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. INUAg 2016 Leaders in Urban Agriculture Awards
INUAg is now accepting submissions for the 2016 Leaders in Urban Agriculture Awards. They will present awards for 1st ($1,000) 2nd ($700) and 3rd place ($300) in each of the following categories to urban farming projects building better food systems around the world: Educating Communities, Food Justice, Innovation. Submissions are due August 15. Learn more here.
Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Explore the 2015 USDA Farm to School Census
August 11, 3pm ET
Join the National Farm to School Network and USDA FNS Office of Community Food Systems on Thursday, August 11 at 3pm ET for an in-depth review of the 2015 USDA Farm to School Census. Presenters will provide an overview of the Farm to School Census website, including the recently posted raw data files and soon to be released data explorer tool. Presenters will also describe ways in which Census data can be used at the local, state, and national levels in support of farm to school. Register for the webinar here.
2. Registration Open: Southern Obesity Summit
November 13-15 // Houston, Texas
Registration for the 10th Annual Southern Obesity Summit is now open. The Southern Obesity Summit is the largest regional obesity prevention event in the United States, drawing hundreds of participants from 16 Southern States. The 10th Annual Southern Obesity Summit will help stakeholders strategize next steps to implement policy and program initiatives across all 16 states and effectively engage youth in our strategies to prevent obesity. Learn more and register here.
3. NESAWG It Takes a Region Conference
November 10-12 // Hartford, CT
Earlybird registration for NESAWG's 2016 It Takes a Region Conference opens August 1. The Conference, now in its 23rd year, brings together practitioners and professionals from across the Northeast to explore ideas that move us towards a more sustainable and just farm and food system. This year's conference theme is Tackling Wicked Problems in Food Systems. NESAWG has printed 1,500 conference postcards and needs your help to get them to the right people. If you can help distribute the postcards, email Julia Fiore (firstname.lastname@example.org). Learn more about the conference here.
Research & Resources
1. USDA Announces 4 Major School Meals Rules
Last week, USDA announced four final rules that will ensure that children have access to healthy snacks and that nutrition standards for the foods marketed and served in schools are consistent. The rules include: Local School Wellness Policy final rule; Smart Snacks in School final rule; Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) final rule; and, Administrative Review final rule. Learn more here.
Jobs & Opportunities
1. Research Fellow, School Food Focus
School Food Focus seeks a part-time Research Fellow to join its PreK-12 School Food: Making It Healthier, Making It Regional (MHMR) study. MHMR is a two-year project, conducted by School Food Focus in conjunction with Rutgers University, to study the impact of shifting public school food procurement to more healthful and/or more regional foods. The Research Fellow will contribute to all aspects of the study, particularly data collection, data analysis, and writing of final reports. Applications are due August 5. Learn more and apply here.
Farm to school in the news
Salem serves up summer meals
The Salem Summer Meals Program (Salem, Mass.) provides free breakfast and lunch to children while school is out. Among meals served are fresh salads harvested from Salem High School’s Freight Farm, a sustainable garden built into a refurbished freight car, located in Salem High School’s parking lot. (via Salem Gazette)
Lake Geneva school grows food for lunch program
"When I got involved with these agriculture classes, I made a whole group of new friends that are now like my family. I love the agricultural aspect, and I've found there are ways that someone who doesn't live on a farm can still raise food,” says Bryn Rohde, Badger High School student. (via Wisconsin State Farmer)
Teachers learn about planting school gardens
About 40 teachers from across Virginia have taken part in a two-day workshop to learn about a more hands-on approach to education. The teachers are learning how to start and maintain gardens, and how to connect school gardens to school cafeterias. (via WHSV)
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.