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Farm to school is taking place in all 50 states, D.C. and U.S. Territories! Select a location from the list below to learn more or contact a Core Partner. 

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This Week in Farm to School: 6/20/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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. Voices for Healthy Kids
The goal of this grant within the Voices for Healthy Kids initiative is to make effective strategic investments in ongoing state, local, and tribal public policy issue campaigns in order to increase public policy impact on healthy weight and living among children. Applications should support one Voices for Healthy Kids Policy Levers and be submitted by the deadline of July 21, 2017 - 5 PM PST. Learn more

Webinars
1. Farm to Early Care Webinar Series Part Two: Doing it Right! Best Practices for CACFP Compliance and On-Farm Food Safety Assessment
June 20 // 10 am CDT
Many of Early Care partners are excited to start serving locally grown fruits and vegetables from farmers in their communities, but they want to make sure they are following the rules for their CACFP food program and best practices to make sure the food is as safe as possible for the kids in their program. Learn more and register.

2. NFSN Farm to ECE Quarterly Webinar: State Agencies as Leaders and Partners in Growing Farm to ECE

August 2 // 3:30 – 4:30 ET
State agencies (including departments of agriculture, education and health) can be key leaders and partners in facilitating growth and institutionalization of farm to ECE at the state level. Join us to learn more about the variety of ways that state agencies across the country are leading the way in farm to ECE. Representatives from Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the South Carolina Departments of Health and Environmental Control and Social Services will share their innovative programs and strategic approaches to growing and supporting farm to ECE in their states. This webinar is open to all so please share widely. Register here

Events
1. 25th Annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium
July 12-15 // Portland, OR area
Join the American Horticultural Society and local host Oregon Department of Education at the only national event of its kind for educators, garden designers, community leaders, and others dedicated to connecting kids to plants. Online registration open until June 22. Learn more.

2. Closing the Hunger Gap: Moving the Hunger Relief System from Charity to Social Justice

September 11th-13th // Tacoma, WA
This conference will introduce you to new ideas, people, and strategies dismantling racial and economic disparities in our food system. Save $40 when you buy early bird tickets before August 1st! Learn more.

3. The Carolina Meat Conference 
September 25-26 // Winston-Salem, NC
The Carolina Meat Conference is the largest gathering of pastured meat-makers in the country! Farmers, chefs, butchers, and industry leaders convene for two days of unparalleled networking, hands-on training, and technical and business assistance. This conference supports a growing community committed to advancing market opportunities and increasing customer access to pasture-based meats. Learn more and register

Action Items 
1. School Gardens Survey
Students at Lehman College, CUNY are interested in learning from your challenges to implementing and sustaining school gardens. Take part in their research survey here

Resources & Research
1. Local Food for Little Eaters: A Purchasing Toolbox for the Child and Adult Care Food Program
This procurement toolbox from the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is designed to help early childhood programs purchase local food. The tools included provide step-by-step instructions for purchasing from a variety of local food sources and provide highlights from successful early childhood local purchasing initiatives throughout the country.  Access the toolkit here

2. Native Youth Learning to Integrate Local Foods into Daily Lives
More than 80 percent of American Indian and Alaska Native adults are overweight or obese, and half of American Indian children are predicted to develop Type 2 diabetes in their lifetimes. “Some Westernized foods and medicines are not best for tribal people,” says Carolyn Angus-Hornbuckle, director of public health policy and programs at the National Indian Health Board. “These health disparities are happening throughout Indian Country, and we could see positive health impacts if Blackfeet chose to share [Researcher Abaki Beck’s] report and their knowledge with other communities.” Read more

3. Systems Approaches for Healthy Communities
Systems Approaches for Healthy Communities is a professional development program, designed for SNAP-Ed implementing agencies, that promotes the integration of policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) interventions with educational strategies. The final version will be available starting October 2017. Learn more

4. Association Between Indulgent Descriptions and Vegetable Consumption: Twisted Carrots and Dynamite Beets
Giving a vegetable dish a creative name — like “zesty ginger-turmeric sweet potatoes” instead of just plain “sweet potatoes” — resulted in 25 percent more people choosing the vegetable. But 35 percent more customers chose the zesty label than the health-positive “wholesome sweet potato superfood,” and 41 percent more chose it than the scolding “cholesterol-free sweet potatoes.” Read more

5. Active Role States Have Played in Helping to Transform the School Wellness Environment through Policy

This report provides historical data on state wellness policy-related laws (SY 2006-07 through 2014-15), baseline information on state laws related to the first year of Smart Snacks regulation (SY 2014-15), and insights as to how state laws align with the provisions of the USDA’s wellness policy final rule given the forthcoming implementation date (SY 2017-18). In addition, an assessment of the scope and intensity of requirements included in state laws governing the local wellness policy environment for all years, across all topic areas, and by selected state characteristics is included. See more here

6. Working on Wellness: How Aligned are District Wellness Policies with the Soon-To-Be-Implemented Federal Wellness Policy Requirements? 

Nationwide Baseline Information from the 2014-15 School Year
This report provides data on district wellness policies in effect at the start of the 2014-15 school year, including: insights as to district policy readiness for or alignment with the provisions of the USDA’s wellness policy final rule given the forthcoming implementation date (SY 2017-18); baseline information that tracks the incorporation of Smart Snacks standards into district wellness policies during the first year of implementation (SY 2014-15); and an assessment of the scope and intensity of wellness policy provisions in district policies within and across all topic areas and by selected district characteristics. Learn more

Job Opportunities 
1. Policy Advocate, National Family Farm Coalition
NFFC seeks an Interim Policy Advocate (with the potential to become a permanent position) to bring the concerns of NFFC member organizations to Capitol Hill and the Administration and to track family farm-related legislation, including the next Farm Bill. Learn more

2. Farm to School Procurement Specialist, LSU Extension

The Farm to School Procurement Specialist (Extension Associate) will perform work related to the procurement of locally grown products for Louisiana farm to school programming; act as a main contact for Louisiana school food and other institution authorities for individual technical assistance and to help comply with federal, state, and local procurement regulations; develop training materials aiding school food authorities in the procurement process. Learn more

Farm to School in the News
Montana School program raises rainbows — trout and chard
While farm to school programs are taking root throughout Montana and exist in all 50 states, the program at Park High School remains an innovator and one of very few nationally that raises edible fish in an aquaponics system to be featured in school meals. (Missoulian

West Virginia students help community garden flourish
A community garden tended by students at Edison Middle School in West Virginia is expected to produce a bumper crop this year, enough to distribute vegetables to hundreds of area families. Students have been working to establish the community garden for nearly two years as part of the school’s STEM program. (The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Tennessee STREAM Camp focuses on environment, Giving Garden

“We began the week looking from a global perspective about our impact on the plant. We then narrowed the focus to the distribution and harvesting of food. Students studied aquaponics and hydroponics and designed floating gardens that would allow life to be sustained in countries that are plagued with flooding such as Bangladesh.” (Times News

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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