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Farm to school is taking place in all 50 states, D.C. and U.S. Territories! Select a location from the list below to learn more or contact a Core Partner. 

National Farm to School Network

Farm to School in Native Communities

Teaching the future from the past

From Grand Portage, Minn., on the Canadian border to Navajo Nation, and Molokai, Hawaii, to New York City, Native peoples of North America have been celebrating our connection to land, food and community for generations. Farm to school is a new term for an ancient concept: that we learn about people, place and tradition, and care for our physical and spiritual health through food.

Working with Native partners, the National Farm to School Network is exploring the unique opportunities for and challenges of expanding and sustaining farm to school in Native communities across the country. From developing school menus that include traditional foods like blue corn and bison to working with Native producers, planting heritage orchards, and connecting classroom education with tribal seed banks, together we are breaking down barriers and reinvigorating traditional foodways.

"In Indian country, food is not just about nutrition. It's about your identity and place." - Dr. Mark Sorensen, STAR School, Arizona




Request for Applications

Farm to School Mini-Grants for Native American Schools
The National Farm to School Network is pleased to announce a new mini-grant project: Seed Change in Native Communities with Farm to School. The Seed Change in Native Communities with Farm to School project aims to expand farm to school activities (procurement of local and traditional foods, school gardens, and food and agriculture education) in Native communities as a strategy to leverage community-wide initiatives towards building food security and food sovereignty and towards revitalizing use of traditional foods. The project will provide five Native schools a mini-grant in the amount of $5,900 to expand and promote farm to school.

Click here to view a PDF version of the full RFA.

Apply Here

Key Dates
Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 6pm ET
Award Notifications: By Monday, April 3, 2017
Projects Begin for Selected Schools: Early April 2017
Projects Completed: September 30, 2017

Note: Early care and education (ECE) sites such as preschools, child care centers, Head Start/Early Head Start, and programs in K-12 school districts are eligible to apply. Family child care homes are not eligible to apply.

Questions about this RFA may be sent to John Patrick, NFSN Program Manager, at john@farmtoschool.org.

Farm to School Mini-Grants for Native American Schools are supported by the Aetna Foundation, a national foundation based in Hartford, Connecticut that supports projects to promote wellness, health, and access to high-quality health care for everyone. The views presented here are those of the author and not necessarily those of the Aetna Foundation, its directors, officers, or staff.

Getting Started

For more information, contact: 

Helen Dombalis
NFSN Programs Director and Interim Policy Director
919-247-2537
helen@farmtoschool.org

John Patrick
NFSN Program Manager
715-209-8536
john@farmtoschool.org