This Week in Farm to School: 9/05/17
Grants & Funding
1. Lowe’s Toolbox for Education® Grants
Each year, the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grants program contributes more than $5 million to fund improvements at public schools in the United States. Projects should fall into one of the following categories: technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations and safety improvements. Toolbox grant requests can range from $2,000 to $100,000. The Fall Grant Cycle is open through September 29, 2017. Learn more here.
2. Target field trip grants
Some of the best learning opportunities happen outside the classroom. That's why Target is helping give students a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience through field trips (like visits to a local farms!). As part of the program, Target stores award Target Field Trip™ grants to K-12 schools nationwide. Each grant is valued up to $700. Deadline to apply is Oct. 1. Learn more here.
3. Whole Kids Foundation's School Garden Grant
Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the Garden Grant program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to support a new or existing edible garden at either a K-12 school, 501(c)(3) Non-profit working in partnership with a K-12 school, or 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The application period is open September 1, 2017 through October 31, 2017. Learn more here.
1. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics: Farm to School for Children with Special Needs
September 7 // 2-3pm ET
Learn about opportunities and best practices for utilizing farm to school initiatives to support learning and development for every child. Hear success stories from leaders of programs across the country who are serving students with special needs. Register here.
2. Professional Development for Garden Educators
September 12 // 4pm ET
School Garden Support Organizations work to prepare teachers, organization staff, and community volunteers to lead students in garden-based learning activities. Learn different approaches School Garden Support Organizations use to lead high quality professional development for garden educators. Register here.
3. Local Perspective on School Wellness Policy Implementation!
September 13 // 1pm ET
Alliance For a Healthier Generation presents this webinar focused on implementing school wellness policies following the USDA’s final rule. This webinar will highlight the local perspective, featuring speakers from California Project LEAN, the California Department of Education, and Arvin School District. Register here.
4. Tools for Assessing Economic Impact: A Primer for Food System Practitioners
September 19 // 3-4 pm ET
This webinar from Michigan State University's Center for Regional Food Systems is intended for food system practitioners interested in commissioning an economic impact assessment. It will introduce attendees to the concept and provide an overview of different tools to assess economic growth. Speakers will cover both standard commercial models and alternative, community-based approaches. Register here.
5. NFSN WEBINAR Growing Opportunities: Farm to School Benefits to Farmers and Producers
September 20 // 2-3pm ET
Join the National Farm to School Network to learn about farm to school’s opportunities and benefits for farmers and producers. Catch a sneak peak of the National Farm to School Network’s forthcoming case studies on the economic impacts of farm to school, and hear firsthand experiences and tips from farmers in the movement. This webinar is generously sponsored by CoBank. Register here.
6. NFSN WEBINAR Advocacy in Action: 2017 Farm to School Policy Opportunities
September 21 // 2-3pm ET
Join the National Farm to School Network to learn about current federal legislative activities and state policy efforts that are advancing opportunities for the expansion of farm to school in K-12 and early care education settings nationwide. Presenters will share stories and key learnings from recent policy efforts, and discuss advocacy opportunities for getting involved in current initiatives. Register here.
1. Join this year’s Green Apple Day of Service
Green Apple Day of Service is an opportunity to join schools across the world in celebrating the central role that schools play in preparing the next generation of leaders in sustainability. A school’s event improves the health and safety of the learning environment while strengthening student civic leadership, environmental literacy, and project management skills. Schools and the community leaders who support them can choose their own date for their project, and they have access to mini-grants and personalized guidance to help them make their projects a reality. Sign up to participate at greenapple.org.
2. Save the Date: Young Farmers Conference at Stone Barns
December 6-8 // Pocantico Hills, NY
The Young Farmers Conference will feature insights from farmers, chefs, scientists, advocates, and other experts in the food and agriculture community. Lottery registration will open on September 6. Learn more.
3. Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit
October 5-6 // Arlington, VA
This two day summit held at the Arlington Campus at George Mason University will feature speakers, workshops, and networking opportunities relating to urban Ag in Virginia. Learn more.
4. Life Lab's School Garden Workshops
Fall 2017 // Santa Cruz, CA
In Life Lab's Garden Classroom on the UC Santa Cruz campus, professional trainers bring inspiration and information to educators interested in bringing learning to life in the garden. The 2017 Fall Educator Workshops are now open for registration. For more details and registration information, visit: www.lifelab.org/gcworkshops
1. Survey: Keynote Speaker for 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
The National Farm to School Network’s 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 26-27, 2018. Participate in this short survey to let NFSN know who you would like to see as the keynote speaker at the conference.
1. Bake For Good Kids
King Arthur Flour presents the Bake For Good Kids program which encourages students to use "math + science + reading + baking know how = something delicious". This program will provide students the ingredients they need to make homemade bread while also teaching them how to do it.
2. Soil Education App
STARTING WITH SOIL, a free interactive app designed for children, provides parents and educators with an easy and fun way to allow children to discover the importance of healthy soil and see first-hand the harmonious roles that plants, animals and people (even kids!) play in keeping soil balanced so that organic food can grow. Free Download here.
1. Sustainable School Lunch Sous Chef, Presidio High School
Presidio High School in San Francisco is hiring for a full time Sous Chef. The ideal candidate interested in a person who is passionate about local, organic foods and what children are eating in school. Read more.
2. Farmer Training Program Manager, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
The Farmer Training Program Manager will provide year-round technical assistance (TA), mentoring, and training to small-scale direct market beginning farmers, and serve as the point person for all management responsibilities for the Farmer Training Team. Read more.
At Meeting Street in Rhode Island, garden is a source of food and learning
Meeting Street was founded in 1946, providing some of the nation’s first educational and therapeutic opportunities for children with disabilities. Four years ago, Connelly began a program to incorporate growing food into the art curriculum. Gardening branched out to become part of a Meeting Street education, from physical and speech therapy to literacy to science. (Providence Journal)
Missouri student garden teaches science and sharing
Fourth grade teacher, Vickie Gilbert said they meet state standards on plant life cycles through a hands on activity. "It’s something that sparks an interest in them and makes them want to know more." (Fox 14)
USDA Awards $5.3 million in Grants for School, Child Care Nutrition Efforts
Team Nutrition Training Grants are competitive three-year grants of up to $500,000 per state awarded annually as part of USDA's Team Nutrition initiative, which provides resources, training, and nutrition education lessons for schools and child care providers. (USDA FNS)