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This Week in Farm to School: 7/16/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, July 16, 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. 

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

2. Call for Proposals: 2020 Green Schools Conference and Expo
March 2-4, 2019 // Portland, Oregon
The 2020 Green Schools Conference & Expo is coming to Portland! Mark your calendars for March 2-4. What’s more, you have the chance right now to be part of the conference program. Session proposals are being accepted until July 22nd that focus on what it means to be a green school: efforts to reduce environmental impact, improve health and wellness, increase sustainability literacy, and address whole-school sustainability. This year, bonus points will be given to sessions that address the conference’s four priority topics for 2020: student leadership, career & technical education, climate change education, and equity and inclusion. Read more information and submit your session here.

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

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


Resources & Research
1. Call for Resources: Farm to School/ECE Procurement and Child Nutrition Program Resources  
In partnership with National Center for Appropriate Technology, National Farm to School Network was recently awarded a cooperative agreement with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) to develop a Farm to School Producer Training Program. Our first step is aggregating farm to school/ECE training resources that have content focused on USDA Child Nutrition Programs and local procurement. We are especially interested in content targeted at farmers and producers. Please send any and all relevant resources (name of resource and link) to Jenileigh Harris, NFSN Program Intern, at programs@farmtoschool.org.

2. EQUITY Article: It’s Great That We Talk About ‘Food Deserts’ — But It Might Be Time To Stop
The common belief is that providing low-income neighborhoods with supermarkets will solve food deserts, but studies show this can have little effect. What actually causes food inequality goes beyond location, and extends to bigger structural inequalities around income, education, nutritional knowledge and, importantly, race. Read more here

3. NFSN RESOURCE Farm to ECE Procurement Blog Series 
Early care and education (ECE) sites are leading the way with innovative approaches to connect children and their families to local food and local food producers. National Farm to School Network's Farm to ECE Procurement Blog Series highlights successes and key learnings from farm to ECE programs and partners across the country. Explore the blog series here.


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


Farm to School in the News
Florida farm to school 'revolutionary"
Twenty-nine school gardens, a new 5-acre farm and relationships with local farmers bring fresh produce to Sarasota students. “We have great relationships with their local farmers and they love working with us and providing for the children. It’s really fulfilling for them to know that their products are going right into the schools,” said Carrie McDonald, Sarasota’s farm to school coordinator. (Herald-Tribune)

Georgia elementary school to pilot new agriculture curriculum 
Musical rain catchers, hydroponic vegetable rigs and sensory gardens are among projects planned for new agriculture classes offered at a Bibb County elementary school this fall. Heard Elementary is among 20 elementary schools statewide chosen to pilot a new agriculture curriculum. Carol Dunn, the school’s new agriculture teacher, said she wants her students to understand where their food comes from. (The Telegraph)

In a New York City garden, students grow their community roots and critical consciousness
Iris, a high school student in New York City, took a course aimed at preparing public school students for college. As part of the course, she visited the Park Slope Food Co-op, among the oldest member-owned businesses in the United States. Members work monthly shifts in return for access to affordable, ethically sourced food and goods. Students enrolled in the course—called Community Roots—investigated the larger social, political and historical issues of food and place while gardening and learning about food-related activities. (Science X 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: 7/9/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, July 09, 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. 

Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to School: Farm to Early Care and Education State Strategic Planning 
Thursday, July 11 // 1-2 PM ET
Developing a farm to early care and education (ECE) state strategic plan can facilitate the coordinated growth, expansion, and institutionalization of farm to ECE across the state. Aligning the plan with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Spectrum of Opportunities for State-Level Obesity Prevention Efforts Targeting the Early Care and Education Setting further supports comprehensive integration of farm to ECE into existing ECE systems and structures, which can increase reach and support long-term successes. In this webinar presented by the National Farm to School Network, we’ll learn about the Spectrum of Opportunities from Nora Geary of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and hear from Erin Croom of Georgia Organics and Caliste Chong of Alabama Smart Start about the development, implementation, and impacts of state farm to ECE strategic plans in their states. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.

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

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

4. North Carolina Farm to School Summit
September 20, 2019 // Raleigh, NC
The Farm to School Coalition of NC brings together a dedicated group of farm to school stakeholders that collaborate to expand and strengthen farm to school initiatives across the state. This event serves as an opportunity to strengthen the network of practitioners committed to any and all components of farm to school—from local food purchasing to experiential learning about agriculture, gardening, food, cooking, nutrition and health. Pre-Conference trainings and workshops will take place on September 19, 2019. Learn more here.

5. Food Sovereignty Summit
September 23-26, 2019 // Green Bay, WI
First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) and the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin (Oneida) are co-hosting the national Food Sovereignty Summit, September 23-26, 2019, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Food Sovereignty Summit began in 2013. It is the undisputed national forum for sharing and collaboration to build healthy food systems within Native American communities. Hundreds of attendees come from tribal communities all over that are actively involved in food sovereignty work, including caring for our land, sustaining food systems, and strengthening tribal sovereignty and partnerships between Native nations. Learn more and register here

6. Farms, Food & Health Conference
September 26-29, 2019 // Traverse City, MI
Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities is proud to partner with Munson Healthcare, Great Lakes Culinary Institute of Northwestern Michigan College, and Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District to present the first joint Farms, Food & Health Conference. This event will highlight innovative initiatives, engage a large, diverse audience and provide much-needed technical skill-building for healthcare providers and educators. Early bird registration is now open. Learn more and register here


Resources & Research 
1. Call for Resources: Farm to School/ECE Procurement and Child Nutrition Program Resources  
In partnership with National Center for Appropriate Technology, National Farm to School Network was recently awarded a cooperative agreement with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) to develop a Farm to School Producer Training Program. Our first step is aggregating farm to school/ECE training resources that have content focused on USDA Child Nutrition Programs and local procurement. We are especially interested in content targeted at farmers and producers. Please send any and all relevant resources (name of resource and link) to Jenileigh Harris, NFSN Program Intern, at programs@farmtoschool.org.

2. EQUITY Article: How USDA distorted data to conceal decades of discrimination against black farmers
A New Food Economy investigation found that as recently as 2016, USDA promoted misleading data to depict a fictional renaissance in black farming. That narrative falsely inflated the department's record on civil rights, and ultimately cost black farmers land, money and agency. National Farm to School Network staff have been reading this well-research, long-form article and encourage others to do so to learn about recent, systemic discrimination that directly intersects with farm to school efforts. Read the article here


Policy News
1. Oregon Lawmakers Expand Farm to School Program
Oregon's Farm to School Program is poised to expand after state lawmakers approved a bill tripling the program’s budget. House Bill 2579, which passed both the House and Senate unanimously, will expand funding for the program to nearly $15 million and now include federally funded early childcare and summer food service centers, such as Head Start. Most of the money, $11 million, will go toward grants for schools to purchase Oregon-grown food. Some $2.5 million is set aside for farm and garden-based education grants. $500,000 has been allocated to the Oregon Department of Agriculture to help farmers and ranchers with farm to school market access. The rest of the money is for program evaluation, technical assistance and administrative costs. Congratulations, Oregon! Read more here

2. NFSN RESOURCE State Farm to School Policy Handbook: 2002-2018
National Farm to School Network and the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School are pleased to share their new State Farm to School Policy Handbook: 2002-2018. The Handbook summarizes and analyzes every proposed farm to school bill and resolution introduced between January 1, 2002, and December 31, 2018, from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. It enables readers to search bills by both jurisdiction and topic, and includes analysis of trends, case studies, advocacy resources and more. Explore the State Farm to School Policy Handbook here.


Job Opportunities
1. Farm to School Program Coordinator, Arkansas Agriculture Department (Little Rock, AR) 
The Farm to School and Early Childhood Program Coordinator is responsible for developing and coordinating the statewide farm to school program and for providing technical expertise and assistance to local school food authorities, local farmers, and other institutions and farm to school stakeholders. Application closes July 12. Learn more and apply here

2. Program Leader, Health and Nutrition, University of Minnesota (St. Paul, MN) 
This Program Leader position leads the Health and Nutrition program area in the Extension Center for Family Development. The Program Leader provides leadership for a dynamic team of master’s level Extension Educators located across the state who conduct innovative work through informal education, using both direct education and policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) methodology. PSE efforts include working in partnership with neighborhoods, school districts, food pantries and municipalities. Over half of the families that we serve are new immigrants, culturally diverse, economically diverse, and/or underserved audiences. Learn more and apply here

3. FoodCorps Service Member, Various Locations
FoodCorps is currently accepting service member applications for the following states: Connecticut, Iowa, DC Metro, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, and North Carolina. Learn more and apply here

4. Executive Director, Gallatin Valley Farm to School (Montana) 
Gallatin Valley Farm to School is hiring an Executive Director. The Executive Director is a professional position that is accountable to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the management and oversight of all aspects of GVF2S programs and business operations. The Executive Director leads innovation and strategic growth toward accomplishing the mission of the organization, and acts to create the long-term success of GVF2S. Learn more and apply here


Farm to School in the News
Alabama students get delivery of fresh corn
The smell of sweet corn filled the lunchroom at Carbon Hill Elementary/Jr. High School Tuesday, and students had the opportunity to meet the farmer who grew it. Deemed "Sweet Corn Day," around 60 students in the school's summer program were served corn from McKenzie Farm & Forest. (Daily Mountain Eagle)

How hydroponic school gardens in New York can cultivate food justice, year-round
After a full day of school a few weeks ago, 12-year-old Rose Quigley donned gloves and quickly picked bunches of fresh lettuce, Swiss chard, kale, mint and oregano. But she didn't have to leave her school in Brooklyn, N.Y., or even go outdoors to do it. The vegetables never stop coming because the crops are grown hydroponically. The students provide weekly produce for their cafeteria's salad bar and other dishes. (NPR)

"Farm to summer" program teaches Idaho students about agriculture
An Idaho school district is partnering with the state's Department of Agriculture for its "farm-to-summer" program, in which students learn more about the fruits and vegetables produced in the state while getting a free lunch. The program serves about 1,700 lunches a day. (KMVT

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

This Week in Farm to School: 7/2/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, July 02, 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. 

Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to School: Farm to Early Care and Education State Strategic Planning 
Thursday, July 11 // 1-2 PM ET
Developing a farm to early care and education (ECE) state strategic plan can facilitate the coordinated growth, expansion, and institutionalization of farm to ECE across the state. Aligning the plan with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Spectrum of Opportunities for State-Level Obesity Prevention Efforts Targeting the Early Care and Education Setting further supports comprehensive integration of farm to ECE into existing ECE systems and structures, which can increase reach and support long-term successes. In this webinar presented by the National Farm to School Network, we’ll learn about the Spectrum of Opportunities from Nora Geary of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and hear from Erin Croom of Georgia Organics and Caliste Chong of Alabama Smart Start about the development, implementation, and impacts of state farm to ECE strategic plans in their states. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.

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

3. EQUITY Webinar: Measuring Racial Equity in the Food System: Established and Suggested Metrics
Tuesday, July 16 // 3-4 PM ET
The Racial Equity in Food Systems Working Group (REFS) is a national workgroup coordinated by the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems. The webinar will provide an introduction to the newly published guide, Measuring Racial Equity in the Food System: Established and Suggested Metrics, including examples of metrics in four different themes and ways the guide can be used. Following this introduction, two food system leaders will share how they are using data and metrics to drive system change. There will be time in the webinar for questions, comments, and suggestions for related resources. Register here

4. Webinar: Keeping up with Reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act
Tuesday, July 9 //  3-4 PM EDT
Join the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future Food Policy Networks project for a panel discussion with policy experts (including Chloe Marshall, NFSN Policy Specialist) on the process for reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act. This important act legislates school meal and child nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch Program and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and was last reauthorized in 2010 in the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act. Learn about the process for reauthorization, what is to come in the next few months, and how food policy councils can engage in the reauthorization process. Register here

5. Louisiana Farm to School Conference
October 22-23, 2019  // Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The Louisiana Farm to School Program will host the annual Louisiana Farm to School Conference on October 23, 2019 at the Pennington Biomedical Conference Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. During their time in the Bayou State, stakeholders will attend a special "Meet the Buyer, Greet the Grower" event to kick off the conference and explore networking opportunities between farmers and school nutrition staff. Some of the hot topics for this event will include school gardening challenges, barriers of farm to school, and sourcing local foods in school. Save the date and make a trip to attend! Learn more here

6. 2019 Maine Farm to School Conference
October 4, 2019  // Hinckley/Clinton, Maine
With the 2019 conference theme of "Innovations in Farm to School", stakeholders from across the state of Maine and beyond will convene for a full day of learning, best practice sharing, and networking. This event will be hosted at the Kennebec Valley Community College's Alfond Campus from 8:30 AM - 5 PM. Learn more here


Research & Resources
1. Call for Resources: Farm to School/ECE Procurement and Child Nutrition Program Resources  
In partnership with National Centers for Appropriate Technology, National Farm to School Network was recently awarded a cooperative agreement with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) to develop a Farm to School Producer Training Program. Our first step is aggregating farm to school/ECE training resources that have content focused on USDA Child Nutrition Programs and local procurement. We are especially interested in content targeted at farmers and producers. Please send any and all relevant resources (name of resource and link) to Jenileigh Harris, NFSN Program Intern, at programs@farmtoschool.org.

2. EQUITY Boston Brings Sustainability, Equity to Its Food Purchasing
In March, the Boston City Council unanimously passed a good food purchasing program (GFPP) ordinance. Serving 11.1 million meals annually with an $18 million food budget, Boston Public Schools (BPS) is the city’s biggest food purchaser, and the GFPP will lead to big changes in BPS’s school lunch menus. What stands out about Boston’s policy is that it not only requires the city to procure sustainably grown food, consider animal welfare and the local economy, but also to focus on racial equity in the food chain during the purchasing process. "This policy is so transformative because it impacts all of those concerns at every step—serving nutritious food that’s been grown sustainably and harvested by workers who are treated with dignity as much as possible.” Read more on Civil Eats


Policy News
1. Farm to School Act of 2019 Introduced in Congress
The Farm to School Act of 2019 has been introduced in Congress with bipartisan support by legislative champions Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), David Perdue (R-GA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) and Representatives Marcia Fudge (D-OH ) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE). The Farm to School Act of 2019 builds on the success of the farm to school movement by proposing an increase in funding from $5 million to $15 million for the USDA Farm to School Grant Program. The bill would also: increase the maximum grant award to $250,000; prioritize grant proposals that engage beginning, veteran and socially disadvantaged farmers and serve high-need schools; fully include early care and education sites, summer food service sites and afterschool programs; and, increase access among Native and tribal schools to traditional foods, especially from tribal producers. Tell Congress you support the Farm to School Act of 2019 by signing a letter of support on behalf of your organization. Individuals can sign up here to receive campaign updates and alerts for important action opportunities. Join us in making sure Congress knows that farm to school is a powerful tool for supporting our kids, our farmers and our communities! To learn more, download this fact sheet and visit farmtoschool.org/cnr2019


Job Opportunities
1. Executive Director, Gallatin Valley Farm to School (Montana) 
Gallatin Valley Farm to School is hiring an Executive Director. The Executive Director is a professional position that is accountable to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the management and oversight of all aspects of GVF2S programs and business operations. The Executive Director leads innovation and strategic growth toward accomplishing the mission of the organization, and acts to create the long-term success of GVF2S. Learn more here

2. Garden Coordinator, Green Plate Special (Washington)
Green Plate Special (GPS) is hiring a Garden Coordinator. GPS is a rapidly growing organization that offers seed-to-table programs serving youth ages 9-14. This is an excellent opportunity for a strong organic gardener/farmer with experience working with youth in an educational setting. This position is geared for someone who is committed to inspiring young people to experience food in new ways and interested in joining a small team with big ambitions. Learn more here

3. Resident District Manager, Sodexo Schools (Massachusetts)
Sodexo Schools is seeking a Resident District Manager to oversee food operation for the Springfield Public Schools District, serving over 60 schools. The successful candidate will have strong leadership and client relations skills and possess the ability to balance multiple priorities simultaneously. Springfield Public Schools District recently completed a new commissary with the stated intention of processing and serving local food - this a great opportunity to grow new farm to school efforts. Learn more here


Farm to School in the News
Maoloha on the move in Hawaii
The first time Malama Kauai fired up their new kitchen trailer was in November, on the grounds of Kawaikini Public Charter School. Since then, the school’s second-grade class named has named the trailer “Maoloha,” after the large-meshed nets used at Hawaiian makahiki ceremonies. It represents the trailer’s purpose in feeding the community. (The Garden Island)

How a garden is helping Illinois students learn English
When it comes to mastering a new language, it's often best to learn by doing. That's the real reason English Language Learners teacher Melissa Eaton planted a garden at Cowlishaw Elementary School in Naperville. (Daily Herald)

Building a garden to offer Pennsylvania students healthy eating options
A group of students and volunteers got together in Schuylkill County to put the finishing touches on a huge garden. It's designed to offer students healthier eating options, but it will also benefit the public. "I think it's terrific. It is very important that we teach our children about being able to grow plants and learning to plant and be self-sufficient and harvest what we grow," said Mary Anne Woodward, North Schuylkill School Board. (WNEP ABC)

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: 6/25/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, June 25, 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. 

Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to School: Farm to Early Care and Education State Strategic Planning 
Thursday, July 11 // 1-2 PM ET
Developing a farm to early care and education (ECE) state strategic plan can facilitate the coordinated growth, expansion, and institutionalization of farm to ECE across the state. Aligning the plan with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Spectrum of Opportunities for State-Level Obesity Prevention Efforts Targeting the Early Care and Education Setting further supports comprehensive integration of farm to ECE into existing ECE systems and structures, which can increase reach and support long-term successes. In this webinar presented by the National Farm to School Network, we’ll learn about the Spectrum of Opportunities from Nora Geary of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and hear from Erin Croom of Georgia Organics and Caliste Chong of Alabama Smart Start about the development, implementation, and impacts of state farm to ECE strategic plans in their states. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.

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

3. EQUITY Webinar: Measuring Racial Equity in the Food System: Established and Suggested Metrics
Tuesday, July 16 // 3-4 PM ET
The Racial Equity in Food Systems Working Group (REFS) is a national workgroup coordinated by the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems. The webinar will provide an introduction to the newly published guide, Measuring Racial Equity in the Food System: Established and Suggested Metrics, including examples of metrics in four different themes and ways the guide can be used. Following this introduction, two food system leaders will share how they are using data and metrics to drive system change. There will be time in the webinar for questions, comments, and suggestions for related resources. Register here

4. Webinar: Maryland Farm to School - Economic Feasibility Study
Friday, June 28 // 9-12 PM ET
The Maryland Department of Agriculture will host a webinar on June 28 from 9 a.m. to noon to present the Maryland Farm to School economic feasibility study. The webinar will focus on best practices for launching and successfully leveraging a purchasing cooperative for Farm-to-School program purchases. To register for the webinar, please email your full name, title, affiliation, email address and phone number to BEACON@salisbury.edu.

5. NFSN EVENT Save the Date: 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
April 20-24, 2020 // Albuquerque, New Mexico
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 20-24, 2020! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene a diverse group of food service professionals, farmers, educators, students, representatives from nonprofits and government agencies, public health professionals and more to learn, network, and strengthen this important movement. Are you passionate about supporting local agriculture and fostering a culture of food literacy in your community? This event is for you. Visit farmtoschool.org/conference to learn more and start making plans to join us in Albuquerque!


Resources & Research
1. Call for Resources: Farm to School/ECE Procurement and Child Nutrition Program Resources  
National Farm to School Network is in the process of aggregating farm to school/farm to early care and education procurement resources and training resources providing information about USDA Child Nutrition Programs for an upcoming project. We are especially interested in content targeted at farmers and producers. Please send any and all relevant resources (name of resource and link) to Jenileigh Harris, NFSN Program Intern, at programs@farmtoschool.org

2. Online Training: Straw Bale Gardening in Child Nutrition Programs
Straw Bale Gardening in Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) course is a new online training added to the California Department of Education CNP Course Catalog. This online training is 37 minutes long and reviews the benefits of a straw bale garden in comparison to traditional gardening techniques. It will walk you step by step through the process of conditioning a straw bale so that it’s ready for planting. It also covers the supplies needed and costs to create a straw bale garden, lessons learned from a first time straw bale gardener, and numerous photographs to inspire you. Learn more here


Policy News
1. NFSN RESOURCE State Farm to School Policy Handbook: 2002-2018
National Farm to School Network and the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School are pleased to announce the release of the State Farm to School Policy Handbook: 2002-2018. The Handbook summarizes and analyzes every proposed farm to school bill and resolution introduced between January 1, 2002, and December 31, 2018, from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. It enables readers to search bills by both jurisdiction and topic, and includes analysis of trends, case studies, advocacy resources and more. Explore the State Farm to School Policy Handbook here.

2. Pennsylvania House passes legislation supporting PA Farm to School Grant Program
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a package of legislation to provide continued support for and investments in the state’s agricultural industry. In this package of legislation, House Bill 1514 was approved authorizing the creation of PA Farm to School Grant Program to improve childhood nutrition while increasing agriculture education for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students. Learn more here

3. Massachusetts Report & Case Studies: Public Investment in Farm to School - Lessons from State Policies
Massachusetts Farm to School has released two new resources: “Public Investment in Farm to School: Lessons from State Policies” and a complementary set of case studies titled “The Benefits of Farm to School: Economic, Health, and Educational Impacts in Three Massachusetts Districts.” The report summarizes research conducted by MFTS in 2018 on state level policies designed to incentivize farm to school activity. The report was intended to provide an objective survey on state laws and regulations in order to prepare Massachusetts stakeholders for developing a state-level advocacy campaign. The case studies highlight three school districts – Chicopee, Somerville, and Webster – with very different but successful farm to school programs and demonstrate the impact small investments can have on catalyzing new farm to school activity. Learn more here

4. New Michigan 10 Cents a Meal for School Kids & Farms Resources
Several new resources are available about Michigan's 10 Cents a Meal for School Kids & Farms program, including: a new info-graphic one-pager that puts in graphic form some of the headings and bullets of this legislative report; a new one-pager on 10 Cents agriculture impacts; and, a blog post on where 10 Cents is at in the legislative process. Learn more at tencentsmichigan.org


Farm to School in the News
Montana FFA Takes Learning to a New Level
A new FFA program is making headlines by launching a student-run farm and meat processing lab, providing its students with a one-of-a-kind educational opportunity to truly experience the entire livestock production cycle. “On our farm, once an animal is ready for slaughter, we send them off and that is the end of the learning for our kids,” Andres says. “But by building this state-inspected meat processing plant, we can now complete the entire food cycle right here on our school farm.” (Drovers)

New York Students Get Crash Course in Farming
New York Agricultural Commissioner Richard Ball invited New York City students to his upstate farm to grow squash, to give them a glimpse of how food makes the journey from seed to harvest and beyond. Seneca County CCE educators have embarked on a similar project with all four county school districts thanks to a Farm to School grant. Called Seed to Harvest, students across the county have been planting butternut squash seeds to grow over the summer. In the fall the items will be harvested and hopefully served in school cafeterias. (Finger Lakes Times)

Illinois School Ag Program Expands to Feature Barn and Sensory Garden
Students and teachers worked in the garden plots alongside the school, while others admired the new barn and paddock behind the school, where small farm animals will be housed both for the 4H program and for the Ag Academy. The sensory garden, for example, is designed specifically for the students who can't see, or hear, or have some disability, with different textures and smells and sights and sounds so that all of those students can enjoy it. (Herald & Review)

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: 6/18/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, June 18, 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. 

Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to School: Farm to Early Care and Education State Strategic Planning 
Thursday, July 11 // 1-2 PM ET
Developing a farm to early care and education (ECE) state strategic plan can facilitate the coordinated growth, expansion, and institutionalization of farm to ECE across the state. Aligning the plan with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Spectrum of Opportunities for State-Level Obesity Prevention Efforts Targeting the Early Care and Education Setting further supports comprehensive integration of farm to ECE into existing ECE systems and structures, which can increase reach and support long-term successes. In this webinar presented by the National Farm to School Network, we’ll learn about the Spectrum of Opportunities from Nora Geary of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and hear from Erin Croom of Georgia Organics and Caliste Chong of Alabama Smart Start about the development, implementation, and impacts of state farm to ECE strategic plans in their states. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.

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

3. EQUITY Webinar: Measuring Racial Equity in the Food System: Established and Suggested Metrics
Tuesday, July 16 // 3-4 PM ET
The Racial Equity in Food Systems Working Group (REFS) is a national workgroup coordinated by the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems. The webinar will provide an introduction to the newly published guide, Measuring Racial Equity in the Food System: Established and Suggested Metrics, including examples of metrics in four different themes and ways the guide can be used. Following this introduction, two food system leaders will share how they are using data and metrics to drive system change. There will be time in the webinar for questions, comments, and suggestions for related resources. Register here

4. Webinar: National Farm to Institution Metrics Collaborative Webinar Series: Cultivate Michigan – Reflections and Lessons
Tuesday, June 25 // 3:30-4 PM ET
In this new series, each webinar will feature a different Collaborative member and a tool or program they have used to measure farm to institution efforts. In the next webinar in this series, Colleen Matts, Farm to Institution Specialist with the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems and Coordinator of the Michigan Farm to Institution Network (MFIN), will reflect on Cultivate Michigan, a member-based campaign launched with the network in 2014. Designed to help member institutions find, buy, promote, and track more local foods as they work toward the Michigan Good Food Charter goal of 20% Michigan foods by 2020, Cultivate Michigan has also proven to be an important platform for communication, gathering information, and network organizing. Register here

5. 27th Annual Children and Youth Garden Symposium
July 10-13, 2019 // Madison, WI
The 2019 event will take place July 10-13 in Madison, Wisconsin, hosted by Community Groundworks, the University of Wisconsin’s Environmental Design Lab, and the Wisconsin School Garden Network. At the core of the symposium are peer-led educational sessions that focus on relevant, thought-provoking topics, provide attendees with practical knowledge and skills, and appeal to attendees representing a variety of experience levels, educational settings, and youth audiences. Learn more here.

6. Green Schools Conference
August 1, 2019 // Milwaukee, WI
The Green Schools Conference provides inspirational examples of green & healthy schools and eco-literacy in the Milwaukee area. Attendees have an opportunity to connect with schools and supporting organizations through presentations, workshops, an exhibitor hall, school and garden tours, and networking opportunities. The conference is open to all and is an excellent opportunity to get engaged with green & healthy schools! Learn more here.


Resources & Research
1. NFSN RESOURCE State Farm to School Policy Handbook: 2002-2018
National Farm to School Network and the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School are pleased to announce the release of the State Farm to School Policy Handbook: 2002-2018. The Handbook summarizes and analyzes every proposed farm to school bill and resolution introduced between January 1, 2002, and December 31, 2018, from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. It enables readers to search bills by both jurisdiction and topic, and includes analysis of trends, case studies, advocacy resources and more. Explore the State Farm to School Policy Handbook here.


Policy News
1. Kids Eat Local Act Introduced in Congress
The Kids Eat Local Act (H.R. 3220, S. 1817) was introduced in Congress last week by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) and Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Josh Harder (D-CA), and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE). By including the Kids Eat Local Act in the next Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization, schools would be given a new, easier to use local product specification option through which they could specify “locally grown,” “locally raised” or “locally caught” in their procurement language, and then make the award to the lowest bidder who can meet that product specification. The addition of local product specification would substantially improve opportunities for local producers by providing more flexibility for school districts. National Farm to School Network and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition thank the bill sponsors in both the Senate and House for introducing the Kids Eat Local Act and paving the way for increased healthy food in schools and new economic opportunities for local farmers. Learn more here

2. Minesota's Farm to School Bill Signed
Minenesota helps kids, farmers, and communities win with the recent signing of the Farm to School and Early Care Act. This bill dedicates up to $400,000 for Farm to School initiatives that will help bring fresh, healthy foods to Minnesota children and supports the creation of a marketing position that will help farmers and school districts build the needed relationships. Learn more here


Job Opportunities
1. Community Food Systems Program Manager, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension (Wisconsin)
The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension seeks applicants for the Community Food Systems Program Manager position. The Community Food Systems Program Manager works with faculty, staff, and partners to develop needed community food systems program activities and manages the Community Food Systems Extension Program. This position manages and supports outreach educational programs designed to build the capacity of community residents, leaders, organizations and First Nations to build and enhance place-based food systems to improve community health and well-being. Learn more here


Farm to School in the News
Young Children in Alaska Can Grow A lot in One Square Foot of Dirt
One square foot of dirt sounds like a small amount of space, but children at Ray’s Child Care and Learning Center in the Mat-Su Valley are making the most of it. Children at the center are growing vegetables, herbs and flowers in their own one square-foot garden box. “Farm to ECE activities set up young children for a lifetime of healthy habits,” said Johanna Herron with the Alaska Division of Agriculture. “It helps kids develop an appreciation for local food; knowledge of good food choices; and a connection to their environment, land, and their community.” (Alaska.gov)

Virginia students channel their inner chef at Farm to Table Cooking Camp
Area children can expand their palates and develop their social skills at a Farm to Table Cooking Camp. This experience includes children making their own meals throughout the day from fresh ingredients as they do farm chores and take part in numerous hands-on activities. (The Roanoke Times)

Sarasota County Schools Celebrate Florida Food
Students in central Florida schools spent a day full of exposure to their statewide food system. A long-term goal of this event is to expose young people to the wide variety of foods grown in Florida. The hope is that students will become familiar with and accustomed to reaching for these healthy foods, and take those habits with them as they enter adulthood. (Central Florida Ag 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: 6/11/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, June 11, 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. 

 

National Farm to School Network News
1. NCAT and NFSN Awarded USDA Cooperative Agreement
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and National Farm to School Network (NFSN) are pleased to share their partnership with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) to develop farm to school trainings for agricultural producers. This three-year cooperative agreement was announced by OCFS on May 21. The goal of the project is to help agricultural producers build their capacity to launch or expand efforts to market to schools. NCAT and NSFN will conduct a needs assessment among agricultural producers in collaboration with state agencies, develop curricula, and execute trainings that use a tiered, train-the-trainer approach. Read the full announcement here.

2. Lacy Stephens selected as 2019 Bloomberg Fellow
The Bloomberg American Health Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has announced its 2019 cohort of Bloomberg Fellows, each drawn from an organization working on health challenges facing the nation. Congratulations to Lacy Stephens, Program Manager at the National Farm to School Network, for being selected as a 2019 Fellow! Fellows receive a full scholarship to earn an MPH or DrPH, then use their new skills with the organizations for which they already work to continue tackling some of the toughest challenges facing US communities. Read more here.


Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Kick off the Summer with Farm to Head Start and Early Care and Education
Tuesday, June 18 // 2PM ET
How can a Farm to Head Start/ECE partnership help your program serve fresh, local food? Learn how it works through presentations from national experts and Head Start program examples. This interactive webinar is brought to you by: USDA, Food and Nutrition Service, Office of Head Start, and National Farm to School Network. Primary Audience: Head Start staff, child care and CACFP providers, and State agency CACFP and Head Start staff. Please spread the news about this webinar! Register here

2. EQUITY Webinar: Measuring Racial Equity in the Food System
July 16 // 3-4 PM ET
The webinar will provide an introduction to the newly published guide, Measuring Racial Equity in the Food System: Established and Suggested Metrics, including examples of metrics in four different themes and ways the guide can be used. Following this introduction, two food system leaders will share how they are using data and metrics to drive system change. There will be time in the webinar for questions, comments, and suggestions for related resources. This webinar is sponsored by the Racial Equity in Food Systems Working Group (REFS), a national workgroup coordinated by the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems. Register here.

3. American Horticultural Society's National Children Youth and Garden Symposium
July 10-13, 2019 // Madison, Wisconsin
The American Horticultural Society is hosting the National Children and Youth Garden Symposium, a three-day long symposium for educators, non-profit professionals and others working with children and youth in garden-based settings across the country. At this event, held on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, the focus will be on providing the next generation the knowledge and tools to create a sustainable environmental future and finding ways to maintain and grow gardens with programs that nurture the youth. NCYGS will explore innovative sustainable gardening curriculum and practices, exploring "green" career resources, and highlighting model partnerships for attracting the human, financial, and intellectual capital needed to sustain youth gardening endeavors. Learn more here.

4. 2019 Maine Farm to School Conference
October 4, 2019  // Hinckley/Clinton, Maine
With the 2019 conference theme of "Innovations in Farm to School", stakeholders from across the state of Maine and beyond will convene for a full day of learning, best practice sharing, and networking. This event will be hosted at the Kennebec Valley Community College's Alfond Campus from 8:30 AM - 5 PM. Learn more here

5. Louisiana Farm to School Conference
October 22-23, 2019  // Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The Louisiana Farm to School Program will host the annual Louisiana Farm to School Conference on October 23, 2019 at the Pennington Biomedical Conference Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. During their time in the Bayou State, stakeholders will attend a special "Meet the Buyer, Greet the Grower" event to kick off the conference and explore networking opportunities between farmers and school nutrition staff. Some of the hot topics for this event will include school gardening challenges, barriers of farm to school, and sourcing local foods in school. Save the date and make a trip to attend! Learn more here

6. NFSN EVENT Save the Date: 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
April 20-24, 2020 // Albuquerque, New Mexico
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 20-24, 2020! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene a diverse group of food service professionals, farmers, educators, students, representatives from nonprofits and government agencies, public health professionals and more to learn, network, and strengthen this important movement. Are you passionate about supporting local agriculture and fostering a culture of food literacy in your community? This event is for you. Visit farmtoschool.org/conference to learn more and start making plans to join us in Albuquerque!


Job Opportunities
1. NFSN JOB Senior Director, Programs & Policy, National Farm to School Network (Remote) 
The Senior Director of Programs and Policy will lead the strategic direction of programming and policy advocacy aimed at institutionalizing farm to school in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. Territories. Responsibilities include successful implementation of programs and policy activities with an eye towards innovation, oversight of Core and Supporting Partner engagement and capacity building, and cultivation of strategic partnerships with national organizations and federal agencies to advance National Farm to School Network's mission. Learn more here


Farm to School in the News
New York school greenhouse advances agricultural learning, access to fresh food
School district officials unveiled Greenport’s first-ever outdoor greenhouse Friday to grow and harvest “hundreds of pounds” of fresh produce, officials said. The 20-by-50-foot structure west of the school building was created with help from a New York State Farm to School grant. “Ask a kid if he or she likes kale? No way. But if he or she grows the kale, ‘That’s my kale, and I grew this!’ There’s that wonderful relationship between farmer and food.” (The Suffolk Times)

Colorado school district turns old buses into mobile cafes to feed students during summer
In the past, the school provided lunches at school cafeterias during the summer, but getting to the school was a challenge for many students. Therefore, school officials decided to transform buses going out of service into bright, mobile cafés. “It is a small gesture, but it has a huge impact,” Bennett says. (ABC Actions News)

Pizza, hamburgers and ... local broccoli? School lunch in Arizona
Tucson Unified School District's farm to school program has brought locally-grown lettuce, asian pears and broccoli to students at different grade levels. “I’ve noticed this misconception that the farm to school program is just about giving students an opportunity to know what a local carrot looks like. And although that’s part of it, it’s also about educating adults about our food system, about where food comes from, the challenges of growing food." (Arizona Public Media

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: 6/4/19

Anna Mullen Tuesday, June 04, 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. 

 

Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics In Farm to School: Child Nutrition Reauthorization and Federal Policy Advocacy - How You Can Get Involved
Thursday, June 6 // 1 PM ET
The next Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) is at the forefront of food policy discussions in Washington. A diverse community of voices should be heard in policymaking, but do you find it challenging to get involved? Join Chloe Marshall, National Farm to School Network Policy Specialist, to learn about CNR and how you can advocate with impact! Participation in this webinar in not considered lobbying. Register here

2. Webinar: Campus Dining 201: Trends, Challenges & Opportunities for Farm to College in New England
Wednesday, June 12 // 2PM ET
There are 200 colleges and universities with dining services in New England. Farm to Institution New England (FINE) estimates that those campuses spend between $110 million and $115 million dollars annually on local food. This webinar will highlight some of the key recommendations in FINE's Campus Dining 201: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities for Farm to College in New England report, and then feature two examples of work already being done to address those recommendations on campuses in New England. Register here

3. Webinar: Kick off the Summer with Farm to Head Start and Early Care and Education
Tuesday, June 18 // 2PM ET
How can a Farm to Head Start/ECE partnership help your program serve fresh, local food? Learn how it works through presentations from national experts and Head Start program examples. This interactive webinar is brought to you by: USDA, Food and Nutrition Service, Office of Head Start, and National Farm to School Network.Primary Audience: Head Start staff, child care and CACFP providers, and State agency CACFP and Head Start staff : Please spread the news about this webinar! Register here.

4. School Garden Support Organization Leadership Institute
January 19-24, 2020 // Santa Cruz, CA
Hosted by Life Lab in partnership with Whole Kids Foundation, join 20 other School Garden Support Organization teams from across the nation to strengthen your organization’s goal of enhancing professional development and ongoing support for school garden programs in your region. Application deadline: August 2, 2020. Learn more here

5. Save the Date: 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
April 20-24, 2020 // Albuquerque, New Mexico
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 20-24, 2020! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene a diverse group of food service professionals, farmers, educators, students, representatives from nonprofits and government agencies, public health professionals and more to learn, network, and strengthen this important movement. Are you passionate about supporting local agriculture and fostering a culture of food literacy in your community? This event is for you. Visit farmtoschool.org/conference to learn more and start making plans to join us in Albuquerque!


Resources & Research 
1. Call for Information: Farm to ECE State Survey/Evaluation Tools and Data
In recent years many states have conducted state level farm to ECE surveys and assessments. We are working to compile these tools and data to serve as a resource for others and supplement our learnings from the 2018 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey. If you have state farm to ECE survey/evaluation tools and data to share, please send to Lacy Stephens, NFSN Program Manager, at lacy@farmtoschool.org

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


Policy News
1. Minnesota legislators fund farm-to-school initiative
A final omnibus agriculture policy bill passed by Minnesota legislators last week included a $400,000 fund that can be used to reimburse schools that purchase local foods, and tasks a position at the state Agriculture Department with helping farmers and schools connect, among other duties. Read more about this state policy win here


Job Opportunities
1. Senior Director, Programs & Policy, National Farm to School Network (Remote) 
The Senior Director of Programs and Policy will lead the strategic direction of programming and policy advocacy aimed at institutionalizing farm to school in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. Territories. Responsibilities include successful implementation of programs and policy activities with an eye towards innovation, oversight of Core and Supporting Partner engagement and capacity building, and cultivation of strategic partnerships with national organizations and federal agencies to advance National Farm to School Network's mission. Learn more here

2. Executive Director, Edible Schoolyard Kern County (Bakersfield, CA)
The Grimm Family Education Foundation is seeking a new Executive Director, to work in collaboration with the Foundation President, to create and implement a multi-year program development plan for Edible Schoolyard Kern County. This plan will be aligned with the Foundation’s and Grimmway Schools’ existing strategic plan for all ESY programs. Learn more here


Farm to School in the News
North Carolina farm teaches low-income kids about food deserts - and self-sufficiency
Sankofa Farms has developed a curriculum to teach 11-16 year old students about everything from team work to the problem of food deserts, plus beekeeping, chicken coop mending, operating tractors, tilling the land and building animal pens, to name a few duties. “They’re doing this because they love the work and they want to see changes in their community." (Forbes)

Kentucky schools serve local food in summer meal program
This summer, Bowling Green Independent School District will be serving locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, such as strawberries and watermelon from Need More Acres farm in Allen County, as part of its summer meal program. (Bowling Green Daily News

From butternut squash to candy cane beets, students dig into Michigan-fresh foods
Now in their second year of the state-funded 10-Cent Grant program, Thornapple Kellogg Schools dining staff have been serving up fresh, locally-sourced fruits and vegetables to students in West Michigan. Each month, a different Michigan food is featured across the district. Through the 10-Cent Grant, schools receive matching incentive funding up to 10 cents per meal to purchase and serve Michigan-grown fruits, vegetables and legumes. (School News Network

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: 5/28/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, May 28, 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. Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program
Due: June 4
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests applications for the Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program (FASLP) for fiscal year 2019 to increase knowledge of agriculture and improve the nutritional health of children. The anticipated amount available to fund grants under this authority in FY 2019 is approximately $869,498. FASLP is intended to increase the knowledge of agriculture and improve the nutritional health of children and to bring together stakeholders from the distinct parts of the food system. The initiative is part of a broader effort to not only increase access to school meals for low-income children, but also to dramatically improve their quality. Learn more here.


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Farm to School Resource Roundup: Resources for Implementing State Farm to School Strategies
Wednesday, May 29 // 3 PM ET    
Responding to the rapid growth and interest in farm to school, the National Farm to School Network’s 2017-2019 Strategic Plan prioritizes building the capacity of its partners to advance farm to school at the state level through three complementary strategies: (1) state farm to school networks, (2) state farm to school positions at state agencies and university Extension offices, and (3) state farm to school policies. To support these efforts, the National Farm to School Network (NFSN) has developed an accompanying resource for each of the three strategies:
Join the National Farm to School Network and special guest State Farm to Vermont Law School, coauthors of the State Farm to School Policy Handbook,  to learn more about these resources and how to apply these strategies in your state. Register here
 
2. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics In Farm to School: Child Nutrition Reauthorization and Federal Policy Advocacy - How You Can Get Involved
Thursday, June 6 // 1 PM ET
The next Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) is at the forefront of food policy discussions in Washington. A diverse community of voices should be heard in policymaking, but do you find it challenging to get involved? Join Chloe Marshall, National Farm to School Network Policy Specialist, to learn about CNR and how you can advocate with impact! Participation in this webinar in not considered lobbying. Register here

3. Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group 2019 Call for Proposals
Deadline: June 8
The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) is seeking engaging session proposals for the 2019 conference. The conference will be held in Jersey City, NJ November 7-9. They look for sessions that tackle systemid issues of inequity in the food system with engaging activities and presentations that prioritize the leadership and voices of the most impacted by the issue discussed. Learn more here.


Research & Resources
1. Call for Information: Farm to ECE State Survey/Evaluation Tools and Data
In recent years many states have conducted state level farm to ECE surveys and assessments. We are working to compile these tools and data to serve as a resource for others and supplement our learnings from the 2018 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey. If you have state farm to ECE survey/evaluation tools and data to share, please send to Lacy Stephens, NFSN Program Manager, at lacy@farmtoschool.org

2. EQUITY Now Available in Spanish: Local Food for Little Eaters: A Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Guide to Local Food Purchasing
The MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is pleased to announce Spanish translations of Local Food for Little Eaters: A Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Guide to Local Food Purchasing and profiles of successful farm to Migrant & Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) programs nationwide. This guide gives step-by-step instructions and interactive tools that MSHS programs can use to begin purchasing and using more local foods. Download the Spanish translation here.


Job Opportunities
1. Strategy & Partnerships Coordinator, FoodCorps (New York, NY)
FoodCorps seeks a Strategy and Partnerships Coordinator to join our growing team. The Strategy and Partnerships Coordinator will provide increased efficiency across FoodCorps’ work on systems change through strong management of logistics and projects. Learn more and apply here.


Farm to School in the News
Mississippi middle school students sell veggies to the community from student-led garden
Jackson State University partnered with Blackburn Middle School to dig up their very first Learning Garden. Students displayed their hard work, sharing their fresh vegetables with the community. (WLBT 3)

How Black Farmers Are Trying To End Centuries Of Racism In America’s Food System
As a broader national reparations debate plays out, there are calls for the consideration of a more specific population: black farmers. (Huff Post)

Pennsylvania schools make meals more environmentally conscious
Some school districts in Pennsylvania are creating more environmentally conscious menus by buying local produce and meats, and planting gardens and orchards. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Can We Stop Kids From Being Shamed Over School Lunch Debt?
School lunches carry a small price tag, but for low-income families the cost can add up - and despite efforts to stop lunch shaming, some schools punish children who can’t pay. (Civil Eats)

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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