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This Week in farm to school: 7/26/16

NFSN Staff Tuesday, July 26, 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. INUAg 2016 Leaders in Urban Agriculture Awards 
INUAg is now accepting submissions for the 2016 Leaders in Urban Agriculture Awards. They will present awards for 1st ($1,000) 2nd ($700) and 3rd place ($300) in each of the following categories to urban farming projects building better food systems around the world: Educating Communities, Food Justice, Innovation. Submissions are due August 15. Learn more here


Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Explore the 2015 USDA Farm to School Census 
August 11, 3pm ET
Join the National Farm to School Network and USDA FNS Office of Community Food Systems on Thursday, August 11 at 3pm ET for an in-depth review of the 2015 USDA Farm to School Census. Presenters will provide an overview of the Farm to School Census website, including the recently posted raw data files and soon to be released data explorer tool. Presenters will also describe ways in which Census data can be used at the local, state, and national levels in support of farm to school. Register for the webinar here.

2. Registration Open: Southern Obesity Summit
November 13-15 // Houston, Texas
Registration for the 10th Annual Southern Obesity Summit is now open. The Southern Obesity Summit is the largest regional obesity prevention event in the United States, drawing hundreds of participants from 16 Southern States. The 10th Annual Southern Obesity Summit will help stakeholders strategize next steps to implement policy and program initiatives across all 16 states and effectively engage youth in our strategies to prevent obesity. Learn more and register here

3. NESAWG It Takes a Region Conference
November 10-12 // Hartford, CT
Earlybird registration for NESAWG's 2016 It Takes a Region Conference opens August 1. The Conference, now in its 23rd year, brings together practitioners and professionals from across the Northeast to explore ideas that move us towards a more sustainable and just farm and food system. This year's conference theme is Tackling Wicked Problems in Food Systems. NESAWG has printed 1,500 conference postcards and needs your help to get them to the right people. If you can help distribute the postcards, email Julia Fiore (julia@nesawg.com). Learn more about the conference here


Research & Resources
1. USDA Announces 4 Major School Meals Rules 
Last week, USDA announced four final rules that will ensure that children have access to healthy snacks and that nutrition standards for the foods marketed and served in schools are consistent. The rules include: Local School Wellness Policy final rule; Smart Snacks in School final rule; Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) final rule; and, Administrative Review final rule. Learn more here


Jobs & Opportunities
1. Research Fellow, School Food Focus
School Food Focus seeks a part-time Research Fellow to join its PreK-12 School Food: Making It Healthier, Making It Regional (MHMR) study. MHMR is a two-year project, conducted by School Food Focus in conjunction with Rutgers University, to study the impact of shifting public school food procurement to more healthful and/or more regional foods. The Research Fellow will contribute to all aspects of the study, particularly data collection, data analysis, and writing of final reports. Applications are due August 5. Learn more and apply here


Farm to school in the news
Salem serves up summer meals
The Salem Summer Meals Program (Salem, Mass.) provides free breakfast and lunch to children while school is out. Among meals served are fresh salads harvested from Salem High School’s Freight Farm, a sustainable garden built into a refurbished freight car, located in Salem High School’s parking lot. (via Salem Gazette

Lake Geneva school grows food for lunch program
"When I got involved with these agriculture classes, I made a whole group of new friends that are now like my family. I love the agricultural aspect, and I've found there are ways that someone who doesn't live on a farm can still raise food,” says Bryn Rohde, Badger High School student. (via Wisconsin State Farmer)

Teachers learn about planting school gardens

About 40 teachers from across Virginia have taken part in a two-day workshop to learn about a more hands-on approach to education. The teachers are learning how to start and maintain gardens, and how to connect school gardens to school cafeterias. (via WHSV

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: 7/19/16

NFSN Staff Tuesday, July 19, 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. INUAg 2016 Leaders in Urban Agriculture Awards 
INUAg is now accepting submissions for the 2016 Leaders in Urban Agriculture Awards. They will present awards for 1st ($1,000) 2nd ($700) and 3rd place ($300) in each of the following categories to urban farming projects building better food systems around the world: Educating Communities, Food Justice, Innovation. Submissions are due August 15. Learn more here


Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Explore the 2015 USDA Farm to School Census 
August 11, 3pm ET
Join the National Farm to School Network and USDA FNS Office of Community Food Systems on Thursday, August 11 at 3pm ET for an in-depth review of the 2015 USDA Farm to School Census. Presenters will provide an overview of the Farm to School Census website, including the recently posted raw data files and soon to be released data explorer tool. Presenters will also describe ways in which Census data can be used at the local, state, and national levels in support of farm to school. Register for the webinar here.


Research & Resources
1. Full Report: Results from a National Survey of Early Care and Education Providers
Earlier this year, the National Farm to School Network launched the preliminary results of our 2015 survey of early care and education providers. With nearly 1,500 providers in 49 state and Washington, D.C., responding, we learned that farm to school in early care and education is promoting healthy eating habits and providing high quality learning environments for thousands of children at a critical stage of development. A full report of the survey results is now available for download. Looking for a quick overview of the highlights? Check out our infographic and one-page fact sheet

2. Keynote Videos Available from 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference 
In June, more than 1,000 farm to cafeteria leaders gathered in Madison, Wis., for three days of learning, networking and idea sharing at the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference. Among the highlights were keynote addresses given by some of the most instrumental leaders driving the farm to cafeteria movement forward. Recordings of the keynote addresses are now available on YouTube. Watch them here


Jobs & Opportunities
1. Program Director, Chef Ann Foundation
The Chef Anna Foundation seeks a Program Director to joins its team. This full time position will be responsible for all work as it relates to the development, implementation and management of Chef Ann Foundation’s online learning program in addition to other program oversight. Learn more and apply here

2. Executive Director, Green Mountain Farm to School

Green Mountain Farm to School seeks an Executive Director to join its team. The Executive Director will lead GMFTS by managing the finances, staff, programs, and structure required to enact GMFTS’s mission. Learn more and apply here

3. Event & Project Coordinator, Farm to Institution New England

The FINE Event and Project Coordinator will play a lead role in coordinating the 2017 Farm to Institution Summit in April 2017, working in close contact with the Summit Steering Committee and FINE staff. The Coordinator will also support event planning for other events that FINE conducts and provide coordination functions for other FINE projects including the Processing Community of Practice and Harvest of the Month Community of Practice. Learn more and apply here


Farm to school in the news
Schools use ag to educate students about food system - shout out to Lorin Fahrmeier, NFSN Missouri State Lead!
Farm to school efforts in Missouri support rural economies, put more nutritious foods into the school system and educate students about their food and where it comes from. School gardens, farm field trips and local food procurement are taking off. (via Missouri Farmer Today)

Leaders of Color Discuss Structural Racism and White Privilege in the Food System
What can the food movement learn from Black Lives Matter? Civil Eats reached out to leaders of color in the food justice community for their thoughts about how they think the “food movement” might come together on the issues of race, equity, and access. (via Civil Eats)

University works to bring local food to dining halls
The executive chef of Southern Illinois University has for years been in the forefront of a program aimed at increasing food purchased from small-acreage farmers in the region. An Illinois mandate requires that by 2020, state-funded institutions such as universities and prisons purchase at least 20 percent of meat and produce from farms within a 250-mile radius. (via Illinois Farmer Today)

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

This Week in farm to school: 7/12/16

NFSN Staff Tuesday, July 12, 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. 



Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Explore the 2015 USDA Farm to School Census 
August 11, 3pm ET
Join the National Farm to School Network and USDA FNS Office of Community Food Systems on Thursday, August 11 at 3pm ET for an in-depth review of the 2015 USDA Farm to School Census. Presenters will provide an overview of the Farm to School Census website, including the recently posted raw data files and soon to be released data explorer tool. Presenters will also describe ways in which Census data can be used at the local, state, and national levels in support of farm to school. Register for the webinar here.

2. Webinar: State Food Policy Council Call
July 25, 2:30-4pm EDT
You’re invited to an initial virtual convening of statewide food policy councils to talk about what is happening in states to network local food policy councils and/or change policy. If you are the manager, director, chairperson, coordinator or leader of a statewide food policy council that works on food and farm policies at the state level and/or you convene a network of local food policy councils from across the state, we want you to join us. The call is being coordinated jointly by the John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, Community Food Strategies, a project led by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, and Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems. Register here

3. Last Call for Submissions: Fourth Annual Yale Food Systems Symposium
September 30, New Haven, CT
The Fourth Annual Yale Food Systems Symposium planning committee is now accepting submissions to present at this year's event, to be held September 30, 2016 at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in New Haven, CT. This year's theme surrounds the topic of "Feeding a Growing World: Perspectives in 2016." Please see their website for the full RFP and for the online form to submit proposals. Submissions are due July 15. 


Research & Resources
1. Report: School District Wellness Policies
The Bridging the Gap/National Wellness Policy Study District Wellness Policy Monograph has been released, which covers the first eight years of the wellness policy requirement for school years 2006-07 through 2013-14. Using a nationally representative sample of school districts, this report provides details about the characteristics of these districts as well as the individual components of wellness policies and related provisions. View the report here


Jobs & Opportunities
1. Executive Director of Food and Child Nutrition Services, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
CMSD seeks a full-time Executive Director of Food and Child Nutrition Services. Under the direction of the Chief Operating Officer, the Executive Director of Food and Child Nutrition Services will oversee all aspects of the district’s Child Nutrition Program operation. Learn more and apply here

2. Agriculture Development Coordinator, Vermont Agency of Agriculture
This Agriculture Development Coordinator temporary position will have project management responsibilities associated with the Vermont Farm to School (FTS) grant program, engagement in broader farm to institution project efforts, and extensive relationship building and communication with statewide food system stakeholders and partners. Learn more here


Farm to school in the news
Lessons sprout from soil, water, hard work - shout out to Elaine McDonnell, NFSN Pennsylvania State Lead!
More than 133 school gardens are growing across Pennsylvania, such as the small farm at Bucks County's Bristol Middle-High School. In four years, the garden has grown from 21 raised beds, an herb wall, a pond, arbors, tree-shaded picnic benches, and a new vermiculture system in which worms turn food waste into nutrient-rich compost. (via The Philadelphia Inquirer)

Growing together: Gardening offers key lessons for children
The Toledo Botanical Garden, in conjunction with Toledo GROWS, has 19 school gardens. Last year, more than 7,000 kids engaged with the earth through field trips, camps, and in-class programs that the garden has been offering for more than 40 years. (via Toledo Blade)

Edible gardens growing more popular in schools, communities
Connecticut students within a growing number of public schools are doing hands-on work with edible gardens. “Edible schoolyards are an effective way to engage families in students’ learning. Getting families interested in school gardens helps entire communities benefit from sustainable gardening and benefits the environment in the long run.” (via Journal Inquirer)

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: 7/5/16

NFSN Staff Tuesday, July 05, 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. 



Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Explore the 2015 USDA Farm to School Census 
August 11, 3pm ET
Join the National Farm to School Network and USDA FNS Office of Community Food Systems on Thursday, August 11 at 3pm ET for an in-depth review of the 2015 USDA Farm to School Census. Presenters will provide an overview of the Farm to School Census website, including the recently posted raw data files and soon to be released data explorer tool. Presenters will also describe ways in which Census data can be used at the local, state, and national levels in support of farm to school. Register for the webinar here.


Research & Resources
1. A Complete History of the Social, Health, and Political Context of the School Gardening Movement in the United States: 1840–2014
Early 19th-century educators established school gardens with the same intent as today: to create a meaningful learning environment that connects students with food and nature. What has been more varied and less explored are the social, health, and political contexts behind the ebb and flow of support for school garden over the past 150 years, with this kind of exploration about the last few decades being particularly absent. This article demonstrates how school gardens are a mainstay in the United States as a result of their fluidity and unique ability to attach to important social, health, and political issues. Read the article here

2. Foods From the Islands: Changing the way we feed our kids
Farm to Cafeteria Canada, the Social Planning and Research Council of BC, and its partners with Nourishing School Communities and on Haida Gwaii are pleased to announce the release of a new video "Local Foods to School: Reconnecting the children of Haida Gwaii to their food and land.“ This 8 minute video illuminates what is possible when communities are supported with the resources they need to realize their vision to get healthy local foods on the minds and on the plates of student. Watch the video here.


Jobs & Opportunities
1. REAP Farm to School Team Members
REAP Food Group is currently seeking candidates to fill four AmeriCorps positions with the REAP Farm to School program. They are recruiting three Nutrition Educators and one Community Outreach member. Learn more and apply 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: 6/28/16

NFSN Staff Tuesday, June 28, 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. Early Head Start Grants as Opportunity for Farm to ECE Funding
The Administration for Children and Families has announced approximately $135 million in funding available to expand access to high-quality, comprehensive services for low-income infants and toddlers and their families. This funding will support the creation of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships and the expansion of Early Head Start services to children and families. ACF solicits applications from public entities, including states, or private non-profit organizations, including community-based or faith-based organizations, or for-profit agencies that meet eligibility for applying as stated in section 645A of the Head Start Act. Explore available funding opportunities here


Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Integrating Local Foods into Child Nutrition Programs
Thursday, June 30 // 3-4pm ET
Fruits and vegetables, milk and cheese, whole grain breads and pastas, beans, meats, seafood, and poultry - the opportunities for serving local foods in child nutrition programs are abundant! In the webinar Integrating Local Foods in Child Nutrition Programs, USDA’s Office of Community Food Systems will highlight the variety of ways districts across the country are incorporating local foods. In addition, districts from Vermont and Colorado will share how they started adding local foods to their meals and how seasonal cycle menus are now mainstays in their districts. Register here

2. Workshop: Using Gardens to Teach Summer Institute

August 23-25 // Poughkeepsie, NY
The summer institute is designed to help educators integrate gardens into their teaching. It cover topics in literacy, social studies, science, math, and nutrition, as well as build knowledge about sustainable agriculture, food systems, social justice, and ecological gardening practices. Workshop is hosted at Poughkeepsie Farm Project. Learn more and register here.


Research & Resources
1. Findings of the 2015 National Food Hub Survey
Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems has released the Findings of the 2015 National Food Hub Survey, produced in collaboration with the Wallace Center at Winrock International. This is the only study of its caliber to track nationwide data on food hubs over time. Overall, the 2015 National Food Hub Survey indicates that the food hub model can be financially successful across a variety of legal structures and geographic or customer markets. See the findings here


Jobs & Opportunities
1. Project Coordinator, Community Food Systems, The Food Trust
The Food Trust seeks a Project Coordinator to support projects related to healthy early care and education policy, farm to school and other related child nutrition programs. The coordinator will support the day-to-day management of several project focused on improving farm to early care best practices, both through policy change and through programming. Learn more here.

2. Director of Education, Stone Barns Center
Supervised by the Director of Programs, the Director of Education will manage and lead teacher and youth programs, including Mobile Kitchen Classroom, Farm Camp and other strategic educational initiatives. The Director of Education is responsible for developing and assessing strategies for achieving specific educational outcomes related to our mission. These include knowledge, skills and values related to agroecology (sustainable agriculture principles demonstrated at Stone Barns), farm-driven cuisine and making connections across the food system. Learn more here
 

Farm to school in the news
Schools make cafeteria connections - shoutout to Bertrand Weber, NFSN Advisory Board! 
School districts across the country are engaging parents with kitchen tours, smartphone apps and social media to persuade them that today’s school meals are nothing like the sometimes unhealthy foods they remember from their own childhoods. (via District Administration)

Gardening camp teaches problem-solving skills
A summer camp in Newark, N.J., offers students the opportunity to tend a school garden, feed chickens and do garden crafts. One students favorite part? "I like when we have a big root and we finally get it out after we've been working on it for so long. You get a victory." (via Newark Advocate)

Healthy Cuisine for Kids workshop touts importance of food preparation, palatability

About 30 school cafeteria managers from across Alabama are spending their summer learning from culinary experts how to best prepare and present nutritious food to students. Managers are learning new culinary techniques, recipe preparation, and the nutritional value of the food they serve. (via Times 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: 6/21/16

NFSN Staff Tuesday, June 21, 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. 



Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Regional Farm to Institution Insights: Learnings from Stakeholders Across the Value Chain
Wednesday, June 22, 1-2pm ET
Sharon Feuer Gruber and Wendy Stuart, co-founders of the consulting firm Food Works Group, and Jamie Moore, Director, Sourcing & Sustainability at the Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, will be presenting about regional Farm to Institution in the Chesapeake Bay foodshed and recommendations to advance these efforts. The recommendations were born out of a stakeholder needs assessment that Food Works Group conducted to support the Chesapeake Food Leadership Council in identifying strategies to propel forward F2I across the region. Learn more and register here

2. Webinar: Garden to Cafeteria: Successes, Challenges and Models from Across the U.S.
Thursday, June 23 // 3pm ET
Have you ever wondered what it takes to get your school garden produce into the lunchroom? This month, SlowFood USA will be discussing the concept of Garden to Cafeteria, which serves as an incredible educational opportunity for students and can greatly contribute to changing a school food culture.  Slow Food USA will describe their successes working with the county health department and food service to develop a robust Garden to Cafeteria program in Denver, CO, and you will hear about other exciting models from across the U.S. Learn more and register here

3. National Children & Youth Garden Symposium
July 13-16, 2016 // Columbia, SC
The 24th annual NCYGS invites you to network with like-minded teachers, garden designers, community leaders, program coordinators, and others involved with connecting kids to the natural world. Explore topics ranging from curriculum to program management to garden design and maintenance during three dynamic days of educational sessions, field trips, and expert keynote presentations. Please register for NCYGS 2016 by Wednesday June 22, 2016. There will be limited on-site registration available in Columbia, South Carolina. Learn more here

4. Massachusetts Farm & Sea to School Conference: Call for Workshops
November 4, 2016 // Leominster, Mass. 
Massachusetts Farm to School will hold its fourth statewide conference, Growing Together: The Massachusetts Farm & Sea to School Conference this November. The conference brings together farm and sea to school advocates from pre-school, K-12, and college environments for a daylong event with workshops and panel discussions addressing a wide variety of topics. The planning committee is accepting workshop proposals through July 10. Learn more here

5. 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 summer and fall include: Sowing the Seeds of Wonder (PreK-K), The Growing Classroom 2-Day Intensive (K-6) and Plant It, Grow It, Eat It (K-8). Learn more and find additional training opportunities here


Research & Resources

1. 2015 USDA Farm to School Census: Raw Data Released
Today, USDA released the raw data from its 2015 Farm to School Census. Information is available from all 12,585 respondents that completed the 2015 Census. At the respondent level, the spreadsheet contains secondary data, including matched data from the Common Core of Data. A separate excel file is also available at the state and national level for state and national level analysis. Later this summer, USDA will release a new data explorer tool so users can more easily explore the 2015 data and complete customized searches. Explore the raw data here


Jobs & Opportunities
1. School Garden Programs Director, The Kohala Center
The Kohala Center’s Farm to School programs are an integral component of its ‘āina-based education and food self-reliance efforts. The Director will be responsible for coordinating the Hawai‘i Island School Garden Network and FoodCorps Hawai‘i, working with the Hawai‘i Farm to School and School Garden Hui, as well as creating and leading (and/or working with staff to lead) after-school and school vacation STEAM education programs for middle-school students on gardening, agriculture, Hawaiian field systems, field science, and native, endemic, and Polynesian plants. Learn more here


Farm to school in the news

As more gardens sprout, schools find new way to reach students - shoutout to Simca Horowitz, NFSN Massachusetts State Co-Lead! 
What started years ago as isolated, often small plots at a handful of schools has blossomed into more than 200 school gardens across Massachusetts that have become multifaceted learning tools. Students learn more than how to grow and harvest their own vegetables; the gardens become part of classroom curriculums at many schools. (via Boston Globe)

Detroit Public Schools launches Friday farmers markets at two schools
- shoutout to Betti Wiggings, NFSN Advisory Board! 
New farmers markets launches at school in Detroit feature produce grown by DPS students and staff. Students are helping operate the markets. “The point is to get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables,” said Betti Wiggins, the Office of School Nutrition’s executive director. “The point is to engage them in growing their food and teach some them some entrepreneurial skills.” (via The Detroit 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: 6/14/16

NFSN Staff Tuesday, June 14, 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. Donald Herb Garden Grant, Herb Society of America
The Herb Society of America is inviting applications from teachers in grades 3 to 6 for its 2016-17 Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant. Through the program, the society will award up to ten $200 grants to public and private school  teachers in grades 3 to 6 to cultivate an indoor or outdoor herb garden. The funds may be used for materials such as soil, plant trays, containers, child- or youth-sized tools, etc. Selected classrooms selected will receive three windowsill herb garden kits complete with pots, soil, seeds, and educational materials for use in the classroom. Learn more here


Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Garden to Cafeteria: Successes, Challenges and Models from Across the U.S.
Thursday, June 23 // 3pm ET
Have you ever wondered what it takes to get your school garden produce into the lunchroom? This month, SlowFood USA will be discussing the concept of Garden to Cafeteria, which serves as an incredible educational opportunity for students and can greatly contribute to changing a school food culture.  Slow Food USA will describe their successes working with the county health department and food service to develop a robust Garden to Cafeteria program in Denver, CO, and you will hear about other exciting models from across the U.S. Learn more and register here

2. NESAWG 2016 Conference: Accepting Proposals
NESAWG is currently accepting proposals for sessions for the 2016 It Takes a Region Conference. The Conference, now in its 23rd year, brings together practitioners and professionals from across the Northeast to explore ideas that move us towards a more sustainable and just farm and food system. This year's conference theme is Tackling Wicked Problems in Food Systems.  Proposal submissions are due by June 30th at midnight. For more information and to submit a proposal, visit their website

3. 6th Farm-Based Education Network National Gathering 
November 4-6 // Concord, MA
Save the date! Educators, farmers, nonprofit organization staff, parents, nutrition practitioners, policy makers, students, and more will come together to share skills and resources, build relationships, and celebrate the vibrant field of farm-based education. Workshops will focus on program development, marketing, fundraising, the balance of production and education, nonprofit board management, and much more. Peer educators will showcase their sites during field trips and workshops, a keynote address will spark discussion, and group meals will allow for ample networking time. Learn more here


Research & Resources
1. Cross-Sector Collaboration: A Report from the Minnesota Farm to School Leadership Team
This report documents the processes and outcomes of the Minnesota Farm to School Leadership Team’s collective efforts over the past five years. It highlights dynamic tensions and examples of success while documenting the history of farm to school in Minnesota. The full report is available here.

2. Oregon Farm to School Counts
Built by Ecotrust on behalf of the Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network (OFSSGN), Oregon Farm to School Counts documents the impact of Oregon’s farm to school work in four key areas: health, education, economy, and the environment. It also highlights key gaps in data, pointing to where future research and investment are needed. View the website here


Jobs & Opportunities
1. Opportunities with Rogue Valley Farm to School
Rogue Valley Farm to School is looking for a self motivated and detail oriented individuals to join their team. The Outreach Coordinator is responsible for community outreach, administrative support, volunteer coordination, social media, and fundraising support for RVF2S and the Siskiyou Challenge. For more information about this part-time position please read the full job description. They also are looking to hire an AmeriCorps Farm to School Leader. The AmeriCorps applications close August 1st, 2016. Read the full job description.

2. The Edible Schoolyard ​Garden AmeriCorps Member
The Edible Schoolyard Berkeley is seeking a Garden AmeriCorps Member to join its teaching team next year. Service members play a key role in delivering instruction to students and maintaining our one-acre garden. Learn more about the opportunity here and apply by June 19th. 

3. Farm to School Coordinator, Sustainable Nantucket

Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Farm to School Coordinator will cultivate and maintain the Farm to School teaching garden, develop and implement curriculum-integrated programming, perform outreach in schools and community, and connect local farms with school food services. Learn more here


Farm to school in the news
How Farm to School Summer Programs Feed Low-Income Families - shoutout to Erin McGuire, NFSN Policy Director, and Helen Dombalis, NFSN Director of Programs!
When the bell rings signaling summer recess, it also means the end for many school meal programs serving low-income families. “Hungry children are most vulnerable when school is out, but with the USDA Farm to School Program’s focus on summer meals, we have an amazing tool to connect kids to their community and get more nutritious food on their plates,” said Erin McGuire,  Policy Director for the National Farm to School Network. (via Media Planet)

Farm to school campaigns growing nationally, locally
Matthew Raiford, keynote speaker at the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, and Dawn Lewis, culinary services director at Glenn County School System, discuss how farm to school efforts are taking root and positively impacting kids and the agricultural community in Georgia and beyond. “Our goal is to feed as many students as possible with the healthiest and freshest food options. The farmers want it, we want it, and state leaders want farm-to-school to be a bigger initiative,” Lewis said. (via The Brunswick News)

Students get hands-on, farm-to-table experience
Bald Eagle Area (Pennsylvania) students spent the past school year raising chickens, growing corn and making homemade chicken corn soup to benefit the district’s budding farm to school program. The project was funded by a National Farm to School Network Seed Change mini grant. (via Centre Daily Times)

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: 5/25/16

NFSN Staff Wednesday, May 25, 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. Rural Community Grant Program, Northwest Farm Credit Service
Northwest Farm Credit Service is looking for creative and collaborative approaches to addressing challenges and opportunities in rural communities. Its rural community grant program provides grants for community projects that improve rural communities within Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. This includes efforts such as building or improving facilities; purchasing necessary equipment to facilitate a program; and funding capital improvements which enhance a community’s infrastructure, viability and/or prosperity. Applications are due June 1. Learn more here.


Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Election-Related Lobbying & Advocacy
Friday, June 10, 2-3pm ET
Join National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Alliance for Justice, and Food Policy Action for a webinar on election-related lobbying and advocacy. The webinar will cover the basic rules for 501(c)(3)s and the various types of activities (candidate forums, questionnaires, get out the vote efforts, etc.) that (c)(3)s can engage in during an election season.  You'll also hear from Claire Benjamin of Food Policy Action about FPA's work to hold legislators accountable on votes that have an effect on food and farming. Register here.  

2. Registration Open: Southeast Regional Farm to School Conference
September 23-24 // Greenville, SC
The Southeast is having a farm to school gathering and you are invited! On September 23-24, 2016 in Greenville, SC, join teachers, early childhood educators, parents, community health professionals, and child nutrition staff from across the southeast to strengthen existing programs and jump start new farm to school efforts. State networking sessions will be provided for states within USDA's SE region:  NC, SC, FL, KY, TN, GA, AL, and MS. Full information including the workshop schedule and field trip details is available on the Growing Minds website

3. 6th Farm-Based Education Network National Gathering 
November 4-6 // Concord, MA
Save the date! Educators, farmers, nonprofit organization staff, parents, nutrition practitioners, policy makers, students, and more will come together to share skills and resources, build relationships, and celebrate the vibrant field of farm-based education. Workshops will focus on program development, marketing, fundraising, the balance of production and education, nonprofit board management, and much more. Peer educators will showcase their sites during field trips and workshops, a keynote address will spark discussion, and group meals will allow for ample networking time. Learn more here


Research & Resources
1. New CACFP Meal Pattern and Best Practices Promote Local and Seasonal
In April, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service released the final Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meal pattern rules along with best practice recommendations. Several of these changes and best practices create great opportunity to increase awareness and implementation of farm to school activities in CACFP programs. See a summary of the final rule and details about opportunities for farm to early care and education on the National Farm to School Network blog.    

2. Report: The Michigan Farm to School Grant Program - The First Three Years
The story of the Michigan Farm to School Grant Program, established in 2011 and continuing today, is now available in one comprehensive report from the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems. Read how MI Farm to School Grant Program has helped food program providers overcome challenges and stimulate or sustain local food purchasing programs at K-12 schools and early childhood programs in Michigan. Read the report here

3. Film: Lunch Love Community
Lunch Love Community tells the story of how a diverse group of pioneering parents and food advocates came together to tackle food reform and food justice in the schools and neighborhoods of Berkeley, California, and features Ann Cooper among others. The film can be useful in community settings to inspire engagement, and well as in education settings. It is composed of twelve interconnecting short documentaries, and comes with study guides, which is perfect for introducing topics while allowing time for discussion and teaching. Learn more here


Policy
1. House committee passes CNR amidst advocate and lawmaker concerns
Last week, the House Education and Workforce Committee approved H.R. 5003, the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016, marking another step forward in the Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) process, but potentially a step backward for our nation’s children. While there are considerable issues with the bill’s potential impact on the quality and access to school meals, one of the very few bright spots of bipartisanship was farm to school.  A full CNR update is available on our blog


Jobs & Opportunities
1. Farm to School Program Coordinator, Minneapolis Public Schools
This position coordinates the Minneapolis Public Schools Farm to School Program, including program development, financial oversight, staff support, community development, and public relations; liaison with internal and external partners including local procurement and food educational efforts. Application closes June 2. Learn more here


Farm to school in the news
Chefs in Schools program to benefit Clark County students, food service staff
With support from the National Farm to School Network’s Seed Change initiative, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Program has launched the Chefs in Schools collaborative. The program uses chefs to educate school food service personnel about incorporating fresh local foods in their menus, knife skills and proper handling of fresh local foods. (via The Winchester Sun)

Manatee schools plan garden expansions
The Manatee County School District (Florida) is expanding its school gardens and working with area farmers to get more local food in schools. In the upcoming year, the district wants to increase the food products coming from local farmers and more prominently promote the products from those local farmers in the cafeterias. (via Bradenton Herald)

Schools dishing out local food

More than 130 school districts in New York are participating in a federal pilot program in which schools use funds from the US Department of Agriculture to purchase local produce for school meals. Officials say the program expands access to local food and helps cut costs. (via The Daily News)


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

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