This Week in Farm to School: 12/19/17
Grants & Funding
1. Get Out and Grow: School Garden Sweepstakes
Your school could win $15,000 toward a garden—plus a visit from a Team USA Athlete! Smucker Away From Home wants to help schools across the country develop gardens that help cultivate hard work and healthy eating habits. The Get Out and Grow School Garden Sweepstakes is open to School Administrators or Foodservice Directors of K-12 schools. Learn more and apply here.
2. America's Promise Grant
As many as five two-year grants of up to $300,000 are available for school districts and organizations working toward creating healthier school environments. This exciting new funding opportunity is brought to you by America's Promise Alliance in partnership with FoodCorps and four other core partners. Deadline to apply is January 22, 2018. Watch the informational webinar and learn more here.
3. Tater Tats Seed Fund Grants for Growers
Are you a growers? Tater Tats aims to help people grow vegetables--whether that means growing vegetables for the first time, expanding an operation, or experimenting with crazier, more delicious varieties. They applaud commitment to the land, to biodiversity, to the legacy of heirloom varieties, and want to help you grow! Tater Tats is giving ten percent of 2017 sales to subsidize seed purchases by offering $300 grants to vegetable producers nationwide. The deadline for next year's funding is December 31, 2017. Learn more and apply here.
1. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics: SNAP-Ed and Farm to School
January 4 // 2-3pm ET
SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education), an evidence-based program aimed at helping people make healthier food choices and live healthier lives, offers a growing opportunity to bring food, nutrition and agriculture related education as well as gardening, local food procurement and other farm to school initiatives into schools and communities across the country. We will hear from practitioners from University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and other SNAP-Ed programs about the integration of farm to school in both direct education and policy, systems and environmental change SNAP-Ed initiatives. Register here.
2. NFSN WEBINAR Farm to ECE Quarterly Webinar: Placing Equity at the Center of Farm to Early Care and Education
January 9 // 3-4:15pm ET
At the intersection of multiple sectors, including policy, education, food systems and social justice, farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) can be a platform for advancing racial and social equity. Access to farm to ECE opportunities may be one approach to addressing health and education inequities by increasing access to healthy, local foods and high-quality education opportunities for children and communities while promoting ECE policies that address inequity. Farm to ECE can, at the same time, address inequities in the food system by changing ECE purchasing practices and policies. Join the National Farm to School Network, the Policy Equity Group, the Food Trust, and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems to learn how these organizations are both evaluating internal structures and practices to prioritize equity and working towards programs and policies that place equity at the center of farm to ECE initiatives. Register here.
3. Webinar: Opportunities in the 2018 Farm Bill: Federal Efforts to Advance Equitable and Sustainable Food Systems
Jan. 9 // 3-4:15pm ET
This webinar will provide a brief overview of the Farm Bill and status of the reauthorization process, as well as highlight four key policy pillars within the legislation: the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), healthy food incentive programs such as Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI), and sustainable agricultural and local/regional food system development. Speakers will discuss challenges and opportunities in each policy arena and highlight opportunities to get involved in shaping the next Farm Bill. Hosted by the Healthy Food Access Portal. Register here.
4. NFSN WEBINAR Leveraging State Farm to School Networks to Affect Legislation
January 18 // 2-3pm ET
Join the National Farm to School Network to learn how state farm to school networks and stakeholders can have an impact on local and state legislation that supports farm to school efforts. Guest speakers will include Natalie McKinney, Executive Director of the Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation and NFSN Hawai’i Core Partner, discussing lessons learned from organizing, advocating and keeping the pressure on to successfully pass state farm to school policy. Attendees will learn about the importance of advocacy and education with policy decision makers, and take away tips and tools for jumpstarting advocacy efforts in their own communities. This webinar is open to the public, and anyone interested in learning about farm to school policy is encouraged to attend. Register here.
1. Scholarships Open for 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
The National Farm to School Network is now accepting applications for scholarships to the 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, which will take place in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 25-27, 2018. This event is the top national training and networking event for farm to cafeteria professionals working to improve community health, build economic opportunities for farmers and producers, and ensure long-term sustainability for local food efforts nationwide. To ensure the conference reflects the full diversity of the movement, scholarships are prioritized for farmers and farm support organizations, farm to college / hospital practitioners, early care and education providers, food service professionals, persons of color, and youth (through age 22). Learn more and submit your application at farmtocafeteriaconference.org. The deadline to apply is Feb. 12 at 8pm ET.
2. 2018 Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Conference Call for Proposals
Hosted at University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu campus July 27-29, 2018. Exploring themes of: Indigenous knowledge, decolonization and socio-ecological resiliency in agroecology and sustainable food systems education. Proposals are due by 11.59 pm on Feb. 5, 2018. Learn more and submit your proposal here.
3. NYC: GreenThumb GrowTogether 2018 Workshop Request for Proposals
Help ring in GreenThumb’s 40th anniversary through workshops based around the theme “Honoring our Roots.” You are invited to submit a workshop proposal for the 34th Annual GreenThumb GrowTogether Conference on Saturday, March 31, 2018. Please submit your proposals by Monday, January 8, 2018. Learn more and submit your proposal here.
4. USDA Inviting Comments on School Lunch Ingredients
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is inviting comments on what it called “food crediting,” the system that defines how each food item fits into a meal for the National School Lunch Program and other federal child nutrition programs.
1. 2018 Farm Bill Updates
The U.S. House Committee on Agriculture has launched a new online resource designed to provide updates and information related to the 2018 Farm Bill.
2. 25 Children’s Books Growing Young Minds
Food Tank has compiled a list of 25 children’s books that can help stimulate food and agriculture awareness across all ages. From learning about where food comes from and the hardworking hands that grow it, to the importance of vibrant ecosystems, to cultural food diversity, these books will make great gifts for hungry young minds. Read more.
1. Multiple Positions, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project's Farmer Training Team seeks to higher an Incubator Farm Manager and a Beginning Farmer Education & Curriculum Coordinator. Both positions are based in Lowell, MA.
2. ProFarmer In-field Education Manager, Hudson Valley Farm Hub
The Hudson Valley Farm Hub is seeking a full time ProFarmer In-field Education Manager. She/he/they will be responsible for in-field instruction, mentoring, and the daily supervision of ProFarmer trainees, who are full-time, year-round Farm Hub employees. Learn more and apply.
3. Farm Director, Hillside School
Hillside School for boys seeks to hire a full-time Farm Director to manage their 25-acre farm. Learn more and apply.
Farm to School in the News
Florida Elementary students to share harvest
“The kids love it,” said program educational coordinator Krista Keisu on Wednesday, December 6. “It’s so crazy to see them get excited about trying broccoli and cucumbers. They get to be part of growing the food, which makes them more inclined to want to try it.” (The Gabber)
Mississippi State University students design agriculture optional school in Tennessee
Seventeen undergraduates and two master’s students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences landscape architecture major spent the semester reimagining the master plan of Bolton High School in Arlington, Tennessee. Located in a small town just northeast of Memphis, the high school plans to return to its rich agricultural roots as an agriculture optional school. The school district has optional programming, with schools that provide “creative and rigorous coursework and extra-curricular programs” with a “specialized learning focus.” (MSU News)
Foodie fight: Louisiana Schools’ culinary programs compete to create the next top lunch
High school students will vote with their plates Thursday, Dec. 14, in school cafeterias across St. Tammany Parish to help choose the winner of the Pro Start culinary program Grab and Go Menu Competition. (New Orleans Advocate)