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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. 

This Week in farm to school: 5/17/16

NFSN Staff Tuesday, May 17, 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. Webinars: USDA Traditional Foods in Native Communities Webinar Series
This spring, USDA’s Office of Community Food Systems is hosting 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 next webinar is Partnering for Success in Tribal Communities on May 18, at 3pm EDT. Learn more and 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. RFP Open: 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 30th, 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.


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. USDA Factsheets Now Available in Spanish
In an effort to reach Spanish-speaking farm to school program operators, USDA recently had three of their most popular farm to school fact sheets translated into Spanish. Check them out:
3. Minneapolis Public Schools Farm to School Toolkit
Minneapolis Public Schools has released a Farm to School Toolkit – a case study detailing how their farm to school program works. Since 2011, MPS has been proudly sourcing fresh produce, meats, baked goods, and other products from local farmers and manufacturers for meals provided to the district’s 35,500 students. This toolkit is designed to describe MPS’ farm to school program and share the many useful tools, resources and documents that have been developed since its inception. View the toolkit here

4. Identifying Farm to School Barriers and Keys to Success: Perceptions of Hourly Employees
This article from the Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition outlines a study focused on identifying barriers and keys to success when using local produce from farm to school programs. Semistructured Interviews were conducted with hourly school foodservice employees. Challenges included appearance, shelf life, service to students, and availability. Keys to success included exposure and support, service, and employee motivation. Results of the study are not generalizable but were used to develop a questionnaire to identify barriers among a larger sample. Read more here.

5. USDA Farm Storage Facility Loan Expanded

USDA’s Farm Service Agency recently announced that farmers can now use the Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program to help finance portable storage structures, portable equipment, and storage and handling trucks; the program will also continue to support stationary crop and cold storage on-farm facilities. This expansion will provide much-needed support to fruit and vegetable farmers, and other producers, who need special equipment to transport their goods to local farmers markets, schools, restaurants, food hubs, and retail establishments. Learn more here.


Jobs & Opportunities
1. USDA Office of Community Food Systems - two positions
USDA’s Office of Community Food Systems has posted two, permanent, full-time positions. One will be charged with coordinating efforts to bring more local foods into our schools programs, while the other will manage our summer and CACFP portfolio. The deadline to submit applications is Tuesday, May 17. Learn more here


Farm to school in the news

Farms that Sell Directly to Consumers May Stay in Business Longer
Opportunities to buy food directly from farmers, in urban and rural areas, have increased considerably in recent years. The number of farms that sold food at roadside stands, farmers’ markets, pick-your-own farms, on-farm stores, and community-supported agricultural arrangements increased 24 percent between 2002 and 2012. Read more on the USDA’s blog.

Gardening Project Takes Root at Marlboro Middle School

Whitcomb Middle School in Massachusetts has installed a new school garden, and students and teachers are ready to dig in. “With the introduction of growing plants and vegetables, we are able to incorporate math, science, ELA, social studies, and social skills. From the importance of water and agriculture for ancient civilizations, quantitative measurements or the life sciences, we can incorporate this project in line with curriculum. As special educators, our goal is creating this ownership over their learning experience.” (via Worcester Telegram & Gazette)

School's Curriculum Fosters Healthful Connection to Food, Environment

Philip’s Academy Charter School in New Jersey has established a new curriculum that emphasizes healthy eating and food literacy. Its mission is to foster a future generation of environmental leaders. (via Voice of America)


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: 5/4/16

NFSN Staff Wednesday, May 04, 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. Last Chance! Join Us at the National Farm to Cafeteria Conference 
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. The registration deadline is May 16 – that’s less than two weeks away. Register today at farmtocafeteriaconference.org.

2. Webinars: USDA Traditional Foods in Native Communities Webinar Series
This spring, USDA’s Office of Community Food Systems is hosting 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 third webinar is coming up: Community Food Systems in Native Communities: Engaging Students on May 4, at 3pm EDT. Learn more and register here

3. Webinar: New Healthier CACFP Meal Standards: What you need to know

Food Research & Action Center
Monday, May 9, 1-2:30pm ET
USDA has issued the new healthier meal pattern for the Child and Adult Care Food Program and related programs. Join the Food Research and Action Center and USDA for a webinar on the new rules and USDA’s implementation plans. Learn what you need to know about USDA's recently issued healthier CACFP meal pattern and nutrition standards for the Child and Adult Care Food Program in Head Start, child care centers, family child care homes, afterschool programs, emergency shelters and adult day care and school meal programs in school-based PreK. Register here

4. Webinar: School Garden Education for Children Experiencing Behavioral and Mental Health Challenges

Slow Food USA
Tuesday, May 17, 2pm ET
School Gardens for students with behavioral and mental health challenges provide interesting opportunities to develop positive and empowering life skills. The Creeks School Garden in Portland Oregon integrates practical education theory and methods into tangible, thoughtful teaching exercises that results in dynamic behavioral changes. The Creeks School Garden team will describe: the learning characteristics of these special children, their school settings, the importance of community partnerships, and specific activities that help these student’s gain confidence and develop productive collaborative relationships. Learn more here


Research & Resources
1. Film: Food Frontiers
Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future has released a short film that tells a half-dozen stories about projects around the country that are aimed at increasing access to healthy food. One of the stories covers farm to school programs in Riverside, Calif., and Claremont, Calif., including extensive material on farm to school pioneer Rodney Taylor and his farmer collaborator Bob Knight. Watch the film here


Jobs & Opportunities
1. Executive Director, Washington Sustainable Food & Farming Network
The Washington Sustainable Food & Farming Network has re-opened its search for a new Executive Director. WSFFN’s Executive Director will lead The Network into a new decade, providing both vision and action to strengthen sustainable food and farming systems. The position will remain open until filled. Learn more here.

2. Wellness Dietitian, Burke County Public Schools
Burke County Public Schools (Georgia) seeks a Wellness Dietitian to join is School Nutrition team. The position is heavily involved with the district’s farm to school and Early Head Start work. Learn more and apply here


Farm to school in the news

Trying To Alleviate Food Deserts In Arizona's Desert - shout out to Cindy Gentry, NFSN Arizona State Lead!
There are a number of food deserts in and around Maricopa County, Ariz. - areas in which residents have little-to-no access to healthy food. In this radio interview, Cindy Gentry, food systems coordinator for the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, speaks about the role schools play in trying to alleviate food deserts. Listen here.

Local Food Learning Lab Sparks Growth - shout out to ASAP, NFSN Southeast Regional Lead Agency! 
Preschoolers at ASAP's new Growing Minds Learning Lab are getting their hands dirty this summer. Hear them talk about their gardening experiment and find out how the Child Care Center of First Presbyterian Church of Asheville, N.C. is bringing local food into the lives of its littlest learners. Listen 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: 4/26/16

NFSN Staff Tuesday, April 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. 

Webinars & Events
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. 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. Webinar: How to Successfully Implement Salad Bars in Your School Cafeteria

Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools
Thursday, April 28, 3pm ET

School salad bars are one of the easiest ways to meet the fruit and vegetable standards for school lunch, increase participation in the lunch program, reduce plate waste and increase student’s fruit and vegetable consumption. The Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative has donated salad bars to more than 4,500 schools nationwide and has resources to help schools successfully implement salad bars. Hear from school food service directors about their experience with salad bars and how you can apply for salad bars from LMSB2S. Register here

3. Webinar: Farm to Summer: Incorporating local foods in Summer Food Service Programs

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems
May 3, 2016 2:00-3:30 pm ET
Summer Food Service Programs can be an ideal time to start looking at local purchasing. At the height of the Michigan farming season, there is more local product available than at any other time in the year. Farmers are often willing to sell seconds or bulk surpluses at a discounted rate, and what better way to take advantage of those than in your Summer Food Service Program! Join the Michigan Department of Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture, and MSU Center for Regional Food Systems for an interactive and informative webinar covering all things Farm to Summer. Hear about farm to summer programs happening in Michigan, learn how to incorporate local purchasing into your site’s meal program, and see how Farm to Summer programs can increase nutritional quality of meals and boost participation rates. Register here

4. Webinar: School Garden Education for Children Experiencing Behavioral and Mental Health Challenges
Slow Food USA
Tuesday, May 17, 2pm ET
School Gardens for students with behavioral and mental health challenges provide interesting opportunities to develop positive and empowering life skills. The Creeks School Garden in Portland Oregon integrates practical education theory and methods into tangible, thoughtful teaching exercises that results in dynamic behavioral changes. The Creeks School Garden team will describe: the learning characteristics of these special children, their school settings, the importance of community partnerships, and specific activities that help these student’s gain confidence and develop productive collaborative relationships. Learn more here

5. USDA's Minority Farmers and Ranchers Advisory Committee
May 10-12 // New Orleans
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Office of Advocacy and Outreach is announcing a meeting of the Minority Farmers and Ranchers Advisory Committee. The committee is being convened to consider issues involving minorities. The members will deliberate on recommendations to be prepared for USDA Secretarial consideration. The meeting will be open to the public. Public written comments for the committee's consideration may be submitted by close of business on May 6. More details here

6. Call for Proposals: School Food FOCUS 2016 National Gathering

December 6-8, 2016 // Braselton, Georgia 
School Food FOCUS is seeking proposals that demonstrate how more healthful, regional and sustainable school food can drive food systems change. They seek innovative and dynamic speakers who can share the opportunities and challenges of institutional procurement. Ideal proposals will highlight inspirational success stories and emphasize the importance of equitable food access for all children. All proposals should be submitted to the online form by Friday, May 27, 2016. Learn more here


Research & Resources
1. Survey Results: Farm to School in Early Care and Education Builds Healthy Kids with Bright Futures
In 2015, the National Farm to School Network surveyed early care and education providers across the country. Nearly 1,500 providers serving 183,369 young children in 49 states and Washington, D.C., responded and shared fascinating insight into the important work that they are doing to connect young children to healthy, local foods and food related educational opportunities. The results show that farm to school in early care and education is on the rise across the country. 54% of respondents are already doing farm to school activities and another 28% plan to start in the near future. A new infographic and factsheet are available with more survey results. To see the results and learn how the National Farm to School Network is working to expand farm to school in early care and education, visit farmtoschool.org/earlychildhood

2. CDC Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity: Data, Trends and Maps 
The CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity's Data, Trends and Maps online tool allows you to search for and view indicators related to nutrition, physical activity and obesity. You can search on the basis of a specific location or an indicator. Access this powerful data tool here.

3. Engagement and Cultural Competence Webinar Recording
Suzanne Bronheim, PhD from the National Center for Cultural Competence presented "Community Engagement to Address Cultural Competence" on March 31st.  During this thought-provoking and practical webinar, Bronheim discusses the difference between community engagement and community outreach, cultural brokering, and specific strategies program managers can use for engaging diverse communities.  This was the third cultural competence webinar provided by the National Center during the Healthy Places for Kids to Eat (HPKE) project. The HPKE project is part of a cooperative agreement between ASPHN and CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. Watch the recording here


Jobs & Opportunities
1. Executive Director, West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition
The West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition seeks a dynamic, entrepreneurial, committed leader to help build and support West Virginia’s rapidly growing local food system. The position of WVFFC Executive Director is one that advocates for sound legislative policy to benefit West Virginia farmers and consumers, builds stakeholder partnerships, and continues the Coalition’s success in promoting food and agriculture as a critical part of West Virginia’s economy. Learn more here


Farm to school in the news
A Model Network: The National Farm to School Network - shout out to Anupama Joshi, NFSN Executive Director and Co-Founder! 
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group has profiled the National Farm to School Network as a model network on their blog. Read how our strategies of connecting people with information, policy advocacy and networking have supported the growth of the farm to school movement across the country. Read more here

Bill aims for slow food to simmer in La. schools - shout out to Katie Mularz, Louisiana State Lead! 
Louisiana Sen. Francis Thompson wants to incorporate a farm to school program in all Louisiana public schools. Thompson's Senate Bill 240, which overwhelmingly passed by the Senate last week, would require such a program be developed and implemented by the state departments of education and agriculture. (via The News Star)

Students use love of science & nutrition to help others enjoy healthier school lunches
Mays High School in Atlanta, Ga. uses aquaponics and hydroponics to grow year round herbs and vegetables and teach students about healthy eating. School officials say the program allows student to apply cutting edge, economical and sustainable methods that yield safe and nutritious food in Atlanta Public Schools cafeterias. (via Fox 5 Atlanta)

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: 4/19/16

NFSN Staff Tuesday, April 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. USDA Grants for Food Safety Training, Outreach and Technical Assistance
The USDA has announced the availability of $4.7 million in grants for food safety education, training, and technical assistance projects that address the needs of owners and operators of small to mid-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers, food hubs, farmers' markets, and others. The grants, offered through the Food Safety Outreach Program and administered by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), are designed to help these stakeholders comply with new food safety guidelines established by the Food and Drug Administration under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Learn more here


Webinars & Events
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. 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. Webinars: USDA Traditional Foods in Native Communities Webinar Series

This spring, USDA’s Office of Community Food Systems is hosting 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 second webinar is coming up: Incorporating Traditional Foods in Child Nutrition Program Menus on April 20, at 3pm EDT. Learn more and register here

3. Webinar: Food Systems Change through Procurement Policy

Wednesday, April 27th, 2:00-3:30 pm ET
Join FoodPolicyNetworks.org and Chesapeake Foodshed Network for an overview of the Center for a Livable Future’s recent report, Instituting Change, which examines the benefits and barriers to increased institutional procurement of regionally and sustainably produced food. Hear findings from a recent analysis of the economic potential for regional food procurement among institutions in the Chesapeake region. Finally, learn about the Center for Good Food Purchasing and implementation of the Center’s Good Food Purchasing Policy in Chicago and the Twin Cities. Register here

4. Webinar: How to Evaluate Economic Benefits of Local Food Systems

Thursday, April 28, 3pm ET
Local and regional food systems are helping revitalize rural and urban communities across the country.  The authors of a new USDA guide to evaluate the economic impacts of investing in farmers markets, community supported agriculture (CSA), food hubs, and other local food systems will discuss the toolkit during a free webinar. The Economics of Local Food Systems: A Toolkit to Guide Community Discussions, Assessments and Choices, developed by the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) in cooperation with Colorado State University (CSU), uses real-world projects, experiences, and applied research to help community leaders, planners, economic development specialists, public agencies, and private businesses or foundations evaluate the economic benefits of local and regional food systems. Register here

5. Webinar: How to Successfully Implement Salad Bars in Your School Cafeteria
Thursday, April 28, 3pm ET
School salad bars are one of the easiest ways to meet the fruit and vegetable standards for school lunch, increase participation in the lunch program, reduce plate waste and increase student’s fruit and vegetable consumption. The Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative has donated salad bars to more than 4,500 schools nationwide and has resources to help schools successfully implement salad bars. Hear from school food service directors about their experience with salad bars and how you can apply for salad bars from LMSB2S. Register here

Research & Resources
1. Survey Results: Farm to School in Early Care and Education Builds Healthy Kids with Bright Futures
In 2015, the National Farm to School Network surveyed early care and education providers across the country. Nearly 1,500 providers serving 183,369 young children in 49 states and Washington, D.C., responded and shared fascinating insight into the important work that they are doing to connect young children to healthy, local foods and food related educational opportunities. The results show that farm to school in early care and education is on the rise across the country. 54% of respondents are already doing farm to school activities and another 28% plan to start in the near future. A new infographic and factsheet are available with more survey results. To see the results and learn how the National Farm to School Network is working to expand farm to school in early care and education, visit farmtoschool.org/earlychildhood

2. New Community Action Model

Active Living By Design developed its initial Community Action Model and “5P” strategies (Preparation, Promotion, Programs, Policy and Physical Projects) as an evidence-informed framework for increasing active living and healthy eating in communities through comprehensive and integrated strategies. This new model highlights the importance of a community’s context, defines six essential practices that undergird success and focuses the action approach from the original 5Ps to our new 3P approach (Partner, Prepare and Progress). It also presents some expected impacts. This updated model can be useful to community coalitions and local leaders seeking a collaborative approach to creating healthier places and to funders seeking a tested approach for local investments. Learn more here

3. ChopChop: The Fun Cooking Magazine for Families
The award-winning ChopChop Magazine is an engaging tool for teaching kids about food and where it comes from, cooking, nutrition and health. Inspire and teach kids to cook real food through delicious, kid-tested recipes, fun food facts and puzzles, gardening activities and games to keep kids moving. Teachers use ChopChop as part of wellness and nutrition education programs throughout the country. Available in English and Spanish and endorsed by the Academy of Pediatrics, ChopChop is a quarterly magazine and does not contain any advertising. You can purchase a 1-year subscription (4 issues) for just $14.95. Teachers can purchase a special classroom package of 30 copies for $40 (shipping and handling included). Each teacher package includes curriculum which includes classroom activities, printables and math lessons in math, science, ELA and social studies. Download a free sample of ChopChop curriculum here.  ChopChop can also be purchased in large quantities of boxes of 50 copies for $65/box (includes shipping). For more information on custom programs and pricing, please contact Evilee Ebb at ev@chopchopmag.org. 


Jobs & Opportunities
1. Farm to Early Education Program Specialist, Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children
The Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children seeks a Farm to Early Education Program Specialist to implement its Farm to Early Education program and develop a statewide Farm to Early Education Coalition. Learn more and apply here

2. Nutritionist, Food and Nutrition Service

Food and Nutrition Service seeks a Nutritionist in its Child Nutrition Program. This position will including work on Team Nutrition materials to support the CACFP. Application closes April 25, 2016. Learn more here


Farm to school in the news
Teams compete for top prize in first Farm to School cook off
School cooks in Maine recently faced off in a farm to school cook off. The teams followed their own recipes and used locally sourced ingredients to create both breakfast and lunch meals. Two more competitions like this are lined up over the next month.  All of the recipes will be collected and put into a cookbook for Maine schools. (via WCSH6)

Eating local: Farm to School creates student learning from gardens to cafeterias
Nutrition education is homegrown in the Ferguson-Florissant School District (Mo.), where Kelly Bristow leads farm to school programming that gives children of all ages an appreciation of food and nutrition – from farm to plate. (via The St.Louis American)

Revamped School Garden Grows Veggies, Interest in Many Subjects
A school in New Jersey has discovered that student and faculty energy plus community-minded businesses and strong vision can be transformed into an outdoor classroom for teaching students about living off the land in a healthy manner. (via Cape May County Herald


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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