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This Week in Farm to School: 1/29/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, January 29, 2019
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. Clif Bar Family Foundation Small Grants
Deadline: February 1
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.

2. Action for Healthy Kids Game on Grants
Deadline: April 5
In order to get every kid healthy and ready to learn, Action for Healthy Kids’ Game On grants provide funding and resources for schools to improve or introduce new nutrition and physical activity programs. With a $1,000 grant, you can build a school garden, get equipment for active recess, host taste tests, and other nutrition promotion, start a before- or after-school activity club, and more. Learn more here.


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to ECE: Farm to Early Care and Education in Family Child Care
Thursday, February 7, 1-2 PM ET
Across the country, there are over 213,000 licensed family child care homes and nearly one quarter of all children spend time in family child care before they reach kindergarten. Farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) – including local food procurement, gardening, and food and agriculture education – is a great fit for family child care. Farm to ECE adapts to diverse ages, abilities, and settings and offers evidenced-based approaches to meeting educational and nutrition standards. Join this National Farm to School Network webinar to learn about new resources to support farm to ECE in family child care, hear about best practices from county level farm to ECE initiatives, and see examples of farm to ECE in family child care success. Register here.

2. NFSN WEBINAR Farm to School Resource Roundup
Wednesday, February 27, 3-4 PM ET
Join us for the first ever National Farm to School Network (NFSN) Farm to School Resource Roundup Webinar. The February webinar will feature three new resources from NFSN that aim to increase equitable access to farm to school initiatives, including theNFSN Programs and Policy Racial and Social Equity Assessment Tool; Supporting Farm to School with Non-Profit Hospital Community Benefit Dollars; and City & School District Farm to School Policy Opportunities. Register here. Register here.   
 
3. 2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit
April 2-4 // Amherst, MA
The 2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit is designed for food service operators, people who work at institutions, and local food advocates as well as farmers, processors, and distributors. The goal is to maximize collective impact and overcome challenges to buying more local food. The summit will feature programming that focuses on farm to school, farm to campus, and farm to health care, as well as cross-sector themes. Register here.

4. 2019 Canada National Farm to School Conference
May 15-17 // Victoria, BC
The 2019 Canada National Farm to School Conference will emphasize scaling-up efforts and evaluating impacts of farm and local food to school activities happening across Canada – putting more healthy, local and sustainable foods on the minds and plates of all students. This three-day event will feature field trips to inspirational projects in British Columbia, world-class keynote speakers, presentations, workshops and networking opportunities. Early Bird registration is now own through March 1. Learn more here.
 
5. Georgia Farm to School and ECE Summit
June 7-8 // Macon, GA
Save the date! The 7th Georgia Farm to School and Early Care and Education Summit will be held June 7-8 at Helms College in Macon. The Summit features dynamic, hands on education sessions, workshops, and field trips for early care providers and k-12 staff on gardening, cooking with kids, local procurement, and more! This event is co-hosted by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and Georgia Organics and presented by the Georgia Farm to School Alliance and the Georgia Farm to Early Care and Education Coalition. Registration opens in mid-March. Learn more here.


Job Opportunities
1. Farm to School Coordinator, Capital Roots (Troy, NY)
The Farm to School Coordinator will work to enhance the local food system by expanding access to healthy, affordable foods in our region's schools by working directly with farmers and producers to sell their products to institutions, as well as achieve higher levels of food safety certifications. Learn more here.

2. Director of Culinary Services, Thaden School (Bentonville, AR) 
The Director of Culinary Services will develop a vision, infrastructure, partnerships, and resources for the school that puts culinary services on par with the school’s other educational programs. Thaden School’s Meals program connects students to the myriad roles that food plays in our lives, as well as the ecological, scientific, economic and cultural dimensions of the plate. As the construction of Thaden's campus advances, students will grow and harvest increasing quantities of food for school meals, and will help with food preparation in our teaching kitchens. Learn more here

3. EQUITY  Seeding Power Fellowship (New York) 
The Seeding Power Fellowship is an innovative 18-month, cohort-based food justice fellowship program for experienced leaders working across sectors to build equitable food systems. In its inaugural year it will accept applications from leaders in New York City, the Hudson Valley, and Long Island. Application deadline: January 31. Learn more here.  


Farm to School in the News
Louisiana community garden laying down roots to alleviate food desert
Local high school students who've grown up in urban areas are learning how to plant their own food for the first time. For some of them, it's the first time seeing the planting process because of where they live. (WBRZ)

Growing student success: Florida students plant gardens
A collaboration between the Flagler County UF/IFAS Extension and 21st Century Community Learning Centers focuses on students below grade level in math, language arts and/or science, with interactive, after-school curriculum. (Palm Coast Observer

Texas garden project combines science, community service
Fourth-graders at a Texas elementary school are tending to a community garden as part of a yearlong science and community service project. Students recently weeded the space, will record weather and crop conditions, collect soil samples for analysis and hold a farmers market to distribute their produce. (The Eagle)

 
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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