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This Week in Farm to School: 10/03/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, October 03, 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. Extension Risk Management Education Competitive Grants Program
The four regional Extension Risk Management Education (ERME) Centers request
applications for the Extension Risk Management Education Competitive Grants Program. This announcement seeks applications from eligible organizations with a demonstrated capacity to develop and deliver results/outcome-based risk management education and training programs to agricultural producers and their families. Learn more here

1. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics: Celebrating Farm to School Month State-by-State 
Thursday, October 5, 2-3pm ET
Join us for a special “Farm to School Month” themed webinar to hear how states across the country are lifting up and celebrating National Farm to School Month, and gather easy action ideas for how you can get involved this October. This webinar is generously sponsored by Co-Bank. Register here.

2. NFSN WEBINAR Farm to ECE Quarterly Webinar: Farm to Early Care and Education in Head Start – A Natural Alignment

Tuesday, October 10, 3-4 PM ET
Explore the National Farm to School Network’s exciting new resource, Growing Head Start Success with Farm to Early Care and Education, and hear from Head Start practitioners about best practices and successes in implementing farm to ECE in the Head Start setting. Register here

3. Webinar: Economic Impacts of Farm to School

Wednesday, Oct. 11 // 12-1pm ET
This webinar is part of a wider effort to promote the release of the associated report “Economic Impacts of Farm to School: Case Studies and Assessment Tools” (a collaborative project of the National Farm to School Network and Colorado State University). Panelists will discuss findings of the new report, highlight the use of two key resources for conducting economic impact studies of food system initiatives and their application to farm to school economic impact assessment, and discuss continuing work to better understand the impacts of farm to school activities. Additional panelists include representatives from  USDA Office of Community Food Systems, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service and Cornell University. Register for the webinar by submitting this form

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. Visit to get involved. 

2. National Farm to School Month Tweet Chat
October 12 // 12-1pm ET
Every October, communities across the country come together to celebrate the connections happening between children and local food. Come celebrate with us during a live chat on Twitter! Ask your farm to school questions, hear from movement leaders, share resources and tell us about your favorite examples of farm to school in action. Join the National Farm to School Network (@FarmtoSchool) and special guests for a #FarmtoSchool101 tweet chat on Thursday, October 12 from 12-1pm ET to discuss how farm to school supports healthy kids, thriving farms and vibrant communities. 

3. Illionos Farm Bureau's Local Regional Food Conference

November 6-7 // Bloomington, IL
Are you a local farmer, processor, distributer, or retailer? Do you own a small business? Know your impact and what buying and selling local can bring your local economy. Attend the Local Regional Food Conference Conference and learn how to grow your business from the best. Early bird registration through October 13th. Read more and register

4. DC Greens' Regional School Garden Summit
October 14 // Washington, DC
Join DC Greens for the first annual Regional School Garden Summit. The goal of the Summit is to nurture the emerging regional network of non-profits, schools, and government agencies interested in capacity and network building around school gardens by providing a space to learn, share best practices, and make new connections. Register here

Action Items
1. 9th Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Call for Workshop & Poster Proposals 
The 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Cincinnati, OH, April 25-27,2017! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene more than 1,000 diverse stakeholders working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. Conference organizers are seeking workshop and poster proposals from individuals and organizations working to improve our food system, strengthen community health, empower youth, advance equity and increase opportunities for farmers. Learn more information about proposal submissions here. Proposals are due no later than 8 pm ET on November 14, 2017. All questions should be sent to

2. National Farm to School Month's Take Action Pledge
Celebrate National Farm to School Month by adding your name to the National Farm to School Network's Take Action Pledge! Sign the pledge and you’ll be entered to win our Farm to School Month sweepstakes! Ten winners will receive a prize package that includes: assets from the Captain Planet Foundation Project Learning Garden™ program, a Stand2Learn student standing desk, and a collection of seeds from High Mowing Organic Seeds. No action is too small – take the pledge now

Resources & Research
1. NEW REPORT: Economic Impacts of Farm to School
Using a survey and case study approach, this new report (a collaborative project of the National Farm to School Network and Colorado State University) examines the economic impact of local purchasing and provides new insight into the potential for farm to school procurement to positively impact local economies. The report finds that not only were surveyed farmers satisfied or very satisfied with most aspects of farm to school sales, but farm to school farms purchase more inputs from the local economy, which results in positive local economic impact. 

2. A Farmer like Me: Exploring Hunger, Race, and Farming in America
In Food Justice Voices "A Farmer Like Me: Exploring Hunger, Race and Farming in America," farm and food justice activist Lorrie Clevenger of Rise & Root Farm, shares her childhood foundation, experience as a Black farmer and her vision on how we can make our agricultural system better.

3. From Coal to Kale: Saving Rural Economies with Local Food
Many counties are switching to oil and gas production as coal's fortunes wane, but farms, food hubs, and community kitchens may keep rural areas alive. “Recognition is growing that support of small/local farm businesses may keep a greater share of money recirculating in the local economy and allow farmers to retain a greater share of consumer expenditures on food,” Tropp writes in the book’s first chapter. Read more

Job Opportunities
1. Department Chair of Agriculture Science, Austin Community College 
Austin Community College seeks to hire a Department Chair of Agriculture Science to be housed at the Elgin campus. This position provides academic leadership, management, and overall coordination for the Agricultural Sciences area. Read more here

2. FoodCorps hiring for multiple positions
FoodCorps is a fast-growing national nonprofit that provides a scalable response to the epidemics of childhood obesity and food insecurity, while training a new generation of leaders in the fields of food, health, education and sustainability. Read more about FoodCorps' job openings

3. Executive Director, Common Good City Farm
Common Good City Farm based in DC seeks to hire an Exec. Director. The ideal candidate will have experience working within a nonprofit organization and have the ability to manage the day-to-day of the organization while keeping an eye on the big picture. Learn more and apply

Farm to School in the News
Gov. Scott to sign proclamation for Vermont Farm to School Month
Farm to School month will kick off Monday, October 2, when Governor Phil Scott will sign a proclamation declaring October to be Vermont’s Farm to School Month at 1:00PM in the Governor’s Ceremonial Offices at the Statehouse. Second Graders from Northfield Elementary School will be on hand to witness the Proclamation’s reading and signing and to “gift” the Governor with saved seed packets and muffins made with ingredients from their Harvest School Garden. (VT Digger)

Oklahoma Community helped by Global Gardens 
Global Gardens began in 2007 as a school program for children at Eugene Field Elementary School in west Tulsa. The plan was to teach the students, many of whom came from low-income families, life skills through hands-on education about science and nutrition. In the 10 years since, the program has expanded to four sites. (Tulsa World)

Pride of Dakota School Lunch Day
 K through 12 schools across the state were celebrating their history Thursday afternoon for the Pride of Dakota School Lunch Day. “It's really about where their food comes from. North Dakota agriculture is the number one economy in the state, so we really want to recognize what agriculture does for our state,” said Deputy Agriculture Commissioner Jon Bodine. (West Dakota Fox News)

South Carolina: Lessons in the Garden

The Daniel Island School and Community Garden coordinators and volunteers have worked with teachers to develop educational programs since the inception of the newly purposed garden in 2015. The programs are designed to complement, enhance and bring to life academic subjects taught in elementary and middle school. (The Daniel Island 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.