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This Week in Farm to School: 9/12/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, September 12, 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. Seeds for Education Grant Program
Cash grants under $500 are available for plants and seeds, and in-kind donations from Nursery Partners can help stretch these dollars. Learn more and apply here.

2. Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant
The Herb Society of America will select ten (10) schools/classrooms to receive $200 "Seed Money" to establish an indoor or outdoor herb garden. The funds may be used for supplies such as soil, plant trays, containers, child or youth sized tools, etc. Apply by Oct. 1. Learn more and apply here.

3. GreenWorks Grant
Project Learning Tree offers GreenWorks! grants up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood’s environment. Apply by Sept. 30. Learn more and apply here.

Webinars
1.Professional Development for Garden Educators
TODAY! 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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. Register here

Events
1. October is National Farm to School Month
National Farm to School month is right around the corner! The National Farm to School Network has free resources, planning materials, activity ideas and a new calendar of events for ways you can get involved in October. Visit farmtoschool.org/month to start planning. 

2. 2016 Food Week of Action
The global Food Week of Action (October 15-22) is an opportunity for Christians and others around the world to act together for food justice and food sovereignty. It is a special time to raise awareness about approaches that help individuals and communities develop resiliency and combat poverty. Beyond examining our food choices, we must also recognize the lingering roots of racism embedded in our food system, which was founded on slavery and plantation agriculture, and still exploits the environment and workers in the food chain. Read more here

3. Farm & Food Leadership Conference 
September 25-26 // McKinney, Texas
Join small-scale farmers, farm-to-table chefs, local food enthusiasts, home gardeners, and others who care about where their food comes from and find out how you can help transform our food system! Learn more here

4. Widening the Welcome: The Future of Agriculture for Communities of Color
November 4 // Hartford, CT
The face of farming is radically changing. How can we encourage more African American/Black, Latinx and API/APA communities to be in the vanguard of these changes in New England? Join Hidden Acres Farm Inc. for a rare opportunity to raise the voices of global majority actors with a vested interest in agrarian-based ventures statewide and regionally. Learn more

Resources
1. Measuring Up: Demonstrating the Impact of Farm to Institution through Metrics
Measuring Up is a six-part blog series from Farm to Institution New England (FINE) designed to provide a data-driven account of the farm to institution landscape in New England. This series will draw from two years of work by the FINE metrics team dedicated to understanding key indicators for farm to institution success across institutional sectors. Read more

2. School Food Institute 
School Food Institute, an initiative of the Chef Ann Foundation. gives school food service professionals and childhood nutrition advocates the in-depth training, operational skills, and strategic vision necessary to make school food fresh, healthy, and sustainable. Eight engaging online courses give you a front row seat in Chef Ann Cooper’s classroom, where you can learn directly from a leader in school food change on how to transition school meal programs to scratch-cooked operations that provide real, healthy food to kids at school every day. Learn more here

Policy News
1. Farm to School Act of 2017 Introduced in Congress
The Farm to School Act of 2017 has been introduced in Congress with bipartisan support by legislative champions Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Representatives Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Marcia Fudge (D-OH). The Farm to School Act of 2017 builds on the success of the farm to school movement by proposing an increase in funding from $5 million to $15 million for the USDA Farm to School Grant Program. Tell Congress you support the Farm to School Act of 2017 by signing a letter of support as an individual or on behalf of your organization. Make sure Congress knows that farm to school is a powerful tool for supporting our kids, our farmers and our communities! 

Job Opportunities
1. Policy Associate, Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group
The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) is currently accepting applications for a part-time policy associate. The deadline to apply is September 22, 2017. Learn more

2. Associate Director, The Cornucopia Institute
The Cornucopia Institute is seeking a full-time employee to join their team. The Associate Director will assist with the overall management of Cornucopia’s operations in support of its mission. Learn more

Farm to School in the News

An Indiana Community Garden Full of Education 
For the people living in the surrounding area of Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Terre Haute, it is very difficult to get quality fresh food. Because of these conditions, Rose-Hulman has partnered with the elementary to start an after school gardening program. (My Wabash Valley)  

From the Alaskan Garden: Kale: The Gateway Vegetable
“Mrs. Mercer, when are we going to make kale chips?” It happens every year without fail. The first week of school students are anxious to get back to the garden, dig in the dirt, and taste what has been growing.(Echo AK)

West Virginia Students Bringing in Harvest
Principal Jean Mewshaw said the gardening class is part of the school’s STEM program, which stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students learn about science and engineering through hands-on projects, such as building and maintaining the school’s community garden. (Parkersburg News and Sentinel)

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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