Grants & Funding
1. USDA FY 2019 Farm to School Grant RFA
Deadline: December 4, 2018 - last week to apply!
The FY 2019 Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) is now open to applicants. Due to additional funding made available to the Farm to School Grant Program through the FY 2018 Omnibus Bill, the Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) seeks to award approximately $7.5M in FY 2019 funding. Applications are due Dec. 4, 2018. Learn more and apply here.
2. One Earth Award
The One Earth Award provides four students whose creative works encourage the awareness of, and meaningful responses to, pressing issues of human-caused climate change with $1,000 scholarships. In addition, special awards are also available for students and educators from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. All students in grades 7-12 (ages 13 and up) are eligible to participate. Visit artandwriting.org for more information, and visit the deadlines and guidelines page for information on when and how students can submit their work.
Webinars & Events
1. EQUITY Webinar: Building Racial Equity Within Cooperative Extension
Dec. 13, 2-3:30pm ET
This webinar will highlight tools, strategies, and takeaways from a panel that participated in the “Coming Together for Racial Understanding” week-long workshop in August 2018. We will also learn about the work of eXtension Foundation’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion fellow and a new fieldbook resource. Many people are looking for a place to start including racial equity in your work and/or making connections with those who have had multiple learning experiences with racial equity and are already using it as a programming lens. The majority of the webinar time will be used to field participant questions and insights about integrating a lens of racial equity in the work of food systems, agriculture, health, and related content areas. Register here.
2. Call for Session Proposals: National Children & Youth Garden Symposium Building Blocks for a Sustainable Future
July 10-13, 2019 // Madison, WI
The American Horticultural Society is pleased to announce its 27th annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium (NCYGS), the only national professional development event of its kind where we are cultivating tomorrow's gardeners by energizing, inspiring, and training today's garden educators. The 2019 event will take place July 10-13 in Madison, Wisconsin. Session proposals that embody the theme, Building Blocks for a Sustainable Future will be accepted until December 31, 2018. Learn more and submit your proposal here.
3. National Farmers Union’s Women’s Conference
January 13-17, 2019 // San Diego, CA
Calling all women in agriculture: are you looking for applicable business skills, innovative marketing tactics, advice for making a food safety plan, and a strong network of other women in agriculture? National Farmers Union’s Women’s Conference, January 13-17 in San Diego, California, offers all that and more. Learn more and register here.
1. Executive Director, National Farm to School Network (Remote)
National Farm to School Network seeks a dynamic, values-driven and collaborative leader as Executive Director. The Executive Director leads innovation and strategic growth toward accomplishing the mission of the organization. Location is flexible (anywhere within the U.S., with preference for proximity to Washington, D.C.). The deadline to apply is Jan. 7, 2019. Learn more here.
2. Executive Director, NOFA-VT (Richmond, VT)
NOFA-VT is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director. They seek a leader who will continue to build a big, inclusive, and energetic tent for Vermont’s agricultural community and be resilient and adaptable while leading the organization. Learn more and apply here.
3. Program Coordinator, Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (Brooklyn, NY)
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation is seeking a Program Coordinator to lead outreach and engagement activities, in support of initiatives such as Restoration’s Farm to Institution and Bike Share efforts, and to ensure the coordination and sustainability of the work as part of Restoration’s larger mission and vision as a community development organization. Learn more and apply here.
4. Multiple Positions, Calypso Farm & Ecology Center (Fairbanks, AK)
Calypso Farm & Ecology Center is seeking a Field Trip Coordinator, a School Garden Manager, and a Farm Camp & Volunteer Program Coordinator. Learn more and apply here.
Farm to School in the News
Minnesota farm to school has been good for farmers & students alike
In 2017, farm to school advocates approached the Legislature with a proposed bill that would bring Minnesota more in line with other states. They want the state to fund a position in the education or agriculture department that would be a centralized resource for schools. (MinnPost)
Utah school district using produce from local farms
Most of the students Tim Crandall hands his apples to bite deep into the fruit, eating every bit. Going into schools to hand out his produce gives students the opportunity to try fresh, locally-grown produce, learn more about his farm and connect with a local grower. (Daily Herald)
“Feed a farmer” event at Oregon schools
OSU Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center in cooperation with the Klamath County School District and the Klamath City School District are inviting local potato farmers to share a school lunch with students. The event is called “Feed a Farmer” and has taken place at several schools over the past year as part of Klamath’s Farm to School program. (Herald and News)