This Week in farm to school: 2/7/17
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. Innovation Education Awards
he third annual UL Innovative Education Award (ULIEA) recognition program is open to eligible 501(c)(3) organizations in the United States and Canada. Awards will go to participants who best use innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curricula to help students of grades K–12 solve real-world environmental problems.A panel of environmental, science, research, and technical experts will determine one grand prize winner to receive $100,000; two second-tier winners to receive $50,000 each; and two third-tier winners to receive $25,000 each. The submission window closes on February 28, 2017. Learn more here.
2. Call for Application: 2017 Interdisciplinary Research Leaders
Interdisciplinary Research Leaders is a leadership development opportunity for teams of researchers and community partners, including community organizers and advocates. These teams use the power of applied research—informing and supporting critical work being done in communities—to accelerate that work and advance health and equity. Their innovation helps build a Culture of Health, one that enables everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives. The two theme areas for the 2017 Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Call for Applications are 1) Youth development approaches to prevent violence and promote health, and 2) Community and individual resilience and health. The Call for Applications is open until March 8, 2017. Learn more here.
3. Slow Food USA: Ark of Taste Garden Challenge
The Ark of Taste is a living catalog of delicious and distinctive foods facing extinction. By identifying and championing these foods, we keep them in production and on our plates. The Ark of Taste Garden Challenge will engage classrooms in growing these special seeds to taste the wonderful food they produce. Slow Food USA is putting together kits for school gardens, individuals, and Slow Food chapters. Each kit will include Ark of Taste seed packets, garden signs, a poster, recipes, and more. Please request your school garden kit by February 17. Learn more here.
4. Seed Savers Exchange Seed Donations
Each year, Seed Savers Exchange donates the previous year's unsold seeds to charitable organizations. To qualify for a seed donation, an organization must be a nonprofit or have a nonprofit umbrella sponsorship and have a shipping address within the United States. Volunteers pre-pack donation boxes with 100 seed packets, each a different variety. Recipients do not choose specific varieties, but will receive a wide selection of seed varieties. Learn more and apply here.
5. Carton 2 Garden 2017 Contest - Free Entry Kits
Evergreen Packaging and KidsGardening.org are proud to present its third annual national Carton 2 Garden Contest. Open to public and private schools, contest winners will be selected based on their implementation of an innovative garden creation featuring creative and sustainable uses for repurposed milk and juice cartons. Fourteen entries will be selected to receive award packages for their efforts. Submissions are due April 12, 2017. Free entry kits are available while supplies last. Learn more here.
Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Resources for research and outreach on structural racism in the U.S. food system
Feb. 17, 12:30pm ET
The fourth edition of the Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System will be available in mid-February; this document provides an up-to-date list of publications and resources on structural racism present in the US the food supply chain. Join bibliography co-authors, Rich Pirog (MSU Center for Regional Food Systems) and Jane Henderson (University of San Diego), for a discussion of this unique resource and the importance of using a racial equity lens for food system students, educators, researchers, and practitioners. Register here.
2. Save the Date: 5th Annual Every Kid Healthy Week
April 24-28, 2017
Join us in celebrating the fifth annual Every Kid Healthy Week from April 24-28. Launched by Action for Healthy Kids in 2013, Every Kid Healthy Week is a time when schools, students, parents, and community members come together to recognize their school’s wellness achievements through fun and interactive health-promoting events. For more information on how to get involved and additional resources to help you plan an event, go to EveryKidHealthyWeek.org.
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1. Letter to Admin & Congress: Safeguard Fed Nutrition Programs
The National Anti-Hunger Organizations (NAHO) have penned a letter reaffirming a commitment to a strong and effective national nutrition safety net for vulnerable, low-income individuals and families and calling on Congress and the President to safeguard and support these critically-important programs. National, state and local organizations are urged to join the over 1,000 organizations that have signed this letter and have demonstrated a groundswell of support for the federal nutrition programs. Follow this link to view and sign your organization (organizations only, please) onto this statement.
2. Save the date: 21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
Food Solutions New England (FSNE) is committed to addressing structural racism in our food system. We believe that we cannot talk about and work for sustainability, food security, and economic prosperity in our region without facing the realities of discrimination and social inequity. This is an exciting opportunity to dive deep into building racial equity habits. For 21 days, we will commit to learning about the ways in which race, social justice, and our food system are connected, talk about challenging and important issues, and take action. Learn more here.
Farm to School in the News
Pennsylvania Awards 30 Farm to School Grants
Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera has announced the awarding of Farm to School grants to schools across the state, which will provide students with access to fresh, healthy food sourced locally. Through the program, 30 awardees received grants of up to $1,000 to implement farm to school activities. (via PA.gov)
School gardens are more than a trend: What keeps them growing?
Pershing Elementary School is Dallas, Texas has found success with its school garden. “School gardens are trending, but they're trending for the right reasons. It's a lot of social, emotional balance and multisensory connections to everything you do." (via The Dallas Morning News)
School-based markets address food insecurity, healthy eating
A DC-area nonprofit is making healthy food more accessible for families and children by bringing food pantries to school. Each month, Martha’s Table invites families to shop at a free food market set up in school cafeterias. Local chefs are on hand to demonstrate healthy recipes, like massaged kale salad and lo mean with broccoli and wheat spaghetti. (via WTOP)