This Week in Farm to School: 6/12/18
Grants & Funding
1. Chef Ann Foundation Recipe Contest
Chef Ann Foundation partnered up with The Dannon Company, LLC to create a recipe contest featuring yogurt! Get your recipe used in schools across the country. Submit your recipe before June 30th. Learn more here.
2. 2018 Chefs Collaborative & Niman Ranch Scholarship
This Scholarship is a rare opportunity to attend an exclusive, invite-only farmer celebration with Chefs Collaborative Members, farmers, and food professionals who are committed to responsibly-raised meat. In addition to being a special weekend with like-minded colleagues, previous Scholarship recipients share that this experience has helped them Change Menus, Change Lives. The Scholarship covers travel, lodging and meals and it is open to current Members of Chefs Collaborative. The deadline to apply is July 3. Learn more here.
Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Fundraising for Farm to School
June 19, 3-4pm ET
Fundraising for farm to school can be challenging. Join us to learn about different opportunities and avenues to fundraise for farm to school activities. This webinar will be led by Lea Madry, National Farm to School Network Development Director, and is open to the public. Register here.
2. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to School: Farm to Summer
July 12, 2pm ET
The USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) anticipates providing more than 200 million free meals to children across the U.S. when school is out of session this summer. The seasonality and flexibility of SFSP create a perfect opportunity to highlight local products and incorporate food education. Join this webinar to learn about USDA farm to summer resources and hear from National Farm to School Network Core Partners about innovative farm to summer initiatives taking place across the country. This webinar is open to the public and will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.
3. Registration Open: 2018 Montana Farm to School Summit
September 13-14 // Missoula, MT
Registration is now open for the 2018 Montana Farm to School Summit: Cultivating Connections, held on September 13-14, 2018 at University of Montana in Missoula. Learn and share how schools and programs are cultivating connections across Montana through the core elements of farm to school--serving local foods, school gardens, and nutrition, agriculture, and food education. Workshops, field trips, and networking opportunities will provide inspiration, ideas, and resources. Anim Steel, co-founder of Real Food Challenge will provide an inspiring keynote address which is also open to the public. The conference features presenters from across Montana and the country. Learn more and register here.
Research & Resources
1. Seeking Information: Organic Practices in Farm to School
The National Farm to School Network is seeking information about and examples of schools/districts incorporating organic practices into farm to school initiatives. This could include purchasing certified organic and/or organically grown or raised products, educating students about organic practices, or using organic (or certified organic) gardening practices. Please complete this form with contact information for example schools/districts. The National Farm to School Network may contact these schools/districts for more information or to request their participation in a case study. For more information, or if you are unable to access the Google Form, contact Lacy Stephens, National Farm to School Network Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Senate Ag Committee Shares Draft Farm Bill
On June 7, the Senate Agriculture Committee released its draft farm bill. While no farm to school priorities have been included in this draft, the bill does show support for local & regional food systems. (Read in-depth analysis of this bill on the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s blog.) The bill is expected to be marked-up / amended by the full Agriculture Committee on June 13. The National Farm to School Network’s Policy Team continues to be actively engaged as the farm bill process progresses, and is committed to advocating for policies that support farm to school priorities.
2. NASDA Gives Support to Farm to School Priorities
The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) has sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Members of the House Agriculture, Senate Agriculture, and House Education and the Workforce Committees in support of two of the Nation Farm to School Networks federal policy priorities: Geographic Preference and increasing funding for the USDA Farm to School Grant Program from $5 million to $15 million. The National Farm to School Network values the partnership of NASDA and numerous individual State Departments of Agriculture in ensuring that locally grown and produced foods are part of school meals. Together, we recognize the importance of connecting students with their agricultural communities and giving local producers the opportunity to supply the nutritious foods students consume while at school. We look forward to continuing our partnership with NASDA to ensure these farm to school priorities are elevated in the House and Senate over the coming months. NASDA's full letter of support can be read here.
Jobs & Opportunities
1. Farm to School Supervisor, Oakland Unified (Oakland, CA)
The Farm to School Supervisor will manage the administration and operations of school site produce markets, implement the program’s procurement policies and practices, and promote Oakland Unified School District’s Farm to School Program. Learn more here.
Farm to School in the News
Grand Traverse Band, students partner to plant traditional Native American garden
The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians is teaming up with a northern Michigan school to grow the student's knowledge of ancient gardening techniques. The band and the TBA-ISD Farm-to-school Program are working with TCAPS' Central Grade School to create a three-sisters garden behind the school. (Up North Live)
Iowa students grow vegetable, pollinator gardens
Roughly 100 kids were busy planting a garden in the heat at Riverside Elementary in Sioux City, IA at the end of May. The students started by planting flowers and carrots in the garden plot, just across the street from the school. The flowers help attract pollinating insects to garden, in it's 6th growing season. Last year the kids grew just under 2,000 lbs. of produce and close to 2-tons at all three school gardens. (Siouxland News)
Farm to School program teaches Washington kids about food systems, farming
St. Basil Academy students traveled to Jimenez Family Farm to hear Filipe Jimenez’s story about becoming a farmer. The kids experienced picking, washing and packaging asparagus for market, while asking plenty of questions. (Union Bulletin)