This Week in Farm to School: 5/14/19
Grants & Funding
1. USDA AMS Grants: Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP)
Deadline: June 18
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has announced the availability of $23 million in grants to support the development and expansion of local and regional food markets, enterprises and producer-to-consumer marketing. AMS will host two webinars to help farmers, producer groups, and other potential applicants to understand the program requirements. The webinar for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program will be offered on May 22, and the Grants.gov Overview Webinar on May 21. Application are due June 18, 2019. Learn more here.
Webinars & Events
1. 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)
2. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to School: Child Nutrition Reauthorization and Federal Policy Advocacy - How You Can Get Involved
Thursday, June 6 // 1 PM ET
The next Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) is at the forefront of food policy discussions in Washington. A diverse community of voices should be heard in policymaking, but do you find it challenging to get involved? Join Chloe Marshall, National Farm to School Network Policy Specialist, to learn about CNR and how you can advocate with impact! Participation in this webinar in not considered lobbying. Register here.
3. EQUITY Webinar: Indigenous New Hampshire Food Ways & History
Thursday, May 23 // 12PM ET
The Indigenous NH Collaborative Collective is a collaboration between the University of New Hampshire’s Anthropology Department, Paul and Denise Pouliot of the Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook Abenaki People, historians, students and archeologists. This long-term project intends to reframe New Hampshire’s history from an Indigenous perspective. In this webinar, hear from leaders of the collective about current projects and the story map, learn about Indigenous Food Ways from Paul Pouliot and a school garden project that integrates Indigenous food and history. Register here.
4. EQUITY Webinar: Structural Racism in the Food System: Perspectives from Black Women Scholars
Friday, May 24 // 12 – 1 PM PT
Join this INFAS webinar to hear from three Black Women Scholars from Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Kimberly N. Carr, Monyai Chavers, and Lindsey Lunsford - describe their unique perspectives on Structural Racism in the Food System. These three INFAS Graduate Fellows are engaged in scholarship in three diverse areas examining the intersections of inequities in food, food systems, and sustainable agriculture. Register here.
5. Webinar: Local Food in Government Statistics - a National Farm to Institution Metrics Collaborative Webinar
Tuesday, May 28 // 3:30 PM ET
On this webinar, Jeff O'Hara from USDA Agricultural Marketing Service will provide a snapshot of how data collection around local food has advanced in recent years at the national level. He will dive into the recently released Census of Agriculture and share how the results are improving our understanding of local food markets within the past 5 years. O'Hara will also identify trends in local food market activity that are not currently being captured by existing federal government statistics. Register here.
6. Education and Health: Twin Pillars for Thriving Students
Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 12:30-2:00 PM // Washington, D.C.
Healthier students miss fewer days of school, are better able to focus and learn in class, and they also grow into healthier and more productive adults. Creating healthy and supportive school environments that honor the connection between wellness and learning requires the education and health sectors to work together in new ways. Join the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Healthy Schools Campaign for a conversation highlighting the inextricable link between health and education. Learn more here.
7. Request for Proposals: Farms, Food & Health Conference
Submissions deadline: June 3 // Conference: Sept. 26-29, Traverse City, MI
The request for proposals is open now to present at the 2019 Farms, Food & Health Conference, September 26-29, 2019 in Traverse City, Michigan. This unique conference brings together health practitioners, employers, teachers, farmers, poverty reduction advocates, human resource professionals, foodservice directors and others interested in connecting the dots between healthcare, wellness and locally grown food. Conference organizers seek panel discussions, lectures or workshops that offer skill training, resources, action items and/or clear steps on ways to implement a change. Submissions are due on June 3, 2019. Learn more here.
Research & Resources
1. Journal Article: Identifying Indicators of Readiness and Capacity for Implementing Farm to School Interventions
Farm to school interventions are recommended strategies to improve dietary behaviors among school-aged children. tools are needed to assess community readiness and capacity to optimize farm to school implementation. The objective of this study was to identify and prioritize factors to inform tailored farm to school implementation by practitioners working in diverse contexts. Read the full study here.
2. EQUITY Resource: Measuring Racial Equity in the Food System: Established and Suggested Metrics
This tool, developed by Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, offers an expansive list of metrics that U.S. food system practitioners and food movement organizations can use to hold ourselves accountable for progress towards a more equitable food system. The metrics are either currently in use or are recommended by food system practitioners and food movement organizations in the United States. They are described, cited, and organized by themes: food access, food and farm business, food chain labor, and food movement. Download the resource here.
3. Research: USDA Food and Nutrition Service: School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study
This study is the first nationally representative, comprehensive assessment of the school meal programs since the updated nutrition standards for school meals were phased in beginning School Year 2012-2013. The study results are presented in four separate reports summarizing study findings related to (1) foodservice operations, (2) the nutrient content of school meals as offered and served, (3) meal costs and revenues, and (4) student participation, dietary intake and plate waste. A study methodology report that describes the study design, sampling and data collection and a Summary Report that provides a brief overview of the study and key findings from the various reports are also available. Read more here.
4. EQUITY Food Sovereignty Stories Series
Brought to you by the US Food Sovereignty Alliance, this new video series explores what food sovereignty can look like for diverse social movements across the US. View the first video in the series here.
1. Program Coordinator, Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network (Eugene, OR)
The Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network is hiring a Program Coordinator to support members of Oregon’s farm to school and school garden community in their work to incorporate healthy, local food into school meals and implement farm and garden-based education. Learn more here.
2. Policy Director, Fair Food Network (Washington, D.C.)
Fair Food Network is looking for an experienced government relations professional to lead its outreach, advocacy and policy-related relationship building work, with an emphasis on Washington, DC relationships and legislation. Learn more here.
3. Communications Manager, Farm to Institution New England (FINE) (Remote, New England)
FINE seeks a dedicated communications professional to lead its communications and information technology efforts. The communications manager is a key member of this remote team, and is central to both the external network services and programs FINE offers, as well as to the internal work of running a small, dynamic nonprofit. Learn more here.
4. Farm to Institution New York State Training Coordinator, American Farmland Trust (Saratoga Springs, NY)
American Farmland Trust is seeking a full-time Farm to Institution New York State Training Coordinator to help develop and facilitate training programs and other educational tools to support New York institutions to expand their local food purchasing. Institutions will primarily consist of K-12 schools, but also could include colleges and universities, hospitals and others. Learn more here.
5. Multiple Positions, Community Grows (San Francisco, CA)
CommunityGrows is hiring for several, year-round positions. CommunityGrows (CG) co-cultivates healthy youth through growing gardens in low-income, diverse communities. Through outdoor, environmental and nutrition education, CG helps high-needs youth, especially those living in public housing in San Francisco, develop the confidence, skills and experience to live a healthy life and become leaders in their communities. Learn more here.
Farm to School in the News
Virginia elementary school's garden lab supplies cafeteria kitchen
When it's ripe, produce from Frederick Douglass' garden lab is harvested, cleaned, and served to its students. The garden opened in 2012 as the school was being remodeled. Last month, Virginia's First Lady Pamela Northam launched her Farm-to-School initiative to increase annual statewide local food purchases to at least $22 million by 2022. (Local DVM)
Vermont District expands farm to school programming
This past September, Windham Northeast Supervisory Union kicked off a new school meal program: the Farm to School Cafe. While breakfast and lunch menus still look familiar to students and families, they now feature a variety of locally grown products and the large majority of meals are prepared from scratch. (VT Digger)
Washington project helps make kids lifelong healthy eaters
Eight Head Start centers in Washington are incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables into their curriculum, thanks to a new partnership with the Washington State University Skagit County Extension. The project connects people with produce grown at local farms, like Viva Farms. “Part of our mission is to supply and provide organic food to our community,” said Steve Crider, Farm to School lead for Viva Farms. “Exposing kids early to a variety of food and colors and stuff they may not get at home helps make them healthy eaters for life.” (Skagit Valley Herald)