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This Week in Farm to School: 11/13/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, November 13, 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
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
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. NFSN WEBINAR Farm to School and 21st Century Food Service Programs
November 15, 7-8pm ET
In 2018, National Farm to School Network teamed up with National Education Association as its National Partner of the Year. Growing from this partnership is a movement to challenge schools to build 21st Century food programs. We want to enrich the connection between schools and fresh, healthy, and locally sourced food. Additionally, we will build a new school nutrition workforce that will anchor this lofty project in our school communities. Join this webinar to hear from participants in this new partnership that are already reaping the benefits. Register here

2. Massachusetts Farm to School Farm & Sea to School Conference 
December 6, 2018 // Leominster, MA
On December 6, 2018, Mass. Farm to School will hold its fifth statewide conference, The Massachusetts Farm & Sea to School Conference. This year’s theme is Setting the Table: Communities Creating Change.  The conference seeks to amplify traditionally underrepresented voices in the Massachusetts food system and identify strategies and resources for promoting racial equity and social justice as we grow the farm & sea to school movement. Register here


Research & Resources
1. Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy Farm to Head Start Video
With the help of partners like the Hmong American Farmers Association, CKC Good Foods, and Bix Produce, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy partnered with Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties to implement a farm to head start initiative. The program has had a positive impact on children, farmers, and the whole community. Watch the video 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. Policy Specialist, National Farm to School Network (Washington, D.C.) 
National Farm to School Network seeks a Policy Specialist to lead implementation of the organization's policy priorities, including influencing federal administrative, rulemaking, and legislative actions, and supporting the development of its biennial report of state level policies supportive of farm to school. This position is based in Washington, DC. Deadline to apply is Nov. 16, 2018. Learn more here

3. Executive Director, Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (Richmond, VT)
The Executive Director is responsible for providing leadership and direction toward the achievement of NOFA-VT’s mission and goals; administering the operations and programs of NOFA-VT; executing the policies established by the Board of Directors; overseeing the preparation of meaningful reports reflecting the financial health of the organization; providing human resources leadership/supervising staff; and representing the goals and work of the organization to the wider community. Reporting to the NOFA-VT Board of Directors, the Executive Director will help accomplish goals set towards positive operating results for the organization. Learn more and apply here.


Farm to School in the News
Michigan fruits and vegetables feed and educate kids
An innovative and expanding farm-to-cafeteria food program is helping students in the Battle Creek Public Schools find their way to more nutritious food while helping Michigan farmers find new markets for their produce. (Second Wave)

New farm to school menu at Florida High School
A new “farm-to-school” menu at Ocoee High School is getting students excited about eating healthy. “How can we get kids excited about agriculture, create jobs for them when they come out, get healthy nutritional food back into the school system and reduce the cost in the process of it?” said 4 Rivers CEO John Rivers. (Fox 35)

Farm to School: Growing Achievements in Vermont
Farm to school activities strengthen the American economy and connects students to the farm. Schools like these contribute to a stable market for local producers, and provide dependable revenues that boost the regional economy. Farm to school also helps kids to learn where their food comes from and inspires them to try foods they have grown or prepared. (USDA)

 
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: 11/06/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, November 06, 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
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. Captain Planet Project Learning Garden
Schools can apply now to win a Captain Planet Foundation Project Learning Garden through partnerships with grocery retailers around the country. Grand Prize Winners will receive a one year supply of DOLE Fruit Bowls and a Project Learning Garden provided by Captain Planet Foundation, including: 5 garden beds or garden expansion (for schools with an existing garden), mobile garden cooking cart, standards-based Learning Garden lessons and lesson supply kits, and online teacher training. Learn more and apply here.

3. SeedMoney Grants for Garden Projects
SeedMoney is giving away $30,000 in grants to food garden projects during their 4th Annual SeedMoney Challenge which starts on November 15th and ends December 15th. They’re offering challenge grants, crowdfunding opportunities and merit grants (i.e. no crowdfunding required) via one, easy online application. The Challenge is timed for projects to take advantage of #GivingTuesday (Nov 27) and the start of the year-end giving season. Last year, participating groups raised an average of $807 per project (i.e. grant + crowdfunds raised). Learn more and apply here.


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Farm to School and 21st Century Food Service Programs
November 15, 7-8pm ET
In 2018, National Farm to School Network teamed up with National Education Association as its National Partner of the Year. Growing from this partnership is a movement to challenge schools to build 21st Century food programs. We want to enrich the connection between schools and fresh, healthy, and locally sourced food. Additionally, we will build a new school nutrition workforce that will anchor this lofty project in our school communities. Join this webinar to hear from participants in this new partnership that are already reaping the benefits. Register here

2. Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine & Friends of the Eartch: Scaling Up Healthy, Climate-Friendly School Food
November 14, 4pm ET
Join Chef Ann Cooper, from Boulder Valley School District, Jen Dalton, from Friends of the Earth and Maggie Neola, from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) in a discussion on strategies and policies for scaling up healthy, plant-forward, climate-friendly school food. In this webinar, you will learn what other districts do to successfully increase participation rates and shift the culture towards healthier food. Register here.


Research & Resources
1. Cultivating Opportunity: An Overview of USDA’s Fiscal Year 2015 and 2016 Farm to School Grantees’ Growing Achievements
The Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) is excited to release a new report: Cultivating Opportunity: An Overview of USDA’s Fiscal Year 2015 and 2016 Farm to School Grantees’ Growing Achievements. Trends and best practices from fiscal year (FY) 2015 and 2016 farm to school grantees are highlighted throughout. OCFS also takes a look at baseline data collected from grantees to assess the impact of the grant program on the growth of the farm to school movement nationwide. Read the full report here.

2. Summary of Findings Report: Superintendent Perspectives on Local School Wellness Policies
This report summarizes findings from focus groups conducted with superintendents at The School Superintendents Association (AASA) meeting; in addition, key informant follow up interviews were conducted following the focus groups. Superintendents shared their perspectives and experiences with implementation and evaluation of local school wellness policies (LWP). Read the full report here.

3. New Resource from NACDD: Healthy School, Healthy Staff, Healthy Students: A Guide to Improving School Employee Wellness
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors has released Healthy School, Healthy Staff, Healthy Students: A Guide to Improving School Employee Wellness, a new resource to assist school districts and schools in establishing or enhancing an employee wellness initiative. Evidence-based school employee wellness programs have the potential to increase employee productivity and performance, improve the health of both staff and students, and support student academic success. Read the full report here.

4. No Kid Hungry Innovation Survey Opportunity
We know you’re doing creative work when it comes to feeding kids. We want to hear all about it. No Kid Hungry is developing a report on innovation and they want to hear from you. We have come a long way, but there is more work to do and innovative ideas are critical. If you or someone you know has applied a unique approach to ensuring that all kids get the food they need, please tell us more by taking this survey. Respondents will be featured in a report on the state of innovation and have the chance to receive an innovation accelerator award to support their work. The survey closes on November 30. Take the survey here.


Job Opportunities
1. Policy Specialist, National Farm to School Network (Washington, DC)
The National Farm to School Network seeks a Policy Specialist to lead implementation of the organization's policy priorities, including influencing federal administrative, rulemaking, and legislative actions, and supporting the development of its biennial report of state level policies supportive of farm to school. The Policy Specialist will cultivate relationships with policymakers and their staff, partner organizations and advocacy coalitions, manage and facilitate NFSN's Policy Group, and educate and mobilize NFSN stakeholders around key issues. This position is based in Washington, DC. Deadline to apply is Nov. 16, 2018. Learn more and apply here

2. Operations Manager, Castanea Fellowship (Remote)
Working with the Castanea Fellowship Steering Committee, and under direction of the Executive Director, the Operations Manager oversees the completion of projects and manages the day-to-day operations of the Castanea Fellowship, including scheduling and organizing meeting and events, processing financial reimbursements, providing budget tracking support, and providing project management support. This position also assists in communications and outreach to the Castanea Fellowship community, which includes partners, potential applicants, and advisors. We strongly encourage applicants with personal experience confronting the challenges of our current food system to apply, as well as, people with experience in multi-racial and multi-sector driven organizations. Learn more and apply here

3. Policy Specialist, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (Washington, D.C.)
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is an alliance of over 120 grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities. NSAC is currently seeking candidates for a Policy Specialist position. This position is located at NSAC’s DC office on Capitol Hill and is a full-time exempt position. Each one of five Policy Specialists at NSAC reports to NSAC’s Policy Director. Learn more and apply here.

4. Good Food Purchasing Project Manager, Chicago Food Policy Action Council (Chicago, IL)
The CFPAC Good Food Purchasing Project Manager will support CFPAC’s priorities by working in coordination with CFPAC Board and staff members, local communities, organizations, vendors, suppliers, processors, and producers as well as staff at City of Chicago and Cook County Departments and Agencies, and other state and national level partners. The Good Food Purchasing Project Manager is a new role serving as a resource to participants in the above networks. The position will also closely coordinate with the Center for Good Food Purchasing and other national partners. Learn more and apply here.

5. Farm to School AmeriCorps Member, Rural Health Network of South Central New York (Binghamton, NY)
The Farm to School AmeriCorps program is an exciting new initiative of the Food and Health Network (FaHN), a program of Rural Health Network of South Central New York. The regional Farm to School program works collaboratively with 26 school districts in South Central New York. Farm to School Corps members will work as part of an expanding regional team to develop, implement, grow, and evaluate programs to bring healthy, local food to students. Members will work with staff, students, parents, farms, and community partners to increase capacity for hands-on learning, local procurement, and creating a school-wide culture of health. Learn more and apply here.


Farm to School in the News
Iowa students learn from local farmers
Iowa Valley RC&D and Field to Family are working with the Iowa City Community School District — which oversees Van Allen Elementary — as well as the Solon, Clear Creek Amana and Cedar Rapids districts to provide nutrition education programs for students. (The Gazette)

New Jersey school goes hydroponic, wins farm-to-school award
For “Take Your Parents to Lunch Day” earlier this month, Hopewell Elementary School students picked basil from the school’s vertical farm that was later featured in a deconstructed caprese salad. It is the latest item to be added to the school’s organic homemade lunch menu, available three times a week, with vertical farm produce infused into two of those three meals. (Community News)

New York students take food from courtyard to cafeteria
Last month, students celebrated eating a breakfast made from their own eggs, and it’s all thanks to Andover Central School’s Environmental Technology class. In 2015, this course was formed after a strong demand by high school students who desired to learn about local and sustainable agriculture. Since the garden’s inception, students in the Environmental Technology course have designed, built, and maintained a high tunnel, a raised bed garden, a composting system, and a mobile chicken coop in their courtyard. (Wellsville Daily)

  
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: 10/30/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, October 30, 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. National Head Start Association Garden Grants
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.  Application deadline for the 2018/2019 program year is November 15, 2018. Learn more here

2. USDA FY 2019 Farm to School Grant RFA
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. National Farm to School Month - Last Chance to Share How You're Celebrating!
How are you celebrating National Farm to School Month? The National Farm to School Network wants to know! Share what actions you're taking for farm to school this October by adding your name to the Take Action Pledge. Everyone who completes the pledge form will be entered to win farm to school prizes for a school of their choice! Eleven (11) winners will be randomly drawn, and prizes include a "Build-Your-Own Blueberry Day" from the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, assets from the Captain Planet Foundation Project Learning Garden™ program, organic dairy products from Organic Valley, and seed packets from High Mowing Organic Seeds. Whether you’re hosting a taste test in the cafeteria, harvesting school garden produce or making a new farm to school connection, no action is too small! Take 2 minutes to add your name to the pledge and enter to win by Oct. 31, 2018. Learn more at www.farmtoschool.org/pledge.  

2. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics: NFSN Seed Change in Native Communities Cohort
November 1, 2-3pm ET
In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, our November Trending Topics webinar will feature partners from the National Farm to School Network's Seed Change in Native Communities project. Since 2017, the Seed Change project has helped to create dozens of school gardens in Native communities, put local and indigenous foods on the plates of hundreds of children, and supported the inspiring work of five school communities dedicated to expanding and sustaining farm to school programming for the next generation of Native youth. Register here.

3. EQUITY Equity & Access in the School Garden Movement Webinar
Today! October 30, 1-2pm PT
School gardens can be a powerful tool for promoting racial and social equity, but equally important are the ways school garden organizations and school garden educators approach equity and access. Please join Suzannah Holsenbeck of Common Ground, Ida Sobotik of Community Groundworks, and Sam Ullery of the DC Office of State Superintendent of Education as they discuss what equity in school gardens means to their organizations. They will share case studies and offer suggestions for how your organization can tackle issues around equity and access in your work. Register here.


Research & Resources
1. New Report: Cultivating Opportunity: An Overview of USDA's Fiscal Year 2015 and 2016 Farm to School Grantees’ Growing Achievements
The USDA Farm to School Grant Program is one way schools, State agencies, Indian Tribal Organizations, producers, and nonprofit organizations are working together to incorporate local and regional foods into the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). This report explores the history and benefits of farm to school programs across the country and dives deeper into the strategies and outcomes of USDA’s Farm to School Grant Program. Read the report here. 

2. Benefits of Farm to School: Evidence from Canada
The Benefits of Farm to School: Evidence from Canada demonstrates the impacts of farm to school activities, which include public health, education and learning, the environment, community connectedness and the economic benefits. It is complemented by the United States’ National Farm to School Network’s fact sheet, which provides an extensive list of benefits and sources backed by research from the US. The positive impacts of farm to school programs in Canada are becoming clear, but more evaluation is needed to better understand – and grow – the movement to put more healthy, local food on the minds and plates of Canadian students. The development of this fact sheet is an important first step. Read the report here

3. JAFSCD and JAIE Call for Papers and Commentaries
The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development and the Journal of American Indian Education jointly seek manuscripts and commentaries on practice-relevant and pedagogical research related to Indigenous food sovereignty issues, especially tribal and government policy, grassroots community organizing, culturally defined foods and practices, and the transfer of Indigenous knowledge.The deadline for manuscript submissions is January 15, 2019. Read the full description here.

4. New Report: Army fell short of its recruiting goal, in part due to obesity
Mission: Readiness, an organization of retired admirals and generals, recently released a new national report, ‘Unhealthy and Unprepared,’ on the recruiting challenges currently confronting our armed forces. This year, the Army fell short of its recruiting goal for the first time since 2005, due in part to the 31 percent of 17-24 year-old recruits who are disqualified from serving in the military due to obesity. Overall, 71 percent of young people between the ages of 17 and 24 do not qualify for military service. This new report details how parents, educators, and policymakers can improve children’s health, prevent obesity, and grow the pool of eligible recruits by encouraging healthy eating and physical activity from a young age. Read the report here


Job Opportunities
1. Policy Specialist, National Farm to School Network (Washington, DC)
The National Farm to School Network seeks a Policy Specialist to lead implementation of the organization's policy priorities, including influencing federal administrative, rulemaking, and legislative actions, and supporting the development of its biennial report of state level policies supportive of farm to school. The Policy Specialist will cultivate relationships with policymakers and their staff, partner organizations and advocacy coalitions, manage and facilitate NFSN's Policy Group, and educate and mobilize NFSN stakeholders around key issues. This position is based in Washington, DC. Deadline to apply is Nov. 16, 2018. Learn more and apply here

2. Community Programs Coordinator Americorps VISTA, Youth Garden Project (Moab, UT)
The Community Programs Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA member will work directly with Youth Garden Project’s many community-based programs and events. Ideal candidate will be flexible, collaborative, able to work independently, exhibit strong leadership, and enthusiastic about YGP’s mission of cultivating healthy children, families, and community through the process of connecting people with food from seed to table. Learn more and apply here.


Farm to School in the News
Rep. Panetta visits school garden program in California
Rep. Jimmy Panetta visited an elementary school in Watsonville to observe the impact of a school garden program designed to provide young children in resource challenged communities with fresh healthy food and knowledge about where it comes from. (Santa Cruz Sentinel

Composting enriches Farm-to-Table Program at Florida School
Visitors at Sugar Mill Elementary might be surprised to spot strawberries, papayas, peppers, pineapples, bean, avocados, lettuce and melons around the campus. Students from each grade take turns tending to their fruits and vegetables, which they've grown over several weeks. Eventually, they harvest what they've grown and make a meal. (Port Orange Observer)

Ohio school employees experience farming up close and personal
Serving food to children is the core focus of about 50 Ashtabula Area City Schools nutrition service workers who got the opportunity to see the details of the farming process at area farms. (Star Beacon)
  
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: 10/23/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, October 23, 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
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
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 Farm to School Month - Share How You're Celebrating, Enter to Win!
How are you celebrating National Farm to School Month? The National Farm to School Network wants to know! Share what actions you're taking for farm to school this October by adding your name to the Take Action Pledge. Everyone who completes the pledge form will be entered to win farm to school prizes for a school of their choice! Eleven (11) winners will be randomly drawn, and prizes include a "Build-Your-Own Blueberry Day" from the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, assets from the Captain Planet Foundation Project Learning Garden™ program, organic dairy products from Organic Valley, and seed packets from High Mowing Organic Seeds. Whether you’re hosting a taste test in the cafeteria, harvesting school garden produce or making a new farm to school connection, no action is too small! Take 2 minutes to add your name to the pledge and enter to win by Oct. 31, 2018. Learn more at www.farmtoschool.org/pledge.  

2. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics: NFSN Seed Change in Native Communities Cohort
November 1, 2-3pm ET
In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, our November Trending Topics webinar will feature partners from the National Farm to School Network's Seed Change in Native Communities project. Since 2017, the Seed Change project has helped to create dozens of school gardens in Native communities, put local and indigenous foods on the plates of hundreds of children, and supported the inspiring work of five school communities dedicated to expanding and sustaining farm to school programming for the next generation of Native youth. Register here.

3. NFSN WEBINAR Farm to School and 21st Century Food Service Programs
November 15, 7-8pm ET
In 2018, National Farm to School Network teamed up with National Education Association as its National Partner of the Year. Growing from this partnership is a movement to challenge schools to build 21st Century food programs. We want to enrich the connection between schools and fresh, healthy, and locally sourced food. Additionally, we will build a new school nutrition workforce that will anchor this lofty project in our school communities. Join this webinar to hear from participants in this new partnership that are already reaping the benefits. Register here

4. Massachusetts Farm to School Farm & Sea to School Conference 
December 6, 2018 // Leominster, MA
On December 6, 2018, Mass. Farm to School will hold its fifth statewide conference, The Massachusetts Farm & Sea to School Conference. This year’s theme is Setting the Table: Communities Creating Change.  The conference seeks to amplify traditionally underrepresented voices in the Massachusetts food system and identify strategies and resources for promoting racial equity and social justice as we grow the farm & sea to school movement. Register here

5. 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.


Research & Resources
1. Native Farm-to-School Resource Guide
First Nations Development Institute has released a Native Farm-to-School Resource Guide, a comprehensive manual for planning and implementing farm-to-school programs in Native American communities. The Native Farm-to-School Resource Guide was developed by identifying existing Native and non-Native farm-to-school programs and analyzing best practices, lessons learned, biggest challenges and case study examples of programs that achieved high-level impact and long-term sustainability. The result is a process guide for planning Native farm-to-school programs as well as a guide for tribal officials to engage their leadership and create buy-in for the farm-to-school process. Learn more here

2.  USDA Seeking Nominations for Beginning and Minority Farmer Advisory Committees
The USDA has reopened nominations for both the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Advisory Committee and the Minority Farmer Advisory Committee. This who applied in the last nomination period (which closed last June) do not need to reapply. Consideration will be given to nominations received on or before November 1, 2018. Applications and nomination packages can be downloaded here.


Job Opportunities
1. Farm to School Planning Consultant, City of Providence (Providence, RI)
The City of Providence has re-opened the Request for Proposals for a Farm to School Planning Consultant. This consultant will lead the City and Providence Public Schools in developing an Action Plan to better integrate local foods, school gardens, and food systems/nutrition education into our school district. Proposals are due by 2:15 pm on October 29th. Learn more here or contact Rachel Newman Greene at Rnewmangreene@providenceri.gov with questions or for more information.

2. Member and Strategic Partnerships Manager, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (Location Flexible)
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (SAFSF) amplifies the impact of philanthropic and investment communities in support of just and sustainable food and agriculture systems. SAFSF seeks a full-time Member and Strategic Partnerships Manager to support, mobilize, and expand SAFSF’s membership and secure new revenue in support of its strategic direction. Learn more and apply here.


Farm to School in the News
Betti Wiggins recognized in 50 Most Influential People in Health Care
Betti Wiggins, officer of nutrition services for Houston Independent School District and NFSN Advisory Board member, has been named one of Time Magazine's 50 most influential people in health care in 2018. Read Betti's profile here. Congratulations, Betti! 

Michigan teacher runs farm to cafeteria program powered by students with disabilities
They might not know it, but when hundred of Detroit students eat a school lunch, they are consuming vegetables grown just a few miles away by one of the city’s most innovative programs for students with special needs. Last week, for example, schools in the city’s main district received hundreds of pounds of butternut squash that were grown and packaged at Drew Transition Center, a school where students with severe disabilities prepare to enter adult life. (Chalkbeat)

How schools are fighting back against obesity in Mississippi
With salad bars and vegetable gardens, the Tupelo Public School District exposes its pre-K and elementary students to healthy food sources and eating habits. Yet even as the district fights back with education and farming experience, obesity in Mississippi is a public health crisis. Across the state, poor examples set by adults and entrenched advertising campaigns promote cases of childhood obesity that set the youth on a path toward life-threatening chronic diseases. (Daily Journal)

Massachusetts students’ garden bounty reaps awards at Topsfield fair
Tilling and tending the soil not only fosters the pride and confidence that comes from growing food with your own two hands, but this year, it also yielded Page youngsters an additional reward: several top honors at America’s oldest agricultural fair. (The Daily 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: 10/16/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, October 16, 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
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. For more information, join OCFS for a special two-part webinar on Oct. 16 and Oct. 17 at 1pm ET.  These webinars will review the important details of the FY 2019 Farm to School Grants and walk candidates through the application process.

2. One Earth Award 
There's an exciting, new opportunity for teens! 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.

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


Webinars & Events
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, activity ideas and a new calendar of events for ways you can get involved in October. Share how your celebrating National Farm to School Month by signing the Take Action Pledge and you'll be entered to win farm to school prizes for a school or early care and education site of your choice! Visit farmtoschool.org/month to get involved. 

2. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics: NFSN Seed Change in Native Communities Cohort
November 1, 2-3pm ET
In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, our November Trending Topics webinar will feature partners from the National Farm to School Network's Seed Change in Native Communities project. Since 2017, the Seed Change project has helped to create dozens of school gardens in Native communities, put local and indigenous foods on the plates of hundreds of children, and supported the inspiring work of five school communities dedicated to expanding and sustaining farm to school programming for the next generation of Native youth. Register here.

3. Webinar: Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior - Journal Club 4: A Plate Waste Evaluation of the Farm to School Program
October 22, 1-2pm ET
Program evaluation is an important part of determining any intervention’s success. In this presentation, we will discuss the study design and methodologies used to evaluate a new farm to school program. Specifically, the benefits and drawback of the quarter-waste method will be discussed within the context of evaluating school-level nutrition interventions. Register here.

4. NH Food Alliance Webinar: Farm to School as a Catalyst to Local Food System Change
October 23, 12-1pm ET
Since October is National Farm to School Month, we thought it was fitting to have an opportunity to learn about the New Hampshire Farm to School (NHFTS) Program and how they are facilitating connections between food producers, K-12 schools, and the broader community as a whole. NHFTS began in 2003 and has found tremendous success in bringing local food into over half of the public schools in the state! Register here.

5. Celebrate National Farm to School Month in Early Child Care and Education Settings: Farm to CACFP
October 25, 2-3pm ET
Learn more about Farm to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) during this interactive webinar brought to you by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. Participants will learn how Farm to CACFP efforts big and small can be successfully implemented in a variety of settings; how early exposure to gardening, farming, and local foods can benefit young eaters; where to find free Team Nutrition materials focused on garden-based nutrition education that can be used in early care and education sites; and how California-based North Bay Children’s Center’s Garden of Eatin program is helping to change the way children think about food through hands-on experiences. Register here.

6. Equity & Access in the School Garden Movement Webinar
October 30, 1-2pm PT
School gardens can be a powerful tool for promoting racial and social equity, but equally important are the ways school garden organizations and school garden educators approach equity and access. Please join Suzannah Holsenbeck of Common Ground, Ida Sobotik of Community Groundworks, and Sam Ullery of the DC Office of State Superintendent of Education as they discuss what equity in school gardens means to their organizations. They will share case studies and offer suggestions for how your organization can tackle issues around equity and access in your work. Register here.

7. Farm to School and 21st Century Food Service Programs
November 15, 7-8pm ET
In 2018, National Farm to School Network teamed up with National Education Association as its National Partner of the Year. Growing from this partnership is a movement to challenge schools to build 21st Century food programs. We want to enrich the connection between schools and fresh, healthy, and locally sourced food. Additionally, we will build a new school nutrition workforce that will anchor this lofty project in our school communities. Join this webinar to hear from participants in this new partnership that are already reaping the benefits. Register here


Research & Resources
1. Farm to Childcare: An Analysis of Social and Economic Values in Local Food Systems
Farm to childcare (F2CC) is a next step in developing farm to institution links between local producers and organizations. F2CC can reach young children at a critical point in their habit formation and biological development, as well as provide economic opportunities  for local farmers. In a qualitative case study, researchers from North Carolina State University investigate the social and financial tensions in F2CC work. In doing so, they provide strategies that can be used to better achieve the social goals of farm to childcare programs. Read more here.


Job Opportunities
1. Maine Harvest of the Month Program Coordinator,  Maine Department of Education (Augusta, ME)
The Harvest of the Month Coordinator will develop and oversee the Maine Harvest of the Month Project and will actively recruit schools to participate. The position will develop marketing materials for school nutrition programs and conduct trainings and technical assistance to schools to ensure they have the tools for success. For interest and more information please contact Stephanie Stambach at stephanie.stambach@maine.gov

2. Local Food Program Manager, North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC)
The Extension Local Food Program Manager provides program management and coordination for NC Cooperative Extension’s Local Food Program. This position will work with other local food leadership groups to build Extension’s statewide capacity in local food systems. This will happen mainly through resource development, managing the local food web portal and online courses, participating/ leading cross disciplinary curriculum and training development teams, co-chairing the Local Food Program Team and delivering training. Learn more and apply here.


Farm to School in the News
School Lunch Day recognizes Iowa farm sources
Apples and honey from Iowa orchards and apiaries, sweet potatoes from a farm in Grinnell and pork from Iowa Select Farms will create Thursday’s meal for Ottumwa’s school children. During National Farm to School Month, the I Department of Agriculture, using grant money from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, is bringing attention to Iowa-grown food to school children around the state. (Ottumwa Courier)

North Carolina students learn about food at Agriculture by the Slice
Fifth-grade students at Lexington City Schools had a chance to learn about the science, math, agriculture and other processes that go into making a pizza during the Agriculture by the Slice program at the Davidson County Fairgrounds on Tuesday morning. (The Dispatch)

Kentucky farm to school program is a win-win
October is Farm to School Month, and Kentucky has plenty of reasons to celebrate. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture staff has recruited 907 schools in 77 school districts to participate in their Farm to School program. Some school districts are the largest food procurers in each county, so this program provides many benefits to Kentucky farmers and students alike. (Surf KY 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: 10/9/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, October 09, 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
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. For more information, join OCFS for a special two-part webinar on Oct. 16 and Oct. 17 at 1pm ET.  These webinars will review the important details of the FY 2019 Farm to School Grants and walk candidates through the application process.

2. USDA FY2019-2021 Farm to School Training and Curricula
This USDA FNS Request for Proposals (RFP) announces the availability of funds to establish one or more new cooperative agreements for FYs 2019-2021 for the purposes of developing a training curriculum, conducting trainings of trainers, and evaluating the results of farm to school trainings for producers to build their capacity to launch or expand farm to school efforts. Up to $2,000,000 is available for the Cooperative Agreement(s). Application closes Nov. 26. Learn more here

3. Budding Botanist Grant
Budding Botanist grants are open to any Title I public or charter school in the United States. Applicants must be planning a new or expanding an existing school garden program designed to teach students about environmental sustainability and the importance of biodiversity. Grant winners will receive a $500 curriculum and garden tool package, as well as a check for $2500 to install or expand a school garden. Application is due Nov. 19. Learn more and apply here.


Webinars & Events
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, activity ideas and a new calendar of events for ways you can get involved in October. Share how your celebrating National Farm to School Month by signing the Take Action Pledge and you'll be entered to win farm to school prizes for a school or early care and education site of your choice! Visit farmtoschool.org/month to get involved. 

2. NFSN WEBINAR Results from the 2018 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey
October 11, 2-3pm  ET
The National Farm to School Network (NFSN), in partnership with Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, launched for the 2018 National Survey of Early Care and Education Providers in the spring of 2018. Over 2,000 ECE providers from across the country responded and shared information about current farm to ECE initiatives, motivations for participation, challenges to starting or expanding farm to ECE, and more. Join the National Farm to School Network and Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems to hear about the survey finding and learn how you can use the results to promote farm to ECE in your state and community. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.

3. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics: NFSN Seed Change in Native Communities Cohort
November 1, 2-3pm ET
In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, our November Trending Topics webinar will feature partners from the National Farm to School Network's Seed Change in Native Communities project. Since 2017, the Seed Change project has helped to create dozens of school gardens in Native communities, put local and indigenous foods on the plates of hundreds of children, and supported the inspiring work of five school communities dedicated to expanding and sustaining farm to school programming for the next generation of Native youth. Register here.

4. Farm to School and 21st Century Food Service Programs
November 15, 7-8pm ET
In 2018, National Farm to School Network teamed up with National Education Association as its National Partner of the Year. Growing from this partnership is a movement to challenge schools to build 21st Century food programs. We want to enrich the connection between schools and fresh, healthy, and locally sourced food. Additionally, we will build a new school nutrition workforce that will anchor this lofty project in our school communities. Join this webinar to hear from participants in this new partnership that are already reaping the benefits. Register here

5. Michigan Good Food Summit: Amplifying Voices for Equity
October 22 // East Lansing, MI
This October, the Michigan Good Food Summit will amplify underrepresented voices across the food system as we continue advancing the Good Food Charter's vision of equity, sustainability and a thriving economy for all of Michigan and its people. Whether you're a food consumer, grower or buyer; line cook, server or chef; advocate, educator or policymaker, connect with others advancing good food and equity in Michigan. Register here.

6. 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. Wisconsin Farm to ECE Survey Results: Now Available
The results of the first Wisconsin Farm to Early Care and Education (Farm to ECE) Provider and Support Organization surveys are now available in three summary documents. The surveys aimed to establish baseline data for farm to ECE participation in the state, learn about existing farm to ECE activities taking place at sites across Wisconsin, determine what trainings and resources can help sites grow farm to ECE, as well as assess support organization staff knowledge and understanding of farm to ECE. Read the summary documents here.

2. USDA Study: Both At Home and Away, Americans Are Choosing More Lower Fat Foods Than They Did 35 Years Ago
Whether consumed in restaurants or as take-out or delivery meals, food prepared away from home is now a ubiquitous part of the American diet. Consumers may make different choices at the grocery store than they would when eating out—choices that can affect both consumers’ diets and the decisions made by agricultural producers, food manufacturers, and restaurant operators. A recent ERS analysis found that between 1977-78 and 2011-14, the fat content of at-home foods consumed by Americans declined more than the fat content of away-from-home foods. Read more here.

3. New Preschool Development Grant Application Guide
The Policy Equity Group and the BUILD Initiative have developed an application guide for states to use as they apply for the new federal Preschool Development Grants. This federal grant competition is focused on the coordination of the early childhood system and is anticipated to be awarded to up to 40 states. As states are preparing their applications, there is opportunity to integrate farm to ECE into your state's grant proposal by emphasizing farm to ECE as an approach to collaboration and coordination between food, health, and ECE programs. For more information, contact Lacy Stephens, NFSN Program Manager, at lacy@farmtoschool.org.  

4. Seeking Examples: Local (School District and City) Policies for Farm to School
National Farm to School Network is developing a new resource about how local policies (eg, school district wellness policies, city procurement policies) can support and foster farm to school activities. Do you have any examples of where this has already happened? If so, please contact policyfellow@farmtoschool.org.

5. Seeking Examples: Affordable Care Act Community Benefit Dollars for Farm to School
National Farm to School Network is developing a new resource about how ACA Community Benefit dollars can fund farm to school activities. This is a largely untapped potential funding source for farm to school! Do you have any examples of where this has already happened? If so, please contact policyfellow@farmtoschool.org.


Job Opportunities
1. Research & Education Associate, Tilth Alliance (Seattle, WA)
The Research and Education Associate is a dynamic position that will primarily focus on a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded research project (80%). The NSF research includes co-designing equitable garden and field-based science education in K-3 classrooms with families, teachers, and community-based organizations. In addition to research, the Associate will support education programming at the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands, which includes classes, camps, farm tours, service learning and family days (20%). Learn more and apply here.

2. Community Education Program Coordinator, Tilth Alliance (Seattle, WA)
The Program Coordinator position is part of the Community Education Team at Tilth Alliance, which engages youth, adults and families in hands-on classes, volunteer and other learning opportunities in Seattle and King County, around growing food, environmental stewardship, and cooking and sharing food. This position will include a mix of program coordination and direct education on a variety of topics including organic vegetable gardening, wetlands restoration, food waste prevention and food preservation. Learn more and apply here.

3. Assistant Director, Leadership Education and Farming (LEAF) (Landisburg, PA)
Leadership Education and Farming (LEAF) is seeking a collaborative and effective leader to join our team and push LEAF’s vision and strategy as LEAF moves into its next stage of growth. The Assistant Director will work alongside the Executive Director to envision and implement thoughtful organizational growth and serve as a lead project manager in the areas of grants, fundraising, public outreach, and organizational administration. Learn more and apply here.

4. Program Coordinator, Leadership Education and Farming (LEAF) (Landisburg, PA)
The Program Coordinator works closely with the youth crew, instrumental in creating a rare and intentional culture in which youth engage in meaningful work that spurs personal growth and awareness. The Program Coordinator should be dedicated to LEAF’s mission, passionate about youth development, and invested in fostering a vibrant and just community. Learn more and apply here.

5. Arkansas Farm to School Program Coordinator 
The Arkansas Farm to School Program Coordinator, a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA position, will spend their year of service coordinating and growing Arkansas Farm to School. They will build capacity and increase Arkansas Farm to School’s ability to serve its stakeholders in improving the health and wellness of kids, families and communities through a more equitable food system. Learn more and apply here


Farm to School in the News
New Jersey farm receives first ever farm to school award.
Terhune Orchards and the Mount family of Mercer County, N.J., have been recognized as the state’s first recipients of the Jersey Fresh Farm to School Farmer Recognition Award. The program is an opportunity for farmers to highlight their farm to school efforts and to help feature their produce in local school meals. (American Agriculturist)

Virginia Students learn about food production during farm to school week
On Tuesday, October 2, during Virginia’s Farm to School Week, Charlottesville High School welcomed people from Casa Alma to discuss urban farming with its garden-to-market class. Casa Alma says Farm to School Week helps students develop an appreciation for where food comes from, and nurture a desire for healthy foods. (NBC-29)

Maine students grow their own healthy lunches
Every parent worries about their kids getting healthy lunches in school cafeterias. In Belfast, Maine, middle school parents don't have to worry because their students are growing their own healthy lunches, garden to table.The program is 100% self-sustainable with the students doing everything from composting, growing the vegetables, packing them up, and selling them to their school's cafeteria and the Belfast co-op. (News Center Maine)


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: 10/2/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, October 02, 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. Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) Fund-a-Farmer Grant
Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) is accepting applications for three types of grants for livestock and poultry farmers who wish to attain humane certification, build capacity, or improve pasture for their animals. Funding is available for projects that improve farm animal welfare, such as building mobile housing, constructing fences, laying water lines on pasture, and much more. Family farmers located in the continental U.S. with at least one year of experience may be eligible. Learn more and apply here. Applications are due by November 28, 2018.

2. Nature Conservancy School Gardens
The Nature Conservancy is awarding grants to support projects that implement green infrastructure to address local environmental challenges. These include access to healthy food, air quality, heat island effect, climate change, and storm water collection. Young people will work as social innovators to help their communities through project design and implementation. A $2,000 grant will be awarded to up to 50 schools. Applications are due Oct. 5. Learn more here.


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Results from the 2018 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey
October 11, 2-3pm  ET
The National Farm to School Network (NFSN), in partnership with Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, launched for the 2018 National Survey of Early Care and Education Providers in the spring of 2018. Over 2,000 ECE providers from across the country responded and shared information about current farm to ECE initiatives, motivations for participation, challenges to starting or expanding farm to ECE, and more. Join the National Farm to School Network and Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems to hear about the survey finding and learn how you can use the results to promote farm to ECE in your state and community. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.

2. South Dakota Local Foods Conference
November 1-3 // Brookings, SD
Regular conference sessions will take place at the Swiftel Center and will cover a wide variety of topics including local food policy, mentoring the transition of a farm business, food sovereignty, rainwater harvesting for greenhouses, growing mushrooms and microgreens, the significance of fruits and vegetables to human health, Honey Lodge honey and youth advocacy, goat production, agritourism, and more. Register here.

3. Illinois Farm Bureau’s Local & Regional Food Conference
November 5-7 // Bloomington, IL
Live local and support your local food system. Are you a local farmer, processor, distributor, or retailer? Do you own a small business? Give back to your community while bringing fresh food and local businesses together. Know your impact and what buying and selling local can bring your local economy. Learn more here.


Research & Resources
1. Scaling Up Healthy, Climate-Friendly School Food
A new report from Friends of the Earth spotlights a growing movement of pioneering school districts using their massive purchasing power to provide plant-forward, climate-friendly food that is healthier for students and the planter. The report includes four detailed case studies, including Novato Unified School District, led by NFSN Board Chair Miguel Villarreal. Read the full report here.

2. No Kid Hungry Innovation Survey Opportunity
We know you’re doing creative work when it comes to feeding kids. We want to hear all about it. No Kid Hungry is developing a report on innovation and they want to hear from you. We have come a long way, but there is more work to do and innovative ideas are critical. If you or someone you know has applied a unique approach to ensuring that all kids get the food they need, please tell us more by taking this survey. Respondents will be featured in a report on the state of innovation and have the chance to receive an innovation accelerator award to support their work. The survey closes on November 30. Take the survey here.
3. Seeking examples - Local (School District and City) Policies for Farm to School
NFSN is developing a new resource about how local policies (eg, school district wellness policies, city procurement policies) can support and foster farm to school activities. Do you have any examples of where this has already happened? If so, please contact policyfellow@farmtoschool.org.
Job Opportunities
1. Community Programs Coordinator - AmeriCorps VISTA (MOAB, UT)
Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Community Programs Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA member will work directly with YGP’s many community-based programs and events. We are looking for an individual who is flexible, collaborative, able to work independently, exhibits strong leadership, and is enthusiastic about YGP’s mission of cultivating healthy children, families, and community through the process of connecting people with food from seed to table. Learn more and apply here. Application is due October 15.

2. Maine Harvest of the Month Program Coordinator
The Maine Department of Education’s Child Nutrition Team manages several federal programs to improve the nutrition environment and reduce hunger for pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students including Farm to School initiatives. Harvest of the Month is a program that promotes the use of seasonal, local foods in school menus by highlighting a different product each month. The Harvest of the Month Coordinator will develop and oversee the Maine Harvest of the Month Project and will actively recruit schools to participate. The position will develop marketing materials for school nutrition programs and conduct trainings and technical assistance to schools to ensure they have the tools for success. For interest and more information please contact Stephanie Stambach at stephanie.stambach@maine.gov.


Farm to School in the News
Anupama Joshi brings people together through local food, importance of community agriculture
When reflecting on her career, National Farm to School Network Executive Director and Co-Founder Anupama Joshi attributes her work to good food and community. Food and community “have been so influential in how I approach my interactions with people both in my friendships and my professional life,” she says. “Bringing people together and community. There’s a pattern.” (WRAL)

Mississippi farm to school week celebrates connecting local produce with cafeterias
Across Mississippi, kids grow up around farms without experiencing the practice of planting, nurturing, harvesting and eating fresh vegetables. Some do not have access to fresh produce at home. To introduce students to healthy habits and boost the agricultural economy, the Mississippi Farm to School Network connects farmers to school cafeterias. Statewide, Farm to School week celebrates local farmers by eating their Mississippi-grown foods. (Daily Journal)

Junior Master Gardener Learn, Grow, Eat & Go! Program takes shape in Texas schools
Houston Independent School District elementary students are learning how to plant, tend and harvest nutritious vegetables thanks to the Learn, Grow, Eat & Go! program offered by the Texas A&M AgriLIfe Extension Service Junior Master Gardener Program that integrates gardening, nutrition, and physical activity to bolster long-term student health (AgriLife 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: 9/25/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, September 25, 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. 2019 Youth Garden Grant
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 Dec. 17. Learn more and apply here.

2. Annie’s Grant for Edible School Gardens
Want a school garden? Annie’s believes that showing future generations how sustainable food is grown changes their lives. Connecting kids to gardens helps them to start thinking more holistically about their food, their communities, and the planet. Applications are due Nov. 1, 2018. Learn more and apply here.


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Results from the 2018 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey
October 11, 2-3pm  ET
The National Farm to School Network (NFSN), in partnership with Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, launched for the 2018 National Survey of Early Care and Education Providers in the spring of 2018. Over 2,000 ECE providers from across the country responded and shared information about current farm to ECE initiatives, motivations for participation, challenges to starting or expanding farm to ECE, and more. Join the National Farm to School Network and Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems to hear about the survey finding and learn how you can use the results to promote farm to ECE in your state and community. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.

2. It's almost time for National Farm to School Month!
October 2018
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 our *new* 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. Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners Conference
October 19-21 // Durham, NC
Registration is now open for the 2018 Black Farmer & Urban Gardeners (BUGS) National Conference. The conference is presented by Black Urban Growers (BUGS), an organization committed to building networks and community support for growers in both urban and rural settings. Learn more and register here.

4. 2020 National Good Food Network Conference - Local Host Organization Request for Proposals
The Wallace Center would like to partner with a place-based host organization to support and guide the planning of the 2020 National Good Food Network Conference. The NGFN Conference is the leading national conference for the food hubs, food and farm businesses, value chain coordinators, financers, and community leaders working to build sustainable regional food systems across the United States. The role of the local host is to serve as the primary link between the host community and the NGFN Conference Planning Team (staff and contracted conference coordinators) to highlight the local food systems work and stakeholders in your region. Proposals are due Monday October 22. Read the full RFP here.


Policy Update
1. Tell Congress: We need a Farm Bill Extension!
It looks very unlikely that either a farm bill or an extension will pass before September 30, the day the 2014 farm bill expires. However, it’s important that we call Congress to tell them to prioritize an extension to fund vital farm bill programs, including: Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Program; Outreach for Socially Disadvantaged & Veteran Producer; Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP); and, Farmers’ Market Promotion Program (FMPP).  Call Congress today! Here is a link to find your representative or Senator’s phone numbers. Now is the time to let them know that we need an extension to fund programs that support our work and communities!


Research & Resources
1. Seeking Examples: Affordable Care Act Community Benefit Dollars for Farm to School
NFSN is developing a new resource about how ACA Community Benefit dollars can fund farm to school activities. This is a largely untapped potential funding source for farm to school! Do you have any examples of where this has already happened? If so, please contact policyfellow@farmtoschool.org.

2. EQUITY Racial Equity Framework, The Food Trust
As a part of its statewide Farm to ECE work, The Food Trust’s Ready Set Grow team has developed an equity framework to evaluate planning, decision-making and resource allocation through a racial equity lens. The team is working collaboratively to advance racial equity in outcomes through transformative change. Together, we can promote racial healing, advance equity and co-create a future where all children can thrive. Explore the Equity Framework here.


Job Opportunities
1. Strategic Planning Consultant, National Farm to School Network (Remote)
National Farm to School Network seeks a skilled and experienced professional to facilitate a strategic planning process for the organization that will set the direction of NFSN beyond 2020. The process aims to review gains made during the 2017-2019 phase, retool strategies as needed, create space for innovation to meet the emerging needs of the movement, and plan for organizational stability and sustainability. Read the full Request for Proposals here. Proposals are due no later than Oct. 1, 2018. 

2. Executive Director, The Food Project (Boston, MA)
The Food Project is seeking a new Executive Director to lead the organization into its next, exciting phase. Must be a dynamic, inspirational, collaborative leader with strong experience working across difference. Successful applicants will have a solid understanding of organizational finance, a deep commitment to youth leadership development, proven success in fundraising, and a passion for driving meaningful food system change. Learn more and apply here

3. Student Engagement Coordinator, SFUSD’s Future Dining Experience (San Fransisco, CA)
SFUSD’s Future Dining Experience is hiring a Student Engagement Coordinator to lead and grow the departments School Food Advisory (SFA) program. This is a youth-led group that collaborates with SFUSD’s Student Nutrition Services to elevate the student voice and engage students in reimagining the school dining experience, utilizing the design thinking process. Learn more and apply here


Farm to School in the News
South Dakota campus garden supports school meals
Students at Chadron Intermediate School in South Dakota are beginning to harvest fruits, vegetables and herbs that they began to grow from seeds during the past school year. The harvest from the on-campus garden is being used in the school's meal program. (Rapid City Journal)

Montana ranchers want to see local beef in school lunch program
Four Choteau women are asking community members to work with them to provide locally-grown beef for the Choteau Public Schools hot lunch program. Ranchers Cathy Campbell, Carli Neal and Misti Redland and former rancher Darlene Yeager are working to bring a locally-grown beef program to Choteau Public Schools, patterning this venture after a similar program being used in Winnett Public Schools and other public schools. (Choteau Acantha)

New York dietician brings health and fitness education to preschool children
Registered dietitian Bonnie Schultz uses the "Eat Well, Play Hard" nutrition program to teach young children at child care centers about health and fitness. Schultz's program included bringing in pepper and tomato plants and showing children how to plant them in a raised garden in their play area. (Press-Republican)


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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