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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.

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.

This Week in Farm to School: 1/8/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, January 08, 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. Aim High Grants: Supporting Out-of-School Time Programs Serving Middle School Youth 
Due: January 25
On behalf of the New York Life Foundation, the Afterschool Alliance invites out-of-school time programs to apply for a new competitive grant opportunity to support and bolster the ability of afterschool and summer learning programs help their middle school students make a successful transition from 8th to 9th grade. A total of 26 grant awards will be made nationwide. Grant funds may be used for technical assistance, capacity building, enhancing direct service activities, and/or program expansion. Learn more and apply here


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics: Youth Voice and Engagement in Farm to School
Thursday, January 10 // 1-2pm ET
Engaging youth voice and leadership in farm to school initiatives is essential to advancing the movement and growing the next generation of food systems leaders. Join the National Farm to School Network and Shelburne Farms to celebrate youth engagement in farm to school projects and curriculum. Hear from educators and students from urban, suburban, and rural communities as they share how they are innovatively promoting healthier and more just food systems in their schools and communities through farm to school. Register here

2. Community Food Systems Conference 2019
December 9-11, 2019 // Savannah, GA
Hosted by New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and Georgia Farmers Market Association, the 2019 Community Food Systems Conference will address common underlying themes between food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture including obstacles in urban and rural environments and fostering community empowerment to create and sustain resilient local food systems. Learn more here.


Resources & Research
1. New JAFSCD Paper: Evaluating the Economic Impacts of Farm-to-School Procurement 
The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development has recently published "Evaluating the Economic Impacts of Farm-to-school Procurement." 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. The approach combines primary and secondary data to customize an input-output model, reflecting the complex supply chains that link producers and schools. Additionally, to illustrate the approach, the paper summarizes the findings from two case studies of local food procurement by schools between 2016 and 2017. The paper is co-authored by Lacy Stephens, NFSN Program Manager. Read more here


Job Opportunities
1. Executive Director, Common Ground (New Haven, CT)
Common Ground High School, Urban Farm & Environmental Education Center is looking for its next Executive Director. The ED reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission, strategic priorities, and financial objectives. The ED of Common Ground directly supervises 6 Program Directors as well as the Site Manager. Learn more here.

2. Food Justice Education Coordinator, Common Ground (New Haven, CT)
The Food Justice Education Coordinator plays an important role in supporting educational projects involving the farm, requiring strong skills in leading groups of youth and adults in food justice, cooking and farm based activities. The Food Justice Education Coordinator works closely with Farm, High School and Environmental Education Center Staff to plan and execute educational programs. Learn more here.

3. 2019 Appalachian Food Justice Fellowship Program
The Appalachian Food Justice Institute (AFJI) aims to support youth leaders in Central Appalachia (West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Western Virginia, Western North Carolina) in their learning, experimentation, and action within local and regional food systems change. The AFJI Fellowship program will support 10 students from across Appalachia to learn, experiment, and act to confront injustices within their regional food systems. The Fellowship award will cover all costs associated with attending the 10-day Appalachian Food Justice Institute, as well as a $500 stipend. Learn more here


Farm to School in the News
Local tuna arrives at Oregon school cafeteria, along with the fishermen
Local, sustainably caught tuna was served up in the Driftwood School cafeteria in Port Orford on Thursday, Dec. 13, and the students were treated not only to tuna, but to stories from two local fishermen, who caught the fish, shared about their occupation and what it is like to be out in the ocean. (Bandon Western World)

Pennsylvania schools adds local foods to cafeteria menu through farm-to-table program
Through the district’s participation in a farm-to-table program, new for the 2018-19 school year, students are receiving regionally sourced food in the cafeteria that meets or exceeds school nutrition standards and educational activities in the classroom that emphasize nutrition and local agriculture. (Herald-Standard)

Maryland district seeks local farms for school lunch initiative
Frederick County Public Schools, in cooperation with two local food advocacy organizations, has spent the past year exploring the feasibility of adding more locally and Maryland-grown fruits and vegetables to school lunches. (The Frederick News Post)

Read past editions of This Week for more funding opportunities, webinars and events, jobs, and ways to take action to support farm to school growth across the country.

This Week in Farm to School: 12/18/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, December 18, 2018
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. Katie's Krops Garden Grower Grant
Deadline: December 31, 2018
Starting a Katie’s Krops Garden is so much more than just receiving funding to grow a garden. Youth selected as Katie’s Krops Growers are empowered to grow a healthy end to hunger in their community and positively impacting the health of their cities and towns. Learn more and apply here.


Webinars & Events
1. NEW NFSN Webinar Series
Starting in 2019, the National Farm to School Network (NFSN) will host quarterly Resource Roundup webinars. These bite-sized webinars provide a brief highlight of a new or innovate farm to school or farm to early care and education resource. Featured resources will include tools and publications from the National Farm to School Network, as well as resources developed by other organizations. Webinars will take place the third Wednesday of February, May, August and November from 4-4:30 PM ET. Save the date and be on the lookout for more information about the February Resource Roundup Webinar soon.

2. Trending Topics: Youth Voice and Engagement in Farm to School
Thursday, January 10 // 1 - 2 PM ET
Engaging youth voice and leadership in farm to school initiatives is essential to advancing the movement and growing the next generation of food systems leaders. Join the National Farm to School Network and Shelburne Farms to celebrate youth engagement in farm to school projects and curriculum. Hear from educators and students from urban, suburban, and rural communities as they share how they are innovatively promoting healthier and more just food systems in their schools and communities through farm to school. Register here

3. Farm to Cafeteria Canada National Farm to School Conference - Call for Proposals
Farm to Cafeteria Canada's (F2CC) National Farm to School Conference will be held in Victoria, British Columbia, May 15-17, 2019 and we are now accepting proposals. Building on the success of the 2015 Changing the Menu conference, this event is designed to advance activity to bring more healthy, local and sustainable foods into the minds and onto the plates of students in preschools, schools (K-12) and campuses across Canada. We invite you to join your colleagues from across Canada as they INSPIRE, INNOVATE, and organize for IMPACT. Deadline to submit is December 20, 2018. Learn more here.


Job Opportunities
1. Executive Director, National Farm to School Network (Remote) 
National Farm to School Network seeks a dynamic, values-driven and collaborative leader as Executive Director. The Executive Director leads innovation and strategic growth toward accomplishing the mission of the organization. Location is flexible (anywhere within the U.S., with preference for proximity to Washington, D.C.). The deadline to apply is Jan. 7, 2019. Learn more here

2. Farm to School Director, Community Groundworks (Madison, WI)
Community GroundWorks is looking for a .8 FTE Farm to School Director. The Farm to School Director is responsible for the oversight and programming for the Farm to School and Farm to Early Care and Education programs. Our mission is to ensure that every child across Wisconsin has access to healthy, local foods, and hands-on education in nutrition, food, and agriculture. Learn more here.

3. Coalition Director, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (Washington, D.C.)
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is seeking an energetic, passionate, experienced and collaborative Coalition Director to provide executive-level leadership to NSAC, its staff, governing body, and membership. The Coalition Director must be deeply committed to serving the sustainable agriculture movement’s policy and grassroots work and to becoming an integral part of our high-performing, passionate, and diverse team. The Coalition Director is a full-time, salaried position and is based in Washington, DC. Learn more here

4. CRM/Database Consultant, Massachusetts Farm to School (Remote)
Massachusetts Farm to School is looking for a consultant to assess our current and projected database needs and identify and implement a new database and CRM platform to better meet the organization’s communications, development, and data management needs. Read the full RFP here.


Farm to School in the News
Making Healthy School Lunches Free for All Should Be a National Priority
Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced plans to lower nutrition standards for the National School Lunch Program and roll them back to pre-Obama era levels. A professor argues we should destigmatize and better shape school meals to provide much-needed support to children and their families. (Civil Eats)

An elementary school program is growing gardeners in Alaska
Cold, gray winter may be settling on Juneau, but kids at Riverbend and Glacier Valley elementary schools are still talking about the rainbow of fruits and vegetables they helped grow this summer. Gold and purple potatoes, purple and orange carrots, red tomatoes. (KTOO Public Media)

Illinois high tech school gardening programs teach students important life skills
Growing Healthy People, a non-profit organization, has created year-round gardening programs at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Waukegan, Lake Forest Country Day School and Bowen Park Urban Ag Lab in Waukegan. The organization utilizes cutting edge gardening technology including hydroponics, aquaponics and aeroponics in greenhouses to allow students to grow food year-round during the entire academic school year. (Daily Herald)

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: 12/11/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, December 11, 2018
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. Katie's Krops Garden Grower Grant
Deadline: December 31, 2018
Starting a Katie’s Krops Garden is so much more than just receiving funding to grow a garden. Youth selected as Katie’s Krops Growers are empowered to grow a healthy end to hunger in their community and positively impacting the health of their cities and towns. Learn more and apply here.


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics: Youth Voice and Engagement in Farm to School
Thursday, January 10 // 1 - 2 PM ET
Engaging youth voice and leadership in farm to school initiatives is essential to advancing the movement and growing the next generation of food systems leaders. Join the National Farm to School Network and Shelburne Farms to celebrate youth engagement in farm to school projects and curriculum. Hear from educators and students from urban, suburban, and rural communities as they share how they are innovatively promoting healthier and more just food systems in their schools and communities through farm to school. Register here

2. EQUITY Webinar: Building Racial Equity Within Cooperative Extension
Dec. 13, 2-3:30pm ET
This webinar will highlight tools, strategies, and takeaways from a panel that participated in the “Coming Together for Racial Understanding” week-long workshop in August 2018. We will also learn about the work of eXtension Foundation’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion fellow and a new fieldbook resource. Many people are looking for a place to start including racial equity in your work and/or making connections with those who have had multiple learning experiences with racial equity and are already using it as a programming lens. The majority of the webinar time will be used to field participant questions and insights about integrating a lens of racial equity in the work of food systems, agriculture, health, and related content areas. Register here.

3. Farm to Cafeteria Canada National Farm to School Conference - Call for Proposals
Farm to Cafeteria Canada's (F2CC) National Farm to School Conference will be held in Victoria, British Columbia, May 15-17, 2019 and we are now accepting proposals. Building on the success of the 2015 Changing the Menu conference, this event is designed to advance activity to bring more healthy, local and sustainable foods into the minds and onto the plates of students in preschools, schools (K-12) and campuses across Canada. We invite you to join your colleagues from across Canada as they INSPIRE, INNOVATE, and organize for IMPACT. Deadline to submit is December 20, 2018. Learn more here.

4. Save the Date: 2019 Community Food Systems Conference
December 9-11, 2019 // Savannah, GA
The 2019 Community Food Systems Conference will address common underlying themes between food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture including obstacles in urban and rural environments and fostering community empowerment to create and sustain resilient local food systems. Hosted by New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and Georgia Farmers Market Association. Save the date and learn more here.


Research & Resources
1. RWJF Interdisciplinary Leaders Application Opening Soon 
Applications for the next cohort of Interdisciplinary Research Leaders open January 11, 2019! RWJF is looking for teams of two researchers and one community partner who are using the power of applied research—research that informs and supports critical work being done in communities—to improve health and equity. Let us know (email lacy@farmtoschool.org) if you are interested in exploring farm to school/ECE opportunities for this research partnership. 

2. Local Food for Little Eaters: A Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Guide to Local Food Purchasing
Local food purchasing is one component of farm to early care and education (ECE), which also includes on-site gardens and food, nutrition, and agriculture education. This guide, developed by Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, is designed to help Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) programs increase the amount of local foods they purchase and use in their early care and education (ECE) programs serving children of migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Read more here.


Policy Updates
1. USDA Publishes School Meals Final Rule
Last week, USDA announced a final rule that will relax nutrition standards for meals under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP) and other federal child nutrition programs. The rule will allow schools to offer 1% milk in flavors, maintain (rather than reduce) sodium levels in school food, and requires that only half of the grains used in menu items must be whole grains. Read more here


Job Opportunities
1. Executive Director, National Farm to School Network (Remote) 
National Farm to School Network seeks a dynamic, values-driven and collaborative leader as Executive Director. The Executive Director leads innovation and strategic growth toward accomplishing the mission of the organization. Location is flexible (anywhere within the U.S., with preference for proximity to Washington, D.C.). The deadline to apply is Jan. 7, 2019. Learn more here

2. Executive Director, Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (remote)
Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) is seeking to hire an entrepreneurial, visionary leader and fundraiser to serve as Executive Director. The Executive Director will be responsible for leading the organization in its work of increasing the collective power of the sustainable agriculture movement in 13 southern states by building knowledge, awareness, and community amount farmers and their key partners. Must reside in one of the 13 southern states SSAWG serves. Application deadline is December 31, 2018. Learn more here.  

3. Farm to ECE Program Coordinator, University of Idaho (Blaine County, ID)
University of Idaho Extension, in partnership with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW), has received a Maternal and Child Health Services Title Block Grant to develop and implement a pilot program of Farm to Early Childcare Education in up to 10 preschools throughout South Central Idaho. Learn more and apply here


Farm to School in the News
Farm to School Back on Menu at Minnesota State Capitol
When the 2019 session convenes next month, Minnesota legislators will hear about the success of farm-to-school programs and how they could be improved with a centralized approach and additional state funding. Relying on locally sourced food would mean small farms can sell their crops, the local economy benefits and kids eat better. (Public News Service)

New robot to help New Hampshire students learn science
Soon, student at Monadnock Regional Middle/High School will reap more than knowledge. The school will be unveiling its new FarmBot - a farming machine that automatically plants and cultivates crops, and is programmed using open source software. Students in woods, metals, and robotics classes have been working to assemble and program the FarmBot. (Sentinel Source)

Massachusetts school holds community lunch
Students at a Massachusetts school recently held a lunch for their community, including local leaders. The farm-to-school meal included locally produced chicken and campus-grown kale and herbs, and was served by the school's sixth-grade students. (Vineyard Gazette)

 
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: 12/4/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, December 04, 2018
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. USDA FY 2019 Farm to School Grant RFA
Deadline: December 4, 2018 - last day to apply!
The FY 2019 Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) is now open to applicants. Due to additional funding made available to the Farm to School Grant Program through the FY 2018 Omnibus Bill, the Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) seeks to award approximately $7.5M in FY 2019 funding.  Applications are due Dec. 4, 2018. Learn more and apply here.


Webinars & Events
1. Farm to Cafeteria Canada National Farm to School Conference - Call for Proposals
March 15-17, 2019 // Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Farm to Cafeteria Canada's (F2CC) National Farm to School Conference will be held in Victoria, British Columbia, May 15-17, 2019 and we are now accepting proposals. Building on the success of the 2015 Changing the Menu conference, this event is designed to advance activity to bring more healthy, local and sustainable foods into the minds and onto the plates of students in preschools, schools (K-12) and campuses across Canada. We invite you to join your colleagues from across Canada as they INSPIRE, INNOVATE, and organize for IMPACT. Deadline to submit is December 20, 2018. Learn more here.


Research & Resources
1. Opportunities and Challenges for Farm to Early Care and Education in Settings Serving Low-Income Children
Farm to early care and education (ECE) is a set of activities that includes the use of local foods in meals and snacks, gardening opportunities, and food-based education. This study, co-authored by Lacy Stephens, NFSN Program Manager, utilizes results from a 2015 national survey of ECE providers, to explore farm to ECE activities in settings serving high proportions of low-income children. Read the study here.

2. Local Food for Little Eaters: A Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Guide to Local Food Purchasing
Local food purchasing is one component of farm to early care and education (ECE), which also includes on-site gardens and food, nutrition, and agriculture education. This guide, developed by Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, is designed to help Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) programs increase the amount of local foods they purchase and use in their early care and education (ECE) programs serving children of migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Read more here.

3. Farm to Keiki: Cooking, Gardening and Nutrition for Children
Farm to Keiki is a new farm to school lesson and recipe book written for Hawaiiʻs teachers and families. The 182 color pages make it easy to teach children healthy cooking, how to eat locally grown foods, how to grow a garden and about Hawaiiʻs cultures and environment. The recommended age group is for children 3-9 years old. Click here to download the e-book

4. RWJF Interdisciplinary Leaders Application
Applications for the next cohort of RWJF Interdisciplinary Leaders open January 11, 2019! RWJF is looking for teams of two researchers and one community partner who are using the power of applied research—research that informs and supports critical work being done in communities—to improve health and equity. Let us know (email lacy@farmtoschool.org) if you are interested in exploring farm to school/ECE opportunities for this research partnership. 


Job Opportunities
1. Executive Director, National Farm to School Network (Remote) 
National Farm to School Network seeks a dynamic, values-driven and collaborative leader as Executive Director. The Executive Director leads innovation and strategic growth toward accomplishing the mission of the organization. Location is flexible (anywhere within the U.S., with preference for proximity to Washington, D.C.). The deadline to apply is Jan. 7, 2019. Learn more here

2. Director, McDowell Farm School (Nauvoo, AL)
McDowell Farm School is a located at Camp McDowell in northern Alabama’s canyon country next to the Bankhead National Forest. With 1100+ acres of forests, streams, and canyons plus the 40-acre Farm to explore and utilize as a classroom. The Farm School is looking for the perfect person to lead a team of professional educators in a full-time position as Director. Full-time, salaried, on-site housing, and full benefits. Learn more and apply here.

3. Youth Programs Manager, Wright-Locke Farm (Winchester, MA)
Wright-Locke Farm in Winchester, MA is hiring a Youth Programs Manager (YPM) to
manage, facilitate and develop outdoor youth education programs. The YPM position is year-round: full-time (40 hours) from April through October and part-time (20 hours) from December through March. Benefits are included. Learn more and apply here


Farm to School in the News
Hawaii elementary school became first DOE school to serve taro
Eleele Elementary School on Kauai became the first Hawaii Department of Education school to serve kalo or taro in its food service menu. This is part of Aina Pono, the Hawaii State Farm to School Program. Eleele Elementary principal Paul Zina invited Lt. Governor Doug Chin, Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho and Kauai Mayor-elect Derek Kawakami to help serve kalo to the students. (KITV 4)

California Girl Scout rejuvenates school garden
Natalie Dean, a member of the Coastside Girl Scout Troop, was recently presented with the Girl Scout Silver Award. Dean, who is now a ninthgrader at Mercy High School, chose hunger, and began working to renovate a community garden at her former middle school. (Half Moon Bay Review)

Ohio County Board of Health promote farm to school 
The Cuyahoga County Board of Health is currently promoting the farm to school initiatives with its Feed Our Future effort by holding town hall meetings around Northeast Ohio. (cleveland.com

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: 11/27/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, November 27, 2018
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. USDA FY 2019 Farm to School Grant RFA
Deadline: December 4, 2018 - last week to apply!
The FY 2019 Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) is now open to applicants. Due to additional funding made available to the Farm to School Grant Program through the FY 2018 Omnibus Bill, the Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) seeks to award approximately $7.5M in FY 2019 funding.  Applications are due Dec. 4, 2018. Learn more and apply here.

2. One Earth Award 
The One Earth Award provides four students whose creative works encourage the awareness of, and meaningful responses to, pressing issues of human-caused climate change with $1,000 scholarships. In addition, special awards are also available for students and educators from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. All students in grades 7-12 (ages 13 and up) are eligible to participate. Visit artandwriting.org for more information, and visit the deadlines and guidelines page for information on when and how students can submit their work.


Webinars & Events
1. EQUITY Webinar: Building Racial Equity Within Cooperative Extension
Dec. 13, 2-3:30pm ET
This webinar will highlight tools, strategies, and takeaways from a panel that participated in the “Coming Together for Racial Understanding” week-long workshop in August 2018. We will also learn about the work of eXtension Foundation’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion fellow and a new fieldbook resource. Many people are looking for a place to start including racial equity in your work and/or making connections with those who have had multiple learning experiences with racial equity and are already using it as a programming lens. The majority of the webinar time will be used to field participant questions and insights about integrating a lens of racial equity in the work of food systems, agriculture, health, and related content areas. Register here.

2. Call for Session Proposals: National Children & Youth Garden Symposium Building Blocks for a Sustainable Future
July 10-13, 2019 // Madison, WI
The American Horticultural Society is pleased to announce its 27th annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium (NCYGS), the only national professional development event of its kind where we are cultivating tomorrow's gardeners by energizing, inspiring, and training today's garden educators. The 2019 event will take place July 10-13 in Madison, Wisconsin. Session proposals that embody the theme, Building Blocks for a Sustainable Future will be accepted until December 31, 2018. Learn more and submit your proposal here.

3. National Farmers Union’s Women’s Conference
January 13-17, 2019 // San Diego, CA
Calling all women in agriculture: are you looking for applicable business skills, innovative marketing tactics, advice for making a food safety plan, and a strong network of other women in agriculture? National Farmers Union’s Women’s Conference, January 13-17 in San Diego, California, offers all that and more. Learn more and register here


Job Opportunities
1. Executive Director, National Farm to School Network (Remote) 
National Farm to School Network seeks a dynamic, values-driven and collaborative leader as Executive Director. The Executive Director leads innovation and strategic growth toward accomplishing the mission of the organization. Location is flexible (anywhere within the U.S., with preference for proximity to Washington, D.C.). The deadline to apply is Jan. 7, 2019. Learn more here

2. Executive Director, NOFA-VT (Richmond, VT)
NOFA-VT is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director. They seek a leader who will continue to build a big, inclusive, and energetic tent for Vermont’s agricultural community and be resilient and adaptable while leading the organization. Learn more and apply here

3. Program Coordinator, Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (Brooklyn, NY) 
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation is seeking a Program Coordinator to lead outreach and engagement activities, in support of initiatives such as Restoration’s Farm to Institution and Bike Share efforts, and to ensure the coordination and sustainability of the work as part of Restoration’s larger mission and vision as a community development organization. Learn more and apply here.

4. Multiple Positions, Calypso Farm & Ecology Center (Fairbanks, AK)
Calypso Farm & Ecology Center is seeking a Field Trip Coordinator, a School Garden Manager, and a Farm Camp & Volunteer Program Coordinator. Learn more and apply here.


Farm to School in the News
Minnesota farm to school has been good for farmers & students alike
In 2017, farm to school advocates approached the Legislature with a proposed bill that would bring Minnesota more in line with other states. They want the state to fund a position in the education or agriculture department that would be a centralized resource for schools. (MinnPost)

Utah school district using produce from local farms
Most of the students Tim Crandall hands his apples to bite deep into the fruit, eating every bit. Going into schools to hand out his produce gives students the opportunity to try fresh, locally-grown produce, learn more about his farm and connect with a local grower. (Daily Herald)

“Feed a farmer” event at Oregon schools
OSU Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center in cooperation with the Klamath County School District and the Klamath City School District are inviting local potato farmers to share a school lunch with students. The event is called “Feed a Farmer” and has taken place at several schools over the past year as part of Klamath’s Farm to School program. (Herald and 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: 11/20/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, November 20, 2018
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. USDA FY 2019 Farm to School Grant RFA
Deadline: December 4, 2018
The FY 2019 Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) is now open to applicants. Due to additional funding made available to the Farm to School Grant Program through the FY 2018 Omnibus Bill, the Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) seeks to award approximately $7.5M in FY 2019 funding.  Applications are due Dec. 4, 2018. Learn more and apply here.

2. 2019 Youth Garden Grant
Deadline: December 17, 2018
Any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program in the United States or US Territories planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18 is eligible to apply. The selection of winners is based on demonstrated program impact and sustainability. The top 5 programs will be awarded grant packages worth $2,100. Grant packages worth $500 will be awarded to 20 additional programs. Applications are due December 17. Learn more here


Webinars & Events
1. National Farmers Union’s Women’s Conference
January 13-17, 2019 // San Diego, CA
Calling all women in agriculture: are you looking for applicable business skills, innovative marketing tactics, advice for making a food safety plan, and a strong network of other women in agriculture? National Farmers Union’s Women’s Conference, January 13-17 in San Diego, California, offers all that and more. Learn more and 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. 2018 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey: Full Report and State Level Data Now Available
In 2018, the National Farm to School Network (NFSN) and the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) surveyed early care and education (ECE) providers across the country. NFSN and CRFS have just released the full report and state level data detailing responses from 2,030 providers serving 255,257 young children in 45 states and Washington D.C. Respondents shared the benefits and challenges of connecting young children to healthy, local foods, gardening, and food and agriculture education through farm to ECE. The survey found that farm to ECE is reaching far and wide across the country. 49% of respondents are already doing farm to ECE activities and another 30% plan to start in the near future. Explore the full report and other survey resources to learn about the scope and reach of farm to ECE and opportunities to grow the movement. See the results and resources at farmtoschool.org/ece
 
2. New Farm to School Resources in Spanish
Farm to school activities are taking root across the country, and can benefit every student and every community. In an effort to make farm to school information and resources accessible to more students, parents, educators, farmers and other farm to school advocates, the National Farm to School Network has had more of its signature farm to school fact sheets translated into Spanish, including Farm to School Advocacy, Local Procurement for Child Care Centers, and Local Purchasing for Family Child Care Providers. These new resources add to a growing list of farm to school and early care and education resources available in languages other than English. Explore more than 35 non-English and bilingual farm to school resources and materials in NFSN's Resource Library.

3. Slow Food USA and Whole Kids Foundation: Garden to Cafeteria Toolkit
Slow Food USA, in partnership with Whole Kids Foundation, has developed a toolkit to help school district food services safely bring school garden produce onto the lunch line!The toolkit builds off the successes and safety protocols of five school districts across the United States to provide templates and a step-by-step process to help District Food Services develop their own protocols. Read the toolkit here.

4. A Guide to Using The Creative Curriculum® to Support Farm-to-ECE Models
These resource, developed by The Policy Equity Group, align farm to ECE strategies with one of the most widely used ECE curricula—The Creative Curriculum®. The guides explores how teachers can use The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool and The Creative Curriculum® for Infants, Toddlers, & Twos as a foundation to embed farm to ECE learning opportunities into their existing practices. Read the full resource here.


Policy News
1. Local School Foods Expansion Act Introduced
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) have introduced the Local School Foods Expansion Act. The legislation builds on the success of the Pilot Project for the Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetable, which was authored by Wyden and Welch and passed in the 2014 Farm Bill.The Local School Foods Expansion Act establishes this pilot project as a permanent program and allows participating states and school food authorities to purchase locally-grown, fresh fruits and vegetables with existing National School Lunch Program funds. The legislation also directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand the program in at least 15 states and provides additional funding for its implementation. Learn more here.


Job Opportunities
1. Executive Director, National Farm to School Network (Remote) 
National Farm to School Network seeks a dynamic, values-driven and collaborative leader as Executive Director. The Executive Director leads innovation and strategic growth toward accomplishing the mission of the organization. Location is flexible (anywhere within the U.S., with preference for proximity to Washington, D.C.). The deadline to apply is Jan. 7, 2019. Learn more here

2. Project Coordinator, Maine Farm to School Network (Gardiner, ME)
Healthy Communities of the Capital Area is the fiscal and staffing home to the Maine Farm to School Network (MFSN), which is led by a Leadership Council of farm to school stakeholders and whose mission is to build a communication and coordination infrastructure at the school and community level to support farm to school programs throughout Maine. MFSN is seeking a Coordinator to oversee implementation of the Network’s strategic plan priorities while advancing farm to school strategies and partnerships across the state of Maine with the goal of increasing procurement of Maine produced foods by schools, experiential agricultural education, and school gardens. Learn more here.

4. Castanea Fellowship

The Castanea Fellowship is looking for dedicated leaders ready to deepen the impact of their vision to build a healthier, more equitable, and sustainable food system. The Fellowship is for established leaders who are already equipped with a deep understanding of how the food system could shift in a meaningful way and have had considerable impact, yet know they could do much more. The leaders we seek are those who have demonstrated commitment to the work, understand racial equity, believe in the power of diversity, and welcome collaboration. Learn more and apply here

5. Multiple Positions, Healthy School Meals Initiative, FoodCorps (New York, NY or Portland, OR)
FoodCorps is seeking a Network Director and a Senior Director for its Healthy School Meals Initiative. Learn more and apply here.


Farm to School in the News
Dorothy Grady-Scarbrough Pioneering to End Hunger in the U.S.
According to the USDA, the percentage of households that are food insecure remains higher than it was before the 2008 recession. To grasp the issues fueling this silent epidemic, as well as how to fight them, Woman's Day spoke to three women battling hunger in their communities, inculde Dorothy Grady-Scarbrough, one of NFSN’s Mississippi Core Partners! (Women’s Day) - shout out to Dorothy! 

What School Lunches Have to Do With Fixing Wealth Inequality
Farm-to-institution organizations such as farm to school are pursuing local, state and national policies that exploit the enormous buying power of institutions such as hospitals and schools to help redistribute some of the wealth concentrated in large, private food companies. The hope is that this redistribution will create equity for farms owned by women and people of color, and provide more nourishing food choices in communities that historically have had limited options. (Yes Magazine) - shoutout to Anupama Joshi, NFSN's Executive Director!

Georgia ECE Garden Educator Recognized As PBS KIDS "Early Learning Champion"
PBS KIDS named 17 educators, including Andrea Zoppo from Little Ones Learning Center in Forest Park, Georgia, as PBS KIDS Early Learning Champions. This new awards program recognizes committed educators who work with young children, from infants to second graders, and will offer a variety of community building, leadership and professional learning opportunities provided by PBS and member stations over the next two years. (Georgia Public Broadcasting)

 
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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