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This Week in Farm to School: 10/23/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, October 23, 2018
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 FY 2019 Farm to School Grant RFA
The FY 2019 Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) is now open to applicants. Due to additional funding made available to the Farm to School Grant Program through the FY 2018 Omnibus Bill, the Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) seeks to award approximately $7.5M in FY 2019 funding.  Applications are due Dec. 4, 2018. Learn more and apply here

2. 2019 Youth Garden Grant
Any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program in the United States or US Territories planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18 is eligible to apply. The selection of winners is based on demonstrated program impact and sustainability. The top 5 programs will be awarded grant packages worth $2,100. Grant packages worth $500 will be awarded to 20 additional programs. Applications are due December 17. Learn more here


Webinars & Events
1. National Farm to School Month - Share How You're Celebrating, Enter to Win!
How are you celebrating National Farm to School Month? The National Farm to School Network wants to know! Share what actions you're taking for farm to school this October by adding your name to the Take Action Pledge. Everyone who completes the pledge form will be entered to win farm to school prizes for a school of their choice! Eleven (11) winners will be randomly drawn, and prizes include a "Build-Your-Own Blueberry Day" from the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, assets from the Captain Planet Foundation Project Learning Garden™ program, organic dairy products from Organic Valley, and seed packets from High Mowing Organic Seeds. Whether you’re hosting a taste test in the cafeteria, harvesting school garden produce or making a new farm to school connection, no action is too small! Take 2 minutes to add your name to the pledge and enter to win by Oct. 31, 2018. Learn more at www.farmtoschool.org/pledge.  

2. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics: NFSN Seed Change in Native Communities Cohort
November 1, 2-3pm ET
In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, our November Trending Topics webinar will feature partners from the National Farm to School Network's Seed Change in Native Communities project. Since 2017, the Seed Change project has helped to create dozens of school gardens in Native communities, put local and indigenous foods on the plates of hundreds of children, and supported the inspiring work of five school communities dedicated to expanding and sustaining farm to school programming for the next generation of Native youth. Register here.

3. NFSN WEBINAR Farm to School and 21st Century Food Service Programs
November 15, 7-8pm ET
In 2018, National Farm to School Network teamed up with National Education Association as its National Partner of the Year. Growing from this partnership is a movement to challenge schools to build 21st Century food programs. We want to enrich the connection between schools and fresh, healthy, and locally sourced food. Additionally, we will build a new school nutrition workforce that will anchor this lofty project in our school communities. Join this webinar to hear from participants in this new partnership that are already reaping the benefits. Register here

4. Massachusetts Farm to School Farm & Sea to School Conference 
December 6, 2018 // Leominster, MA
On December 6, 2018, Mass. Farm to School will hold its fifth statewide conference, The Massachusetts Farm & Sea to School Conference. This year’s theme is Setting the Table: Communities Creating Change.  The conference seeks to amplify traditionally underrepresented voices in the Massachusetts food system and identify strategies and resources for promoting racial equity and social justice as we grow the farm & sea to school movement. Register here

5. Farm to Cafeteria Canada National Farm to School Conference - Call for Proposals
Farm to Cafeteria Canada's (F2CC) National Farm to School Conference will be held in Victoria, British Columbia, May 15-17, 2019 and we are now accepting proposals. Building on the success of the 2015 Changing the Menu conference, this event is designed to advance activity to bring more healthy, local and sustainable foods into the minds and onto the plates of students in preschools, schools (K-12) and campuses across Canada. We invite you to join your colleagues from across Canada as they INSPIRE, INNOVATE, and organize for IMPACT. Deadline to submit is December 20, 2018. Learn more here.


Research & Resources
1. Native Farm-to-School Resource Guide
First Nations Development Institute has released a Native Farm-to-School Resource Guide, a comprehensive manual for planning and implementing farm-to-school programs in Native American communities. The Native Farm-to-School Resource Guide was developed by identifying existing Native and non-Native farm-to-school programs and analyzing best practices, lessons learned, biggest challenges and case study examples of programs that achieved high-level impact and long-term sustainability. The result is a process guide for planning Native farm-to-school programs as well as a guide for tribal officials to engage their leadership and create buy-in for the farm-to-school process. Learn more here

2.  USDA Seeking Nominations for Beginning and Minority Farmer Advisory Committees
The USDA has reopened nominations for both the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Advisory Committee and the Minority Farmer Advisory Committee. This who applied in the last nomination period (which closed last June) do not need to reapply. Consideration will be given to nominations received on or before November 1, 2018. Applications and nomination packages can be downloaded here.


Job Opportunities
1. Farm to School Planning Consultant, City of Providence (Providence, RI)
The City of Providence has re-opened the Request for Proposals for a Farm to School Planning Consultant. This consultant will lead the City and Providence Public Schools in developing an Action Plan to better integrate local foods, school gardens, and food systems/nutrition education into our school district. Proposals are due by 2:15 pm on October 29th. Learn more here or contact Rachel Newman Greene at Rnewmangreene@providenceri.gov with questions or for more information.

2. Member and Strategic Partnerships Manager, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (Location Flexible)
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (SAFSF) amplifies the impact of philanthropic and investment communities in support of just and sustainable food and agriculture systems. SAFSF seeks a full-time Member and Strategic Partnerships Manager to support, mobilize, and expand SAFSF’s membership and secure new revenue in support of its strategic direction. Learn more and apply here.


Farm to School in the News
Betti Wiggins recognized in 50 Most Influential People in Health Care
Betti Wiggins, officer of nutrition services for Houston Independent School District and NFSN Advisory Board member, has been named one of Time Magazine's 50 most influential people in health care in 2018. Read Betti's profile here. Congratulations, Betti! 

Michigan teacher runs farm to cafeteria program powered by students with disabilities
They might not know it, but when hundred of Detroit students eat a school lunch, they are consuming vegetables grown just a few miles away by one of the city’s most innovative programs for students with special needs. Last week, for example, schools in the city’s main district received hundreds of pounds of butternut squash that were grown and packaged at Drew Transition Center, a school where students with severe disabilities prepare to enter adult life. (Chalkbeat)

How schools are fighting back against obesity in Mississippi
With salad bars and vegetable gardens, the Tupelo Public School District exposes its pre-K and elementary students to healthy food sources and eating habits. Yet even as the district fights back with education and farming experience, obesity in Mississippi is a public health crisis. Across the state, poor examples set by adults and entrenched advertising campaigns promote cases of childhood obesity that set the youth on a path toward life-threatening chronic diseases. (Daily Journal)

Massachusetts students’ garden bounty reaps awards at Topsfield fair
Tilling and tending the soil not only fosters the pride and confidence that comes from growing food with your own two hands, but this year, it also yielded Page youngsters an additional reward: several top honors at America’s oldest agricultural fair. (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: 10/16/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, October 16, 2018
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 FY 2019 Farm to School Grant RFA
The FY 2019 Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) is now open to applicants. Due to additional funding made available to the Farm to School Grant Program through the FY 2018 Omnibus Bill, the Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) seeks to award approximately $7.5M in FY 2019 funding.  Applications are due Dec. 4, 2018. Learn more and apply here. For more information, join OCFS for a special two-part webinar on Oct. 16 and Oct. 17 at 1pm ET.  These webinars will review the important details of the FY 2019 Farm to School Grants and walk candidates through the application process.

2. One Earth Award 
There's an exciting, new opportunity for teens! The One Earth Award provides four students whose creative works encourage the awareness of, and meaningful responses to, pressing issues of human-caused climate change with $1,000 scholarships. In addition, special awards are also available for students and educators from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. All students in grades 7-12 (ages 13 and up) are eligible to participate. Visit artandwriting.org for more information, and visit the deadlines and guidelines page for information on when and how students can submit their work.

3. Annie’s Grant for Edible School Gardens
Want a school garden? Annie’s believes that showing future generations how sustainable food is grown changes their lives. Connecting kids to gardens helps them to start thinking more holistically about their food, their communities, and the planet. Applications are due November 1. Learn more and apply here.


Webinars & Events
1. October is National Farm to School Month!
National Farm to School month is here! The National Farm to School Network has free resources, planning materials, activity ideas and a new calendar of events for ways you can get involved in October. Share how your celebrating National Farm to School Month by signing the Take Action Pledge and you'll be entered to win farm to school prizes for a school or early care and education site of your choice! Visit farmtoschool.org/month to get involved. 

2. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics: NFSN Seed Change in Native Communities Cohort
November 1, 2-3pm ET
In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, our November Trending Topics webinar will feature partners from the National Farm to School Network's Seed Change in Native Communities project. Since 2017, the Seed Change project has helped to create dozens of school gardens in Native communities, put local and indigenous foods on the plates of hundreds of children, and supported the inspiring work of five school communities dedicated to expanding and sustaining farm to school programming for the next generation of Native youth. Register here.

3. Webinar: Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior - Journal Club 4: A Plate Waste Evaluation of the Farm to School Program
October 22, 1-2pm ET
Program evaluation is an important part of determining any intervention’s success. In this presentation, we will discuss the study design and methodologies used to evaluate a new farm to school program. Specifically, the benefits and drawback of the quarter-waste method will be discussed within the context of evaluating school-level nutrition interventions. Register here.

4. NH Food Alliance Webinar: Farm to School as a Catalyst to Local Food System Change
October 23, 12-1pm ET
Since October is National Farm to School Month, we thought it was fitting to have an opportunity to learn about the New Hampshire Farm to School (NHFTS) Program and how they are facilitating connections between food producers, K-12 schools, and the broader community as a whole. NHFTS began in 2003 and has found tremendous success in bringing local food into over half of the public schools in the state! Register here.

5. Celebrate National Farm to School Month in Early Child Care and Education Settings: Farm to CACFP
October 25, 2-3pm ET
Learn more about Farm to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) during this interactive webinar brought to you by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. Participants will learn how Farm to CACFP efforts big and small can be successfully implemented in a variety of settings; how early exposure to gardening, farming, and local foods can benefit young eaters; where to find free Team Nutrition materials focused on garden-based nutrition education that can be used in early care and education sites; and how California-based North Bay Children’s Center’s Garden of Eatin program is helping to change the way children think about food through hands-on experiences. Register here.

6. Equity & Access in the School Garden Movement Webinar
October 30, 1-2pm PT
School gardens can be a powerful tool for promoting racial and social equity, but equally important are the ways school garden organizations and school garden educators approach equity and access. Please join Suzannah Holsenbeck of Common Ground, Ida Sobotik of Community Groundworks, and Sam Ullery of the DC Office of State Superintendent of Education as they discuss what equity in school gardens means to their organizations. They will share case studies and offer suggestions for how your organization can tackle issues around equity and access in your work. Register here.

7. Farm to School and 21st Century Food Service Programs
November 15, 7-8pm ET
In 2018, National Farm to School Network teamed up with National Education Association as its National Partner of the Year. Growing from this partnership is a movement to challenge schools to build 21st Century food programs. We want to enrich the connection between schools and fresh, healthy, and locally sourced food. Additionally, we will build a new school nutrition workforce that will anchor this lofty project in our school communities. Join this webinar to hear from participants in this new partnership that are already reaping the benefits. Register here


Research & Resources
1. Farm to Childcare: An Analysis of Social and Economic Values in Local Food Systems
Farm to childcare (F2CC) is a next step in developing farm to institution links between local producers and organizations. F2CC can reach young children at a critical point in their habit formation and biological development, as well as provide economic opportunities  for local farmers. In a qualitative case study, researchers from North Carolina State University investigate the social and financial tensions in F2CC work. In doing so, they provide strategies that can be used to better achieve the social goals of farm to childcare programs. Read more here.


Job Opportunities
1. Maine Harvest of the Month Program Coordinator,  Maine Department of Education (Augusta, ME)
The Harvest of the Month Coordinator will develop and oversee the Maine Harvest of the Month Project and will actively recruit schools to participate. The position will develop marketing materials for school nutrition programs and conduct trainings and technical assistance to schools to ensure they have the tools for success. For interest and more information please contact Stephanie Stambach at stephanie.stambach@maine.gov

2. Local Food Program Manager, North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC)
The Extension Local Food Program Manager provides program management and coordination for NC Cooperative Extension’s Local Food Program. This position will work with other local food leadership groups to build Extension’s statewide capacity in local food systems. This will happen mainly through resource development, managing the local food web portal and online courses, participating/ leading cross disciplinary curriculum and training development teams, co-chairing the Local Food Program Team and delivering training. Learn more and apply here.


Farm to School in the News
School Lunch Day recognizes Iowa farm sources
Apples and honey from Iowa orchards and apiaries, sweet potatoes from a farm in Grinnell and pork from Iowa Select Farms will create Thursday’s meal for Ottumwa’s school children. During National Farm to School Month, the I Department of Agriculture, using grant money from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, is bringing attention to Iowa-grown food to school children around the state. (Ottumwa Courier)

North Carolina students learn about food at Agriculture by the Slice
Fifth-grade students at Lexington City Schools had a chance to learn about the science, math, agriculture and other processes that go into making a pizza during the Agriculture by the Slice program at the Davidson County Fairgrounds on Tuesday morning. (The Dispatch)

Kentucky farm to school program is a win-win
October is Farm to School Month, and Kentucky has plenty of reasons to celebrate. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture staff has recruited 907 schools in 77 school districts to participate in their Farm to School program. Some school districts are the largest food procurers in each county, so this program provides many benefits to Kentucky farmers and students alike. (Surf KY 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: 10/9/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, October 09, 2018
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 FY 2019 Farm to School Grant RFA
The FY 2019 Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) is now open to applicants. Due to additional funding made available to the Farm to School Grant Program through the FY 2018 Omnibus Bill, the Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) seeks to award approximately $7.5M in FY 2019 funding.  Applications are due Dec. 4, 2018. Learn more and apply here. For more information, join OCFS for a special two-part webinar on Oct. 16 and Oct. 17 at 1pm ET.  These webinars will review the important details of the FY 2019 Farm to School Grants and walk candidates through the application process.

2. USDA FY2019-2021 Farm to School Training and Curricula
This USDA FNS Request for Proposals (RFP) announces the availability of funds to establish one or more new cooperative agreements for FYs 2019-2021 for the purposes of developing a training curriculum, conducting trainings of trainers, and evaluating the results of farm to school trainings for producers to build their capacity to launch or expand farm to school efforts. Up to $2,000,000 is available for the Cooperative Agreement(s). Application closes Nov. 26. Learn more here

3. Budding Botanist Grant
Budding Botanist grants are open to any Title I public or charter school in the United States. Applicants must be planning a new or expanding an existing school garden program designed to teach students about environmental sustainability and the importance of biodiversity. Grant winners will receive a $500 curriculum and garden tool package, as well as a check for $2500 to install or expand a school garden. Application is due Nov. 19. Learn more and apply here.


Webinars & Events
1. October is National Farm to School Month!
National Farm to School month is here! The National Farm to School Network has free resources, planning materials, activity ideas and a new calendar of events for ways you can get involved in October. Share how your celebrating National Farm to School Month by signing the Take Action Pledge and you'll be entered to win farm to school prizes for a school or early care and education site of your choice! Visit farmtoschool.org/month to get involved. 

2. NFSN WEBINAR Results from the 2018 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey
October 11, 2-3pm  ET
The National Farm to School Network (NFSN), in partnership with Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, launched for the 2018 National Survey of Early Care and Education Providers in the spring of 2018. Over 2,000 ECE providers from across the country responded and shared information about current farm to ECE initiatives, motivations for participation, challenges to starting or expanding farm to ECE, and more. Join the National Farm to School Network and Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems to hear about the survey finding and learn how you can use the results to promote farm to ECE in your state and community. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.

3. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics: NFSN Seed Change in Native Communities Cohort
November 1, 2-3pm ET
In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, our November Trending Topics webinar will feature partners from the National Farm to School Network's Seed Change in Native Communities project. Since 2017, the Seed Change project has helped to create dozens of school gardens in Native communities, put local and indigenous foods on the plates of hundreds of children, and supported the inspiring work of five school communities dedicated to expanding and sustaining farm to school programming for the next generation of Native youth. Register here.

4. Farm to School and 21st Century Food Service Programs
November 15, 7-8pm ET
In 2018, National Farm to School Network teamed up with National Education Association as its National Partner of the Year. Growing from this partnership is a movement to challenge schools to build 21st Century food programs. We want to enrich the connection between schools and fresh, healthy, and locally sourced food. Additionally, we will build a new school nutrition workforce that will anchor this lofty project in our school communities. Join this webinar to hear from participants in this new partnership that are already reaping the benefits. Register here

5. Michigan Good Food Summit: Amplifying Voices for Equity
October 22 // East Lansing, MI
This October, the Michigan Good Food Summit will amplify underrepresented voices across the food system as we continue advancing the Good Food Charter's vision of equity, sustainability and a thriving economy for all of Michigan and its people. Whether you're a food consumer, grower or buyer; line cook, server or chef; advocate, educator or policymaker, connect with others advancing good food and equity in Michigan. Register here.

6. Green Apply Day of Service
Green Apple Day of Service is an opportunity to join schools across the world in celebrating the central role that schools play in preparing the next generation of leaders in sustainability. A school’s event improves the learning environment while strengthening student civic leadership, environmental literacy, and project management skills. Since it began in 2012, Green Apple Day of Service has inspired over 900,000 volunteers in 80 countries to act in support of sustainability at their schools. With one in eight people around the globe attending a school every day, there is more work to be done! Schools and the community leaders who support them can choose their own date for their project, and they have access to mini-grants and personalized guidance to help them make their projects a reality. Sign up and register your project by March 15, 2019 to participate at greenapple.org.


Research & Resources
1. Wisconsin Farm to ECE Survey Results: Now Available
The results of the first Wisconsin Farm to Early Care and Education (Farm to ECE) Provider and Support Organization surveys are now available in three summary documents. The surveys aimed to establish baseline data for farm to ECE participation in the state, learn about existing farm to ECE activities taking place at sites across Wisconsin, determine what trainings and resources can help sites grow farm to ECE, as well as assess support organization staff knowledge and understanding of farm to ECE. Read the summary documents here.

2. USDA Study: Both At Home and Away, Americans Are Choosing More Lower Fat Foods Than They Did 35 Years Ago
Whether consumed in restaurants or as take-out or delivery meals, food prepared away from home is now a ubiquitous part of the American diet. Consumers may make different choices at the grocery store than they would when eating out—choices that can affect both consumers’ diets and the decisions made by agricultural producers, food manufacturers, and restaurant operators. A recent ERS analysis found that between 1977-78 and 2011-14, the fat content of at-home foods consumed by Americans declined more than the fat content of away-from-home foods. Read more here.

3. New Preschool Development Grant Application Guide
The Policy Equity Group and the BUILD Initiative have developed an application guide for states to use as they apply for the new federal Preschool Development Grants. This federal grant competition is focused on the coordination of the early childhood system and is anticipated to be awarded to up to 40 states. As states are preparing their applications, there is opportunity to integrate farm to ECE into your state's grant proposal by emphasizing farm to ECE as an approach to collaboration and coordination between food, health, and ECE programs. For more information, contact Lacy Stephens, NFSN Program Manager, at lacy@farmtoschool.org.  

4. Seeking Examples: Local (School District and City) Policies for Farm to School
National Farm to School Network is developing a new resource about how local policies (eg, school district wellness policies, city procurement policies) can support and foster farm to school activities. Do you have any examples of where this has already happened? If so, please contact policyfellow@farmtoschool.org.

5. Seeking Examples: Affordable Care Act Community Benefit Dollars for Farm to School
National Farm to School Network is developing a new resource about how ACA Community Benefit dollars can fund farm to school activities. This is a largely untapped potential funding source for farm to school! Do you have any examples of where this has already happened? If so, please contact policyfellow@farmtoschool.org.


Job Opportunities
1. Research & Education Associate, Tilth Alliance (Seattle, WA)
The Research and Education Associate is a dynamic position that will primarily focus on a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded research project (80%). The NSF research includes co-designing equitable garden and field-based science education in K-3 classrooms with families, teachers, and community-based organizations. In addition to research, the Associate will support education programming at the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands, which includes classes, camps, farm tours, service learning and family days (20%). Learn more and apply here.

2. Community Education Program Coordinator, Tilth Alliance (Seattle, WA)
The Program Coordinator position is part of the Community Education Team at Tilth Alliance, which engages youth, adults and families in hands-on classes, volunteer and other learning opportunities in Seattle and King County, around growing food, environmental stewardship, and cooking and sharing food. This position will include a mix of program coordination and direct education on a variety of topics including organic vegetable gardening, wetlands restoration, food waste prevention and food preservation. Learn more and apply here.

3. Assistant Director, Leadership Education and Farming (LEAF) (Landisburg, PA)
Leadership Education and Farming (LEAF) is seeking a collaborative and effective leader to join our team and push LEAF’s vision and strategy as LEAF moves into its next stage of growth. The Assistant Director will work alongside the Executive Director to envision and implement thoughtful organizational growth and serve as a lead project manager in the areas of grants, fundraising, public outreach, and organizational administration. Learn more and apply here.

4. Program Coordinator, Leadership Education and Farming (LEAF) (Landisburg, PA)
The Program Coordinator works closely with the youth crew, instrumental in creating a rare and intentional culture in which youth engage in meaningful work that spurs personal growth and awareness. The Program Coordinator should be dedicated to LEAF’s mission, passionate about youth development, and invested in fostering a vibrant and just community. Learn more and apply here.

5. Arkansas Farm to School Program Coordinator 
The Arkansas Farm to School Program Coordinator, a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA position, will spend their year of service coordinating and growing Arkansas Farm to School. They will build capacity and increase Arkansas Farm to School’s ability to serve its stakeholders in improving the health and wellness of kids, families and communities through a more equitable food system. Learn more and apply here


Farm to School in the News
New Jersey farm receives first ever farm to school award.
Terhune Orchards and the Mount family of Mercer County, N.J., have been recognized as the state’s first recipients of the Jersey Fresh Farm to School Farmer Recognition Award. The program is an opportunity for farmers to highlight their farm to school efforts and to help feature their produce in local school meals. (American Agriculturist)

Virginia Students learn about food production during farm to school week
On Tuesday, October 2, during Virginia’s Farm to School Week, Charlottesville High School welcomed people from Casa Alma to discuss urban farming with its garden-to-market class. Casa Alma says Farm to School Week helps students develop an appreciation for where food comes from, and nurture a desire for healthy foods. (NBC-29)

Maine students grow their own healthy lunches
Every parent worries about their kids getting healthy lunches in school cafeterias. In Belfast, Maine, middle school parents don't have to worry because their students are growing their own healthy lunches, garden to table.The program is 100% self-sustainable with the students doing everything from composting, growing the vegetables, packing them up, and selling them to their school's cafeteria and the Belfast co-op. (News Center Maine)


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: 10/2/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Every week, we share opportunities, action items and a selection of media stories that relate to the farm to school movement. To submit an item for consideration, send us an email. To be considered, content should be of national interest to the farm to school community. 

Grants & Funding
1. Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) Fund-a-Farmer Grant
Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) is accepting applications for three types of grants for livestock and poultry farmers who wish to attain humane certification, build capacity, or improve pasture for their animals. Funding is available for projects that improve farm animal welfare, such as building mobile housing, constructing fences, laying water lines on pasture, and much more. Family farmers located in the continental U.S. with at least one year of experience may be eligible. Learn more and apply here. Applications are due by November 28, 2018.

2. Nature Conservancy School Gardens
The Nature Conservancy is awarding grants to support projects that implement green infrastructure to address local environmental challenges. These include access to healthy food, air quality, heat island effect, climate change, and storm water collection. Young people will work as social innovators to help their communities through project design and implementation. A $2,000 grant will be awarded to up to 50 schools. Applications are due Oct. 5. Learn more here.


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Results from the 2018 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey
October 11, 2-3pm  ET
The National Farm to School Network (NFSN), in partnership with Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, launched for the 2018 National Survey of Early Care and Education Providers in the spring of 2018. Over 2,000 ECE providers from across the country responded and shared information about current farm to ECE initiatives, motivations for participation, challenges to starting or expanding farm to ECE, and more. Join the National Farm to School Network and Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems to hear about the survey finding and learn how you can use the results to promote farm to ECE in your state and community. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.

2. South Dakota Local Foods Conference
November 1-3 // Brookings, SD
Regular conference sessions will take place at the Swiftel Center and will cover a wide variety of topics including local food policy, mentoring the transition of a farm business, food sovereignty, rainwater harvesting for greenhouses, growing mushrooms and microgreens, the significance of fruits and vegetables to human health, Honey Lodge honey and youth advocacy, goat production, agritourism, and more. Register here.

3. Illinois Farm Bureau’s Local & Regional Food Conference
November 5-7 // Bloomington, IL
Live local and support your local food system. Are you a local farmer, processor, distributor, or retailer? Do you own a small business? Give back to your community while bringing fresh food and local businesses together. Know your impact and what buying and selling local can bring your local economy. Learn more here.


Research & Resources
1. Scaling Up Healthy, Climate-Friendly School Food
A new report from Friends of the Earth spotlights a growing movement of pioneering school districts using their massive purchasing power to provide plant-forward, climate-friendly food that is healthier for students and the planter. The report includes four detailed case studies, including Novato Unified School District, led by NFSN Board Chair Miguel Villarreal. Read the full report here.

2. No Kid Hungry Innovation Survey Opportunity
We know you’re doing creative work when it comes to feeding kids. We want to hear all about it. No Kid Hungry is developing a report on innovation and they want to hear from you. We have come a long way, but there is more work to do and innovative ideas are critical. If you or someone you know has applied a unique approach to ensuring that all kids get the food they need, please tell us more by taking this survey. Respondents will be featured in a report on the state of innovation and have the chance to receive an innovation accelerator award to support their work. The survey closes on November 30. Take the survey here.
3. Seeking examples - Local (School District and City) Policies for Farm to School
NFSN is developing a new resource about how local policies (eg, school district wellness policies, city procurement policies) can support and foster farm to school activities. Do you have any examples of where this has already happened? If so, please contact policyfellow@farmtoschool.org.
Job Opportunities
1. Community Programs Coordinator - AmeriCorps VISTA (MOAB, UT)
Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Community Programs Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA member will work directly with YGP’s many community-based programs and events. We are looking for an individual who is flexible, collaborative, able to work independently, exhibits strong leadership, and is enthusiastic about YGP’s mission of cultivating healthy children, families, and community through the process of connecting people with food from seed to table. Learn more and apply here. Application is due October 15.

2. Maine Harvest of the Month Program Coordinator
The Maine Department of Education’s Child Nutrition Team manages several federal programs to improve the nutrition environment and reduce hunger for pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students including Farm to School initiatives. Harvest of the Month is a program that promotes the use of seasonal, local foods in school menus by highlighting a different product each month. The Harvest of the Month Coordinator will develop and oversee the Maine Harvest of the Month Project and will actively recruit schools to participate. The position will develop marketing materials for school nutrition programs and conduct trainings and technical assistance to schools to ensure they have the tools for success. For interest and more information please contact Stephanie Stambach at stephanie.stambach@maine.gov.


Farm to School in the News
Anupama Joshi brings people together through local food, importance of community agriculture
When reflecting on her career, National Farm to School Network Executive Director and Co-Founder Anupama Joshi attributes her work to good food and community. Food and community “have been so influential in how I approach my interactions with people both in my friendships and my professional life,” she says. “Bringing people together and community. There’s a pattern.” (WRAL)

Mississippi farm to school week celebrates connecting local produce with cafeterias
Across Mississippi, kids grow up around farms without experiencing the practice of planting, nurturing, harvesting and eating fresh vegetables. Some do not have access to fresh produce at home. To introduce students to healthy habits and boost the agricultural economy, the Mississippi Farm to School Network connects farmers to school cafeterias. Statewide, Farm to School week celebrates local farmers by eating their Mississippi-grown foods. (Daily Journal)

Junior Master Gardener Learn, Grow, Eat & Go! Program takes shape in Texas schools
Houston Independent School District elementary students are learning how to plant, tend and harvest nutritious vegetables thanks to the Learn, Grow, Eat & Go! program offered by the Texas A&M AgriLIfe Extension Service Junior Master Gardener Program that integrates gardening, nutrition, and physical activity to bolster long-term student health (AgriLife 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: 9/25/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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. 2019 Youth Garden Grant
Any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program in the United States or US Territories planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18 is eligible to apply. The selection of winners is based on demonstrated program impact and sustainability. The top 5 programs will be awarded grant packages worth $2,100. Grant packages worth $500 will be awarded to 20 additional programs. Applications are due Dec. 17. Learn more and apply here.

2. Annie’s Grant for Edible School Gardens
Want a school garden? Annie’s believes that showing future generations how sustainable food is grown changes their lives. Connecting kids to gardens helps them to start thinking more holistically about their food, their communities, and the planet. Applications are due Nov. 1, 2018. Learn more and apply here.


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Results from the 2018 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey
October 11, 2-3pm  ET
The National Farm to School Network (NFSN), in partnership with Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, launched for the 2018 National Survey of Early Care and Education Providers in the spring of 2018. Over 2,000 ECE providers from across the country responded and shared information about current farm to ECE initiatives, motivations for participation, challenges to starting or expanding farm to ECE, and more. Join the National Farm to School Network and Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems to hear about the survey finding and learn how you can use the results to promote farm to ECE in your state and community. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.

2. It's almost time for National Farm to School Month!
October 2018
National Farm to School month is right around the corner! The National Farm to School Network has free resources, planning materials, activity ideas and a national calendar of events with ways you can get involved in October. Check out our *new* Farm to School Month Celebration Toolkit and download resources at farmtoschool.org/month. Does your organization want to be part of this year's National Farm to School Month campaign? Sign up to be a Farm to School Month Outreach Partner at farmtoschool.org/monthpartner

3. Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners Conference
October 19-21 // Durham, NC
Registration is now open for the 2018 Black Farmer & Urban Gardeners (BUGS) National Conference. The conference is presented by Black Urban Growers (BUGS), an organization committed to building networks and community support for growers in both urban and rural settings. Learn more and register here.

4. 2020 National Good Food Network Conference - Local Host Organization Request for Proposals
The Wallace Center would like to partner with a place-based host organization to support and guide the planning of the 2020 National Good Food Network Conference. The NGFN Conference is the leading national conference for the food hubs, food and farm businesses, value chain coordinators, financers, and community leaders working to build sustainable regional food systems across the United States. The role of the local host is to serve as the primary link between the host community and the NGFN Conference Planning Team (staff and contracted conference coordinators) to highlight the local food systems work and stakeholders in your region. Proposals are due Monday October 22. Read the full RFP here.


Policy Update
1. Tell Congress: We need a Farm Bill Extension!
It looks very unlikely that either a farm bill or an extension will pass before September 30, the day the 2014 farm bill expires. However, it’s important that we call Congress to tell them to prioritize an extension to fund vital farm bill programs, including: Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Program; Outreach for Socially Disadvantaged & Veteran Producer; Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP); and, Farmers’ Market Promotion Program (FMPP).  Call Congress today! Here is a link to find your representative or Senator’s phone numbers. Now is the time to let them know that we need an extension to fund programs that support our work and communities!


Research & Resources
1. Seeking Examples: Affordable Care Act Community Benefit Dollars for Farm to School
NFSN is developing a new resource about how ACA Community Benefit dollars can fund farm to school activities. This is a largely untapped potential funding source for farm to school! Do you have any examples of where this has already happened? If so, please contact policyfellow@farmtoschool.org.

2. EQUITY Racial Equity Framework, The Food Trust
As a part of its statewide Farm to ECE work, The Food Trust’s Ready Set Grow team has developed an equity framework to evaluate planning, decision-making and resource allocation through a racial equity lens. The team is working collaboratively to advance racial equity in outcomes through transformative change. Together, we can promote racial healing, advance equity and co-create a future where all children can thrive. Explore the Equity Framework here.


Job Opportunities
1. Strategic Planning Consultant, National Farm to School Network (Remote)
National Farm to School Network seeks a skilled and experienced professional to facilitate a strategic planning process for the organization that will set the direction of NFSN beyond 2020. The process aims to review gains made during the 2017-2019 phase, retool strategies as needed, create space for innovation to meet the emerging needs of the movement, and plan for organizational stability and sustainability. Read the full Request for Proposals here. Proposals are due no later than Oct. 1, 2018. 

2. Executive Director, The Food Project (Boston, MA)
The Food Project is seeking a new Executive Director to lead the organization into its next, exciting phase. Must be a dynamic, inspirational, collaborative leader with strong experience working across difference. Successful applicants will have a solid understanding of organizational finance, a deep commitment to youth leadership development, proven success in fundraising, and a passion for driving meaningful food system change. Learn more and apply here

3. Student Engagement Coordinator, SFUSD’s Future Dining Experience (San Fransisco, CA)
SFUSD’s Future Dining Experience is hiring a Student Engagement Coordinator to lead and grow the departments School Food Advisory (SFA) program. This is a youth-led group that collaborates with SFUSD’s Student Nutrition Services to elevate the student voice and engage students in reimagining the school dining experience, utilizing the design thinking process. Learn more and apply here


Farm to School in the News
South Dakota campus garden supports school meals
Students at Chadron Intermediate School in South Dakota are beginning to harvest fruits, vegetables and herbs that they began to grow from seeds during the past school year. The harvest from the on-campus garden is being used in the school's meal program. (Rapid City Journal)

Montana ranchers want to see local beef in school lunch program
Four Choteau women are asking community members to work with them to provide locally-grown beef for the Choteau Public Schools hot lunch program. Ranchers Cathy Campbell, Carli Neal and Misti Redland and former rancher Darlene Yeager are working to bring a locally-grown beef program to Choteau Public Schools, patterning this venture after a similar program being used in Winnett Public Schools and other public schools. (Choteau Acantha)

New York dietician brings health and fitness education to preschool children
Registered dietitian Bonnie Schultz uses the "Eat Well, Play Hard" nutrition program to teach young children at child care centers about health and fitness. Schultz's program included bringing in pepper and tomato plants and showing children how to plant them in a raised garden in their play area. (Press-Republican)


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: 9/18/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, September 18, 2018
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. Local Foods, Local Places Technical Assistance to Create Healthy, Economically Vibrant Communities
Federal agency partners invite communities to apply for technical assistance to help revitalize their economy, improve health, and protect the environment. Local Foods, Local Places helps communities revitalize neighborhoods through development of local food systems. Eligible applicants include local governments, Indian tribes, and nonprofit institutions and organizations proposing to work in a neighborhood, town, or city of any size anywhere in the United States. Deadline to apply is October 22. Learn more and apply here.


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR State Farm to School Month Proclamations
September 20, 2-3pm ET
In addition to the federal Congressional resolution NFSN championed in 2010 to establish October as National Farm to School Month, many states have passed resolutions declaring a Farm to School Week or Month. Similar language can usually be used in your state legislature or for a proclamation by your governor. Join us to learn from NFSN Core and Supporting Partners how they: 1) advocated and obtained these proclamations, 2) used these farm to school weeks/months to celebrate farm to school, and 3) used these celebrations as a springboard for more farm to school policies. Guest speakers will include NFSN Arkansas Core Partner, Emily English, of Arkansas Children’s Research Institute, and NFSN Hawaii Core Partner, Natalie McKinney, of Kokua Hawaii Foundation. This webinar will be recorded and available for future viewing. Register here.

2. NFSN WEBINAR Results from the 2018 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey
October 11, 2-3pm  ET
The National Farm to School Network (NFSN), in partnership with Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, launched for the 2018 National Survey of Early Care and Education Providers in the spring of 2018. Over 2,000 ECE providers from across the country responded and shared information about current farm to ECE initiatives, motivations for participation, challenges to starting or expanding farm to ECE, and more. Join the National Farm to School Network and Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems to hear about the survey finding and learn how you can use the results to promote farm to ECE in your state and community. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.

3. Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG)’s 25th Annual It Takes a Region Conference
October 24 // Philadelphia, PA
Come be part of the 500+ person community of food systems leaders, practitioners, and advocates working to change the food system. NESAWG’s gathering is an opportunity for building skills, analysis, and networks that move our work out of silos and inboxes and into living connection and tangible food systems change. Learn more and register here.


Research & Resources
1. National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey Results
The National Farm to School Network, in partnership with Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, launched the 2018 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey in the spring of 2018 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey in the spring of 2018. We heard from 2,030 respondents serving 255,257 children in 46 states about current farm to ECE initiatives, including motivations for participation and challenges to starting or expanding farm to ECE practices, and barriers and needs for support for getting started with farm to ECE. Read more here.

2. Start Planning for National Farm to School Month
National Farm to School month is right around the corner! The National Farm to School Network has free resources, planning materials, activity ideas and a national calendar of events with ways you can get involved in October. Visit farmtoschool.org/month to start planning.

3. The Promise, Expectation, and Remaining Questions About Local Food 
This series from Choices Magazine includes four peer-reviewed articles on a variety of topics involving local food, including a local food system glossary, the economic benefits of local food, and local food policy. Read more here.

4. New Study: The economic impact of healthier school lunches 
Access to healthy food has been shown to reduce obesity and other serious diseases. For many children, food sold and served at school – through breakfast and lunch programs, as well as vended snacks and bottled drinks – is a substantial part of their diet. This report uses findings from academic research to illustrate the potential impact of providing healthier school lunches to US students. The report from the Campaign to End Obesity finds that serving healthier meals via school lunch programs could improve health outcomes, lead to improved academic performance, and increase economic opportunity for children in the United States. Read more here.

5. USDA Data on Prices of Fruits and Vegetables
Getting pushback on incorporating local produce into farm to school programs? Take a look at recent pricing information from USDA that can help show how there is variability in pricing. If one local product costs too much, it does not mean all local products will be too expensive. Read more here.

6. 2018 American's Healthiest Schools
A record 461 schools, from 26 states and the District of Columbia, have been recognized as “America’s Healthiest Schools” by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. America’s Healthiest Schools earned the distinction by successfully meeting a rigorous set of criteria for serving healthier meals and snacks, getting students moving more, offering high-quality health and physical education, and empowering school leaders to be healthy role models. The schools, 81 percent of which serve high-need populations, also receive Healthier Generation’s National Healthy Schools Award at the Bronze, Silver or Gold level, based on the standards they achieve. Learn more here


Policy News
1. Sept 28 Deadline - Let USDA know about the Value of SAE Funds for Farm to School
USDA is currently seeking comments about use of State Administrative Expense (SAE) funds, with a 9/28/18 comment deadline. SAE funds have increasingly become a way to fuel and institutionalize farm to school activity at the state level. Has your state benefitted from using SAE funds for farm to school? If so, let USDA know about this, and encourage them to keep up this approach. Questions? Contact Helen Dombalis, NFSN Senior Director of Programs and Policy, at helen@farmtoschool.org 

2. Tell Congress: We need a #FarmBillNow!
National Young Farmers Coalition is asking supporting of our nation's young farmers to call on Congress to pass a farm bill before the September 30th deadline. Many of the programs young farmers rely on do not have permanent baseline funding and will be eliminated if a new farm bill is not passed. Beginning farmer training programs, outreach to socially disadvantaged farmers, local food programs, and organic cost-share are just a few of the programs at risk. Learn more and take action here


Job Opportunities
1. Strategic Planning Consultant, National Farm to School Network (Remote)
National Farm to School Network seeks a skilled and experienced professional to facilitate a strategic planning process for the organization that will set the direction of NFSN beyond 2020. The process aims to review gains made during the 2017-2019 phase, retool strategies as needed, create space for innovation to meet the emerging needs of the movement, and plan for organizational stability and sustainability. Read the full Request for Proposals here. Proposals are due no later than Oct. 1, 2018.

2. Food and Garden Youth Educator AmeriCorps, Solid Ground (Seattle, WA)
Community Food Education at Solid Ground supports the health and wellness of communities experiencing poverty and oppressions. We provide hands-on educational opportunities for youth and adults alike, around growing, buying, cooking, and eating nutritious foods. Solid Ground’s antiracism lens frames how we approach this service. Our team of AmeriCorps educators lead classes, workshops, and events, to empower communities to navigate their food environments. Learn more and apply here.

3. Senior Government Relations Manager, Trust for America's Health (Washington, DC)
Trust for America’s Health is looking for a Senior Government Relations Manager. The Senior Government Relations Manager will be responsible for developing and managing the legislative and regulatory strategy on a range of priority issues focused on chronic disease prevention, including obesity and nutrition, physical activity, environmental health, healthcare financing (including Medicare and Medicaid), and federal appropriations that impact public health and prevention. Learn more and apply here

4. Federal Policy Associate & Federal Policy Deputy Director, Council for a Strong America (Washington, DC)
Council for a Strong America is looking for a Federal Policy Associate and a Federal Policy Deputy Director. Council for a Strong America is a national, bipartisan nonprofit that unites five membership organizations that include Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Mission: Readiness, ReadyNation, Shepherding the Next Generation, and Champions for America’s Future. Its members - law enforcement, military, business, faith, and sports leaders - promote evidence-based policies and programs that strengthen our country by enabling kids to be healthy, well-educated and prepared for productive lives. 


Farm to School in the News
New Mexico farm to school program keeps kids healthy
The New Mexico Public Education Department recently announced that it is investing in a statewide initiative to promote farm to school produce for meals in local schools. In New Mexico, the state is partnering with local farmers to bring fresh local produce to school lunch. (KSFR)

Ohio farm delivers fresh produce to local schools
A partnership between Badger Schools and Red Basket Farm in Kinsman are changing the perception of school lunch in their area. For years, Red Basket Farm has been on a mission to get fresh, local produce to as many people as possible. At first, they were selling to restaurants, but for the last several years they have added schools to the list of customers, including Badger right next door. (WFMJ)

California teens learn life lessons in the garden
After learning about the importance of character and values like integrity, patience and forgiveness, a group of teenagers headed to the back of The Storybook Garden to work on their latest project. Judy Wait, one of the founding members and board president of The Storybook Garden, runs the Green Teens program and said she puts an emphasis on the teens learning more than just how to plant plants. (The Sentinel)

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: 9/11/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, September 11, 2018
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. The Bee Grant
The Bee Cause Project empowers students, teachers, and community members to experience the wonder, ingenuity, beauty, and power of the honey bee. Join the network of passionate educators, beekeepers, and community leaders in building the buzz for integrating bees into STEAM education. Learn more and apply here.

2. Clif Bar Family Foundation Small Grants
The Clif Bar Family Foundation awards small grants for projects focused on one of five priority areas, including creating a robust, healthy food system, increasing opportunities for outdoor activity, and building stronger communities, a great fit for school garden projects. These grants are awarded for general organizational support as well as funding for specific projects. Learn more and apply here.


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR State Farm to School Month Proclamations
September 20, 2-3pm ET
In addition to the federal Congressional resolution NFSN championed in 2010 to establish October as National Farm to School Month, many states have passed resolutions declaring a Farm to School Week or Month. Similar language can usually be used in your state legislature or for a proclamation by your governor. Join us to learn from NFSN Core and Supporting Partners how they: 1) advocated and obtained these proclamations, 2) used these farm to school weeks/months to celebrate farm to school, and 3) used these celebrations as a springboard for more farm to school policies. Guest speakers will include NFSN Arkansas Core Partner, Emily English, of Arkansas Children’s Research Institute, and NFSN Hawaii Core Partner, Natalie McKinney, of Kokua Hawaii Foundation. This webinar will be recorded and available for future viewing. Register here.

2. NFSN WEBINAR Results from the 2018 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey
October 11, 2-3pm  ET
The National Farm to School Network (NFSN), in partnership with Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, launched for the 2018 National Survey of Early Care and Education Providers in the spring of 2018. Over 2,000 ECE providers from across the country responded and shared information about current farm to ECE initiatives, motivations for participation, challenges to starting or expanding farm to ECE, and more. Join the National Farm to School Network and Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems to hear about the survey finding and learn how you can use the results to promote farm to ECE in your state and community. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.

3. Michigan Good Food Summit: Amplifying Voices for Equity
October 22 // East Lansing, MI
This October, the Michigan Good Food Summit will amplify underrepresented voices across the food system as we continue advancing the Good Food Charter's vision of equity, sustainability and a thriving economy for all of Michigan and its people. Whether you're a food consumer, grower or buyer; line cook, server or chef; advocate, educator or policymaker, connect with others advancing good food and equity in Michigan. Register here.


Resources & Research
1. Policy Brief: Supporting Local Foods in the 2018 Farm Bill
The Berkeley Food Institute is pleased to share a new policy brief for the 2018 Farm Bill, Supporting Local Foods in the 2018 Farm Bill, written by Ryan Smith, a graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Growing consumer demand for local food has the potential to improve food access for communities and add to farmers’ bottom line. Programs like the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Programs, the Value Added Producer Grants Program, the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program, and the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program are described in this brief. As the Farm Bill conference committee meets in Washington, it is vital that they have access to research on programs like these that support local and regional food systems. Read the brief here

2. Sharing Success: A Step-by-Step Guide for Communicating School Health Achievements
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors has released a new resource to assist school districts and schools in promoting their school health achievements. Sharing Success: A Step-by-Step Guide for Communicating School Health Achievements outlines principles for creating compelling messages and provides real-world examples, a communications planning worksheet, and multiple additional resources. The guide, which was developed with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, aims to help busy school professionals build support for healthy schools by sharing accomplishments related to school nutrition, physical education and physical activity, and chronic condition management. Read the guide here


Job Opportunities
1. Strategic Planning Consultant, National Farm to School Network (Remote)
National Farm to School Network seeks a skilled and experienced professional to facilitate a strategic planning process for the organization that will set the direction of NFSN beyond 2020. The process aims to review gains made during the 2017-2019 phase, retool strategies as needed, create space for innovation to meet the emerging needs of the movement, and plan for organizational stability and sustainability. Read the full Request for Proposals here. Proposals are due no later than Oct. 1, 2018.

2. Farm to School and Education for Sustainability (EFS) Professional Learning Educator, Shelburne Farms (Shelburne, VT)
This position is responsible for supporting K-12 educators in Shelburne Farms’ EFS, Farm to School, and place-based professional learning programs, working collaboratively with the Director of Professional Learning to create high-quality professional learning experiences for educators to transform their practice and connect them to a growing community of practice and network of educators. Learn more and apply here

3. Senior Manager, Federal Government Affairs, The American Diabetes Association (Arlington, VA)
The Senior Manager provides critical planning, support, outreach, and analysis on a variety of legislative activities and plays a key role in executing events and meetings designed to achieve the federal legislative goals of the Association and increase the Association’s presence on Capitol Hill. Learn more and apply here.

4. W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network Fellowship, The Center for Creative Leadership
The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) is now accepting applications for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network. CCL is looking for diverse candidates who demonstrate high-potential to be a transformational leader and are at a pivotal moment in their careers to benefit from this type of fellowship program. Apply by September 30. Learn more and apply here.

5. Director of Child Nutrition, Project Bread (Boston, MA)
The Director of Child Nutrition will lead Project Bread’s Child Nutrition Outreach Program (CNOP) team, support the Chefs in Schools program, and provide content area expertise in nutrition to the organization at-large. Learn more and apply here.

6. Farm-to-School AmeriCorps VISTA (Līhu‘e, Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i)
Mālama Kaua`i’s farm-to-school pilot, Māla‘ai Kula, is seeking the next AmeriCorps member to build the capacity of Kawaikini's food and garden programs to ensure that no student goes hungry and no parent must choose between their child receiving a culturally relevant education or getting fed at school. Learn more and apply here.


Farm to School in the News
North Dakota district adopts farm to school program
Students in a North Dakota school district will have more access to fresh, locally produced foods through a farm to school program. Deb Egeland, assistant director of child nutrition at North Dakota’s Department of Public Instruction and NFSN North Dakota Core Partner, says the program will promote healthy eating and will offer educational benefits through field trips. (The Bismarck Tribune)

Maine schools celebrate success, relevance of gardens
The Maine School Garden Network is holding an event to celebrate the most successful school gardening programs in southern Maine. Called the Summer Success Garden Tour, the event will allow participants to meet and talk with local school garden educators, experience how these programs work first hand and learn about ways to enhance the school garden experience for students. (The Forecaster)

California students learn gardening in new farm to table class
Students at Rosedale Middle School are getting a firsthand understanding of the phrase “farm to table.” The school started its first farm to table class this year, which tasks around 20 students with growing trees, fruits, and vegetables in the school’s small orchard and garden. The students, mostly eighth graders, also get to pick the crops and use them in cooking. (Bakersfield.com)

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: 9/4/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, September 04, 2018
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. Whole Kids Foundation - US Gardens Grant Program
Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the Garden Grant program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to support a new or existing edible garden at either a: K-12 school, 501(c)(3) Non-profit working in partnership with a K-12 school, or 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Applications close on Oct. 15. Learn more and apply here

2. Whole Kids Foundation - Bee Grant Program
The Bee Grant program allows for a K-12 school or non-profit organization to receive support for an educational bee hive. Four grant options are available, and all include remote consultation and assistance with Beekeeper partnership from The Bee Cause Project. Applications are doc Oct. 31. Learn more and apply here

3. Captain Planet Project Learning Garden
Schools can apply now to win a Captain Planet Foundation Project Learning Garden through partnerships with grocery retailers around the country. Grand Prize Winners will receive a one year supply of DOLE Fruit Bowls and a Project Learning Garden provided by Captain Planet Foundation, including: 5 garden beds or garden expansion (for schools with an existing garden),  mobile garden cooking cart, standards-based Learning Garden lessons and lesson supply kits, and online teacher training. Learn more and apply here.


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN Trending Topics Webinar: Results from the 2018 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey
October 11, 2pm - 3pm  ET
The National Farm to School Network (NFSN), in partnership with Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, launched for the 2018 National Survey of Early Care and Education Providers in the spring of 2018. Over 2,000 ECE providers from across the country responded and shared information about current farm to ECE initiatives, motivations for participation, challenges to starting or expanding farm to ECE, and more. Join the National Farm to School Network and Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems to hear about the survey finding and learn how you can use the results to promote farm to ECE in your state and community. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.

2. #CommunityFood: Innovations in Leadership - Part 3: Collective Impact through Network and Systems Leadership
September 18, 12pm - 1:15pm PT
The third and final webinar in this series from the Food Systems Leadership Network will feature promising practices and success stories of alliances, networks, and collaboratives. These organizations embrace and operationalize the fact that together they can achieve much more than they can possibly do alone. Farm to Institution New England and the Center for Regional Food Systems will both share insights, best practices, and lessons learned from their extensive experience weaving food systems networks in the US. Register here.

3. Advancing Equity: Maximizing Learning in Diverse Classrooms
September 18, 4pm - 5pm ET
Join Tyrone Howard and Maurice Sykes for an hour of practical, classroom-focused strategies for teacher and child agency in the service of social and racial justice. If you are passionate about advancing equity, diversity, and eliminating barriers to high achievement. Register here.

4. NICK Kitchen Summit
Oct. 10 // Falcon Heights, MN
The first annual NICK Kitchen Summit is geared towards the nation's premier shared-use, incubator, and co-cooking kitchens owners and operators. This day-long Summit will bring together shared kitchen professionals to exchange learnings, forge new relationships, and play a part in the future of our industry. Learn more and register here


Research & Resources
1. Video Series - Michigan Farm to School: Kids in the Kitchen
Check out this new video series from MSU Center for Regional Food Systems - Michigan Farm to School: Kids in the Kitchen. Featuring Chef Sean Gartland of Flint Farmers' Market and Flint Kids Cook children, this series of three videos shows how easy it can be to incorporate local foods into ECE and K-12 menus! Each video shows how easy it is to integrate local, healthy, and affordable foods into early care and education and K-12 menus, and how children of different ages can help out in different ways in the kitchen. Recipes include a main dish with a protein and food safety and knife skill strategies with children, a side dish with natural flavoring, and an easy-to-prepare snack offering an alternative to ranch dressing kids will love. Watch here

2. National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) Measures Registry Survey
The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) is seeking feedback from researchers, practitioners, and students engaged in assessment and research of factors related to childhood obesity (e.g., diet, physical exercise, environmental influences). NCCOR has contracted with Evaluation Design to conduct and external evaluation of NCCOR resources. Please contribute by taking a few minutes (5-10) to complete this survey. Your feedback is greatly needed to inform improvements and additions to NCCOR’s existing resources. Take the survey here.

3. USDA’s Farm to Child Nutrition Program Planning Guide
Back to school is the perfect time to tend to your farm to school program. Are you starting fresh with farm to school or cultivating new goals this school year? Either way, USDA’s Planning Guide can help you identify team members, map strategies, and set targets for the year ahead. Read more here.


Job Opportunities
1. Development Director, National Farm to School Network (Remote)
National Farm to School Network seeks a Development Director to lead the organization in strategic growth and diversification of its funding base. Reporting directly to the Senior Director of Finance and Operations, the Development Director manages all development tasks; he or she will 1) expand public contributions, explore social investment donors and implement earned income strategies, 2) develop, leverage and support fundraising partnerships, and 3) create, track and evaluate a development plan. The Development Director will work closely with the NFSN Advisory Board, staff and Core Partners to develop outreach campaigns and to achieve NFSN’s financial goals. Read full position description here. Deadline to apply is September 7, 2018. 

2. Education Coordinator, Coastal Roots Farm (Encinitas, CA)
The Education Coordinator will support the planning and implementation of Jewish and Farm educational programming and events for Coastal Roots Farm. The Education Coordinator works closely with the Education Manager to design content and curricula, deliver a wide array of educational programming and community events, and support the administrative functions of the Education Department. Learn more and apply here.


Farm to School in the News
New Jersey preschools and area farm produce a nutritious partnership
The FoodTrust’s “Ready Set Grow” farm to early care program is partnering with preschools across Salem County to support young children getting a healthy start in life, while also supporting local farmers and the local economy. The program allows students to grow their own school gardens while learning about healthy choices. And two area preschools this month brought the message home by setting up farm stands in the classrooms. (nj.com)

As school starts, Wisconsin’s REAP program heads back to class
REAP Food Group, a nonprofit organization based in Madison, has a mission to grow the local food system in southern Wisconsin. The organization’s Farm to School program, in its 11th year, brings fresh and local food to children; establishes reliable markets for local farms using sustainable agricultural practices; and provides hands-on education in Madison classrooms. (Madison Magazine)

Nebraska school takes recycling to the next level
A new lunchtime program at one Omaha elementary school is giving kids a real life lesson in environmental impact, and showing how smaller steps can really add up. A small change is making a big impact for students at Fontenelle Elementary School. A new composting program that was introduced just weeks ago is showing big promise. The idea is simple: after students have their lunch, they separate milk cartons and plastics into the trash. Then, leftover food and paper are thrown into green bins. Paper trays are stacked next to the bins. These items are all compostable. (WOWT)

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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