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This week in farm to school: 9/22/2015

NFSN Staff Tuesday, September 22, 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. Building Healthy Communities in the South & Appalachia
The Health Impact Project will award seven grants of up to $45,000 to help communities identify their most pressing health equity challenges and the factors outside of the health care sector that help drive them (for example, housing or education). Grants are available in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Wester Virginia. Applicants from outside of the public health sector are encouraged to apply, and experience conducting health impact assessment is not required. An informational webinar is scheduled for 2pm ET on Sept. 30, 2015. View the call for proposals here. Proposals are due Nov. 13, 2015. 

Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: National Farm to School Network
Farm to School 101
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 12-12:30pm CT
Mark your calendar for a Farm to School 101 webinar! On Tuesday, October 13 we’ll discuss the basics of the farm to school movement, its core elements, and how it is working to connect 23.5 million children to local food in schools all over the country. Register here

2. Webinars: Barnraiser, Crowdfunding 101
Crowdfunding for Good Food & Healthy Living
Every Thursday, 10am PT
Calling all farm to school advocates, farmers, producers, and school gardeners. Join Barnraiser's weekly webinars to learn the 5 keys to successful crowdfunding on Barnraiser. Hear the stories of successful campaigns, as well as tips, tricks and insider knowledge from the Barnriaser team to get your farm to school project successfully funded. Register for the webinar here

3. Webinar: edWeb.net
Next Generation Science in the Garden
Monday, Sep. 28, 4-5pm ET
In this webinar, Life Lab will share how to use a garden as a meaningful context in which students can engage in next generation science and engineering practices to examine disciplinary core ideas and cross-cutting concepts. Where better to explore ecological interdependence, growth and development of organisms, structure and function, adaptation, and the environmental impact of human activity than in an outdoor garden classroom? Formal and informal educators interested in using a garden to enrich science learning and connect to the new Next Generation Science Standards in grades K-5 will benefit from this live, interactive webinar. Register here.

4. Webinar: Exploring Innovation
Food Entrepreneurship: A Proven Approach to Build Your Local Economy and Jobs
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2-3:15pm CT
This discussion will highlights the economic impacts of local food systems and how food entrepreneurship can assist a community’s efforts to build a thriving economy and create jobs. Register here

5. Yale Food Systems Symposium, Oct. 30-31, New Haven, CT
The Yale Food Systems Symposium (YFSS) is a student led, interdisciplinary conference initiated by students at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The aim of the YFSS is to provide a space where researchers, practitioners, theorists, and eaters can come together to answer the pragmatic question: how can we get from here, to a just, sustainable food system? An effort by students, for students (in a broad sense of the word), the YFSS privileges new ideas that push the conventional boundaries of food systems thinking, and as such seeks to highlight emerging researchers, innovative projects, truly interdisciplinary thinking, and  non-traditional collaboration. Learn more here

6. Register for the Food Day Apple Crunch on Oct. 22, 2015
On and around Food Day 2015 (Oct. 24, 2015), millions of people around the country will crunch into an apple in a unifying action to raise awareness about eating better diets for our health and the environment, access and affordability of fruits and vegetables, and supporting local farmers. Hundreds of thousands of school students will crunch into an apple at lunch time, joined by Americans at public Food Day events, in corporate cafeterias and at home. Because Food Day falls on a Saturday this year, most schools will be participating in the Apple Crunch on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Start planning now to join the Food Day Apple Crunch and register your event at the link below.
Click here to watch the Food Day 2015 Apple Crunch video
Click here to register for the Food Day 2015 Apple Crunch!

7. Save the Date: 2016 National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
Save the date for the 2016 National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, to be held June 1-4, 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin. The National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is a biennial event that convenes a diverse group of stakeholders from across the farm to cafeteria movement who are working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. The conference is hosted by the National Farm to School Network, in partnership with local host organizations. More information to come soon. 

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

Jobs & Opportunities
1. Farm to School Coordinator, Georgia Organics 
Georgia Organics is a dynamic nonprofit working to connect organic food from Georgia farms to Georgia families. The organization is currently seeking a full-time Farm to School Coordinator to work at its office in Atlanta. The Farm to School Coordinator will work directly with and provide key support to the Farm to School Director to strengthen and expand farm to school programming in Georgia in Pre-K-12 grades. Visit the Georgia Organics website for more information about this position and application instruction. 

2. Farm & Food Policy Analyst, Cornucopia Institute
The Cornucopia Institute is seeking an employee to join its team conducting research and investigations into organic and sustainable food and farming production practices with an emphasis on livestock and livestock-based food products. Get details here

Farm to school in the news
What Happens When You Teach Math in the Garden?
In garden-based education, the core curriculum helps frame the work of growing food and vice versa. Read how garden-based math lessons are working in Massachusetts. (via Civil Eats)

School greenhouse about to sprout
The new greenhouse at Mount Desert Elementary School will contain much more than plants; it will hold what school officials see as almost limitless opportunities for learning and developing life skills. (via Mount Desert Islander)

Students harvest vegetables, learning from the garden
"We see kids struggle in the classroom to pay attention, stay focused, and behave. They need a lot of assistance. But, when they get out into the garden, they don't have those problems. They are on an equal playing field, and they literally see the fruit of their labor blooming and growing." (via MassLive)

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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