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This Week in Farm to School: 7/11/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Every week, we share opportunities, action items and a selection of media stories that relate to the farm to school movement. To submit an item for consideration, send us an email. To be considered, content should be of national interest to the farm to school community. 

Webinars

1. New Entry Farm Training Initiative: Mainstreaming Beginning Farmers in Local Food Policy
July 12 // 2-3:15 ET
An exploration of  how local  food policy efforts can mainstream the needs of beginning farmers and create conditions favorable to the success of new farm businesses. Register here

2. MSU Center for Regional Food System: Economics of Healthy Food Incentives at Michigan Farmers Markets

July 24 // 2-3 ET
This webinar will debut new findings of a recent study of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the healthy food incentive program Double Up Food Bucks activity at Michigan farmers markets. Learn more and register
 
3. NFSN Farm to ECE Quarterly Webinar: State Agencies as Leaders and Partners in Growing Farm to ECE
August 2 // 3:30-4:30pm ET
State agencies (including departments of agriculture, education and health) can be key leaders and partners in facilitating growth and institutionalization of farm to ECE at the state level. Join us to learn more about the variety of ways that state agencies across the country are leading the way in farm to ECE. Representatives from Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the South Carolina Departments of Health and Environmental Control and Social Services will share their innovative programs and strategic approaches to growing and supporting farm to ECE in their states. This webinar is open to all so please share widely. Register here

Events
1. Conference on Native American Nutrition
September 18-20 // Prior Lake, MN
Attend the second annual Conference on Native American Nutrition.This conference brings together tribal officials, researchers, practitioners, and others to discuss the current state of Indigenous and academic scientific knowledge about Native nutrition and food science, and identify new areas of work. Learn more and register

2. American Community Gardening Association: 38th Annual Conference
July 27-30 //  Hartford, CT
The ACGA Conference will include workshops covering everything from cutting edge horticulture practices to community gardening start-up and sustainability to school/youth gardening curricula to innovative health and workplace programs, and MORE. Learn more and register

Action Item 
1. Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council 
The Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council's Good Food Procurement Subcommittee is interested in learning from others. Specifically, they want to know: How do you engage participants who work outside City government in good food purchasing work?; What issues or activities does your procurement subcommittee(working group) work on and how are non-City-employee participants involved?; Have you had expert guest speakers at on good food procurement at your meetings or subcommittee meetings? If so, who? Please email responses to Molly.Riordan@phila.gov.
2. Seeking Non-English Farm to School Resources
The National Farm to School Network seeks farm to school related resources in diverse languages to add to our free, online resource database. We aim to connect all students and families to farm to school materials in languages that are accessible to them, and to do this, we need your help! Please send any relevant non-English farm to school resource to info@farmtoschool.org. Thank you for helping making farm to school available in many languages! 

Policy News
1. Oregon Farm to School Bill passed with full funding
Last week, HB 2038 passed both the Oregon House and Senate, allocating $4.5 million (the same amount as last session) for schools to purchase Oregon grown and processed foods and for food, agriculture, and garden based education. With the state in a budget crisis and many programs facing loss of funding, the bill passed unanimously in both the House and Senate, maintaining farm to school’s strong bi-partisan support in Oregon. Congratulations, Oregonians! Read more here and here

Resources 

1.USDA introduces new planning guide
The Farm to Child Nutrition Programs Planning Guide directs you through questions to consider when starting or growing a Farm to School, Farm to CACFP, or Farm to Summer program. This planning guide should be used as a supplemental tool to the Farm to School Planning Toolkit. This guide can be updated annually to ensure you are working towards your long-term goals. 

2. How SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) aids equity in education
Today, U.S. schools are moving in this direction to address the social and emotional dimensions of learning as part of their academic mission. This is an important step that will make it possible for all students to reach their full potential. When Oakland Unified Public Schools helped educators prioritize social and emotional learning (SEL), we saw dramatic increases in graduation rates for students of color, and a nearly 50 percent decline in suspensions. Read more

Job Opportunities 
1. Communications and Development Coordinator, Green Mountain Farm-to-School
Green Mountain Farm-to-School seeks to hire a Communications and Development Coordinator with strong communications and organizational skills to support the growth of their organization. Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) is a nonprofit organization promoting the health and well-being of Vermont's children, farms and communities by providing programs to connect schools and farms through food and education. Learn more and apply

2. Training and Outreach Specialist, Community GroundWorks
Community GroundWorks is currently seeking an experienced garden-based learning Training & Outreach Specialist to develop and offer trainings, technical assistance services, and general outreach for the Wisconsin School Garden Network. Learn more and apply

3. Education Child Nutrition Consultant, Vermont Agency of Education
Vermont's Agency of Education seeks to hire an Education Child Nutrition Consultant.  This position will include planning, administrative, consultative, and monitoring work at a professional level in providing education services in Child Nutrition Programs. Learn more

Farm to School in the News
Farm school: One Southwest Philly after-school program teaching grassroots literacy – literally

"But what I’m hoping to is show that the hands-on [gardening] activity gives us a tremendous amount of raw material to develop literacy skills. When we go through our beds, we find certain insects. We take pictures of them, and then the students take those pictures back into library and we research them. It exposes students to a whole new vocabulary." (Philadelphia Weekly)

Class is always in session in this New Jersey school garden 
While the peppers have a way to go before they are ready, the herbs are at their peak. Last week, a team of four met at the garden to pick, package and deliver the fragrant herbs to a paying customer and community partner, The Grilled Cheese and Crab Cake Co. on Laurel Drive. They picked sweet basil, purple basil, thyme, rosemary, chives and garlic chives. The restaurant wants to use locally sourced food as much as possible, and they want to support the school program. (Shore News Today)

Each Summer, The Lunchbox Takes Free Meals On The Road To Kids In Vermont
The Lunchbox isn't quite like other food trucks. Instead of simply setting up shop and selling food at different locations around the state like many commercial trucks do, The Lunchbox spends the summer months giving away freshly made, locally produced meals to kids under 18. (VPR)

Monarch conservation efforts making strides in North Iowa

Students at West Fork Middle School and Mason City High School; and volunteers with the Garden Club of North Iowa started swamp, butterfly, and common milkweed plants from seed to be used in local pollinator plantings. Milkweeds, the only plant monarch caterpillars eat, are an essential component of monarch conservation. (Globe Gazette)


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


This Week in Farm to School: 7/5/17

NFSN Staff Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Every week, we share opportunities, action items and a selection of media stories that relate to the farm to school movement. To submit an item for consideration, send us an email. To be considered, content should be of national interest to the farm to school community. 

Grants & Funding
1. ALDI Smart Kids Program
This program makes $100-$5K grants to organizations that promote kids being healthy and active in the geographical areas where ALDI stores are located. Applications are open Feb. 1 - Dec. 15 of each year on a rolling basis. Learn more and apply

2. Rural Seed Grant
Food Coop Initiative’s Rural Seed Grant program is designed to provide financial support during a new food co-op’s early development, backed by the advice and guidance of their development specialists, with the goal of helping  co-ops move through the startup process effectively and efficiently. Learn more and apply


Webinars
1. Trending Topics in Farm to School: Farm to School Partnerships with Your School Nutrition Association
TOMORROW - July 6 // 2-3pm ET
Join the National Farm to School Network to learn about partnering with your School Nutrition Association to expand your farm to school efforts. This webinar is part of NFSN’s new monthly webinar series, Trending Topics in Farm to School, which will be held the first Thursday of every month from 2-3pm ET. These webinars are open to anyone interested in learning about emerging issues and innovation in the farm to school movement. Help spread the word, and register for the July webinar here

2. Farm to ECE Quarterly Webinar: State Agencies as Leaders and Partners in Growing Farm to ECE

August 2 // 3:30-4:30pm ET
State agencies (including departments of agriculture, education and health) can be key leaders and partners in facilitating growth and institutionalization of farm to ECE at the state level. Join us to learn more about the variety of ways that state agencies across the country are leading the way in farm to ECE. Representatives from Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the South Carolina Departments of Health and Environmental Control and Social Services will share their innovative programs and strategic approaches to growing and supporting farm to ECE in their states. This webinar is open to all so please share widely. Register here


Action Items 
1. Seeking Non-English Farm to School Resources
The National Farm to School Network seeks farm to school related resources in diverse languages to add to our free, online resource database. We aim to connect all students and families to farm to school materials in languages that are accessible to them, and to do this, we need your help! Please send any relevant non-English farm to school resource to info@farmtoschool.org. Thank you for helping making farm to school available in many languages! 

2. SAWG Seeks Board Nominations
The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Board of Directors is accepting applicants for consideration of a board appointment beginning in March 2018, and through March 2021. Application Deadline is August 15, 2017. Learn more and apply

3. Local Food Safety Collaborative Survey 
The Local Food Safety Collaborative aims to provide specialized training, education, and outreach to farmers and food processors who serve local markets. Responses to this survey will help direct their resources to best enhance fundamental food safety knowledge and help small farmers and processors comply with applicable Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations.


Resources 
1. Why We Can't Talk About Race in Food
In this CivilEats article five food writers of color share their experiences and perspectives on race as it relates to the food system. Dakota Kim, writer and food editor for Paste magazine explains, "Food is not your separate, happy, safe sphere, away from politics. Food is politics. Food is culture." Read more

2. New Farm to ECE Video

The Vermont Farm to School Network just completed a new Farm to ECE video. This three minute short is a great audio-visual summary of what Farm to ECE can look like! 

3. Food eTALK

Food eTalk is helping parents and guardians make good choices on the spot. Food eTalk is an online nutrition education eLearning program which features 10-minute interactive lessons, cooking videos, and just-in-time learning videos. 


Job Opportunities
 
1. Garden Educator, Grow Pittsburgh
Grow Pittsburgh seeks to fill a full time Garden Educator position. As a part of the Grow Pittsburgh team, the Garden Educator will be a integral part of teaching students to grow, cook and eat fresh food while celebrating the cultures and experiences of the students and the city. Read more and apply

2. Marketing and Communication Coordinator, AmpleHarvest.org
AmpleHarvest.org seeks a Marketing and Communications Coordinator. AmpleHarvest.org represents an exciting model for addressing food waste and hunger/malnutrition in the US. The idea being to move information instead of moving food. Read more and apply

3. Call for Contract Proposals for Farm to Institution Analysis

The Wallace Center at Winrock International is soliciting proposals from qualified contractors to carry out a landscape analysis of the farm to institution market in Central Brooklyn focused on how the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (Restoration) can leverage and coordinate existing efforts and infrastructure to scale up local food procurement. Proposals are due July 21. Learn more


Farm to School in the News

Delaware school garden promotes real-world science instruction
“Schoolyard habitat programs like our sensory garden are part of our school’s efforts to go green,” said fourth grade teacher Leona Williams, who worked with Delaware Nature Society naturalists to help design the garden. “The sensory garden will also serve as an outdoor classroom for science, mathematics, writing, and drawing classes.” (Delaware.gov)

Kids hand out free veggies they grew at Oklahoma elementary school
"What’s so cool about it is you can harvest and give it to people who want plants and don’t have (them) in their gardens." Students also hand out recipes to give families ideas of how to use the vegetables. (Tulsa World)

Kentucky students have first garden harvest
Summer break may be in full swing, but several Conkwright Elementary students came to their school Tuesday evening for the first harvest of vegetables from a garden planted earlier in the year. (Winchester Sun)

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: 6/27/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Every week, we share opportunities, action items and a selection of media stories that relate to the farm to school movement. To submit an item for consideration, send us an email. To be considered, content should be of national interest to the farm to school community. 

Grants & Funding

1. Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Grant Program 
Applications are being solicited through the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Grant Program (also known as the “2501 Program”) from community-based and non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and Tribal entities to provide outreach and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers.  The deadline for applications is August 7, 2017. Learn more


Webinars

1. Team Up for Farm to School Success!
June 29 // 3-4 pm ET
FNS will host the June Team Up Thursday webinar, focused on best practices for planning and organizing successful farm to school programs. The webinar will feature schools and districts who have creatively utilized Farm to School Planning Grants to grow their program. Learn more and register

2. Trending Topics in Farm to School: Farm to School Partnerships with Your School Nutrition Association

July 6 // 2-3pm ET
Join the National Farm to School Network to learn about partnering with your School Nutrition Association to expand your farm to school efforts. This webinar is part of NFSN’s new monthly webinar series, Trending Topics in Farm to School, which will be held the first Thursday of every month from 2-3pm ET. These webinars are open to anyone interested in learning about emerging issues and innovation in the farm to school movement. Help spread the word, and register for the July webinar here

3. NFSN Farm to ECE Quarterly Webinar: State Agencies as Leaders and Partners in Growing Farm to ECE
August 2 // 3:30-4:30pm ET
State agencies (including departments of agriculture, education and health) can be key leaders and partners in facilitating growth and institutionalization of farm to ECE at the state level. Join us to learn more about the variety of ways that state agencies across the country are leading the way in farm to ECE. Representatives from Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the South Carolina Departments of Health and Environmental Control and Social Services will share their innovative programs and strategic approaches to growing and supporting farm to ECE in their states. This webinar is open to all so please share widely. Register here

Events
1. National Food Sovereignty Summit
October 2-5 // Green Bay, WI
The National Food Sovereignty Summit  is a forum for sharing and collaboration to build healthy food systems within tribal communities. This event is perfect for Native farmers, ranchers, gardeners, businesses, policymakers, tribal agriculture staff, Native nonprofits working in agriculture, small producers, tribal producers and tribal leaders. Learn more and register

2. Focusing on Food Loss and Waste: 2017 FoodTank Summit NYC

September 13 // NYC
As the inaugural NYC Food Tank Summit, the event will gather dozens of expert speakers who are top leaders across all sectors of the food industry. The entire NYC Food Tank Summit can also be viewed remotely free via FoodTank.com and Facebook Live. Apply here for tickets.  


Action Items 
1. Chef Ann Foundation Survey
The Chef Ann Foundation's Learning Lunchrooms Initiative will help schools offer learning opportunities about food and nutrition in the cafeteria, while simultaneously creating an engaging mealtime environment by redesigning front-of-house equipment, furniture, and displays; and they need your input to make it happy. Please take 5-10 minutes to complete this survey so they can better understand if there is a desire and appetite for creating a more interactive lunchroom space.

2. USDA 2017 Census of Agriculture

Make sure you are counted! New farmers or existing farmers who have not participated in a prior Census of Agriculture still have time to sign up to be counted through the end of June. 


Resources & Research

1. New Survey Report Reveals Producer Practices & Attitudes About Selling Food to Schools, Colleges & Hospitals  
Farm to Institution New England (FINE) has released the third publication in a series of research reports revealing trends in regional markets for local food at K-12 schools, hospitals, colleges, and other institutions. “Producer Perspectives: The New England Farm-to-Institution Market” presents in-depth findings and makes specific, data-driven recommendations for farmers, producer service providers, government officials, funders, and institutions.

2. Atlanta-based organization Truly Living Well is growing a healthy community 

Literally and figuratively, Rashid Nuri planted a seed that is blossoming into better food for all. “Truly Living Well has had a major influence on my students understanding the importance of food sustainability, urban agriculture, and healthy eating,” said Margul Woolfolk, principal of M. Agnes Jones Elementary. “It has taken complex concepts and textbook exposure to a higher level.” Read more

3. MSU Sending Tribal College Students on New PATHS to Food Sovereignty

The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded Montana State University $280,000 over three years to support the PATHS, or “Pathways to Agriculture and Native foods, Tribal Health and Sovereignty,” program. Principal Investigator Holly Hunts, an associate professor in Montana State University’s College of Education, Health and Human Development, said: “This is an interdisciplinary effort to look at problems and solve them. We are exponentially smarter when we work together.” The PATHS program is open to students at any tribal college. Read more


Job Opportunities 

1. Chef Manager, Ecospaces
New Jersey based Ecospaces seeks a Chef Manager to oversee all food production while abiding by the regulations of the federal reimbursable meal program (National School Lunch Program). Learn more and apply

2. Early and School Food Academic Specialist, Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems

The Michigan State University (MSU) Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) seeks an Academic Specialist to lead efforts promoting good food access and awareness in early child care and education environments (ECE) and K-12 schools. Learn more and apply

3. Director of School Nutrition, Maine Regional School Unit No. 5
Maine Regional School unit No. 5 (Durham, Freeport, Pownal) seeks a Director of Food Service to provide leadership in developing and maintaining the district’s food service program in accordance with the provisions of the National School Lunch Program. Learn more and apply

4. Development and Community Stewardship Coordinator, West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition
The West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition seeks a Development and Community Stewardship Coordinator. This position has two essential functions. The first function is helping develop and expand an inclusive membership program and the second is to coordinate development efforts, including fundraising through grant writing , corporate sponsorships and partnerships. Learn more and apply


Farm to School in the News

New York students benefit from gardening program
As seeds grow, so do the students. The time outdoors learning how to plant and tend their gardens not only inspires a newfound interest in gardening, nutrition and the environment that carries over into their home lives, it also incorporates academic subjects like math, science and writing. (Time Herald-Record)

Nebraska children dig into building a better world

“The community garden to me is a fabulous opportunity for families to talk about where food comes from, healthier eating habits, staying away from processed food. We’re in a food desert in Hastings. We don’t have access to fresh fruits and vegetables geographically but we have tons of fast food. I think it’s an important educational piece.” (Hastings Tribune)

Exclusive dining, excellent service at Alabama School's Spaghetti Palace

The most exclusive new restaurant in town — Spaghetti Palace — opened Thursday in the gym at Attalla Elementary School, staffed by the students involved in the school’s summer camp program. While the school’s cafeteria manager cooked the spaghetti, meatballs and sauce that were served, the students worked to prepare the salads, using items from the school’s community garden. (Gadsden 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: 6/20/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Every week, we share opportunities, action items and a selection of media stories that relate to the farm to school movement. To submit an item for consideration, send us an email. To be considered, content should be of national interest to the farm to school community. 

Grants & Funding

1. Voices for Healthy Kids
The goal of this grant within the Voices for Healthy Kids initiative is to make effective strategic investments in ongoing state, local, and tribal public policy issue campaigns in order to increase public policy impact on healthy weight and living among children. Applications should support one Voices for Healthy Kids Policy Levers and be submitted by the deadline of July 21, 2017 - 5 PM PST. Learn more

Webinars
1. Farm to Early Care Webinar Series Part Two: Doing it Right! Best Practices for CACFP Compliance and On-Farm Food Safety Assessment
June 20 // 10 am CDT
Many of Early Care partners are excited to start serving locally grown fruits and vegetables from farmers in their communities, but they want to make sure they are following the rules for their CACFP food program and best practices to make sure the food is as safe as possible for the kids in their program. Learn more and register.

2. NFSN Farm to ECE Quarterly Webinar: State Agencies as Leaders and Partners in Growing Farm to ECE

August 2 // 3:30 – 4:30 ET
State agencies (including departments of agriculture, education and health) can be key leaders and partners in facilitating growth and institutionalization of farm to ECE at the state level. Join us to learn more about the variety of ways that state agencies across the country are leading the way in farm to ECE. Representatives from Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the South Carolina Departments of Health and Environmental Control and Social Services will share their innovative programs and strategic approaches to growing and supporting farm to ECE in their states. This webinar is open to all so please share widely. Register here

Events
1. 25th Annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium
July 12-15 // Portland, OR area
Join the American Horticultural Society and local host Oregon Department of Education at the only national event of its kind for educators, garden designers, community leaders, and others dedicated to connecting kids to plants. Online registration open until June 22. Learn more.

2. Closing the Hunger Gap: Moving the Hunger Relief System from Charity to Social Justice

September 11th-13th // Tacoma, WA
This conference will introduce you to new ideas, people, and strategies dismantling racial and economic disparities in our food system. Save $40 when you buy early bird tickets before August 1st! Learn more.

3. The Carolina Meat Conference 
September 25-26 // Winston-Salem, NC
The Carolina Meat Conference is the largest gathering of pastured meat-makers in the country! Farmers, chefs, butchers, and industry leaders convene for two days of unparalleled networking, hands-on training, and technical and business assistance. This conference supports a growing community committed to advancing market opportunities and increasing customer access to pasture-based meats. Learn more and register

Action Items 
1. School Gardens Survey
Students at Lehman College, CUNY are interested in learning from your challenges to implementing and sustaining school gardens. Take part in their research survey here

Resources & Research
1. Local Food for Little Eaters: A Purchasing Toolbox for the Child and Adult Care Food Program
This procurement toolbox from the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is designed to help early childhood programs purchase local food. The tools included provide step-by-step instructions for purchasing from a variety of local food sources and provide highlights from successful early childhood local purchasing initiatives throughout the country.  Access the toolkit here

2. Native Youth Learning to Integrate Local Foods into Daily Lives
More than 80 percent of American Indian and Alaska Native adults are overweight or obese, and half of American Indian children are predicted to develop Type 2 diabetes in their lifetimes. “Some Westernized foods and medicines are not best for tribal people,” says Carolyn Angus-Hornbuckle, director of public health policy and programs at the National Indian Health Board. “These health disparities are happening throughout Indian Country, and we could see positive health impacts if Blackfeet chose to share [Researcher Abaki Beck’s] report and their knowledge with other communities.” Read more

3. Systems Approaches for Healthy Communities
Systems Approaches for Healthy Communities is a professional development program, designed for SNAP-Ed implementing agencies, that promotes the integration of policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) interventions with educational strategies. The final version will be available starting October 2017. Learn more

4. Association Between Indulgent Descriptions and Vegetable Consumption: Twisted Carrots and Dynamite Beets
Giving a vegetable dish a creative name — like “zesty ginger-turmeric sweet potatoes” instead of just plain “sweet potatoes” — resulted in 25 percent more people choosing the vegetable. But 35 percent more customers chose the zesty label than the health-positive “wholesome sweet potato superfood,” and 41 percent more chose it than the scolding “cholesterol-free sweet potatoes.” Read more

5. Active Role States Have Played in Helping to Transform the School Wellness Environment through Policy

This report provides historical data on state wellness policy-related laws (SY 2006-07 through 2014-15), baseline information on state laws related to the first year of Smart Snacks regulation (SY 2014-15), and insights as to how state laws align with the provisions of the USDA’s wellness policy final rule given the forthcoming implementation date (SY 2017-18). In addition, an assessment of the scope and intensity of requirements included in state laws governing the local wellness policy environment for all years, across all topic areas, and by selected state characteristics is included. See more here

6. Working on Wellness: How Aligned are District Wellness Policies with the Soon-To-Be-Implemented Federal Wellness Policy Requirements? 

Nationwide Baseline Information from the 2014-15 School Year
This report provides data on district wellness policies in effect at the start of the 2014-15 school year, including: insights as to district policy readiness for or alignment with the provisions of the USDA’s wellness policy final rule given the forthcoming implementation date (SY 2017-18); baseline information that tracks the incorporation of Smart Snacks standards into district wellness policies during the first year of implementation (SY 2014-15); and an assessment of the scope and intensity of wellness policy provisions in district policies within and across all topic areas and by selected district characteristics. Learn more

Job Opportunities 
1. Policy Advocate, National Family Farm Coalition
NFFC seeks an Interim Policy Advocate (with the potential to become a permanent position) to bring the concerns of NFFC member organizations to Capitol Hill and the Administration and to track family farm-related legislation, including the next Farm Bill. Learn more

2. Farm to School Procurement Specialist, LSU Extension

The Farm to School Procurement Specialist (Extension Associate) will perform work related to the procurement of locally grown products for Louisiana farm to school programming; act as a main contact for Louisiana school food and other institution authorities for individual technical assistance and to help comply with federal, state, and local procurement regulations; develop training materials aiding school food authorities in the procurement process. Learn more

Farm to School in the News
Montana School program raises rainbows — trout and chard
While farm to school programs are taking root throughout Montana and exist in all 50 states, the program at Park High School remains an innovator and one of very few nationally that raises edible fish in an aquaponics system to be featured in school meals. (Missoulian

West Virginia students help community garden flourish
A community garden tended by students at Edison Middle School in West Virginia is expected to produce a bumper crop this year, enough to distribute vegetables to hundreds of area families. Students have been working to establish the community garden for nearly two years as part of the school’s STEM program. (The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Tennessee STREAM Camp focuses on environment, Giving Garden

“We began the week looking from a global perspective about our impact on the plant. We then narrowed the focus to the distribution and harvesting of food. Students studied aquaponics and hydroponics and designed floating gardens that would allow life to be sustained in countries that are plagued with flooding such as Bangladesh.” (Times 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: 6/13/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Every week, we share opportunities, action items and a selection of media stories that relate to the farm to school movement. To submit an item for consideration, send us an email. To be considered, content should be of national interest to the farm to school community. 

Grants & Funding

1. USDA Rural Development: Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grants program
USDA-RD is now accepting applications for the Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grants program. The primary objective of this grant is to provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups through cooperatives and Cooperative Development Centers. Learn more here


Webinars
1. Webinar series: Farm to Early Care 
June 13-27, 10am CST
The Minnesota Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy has distilled their farm to ECE training into four basic webinars to give background to anyone planning their own Farm to ECE program. Learn more and register here
 
2. Getting Prepped to Visit Lawmakers: Tips and Guidance on Meeting with Policy Makers on the Importance of Nutrition Education
June 13, 3pm EST
This year, the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior's (SNEB) annual conference is located in our nation's Capitol. With looming cuts to important social programs, what better opportunity could there be to gather support and educate our elected officials on the importance of nutrition education in our country? Register here

3. Webinar: Blueprint for a National Food Strategy
June 15, 2pm EST 
The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School and Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic teamed up to create an interactive Blueprint for a National Food Strategy. Check it out and join the Blueprint authors for a national webinar. Register here

4. Webinar: Developing Your BFRDP Project
June 20, 1pm EST
This webinar hosted by New Entry Sustainable Farming Project will focus on developing your project for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) application process. Register here


Events
1. NESAW Conference: Call for Session Proposals
November 9-11 // Baltimore, MD
The Call for Proposals is open for the 2017 Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) conference, which will be held November 9-11 in Baltimore, MD. Now in its 24th year, NESAWG’s It Takes a Region conference brings together farm and food systems leaders from across the Northeast to learn, network, and collaborate.  In 2016, over 400 attendees from 12 states joined us for workshops and networking sessions on race and equity; farm and food business practices; fisheries; youth leadership; and much more. Click here to learn more and submit your proposal! Submissions due by June 28th at 9am. 

2. Community Food Systems Conference
December 5-7, 2017 // Boston, Massachusetts
The Community Food Systems Conference will explore the intersection of food security, social justice, and sustainable agriculture as well as address common underlying themes between food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture. Register here


Action Items 
1. The Healthy Food Policy Project: Case study nominations 
The Healthy Food Policy Project is currently seeking nominations for case studies of local initiatives and laws relating to supporting or promoting access to healthy food, and that also contribute to strong local economies, an improved environment, and health equity, with a focus on socially disadvantaged and marginalized groups. If you have any questions regarding this project or the nomination process, please contact Sally Mancini (sally.mancini@uconn.edu). Apply here by June 15. 

2. New Opportunity to Influence Farm Policy at the Local Level

Stakeholders interested in being involved in federal decision making without taking a trip to Washington D.C., should explore the possibility of participating in their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committee. Whether you choose to run as a candidate, or simply exercise your right to vote, engaging with your local FSA County Committee is a good way to ensure your voice is heard on important farm policy decisions. Learn more here

3. USDA: 2017 Verification Response Rate Challenge 
School food authority (SFA) and State agency staff have until June 15th to share their ideas for increasing response rates in the annual school meals verification process. Simply describe how you have increased response rates in a few sentences, and you’re done. Participate here


Policy News
1. Vermont Governor Signs Bill to Strengthen Farm to School
Last week, Governor Phil Scott signed S.33, the Rozo McLaughlin Farm to School bill, which will further enhance Vermont’s Farm to School programming. With the signing of the bill, Vermont’s early childhood education centers are now eligible for state farm to school grant funding. The bill also sets new statewide goals for farm to school: By 2025, 75 percent of schools will engage significantly in farm to school programing, and 50 percent of school food will be purchased from local or regional sources. Read more here


Job Opportunities 
1.Conference Coordinator, Southern SAWG 
Southern SAWG (Sustainable Agriculture Working Group) is seeking an experienced Conference Coordinator to manage and carry out the 2018 Southern SAWG Conference. The Conference will be held January 17-20, 2018 in Chattanooga, TN. Learn more and apply here

2. Elementary Teacher of Agriculture Projects, Maine Regional School Unit #3
Maine's RSU 3 seeks an Elementary Teacher of Agricultural Projects. This new position will support classroom teachers with the integration of curriculum into an outdoor, experiential learning setting; will manage the gardens and outdoor learning spaces at our elementary schools; lead integrated lessons with grades K-5 students; organize and oversee greenhouse and garden programming; and work with the district nutrition director to increase local sourcing. Learn more here

3. Policy Advocate, National Family Farm Coalition
NFFC seeks an Interim Policy Advocate (with the potential to become a permanent position) to bring the concerns of NFFC member organizations to Capitol Hill and the Administration and to track family farm-related legislation, including the next Farm Bill. Interested parties should send cover letter, resume, salary requirements and three references to familyfarmcoalition@gmail.com at their earliest convenience.


Farm to School in the News
USDA Announces Farm to School Grant Awards; Projects Nationwide Chosen
On Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the projects selected to receive the USDA’s annual farm to school grants designed to increase the amount of local foods served in schools. Sixty-five projects were chosen nationwide. (USDA)

School in the Virgin Islands Reaps Abundant Sweet Potato Harvest
The harvest was impressive, as was made evident by the barrowload of sweet potatoes collected. Mr. McGregor said some of the potatoes would be shared among agriculture students as well as the school’s cafeteria to be used as part of a meal. (Virgin Islands Consortium

Virginia First Graders Compete in Friendly 'First Peas to the Table' Contest
First grade students from all six Charlottesville public elementary schools planted English Peas in their gardens this spring. Students measured their peas growth every week, and this year's First Peas to Table competition ended in a tie. (Charlottesville Tomorrow

Ohio Families Keep Garden Growing in Summer

This spring, Waterville Primary students planted a garden behind the school, as they have for many years. Now, with the kids out for the summer, families are volunteering to care for the plot through the break so the students return to a garden in full bloom. “In order to maintain it, it takes a lot of different stakeholders,” Waterville Primary School Principal Jamie Hollinger said. (Toledo Blade

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: 6/06/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, June 06, 2017
Every week, we share opportunities, action items and a selection of media stories that relate to the farm to school movement. To submit an item for consideration, send us an email. To be considered, content should be of national interest to the farm to school community. 

Webinars
 
1. Webinar: How to Use the "Candidates Forum Toolkit"
June 7, 1pm ET
In recent years, food councils in North Carolina have hosted candidates forums with key policy makers to both educate them on their communities' food system needs and to connect citizens directly with their law makers. Join members of the Community Food Strategies team as we walk you through the steps outlined in our Candidates Forum Toolkit that explain how to successfully organize a candidates forum. Based on our own work with food councils and policy makers, we will share tips on candidates forum planning, logistics, and promotion. Participants will leave with the tools and confidence to organize their very own candidates forums in their communities. Register here

2. Webinar: Developing Your BFRDP Project

June 20, 1pm EST
This webinar hosted by New Entry Sustainable Farming Project will focus on developing your project for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) application process. Register here

Events
1. Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior's (SNEB) Annual Conference
July 20-24 // Washington DC
Join SNEB for their 50th Annual Conference. Learn more and register here. Additionally, all nutrition educators are invited to a pre-conference, in-person workshop: "Nutrition Educators as Advocates: A Day on Capitol Hill" - a chance to learn the latest on the political landscape and visit with your member(s) of Congress. Learn more here

2. Ku Aina Pa Garden Teacher Workshop

July 24–27 // Honolulu, HI
Navigating the Hawai‘i School Garden Curriculum Map and Creating a Standards-Based Garden Program for Your Classroom is a four-day workshop for Hawai‘i’s K–8 teachers to connect school garden activities to federal and state education standards. $200 scholarships to attend are available through the Kokua Foundation. 3 PD credits available. Learn more and apply here

3. Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN) Annual Conference
November 2-4 // Madison, WI
Did you know that the Women, Food and Agriculture Network is 20 years old in 2017? It's true—so let's celebrate. Join WFAN for the longest, biggest Annual Conference yet! The conference theme is "Rooted in History, Growing for the Future", and the keynote speaker is LaDonna Redmond. Learn more and register here.

4. Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) Conference
November 9-11 // Baltimore, MD
NESAWG’s It Takes a Region Conference brings together practitioners, leaders, and advocates working to create a just and sustainable food system for all. This conference features the work of farm and food systems leaders in the region while generating conversation about systemic issues in food systems work with the goal of brainstorming collaborative ways forward. Early bird registration opens in August. Learn more and submit your innovative, instructive, and inspiring session ideas for consideration here

Resources
1. New Resource: A Roadmap for Farm to Early Care and Education
National Farm to School Network is please to share it’s new resource, A Roadmap for Farm to Early Care and Education: A guide to understanding farm to school opportunities in early care and education settings. This resource is intended for use by stakeholders from diverse backgrounds to facilitate a shared understanding of the early care and education sector and the natural opportunities to integrate farm to school initiatives into early care and education settings. This shared understanding can support enhanced connectivity between the local food and early care and education communities in order to advance farm to early care and education across the country. This resource includes a basic overview of the early care and education sector, information for getting started with farm to early care and education, and a list of state early care and education agencies and contacts. Explore this new resource here

2. Get it Toolgether: Assessing Your Food Council's Ability to Do Policy Work

Researchers from the Food Policy Networks program at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future released a new online resource for food policy councils (FPCs). This advocacy capacity toolkit is designed to help FPCs assess their current capacity to work on advocacy and policy and provide them with appropriate recommendations and resources to reach their strategic goals. Learn more about the toolkit here.

3. Lessons Learned from Mississippi Farmer Ben Burkett

Ben Burkett is a fourth-generation farmer and legendary farm advocate.  In this article, he shares lessons learned from his decades on the farm, the changes facing small farmers, and why to continue pushing for change. Read more here

4. New Orleans schools adopt trauma-informed model
Post-traumatic stress disorder among children in New Orleans is more than three times the national rate, according to the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies. Five schools have adopted trauma-informed teaching methods to help address such students' unique needs. Read more here

Job Opportunities 
1. Executive Director, Organic Association of Kentucky
The Organic Association of Kentucky seeks an executive director who will help the organization achieve its mission of helping organic farmers be more successful while helping consumers learn more about and access more organic food. Learn more here

2. Education Manager, Farmshare Austin
Farmshare Austin is currently seeking a full-time Education Manager. The Education Manager will lead the signature Farmer Starter program as well as develop and implement a curriculum of community education classes and workshops. Learn more here

Farm to School in the News
Four Georgia Nonprofits Receive $1.45M to Help Youngest Children Eat Farm-Fresh Food

Through a new national investment, four partner organizations are launching an effort to promote access to local, healthy foods for young children in Georgia’s early learning environments.  The statewide public-private partnership will be led by The Common Market Georgia, Georgia Organics (NFSN Georgia Core Partner), Voices for Georgia’s Children and Quality Care for Children. (Metro Atlanta CEO

California district switches to local and organic meals, cuts carbon footprint – and saves money

Now, five years after the district responded by overhauling the menus at its 100-plus schools – serving less meat and adding more fruits and vegetables – a new report has revealed some surprising results. The study by the environmental nonprofit, Friends of the Earth (FOE), found that the district’s Farm to School initiative not only provided its 48,000 or so students with access to healthier foods, but that between 2012 and 2015 its overall food costs declined and its carbon footprint shrank. (Nation of Change

Native plant site in Washington public school garden

Master Gardeners planted Cascade Penstemon, Flowering Red Currant, Kinnikinnick, and Sea Blush alongside fourteen other plants native to Washington state to help grow out a school's garden. The plants were chosen for their identification and educational opportunities, significance to Native American culture, and to most please the children, many of the plants will have edible fruit. (Islands Sounder

Pennsylvania school starts weekly farm-to-table lunch program

Deer Lakes school district has implemented a new “Comfort Food Thursdays” farm-to-table program in partnership with Mish Farms Meat Market. Joe Beaman, director of food services at Deer Lakes, is on a mission to provide students with more locally sourced foods and less processed meals. (TribLive)

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: 5/30/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Every week, we share opportunities, action items and a selection of media stories that relate to the farm to school movement. To submit an item for consideration, send us an email. To be considered, content should be of national interest to the farm to school community. 

Grants & Funding

1. USDA Community Development Grants
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is inviting applications for grants to support economic development in rural communities. USDA is making grants available under the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program to strengthen the rural economy. For more information on how to apply, see page 24281 of the May 26 Federal Register. The deadline to submit paper applications is July 25, 2017.

Webinars 
1.Webinar: Farm Bill 101
May 31, 3-4:30pm EST
There’s much buzz about the 2018 Farm Bill, but what exactly is the Farm Bill? Union of Concerned Scientists invites you to a webinar about the basics of the Farm Bill, from its origins, to its impact on what we eat and which programs it funds. Register here

2. Webinar: Developing Your Project
June 20, 1pm EST
This webinar hosted by New Entry Sustainable Farming Project will focus on developing your project for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) application process. Register here

3. Webinar Recording: Farm to Early Childhood: Building the Movement through Multi-Sector Partnerships
Hosted by the Food Trust, this webinar reviews and explores how state agencies, in partnership with the business sector, nonprofits and early childhood providers, can support expansion of farm to ECE practices and programs. View this recording here

4. Webinar Recording: How to Bring Farm Fresh into Schools with New USDA Meal Pattern Recipes
The Chef Ann Foundation launched fifty new, tried-and-true, farm-to-school recipes to bring farm fresh meals to your students. This webinar features new recipes and menu cycles, and discusses how they credit toward the school and child care meal patterns. View this recording here

Events
1. Slow Food Nations
July 14-16 // Denver, Co
This free festival will combine the energy of a street food fair, the rigor of an academic conference, and the inspiration of a cultural exchange. Slow Food Nations connects farmers and families, leaders and eaters to share our stories and shape the future of food. Learn more about this event here

2. School Garden Support Organization Leadership Institute
January 21-26, 2018 // Santa Cruz, CA
Join over 20 School Garden Support Organization teams from across the nation to strengthen your organization’s goal of enhancing professional development and ongoing support for school garden programs in your region. Apply by July 20 here

Resources
1. #GirlsAre: Empower Girls to Move and Celebrate Their Athleticism
Girls today are far less likely than boys to achieve recommended amounts of physical activity. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the Clinton Foundation are joining forces to shine a spotlight on the disparities between girls’ and boys’ physical activity rates and inspire a new generation of strong, active women. The National Farm to School Network is proud to be a partner in the #GirlsAre campaign to empower girls and women to move and celebrate their athleticism. Read how farm to school activities are helping girls get active in this blog. Learn more about the #GirlsAre campaign here

2. Food Tank’s Summer Reading List: 17 Books to Beat the Heat
Whether it’s tackling challenges like climate change and hunger, or working with the soil (and worms!) to grow healthier food, this list offers something to inspire all kinds of readers hoping to contribute to a better food system. Learn more here

Job Opportunities 
1. Executive Director, Schoolyard Farms
Schoolyard Farms in Portland, Oregon is currently seeking its next Executive Director. With previous experience working with and fundraising for underserved communities, this individual will be able to bring a diverse skill set and viewpoint to the discussion table around social and racial justice. Learn more here.  

2. Child Nutrition Director, Nevada Department of Agriculture
The Nevada Department of Agriculture seeks a Child Nutrition Director. This position is located in Sparks, NV. Learn more here

3. Director of Dining Services, Mount Holyoke College 
Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts seeks to hire a Director of Dining Services. Application review beginsJune 5. Learn more here

Farm to School in the News
Texas' Gregory-Lincoln Education Center grows budding culinary stars
The Cultivated Classroom at Gregory-Lincoln began with eight garden beds in an unused plot on the north side of the school; it now has 16 beds, a 27-tree orchard and a chicken coop with egg-laying hens. On almost a monthly basis, students bring their school-garden bounty to a local restaurant and learn from chefs how to create meals. (Houston Chronicle

A Sustainable School Garden in a Former Brooklyn, NY Parking Spot
When parents at PS 516, a small elementary school in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, started looking for ways to create a school garden two years ago, the church next door granted them the use of a single parking spot in its lot. The Rainbow Garden that they built there must now be the most water-wise, sustainable patch of asphalt in the five boroughs. (Brooklyn Botanic Garden)

Washington school kids, community build garden
"The little kids in kindergarten and first grade drew pictures of the veggies, the second- through fourth-graders wrote lots of letters to businesses asking for support, and the fifth-graders drew on graph paper plans to scale, measuring the area and coming up with cost estimates,” (Kitsap Sun)

Re-Imagining School Lunch on Martha's Vineyard

All fifty students from kindergarten to the 5th grade, teachers, staff and lots of parents, came together to cook and eat a locally sourced, seasonal meal. There was plenty of time to eat - more than the national average of 15 minutes. Food was served family style. Conversation was encouraged and it was a no pressure, no shame meal for the kids. If they didn’t want to try something, they didn’t have to. (WCAI

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: 5/23/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Every week, we share opportunities, action items and a selection of media stories that relate to the farm to school movement. To submit an item for consideration, send us an email. To be considered, content should be of national interest to the farm to school community. 

Webinars 

1. Webinar: Economies of Local Food
May 25, 1pm EST
In recent years, a considerable effort has been made at improving data collection for local food systems, engaging and developing resources for practitioners to evaluate local food system activity, and to standardize the metrics used in reporting the impacts of local food grant and loan programs. The presenters will provide an overview of some of these initiatives. Register here.

2. Webinar: Tackling Resilience Through Food Policy Councils
May 25, 1pm EST
The increasing prevalence and severity of environmental, political, and humanitarian emergencies are prompting governments and communities to think more about where their food will come from in such situations, and how their local food systems may contribute to (or lessen the impact of) them. Food policy councils can play an important role in assisting with these efforts. Register here.

3. Webinar: Team Up for Creative Ways to Boost Flavor with Less Sodium!

May 25, 3pm EST
Presenters will share their efforts with procurement, menu planning, student acceptance, and staff professional development related to creating heart-friendly school meals. USDA Food and Nutrition Service staff will also share the latest on the Agency’s sodium reduction initiatives in school meals. Register here

4. Webinar: School Garden Support Organizations Best Practices: Measuring Impact 

June 6, 1pm PST 
In this webinar, hear how and why school garden support organizations across the nation measure the impact of school garden programming. A wide range of assessment tools and strategies from different organizations will be shared. This webinar is hosted by the National School Garden Network. Register here


Events
1. Healthy Food Fuels Hungry Minds: Advancing Children's Health In & Out of School
June 7 // Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
“Healthy Food Fuels Hungry Minds" is presented with the objective of enabling participants to make our kids’ nutrition the best in the nation by creating an environment both in and out of school where great nutrition is fostered and valued and healthy choices, including healthy beverages and clean, drinkable water, are always the easiest ones. Featuring Keynote addresses from Marion Nestle & Betti Wiggins. 6 CE credits offered for school nutrition personnel. Register here

2. 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 include: The Growing Classroom: Two-Day Intensive in Garden-Based Learning (June 19-20) and Outdoor Classroom and Garden Program Management (July 27). Additional trainings will be offered this fall. Learn more and find additional training opportunities here

3. Summer Institute: Using Gardens to Teach & Build Community
August 15-17 // Poughkeepsie, NY
Poughkeepsie Farm Project's annual summer institute is designed to help educators integrate gardens into their teaching. The institute cover topics in literacy, social studies, science, and nutrition, as well as build knowledge about sustainable agriculture, food systems, social justice, and ecological gardening practices. Register here

4. Food Solutions New England: Network Leadership Institute
Sessions held September 2017 - January 2018 // Location TBA
Food Solutions New England (FSNE) seeks to grow, strengthen, and diversify its network leadership across the region. They seek regional thinkers and doers to participate in the second FSNE Network Leadership Institute, and invite applications from individuals who are active in food system efforts locally and/or regionally, who are committed to FSNE’s values, and who are eager to contribute to the FSNE network in this way. Applications are due June 1. Learn more and apply here

5. 2017 Georgia Farm to School Summit 

October 5-6 // Helms College in Augusta, GA
Early bird registration now open for the 2017 Georgia Farm to School Summit. Hear from Keynote Betti Wiggins and Honorary Co-Chair Donna Martin, tour farm to school programs, and choose from 21 education sessions including focused content for school nutrition, educators, and early care providers. Only a limited number of early bird tickets are available. Visit the Summit website for more information.


Research & Resources
1. Garden Project in Schools Linked to Lower BMI in Kids
Findings of a new study suggest that well-designed interventions can produce salutary changes in children's food knowledge and eating habits in the short period of just one school year. A prominent feature of the study was the opportunity to work in gardens established at participating schools. Learn more here

2. Online Course: "Intro to US Food System: Perspectives from Public Health"

The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future is now offering an updated, on-demand version of its free, online Coursera course, “An Introduction to the US Food System: Perspectives from Public Health”. New sessions begin every six weeks, and the next one opens on May 22nd. You can begin any time by signing up and previewing lectures while you wait for your session's start date. Learn more here

3. American Farmland Trust: Profiles in California Stewardship Project 

Over the course of the past year, American Farmland Trust conducted 60 interviews with specialty crop growers across California who are dedicated to practicing environmental stewardship on their farms and ranches, and now, American Farmland Trust is announcing the launch of a new interactive website where these profiles are hosted. In addition to viewing more than 60 examples of outstanding environmental stewardship, this new website provides visitors with the ability to search and sort profiles of specialty crop growers by the stewardship practice(s) used, crops grown and geography. The profiles contain contact information for the grower, and each has agreed to be contacted as a resource for other California specialty crop growers hoping to implement similar practices. Learn more here


Job Opportunities 
1. Executive Director, Rogue Valley Farm to School 
Rogue Valley Farm to School is seeking a skillful professional to lead the nonprofit organization under the strategic direction of the Board of Directors. This is an incredible opportunity for someone who is passionate about quality nutrition education programs for children and the community, and sustainable agriculture. Learn more about applying here

2. Director of Development/Co-Director, CoFED
Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFED) is seeking a Director of Development / Co-Director of CoFED. CoFED trains young people, ages 18-30, to develop food co-ops that advance racial justice and community-owned wealth in the food system. We have a deep belief in the power of young people to build a multiracial, multiclass, multicultural movement committed to creating alternatives to a racist and extractive food system that does not serve us as people or the planet. Learn more and apply here

3. Produce Project Educator, Capitol Roots Produce Project 

Capitol Roots Produce Projects seeks a Produce Project Educator. Capital Roots is striving to create a more vibrant and equitable food system in New York’s Capital Region by reducing the impact of poor nutrition on public health through community gardens, healthy food access, nutritional and horticultural education. The Produce Project is a job-readiness program where students from Troy High School engage in all aspects of operating a 2-acre urban farm. Learn more and apply here

4. Youth Farm Specialist, Urban Roots
Urban Roots seeks a Youth Farm Specialist to join their Austin, TX based team. Urban Roots is a non-profit organization that uses food and farming to transform the lives of young people and inspire, engage, and nourish the community. The Urban Roots Youth Farm Specialist (YFS) ensures the success of youth and community members engaged in Urban Roots’ unique ecosystem of multiple year-round youth leadership development programs and supports Urban Roots’ agricultural activities, using sustainable farming practices to maintain a productive community farm. Learn more and apply here

5. Multimedia Specialist, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets 

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets seeks a multimedia specialist to join their Communications Team. Under the advisement of the Director of Communications, this position will be responsible for developing video, online, and print content in support of Agency programming. Applications will be accepted thru May 30. Search position #621189 here.


Farm to School in the News
For Kansas students, lessons from bees are ‘bold and loud’
A Wichita middle school recently became home to the area’s first school-based honeybee hive. A hive with about 30,000 honeybees has been installed near an exterior wall in one of the school's classroom, and a clear acrylic tube allows students to watch the bees move from the hive to the school’s fruit and vegetable garden and back again. “There’s so many life lessons inside the hive that are so bold and loud.” (The Wichita Eagle)

USDA’s Farm Service Agency Helps “Berries by Bill” Bring Local Produce to Arkansas Schools
Bill Landreth, owner of Berries by Bill, Inc., has a u-pick strawberry patch and grows a variety of fresh produce sold on his farm and at local farmer’s markets. He can also be found making deliveries of his seasonal fruits to local schools in Arkansas - what he calls a “win-win” for him and the students. Landreth worked with the USDA’s Farm Service Agency to help finance the equipment used to produce his strawberries. (USDA FSA Fence Post)

Special needs students sowing success in Massachusetts

Educational Support Professional Nancy Burke launched the Haverhill High School's Learning Garden program five years ago. She and her students have received local, state and national news coverage and honors after renovating a neglected school courtyard into a handicap-accessible outdoor learning lab filled with wheelchair accessible raised-bed vegetable and berry gardens. (Eagle-Tribune

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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