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This week in farm to school: 9/29/2015

NFSN Staff Tuesday, September 29, 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. 



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. Webinar: NOFA-VT
Put your money where your values are: Institutional procurement tools for regional food buying
October 15, 1pm ET
Does your organization or institution need a template to assist with articulating your goals for buying local? In this webinar, NOFA-VT staff will provide an overview of research on how institutions incorporate values in their local and regional purchasing programs and show the tools they created. Please join this webinar from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/228327701 You can also dial in using your phone: (872) 240-3212, Access Code: 228-327-701 Learn more here

3. Webinar recording: Georgetown University’s National Center for Cultural Competence 
Community Engagement to Address Cultural Competence
Cultural competence and linguistic competence are widely recognized by policy makers, researchers, educators, and providers as fundamental aspects of quality in health care – particularly for diverse patient populations. A key feature of the Public Health Accreditation Board’s Standards and Measures is partnership and collaboration with communities and populations that are impacted by the strategies and actions implemented. This type of community engagement is a cornerstone of creating culturally and linguistically competent public health policies, programs and services. Watch the webinar here

4. NESAWG's 2015 Conference - Putting MOVE in the Movement, Nov 13-14, Saratoga Spring, NY
Civil rights, labor, women’s rights—the movements that transformed our world can give us insight on ways to accelerate food systems change.  What can we learn from leaders past and present?  How can we better organize our work, our networks, our message, our media? At this year’s Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group’s conference, Nov 13-14 in Saratoga Spring, NY, learn and strategize with farm and food systems practitioners across the region—from farmers to researchers to policymakers—as we work to build a movement and realize the change we want to see.  Check out the conference website to learn more about the conference and register. 

5. 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. 

6. Green Schools Conference & Expo, March 31-April 1, 2016, Pittsburgh, PA
Mark your calendars for the Green Schools Conference & Expo, March 31-April 1, 2016. The events brings together green schools thought-leaders and champions, connecting educators, school administrators, non-profit and corporate partners, and elected officials to advance the shared mission of green schools for all within this generation. Do you believe that all students deserve to learn and play in environments that are healthy, safe and resource-efficient? Are you looking for new ideas to start or expand your school’s sustainability goals? Learn more about the 2016 Green Schools Conference & Expo 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

Jobs & Opportunities
1. Program Director, School Food FOCUS
School Food FOCUS seeks a dynamic, organized team leader to direct its core program implementation and development. The selected candidate will oversee a growing staff as well as a team of consultants associated with all FOCUS programs. This includes FOCUS regional and national Learning Labs as well as the supportive functions of research, data, and evaluation; supply chain; communications; peer learning; and administration. Learn more about the position here.

2. Policy Specialist, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is currently seeking a Policy Specialist for its Marketing, Food Systems, and Rural Development portfolio. This position is located at NSAC’s DC office on Capitol Hill. See the full job description here

3. Youth in Action Awards, National 4-H Council
National 4-H Council’s 4-H Youth in Action (YIA) Award is one of the highest honors a 4-H’er can achieve. The YIA Awards honor four 4-H’ers who have gained critical life skills through their 4-H experience and have utilized those skills to overcome a challenge, or challenges, they have faced. Each of the honorees are outstanding 4-H’ers who epitomize 4-H youth empowerment and leadership. For qualifications, application rules, and information on past honorees, please visit the Youth in Action Award website. All applications must be submitted by 12:00 PM ET on Monday, November 30, 2015.

Farm to school in the news
Jersey Fresh Farm to School Week celebrated
During Jersey Fresh Farm to School Week, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture showcases schools that connect with New Jersey farmers to purchase local produce for school meals to increase student consumption of healthy produce. (via My Central Jersey)

Farm-To-School: New Program Brings The Field Trip To The Classroom
At Hillsboro Elementary School in Virginia, teachers are bringing the farm into their classrooms. They’ve created a yearlong program that is meant to connect students with local food, farmers and nutrition education. (via Leesburg Today)

Farm Fresh Fridays initiative to connect schools with farmers
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has launched a Farm Fresh Fridays initiative. Its aim is to connect schools and communities with local farmers and ranchers, and raise awareness about healthy, Texas-grown produce. “By fostering these connections and serving healthy, locally grown meals, we are building a stronger future for our state.” (via KXAN)

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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