This Week in farm to school: 12/20/16
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. Note: This Week will be on break for the next two weeks, and will resume Jan. 10, 2017.
Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: January NFSN Farm to ECE Webinar: Good Food, Great Kids Project
January 11, 3:30-5pm ET
pfc Social Impact Advisors, in partnership with the National Farm to School Network and the BUILD Initiative, recently developed a series of case studies on the emerging benefits of farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) initiatives. These case studies, along with the accompanying policy report, explore the policy and practice of how communities are joining forces to bring farm to ECE programs to vulnerable children and families. Join us to hear from Hilda Vega, Vice President of Programs at pfc Social Impact Advisors, about the important lessons gleaned from the project and from the team at Norris Square Community Alliance, one of the featured case studies, about how their farm to ECE model is supporting equity and inclusion in the ECE setting. Register here.
2. Early Bird Deadline: Southern SAWG Conference
Jan. 25-28, 2017 // Lexington, KY
For over 25 years the Southern SAWG Annual Conference has been providing the practical tools and solutions you need. It is the must-attend event for those serious about sustainable and organic farming and creating more vibrant community food systems. This popular event drew over 1,400 farmers and local food advocates from across the nation last year. The general conference line-up includes 56 educational sessions, plus a state networking session for each of the 13 states in Southern SAWG’s region, and another 16 information exchange sessions where you get to exchange ideas and information with those who share your interests. Early bird registration closes Dec. 21. Learn more here.
3. Save the Date: Local Foods Impact Conference
April 3-4, 2017 // Washington DC + Livestream
Congressionally authorized grant and loan programs to support local food systems have expanded in recent years. Quantifying and evaluating the impacts of these programs is critical. The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, in partnership with The George Washington University, will host a Local Food Impacts Conference April 3 and 4, 2017 in Washington DC. Join to explore how to best measure the impacts of local food investments, improve coordination across USDA agencies, and evaluate the extent to which disparate local food investments are complementary and reinforcing. Beyond metrics, this conference provides an opportunity to share local food stories with incoming members of the new Administration and Congress. Learn more here.
4. Save the Date: New England Farm to Institution Summit 2017
April 5-7, 2017 // Leominster, Mass.
The 2017 New England Farm to Institution Summit will bring together more than 500 people who are leveraging the power of schools, colleges, hospitals and other institutions to transform our food system. Learn more here.
Jobs & Opportunities
1. Request for Applications: National Farm to School Network Core Partners for 2017-2019
National Farm to School Network is seeking partner organizations in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. Territories (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands) to serve as NFSN Core Partners for 2017-2019, the next phase of farm to school and farm to early care and education growth and evolution. Organizations and agencies interested in and capable of contributing to the advancement of farm to school and ECE are encouraged to apply. Applications are due January 26, 2017. Learn more and apply at farmtoschool.org/rfa.
2. Policy Specialist, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is seeking a Policy Specialist. The Policy Specialist, one of six Policy Specialists at NSAC, reports to NSAC’s Policy Director. NSAC advocates on a wide range of federal farm and food policy issues and each Policy Specialist focuses on a variety of those issues. This position will focus on farm conservation and environmental policies and programs plus at least one other issue cluster, to be determined. Learn more here.
Farm to school in the news
Grady Scarbrough named Rural Health Champion
Dorothy Grady Scarbrough, the Executive Director of Mississippians Engaged in Greener Agriculture (MEGA) and NFSN partner, has been named a Rural Healthy Champion, an honor bestowed by the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Read about her tireless work to connect her community to healthy food. Congratulations, Dorothy!
Trafalgar Middle School goes farm to table
Students at a Florida middle school enrolled in agriscience classes help maintain an on-campus garden. School nutrition professionals use about 70% of the food produced in the garden, including lettuce, radishes, carrots and fruits. (via The News-Press)
Chicken coop boosts farm-to-school efforts
A Vermont elementary school will ring in the new year with a chicken coop that will house 12 chickens year-round for students to care for and learn from. The idea stemmed from a weeklong workshop the Vermont Farm to School Network held at Shelburne Farms. (via Waterbury Record)
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.