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.
1. Register today! National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
June 2-4, 2016 // Madison, Wisconsin
Don’t miss the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Madison, Wis., June 2-4, 2016. This event is the only national gathering of stakeholders from across the farm to cafeteria movement, making it a crucial leadership development opportunity to advance community health, build economic opportunities for farmers and producers, and ensure long-term sustainability for local food efforts nationwide. Early bird registration is open now, including pre-conference short courses and field trips. Event organizers expect more than 1,500 attendees, and the last event sold out before the registration deadline, so don’t wait. Registration closes May 16. Learn more at farmtocafeteriaconference.org.
2. Growing Power Conference: Request for Proposals
November 18-20, 2016 // Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Save the date for Growing Power’s Urban and Small Farms Conference, to be held Nov. 18-20 in Milwaukee, Wis. The theme for the 2016 conference is "Let’s Scale It Up! Growing Food and Farmers: Best Practices in Growing, Distribution and Community Building”. The Request for Proposals is open through April 15. Registration is now open. Learn more here.
3. Webinars: USDA Traditional Foods in Native Communities Webinar Series
This spring, USDA’s Office of Community Food Systems will host a four-part webinar series focused on integrating farm to school strategies in native communities. Each webinar will feature a guest speaker who will share tips, stories and best practices for keeping local food traditions alive in child nutrition programs that serve tribal populations. The first webinar will be: What Does Farm to School Look Like in Native American Communities? on April 6 at 3pm EST. Learn more and register here.
4. Webinar: USDA Planning for Farm to School Success Series
April 7, 2pm EDT
Experiential education is an important component of successful farm to school programs. This webinar will help you plan for your farm to school educational efforts and brainstorm food, agriculture, and nutrition-related educational activities with which you can engage students. Register here.
Research & Resources
1. 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
As part of a commitment to racial equity and food justice, Food Solutions New England is working to normalize the conversation about race and racism. This exercise, originally developed by Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. and Debby Irving, is about creating dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of power, privilege, and leadership. Participation in an activity like the Racial Equity Challenge helps people learn how to engage the complex problems that exist in the food system, and become better leaders. The 21-day challenge starts on April 10. Learn more and sign on here.
Jobs & Opportunities
1. Director of Program Strategy & Operations, School Food FOCUS
School Food FOCUS (FOCUS) is a national collaborative that leverages the procurement power of large school districts to make school meals across the country more healthful, regionally sourced, and sustainably produced. FOCUS seeks a dynamic, organized leader to direct program development and implementation during an exciting period of growth for the organization. The Director of Program Strategy & Operations will oversee all aspects of program design, delivery, and assessment for FOCUS Learning Labs, in addition to managing a growing staff and team of consultants. Learn more here.
2. Nutritionist, Food and Nutrition Service
Team Nutrition is looking for creative Nutritionists, with excellent project management skills, to join their team in the Nutrition Education and Promotion Branch of the Child Nutrition Programs at the Food and Nutrition Service. This position closes April 11. Learn more and apply here.
3. Education & Outreach Specialist, Washington State Department of Ag
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is seeking a farm to institution specialist to work with a dynamic and energetic WSDA team to increase use of locally-grown fruits and vegetables in state agencies, employee cafeterias, preschools, senior programs and other institutions. Learn more and apply here.
4. Executive Director, Growing Gardens
Growing Gardens seeks a highly skilled and passionate individual to serve as Executive Director and uphold our mission to strengthen people and communities to grow their own food. Growing Gardens accomplishes this through a Home Gardens program working with families, a Youth Grow program in local schools, the Lettuce Grow program serving inmates in Oregon’s correctional facilities, and educational workshops. Learn more and apply here.
Farm to school in the news
How One South Lake Tahoe School Got Kids To Love Salad
A South Lake Tahoe, Calif. school is growing its own fresh and healthy food year-round with the help of two Sierra Growing Dome greenhouses. Teachers say they see a noticable difference in kids who have taken classes in the domes since starting school - they're opting for many more vegetables at lunchtime. (via KUNR Public Radio)
From Garden to Cafeteria: Students learn to grow healthy food
Budding gardeners in 50 Atlanta Public Schools are growing food to help feed the district’s 45,000 students. “I can’t wait to see my friends in the lunch room eating our radishes,” said Maynard H. Jackson High School senior, Caston Noorullah. (via Atlanta INtown Paper)
A Burgeoning Effort to Restore Native Foods in an Unlikely Food Desert
The salmon and berries that once nourished a network of tribes in California’s Klamath Basin are now scarce. This effort with youth hopes to reverse the trend. (via 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.