Webinar Series: Trending Topics in Farm to School
National Farm to School Network | 02-Aug-2018
Join the National Farm to School Network for a monthly webinar series featuring innovation and emerging issues in farm to school. Webinars will be held the first Thursday of every month from 2-3pm ET.
September 20, 2018: Trending Topics In Farm to School: State Farm to School Month Proclamations. In addition to the federal Congressional resolution NFSN championed in 2010 to establish October as National Farm to School Month, many states have passed resolutions declaring a Farm to School Week or Month. Similar language can usually be used in your state legislature or for a proclamation by your governor. Join us to learn from NFSN Core and Supporting Partners how they: 1) advocated and obtained these proclamations, 2) used these farm to school weeks/months to celebrate farm to school, and 3) used these celebrations as a springboard for more farm to school policies. Guest speakers will include NFSN Arkansas Core Partner, Emily English, of Arkansas Children’s Research Institute, and NFSN Hawaii Core Partner, Natalie McKinney, of Kokua Hawaii Foundation. Register here.
May 2018: State Farm to School Networks. State farm to school networks are vital to the growth and institutionalization of farm to school through their state-level leadership and coordination and contributions to a nationwide movement. On this webinar, learn about a new resource from the National Farm to School Network that highlights network best practices, and hear from NFSN Core Partners who are leading the way in state network development. Watch a recording here.
March 2018: Engaging Farmers in Farm to School. In this webinar, hear from farm to school practitioners and farmers about innovative yet practical approaches to engaging farmers in a wide variety of farm to school activities and learn how this engagement contributes to kids, communities, and farmers winning through farm to school. Watch a recording here.
February 2018: Reducing Food Waste through Farm to School. In this webinar, USDA, D.C. Greens, and the Natural Resources Council of Maine talk about best practices and initiatives to help reduce food waste through farm to school. Watch a recording here.
January 2018: SNAP-Ed and Farm to School. Hear from practitioners from University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and other SNAP-Ed programs about the integration of farm to school in both direct education and policy, systems and environmental change SNAP-Ed initiatives. Watch a recording here.
December 2017: Youth Engagement in Farm to School. Farm to school initiatives across the country are changing the way young people view and consume fresh, local foods and interact with their community. This webinar focuses on youth engagement through farm to school and highlights unique approaches and initiatives to engage youth in their communities and food systems and empower youth to be leaders and active voices in the farm to school movement. Watch a recording here.
November 2017: Harvest of the Month - States across the country are developing Harvest of the Month programs including curriculum and resources to make it easier for schools, teachers, students and families to join in on farm to school fun. Hear from four different states about successful initiatives, best practices, and resources for developing or implementing Harvest of the Month in your school or across your state. Watch a recording here.
October 2017: Celebrating Farm to School Month State-By-State - October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections happening all over the country between children and local food. From taste tests in the cafeteria and nutrition education activities in the classroom, to farm visits and school garden harvest parties, school, early care and education sites, farms, communities and organizations in all 50 state and D.C. join in the celebrations. In this webinar, hear how states across the country are lifting up and celebrating National Farm to School Month this October. This webinar was generously supported by Co-Bank and is open to the public. Watch a recording here.
September 2017: Farm to School for Children with Special Needs - While farm to school offers abundant benefits for all children, we have learned from our partners that the core elements of farm to school – including hands on education, spending time in gardens, and cooking and tasting local food – offers additional benefits to students with special needs, supporting their learning and growth in many different environments. Watch a recording here.
August 2017: Farm to School in Native Communities - In partnership with numerous community leaders, the National Farm to School Network has been exploring opportunities to expand farm to school activities in Native communities. We’ve learned from our partners that with a community-based and multi-generational framework, farm to school can be a nexus of economic development, food sovereignty, health and nutrition, and cultural revitalization. In this webinar, learn about unique opportunities and challenges of farm to school in Native communities, and hear several examples of success from Native community leaders. Watch a recording here.
July 2017: Farm to School Partnerships with Your School Nutrition Association - On this webinar, hear examples and models from around the country of what partnership can look like at the state level. Guest speakers from the School Nutrition Association, Idaho State Dept. of Agriculture, New York School Nutrition Association, Northeast Organic Farmers Association Vermont, and the Mississippi Farm to School Network share their experiences. Watch a recording here.