This Week in Farm to School: 9/24/19
Grants & Funding
1. K4C Microgrant Program
Deadline: October 1, 2019
The K4C Microgrant Program is the bridge between ideas and action. By providing microgrants in varying amounts up to $1,000, K4C helps young citizen leaders execute and magnify their initiatives to help repair our world. Students 18 years of age and under may apply for funds to complete service projects in their communities throughout the United States. Whether you plan to turn a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuild a school playground or help senior citizens ready their homes for the winter, K4C wants to hear what project you’re passionate about. Applications are accepted on a quarterly basis. Learn more here.
1. Webinar: SGSO Volunteer Management and Community Support
September 26 // 3 PM EST
School gardens are ideal places to involve the community and school gardens also require significant maintenance so they’re the perfect place to bring people together. Join this webinar to learn about ways to get people out and excited, ideas for managing large volunteer groups, how to engage consistent volunteers, and help keep your garden looking good. This webinar is a part of the School Garden Support Organization (SGSO) Network. Register here.
2. NFSN WEBINAR Bring Farm to School to Life with Highbush Blueberries
October 3 // 1 PM ET
October is National Farm to School Month, the perfect time to host a farm to school event to celebrate healthy, local food in the cafeteria, classroom and beyond! Resources like the Highbush Blueberry Farm to School Playbook can be a great tool for helping schools of any size find small and big ways to get kids excited about where their food comes from. On this webinar, three schools will share how they’ve used the Farm to School Playbook to put together successful nutrition celebrations with blueberries. Nutrition Consultant Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, will lead a panel discussion with three rockstar school nutrition professionals, who will share easy and practical inspiration for schools looking to kickstart their farm to school programs, tips for a successful promotion and increases in school breakfast/lunch participation, and inspiration for events your students will love. This webinar is hosted by the National Farm to School Network and sponsored by the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. Register here.
Events & Networking Opportunities
1. NFSN EVENT Call for Proposals: 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
Deadline: October 4, 2019
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Albuquerque, NM, April 21-23, 2020! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene nearly 1,000 diverse stakeholders working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. Do you have expertise to share? Conference organizers are seeking workshop and poster proposals from individuals and organizations working to improve our food system, strengthen community health, empower youth, advance equity and increase opportunities for farmers and food producers. The Request for Proposals (RFP) is open now through Oct. 4, 2019. Learn more at farmtoschool.org/conference.
2. NFSN CELEBRATION It's almost time for 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 national calendar of events with ways you can get involved in October. Check out the complete Farm to School Month Celebration Toolkit and download resources at farmtoschool.org/month. Does your organization want to be part of this year's National Farm to School Month campaign? Sign up to be a Farm to School Month Outreach Partner at farmtoschool.org/monthpartner.
3. Local Foods Procurement Training
October 3, 2019 // Hinckley, ME
Join USDA Team Lead and Procurement Specialist Martine Cherry and Abbie Nelson, Farm to School Program Director from VT Food Education Every Day (VT FEED) and NOFA-VT for a fun, interactive afternoon of digging into local food procurement rules and guidelines so that you can get the local foods you want! Held at Kennebec Valley Community College, Alfond Campus in Hinckley, ME, this free 3-hour training, sponsored by the Maine Farm to School Network and supported by a USDA Farm to School Training Grant, will explore topics like micro purchasing, informal bid process, Buy American provision, purchasing thresholds, values-based buying, and the importance of relationship building with food producers. Needs based, first come first served scholarships are available to support attendance costs. Contact Renee Page at email@example.com if you are interested in attendance cost assistance.
4. Maine Farm to School Conference - Innovations in Farm to School
October 4, 2019 // Hinckley, ME
Join farm to school practitioners, advocates, and stakeholders for a day of learning, networking, best practice sharing, and great local food! Hear how keynote speaker Bertrand Weber weaved farm to school strategies into all aspects of Minneapolis Public Schools. Learn about classroom and cafeteria strategies to advance farm to school. Review the agenda, learn more, and register here.
5. Request for Proposals: Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Annual Conference
Deadline: October 4, 2019
This conference will imagine and plan for how nutrition education, rooted in food, can move us to a new food future. SNEB invites proposals related to the 'What Food Future?' theme including: concurrent sessions, general sessions, pre- and post-conference workshops or tours, and non-CEU activity sessions (yoga, Zumba, meditation, etc.). Learn more here.
6. Registration Open: Community Food Systems Conference
December 9-11, 2019 // Savannah, GA
The conference will draw over 500 participants from various fields including food justice and advocacy, local and regional food policy, nutrition and healthy food access, sustainable agriculture, racial and social justice, and community food projects. Attendees will come from all over the US to discuss food security, social justice, and sustainable agriculture. Register here.
Resources & Research
1. Research: Farm to School Activities and Student Outcomes: A Systematic Review
Authors: Melissa Pflugh Prescott, Rebecca Cleary, Alessandro Bonanno, Marco Costanigro, Becca B R Jablonski, Abigail B Long
The primary objective of this systematic literature review is to summarize and evaluate studies on student outcomes associated with farm to school-related activities up to 1 September, 2017. Results from farm to school-related activity studies consistently show positive impacts on food and nutrition-related knowledge; most studies also suggest a positive relation between farm to school-related activities and healthy food selection during school meals, nutrition self-efficacy, and willingness to try fruits and vegetables. Read more here.
2. EQUITY Advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Policy and Law Research: 2019 Call for Proposals for Early Career Investigators
Deadline: October 2, 2019
Policies for Action (P4A), a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is issuing a special call for proposals (CFP) to advance health equity by actively seeking new and diverse perspectives from the policy research field. This opportunity is designed to support researchers from multiple disciplines to better understand and find solutions that will promote health equity and foster action on policies and laws that ensure all people in America can attain and preserve good health and well-being. This opportunity will support early career researchers from underrepresented and historically disadvantaged backgrounds. P4A will provide support and training for up to six investigators. Learn more here.
3. EQUITY Recording: Food Sovereignty and the Role of Extension - Partnerships that Work
This webinar provides an introduction to food sovereignty, looking at how and why this principle is used in different First Nations communities. Following this introduction, two partners describe how they have worked together on food sovereignty projects. They describe how the partnership developed and key elements of a partnership that promotes food sovereignty. Watch the recording here.
1. Farm to School Program Director (Richmond, VT)
The Farm to School Program Director is responsible for all Farm to School work at NOFA-VT. Overall responsibilities include strategic development and implementation with Shelburne Farms staff for VT FEED and to scale up farm to school programming statewide with a focus on the farmers and school nutrition directors and staff who are, or want to be, involved in local food purchasing for schools. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more here.
Farm to School in the News
Georgia school districts recognized for farm to school work at 2019 Golden Radish Awards
Elbert County School District received the Outstanding School District Award and Platinum Level recognition at the 2019 Golden Radish Awards. The Outstanding School District Award is given annually to school districts exhibiting exceptional excellence in Farm to School. (Georgia Organics)
Michigan FFA students make salsa from school garden
An FFA and food science class in Michigan has been growing tomatoes and selling them to a local restaurant. They're also turning some of their tomato crop into fresh salsa. (WZZM)
Iowa schools add local foods to lunch menu
Vinton- Shellsburg Community School District in Benton County, Iowa is working to add more locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as locally raised meat, to its school menu. “We have a lot of interest, and we are looking for farmers who are able to provide us with X amount of apples or X amount of tomatoes at a specific time." (Kenosha News)