This Week in Farm to School: 3/12/19
Grants & Funding
1. Carton-2-Garden Contest
Deadline: March 25, 2019
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. Your school can get started by collecting at least 100 empty cartons from your home, community, or cafeteria. After gathering cartons, it’s time to design and construct purposeful garden items and structures using them. Learn more here.
2. Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
Deadline: May 24
The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) 2019 Request for Applications (RFA) is now available. The purpose of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. The agency, commission, or department responsible for agriculture within any of the 50 States, DC, and US territories is eligible to apply directly to the USDA for grant funds. Organizations or individuals interested in the SCBGP should contact their state department of agriculture for more information. Learn more here.
3. FY 2019 Team Nutrition Training Grants
Deadline: June 2
FNS has announced two grant opportunities under the Team Nutrition Training Grant Program that will help State agencies implement job-skills training programs focused on addressing identified State and local needs impacting the quality of school meals. Up to $9 million dollars in grant funds are expected to be awarded in FY 2019. State agencies that administer the National School Lunch Program may submit an applications. Applications are due June 2. Learn more here.
Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Summer Programs at School Gardens and Farms
Tuesday, March 26 // 1-2 PM PST
Looking for ideas to keep your school gardens tended and active during the summer? Are you thinking of new ways to bring garden-based learning to a community garden or farm site? Join SGSO for a webinar on the ins and outs of running kids day camp programs on educational gardens. Erin Jackson, Education Director at Gallatin Valley Farm to School, and Amy Carlson, Garden Education Director at Life Lab, will share their years of experience and resources for creating day camp programs. From promotions to post assessments and everything in between, this hour long webinar will provide you with inspiration and ideas to create or enhance summer programming on your educational garden or farm. Register here.
2. Food Sovereignty Summit
September 23-26, 2019 // Green Bay, WI
Mark your calendars! The First Nations Development Institute and the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin will be hosting the national Food Sovereignty Summit in September in Green Bay, Wisconsin. This is a great conference for those involved in Tribal and native food systems - native farmers, Tribal agriculture staff, non-profits, policymakers, and other leaders - to come together in collaboration to build healthier food systems. Learn more here.
3. 2019 Community Food Systems Conference: Request for Proposals
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and Georgia Farmers Market Association are currently welcoming proposals for workshop sessions at our 2019 Community Food Systems Conference. We will be accepting proposals until April 15, 2019 at 11:59pm EST. We seek submissions from leaders in food security, social justice, and sustainable agriculture. Learn more here.
Research & Resources
1. EQUITY 21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
April 1-21, 2019
Sign up for the FSNE 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge coming up in April! In its fifth year, the Challenge is a great way to learn about the history and impacts of racism on our current food system while inspiring participants with resources and tools to build racial equity in their work and lives. Coordinated by the Food Solutions New England network, the Challenge will help participants across the country raise awareness, shift attitudes and change outcomes. This year a Discussion Guide will be available for groups who want to do the Challenge together. Learn more and sign up here.
2. Article: Food Justice as a Dual Process, with Deep Roots in the Black Freedom Struggle
The struggle for food justice is often viewed as linear path to food justice that begins with dismantling oppression, followed by the building of sustainable solutions or community-based interventions. Yet, the struggle for food justice is a dual process related to power with deep roots in the historical arc of food politics in the Black Freedom Struggle in the civil rights era. A new JAFSCD article examines and explores this process. Read more here.
3. Webinar Recordings: Network Weaving with June Holley and Yasmin Yonis
From the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future's Food Policy Networks project, this three part webinar series focuses on the different aspects of and approaches to network development. Webinar One is on the basic structure and governance of networks, Webinar Two discusses engagement and communications strategies, and Webinar Three is about self-organizing strategies and coordinating multiple projects. Check them out!
4. Rachel's Network Catalyst Award for Women Environmental Leaders of Color
Rachel's Network is a community of women at the intersection of environmental advocacy, philanthropy, and leadership. This award recognizes women of color making an environmental impact in communities across the US, taking into account their service to a healthier natural world, positive impact on their communities, and their history of collaboration. Applications due April 14. Learn more here.
1. NFSN SERIES Child Nutrition Reauthorization Listening Session Series
With the Farm Bill checked off of the Congressional to do list, policymakers are planning to pick back up their efforts to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization (CNR). National Farm to School Network is interested in hearing from farm to school advocates and stakeholders about what they'd like to see in the next CNR. If you're interested in learning more about farm to school opportunities in CNR or have thoughts to share about how CNR can support your farm to school efforts, please join one of our upcoming CNR Listening Sessions. Hear the latest CNR updates, share your ideas for farm to school in a new bill, and learn about ways you can get involved. Four sessions are available, and open to anyone interested in or involved in farm to school efforts:
- Tuesday, March 19, 4-5 PM ET - Register here
- Thursday, March 21, 1-2 PM ET - Register here
- Wednesday, March 27, 1-2 PM ET - Register here
- Thursday, April 4, 1-2 PM ET - Register here
On Tuesday, March 12, the House Education and Workforce Committee is holding its first hearing in preparation for the next Child Nutrition Act reauthorization (CNR). The “Growing a Healthy Next Generation: Examining Federal Child Nutrition Programs" hearing begins at 10:15am ET and can be live streamed here. Check the National Farm to School Network blog for a recap of the hearing later this week.
1. EQUITY Racial Justice Fellowship, CoFED (Nationwide)
CoFed builds the leadership of young people of color to practice cooperative values, economics, and strategies for collective liberation. Their 6-month fellowship is a fantastic opportunity for young cooperators of color working to close the racial wealth gap by advancing community ownership of land and the food system. You'll work on a Fellowship project, participate in training opportunities, and build your network. Applications due March 15. Learn more here.
2. Development Manager, Healthy Schools Campaign (Chicago, IL)
Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC), a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to making schools healthier places for all students, is seeking a full-time Development Manager who will support the mission and goals of the organization by helping to grow and implement a sustainable and vibrant fundraising program. Learn more and apply here.
Farm to School in the News
Farm to school day takes root in New Jersey school
St. Gregory the Great Academy recently hosted a Farm to School Day, where local farmers came to the school to help teach students about how their food is grown. The young people also got to hear about the importance of locally sourced food from area farms from Douglas Fisher, New Jersey’s Secretary of Agriculture, and Carrie Lindig, the state conservationist. (The Monitor)
Virginia high school students earn grant for greenhouse project
Students enrolled in a Virginia high school's hospitality and tourism academy recently secured a $10,000 grant to support a project to help provide healthy food to the surrounding community. Part of the plan includes finishing construction of an on-campus greenhouse that could be used as a community garden and educational resource. (Daily Press)
South Carolina Students Treated to ‘Taste of Gullah’
Charleston County School District’s Nutrition Services Department recently teamed up with Chef GioVanni Richardson, founder of ‘A Taste of Gullah,’ to connect curriculum to the cafeteria during Black History Month. The students enjoyed a Gullah cuisine menu of okra gumbo, all meat pilau, rutabagas with greens, southern succotash, mandazi, and assorted fruit. "The Gullah culture is part of the academic curriculum," said Joe Pettit, CCSD’s Nutrition Services Field Officer. "By connecting the curriculum to the cafeteria, we’re completing that circle for the students and allowing them to taste what they are studying.” (The Charleston Chronicle)