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This Week in Farm to School: 3/5/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, March 05, 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. 

Grants & Funding
1. Test Kitchen Grant, No Kid Hungry
Deadline: March 15
The Test Kitchen is a concept accelerator designed to help nonprofits, schools, faith organizations, and local governments turn their best ideas into validated strategies and promising practices. This year’s focus is on ending childhood hunger in the summer. Organizations selected for the first cohort will receive grants up to $10,000 and technical assistance from No Kid Hungry (NKH) to test a new model, strategy, or program designed to provide more kids with meals in the summer. Learn more and apply here

2. Native Youth and Culture Fund Grants, First Nations Development Institute 
Deadline: March 12
First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is now accepting proposals for its Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF) for projects that focus on youth and incorporate culture and tradition to address social issues in Native communities. First Nations expects to award approximately 20 grants between $5,000 and $19,500 each for projects of no longer than one year in length. Learn more and apply here

3. Slow Food Plant a Seed Kits
Slow Food believes biodiversity is key to a sustainable, adaptable — and delicious — future. The Plant a Seed campaign gives you the tools to get amazing flavor back on your plate. The Plant a Seed kit features six seed packets: three from the Ark of Taste, and three from Row 7. There is a limited number of free kits available for school gardens, request one here.


Webinars & Events
1. 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.

2. 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.


Resources & Research
1. EQUITY Conversation Guide: Talking about Racism, Racial Equity and Racial Healing 
Many people would like to talk about the impact of racism and the need for racial healing in our country, but don’t know where to start. W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Home Conversation Guide helps frame a respectful dialogue , where people and their experiences are recognized and affirmed. Developed in collaboration with racial healing practitioners from across the country, this guide includes: sample agreements participants create together for safe, healing spaces; conversation starters; paths for deeper sharing; and, ways to encourage bravery and willingness. View the conversation guide here

2. EQUITY New Report: $23 billion gap between white and nonwhite school districts
EdBuild has released a new report which examines school district revenues based on racial and socioeconomic characteristics at the national and state level. The report finds that nationally, predominantly white school districts receive $23 billion more than their nonwhite peers, despite serving a similar number of children. White school districts average revenue receipts of almost $14,000 per student, but nonwhite districts receive only $11,682. That’s a divide of over $2,200, on average, per student. Read EdBuild's full report here. Find more background information in this NPR article

3. Call for School Garden Vignettes
Do you have a school garden story that you would like to see published in a book collection for school garden researchers and practitioners? Organizers from the University of Oregon and University of Georgia would like to hear from you! They are inviting school garden practitioners to submit vignettes (short stories, narrative essays, creative works--poems, images, visual art, etc.) that showcase something you find valuable, challenging, enriching, surprising, or important about working with learners in school gardens. Contributors can be anyone who has experience working with school gardens in a K-12 context. Accepted contributions will be included in a book that links school garden research with practice. Contact Dr. Sarah Stapleton with questions and to submit an abstract (100-200 word description) by April 1st, 2019 at sstaplet@uoregon.edu.


Job Opportunities
1. Executive Director, Grow Portland (Portland, OR) 
Grow Portland is hiring a skilled Executive Director to guide the delivery of its school garden and healthy eating programs in Portland, Oregon. Grow Portland is the leading, local nonprofit organization dedicated to school garden education with more than 15 public school partners. Learn more and apply here

2. Administrative and Program Assistant, Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network (Eugene or remote in OR) 
This position will handle a wide range of administrative and program support related tasks for OFSSGN. The position is part-time starting at 12-15 hours a week and has the potential to increase hours as the need increases. Learn more and apply here

3. Marketing Specialist, San Francisco Unified School District (San Francisco, CA)
The Marketing Specialist will help create awareness with students and adults about the District’s groundbreaking efforts to improve the school meal experience. This work includes designing menus, developing and maintaining artifacts and various social media channels within SFUSD and the broader community, and leading creative marketing strategies to help grow and support SNS programs. Learn more and apply here

4. Dining Space Redesign Project Manager, San Francisco Unified School District (San Francisco, CA)
The Dining Space Redesign Project Manager will lead the expansion of this project from pilot to a districtwide initiative, reaching all SFUSD schools. This is a creative, detail oriented role that engages with people of all ages, from students, to vendors, to construction managers. Learn more and apply here.

5. AmeriCorps - Nutrition Educator, Clark County Food Bank (Vancouver, WA)
The Nutrition Educator will work to implement hands-on, interactive nutrition education to low-income children, teens, adults and families. Through teaching topics like healthy cooking, grocery shopping on a budget, and growing a portion of your own vegetables, the Nutrition Educator will build client skills and confidence in order to empower them to pull themselves out of poverty. Learn more and apply here.


Farm to School in the News
African Day of School Feeding: Investing in Nutrition Education
An international example of farm to school! The fourth edition of the African Day of School Feeding was celebrated in Abidjan under the theme “Investing in home-grown school feeding for achieving Zero Hunger and sustaining inclusive education for all, including refugees, returnees and internally-displaced persons in Africa”. Around 200 representatives of governments, civil society, and UN agencies participated in the event, including 14 ministers and deputy ministers. (World Food Program)

Montana students grow veggies, meet farmers
A Montana school is serving fresh produce and herbs grown in on-campus garden beds as part of a farm-to-school program. The school also started a monthly "Farmer in the Classroom" series, which brings in local people involved in agriculture to speak to students. (Sidney Herald)

Oklahoma elementary students taste vegetables grown in tower garden
Freedom Elementary’s student council has been growing vegetables and herbs in the school’s tower garden. This is the third year they have had the tower garden at the school. (KSWO)
  
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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