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This Week in Farm to School: 09/26/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, September 26, 2017
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. NIFA: Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture presents the FINI Grant to support projects to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing incentives at the point of purchase. The program will test strategies that could contribute to our understanding of how best to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants that would inform future efforts, and develop effective and efficient benefit redemption technologies. Who is eligible to apply: See Part III, Eligibility Information in the Request for Applications (RFA) for details. Apply for the grant.

2. School Garden Grant from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Alaska Organic Fertilizer Company 
This grant opportunity supports school gardens in the United States, excluding it’s territories. BirdSleuth, Cornell Lab’s K-12 education program, will distribute $25,000 in grants to 20 schools that create or revitalize a garden that supports local wildlife, healthy living, environmental education, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) learning. Grants range from $500 to $2,000. The deadline for submitting grant applications is October 8. Read more and apply

3. Western Growers Foundation: School Garden Grant
Schools in California and Arizona, grades K through 12, can apply for the Western Growers Foundation School Garden Grant up to $1,500. The grants are designed to support new and existing school gardens. They are available to public schools, private charter schools, and private and charter schools with a nonprofit status. Nonprofit organizations and school districts supporting a garden at a public or nonprofit private school can also apply for the funds. Applications for the grant must be submitted by 3 p.m. Sept 30. Apply here

1. Webinar: Economic Impacts of Farm to School
Wednesday, Oct. 11 // 12-1pm ET
This webinar is part of a wider effort to promote the release of the associated report “Economic Impacts of Farm to School: Case Studies and Assessment Tools” (a collaborative project of the National Farm to School Network and Colorado State University). Panelists will discuss findings of the new report, highlight the use of two key resources for conducting economic impact studies of food system initiatives and their application to farm to school economic impact assessment, and discuss continuing work to better understand the impacts of farm to school activities. Additional panelists include representatives from  USDA Office of Community Food Systems, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service and Cornell University. Register for the webinar by submitting this form

2. Community Eligibility: Strategies to Improve Your ISP  
Wednesday, October 11 // 2pm ET
This webinar presented by the School Nutrition Association will focus on how to take the steps to improve your districts ISP and make community eligibility a more viable option. Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.  Learn more and register

1. NEW National Calendar of Farm to School Events
The National Farm to School Network is pleased to share a new national calendar of farm to school events, conferences and networking opportunities taking place across the country. Additional events will be added on an ongoing basis. Submit your farm to school event to the calendar by clicking the green "Submit Event" button. To be considered, events should be open to the public and specifically related to farm to school content. View the calendar here:

2. October is National Farm to School Month

National Farm to School month is right around the corner! The National Farm to School Network has free resources, planning materials, activity ideas and a new calendar of events for ways you can get involved in October. Visit to start planning. 

3. Minnesota Food Access Summit

October 25-27 // Duluth, MN
The 2017 Summit will be bigger and better than ever by welcoming up to 800 participants from a growing network of individuals and organizations dedicated to increasing healthy and equitable food access across Minnesota. Conference goals include: Bring together people working to advance reliable access to safe, affordable, healthy food, learn from each other’s lived experiences & stories, build connections across sector, cultural perspectives, and geography and cultivate alignment and momentum toward collaborative action. Learn more and register

1. Development of the GREEN Tool
The GREEN (Garden Resources, Education, and Environment Nexus) Tool is an evidence-based model for school garden integration. The aim of this research was to develop a tool that captures how gardens are effectively established, integrated, and sustained in schools. Read more here

Job Opportunities
1. Leadership Development Coordinator, Food Chain Workers Alliance
The Leadership Development Coordinator is the principal staff member who manages the Alliance’s worker and organizer leadership development programs. These are principally the Justice in the Food Chain trainings and the annual worker leaders summit. Learn more and apply

2. School Chef, Sustainable School Lunch Program in San Francisco 
The Head Chef will be in charge of a menu focused on wholesome meals made from scratch with care, and served on-site to K-8 students and faculty. An ideal candidate understands local, organic foods and has an interest in what kids are eating in school. This position is responsible for carrying out Acre Gourmet's Real School Lunch Program on a daily basis and reports to the program manager. Learn more

3. Chair of the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems ; University of New Hampshire 
UNH seeks to hire a ANFS Department Chair. A competitive candidate will have scholarly research that aligns with the interdisciplinary mission of the department and demonstrated excellence in teaching/mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students. Additionally,  candidates must hold a PhD. in a relevant field. Read more here

Farm to School in the News
Alaska Students' Spuds Sale From the classroom to the garden, the students at Soldotna Montessori Charter School have been hard at work growing, picking and cleaning a selection of produce to sell at today’s farmers market. “We have kale, potatoes, lots of stuff,” said fourth-grader Caitlyn Miller. “We don’t have carrots, though, they were a bust.” (Peninsula Clarion)

New Jersey Parents Get a Lesson in Homegrown Food at Back-to-School Night
Mallik said she feels the garden is an extension of Kings Road, and the reception helps parents not only get a better idea of what their kids are learning, but also gives them more information that will help them reinforce garden teachings at home. (Tap Into

Ohio School to Host Spinach Tasting Event

In an effort to highlight Farm to School month and National School Lunch Week, on Oct. 5 the Lorain Road school will be hosting a spinach taste-testing competition after the students harvest their first spinach crop from a new school garden. (

Louisiana Students Work with Master Gardeners

The LSU AgCenter has kicked off this year's training for the School Garden Initiative. The LSU AgCenter Lafayette Master Gardener Association, School Garden Initiative Committee is working to promote growing and learning with the youth in the community. (KATC)

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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