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This Week in Farm to School: 2/19/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, February 19, 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. 

Webinars & Events
1. 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.

2. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics Webinar: NFSN National Partner of the Year - Intertribal Agriculture Council
Thursday, March 7 // 1-2 PM ET
The National Farm to School Network (NFSN) is excited to announce the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) as NFSN’s 2019 National Partner of the Year. The IAC, a non-profit, Tribal membership organization, serving all tribal producers and communities across the country, was established in 1987 to pursue and promote conservation, development and use of Indian agricultural resources for the betterment of Indian communities. Through intentional programmatic and policy advocacy collaboration, resource sharing and cross-promotion, we aim to better connect NFSN and IAC members and continue growing farm to school in Native communities. Join this webinar to learn more about IAC and NFSN's collaboration and how members can get involved in this work. Register here.


Research & Resources 
1. EQUITY 3 Hard Truths that will Help Your Organization Undo Racism, FoodCorps
"We will only get so far if we don’t explicitly and intentionally commit ourselves to undoing racism because it is the foundation upon which extreme economic disparities exist - the very disparities that explain why some children don’t have access to healthy food." Tiffany McClain, Director of Organizational Equity and Inclusion at FoodCorps, shares three steps organizations can take to undo racism and create sustained systemic change. Read more here.

2. Grow It, Try It, Like It! Fun with Fruits and Vegetables at Family Child Care, USDA Team Nutrition
Grow It, Try It, Like It! Fun with Fruits and Vegetables at Family Child Care is designed to help Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) operators provide garden-based nutrition education for children ages 3 through 5 years old in family child care settings. Through the activities in Grow It, Try It, Like It!, children touch, smell, feel, and taste new fruits and vegetables. Children also learn how fruits and vegetables grow. Planting activities help children connect the delicious food choices at the table with the farm, orchard, or garden. Read more here.

3. Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act Case Study, Center for Science in the Public Interest
This case study developed by CSPI provides insights into policy strategy and advocacy best practices that resulted in passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA). The case study outlines key lessons to help inform nutrition and public health policy initiatives, as well as continued implementation and defense of school nutrition. It describes how advocates used research to develop and advocate for policy change, compromises that were needed to advance the policies, changes in attitudes about school food policy over time, framing and messaging, the role of state and local policy that laid the groundwork for national change, and how challenges were resolved between stakeholders. Read more here


Policy Updates
1. FY 2019 Funding Bill Includes $5 Million for Farm to School
The government funding bill signed by the President last week included a bright spot for the farm to school movement. Thanks to the leadership of Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the bill included an additional $5 million in discretionary funding for the USDA Farm to School Grant Program, which doubles the annual available funding for this highly impactful and important program for one year. This is a significant win for the farm to school movement. Demand for the program is more than four times higher than available yearly funding, and this additional discretionary funding will help make the program accessible to more schools, farmers and communities across the country. Read more on our blog

2. Minnesota Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Support Farm to School
New, bipartisan legislation introduced in Minnesota last week would set aside a $2 million annual grant program to reimburse schools and early child care providers for getting food from local providers. Both schools and farmers would also get the technical assistance required to make this relationship work -- like complying with food safety ordinances, sticking to federal food guidelines, and figuring out how to prepare available veggies for elementary school kids. Read more here.


Job Opportunities
1. Program Director, Edible Schoolyard (Berkeley, CA) 
The Edible Schoolyard Project is looking for an Program Director to oversee the management of the Edible Schoolyard Berkeley. The role will develop systems, procedures and structures that enable the team to provide the highest quality instruction to our diverse students. In addition, the Program Director will provide day-to-day direction for the Kitchen and Garden Managers and play a key role in the planning and execution of educator trainings and outreach. Learn more here.

2. Grassroots Intern & Policy Intern, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (Washington, D.C.)
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is currently seeking a Policy Intern and a Grassroots Intern for the summer term beginning in late May 2019 and lasting until mid-August 2019. These positions are paid, full-time, and located at NSAC’s Washington, D.C. office on Capitol Hill. Learn more and apply here.

3. Better Selves Fellowship, Knoll Farm (Waitsfield, VT)
The Better Selves Fellowship is born out of the belief that the challenges facing our communities are so vast that more work, more information, faster and longer hours cannot be the only answer; what's needed is space to remember and be our better selves: clear-headed, compassionate, courageous, wise. This year we will award 60 seven-day fellowships at the Refuge at Knoll Farm. The fellowship allows time to work on a specific project that needs your focus, to write, to brainstorm solutions, or simply to get your head back on straight by walking and living on a healthy working farm. Learn more here.


Farm to School in the News
Large to small growers move crops with farm to school movement
Providence Farm is a small vegetable-and-livestock operation in Michigan, with a community supported agriculture (CSA) program and a roadside market. But owners Ryan and Andrea Romeyn say direct sales to schools have led to the “dreamy” experience of doing a profitable higher-volume business in carrots. They harvest more than 20 acres of carrots, boxing them and shipping them out. (Vegetable Growers News)

New York district honored for incorporating farm produce into kids’ meals
Southampton Union Free School District has been honored for its work to integrate local farm products into its school meal program. Both the Southampton Union Free School District and the East End Farm to School Project were recently awarded the Farm to School Partnership Award for finding and incorporating local produce into kids' meals at the Southampton, Bridgehampton and Tuckahoe school districts. (Patch)

New Jersey students enjoy salad bar with their school-grown produce 
Memorial School 7th and 8th graders who are part of the STRIVE Gifted and Talented Program on Feb. 8 enjoyed pizza and a salad bar which utilized the first cut growths off their Tower Garden, a vertical, aeroponic growing system which enables the growing of up to 20 items in less than three square feet, indoors or out, at a time. (TapInto)

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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