This Week in Farm to School: 7/11/17
1. New Entry Farm Training Initiative: Mainstreaming Beginning Farmers in Local Food Policy
July 12 // 2-3:15 ET
An exploration of how local food policy efforts can mainstream the needs of beginning farmers and create conditions favorable to the success of new farm businesses. Register here.
2. MSU Center for Regional Food System: Economics of Healthy Food Incentives at Michigan Farmers Markets
July 24 // 2-3 ET
This webinar will debut new findings of a recent study of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the healthy food incentive program Double Up Food Bucks activity at Michigan farmers markets. Learn more and register.
3. NFSN Farm to ECE Quarterly Webinar: State Agencies as Leaders and Partners in Growing Farm to ECE
August 2 // 3:30-4:30pm 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.
September 18-20 // Prior Lake, MN
Attend the second annual Conference on Native American Nutrition.This conference brings together tribal officials, researchers, practitioners, and others to discuss the current state of Indigenous and academic scientific knowledge about Native nutrition and food science, and identify new areas of work. Learn more and register.
2. American Community Gardening Association: 38th Annual Conference
July 27-30 // Hartford, CT
The ACGA Conference will include workshops covering everything from cutting edge horticulture practices to community gardening start-up and sustainability to school/youth gardening curricula to innovative health and workplace programs, and MORE. Learn more and register.
1. Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council
The Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council's Good Food Procurement Subcommittee is interested in learning from others. Specifically, they want to know: How do you engage participants who work outside City government in good food purchasing work?; What issues or activities does your procurement subcommittee(working group) work on and how are non-City-employee participants involved?; Have you had expert guest speakers at on good food procurement at your meetings or subcommittee meetings? If so, who? Please email responses to Molly.Riordan@phila.gov.
The National Farm to School Network seeks farm to school related resources in diverse languages to add to our free, online resource database. We aim to connect all students and families to farm to school materials in languages that are accessible to them, and to do this, we need your help! Please send any relevant non-English farm to school resource to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for helping making farm to school available in many languages!
1. Oregon Farm to School Bill passed with full funding
Last week, HB 2038 passed both the Oregon House and Senate, allocating $4.5 million (the same amount as last session) for schools to purchase Oregon grown and processed foods and for food, agriculture, and garden based education. With the state in a budget crisis and many programs facing loss of funding, the bill passed unanimously in both the House and Senate, maintaining farm to school’s strong bi-partisan support in Oregon. Congratulations, Oregonians! Read more here and here.
The Farm to Child Nutrition Programs Planning Guide directs you through questions to consider when starting or growing a Farm to School, Farm to CACFP, or Farm to Summer program. This planning guide should be used as a supplemental tool to the Farm to School Planning Toolkit. This guide can be updated annually to ensure you are working towards your long-term goals.
2. How SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) aids equity in education
Today, U.S. schools are moving in this direction to address the social and emotional dimensions of learning as part of their academic mission. This is an important step that will make it possible for all students to reach their full potential. When Oakland Unified Public Schools helped educators prioritize social and emotional learning (SEL), we saw dramatic increases in graduation rates for students of color, and a nearly 50 percent decline in suspensions. Read more.
1. Communications and Development Coordinator, Green Mountain Farm-to-School
Green Mountain Farm-to-School seeks to hire a Communications and Development Coordinator with strong communications and organizational skills to support the growth of their organization. Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) is a nonprofit organization promoting the health and well-being of Vermont's children, farms and communities by providing programs to connect schools and farms through food and education. Learn more and apply.
2. Training and Outreach Specialist, Community GroundWorks
Community GroundWorks is currently seeking an experienced garden-based learning Training & Outreach Specialist to develop and offer trainings, technical assistance services, and general outreach for the Wisconsin School Garden Network. Learn more and apply.
3. Education Child Nutrition Consultant, Vermont Agency of Education
Vermont's Agency of Education seeks to hire an Education Child Nutrition Consultant. This position will include planning, administrative, consultative, and monitoring work at a professional level in providing education services in Child Nutrition Programs. Learn more.
Farm school: One Southwest Philly after-school program teaching grassroots literacy – literally
"But what I’m hoping to is show that the hands-on [gardening] activity gives us a tremendous amount of raw material to develop literacy skills. When we go through our beds, we find certain insects. We take pictures of them, and then the students take those pictures back into library and we research them. It exposes students to a whole new vocabulary." (Philadelphia Weekly)
Class is always in session in this New Jersey school garden
While the peppers have a way to go before they are ready, the herbs are at their peak. Last week, a team of four met at the garden to pick, package and deliver the fragrant herbs to a paying customer and community partner, The Grilled Cheese and Crab Cake Co. on Laurel Drive. They picked sweet basil, purple basil, thyme, rosemary, chives and garlic chives. The restaurant wants to use locally sourced food as much as possible, and they want to support the school program. (Shore News Today)
Each Summer, The Lunchbox Takes Free Meals On The Road To Kids In Vermont
The Lunchbox isn't quite like other food trucks. Instead of simply setting up shop and selling food at different locations around the state like many commercial trucks do, The Lunchbox spends the summer months giving away freshly made, locally produced meals to kids under 18. (VPR)
Monarch conservation efforts making strides in North Iowa
Students at West Fork Middle School and Mason City High School; and volunteers with the Garden Club of North Iowa started swamp, butterfly, and common milkweed plants from seed to be used in local pollinator plantings. Milkweeds, the only plant monarch caterpillars eat, are an essential component of monarch conservation. (Globe Gazette)
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.