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This week in farm to school: 8/4/2015

NFSN Staff Tuesday, August 04, 2015

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. Target Accepting Applications for K-12 Field Trip Grants Program
Target Corporation is accepting applications from education professionals for the Target Field Trip Grants program, an annual program designed to expose K-12 students in the United States to museums, historical sites, and cultural organizations. More than 3,600 grants of up to $700 each will be awarded in January 2015. Applications will be accepted from August 1, 2015, to September 30, 2015. Visit the Target website for complete program guidelines and access to the application form.

Research & Resources
1. New study shows healthier lunches in secondary schools
Last week, Bridging the Gap published a study showing that lunches in U.S. middle and high schools have been getting healthier in recent years. In particular, significantly more students were in schools with healthy lunches the first year of the national standards than were just two years earlier. The study also found that, prior to the national standards, students in predominantly white schools and large schools were far more likely than those in more diverse and small schools to have access to healthier lunches, but that after the first year of the national standards many of those differences were no longer significant. Read the study abstract here

Policy & Action
1. Tell Congress you support the Farm to School Act of 2015 
Tell Congress you support the Farm to School Act of 2015 by signing a letter of support as an individual or on behalf of your organization. The Farm to School Act of 2015 builds on the success of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 by proposing an increase in funding from $5 million to $15 million for the USDA Farm to School Grant Program. The bill would also ensure that the grant program fully includes preschools, summer food service sites, after school programs, and tribal schools and producers while improving program participation from beginning, veteran and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. To learn more, download this fact sheet or visit farmtoschool.org/cnr2015

2. Show Your Support for the Access to Healthy Food for Young Children Act of 2015 
Early this year, Senator Robert Casey (D-PA) introduced the Access to Healthy Food for Young Children Act to expand and strengthen the Child and Adult Care Food Program so even more children have access to nutritious meals. That means less hunger, less obesity, and better eating habits. Individuals can encourage your Senators to cosponsor this bill here.

Jobs & Opportunities
1. Network Coordinator, Pioneer Valley Grows, Massachusetts 
Pioneer Valley Grows is a collaborative network dedicated to enhancing the ecological and economic sustainability and vitality of the Pioneer Valley, Mass. food system. The Network Coordinator is responsible for strengthening the PVGrows network, including facilitating Steering Committee activities, managing membership outreach and networking, fundraising, collaboration with the PVGrows Investment Fund, and planning the annual Forum or other networking and educational events.  The Network Coordinator position is a part-time consultant under contract with CISA, PVGrows’ host organization. Find more information and the full job description here

2. Organic Policy Coordinator, The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association 
The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association is hiring an Organic Policy Coordinator. The Organic Policy Coordinator will research and advocate for organic integrity and spearhead efforts to promote the interests of family-scale organic farmers with national and state regulators. The Organic Policy Coordinator will identify and implement strategies and tactics to prevent dilution of the organic standards and ensure that consumers expectations of the standard environmental stewardship, family-scale farming, fair labor practices, high animal welfare standards, zero tolerance for GMOs, freedom from chemical residues, and wholesomeness are met. Learn more about the position here

3. Research & Education Director, The Farmers Market Coalition
The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) is seeking a detail-oriented and creative professional to direct the research and education initiatives for a non-profit devoted to strengthening farmers markets nationwide. With a small staff, FMC operates a ‘virtual office,’ with a high value on independence and initiative. Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Director (ED), the Research & Education Director will spearhead a variety of initiatives seeking to improve stakeholder understanding of the characteristics of farmers markets in the United States, and the roles they play in public health, local economies, farm viability, and community development. Learn more about the position here

Farm to school in the news
Back to school also means back to the garden
Some teachers are preparing more than their classrooms for a new year of reading, writing and ‘rithmetic. They’re also are prepping for gardening. Read what five teachers say they’re committed to school gardens. (via Arizona Daily Star)

Bringing free, farm-fresh food to kids during the summer
Green Mountain Farm to School runs a food truck for ten weeks in the summer to bring good, free fresh food to kids. About 60% of the food budget of the program goes to local food provided by twelve Vermont farms and food producers. (via WCAX-TV)

School food service staff go to boot camp
“We try to buy as much local as we can. It is a good way to promote fruits and vegetables to your students. It is a really good opportunity to talk with students about how this came from Clayton Farms or this came from Harris Farms. We are not about bringing it out of the box anymore. We are about color and freshness.” (via Statesman Journal)

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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