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This Week in Farm to School: 11/12/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, November 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. 

Action Opportunities
1. Get Counted! USDA Farm to School Census Still Open
The USDA Office of Community Food Systems' third Farm to School Census is currently open and will be wrapping up at the end of November. Be sure your school district is counted! The Farm to School Census is the only national survey that examines school districts’ farm to school activities. It's imperative that all School Food Authorities (SFAs) - whether or not they currently participate in farm to school activities - complete the Census in order to have the most accurate picture of the scope, reach and impact of farm to school nationwide. The Census has been sent directly to SFAs. Please check with your SFAs to ask if they've submitted the Census, and make sure your efforts are counted! Learn more about the Census here


Grants & Funding
1. USDA 2020 Farm to School Grant RFA Now Open
Deadline: December 13
The 2020 USDA Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) is now open. With additional funding made available through the FY 2018 Omnibus Bill, the Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) seeks to award approximately $10 million in FY 2020 funding. Grants ranging in size from $20,000 to $100,000 will be available to schools, nonprofits, State and local agencies, agricultural producers, and Indian tribal organizations to plan and implement farm to school activities. Applications are due Dec. 13, 2019. Learn more here.
 
2. NFSN Consultation Services to Support USDA Farm to School Grant Applicants
National Farm to School Network advocated for the establishment of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program and is committed to ensuring this funding reaches the communities that need it most. NFSN is available on a consultation basis to provide assistance during the application process (thought partnership, preparing the grant application, evaluation) and during grant implementation (needs assessment, evaluation, action plan, virtual coaching). Learn more here.  

3. USDA Regional Farm to School Institutes RFA
Deadline: December 27
The USDA Office of Community Food Systems is pleased to announce the new Regional Farm to School Institute Grant Request for Applications (RFA). This new grant for fiscal year 2020 will support the creation and dissemination of information on farm to school program development, and provide practitioner education and training, and ongoing school year coaching and technical assistance. The Food and Nutrition Service anticipates awarding at least two grants with a combined total of $150,000, to eligible 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations working regionally to promote farm to school activities and support practitioners. Learn more here.

4. Food System Vision Prize
Early Deadline: Dec. 5 / Final Deadline: Jan. 31
With a total of $2 million in prize money and a global network of partners, the Food System Vision Prize is an invitation for organizations, companies, governments, and other entities around the world to develop inspirational, concrete Visions for the food system of the future. The Prize, launched by The Rockefeller Foundation in partnership with SecondMuse and OpenIDEO, is driven by a central question: “How might we envision regenerative and nourishing food futures for 2050?” The Prize seeks systems-focused proposals that encourage people worldwide to take action and think collaboratively about the future. Submitted Visions should also reflect the Prize’s core beliefs that include diversity, resilience, equity, and the power of food to connect people. Learn more here.

5. NCR-SARE 2020 Call for Proposals Youth Educator Sustainable Agriculture Grants
Deadline: November 14, 2019
NCR-SARE recognizes that youth programs are a way to introduce new and exciting farming and ranching options to youth, parents, and community members.Youth Educator Grant projects provide opportunities for youth in the North Central Region to learn about Sustainable Agriculture (farming and ranching that is ecologically sound, profitable, and socially responsible). Educators use the grants to encourage young people and their parents to try sustainable practices and see sustainable agriculture as a viable career option. Learn more here.

6. National One Earth Award
Deadline: Varies by region / As early as December 1, 2019
The National One Earth Award, sponsored in part by the Salamander Fund of the Triangle Community Foundation, provides four students whose creative works address the pressing issue of human-caused climate change with $1,000 scholarships. Additional state scholarships of $500 are available to two students from each of the following states: Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. This award is part of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens. The Awards encourage, publish, and grant scholarships to creative teens. Learn more here.  


Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Product Spotlight - Increasing Regionally Sourced Grains in Institutions
Nov. 19 // 2 PM EST
Join FINE and the New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network (FSCN) for a one-hour webinar to learn more about regional grain production and how it can be a cost effective choice for your institution. Across the state of Maine, allies are working to transform the grain economy by increasing production and reducing procurement bottlenecks while serving and educating customers. Register here.

2. Farm to School 101: Free Farm to School Trainings
Nov. 21 // Massachusetts
Join ChicopeeFRESH for Farm to School 101, a training opportunity for K-12 food service operators and community partners who are looking to take the leap into farm to school. Each training will take place in a different region of Massachusetts, and will feature a field trip to a local farm. Farm to School 101 will cover the basics of launching a successful farm to school program, including building relationships with farmers and producers, planning affordable seasonal menus, and branding and marketing your program. The first two trainings will take place in November. Learn more here.

3. 2020 National Child Nutrition Conference Scholarship: Application Open
Deadline: January 16, 2020
Scholarships are now available for the National Child Nutrition Conference. Apply today for the opportunity to join over 1,700 attendees at the premier training and networking event for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), and Afterschool Meals community. The conference will be held April 14-16, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta in Atlanta, GA. Learn more here


Research & Resources
1. 2019 Florida Farm to School Annual Report
In the 2018-2019 school year, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services collected specific data for the third year in a row related to the purchase of Florida agricultural products by school districts. As part of the Farm to School initiative, the department analyzed the economic impact these purchases had to the state of Florida using IMPLAN, a regional economic modeling system that utilizes Florida’s state and county databases to estimate economic multipliers for over 500 different industries. Working with school districts, food service vendors, processors and agricultural associations, the department is able to create a summary of local purchasing made by school districts and the impact on Florida’s economy. Read here

2. New Book Featuring Minneapolis Public Schools' Farm to School Program
Why is it so hard for schools to cook healthy meals from scratch using locally sourced ingredients? Why are so many school kitchens and cafeterias lacking adequate facilities? How are schools at the forefront of the real food movement managing to eliminate "ingredients of concern" from their supply chains and build robust farm-to-school programs? The Labor of Lunch: Why We Need Real Food and Real Jobs in American Public Schools, a new book by Professor Jennifer Gaddis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, answers these questions and more. Notably, this is the first major study to center the perspectives of cafeteria workers who cook and care for the nation's children. Chapter 5, "Building a Real Food Economy," will be of special interest to farm-to-school practitioners and policymakers. It features a case study of Minneapolis Public Schools, a leader in the national farm-to-school network. Using interviews with frontline workers and district leadership, the chapter traces the process and impact of investing in on-site kitchens and values-based purchasing. Learn more here.

Job Opportunities
1. Prevention Resource Center VISTA, Montana Team Nutrition Program (Bozeman, MT)
Montana Team Nutrition Program at Montana State University in Bozeman is now searching for a Prevention Resource Center VISTA to serve for one-year beginning in January 2020! This project will move Montana children out of poverty by assessing and addressing training, resources and communication gaps resulting in the increased access to healthy foods through the implementation of farm to school in Montana schools, afterschool, and early care and education settings. Learn more here

2. Office Specialist 2, Oregon Department of Education (Portland, Oregon)
The Office Specialist 2 provides a wide variety of secretarial, technical, or minor administrative related tasks in support of an agency program or operation. The Office Specialist 2 will support the Farm to School Program and Farm to School Coordinator in the delivery of Farm to School Program. Learn more here.


Farm to School in the News
Kentucky agriculture students grow their own food
Instead of growing food in large rural fields, John Hardin High School agriculture students are farming plants indoors next to their classroom. The program was created out of what Hall said is “a need to educate and empower students on the issue of food security as well as solutions.” (The News Enterprise)

Florida teacher, students revive agriculture program with hydroponic garden
Dozens of teenagers broke a sweat Tuesday morning in a back-campus garden at Riverdale High School, driving poles into the ground, building towers of pots and hand-churning a faux-soil mixture that will soon sprout salad bar fixings for the school’s lunchroom. By the final bell, the students had created a functional hydroponic garden — a self-contained system of growing plants in columns instead of in the ground. (News-Press)

New York students grow with new garden
Thanks to the efforts of first grade teacher Terry Stacy, CER students are now able to explore healthy eating options and grow some of their own food in the school’s new garden. (Oswego County Today)


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

This Week in Farm to School: 11/05/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, November 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. 

Action Opportunity
1. Get Counted! USDA Farm to School Census Still Open
The USDA Office of Community Food Systems' third Farm to School Census is currently open and wrapping up at the end of November. Be sure your school district is counted! The Farm to School Census is the only national survey that examines school districts’ farm to school activities. It's imperative that all School Food Authorities (SFAs) - whether or not they currently participate in farm to school activities - complete the Census in order to have the most accurate picture of the scope, reach and impact of farm to school nationwide. The Census has been sent directly to SFAs. Please check with your SFAs to ask if they've submitted the Census, and make sure your efforts are counted! Learn more about the Census here


Grants & Funding
1. USDA 2020 Farm to School Grant RFA Now Open
Deadline: December 13
The 2020 USDA Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) is now open. With additional funding made available through the FY 2018 Omnibus Bill, the Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) seeks to award approximately $10 million in FY 2020 funding. Grants ranging in size from $20,000 to $100,000 will be available to schools, nonprofits, State and local agencies, agricultural producers, and Indian tribal organizations to plan and implement farm to school activities. Applications are due Dec. 13, 2019. Learn more here.
 
2. NFSN Consultation Services to Support USDA Farm to School Grant Applicants
National Farm to School Network advocated for the establishment of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program and is committed to ensuring this funding reaches the communities that need it most. NFSN is available on a consultation basis to provide assistance during the application process (thought partnership, preparing the grant application, evaluation) and during grant implementation (needs assessment, evaluation, action plan, virtual coaching). Learn more here.  

3. USDA Regional Farm to School Institutes RFA
Deadline: December 27
The USDA Office of Community Food Systems is pleased to announce the new Regional Farm to School Institute Grant Request for Applications (RFA). This new grant for fiscal year 2020 will support the creation and dissemination of information on farm to school program development, and provide practitioner education and training, and ongoing school year coaching and technical assistance. The Food and Nutrition Service anticipates awarding at least two grants with a combined total of $150,000, to eligible 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations working regionally to promote farm to school activities and support practitioners. Learn more here.

4. Food System Vision Prize
Early Deadline: Dec. 5 / Final Deadline: Jan. 31
With a total of $2 million in prize money and a global network of partners, the Food System Vision Prize is an invitation for organizations, companies, governments, and other entities around the world to develop inspirational, concrete Visions for the food system of the future. The Prize, launched by The Rockefeller Foundation in partnership with SecondMuse and OpenIDEO, is driven by a central question: “How might we envision regenerative and nourishing food futures for 2050?” The Prize seeks systems-focused proposals that encourage people worldwide to take action and think collaboratively about the future. Submitted Visions should also reflect the Prize’s core beliefs that include diversity, resilience, equity, and the power of food to connect people. Learn more here.


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Kids Win and Farms Win: What Do We Know About the Impacts of Farm to School
This Week! November 7 // 1 PM ET
Advocates claim that 'kids win, farmers win, and communities win' from policies, programming and initiatives that promote farm to school. However, what do we know about the extent to which this is true? Recent research funded by the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture provides interesting insights into the kids win and farms win impacts of farm to school efforts. This webinar, featuring researchers from Colorado State University and University of Illinois, will highlight recent and ongoing research and important areas for future farm to school work. Register here.

2. Webinar: Product Spotlight - Increasing Regionally Sourced Grains in Institutions
November 19 // 2 PM EST
Join FINE and the New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network (FSCN) for a one-hour webinar to learn more about regional grain production and how it can be a cost effective choice for your institution. Across the state of Maine, allies are working to transform the grain economy by increasing production and reducing procurement bottlenecks while serving and educating customers. Register here.

3. Farm to School 101: Free Farm to School Trainings
Nov. 6 & Nov. 21 // Massachusetts
Join ChicopeeFRESH for Farm to School 101, a training opportunity for K-12 food service operators and community partners who are looking to take the leap into farm to school. Each training will take place in a different region of Massachusetts, and will feature a field trip to a local farm. Farm to School 101 will cover the basics of launching a successful farm to school program, including building relationships with farmers and producers, planning affordable seasonal menus, and branding and marketing your program. The first two trainings will take place in November. Learn more here.

4. Food Solutions Forum
November 5 // Durham, NH
On November 5th, the Food Solutions Forum will bring together presidential candidates, farmers, fishermen, small business owners, workers, advocates, scientists, and the general public, to celebrate the future that is possible with food at the center of our national conversations. The Food Solutions New England network is one of more than a dozen partners helping to organize and promote this free event. The forum will be livestreamed. Learn more here


Research & Resources
1. Article: Farm to School Education Grants Encourage Children to Learn About Fruits and Vegetables
Journal of Translational Behavioral Medicine
Oregon established its Farm to School Education Grant Program to increase knowledge of and preference for fruits and vegetables among children in low-income school districts. This evaluation found that the program reached the targeted low-income students, encouraged districts to implement educational activities, and allowed low-income children to learn about produce. Read more here

2. EQUITY Updated Racial Equity Tool Glossary
Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large. An updated set of key terms for racial equity is now available. Learn more here


Farm to School in the News
Florida students are seeing which plants are edible in space
Last year, a student participating in a Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden program that is testing which edible plants can grow in space had an idea. What would happen if you grew short and tall plants together in one planter, utilizing limited space on the International Space Station and giving astronauts a variety of plant-based foods to eat? (Miami Herald)

Massachusetts students grow greens, learn life skills with indoor garden
Growing season is over around New England, but for a group of Milton High School students, it’s only just beginning. Special education students are getting the chance to grow their own garden right in the classroom. (CBS Boston)

New Jersey school officials cut ribbon on farm-to-table learning concept
Students across all grade levels in the Wildwood School District will get a farm-to-table learning experience as the district unveiled a new outdoor classroom this week. (The Press of Atlantic City


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: 10/29/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, October 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. USDA 2020 Farm to School Grant RFA Now Open
Deadline: December 13
The 2020 USDA Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) is now open. With additional funding made available through the FY 2018 Omnibus Bill, the Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) seeks to award approximately $10 million in FY 2020 funding. Grants ranging in size from $20,000 to $100,000 will be available to schools, nonprofits, State and local agencies, agricultural producers, and Indian tribal organizations to plan and implement farm to school activities. Applications are due Dec. 13, 2019. Learn more and apply here.

2. NFSN Consultation Services to Support USDA Farm to School Grant Applicants
National Farm to School Network advocated for the establishment of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program and is committed to ensuring this funding reaches the communities that need it most. NFSN is available on a consultation basis to provide assistance during the application process (thought partnership, preparing the grant application, evaluation) and during grant implementation (needs assessment, evaluation, action plan, virtual coaching). Learn more here.

3. USDA RFA: Regional Farm to School Institutes
Deadline: December 27
The USDA Office of Community Food Systems is pleased to announce the new Regional Farm to School Institute Grant Request for Applications (RFA). This new grant for fiscal year 2020 will support the creation and dissemination of information on farm to school program development, and provide practitioner education and training, and ongoing school year coaching and technical assistance. The Food and Nutrition Service anticipates awarding at least two grants with a combined total of $150,000, to eligible 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations working regionally to promote farm to school activities and support practitioners. Learn more here.


Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Project Waste Not: A tool for improving traceability and transparency
October 29 // 2 PM ET
Project Waste Not is building access to product, price, and availability data. Attend this webinar to learn more about this open food and beverage commerce network and how it can help simplify the process to get quick, real time data while increasing your institution's local and sustainable purchasing goals. This webinar is hosted by Farm to Institution New England (FINE) and the New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network (FSCN). Learn more here

2. Webinar: The Power of Contracts for Institutional Procurement of Local Food
October 30 // 2 PM ET
One strategy to increase institutional access to local and sustainable foods is to ensure your desire for these items is integrated into any contracts with food service vendors. This approach sets clear expectations and enables vendors to function as partners with institutions in meeting their food procurement goals. This webinar, hosted by the Chesapeake Foodshed Network, will include examples of contract language used with food service management companies and other vendors. Register here.

3. Webinar: Strategies to Help Implement a Successful Farm to School Program
October 31 // 3 PM ET
More than two-thirds of school districts that engaged in Farm to School activities reported positive impacts, including increased support from parents and community members. Schools also reported that Farm to School helped lower school meal program costs. This webinar (hosted by the Institute of Child Nutrition) explores strategies and best practices on how to implement a local Farm to School program. It will highlight success stories from individuals on ways to start and sustain a lasting Farm to School program in your community. A continuing education certificate will be available after completion of the webinar. Register here.

4. NFSN WEBINAR Kids Win and Farms Win: What Do We Know About the Impacts of Farm to School
November 7 // 1 PM ET
Advocates claim that 'kids win, farmers win, and communities win' from policies, programming and initiatives that promote farm to school. However, what do we know about the extent to which this is true? Recent research funded by the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture provides interesting insights into the kids win and farms win impacts of farm to school efforts. This webinar, featuring researchers from Colorado State University and University of Illinois, will highlight recent and ongoing research and important areas for future farm to school work. Register here.

5. NFSN EVENT Scholarships Open - 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
Deadline: November 1
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Albuquerque, NM, April 21-23, 2020! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene nearly 1,000 diverse stakeholders who are working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. The scholarship application is open through Nov. 1. Learn more at farmtoschool.org/conference.

6. Food Solutions Forum
November 5, 2019 // Durham, NH
On November 5th, the Food Solutions Forum will bring together presidential candidates, farmers, fishermen, small business owners, workers, advocates, scientists, and the general public, to celebrate the future that is possible with food at the center of our national conversations. The Food Solutions New England network is one of more than a dozen partners helping to organize and promote this free event. Learn more here.


Research & Resources
1. EQUITY Article: Reconciliation and Resurgence Through Food
Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development
The Indigenous Food Circle in Northwestern Ontario demonstrates ways that food can be used as a tool for reconciliation and resurgence. It was built on the idea that Indigenous peoples should have control of their food systems and is rooted in the theory and practice of food sovereignty—emphasizing self-determination and a reconnection to land-based food systems. Read more in this new JAFSCD article, The Indigenous Food Circle: Reconciliation and Resurgence through Food in Northwestern Ontario.

2. Call for Submission: 2020 Harkin on Wellness Report
Deadline: Nov. 1
The goal of the Harkin Institute is to facilitate collaborative, high-quality, nonpartisan, multi-disciplinary public policy research and analysis in the area of wellness and nutrition. As part of this goal, the Institute is in the process of creating its annual Harkin on Wellness Report that highlights various wellness and nutrition initiatives and programs throughout the country. Programs and organizations are encouraged to submit their work focused on promoting better health through food and nutrition, improving sustainable agriculture practices, increasing economic vitality, creating health equity, and/or supporting sustainable development. Applications will be selected through a competitive internal and external review process. All designees will be invited to attend and present at the Harkin On Wellness Symposium in Spring 2020. The Harkin Institute will cover travel costs to Des Moines, IA and give each designee at $500 honorarium and plaque recognizing your organization. Learn more here


Policy Opportunities
1. USDA Reopens Public Comment Period for Categorical Eligibility in SNAP
In recent months, the United States Department of Agriculture has proposed a change in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also formerly known as “food stamps”). This rule would amend the categorical eligibility provision that allow families whose income would typically be too high to receive SNAP benefits to qualify based on their participation in other federal benefits programs. For example, a family that qualifies for TANF would automatically qualify for SNAP (if the state chooses to use categorical eligibility). Supporters of the rule change call this a “loophole” that takes resources from needy families. National Farm to School Network views the rule change as ultimately harmful to families in need of these benefits. The rule change would take vital food assistance away from nearly 3 million people. Given that many children’s free and reduced-priced meal eligibility is tied to their SNAP eligibility, this also puts children at risk of losing access to school meals. USDA recently released a report showing that nearly 1 million children could lose access to school meals as a result of this rule change. NFSN strongly opposes the rule change because farm to school can’t happen when families can’t eat.

How you can advocate: USDA has reopened the comment period to allow people to utilize this new data to make a decision. Submit a comment opposing the rule before the new deadline of November 1. The Food Research and Action Center has great resources on how to prepare and submit comments that you can access here.


National Farm to School Month Highlights
October is National Farm to School Month! Schools, ECE sites, farms and communities across the country are celebrating the connections between students and local food this month. See highlights of how states are celebrating below. National Farm to School Network has free resources, a calendar of events, planning materials and activity ideas for ways you can get involved in October. Visit farmtoschool.org/month to find more and join us!

  • Florida Crunch!” gets kids to try fresh farm to table fruits and vegetables.
  • An Arkansas school hosted its 9th annual Local Harvest Lunch at Mcnair Middle School Friday.
  • Sierra Harvest’s Tasting Days continues celebration at Nevada schools.
  • Hartford Public Schools have been celebrating Farm to School Month in Connecticut.
  • To close out National Farm to School Month, Indiana Grown and the Indiana State Department of Health will be unveiling a local food buyer's guide.
  • Sen. Patrick Leahy announces USDA grants and celebrates farm to school month in Vermont.
  • New York school celebrates Farm to School Month with smoothies for students.

Send your Farm to School Month highlights to anna@farmtoschool.org to be included in our next edition of This Week in Farm to School!


Farm to School in the News
Nevada students hold farmers market to sell their school-grown produce More than 600 Las Vegas valley students sold veggies, fruits and herbs Wednesday morning that were grown at their schools. It took place at the largest student-run farmers market in the country. (KLAS)

Hands-on approach to nutrition education flourishes in Georgia schools
Giving the students that component can help the importance of good nutrition sink in, and it benefits them in the long run.“One way to combat chronic illness is to eat green, leafy vegetables and we grow those in our gardens,” Allen said. “We can provide a healthy lunch that meets USDA regulations.” (Albany Herald)

Missouri middle school gets first taste of local beef for ‘walking tacos’
The students at Missoula’s Washington Middle School were the first in Montana, and perhaps in the entire nation, to chow down on tacos made with beef that was locally grown, slaughtered and processed by its own local school district. (News Talk KGVO)


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: 10/22/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, October 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. USDA 2020 Farm to School Grant RFA Now Open
Deadline: December 13, 2019
The 2020 USDA Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) is now open. With additional funding made available through the FY 2018 Omnibus Bill, the Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) seeks to award approximately $10 million in FY 2020 funding. Grants ranging in size from $20,000 to $100,000 will be available to schools, nonprofits, State and local agencies, agricultural producers, and Indian tribal organizations to plan and implement farm to school activities. Applications are due Dec. 13, 2019. Learn more and apply here

National Farm to School Network advocated for the establishment of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program and is committed to ensuring this funding reaches the communities that need it most. NFSN is available on a consultation basis to provide assistance during the application process (thought partnership, preparing the grant application, evaluation) and during grant implementation (needs assessment, evaluation, action plan, virtual coaching). Learn more here


Webinars & Events
1. EQUITY Webinar: Uprooting Racism in the Food System: Seeding Sovereignty for Black and Brown Farmers
October 23 // 3:30 PM ET
This webinar, “Uprooting Racism in the Food System: Seeding Sovereignty for Black and Brown Farmers,” seeks to expand perspectives and provide information on institutional and grassroots approaches to engaging socially disadvantaged groups in farming and food systems. This webinar is part of the NAFSN Good Food Talk webinar series, hosted by North American Food Systems Network. Learn more here

2. Webinar: Strategies to Help Implement a Successful Farm to School Program
October 31 // 3 PM ET
More than two-thirds of school districts that engaged in Farm to School activities reported positive impacts, including increased support from parents and community members. Schools also reported that Farm to School helped lower school meal program costs. This webinar (hosted by the Institute of Child Nutrition) explores strategies and best practices on how to implement a local Farm to School program. It will highlight success stories from individuals on ways to start and sustain a lasting Farm to School program in your community. A continuing education certificate will be available after completion of the webinar. Register here

3. NFSN WEBINAR Kids Win and Farms Win: What Do We Know About the Impacts of Farm to School
November 7 // 1 PM ET
Advocates claim that 'kids win, farmers win, and communities win' from policies, programming and initiatives that promote farm to school. However, what do we know about the extent to which this is true? Recent research funded by the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture provides interesting insights into the kids win and farms win impacts of farm to school efforts. This webinar, featuring researchers from Colorado State University and University of Illinois, will highlight recent and ongoing research and important areas for future farm to school work. Register here.

4. NFSN EVENT Scholarships Open - 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
Deadline: November 1
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Albuquerque, NM, April 21-23, 2020! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene nearly 1,000 diverse stakeholders who are working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. The scholarship application is open through Nov. 1. Learn more at farmtoschool.org/conference.

5. 2020 Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Conference
February 12-13, 2020 // Silverton, OR
The Oregon Farm to School & School Garden Conference will be held February 12-13, 2020 at The Oregon Garden in Silverton, Oregon. This will be a two day event with workshops, speakers, resources and networking opportunities. Wednesday, February 12 will be focused on farm and garden based education. Thursday, February 13 will be focused on incorporating local food into school meals. Conference organizers are now accepting proposals for workshops. Proposals are due Nov. 1. Learn more here.


Research & Resources
1. EQUITY Articles: Indigenous Food Sovereignty in North America
Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development
JAFSCD has two new "Voices from the Grassroots" articles on the topic of Indigenous Food Sovereignty in North America. In Reviving and Reclaiming Our Native Food System: Leadership Experiences of a Research Project's Community Advisory Board, members of a community advisory board on the Wind River Reservation reflect on their struggle to serve a strong role in reclaiming sovereignty over the community's traditional foods and local food system. In Northwest Tribal Food Sovereignty Coalition: An Intertribal Collaboration, the Northwest Tribal Food Sovereignty Coalition shares how it's building a strong network of tribal nations, tribal organizations, and allied partners to work effectively toward true tribal food sovereignty. Read more here

2. Call for Submission: 2020 Harkin on Wellness Report
Deadline: Nov. 1
The goal of the Harkin Institute is to facilitate collaborative, high-quality, nonpartisan, multi-disciplinary public policy research and analysis in the area of wellness and nutrition. As part of this goal, the Institute is in the process of creating its annual Harkin on Wellness Report that highlights various wellness and nutrition initiatives and programs throughout the country. Programs and organizations are encouraged to submit their work focused on promoting better health through food and nutrition, improving sustainable agriculture practices, increasing economic vitality, creating health equity, and/or supporting sustainable development. Applications will be selected through a competitive internal and external review process. All designees will be invited to attend and present at the Harkin On Wellness Symposium in Spring 2020. The Harkin Institute will cover travel costs to Des Moines, IA and give each designee at $500 honorarium and plaque recognizing your organization. Learn more here


Policy Opportunities
1. USDA Reopens Public Comment Period for Categorical Eligibility in SNAP
In recent months, the United States Department of Agriculture has proposed a change in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also formerly known as “food stamps”). This rule would amend the categorical eligibility provision that allow families whose income would typically be too high to receive SNAP benefits to qualify based on their participation in other federal benefits programs. For example, a family that qualifies for TANF would automatically qualify for SNAP (if the state chooses to use categorical eligibility). Supporters of the rule change call this a “loophole” that takes resources from needy families. National Farm to School Network views the rule change as ultimately harmful to families in need of these benefits. The rule change would take vital food assistance away from nearly 3 million people. Given that many children’s free and reduced-priced meal eligibility is tied to their SNAP eligibility, this also puts children at risk of losing access to school meals. USDA recently released a report showing that nearly 1 million children could lose access to school meals as a result of this rule change. NFSN strongly opposes the rule change because farm to school can’t happen when families can’t eat.

How you can advocate: USDA has reopened the comment period to allow people to utilize this new data to make a decision. Submit a comment opposing the rule before the new deadline of November 1. The Food Research and Action Center has great resources on how to prepare and submit comments that you can access here


National Farm to School Month Highlights
October is National Farm to School Month!
Schools, ECE sites, farms and communities across the country are celebrating the connections between students and local food this month. See highlights of how states are celebrating below. National Farm to School Network has free resources, a calendar of events, planning materials and activity ideas for ways you can get involved in October. Visit farmtoschool.org/month to find more and join us!

Alabama Crunch Day is Oct. 24.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson declared October Arkansas Farm to School Month on Oct. 15.
California Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross visited Julien Elementary School, Turlock High School, the Child Nutrition Education Center and the Turlock Unified School District’s farm as part of Farm to School Month.
Louisiana is celebrating Farm to School Month with a Great Louisiana Satsuma Peel.
The Mountain Plains Crunch Off (Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming) is Oct. 24.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has proclaimed October as Farm to School Month. The North Carolina Crunch is Oct. 23.
South Carolina is celebrating "Make Your Place SC Grown" week, Oct. 21-25.
Tennessee Crunch Day is Oct. 23.
Canada celebrates National Farm to School Month in October, too! Read more on the National Farm to School Network's blog

Send your Farm to School Month highlights to anna@farmtoschool.org to be included in our next edition of This Week in Farm to School!


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: 10/15/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, October 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. National Head Start Association Garden Grants
Deadline: October 18, 2019
The National Head Start Association and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation have launched a new multi-year Garden Grants initiative, which seeks to bring the life-enhancing benefits of gardens to more Head Start children and families, increasing healthy food access and fostering a lifelong love of gardening. Grant recipients will receive $5,000, plus a garden kit, to create or expand a garden in their community. Schools, community action programs, non-profits, hospitals, community centers and inter-generational groups that hosts Head Start programs are eligible to apply. Learn more here.


Webinars & Events
1. EQUITY National Good Food Network Webinar: Equitable Food Oriented Development
October 17 // 3 PM - 4:15 PM EST
Join leading community food system practitioners and founders of the emerging Equitable Food Oriented Development (EFOD) Collaborative, as they present the EFOD framework for creating community-owned models of economic and social opportunity within traditionally disenfranchised and oppressed communities. Unique in being practitioner created and defined, EFOD has developed over many years of dialogue and practice in the field of food justice work (alt: food-based community development). This webinar will provide an introduction to the EFOD framework, present recent developments including research carried out in partnership with Daisa Enterprises and a new whitepaper written by the EFOD Collaborative, and introduce the Wallace Center's EFOD Regional Food Fellows. Learn more about how you can get involved. Register here.

2. NFSN WEBINAR Kids Win and Farms Win: What Do We Know About the Impacts of Farm to School
November 7 // 1 PM ET
Advocates claim that 'kids win, farmers win, and communities win' from policies, programming and initiatives that promote farm to school. However, what do we know about the extent to which this is true? Recent research funded by the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture provides interesting insights into the kids win and farms win impacts of farm to school efforts. This webinar, featuring researchers from Colorado State University and University of Illinois, will highlight recent and ongoing research and important areas for future farm to school work. Register here.

3. NFSN EVENT Scholarships Open - 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference 
Deadline: November 1
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Albuquerque, NM, April 21-23, 2020! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene nearly 1,000 diverse stakeholders who are working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. The scholarship application is open through Nov. 1. Learn more at farmtoschool.org/conference.


Research & Resources
1. Farm to early care and education (farm to ECE)
is now included in the SNAP-Ed Toolkit! Learn more about farm to ECE  as a research-tested policy, systems and environmental change intervention strategy in the updated SNAP-Ed Toolkit intervention listing: Farm to Early Care and Education (National).

2. School Leaders Campaign Toolkit
Nourished andReady to Learn! The farm to school connection is part of Vermont Farm to School Network's new campaign targeting school leaders to support and invest in farm to school and school nutrition. This resource discusses how to engage superintendents, curriculum coordinators, school boards, principals and business managers to build awareness and support for farm to school and school nutrition programs. Learn more here

3. Article: Farm-to-school education grants reach low-income children and encourage them to learn about fruits and vegetables
Journal of Translational Behavioral Medicine - Caroline B. Rains, Kristen C. Giombi, Anupama Joshi
For children from low-income families, school meals are a significant portion of daily caloric intake and hence an opportunity to address food insecurity. Oregon established its Farm to School Education Grant Program to increase knowledge of and preference for fruits and vegetables among children in low-income school districts. This article outlines the reach of the education grants and examines their influence on children’s food choices and behaviors related to fruits and vegetables. Read more


Job Opportunities
1. Program Coordinator - Growing Minds Farm to School Program (Asheville, NC)
ASAP is hiring a Growing Minds Program Coordinator position. Program Coordinator will assist in the development and implementation of Growing Minds programming, with a particular emphasis on farm to preschool and work with Dietetic Interns. This is a full-time, salaried position and requires experience in early childhood education. Learn more here


National Farm to School Month Highlights 
October is National Farm to School Month!
Schools, ECE sites, farms and communities across the country are celebrating the connections between students and local food this month. See highlights of how states are celebrating below. National Farm to School Network has free resources, a calendar of events, planning materials and activity ideas for ways you can get involved in October. Visit farmtoschool.org/month to find more and join us!

Mississippi celebrated its Farm to School Week Oct. 7-11 with the Farm to School Challenge. Schools got the opportunity to be competitive in areas of garden, procurement, or supreme (a combination of garden and procurement) activities. 

Michigan schools, early childhood programs, and other organizations joined forces with the Great Lakes region for one great crunch to celebrate the local apple harvest throughout the area.

Iowa residents unified the state around the success of it's farms, children, and schools through the National Farm to School Month Celebration of Iowa Local Food Day.

Kansas families got to experience Family Literacy Night On the Farm, an interactive event aimed to educate participants on dairy production, farm safety, and beyond. 


Farm to School in the News
Trout-farming, bee-keeping students in South Carolina earn first ‘Green Ribbon’
There are honeybees in the library, trout in the classrooms and vegetables in the yard at Dutch Fork Elementary. The school’s focus on environment, sustainable practices and conservation education recently earned it the first Green Ribbon in South Carolina. (The State)

Winter wheat grows with a strong STEM at Virginia school
With Lower School STEM teacher Robin Peacemaker putting her agronomy degree to work on the project, Loudoun Country Day School’s garden lab won’t be going dormant this winter. Peacemaker took over coordination of the garden this year and now has teamed up with Virginia Tech to help her students conduct some new experiments to determine the best winter grains to be grown in Loudoun’s climate. (Loudoun Now)

Maine students celebrate Harvest Day with their garden food
Students at Edna Drinkwater Elementary School painted gourds and participated in other seasonal events during their annual fall Harvest Day Oct. 3. It is a way for the school to celebrate its agricultural roots while incorporating the major school subjects into fun activities. (Village Soup)


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: 10/8/19

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

2. Community Innovation Grants Program
Deadline: December 1, 2019
The Community Innovation Grants Program has been designed to allow the United Fresh Start Foundation to collaborate with like-minded stakeholders to increase children’s access, selection, and consumption of fresh produce while they are outside of school. The 2020 program is focused on supporting visionary initiatives and research that not only increases children and families’ access to fresh produce, but also broadens selection and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, whether at home, on weekends, during the summer, while out to eat, or any other time outside the traditional school day. A total of $50,000 in funds through the Community Innovation GrantsProgram will be awarded this year. A minimum of five grants will be awarded, in amounts warranted by applicants. Learn more here


Webinars & Events
1. EQUITY National Good Food Network Webinar: Equitable Food Oriented Development
October 17 // 3 PM - 4:15 PM EST
Join leading community food system practitioners and founders of the emerging Equitable Food Oriented Development (EFOD) Collaborative, as they present the EFOD framework for creating community-owned models of economic and social opportunity within traditionally disenfranchised and oppressed communities. Unique in being practitioner created and defined, EFOD has developed over many years of dialogue and practice in the field of food justice work (alt: food-based community development). This webinar will provide an introduction to the EFOD framework, present recent developments including research carried out in partnership with Daisa Enterprises and a new whitepaper written by the EFOD Collaborative, and introduce the Wallace Center's EFOD Regional Food Fellows. Learn more about how you can get involved. Register here

2. GSO Network Webinar: Winter Programming for SGSO’s in Northern Climates
October 8 // 3 PM - 4 PM EST
When much of the school year takes place in freezing temperatures, how do SGSO’s keep kids engaged with garden-based learning, and what are other roles that SGSO’s can take on when the garden is dormant? Discussion topics will include ways to bring gardening inside, as well as ways to create advocacy, training, and networking opportunities. Register here.

3. NFSN WEBINAR Kids Win and Farms Win: What Do We Know About the Impacts of Farm to School
November 7 // 1 PM ET
Advocates claim that 'kids win, farmers win, and communities win' from policies, programming and initiatives that promote farm to school. However, what do we know about the extent to which this is true? Recent research funded by the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture provides interesting insights into the kids win and farms win impacts of farm to school efforts. This webinar, featuring researchers from Colorado State University and University of Illinois, will highlight recent and ongoing research and important areas for future farm to school work. Register here

4. NFSN EVENT Scholarships Open - 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference 
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Albuquerque, NM, April 21-23, 2020! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene nearly 1,000 diverse stakeholders who are working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. The scholarship application is open through Nov. 1. Learn more at farmtoschool.org/conference.


Research & Resources
1. Article: Farm-to-school education grants reach low-income children and encourage them to learn about fruits and vegetables
Journal of Translational Behavioral Medicine - Caroline B. Rains, Kristen C. Giombi, Anupama Joshi
For children from low-income families, school meals are a significant portion of daily caloric intake and hence an opportunity to address food insecurity. Oregon established its Farm to School Education Grant Program to increase knowledge of and preference for fruits and vegetables among children in low-income school districts. This article outlines the reach of the education grants and examines their influence on children’s food choices and behaviors related to fruits and vegetables. Read more


Job Opportunities
1. Extension Associate - Farm to School Program Assistant (Baton Rouge, LA)
The Extension Associate is responsible to the Louisiana Farm to School (LA F2S) Program Executive Director and works under the direction of the LA F2S Program Director, and alongside the Farm to School Team. The successful candidate will plan, coordinate, and evaluate school-related programs within the Louisiana Farm to School Program, including Louisiana Harvest of the Month and Seeds to Success. Learn more and apply here


National Farm to School Month Highlights
October is National Farm to School Month!
Schools, ECE sites, farms and communities across the country are celebrating the connections between students and local food this month. See highlights of how states are celebrating below. National Farm to School Network has free resources, a calendar of events, planning materials and activity ideas for ways you can get involved in October. Visit farmtoschool.org/month to find more and join us!

Guam's Governor Lou Leon Guerrero has proclaimed October National Farm to School Month. During a signing ceremony, the department of education announced it is partnering with the economic development authority and local farmers to bring more local produce into school cafeterias. 

Idaho kicked off Idaho Farm to School Month with First Lady Teresa Little and state agriculture officials visiting the Notus School cafeteria Oct. 2. 

New Jersey celebrated its 9th Jersey Fresh Farm to School Week Sept. 23-27, which included presenting Philip’s Academy Charter School in Newark with the “Best in New Jersey Farm to School Award” and recognizing Cecil Creek Farm in Gloucester County as the winning farm for the Jersey Fresh Farm to School Farmer Recognition Award

New Mexico schools celebrated New Mexico Grown Week, Sept. 30 - Oct. 4. Farmington schools served up potatoes grown on the Navajo Nation, while schools in Taos ground blue corn into atole. Kids in Santa Fe Public Schools ate sunflower shoots and those in Albuquerque schools carved watermelons.

Virginia Farm to School Week is Oct. 7-11 and includes the annual "Crunch Heard 'Round the Commonwealth" on Oct. 9. Virginia First Lady Pamela Northam joined students at Matthew Whaley Elementary School on Monday for an early celebration of the event. 

Washington schools celebrated Taste Washington Day on Oct. 2. Governor Jay Inslee officially proclaimed Oct. 2 as Taste Washington Day - read the proclamation here

Wisconsin's Sugar Creek Elementary School welcomed U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue last week to celebrate National Farm to School Month. 


Farm to School in the News
Tennessee county 'farm to school' initiative aims to bring local food to cafeterias
For nearly 70 years, students at Dresden High School in Tennessee have worked on the farm at the school. It’s the only one like it in the state. Now, the school district is looking for ways to incorporate farming into more facets of the curriculum and get more people involved. It's part of Weakley County Schools' new "Farm to School" initiative. (WPSD

School gardens open doors to learning, and fun, at nine Louisiana schools
For students at nine Lafayette schools, playing in the dirt isn’t only allowed, it’s encouraged as students plan, grow and harvest their own produce. Around 80 students, teachers and gardening enthusiasts gathered recently at Charles Burke Elementary, excited to learn about healthy living and successful plant cultivation as part of the LSU AgCenter’s school gardening program. (The Advocate)

Local beef nourishes Washington students and future farmers
As an aspiring farmer, Avery is already finding success in partnership with the high school, Lopez Locavores, and the Lopez Community Land Trust. And he’s not alone. He and Josh Kramer, another student, have met the criteria to sell USDA-approved beef from their cows to be used in their school’s cafeteria. Avery says he’s excited, “to share quality, grass-fed beef with the school.” (Islands Weekly)

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: 10/1/19

NFSN Staff Monday, September 30, 2019
Every week, we share opportunities, action items and a selection of media stories that relate to the farm to school movement. To submit an item for consideration, send us an email. To be considered, content should be of national interest to the farm to school community. 


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

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

2. NFSN WEBINAR Kids Win and Farms Win: What Do We Know About the Impacts of Farm to School
November 7 // 1 PM ET
Advocates claim that 'kids win, farmers win, and communities win' from policies, programming and initiatives that promote farm to school. However, what do we know about the extent to which this is true? Recent research funded by the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture provides interesting insights into the kids win and farms win impacts of farm to school efforts. This webinar, featuring researchers from Colorado State University and University of Illinois, will highlight recent and ongoing research and important areas for future farm to school work. Register here


Events & Networking Opportunities
1. October is National Farm to School Month!
National Farm to School month is here! The National Farm to School Network has free resources, planning materials and activity ideas for ways you can get involved in October. Check out the National Farm to School Month Events Calendar to see how your state is celebrating! Share your Farm to School Month highlights on social media with #F2SMonth and #farmtoschool. Visit farmtoschool.org/month to find more and join us in celebrating!

2. NFSN EVENT 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference - RFP Closing Soon & Scholarships Now Open
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Albuquerque, NM, April 21-23, 2020! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene nearly 1,000 diverse stakeholders who are working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. Do you have expertise to share? The workshop and poster Request for Proposals is open through Oct. 4. The scholarship application is open through Nov. 1. Learn more at farmtoschool.org/conference.

3. Local Foods Procurement Training
October 3, 2019 // Hinckley, ME
Join USDA Team Lead and Procurement Specialist Martine Cherry and Abbie Nelson, Farm to School Program Director from VT Food Education Every Day (VT FEED) and NOFA-VT for a fun, interactive afternoon of digging into local food procurement rules and guidelines so that you can get the local foods you want! Held at Kennebec Valley Community College, Alfond Campus in Hinckley, ME, this free 3-hour training, sponsored by the Maine Farm to School Network and supported by a USDA Farm to School Training Grant, will explore topics like micro purchasing, informal bid process, Buy American provision, purchasing thresholds, values-based buying, and the importance of relationship building with food producers. Needs based, first come first served scholarships are available to support attendance costs. Contact Renee Page at r.page@hccame.org if you are interested in attendance cost assistance.

4. 9th Annual Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners (BUGS) National Conference
October 25-27, 2019 // New York, NY
Homecoming: Remembering and Reclaiming our Futures through Soil and Soul is the theme of this year’s conference. Through engaging and participatory workshops, panel discussions and social events, attendees will explore the roots of Black Agriculture and its connections and influence on today’s movements for Black food sovereignty, urban agriculture, food systems, reclaiming Black cultural foodways and rebuilding thriving Black communities. The conference will also provide hands-on, skill-building workshops on sustainable agriculture education including soil health, hydroponics, hoop tunnels and other related topics. Learn more here.


Job Opportunities
1. Senior National Advisor for Food Systems (Washington Metropolitan Area)
The Senior National Advisor for Food Systems (Sr. Advisor) leads Healthier Generation’s (HG) cross-sector strategy to support communities and companies to ensure healthy food access for children and families. S/he works with colleagues and partners to develop, expand, improve and implement systemic and community-based approaches across settings that ensure all children, particularly those facing hunger and food insecurity, have the opportunity to eat healthfully every day. Learn more here.


Farm to School in the News
Pennsylvania girl scouts transform middle school 'jungle' to garden
It took a team effort to turn Boyce Middle School’s courtyard, which the principal described as a “jungle,” into a garden complete with raised beds for vegetables and fruits, flowers and butterfly bushes. The transformation occurred over the summer, thanks to the efforts of four girls from Girl Scout Troop 53680, school nurse Holly Fisher, and student and parent volunteers. (Post-Gazette)

Tennessee elementary school celebrates opening of learning garden
“Because our school is more of an urban school, many of our students don’t have the opportunity to garden and be outdoors in a beautiful space like this and so it’s so important that we provide that for them here,” Cross said. “To see the excitement and wonder on their faces as they were cutting those leaves and discovering that there’s red leaf lettuce as well as green leaf lettuce and those kinds of things I mean, again, it’s just a wonderful learning opportunity.” (WATE)

Georgia schools install hydroponic gardens for students to grow produce indoors
Many Bibb County Schools have agriculture programs that use outdoor gardens, but at SOAR Academy, there isn't really enough space for one, so school leaders decided to install the district's first hydroponic gardens for students to farm inside. (WMAZ)


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

This Week in Farm to School: 9/24/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, September 24, 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. K4C Microgrant Program
Deadline: October 1, 2019
The K4C Microgrant Program is the bridge between ideas and action. By providing microgrants in varying amounts up to $1,000, K4C helps young citizen leaders execute and magnify their initiatives to help repair our world. Students 18 years of age and under may apply for funds to complete service projects in their communities throughout the United States. Whether you plan to turn a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuild a school playground or help senior citizens ready their homes for the winter, K4C wants to hear what project you’re passionate about. Applications are accepted on a quarterly basis. Learn more here


Webinars
1. Webinar: SGSO Volunteer Management and Community Support
September 26 //  3 PM EST
School gardens are ideal places to involve the community and school gardens also require significant maintenance so they’re the perfect place to bring people together. Join this webinar to learn about ways to get people out and excited, ideas for managing large volunteer groups, how to engage consistent volunteers, and help keep your garden looking good. This webinar is a part of the School Garden Support Organization (SGSO) Network. Register here

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


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

2. NFSN CELEBRATION It's almost time for National Farm to School Month!
October 2019
National Farm to School month is right around the corner! The National Farm to School Network has free resources, planning materials, activity ideas and a national calendar of events with ways you can get involved in October. Check out the complete Farm to School Month Celebration Toolkit and download resources at farmtoschool.org/month. Does your organization want to be part of this year's National Farm to School Month campaign? Sign up to be a Farm to School Month Outreach Partner at farmtoschool.org/monthpartner

3. Local Foods Procurement Training
October 3, 2019 // Hinckley, ME
Join USDA Team Lead and Procurement Specialist Martine Cherry and Abbie Nelson, Farm to School Program Director from VT Food Education Every Day (VT FEED) and NOFA-VT for a fun, interactive afternoon of digging into local food procurement rules and guidelines so that you can get the local foods you want! Held at Kennebec Valley Community College, Alfond Campus in Hinckley, ME, this free 3-hour training, sponsored by the Maine Farm to School Network and supported by a USDA Farm to School Training Grant, will explore topics like micro purchasing, informal bid process, Buy American provision, purchasing thresholds, values-based buying, and the importance of relationship building with food producers. Needs based, first come first served scholarships are available to support attendance costs. Contact Renee Page at r.page@hccame.org if you are interested in attendance cost assistance.

4. Maine Farm to School Conference - Innovations in Farm to School
October 4, 2019 // Hinckley, ME
Join farm to school practitioners, advocates, and stakeholders for a day of learning, networking, best practice sharing, and great local food! Hear how keynote speaker Bertrand Weber weaved farm to school strategies into all aspects of Minneapolis Public Schools. Learn about classroom and cafeteria strategies to advance farm to school. Review the agenda, learn more, and register here.

5. Request for Proposals: Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Annual Conference
Deadline: October 4, 2019
This conference will imagine and plan for how nutrition education, rooted in food, can move us to a new food future. SNEB invites proposals related to the 'What Food Future?' theme including: concurrent sessions, general sessions, pre- and post-conference workshops or tours, and non-CEU activity sessions (yoga, Zumba, meditation, etc.). Learn more here

6. Registration Open: Community Food Systems Conference
December 9-11, 2019 // Savannah, GA
The conference will draw over 500 participants from various fields including food justice and advocacy, local and regional food policy, nutrition and healthy food access, sustainable agriculture, racial and social justice, and community food projects. Attendees will come from all over the US to discuss food security, social justice, and sustainable agriculture. Register here


Resources & Research
1. Research: Farm to School Activities and Student Outcomes: A Systematic Review
Authors: Melissa Pflugh Prescott, Rebecca Cleary, Alessandro Bonanno, Marco Costanigro, Becca B R Jablonski, Abigail B Long
The primary objective of this systematic literature review is to summarize and evaluate studies on student outcomes associated with farm to school-related activities up to 1 September, 2017. Results from farm to school-related activity studies consistently show positive impacts on food and nutrition-related knowledge; most studies also suggest a positive relation between farm to school-related activities and healthy food selection during school meals, nutrition self-efficacy, and willingness to try fruits and vegetables. Read more here

2. EQUITY Advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Policy and Law Research: 2019 Call for Proposals for Early Career Investigators
Deadline: October 2, 2019
Policies for Action (P4A), a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is issuing a special call for proposals (CFP) to advance health equity by actively seeking new and diverse perspectives from the policy research field. This opportunity is designed to support researchers from multiple disciplines to better understand and find solutions that will promote health equity and foster action on policies and laws that ensure all people in America can attain and preserve good health and well-being. This opportunity will support early career researchers from underrepresented and historically disadvantaged backgrounds. P4A will provide support and training for up to six investigators. Learn more here

3. EQUITY Recording: Food Sovereignty and the Role of Extension - Partnerships that Work
This webinar provides an introduction to food sovereignty, looking at how and why this principle is used in different First Nations communities. Following this introduction, two partners describe how they have worked together on food sovereignty projects. They describe how the partnership developed and key elements of a partnership that promotes food sovereignty. Watch the recording here


Job Opportunities
1. Farm to School Program Director (Richmond, VT)
The Farm to School Program Director is responsible for all Farm to School work at NOFA-VT. Overall responsibilities include strategic development and implementation with Shelburne Farms staff for VT FEED and to scale up farm to school programming statewide with a focus on the farmers and school nutrition directors and staff who are, or want to be, involved in local food purchasing for schools. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more here


Farm to School in the News
Georgia school districts recognized for farm to school work at 2019 Golden Radish Awards
Elbert County School District received the Outstanding School District Award and Platinum Level recognition at the 2019 Golden Radish Awards. The Outstanding School District Award is given annually to school districts exhibiting exceptional excellence in Farm to School. (Georgia Organics)

Michigan FFA students make salsa from school garden
An FFA and food science class in Michigan has been growing tomatoes and selling them to a local restaurant. They're also turning some of their tomato crop into fresh salsa. (WZZM)

Iowa schools add local foods to lunch menu
Vinton- Shellsburg Community School District in Benton County, Iowa is working to add more locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as locally raised meat, to its school menu. “We have a lot of interest, and we are looking for farmers who are able to provide us with X amount of apples or X amount of tomatoes at a specific time." (Kenosha News)

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