child Care
Thursday, February 7, 1-2 PM ET
Across the country, there are over 213,000 licensed family child care homes and nearly one quarter of all children spend time in family child care before they reach kindergarten. Farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) – including local food procurement, gardening, and food and agriculture education – is a great fit for family child care. Farm to ECE adapts to diverse ages, abilities, and settings and offers evidenced-based approaches to meeting educational and nutrition standards. Join this National Farm to School Network webinar to learn about new resources to support farm to ECE in family child care, hear about best practices from county level farm to ECE initiatives, and see examples of farm to ECE in family child care success. Register here.

2. National Day of Racial Healing
TODAY - January 22
On January 22, join people across the country in celebrating our common humanity and taking collective action toward a more just and equitable world for the National Day of Racial Healing. The National Day of Racial Healing is a part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation effort. Learn more and find an event near you here.

3. White Privilege Conference
March 20-23 // Cedar Rapids, IA
WPC is a conference that examines challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solutions and team building strategies to work toward a more equitable world. The WPC provides a challenging, collaborative and comprehensive experience striving to empower and equip individuals to work for equity and justice through self and social transformations. Learn more and register here.


Resources & Research
1. 2019 NFSN National Partner of the Year - Intertribal Agriculture Council

As a national organization uniquely situated at the intersection of numerous sectors and communities, networking and partnership building are at the core of the National Farm to School Network’s efforts. To support this work, we’re expanding engagement in farm to school through the annual designation of a “National Partner of the Year.” In 2019, we are excited to announce the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) as NFSN’s National Partner of the Year. Through intentional programmatic and policy advocacy collaboration, resource sharing and cross-promotion, we aim to better connect NFSN and IAC members and continue growing farm to school in Native communities. Read more on our blog.

2. NEW Farm to School Local Policy Resources
National Farm to School Network is pleased to share two new fact sheets to support the development of farm to school policies at the local level. Supporting Farm to School with Non-Profit Hospital Community Benefit Dollars - This fact sheet explores opportunities for farm to school practitioners to partner with non-profit hospitals, and how hospital can provide resources to support farm to school and foster public health. City and School District Farm to School Policy Opportunities - Local school wellness policies and city purchasing policies are policy interventions that have been successful in supporting farm to school activities. This fact sheet explores these local policy opportunities.

3. An Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System, Sixth Edition
Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems has updated their Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System (Sixth Edition). This resources identifies literature that links the social construction of whiteness and its intentional or consequential impact on structural racism within the United States’ local food movement. It is focused on recent peer-reviewed and gray literature materials that are national, regional, and local in scope that included significant references. The sixth edition contains 18 videos and 41 new citations. Learn more here.


Job Opportunities
1. Illinois Farm to School Coordinator, Seven Generations Ahead (Oak Park, IL)
Working closely with SGA's Farm to School Program Manager, the position will include developing and facilitating the Illinois Farm to School Network, advancing relevant statewide policies, building involvement from state agencies and a diverse array of farm to school stakeholders, and driving increased farm to school participation among schools, early childhood education centers, and other child nutrition programs - with an emphasis on those most in need - across Illinois. Learn more and apply here.

2. Executive Director, National Young Farmers Coalition (Hudson, NY)
The National Young Farmers Coalition seeks an Executive Director, to be the voice and leader for the national movement of young people in agriculture. The ideal candidate must have a deep understanding of agriculture policy and a drive to solve the most pressing challenges in food and farming today, an ability to motivate and unify a diverse set of farmer voices around a common cause, a strong commitment to equity and justice, and the skills to successfully grow the work of the Coalition. Learn more here

3. Nutrition Action Healthletter Project Assistant, Center for Science in the Public Interest (Washington, D.C.)
The Project Assistant will gather and compile data related to articles about the nutrient content of food products and provide general administrative support. This position works with the Nutrition Action Healthletter (NAH) team and reports to a Senior Nutritionist. Learn more here.


Farm to School in the News
Garden at Illinois juvenile justice center offers chance for young people to grow
This spring, the garden at the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center in St. Charles will grow a bit, thanks to a two-year grant from the United States Department of Agriculture. Pam Ely with the Juvenile Justice Center said for many of the young people there the program provides their first experience gardening. For others, it may be their first exposure to healthy eating habits. (The Beacon-News)

Farm to fork offers fresh greens to Nebraska cafeteria
Many Nebraska schools are adding these towers to their greenhouses as a teaching tool to talk about sustainable agriculture. Several schools now have them, but Grand Island Northwest may be the first in the state with what it considers a whole farm of tower gardens. (NTV ABC)

New York schools promote wellness, local farmers
While January is a popular time of year to adopt resolutions for healthier habits, Forestville Central School is taking great strides to promote health and wellness district-wide, year ’round, beginning with Wellness Week this week. (Observer)

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.

Intertribal Agriculture Council Selected As 2019 NFSN National Partner of the Year

NFSN Staff Thursday, January 17, 2019
As a national organization uniquely situated at the intersection of numerous sectors and communities, networking and partnership building are at the core of the National Farm to School Network’s efforts. Partnerships are integral to our success, and are essential to the growth and long-term sustainability of the farm to school movement. That’s why our 2017-2019 Strategic Plan includes a key goal to facilitate expanded engagement in farm to school through new and diverse partnerships and promotion, including the designation of a “National Partner of the Year.” Through intentional programmatic collaboration, resource sharing and cross-promotion, we aim to both educate our members about the work of national partners, and increase knowledge of farm to school and our organization in diverse sectors. 

This year, we are pleased to announce the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) as our 2019 National Partner of the Year. The IAC is a non-profit, Tribal membership organization, serving all tribal producers and communities across the country, established in 1987 to pursue and promote conservation, development and use of Indian agricultural resources for the betterment of Indian communities. The IAC is recognized as the most respected voice within the Indian community and government circles on agricultural policies and programs in Indian Country, and it conducts a wide range of programs designed to further the goal of improving Indian Agriculture, land management, cultural food systems, and local and international marketing. 

A key area of the IAC’s programmatic focuses is cultivating Native youth leaders. Youth leadership development opportunities provided by the IAC - including local, regional and national events - expose Native youth to land conservation and stewardship, traditional food preparation and preservation, agricultural production planning, entrepreneurial business ventures in food and agriculture, and resource management as a community development tool. While Native youth have always been a part of the IAC, efforts to focus on youth programming continue to formalize, and at the 2017 IAC Membership Meeting, the Native Youth Food Sovereignty Alliance (NYFSA) was formed. 

National Farm to School Network has partnered with Native communities since early 2014, with an aim to gain a deeper understanding of the unique food access challenges Native communities face and identify and pursue viable solutions to overcome barriers to implementing farm to school. In partnership with numerous tribal communities and organizations, we’ve been learning that with a community-based and multi-generational framework, farm to school can be a nexus of economic development, food sovereignty, health and nutrition, and cultural revitalization. We’re excited to further this work in our year-long partnership with the IAC. Together, we’ll be exploring programmatic and policy advocacy collaborations, attending each other’s trainings and events, supporting youth leadership development, sharing out key learnings and resources, and promoting ways for our members to get involved in this work. 

Learn more about the Intertribal Agriculture Council on their website or social media sites: 

Stay tuned for opportunities to learn more about the IAC and dig into this partnership with us throughout 2019!

This Week in Farm to School: 1/15/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, January 15, 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. Winston Equipment Grant
Due: January 31
Applications are open for the Winston Equipment Grant, which provides school nutrition programs with 10 pieces of equipment for their programs. Applications can be submitted by a school nutrition director who has been a member of SNA for at least one year. There are NO eligibility requirements for a certain percentage of free/reduced eligible students! Learn more and apply here

Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to ECE: Farm to Early Care and Education in Family Child Care
Thursday, February 7, 1-2pm ET
Across the country, there are over 213,000 licensed family child care homes and nearly one quarter of all children spend time in family child care before they reach kindergarten. Farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) – including local food procurement, gardening, and food and agriculture education – is a great fit for family child care. Farm to ECE adapts to diverse ages, abilities, and settings and offers evidenced-based approaches to meeting educational and nutrition standards. Join this National Farm to School Network webinar to learn about new resources to support farm to ECE in family child care, hear about best practices from county level farm to ECE initiatives, and see examples of farm to ECE in family child care success. Register here.

2. Green Apply Day of Service
Green Apple Day of Service is an opportunity to join schools across the world in celebrating the central role that schools play in preparing the next generation of leaders in sustainability. A school’s event improves the learning environment while strengthening student civic leadership, environmental literacy, and project management skills. Since it began in 2012, Green Apple Day of Service has inspired over 900,000 volunteers in 80 countries to act in support of sustainability at their schools. With one in eight people around the globe attending a school every day, there is more work to be done! Schools and the community leaders who support them can choose their own date for their project, and they have access to mini-grants and personalized guidance to help them make their projects a reality. Sign up and register your project by March 15, 2019 to participate at greenapple.org.


Research & Resources
1. Evaluating the Economic Impacts of Farm-to-school Procurement, Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development
One of the purported benefits of farm-to-school procurement is that it strengthens the local econ­omy by providing expanded market access for local farms and ranches. Despite the claims of positive economic impact, there is limited research to sup­port this. This paper presents a framework for evaluating the economic impacts of farm-to-school programs, adapting the USDA’s “Local Food Economics Toolkit” for this specific context. Read more here.

2. Commit to Healthy Workplaces this New Year with the Healthy Meeting Pledge
Studies show a strong relationship between the physical and social environments of the workplace and the health behaviors of employees. The Healthy Meeting Toolkit, developed by members of the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA), includes guidance on key components of a healthy meeting and resources to help make hosting healthy meetings easier. Take the Healthy Meeting Pledge here.


Job Opportunities
1. Programs Coordinator: Farm to Early Childcare Education Specialist, Mississippi Farm to School Network (Jackson, MS)
The Mississippi Farm to School Network seeks a motivated programs coordinator to help increase its offerings to early childcare programs in Mississippi. The ideal candidate will understand the importance and value of local food and have demonstrated work experience in the world of early childcare. Learn more here

2. FoodCorps Service Member, FoodCorps (Nationwide)
FoodCorps believes that every child - no matter their race, place, or class - has a right to healthy food at school. Applications are now open for the next class of leaders - people who want to serve up change in your community. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Positions are open in 17 states and the D.C. Metro Area. Learn more here.

3. Community Food Systems Mentorship Program, Wallace Center
Applications for the Spring 2019 round of the Community Food Systems Mentorship Program are now open through January 15. Nine mentors with a wide range of expertise and experience will work with food systems leaders over the course of four months to support their continued growth and development as a leader. Applications close January 15, and the mentorship will occur from February 15 – June 15, 2019. Learn more here.


Farm to School in the News
Virginia high school outdoor classroom helps students learn life lessons
The Outdoor Educational Center in Roanoke is a hands-on learning environment where students learn all about agri-science -- from growing a garden to re-potting plants, even feeding chickens and collecting eggs everyday. (ABC 33/40)

South Dakota district locally sources beef for school lunches
The Wall School District in South Dakota is piloting a new school lunch program that sources cafeteria beef from local ranchers. The pilot began this month and lasts until May, but if successful, it will be used again in the coming year, and Superintendent Dan Baldwin hopes it expands to other districts across the state. (KOTA TV

Farm Show experience is a take-home lesson for Pennsylvania students
Education is part of what the Pennsylvania Farm Show is all about, and students can still think about agriculture long after the show is over. That's because of the Pennsylvania Farm to School Network. It teaches kids that their food doesn't just come from grocery stores; there's an entire industry behind it and an important industry at that. (ABC 27)

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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