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This Week in Farm to School: 5/15/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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. CDC Funding Opportunity
CDC announces the availability of fiscal year 2018 funds to implement CDC-RFA-DP18-1809: High Obesity Program. This five-year program will fund land grant universities to leverage community extension services to implement evidence-based strategies that increase access to places that provide healthier foods and safe and accessible places for physical activity in counties with an adult obesity rate of over 40%. Farm to ECE initiatives could support suggested program strategies including, "Working with food vendors, distributors and producers to enhance healthier food procurement and sales," and "Establishing healthy nutrition standards in key institutions" including early care and education. See the Notice of Funding Opportunity for more information and contact Lacy Stephens, NFSN Program Manager, at lacy@farmtoschool.org to discuss how NFSN can partner in or support your farm to ECE focused proposal.   


Webinars & Events
1. 2018 Summer Meals Webinars
Wholesome summer meals are critical to the health and well-being of our children. Join USDA for its 2018 Summer Meals Webinars to learn more about this important program.
May 15, 1pm - Boosting Your Budget - Summer Meals Financial Planning
June 14, 1 pm - Middle of Summer Strategies  

2. Webinar: Hospitals Increasing Community Health, Wealth, and Resilience
May 17, 3:30pm ET
Health systems are increasingly embracing their roles as “anchor institutions”. Utilizing a powerful combination of procurement and investments, health care is exploring ways to build local, equitable food economies, and foster resilient communities. The panel on this webinar will present the results of Health Care Without Harm’s 2-year national study that examined hospitals’ community benefit practices to improve access to healthy foods, promote healthier food environments, and prevent diet-related disease. This webinar is hosted by the National Good Food Network. Register here

3. Webinar: Garden To Cafeteria Toolkit
May 22, 11am PST
Are you interested in bringing fresh produce from the school garden into the cafeteria to be used in preparation of healthy school lunches? Join other School Garden Support Organizations for a webinar that will introduce the new Garden to Cafeteria Toolkit from Slow Food USA and Whole Kids Foundation and describe the ongoing support for Food Service Departments provided by Slow Food USA. On hand will also be Tegan Bernstein of the USDA, contributor to the toolkit, to answer any questions. The goal of this webinar is to build a Garden to Cafeteria community to support numerous districts in creating their own Garden to Cafeteria programs using the toolkit. Register here

4. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics Webinar: State Farm to School Positions

June 7, 2pm ET
State-supported farm to school positions within state agencies and Extension offices offer vital leadership and support to further institutionalize the farm to school movement. Join this webinar to learn about a new resource from the National Farm to School Network which highlights the growth and prevalence of state-supported farm to school positions and offers tools, resources and best practices for advocating for and maintaining state positions. Hear from NFSN Core Partners in South Carolina, Missouri and Oregon as they share their success, challenges and lessons learned and take away practical steps to advancing state-supported positions. Register here.

5. 2018 WFAN Annual Conference - Call for Proposals 
Nov. 2-3, 2018 // Des Moines, Iowa
The 2018 Women Food & Ag Network Annual Conference will be held Nov. 2-3  in Des Moines, IA. This year's conference theme is Stepping Into Action: Changing Foodscapes through Individual and Community Power. The deadline to submit workshop proposals has been extended to June 8. Learn more here


Policy Updates
1. House Launches Food Waste Caucus
Reps. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and David Young (R-Iowa) announced their newly-minted House Food Waste Caucus. The bipartisan caucus "will look at ways to promote food waste reduction across the food supply chain; provide educational opportunities to Congressional members and staff; support efforts to reduce food waste at federal agencies.” Read more here

2. Lawmaker Pushing Frozen Foods for Fresh Produce Program
A Maine congressman says he plans to go forward with a proposal to include frozen and canned foods in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program despite criticism from the program’s founder. The proposal by Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, who has used Maine blueberries as an example of a frozen food that could help the program, is part of the federal Farm Bill that’s wending its way through approvals. Poliquin’s proposal also would open up the program to dried and pureed foods. Read more here


Jobs & Internships
1. Senior Policy Specialist, The Good Food Institute (Washington, D.C)
The Good Food Institute’s Senior Policy Specialist will level the playing field for plant-based and clean meat alternatives in Washington, D.C., working closely with GFI staff and other nonprofit organizations on GFI’s legislative and regulatory priorities. Learn more here

2. Research Associate, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Boston, MA) 
The Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health seeks a Research Associate to join a dynamic team focused on evaluation of policies for obesity prevention and related areas of health policy. Learn more here


Farm to School in the News
Missouri schools see learning benefits in gardens
School gardens are taking off in several Missouri school districts. Columbia Public Schools science coordinator Mike Szydlowski listed what students can learn from gardens: where food comes from, how pollination allows our food to exist, adaptations plants use to survive, how current food plants differ from the original plants, how insects play a role in gardening and sunlight as an energy source. (Columbia Daily Tribune)

Wisconsin students plant orchards their kids will enjoy
Students in the Holmen and West Salem school districts in Wisconsin planted an orchard of apple trees last week. The trees will start producing fruit in about three years, and they are projected to have a productive life expectancy of 30 years, said Mike Gasper the Holmen district’s Nutrition Services supervisor who guided the creation of the orchard near on an old cross-country course behind Viking Elementary School. “Their kids will be able to eat apples from the trees they are planting,” Gasper said. (La Crosse Tribune

Chicago is Leading the Way Toward a Good Food Future
The Windy City has adopted the comprehensive Good Food Purchasing Program in schools and public agencies, and their experience could provide a nationwide roadmap. (Civil Eats)

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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