This Week in Farm to School: 4/23/19
Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to School: Farm to School and National Agriculture in the Classroom
Tuesday, May 7 // 1 PM ET
Food and agriculture education is a core element of farm to school and vital to developing a comprehensive and impactful farm to school programs. The National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITCO) and its member state programs provide K-12 teachers with educational resources and programs that use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies and more. Join this National Farm to School Network (NFSN) webinar to hear from NAITCO about resources, information, and partnerships and learn from Healthy Communities of the Capital Area, NFSN Core Partner in Maine, about how Agriculture in the Classroom partnerships have expanded farm to school initiatives in their state. Register here.
2. NFSN WEBINAR Farm to School Resource Roundup: Resources for Implementing State Farm to School Strategies
Wednesday, May 29 // 3 PM ET
Responding to the rapid growth and interest in farm to school, the National Farm to School Network’s 2017-2019 Strategic Plan prioritizes building the capacity of its partners to advance farm to school at the state level through three complementary strategies: (1) state farm to school networks, (2) state farm to school positions at state agencies and university Extension offices, and (3) state farm to school policies. To support these efforts, the National Farm to School Network (NFSN) has developed an accompanying resource for each of the three strategies:
- State Farm to School Networks Toolkit (updated March 2019)
- State Farm to School Positions Guide (updated February 2019)
- State Farm to School Policy Handbook (updated April 2019)
3. National Farm to Institution Metrics Collaborative Webinar Series: Local Food Procurement – Definitions are Pivotal
April 25 // 3:30-4:00 PM ET
In this new series, each 30-minute webinar will feature a different Collaborative member and a tool or program they have used to measure farm to institution efforts. In the third webinar in this series, Dr. Lilian Brislen of the Food Connection at the University Kentucky will demonstrate the importance of identifying the ‘what’ and ‘why’ when establishing local food definitions and metrics. Drawing on six years of the University’s first private dining contract, Brislen will share strategies, metrics, and hard-won lessons in developing effective local procurement initiatives at public institutions. Register here.
4. Green Our Planet's 5th Annual School Garden Conference
April 27 // Las Vegas, NV
Educators, administrators, and the public are welcome to join and learn about the rapidly growing school garden movement in Las Vegas, NV. Teaching in an outdoor classroom is an innovative way for teachers to improve STEAM and nutrition education as well as influence students to conserve and protect the planet. Learn more here.
Research & Resources
1. NFSN RESOURCE Organics in Farm to School
Many schools across the country are applying organic principles to the three core elements of farm to school - local food procurement, schools gardens, and food and agriculture education - in a number of ways. This new fact sheet from the National Farm to School Network shares keys to success for integrating organics in farm to school practices and highlights three case studies of school districts finding success with organic practices. Explore this new resource here.
2. EQUITY Video Case Studies: Minnesota Farm to Head Start
Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy has shared a new set of videos featuring dynamic Farm to Early Care activities happening in Head Start programs across Minnesota. The video series has a special focus on how Head Start programs are incorporating culturally relevant foods and classroom activities into Farm to Early Care initiatives. Watch the case study video series here.
1. Healthy Chelsea School Program Manager, Healthy Chelsea (Chelsea, MA)
The School Programs Coordinator will work closely with the Chelsea Public Schools, the City of Chelsea, the CPS school food service provider, residents, youth, and community-based organizations in the planning, development and implementation of evidence-based strategies to promote healthy eating and active living throughout the schools and larger community. Major initiatives that the School Programs Coordinator will oversee are: school garden programming and education in Chelsea Public Schools, school food improvement collaboration, Youth Food Movement program for Chelsea high school students, co-chair district wellness committee. Learn more here.
2. South Dakota State University Extension VISTA, Multiple Positions
Join SDSU Extension’s AmeriCorps VISTA program to make a difference in communities across South Dakota! AmeriCorps VISTA service members will work with SDSU Extension staff to increase knowledge of and access to physical and financial health and wellness techniques in effort to bring economically disadvantaged South Dakotans out of poverty. A variety of positions are available to meet diverse professional interests and skills. Learn more here.
3. Youth Farm Collaboration Manager, Pinellas Education Foundation (St. Petersburg, FL)
The Youth Farm Collaboration Manager will have the opportunity to build a youth development and entrepreneurship program in collaboration with youth leaders and participants, as well as a range of organizational partners with expertise, experience, and programs in youth development, workforce development, and food systems. The Youth Farm Project at Enoch Davis is a youth empowerment initiative still in its formation stage. Following successful models across the country, the vision is for high school age youth to take on progressive leadership roles on an urban farm while being trained in entrepreneurship and business, leadership, job readiness, food systems and urban agriculture, and the culinary arts. Learn more here.
Farm to School in the News
Indiana district expands agriculture program
An Indiana school district is adding a grow lab and greenhouse to expand its agriculture education program. Food that students help to grow will be donated to the school cafeteria to be used in students' meals. (The Tribune)
Maryland farm to school program brings produce taste testing to elementary school cafeteria
Students at North Frederick Elementary School went to lunch as usual on Wednesday, but they were met with a farmer and hundreds of freshly-picked apples. (Local DVM)
Delaware farm expands teaching opportunities with orchard
Students, elected officials and volunteers planted forty fruit trees at Penn Farm in New Castle, DE last week. Penn Farm currently consists of four acres of vegetables, a hay field, pollinator habitat and raspberries. William Penn High School students work the farm through their Penn Farm class. Produce stocks district cafeterias as well as local CSAs and farmers markets. (Delaware Public Media)