This Week in farm to school: 4/11/17
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.
Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Statewide Farm to ECE Network Building
Wednesday, April 12, 3:30 – 4:30 PM ET
Statewide farm to early care and education (ECE) network building is a key approach to institutionalizing farm to ECE and increasing opportunities for all children, families, and communities to reap the many benefits of farm to ECE. Join us for the April NFSN Farm to ECE Webinar where we will hear from Emily Jackson of the North Carolina Farm to Preschool Network and Erin Croom of the Georgia Farm to Early Care and Education Coalition who will share models from their states and identify keys to success in building a statewide farm to ECE network. This webinar is open to the public so please share through your networks. Register here.
2. Webinar: How to Bring Farm Fresh into Schools with New USDA Meal Pattern Recipes
Thursday, April 13, 4pm ET
The Lunch Box, a program of the Chef Ann Foundation, is launching fifty new tried and true, farm-to-school recipes to bring farm fresh meals to your students. Join their upcoming webinar to see all the new recipes and menu cycles and how they credit toward the school and child care meal patterns. Hear from Andrea Northup from USDA Farm to School and Jerilin Nunu from USDA Farm to Summer and Child Care about how school districts across the nation are procuring food from local and regional farms and ranches. They’ll also share best practices for lunchroom-based nutrition education. Register here.
1. Be Counted in the 2017 Census of Agriculture
In just a few months, America’s farmers and ranchers will have the opportunity to make a positive impact on their operations and communities by taking part in the Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census captures a complete count of all U.S. Farms and ranches and those who operate them. NASS is in the final stage for preparing the 2017 Census of Agriculture mailing list. If you are new to farming or didn’t receive a 2012 Census of Agriculture questionnaire there is still time to be counted by signing up at https://www.agcounts.usda.gov/cgi-bin/counts/. Simply click on the ‘Make Sure You Are Counted’ button below and provide the requested information.
Farm to School in the News
$5.6 million for Oregon farm-to-school funding passes key committee
A bill directing $5.6 million to Oregon's farm-to-school food program has won unanimous approval from the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources. (Portland Tribune)
Montana made food the focus of HMS Harvest of the Month Program
Helena Middle School students got a Montana beef-centered treat Friday, concocted and served by their peers. The beef was provided thanks to a mini-grant the school recently received from the Montana Harvest of the Month Program through the Montana State University Extension. (Helena Independent Record)