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This Week in farm to school: 1/24/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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. NEA Foundation: Grants to Educators 
The NEA Foundation is providing mini-grants for projects and programs that can support STEM learning, such a urban farming and other farm to school activities. Deadlines for applications are due Feb. 1, June 1, and Oct. 15. Learn more here

2. Carton 2 Garden 2017 Contest
Evergreen Packaging and KidsGardening.org are proud to present its third annual national Carton 2 Garden Contest. Open to public and private schools, contest winners will be selected based on their implementation of an innovative garden creation featuring creative and sustainable uses for repurposed milk and juice cartons. Fourteen entries will be selected to receive award packages for their efforts. Submissions are due April 12, 2017. Learn more here


Webinars & Events
1. Life Lab: Educator Workshops at the Garden Classroom
Santa Cruz, Calif. 
Life Lab offers trainings and workshops for educators in their Garden Classroom on the UCSC CASFS Farm. Upcoming trainings this spring and summer include: Next Generation Science in the Garden (Grades K-5), Common Core in the Garden (Grades K-6), The Growing Classroom (Grades K-6) and Growing Seeds of Wonder (PreK-K). Learn more and find additional training opportunities here

2. Save the Date: Georgia Farm to School Summit
Oct. 5-6 // Augusta, Georgia 
Save the Date! The 6th Georgia Farm to School Summit will be held Oct.5-6, 2017 at Helms College in Augusta, GA. Engage in a variety of farm to school and early care sessions and workshops, tour dynamic school gardens and educational farms, and network with farm to school and early care leaders from across our state. Registration will open in April 2017. Learn more here


Resources
1. Recording Now Available: January NFSN Farm to ECE Webinar
Exploring the Good Food, Great Kids Project
A recording of NFSN's January Farm to ECE Webinar is now available. This webinar explores lessons learned and best practices gleaned from pfc Social Impact Advisors's new series of farm to ECE case studies and policy report. Speakers including John Sherman, Senior Managing Director with pfc Social Impact Advisors, and the team at Norris Square Community Alliance, one of the feature case studies. Watch the recording here.

2. Take the National Young Farmer Survey
Take the National Young Farmer Survey and let Congress know that #FarmersCount! The survey is conducted every five years by the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) in order to understand and elevate the issues that matter most to young farmers and aspiring farmers. It is crucial that the survey results represent all young farmers and aspiring farmers, no matter where they live or what they grow. Survey answers are completely confidential. Learn more here


Jobs & Opportunities
1. Request for Applications: National Farm to School Network Core Partners for 2017-2019
National Farm to School Network is seeking partner organizations in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. Territories (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands) to serve as NFSN Core Partners for 2017-2019, the next phase of farm to school and farm to early care and education growth and evolution. Organizations and agencies interested in and capable of contributing to the advancement of farm to school and ECE are encouraged to apply. Applications are due January 26, 2017 at 6pm ET. Learn more and apply at farmtoschool.org/rfa

2. Policy Director
The National Farm to School Network seeks a Policy Director to joins its team. The Policy Director is responsible for leading NFSN’s policy advocacy work. NFSN serves as a national voice for the farm to school movement and a leading resource on national, state and local policies that impact farm to school and farm to ECE. Read the full position description here. Applications due January 27, 2017

3. Farm to School Education Coordinator 
REAP Food Group is a non-profit organization in Madison Wisconsin that nourishes links between land and table to grow a healthful, just, and sustainable local food system. The Farm to School Education Coordinator will manage the Farm to School educational curriculum and programs, deliver direct education in classrooms, and provide management and training to REAP Farm to School educators. This is a full time position. Learn more here

4. FoodCorps Service Member Application Open
FoodCorps is recruiting talented leaders for a year of paid public service building healthy school food environments in limited-resource communities. FoodCorps AmeriCorps members teach student hands on lessons in growing cooking and tasting healthy food; promote healthy eating onions in the cafeteria; and, make schools healthier place to eat, learn and grow. The FoodCorps application is open now through March 15th. Learn more here

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

This Week in farm to school: 1/17/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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 Announces $27 Million in Grants Available to Support the Local Food Sector
On January 11, USDA announced requests for applications for the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP), and the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP), which offer $27 million in grants to fund innovative projects designed to strengthen market opportunities for local and regional food producers and businesses. These grants can be used to support farm to school activities. For example, in 2014 Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation received a LFPP grant to expand a pilot Farm to Early Care Project in Central Brooklyn by increasing access to farm fresh, healthy food for 1,500 children while generating increased revenue for participating farmers. Learn more here


Webinars & Events
1. 2017 New England Farm to Institution Summit
April 5-7 // Leominster, Mass. 
Registration is now open for the 2017 New England Farm to Institution Summit, April 5-7, 2017 at the Doubletree Hotel in Leominster, Massachusetts. The program features a dynamic and inspiring array of sessions, speakers, activities, cooking demonstrations, field trips, exhibitors, entertainment, and networking time. In addition to focus areas on schools, health care, and college campuses, there will be sessions related to correctional facilities. Cross-cutting topics include supply chain management, food waste, racial equity, skill building, and much more. Learn more and register here

2. 2017-2018 Northeast Farm to School Institute
June 27-29 // Shelburne, VT
The Northeast Farm to School Institute is a unique year-long professional learning opportunity for twelve school teams from New England and New York. The year-long Institute kicks off with a Summer Retreat held at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, VT from June 27-29, 2017. During the Summer Retreat, participants will develop a comprehensive school-wide Farm to School Action Plan that includes curriculum, local procurement, utilizing outdoor learning spaces, and cultivating family and community connections. Applications are due March 9. Learn more here


Resources
1. Take the National Young Farmer Survey
Take the National Young Farmer Survey and let Congress know that #FarmersCount! The survey is conducted every five years by the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) in order to understand and elevate the issues that matter most to young farmers and aspiring farmers. It is crucial that the survey results represent all young farmers and aspiring farmers, no matter where they live or what they grow. Survey answers are completely confidential. Learn more here


Jobs & Opportunities
1. Request for Applications: National Farm to School Network Core Partners for 2017-2019
National Farm to School Network is seeking partner organizations in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. Territories (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands) to serve as NFSN Core Partners for 2017-2019, the next phase of farm to school and farm to early care and education growth and evolution. Organizations and agencies interested in and capable of contributing to the advancement of farm to school and ECE are encouraged to apply. Applications are due January 26, 2017. Learn more and apply at farmtoschool.org/rfa

2. Policy Director
The National Farm to School Network seeks a Policy Director to joins its team. The Policy Director is responsible for leading NFSN’s policy advocacy work. NFSN serves as a national voice for the farm to school movement and a leading resource on national, state and local policies that impact farm to school and farm to ECE. Read the full position description here. Applications due January 27, 2017. 


Farm to school in the news
Texans Embrace MLK Day Of Service in School Garden
Volunteers in east Dallas spent MLK Day knee deep in dirt and mulch to help a small school garden become something much bigger. “The garden is the heart of the community, so when you bring people together in the garden, they start seeing nature differently, they see themselves differently and they see the world differently.” (via KERA News)

Balancing farm chores and school work near Lake Placid
Not every school can boast its own flock of sheep or herd of horses. But at North Country School in New York, daily homework includes farm chores, even in the dark winter months. Twice a day, students feed livestock and check barn conditions. In the spring, there's all-school maple syrup production, and garden and chicken harvests in early autumn. (via North Country Public Radio)

Public schools eyed as potential buyers for blueberry crop
The Maine Wild Blueberry Commission has received a $50,000 grant from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to market wild blueberries for public school breakfast and lunch programs. (via The Ellsworth American)

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

This Week in farm to school: 1/10/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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. Lowe's Charitable and Education Foundation Accepting Applications for Toolbox for Education Grants
The Lowe's Charitable and Education Foundation has announced the opening of its Spring 2017 Toolbox for Education, which supports projects that encourage parent involvement in local schools and build stronger community spirit. One-year grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to projects with the potential to have a permanent impact on a school community, such as facility enhancement (indoor or outdoor) or landscaping/clean-up projects. In addition,  Toolbox grants can be used as part of a large-scale project like a playground, as long as the grant will be used to complete a phase of the project that can be completed within twelve months of the award. Learn more and apply here. Application deadline is Feb. 9, 2017. Learn more here

2. Pediatric Obesity Mini CoIIN 2017 Application
The Association of State Public Healthy Nutritionists (ASPHN) has supported the Pediatric Obesity Mini Collaborative Improvement and Innovative Networks (CoIIN) for the past 3 years. The purpose of the Pediatric Obesity Mini CoIIN is to support and enhance state health departments in their work on the DP13-1305, Domain 2 strategy of improving nutrition and physical activity in early care and education (ECE) settings. In 2017, this project will provide oversight and support for at least 10 state teams to engage in a quality improvement process that embeds childhood obesity-prevention standards and improves capacity in state ECE systems.  If interested, send an e-mail indicating interest in applying to sandy@asphn.org by Friday, January 13. Learn more here


Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: January NFSN Farm to ECE Webinar: Good Food, Great Kids Project 
January 11, 3:30-5pm ET
pfc Social Impact Advisors, in partnership with the National Farm to School Network and the BUILD Initiative, recently developed a series of case studies on the emerging benefits of farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) initiatives. These case studies, along with the accompanying policy report, explore the policy and practice of how communities are joining forces to bring farm to ECE programs to vulnerable children and families. Join us to hear from Hilda Vega, Vice President of Programs at pfc Social Impact Advisors, about the important lessons gleaned from the project and from the team at Norris Square Community Alliance, one of the featured case studies, about how their farm to ECE model is supporting equity and inclusion in the ECE setting. Register here

2. Webinar: Farm to Institution Training for Food Service Consultants

January 31, 1-2pm ET
Farm to Institution New England is working to build a resource for food service consultants in this growing field. In this webinar, FINE will share its comprehensive toolkit for increasing local food procurement by institutional food services, showcasing how it pertains to the request for proposal (RFP) process for food service management companies. The webinar will include a live case study sharing how the University of Vermont navigated a cutting edge RFP process by working with a consultant and engaging the campus community. Register here

3. 2017 Food Waste & Hunger Summit
March 24-25 // Canton, Ohio
Each spring, The Campus Kitchens Project hosts a Food Waste & Hunger Summit that brings together leading national nonprofit organizations and engaged students who are working to fight food waste and hunger, for a packed weekend of learning about advocacy, service and leadership. The 4th Annual Food Waste & Hunger Summit will be held at Walsh University in Canton, Ohio on March 24-25. Learn more here

4. Save the Date: Georgia Farm to School Summit
Oct. 5-6 // Augusta, Georgia
The 6th Georgia Farm to School Summit will be held Oct.5-6, 2017 at Helms College in Augusta, GA. Engage in a variety of farm to school and early care sessions and workshops, tour dynamic school gardens and educational farms, and network with farm to school and early care leaders from across our state. Registration will open in April 2017. Learn more here

5. Save the Date: Community Food Systems Conference
December 5-7, 2017 // Boston, Mass. 
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project's Community Food Systems Conference will address common underlying themes between food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture including obstacles in urban and rural environments and fostering community empowerment to create and sustain resilient local food systems. Learn more here


Resources
1. Two New “Sea to School” Resources Available
Massachusetts Farm to School, Maine Farm to School Network, and New Hampshire Farm to School have released two new resources, a Sea to School Guide and “Sea to School: A Lunch Voyage” video, to help expand the use of local seafood in school meals and seafood/marine education. This project was made possible with a 2016 Innovation Award from the National Farm to School Network funded by Farm Credit and the Newman’s Own Foundation. Explore the new resources here

2. 2015 Local Food Marketing Practices Survey Results
On December 20, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) announced the release of the results from their highly anticipated Local Food Marketing Practices Survey. The survey includes information on both fresh and value-added foods, such as meat and cheese, and shows strong potential for future growth. According to the results, over 167,000 U.S. farms produced and sold food locally through through food hubs and other intermediaries, direct farmer-to-consumer marketing, or direct farm to retail, resulting in $8.7 billion in revenue in 2015. Learn more here


Jobs & Opportunities
1. Request for Applications: National Farm to School Network Core Partners for 2017-2019
National Farm to School Network is seeking partner organizations in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. Territories (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands) to serve as NFSN Core Partners for 2017-2019, the next phase of farm to school and farm to early care and education growth and evolution. Organizations and agencies interested in and capable of contributing to the advancement of farm to school and ECE are encouraged to apply. Applications are due January 26, 2017. Learn more and apply at farmtoschool.org/rfa

2. Deputy Director, DC Greens
DC Greens, a non-profit organization that uses the power of partnerships to support food education, food access, and food policy in the nation's capital, seeks a Deputy Director. The Deputy Director will serve as a thought partner to the Executive Director and be responsible for enhancing the internal organization and infrastructure necessary for DC Greens’ continued success and growth. Learn more here

3. Growing for Success Program Specialist
National Center for Appropriate Technology’s (NCAT) Growing for Success project aims to expand the Harvest of the Month initiative to a broader institutional audience including hospitals and pre-schools. This job entails travel around Montana to establish and maintain relationships with prospective pilot sites, attend conferences, and build the database of producers and institutions that are engaged in Farm to Cafeteria. The position will run from March 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018. Application closes Feb. 3, 2017. Learn more here

4. Executive Director of The Institute of Child Nutrition
The School of Applied Sciences at the University of Mississippi is seeking a skilled visionary leader to serve as the permanent Executive Director for the Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN). Learn more here

5. FoodCorps Service Member Application Open
FoodCorps is recruiting talented leaders for a year of paid public service building healthy school food environments in limited-resource communities. FoodCorps AmeriCorps members teach student hands on lessons in growing cooking and tasting healthy food; promote healthy eating onions in the cafeteria; and, make schools healthier place to eat, learn and grow. The FoodCorps application is open now through March 15th. Learn more here


Farm to school in the news
Betti Wiggins named 2017 School Nutrition Hero
The non-profit School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) has announced the national recognition of five 2017 School Nutrition Heroes for their efforts as positive role models in school nutrition. Betti Wiggins, Executive Director of Office of School Nutrition, Detroit Public Schools Community District, and NFSN board member, is one of this year's honorees. Congratulations, Betti! 

The Next Generation Of Farmers Is Being Trained In New York City High Schools
Some 600 of New York City’s public school students are enrolled in a specialized, four-year high school agriculture program. Like most of their schoolmates, the students follow an ordinary curriculum of English, math and social studies. But they also  grow crops, care for livestock and learn the rudiments of floriculture, viticulture, aquaculture, biotechnology and entrepreneurship. (via NPR)

Texas Elementary students start 'fresh' in New Year
DeLeon Elementary School in Texas uses its school garden to meet state education standards and encourage students to try new, healthy foods. ”We are bringing education to life. They really learn when they are out of their seats and moving around and getting their hands dirty." (via Victoria Advocate)

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

This Week in farm to school: 12/20/16

NFSN Staff Tuesday, December 20, 2016

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. Note: This Week will be on break for the next two weeks, and will resume Jan. 10, 2017. 



Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: January NFSN Farm to ECE Webinar: Good Food, Great Kids Project 
January 11, 3:30-5pm ET
pfc Social Impact Advisors, in partnership with the National Farm to School Network and the BUILD Initiative, recently developed a series of case studies on the emerging benefits of farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) initiatives. These case studies, along with the accompanying policy report, explore the policy and practice of how communities are joining forces to bring farm to ECE programs to vulnerable children and families. Join us to hear from Hilda Vega, Vice President of Programs at pfc Social Impact Advisors, about the important lessons gleaned from the project and from the team at Norris Square Community Alliance, one of the featured case studies, about how their farm to ECE model is supporting equity and inclusion in the ECE setting. Register here

2. Early Bird Deadline: Southern SAWG Conference
Jan. 25-28, 2017 // Lexington, KY
For over 25 years the Southern SAWG Annual Conference has been providing the practical tools and solutions you need. It is the must-attend event for those serious about sustainable and organic farming and creating more vibrant community food systems. This popular event drew over 1,400 farmers and local food advocates from across the nation last year. The general conference line-up includes 56 educational sessions, plus a state networking session for each of the 13 states in Southern SAWG’s region, and another 16 information exchange sessions where you get to exchange ideas and information with those who share your interests. Early bird registration closes Dec. 21. Learn more here

3. Save the Date: Local Foods Impact Conference
April 3-4, 2017 // Washington DC + Livestream
Congressionally authorized grant and loan programs to support local food systems have expanded in recent years. Quantifying and evaluating the impacts of these programs is critical. The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, in partnership with The George Washington University, will host a Local Food Impacts Conference April 3 and 4, 2017 in Washington DC. Join to explore how to best measure the impacts of local food investments, improve coordination across USDA agencies, and evaluate the extent to which disparate local food investments are complementary and reinforcing. Beyond metrics, this conference provides an opportunity to share local food stories with incoming members of the new Administration and Congress. Learn more here

4. Save the Date: New England Farm to Institution Summit 2017
April 5-7, 2017 // Leominster, Mass. 
The 2017 New England Farm to Institution Summit will bring together more than 500 people who are leveraging the power of schools, colleges, hospitals and other institutions to transform our food system. Learn more here


Jobs & Opportunities

1. Request for Applications: National Farm to School Network Core Partners for 2017-2019
National Farm to School Network is seeking partner organizations in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. Territories (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands) to serve as NFSN Core Partners for 2017-2019, the next phase of farm to school and farm to early care and education growth and evolution. Organizations and agencies interested in and capable of contributing to the advancement of farm to school and ECE are encouraged to apply. Applications are due January 26, 2017. Learn more and apply at farmtoschool.org/rfa

2. Policy Specialist, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is seeking a Policy Specialist. The Policy Specialist, one of six Policy Specialists at NSAC, reports to NSAC’s Policy Director. NSAC advocates on a wide range of federal farm and food policy issues and each Policy Specialist focuses on a variety of those issues. This position will focus on farm conservation and environmental policies and programs plus at least one other issue cluster, to be determined. Learn more here


Farm to school in the news
Grady Scarbrough named Rural Health Champion
Dorothy Grady Scarbrough, the Executive Director of Mississippians Engaged in Greener Agriculture (MEGA) and NFSN partner, has been named a Rural Healthy Champion, an honor bestowed by the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Read about her tireless work to connect her community to healthy food. Congratulations, Dorothy! 

Trafalgar Middle School goes farm to table
Students at a Florida middle school enrolled in agriscience classes help maintain an on-campus garden. School nutrition professionals use about 70% of the food produced in the garden, including lettuce, radishes, carrots and fruits. (via The News-Press)

Chicken coop boosts farm-to-school efforts

A Vermont elementary school will ring in the new year with a chicken coop that will house 12 chickens year-round for students to care for and learn from. The idea stemmed from a weeklong workshop the Vermont Farm to School Network held at Shelburne Farms. (via Waterbury Record)


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

This Week in farm to school: 12/13/16

NFSN Staff Tuesday, December 13, 2016

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. Annie's Sustainable Agriculture Scholarships
Annie’s scholarship program assists undergraduate and graduate students pursuing studies in sustainable and organic agriculture. This year, 15 winners will each be eligible to receive $10,000. The program is open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students studying at an accredited two- or four-year college or graduate school in the United States for the 2017/2018 school year. Applications must be postmarked by January 6, 2017. Learn more here

2. NEA Foundation: Grants to Educators 
The NEA Foundation is providing mini-grants for projects and programs that can support STEM learning, such a urban farming and other farm to school activities. Deadlines for applications are due Feb. 1, June 1, and Oct. 15. Learn more here


Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: January NFSN Farm to ECE Webinar: Good Food, Great Kids Project 
January 11, 3:30-5pm ET
pfc Social Impact Advisors, in partnership with the National Farm to School Network and the BUILD Initiative, recently developed a series of case studies on the emerging benefits of farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) initiatives. These case studies, along with the accompanying policy report, explore the policy and practice of how communities are joining forces to bring farm to ECE programs to vulnerable children and families. Join us to hear from Hilda Vega, Vice President of Programs at pfc Social Impact Advisors, about the important lessons gleaned from the project and from the team at Norris Square Community Alliance, one of the featured case studies, about how their farm to ECE model is supporting equity and inclusion in the ECE setting. Register here

2. Save the Date: Community Food Systems Conference
December 5-7, 2017 // Boston, Mass. 
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project's Community Food Systems Conference will address common underlying themes between food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture including obstacles in urban and rural environments and fostering community empowerment to create and sustain resilient local food systems. Learn more here


Resources
1. Study: School Gardens in the City
In a newly published University of Maryland study of D.C. school gardens, researchers tracked significant differences in fifth-grade test results between students with gardens and those without. In reading, for example, 61 percent of students in garden schools tested as proficient or advanced, compared with 38 percent in schools without gardens. For math, the difference was 56 percent compared with 36 percent, and for science, 47 percent against 21 percent. Read the study here

2. School Meal Approaches, Resources, and Trends (SMART) Study
The Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project, a joint initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, recently released findings from its School Meal Approaches, Resources, and Trends (SMART) Study, a national survey of 489 school nutrition directors representing school food authorities (SFAs) across the country. The report, School Meal Programs Innovate to Improve Student Nutrition, identifies approaches that have attracted children to school meals and improved their consumption of healthy options since passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The report shows that school meal programs have made great progress in getting students to eat healthy foods and many see few or no remaining challenges to implementing updated breakfast and lunch nutrition standards. Learn more here


Jobs & Opportunities
1. Health & Wellness Program Coordinator, Berkeley Unified School District
The Health & Wellness Program Coordinator will assist in planning, coordinating, developing and implementing the District’s health and wellness curriculum; develop and prepare lesson plans and deliver instruction to students and families of diverse populations from a variety of cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds; develop instructional materials, methods and exercises centered on healthy nutrition, healthy cooking, physical activity and other health and wellness areas; assist in establishing program goals and objectives. Apply by January 3, 2017. Learn more here

2. PhD Research Assistantship in the Economics of Farm to School
The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (DARE) at Colorado State University is recruiting students to participate in a research project focused on evaluating the different economic impacts of farm to school programs on households, communities, and farm/value chain participants. More information can be found here


Farm to school in the news
As school gardens spread, so do the teaching moments
Some school garden lessons are obvious, such as the biology of growing a radish from seed. But the garden offers insights that go far beyond the brass tacks of cultivation. Geology, hydrology, poetry, music, ecology, cooking and microbiology all find a home in this arena we call a garden, as well as dozens of other subjects beyond most people’s imagination. Washington Post

Turnip! Talented Teens Create Rap Video Encouraging Kids To Eat Healthy
Teen members of Appetite for Change in North Minneapolis, Minn., have come up with an infectious hip-hop song appropriately titled "Grow Food," which hears the young people rap about the benefits of healthy eating. Essence 

Alabama students build outdoor classrooms
Students at an elementary school in Alabama are constructing two outdoor classrooms that include raised garden beds. The students are growing cabbage, kale and lettuce in the new beds. Shelby County Reporter 

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

This Week in farm to school: 12/6/16

NFSN Staff Tuesday, December 06, 2016

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 Farm to School Grant RFA - due this week!
USDA has announced  the release of the FY 2017 Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications. Up to $5 million in grant funds is available to help schools create or strengthen farm to school programs this school year. Awards ranging from $20,000 to $100,000 will be distributed in four different grant categories: Planning, Implementation, Support Service, and Training.  Applications are due by December 8, 2016. Learn more here

2. KidsGardening 2017 Youth Garden Grants
The 2017 Youth Garden Grant is an award designed to support school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities. Any nonprofit, school, or youth program in the United States 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. A total of 20 programs will be awarded. Applications are due December 15, 2016. Learn more here

3. Carton 2 Garden 2017 Contest
Evergreen Packaging and KidsGardening.org are proud to present its third annual national Carton 2 Garden Contest. Open to public and private schools, contest winners will be selected based on their implementation of an innovative garden creation featuring creative and sustainable uses for repurposed milk and juice cartons. Fourteen entries will be selected to receive award packages for their efforts. Submissions are due April 12, 2017. Learn more here


Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Sourcing and Storing Local, Fresh Foods for School Breakfast 
December 8, 3pm ET
Are you seeking out new ways to increase the use of fresh, local goods in your School Breakfast Program? Hear best practices for sourcing local dairy, grains, proteins, fruits and vegetables for school breakfast. Learn the strategies for maximizing the shelf life of these food products and how incorporating local foods can boost student satisfaction with the program. Hosted by FRAC. Register here

2. Webinar: How States are Leveraging Medicaid to Expand Health Services in Schools
December 15, 1-2pm CT
The Healthy Students, Promising Futures Learning Collaborative includes a growing number of state teams from Departments of Education and Medicaid who are exploring ways to expand health services in schools and leverage funding through Medicaid. The Collaborative is supported by the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in partnership with Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC) and Trust for America’s Health (TFAH). This webinar will provide an overview of the Collaborative and highlight preliminary findings, successes and challenges that the state teams are facing. Register here

3. Webinar: January NFSN Farm to ECE Webinar: Good Food, Great Kids Project 
January 11, 3:30-5pm ET
pfc Social Impact Advisors, in partnership with the National Farm to School Network and the BUILD Initiative, recently developed a series of case studies on the emerging benefits of farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) initiatives. These case studies, along with the accompanying policy report, explore the policy and practice of how communities are joining forces to bring farm to ECE programs to vulnerable children and families. Join us to hear from Hilda Vega, Vice President of Programs at pfc Social Impact Advisors, about the important lessons gleaned from the project and from the team at Norris Square Community Alliance, one of the featured case studies, about how their farm to ECE model is supporting equity and inclusion in the ECE setting. Register here


Jobs & Opportunities
1. Fruits & Veggies-More Matter Public Health Role Model or Champion
Are you seeking recognition for all of your efforts around increasing the consumption of fruits and vegetables in your schools and communities? The Fruits & Veggies-More Matters Campaign (Produce for Better Health Foundation) is an opportunity to be recognized for your work promoting the consumption of fruits and vegetables in your schools and communities. Farmers/Agricultural Producers, Industry/Retail Professionals, Public Health Educators, and School Food Service employees can all be nominated as Role Models or Champions. Applications must be submitted by Jan. 5, 2017. More information can be found here


Farm to school in the news
New York Awards $500,00 for Farm to School Programs
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that $500,000 has been awarded to seven farm to school projects across New York State to increase the amount of healthy, locally grown foods offered on school menus. The projects, funded through the State’s Farm-to-School Program, will benefit nearly 300,000 students. Read more here

Providing Locally-Grown Food To Vermont Prison Kitchens
Some of Vermont's prisoners are helping to prepare Vermont-raised foods for their fellow inmates as part of a new "farm-to-prison" program. The food service that is used by some Vermont prison kitchens is run by a Newport-based organization, Green Mountain Farm-to-School. Vermont Public Radio 

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: 11/29/16

NFSN Staff Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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. Voice for Healthy Kids Grant
The American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are working to create a culture of health through Voices for Healthy Kids. The goal of the grant opportunities within this initiative is to make effective strategic investments in ongoing state, local, and tribal public policy issue campaigns in order to increase public policy impact on healthy weight and living among children. Voices for Healthy Kids is focusing efforts in schools, community, and out-of-school time/early care and education. The deadline for application submission is Thursday, December 15, 2016. Learn more here

2. Lead2Feed Leadership Challenge Accepting Student Entries for Service Learning Projects
The Lead2Feed Challenge was created by the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning and the Lift a Life Foundation, with assistance from the Yum! Foundation, to encourage middle and high school students to hone their leadership skills by completing a service-learning project that addresses a community need. Teams of students in 6th - 12th grades are invited to enter the challenge. Each team must complete the Lead2Feed lessons and create and execute a service-learning project designed to find and fill a need in their community. First-, second-, third- and honorable mention prizes of $20,000, $10,000, $5,000 and $1,000, respectively, will be awarded, for a total of up to $275,000.  Up to 50 teams will be recognized as winners. Learn more here


Webinars & Events
1. National Farmers Union Beginning Farmers - Free Online Conference
December 5-8
National Farmers Union is gearing up to host "Growing for the Future,” a new, free, online conference that will focus on issues faced by beginning farmers and ranchers, including: mentorship, business planning, USDA programs, student loans, land tenure, food safety, women and veterans in farming, conservation, and much more! The virtual conference will be held December 5-8, from 5pm to 8pm EST, and will feature a number of top speakers in agriculture, farmer-to-farmer webinars, live Q&A, a discussion board, a resource center and free giveaways. Registration is free: http://bit.ly/Growing4TheFuture


Research & Resources
1. New Resource: Reach for the Stars with Farm to Preschool
Developed by the North Carolina Farm to Preschool Network, this resource has been created to help child care centers and family child care homes integrate farm to preschool activities into their curriculum while addressing the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS). The resource is organized by four farm to preschool activities (Edible Gardening with Young Children, Farm Field Trips/Farmer Visit with Young Children, Local Food Classroom Cooking/Taste Test with Young Children, and Local Food Served in Meals and/or Snacks). ECER sub-scale items and indicator are aligned with suggested farm to preschool activities. In addition to enriching the educational experience, this resource demonstrates how star ratings can be enhanced though farm to preschool programming. Learn more here

2. State ESSA Plans to Support Student Health and Wellness - Framework for Action
This document focuses on supporting advocates who are interested in working with state-level policymakers to develop state ESSA plans. It provides practical resources and emphasizes several key areas with the greatest potential impact on student health. Learn more here

3. Research: Increasing Prevalence of US Elementary School Gardens, but Disparities Reduce Opportunities for Disadvantaged Students
This study examined the prevalence of school garden programs at US public elementary schools, as well as time trends, demographic and regional disparities, and associations with related programs such as farm-to-school. Conclusions from the study show that garden programs in elementary schools have increased over time, but there is room for wider implementation, particularly at schools serving lower-income students. Given the role of childhood in establishing food preferences and dietary consumption habits, such programs are important and can reinforce the messages imparted through nutrition education. Explore the study here


Jobs & Opportunities
1. Policy Director, FoodCorps
FoodCorps is seeking a highly skilled and experienced Policy Director to lead government relations and federal and state policy initiatives at its fast-growing, entrepreneurial national nonprofit organization. As a key member of the Innovations & Strategic Partnerships Team, the Policy Director will develop and maintain enthusiastic relationships with all sectors of the Federal government, including robust relationships with USDA, CNCS, DoE, CDC, and key members of Congress. Learn more here

2. Farm to Institution Program Coordinator 
The Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center (MMFEC) of Lake County Community Development Corporation (Montana) is hiring a Program Coordinator to provide support to its food and agriculture programs. The Coordinator is primarily responsible for providing support to food and agriculture programs of MMFEC, including the Food and Agriculture Development Center (FADC), Cooperative Development program, and Farm to Institution program, through event planning, marketing and promotion, communication and outreach, social media, and program coordination. Learn more here


Farm to school in the news
Supporting Sustainability With Farm-to-School Food Programs
Since the National Farm to School Network was founded in 2007, the farm to school movement has grown leaps and bounds. Read how farm to school efforts, including the USDA Farm to School Grant Program, have helped transform school meals and educational opportunities for students across the country. U.S. News

Chicago students prepare farm-to-table Thanksgiving for seniors

High school students in Chicago prepared and served a farm-to-table Thanksgiving dinner to 300 senior citizens in their community. All of the food — from the eggs used in the cornbread to the 16 roasted turkeys — came from the school's 78-acre farm. Chicago Tribune 

Farm to School Teaches Kids About Food
Teaching kids where their food comes from is on the minds of farmers and teachers throughout Vermont. When Farmer Julie Walcott isn’t working on her farm, she’s helping teach kids about agriculture and introducing them to vegetable they might not ordinarily find or eat. My Champlain Valley

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: 11/22/16

NFSN Staff Tuesday, November 22, 2016

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 Farm to School Grant RFA
USDA has announced  the release of the FY 2017 Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications. Up to $5 million in grant funds is available to help schools create or strengthen farm to school programs this school year. Awards ranging from $20,000 to $100,000 will be distributed in four different grant categories: Planning, Implementation, Support Service, and Training.  Applications are due by December 8, 2016. Learn more here

2. KidsGardening 2017 Youth Garden Grants
The 2017 Youth Garden Grant is an award designed to support school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities. Any nonprofit, school, or youth program in the United States 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. A total of 20 programs will be awarded. Applications are due December 15, 2016. Learn more here

3. USDA Seeks Grant Applications for Projects to Test Fruit and Vegetable Incentives
In recent weeks, USDA requested a new round of applications for grants provided under the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant program. The FINI grant program provides grants to test incentive strategies and technologies designed to help SNAP participants better afford fruits and vegetables. Projects funded range from small pilot projects to multi-year community-based projects and larger scale multi-year projects, designed to help make the healthy choice an affordable choice for SNAP participants. The deadline to apply for the latest round of FINI grants is December 12, 2016. Learn more here


Webinars & Events
1. Registration Open: National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference
March 5-7, 2017 // Washington, DC
Join 1,000+ anti-hunger advocates in Washington, D.C., for two days of networking opportunities, content-rich sessions, and interactive training, followed by a day on Capitol Hill. You’ll go home with an arsenal of best practices, innovative advocacy methods, and personal connections to help you better fight hunger in your community, your state, and at the national level. Early bird registration is now open through January 13, 2017. Learn more here

2. Call for Proposals: National Children and Youth Garden Symposium 2017
July 12-25, 2017 // Greater Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington area
NCYGS is a national event to network with like-minded teachers, garden designers, community leaders, program coordinators, and others involved with connecting kids to the natural world.bExplore topics ranging from curriculum to program management to garden design and maintenance during four dynamic days of educational sessions, field trips, and expert keynote presentations. Submit session proposals by Monday, December 5, 2016. Learn more here


Research & Resources
1. Survey Findings: The How and Why of Local Government Support for Food Systems
In 2015, Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) and the International City-County Management Association (ICMA) conducted a second national survey of local government leaders on their policies, programs, plans, and partnerships that support local food systems. More than 2,200 communities responded. The Food Policy Networks project of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future hosted this webinar, which featured CRFS and ICMA offering one of the first in-depth discussions of the study’s findings. Data indicating how and why municipal and county governments across the country are (or are not) supporting local food and farm efforts are presented, followed by discussion with three local leaders about how government supports food system initiatives in their communities. View the webinar here


Jobs & Opportunities
1. Chief Programs Officer, Chef Ann Foundation
Chef Ann Foundation seeks a Chief Programs Officer (CPO) to drive the vision for, and oversee the development, implementation and evaluation of all CAF programing. The position will be responsible for ensuring that CAF programing meets the overall mission of the organization and provides schools with needed support to help them create healthier school food. Applications are due by December 15. Learn more here

2. Health Educator II, South Carolina Farm to Institution

Under general supervision of the Farm to Institution Director in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, this position (Health Educator II) will support the implementation of Farm to Institution in South Carolina. This position assists with program expansion, communication outreach, and implementation of Farm to Preschool and other Farm to Institution efforts. Learn more here


Farm to school in the news
Learning Gardens Plant Seeds for Healthy Food Choices
There are more than 127 learning gardens growing throughout Chicago Public Schools, from pre-kindergarten to high school. “The next generation is the generation that is going to be solving our food system challenges, and so this kind of work, this exposure to what this real food is and what it tastes like, is going to create a generation of people who… are really deeply in touch with what real food is, what it tastes like, and why it’s important and help to make those changes to our food system.” Chicago WTTW

Farm to School Efforts Positively Impact Tribal Communities
Many tribal communities are reconnecting children with their rich history and cultures by establishing farm to school programs. Tribes are integrating traditional foods into the Child Nutrition Programs, sourcing foods locally, incorporating multicultural nutrition education into classroom curriculum and providing hands-on lessons in school gardens. USDA Blog

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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