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This Week in Farm to School: 7/18/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, July 18, 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. 


1. Building Successful Collaboration for Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Grant 
July 18 // 1 ET
Presented by New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and their partner, Allison Goin, this webinar will focus on the importance of building and cultivating strong partnerships and collaborations for BFRDP. Learn more and register

2. Economics of Healthy Food Incentives at Michigan Farmers Markets

July 24 // 2-3 ET
This webinar will debut new findings of a recent study of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the healthy food incentive program Double Up Food Bucks activity at Michigan farmers markets. Hosted by Michigan State University. Learn more and register
3. NFSN WEBINAR Farm to ECE Webinar: State Agencies as Leaders and Partners in Growing Farm to ECE
August 2 // 3:30-4:30pm ET
State agencies (including departments of agriculture, education and health) can be key leaders and partners in facilitating growth and institutionalization of farm to ECE at the state level. Join us to learn more about the variety of ways that state agencies across the country are leading the way in farm to ECE. Representatives from Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the South Carolina Departments of Health and Environmental Control and Social Services will share their innovative programs and strategic approaches to growing and supporting farm to ECE in their states. This webinar is open to all so please share widely. Register here

4. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to School: Farm to School in Native Communities

August 3 // 2-3pm ET
In partnership with numerous tribal communities, 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. On 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. This webinar is open to all so please share widely. Register here

Action Item 
1. Experiences of People of Color pursuing careers in STEM and agriculture
People of Color ages 18 and over pursuing STEM and agricultural careers or those employed in those fields are invited to participate in a research study through a short survey. The purpose of the study is to understand the experiences and perceptions of minorities in these fields. 

1. African Americans have lost untold acres of farmland over the last century
"Many factors contributed to the loss of black-owned land during the 20th century, including systemic discrimination in lending by the US Department of Agriculture, the industrialization that lured workers into factories, and the Great Migration. But the lesser-known issue of heirs’ property also played a role, allowing untold thousands of acres to be forcibly bought out from under black rural families—often second-, third-, or fourth-generation landowners whose ancestors were enslaved—by real-estate developers and speculators." Read more

2. New CACFP Recipes Using Summer Produce  

Check out these chef-developed and kid approved recipes. Make them at your family child care home or center; there are yields for 6, 25, and 50 servings. Crediting information is provided to help you incorporate the recipes into the updated Child and Adult Care Food Program meal patterns.

3. Cultivating Equitable Food-Oriented Development: Lessons from West Oakland
The second of a three-part series by PolicyLink and Mandela MarketPlace, this case study highlights the ongoing work of Mandela MarketPlace and its partners to build a local food system that prioritizes community ownership in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more

4. Six Reasons Local Food Systems Will Replace Our Industrial Model
"The local food movement is so decentralized and dispersed that it is impossible to accurately estimate the size or importance of the movement. The USDA estimated the value of local food sales by farmers at $9 billion in 2015. This figure does not reflect the “retail value” of food sold by farmers to local restaurants or retailers. Virtually everywhere I go, I discover new local foods initiatives." Read more

1. Secretary Perdue Praises Farm to School at SNA Conference
USDA Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue gave a speech at last week's School Nutrition Association annual national conference in Atlanta. In his remarks, Perdue praised farm to school efforts saying, "I want to encourage each of you, if you’re not doing that already, to work with your state departments of agriculture on growing your farm to school partnerships. Locally grown food and hands-on gardening experiences in schools can only be good for our children." Watch a video of Perdue's address here (farm to school remarks start at 16:00).

2. Organics, Specialty Crops, And Local Food On Display In Senate Hearing 
Last week, the Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing to discuss opportunities and challenges facing the organic, specialty crop, and local and regional food markets as Congress prepares to reauthorize the farm bill. Among the witnesses testifying was Haile Johnston, Co-Founder and Director of The Common Market, and NFSN Advisory Board member. “USDA investment has yielded staggering results… it’s safe to say that The Common Market would not be where we are today had it not been for those investments,” said Haile in his testimony to the Committee. “It is critically important that the next farm bill continue support for these and other local food programs to build on our efforts and support new local and regional food systems across the country.” Read more

Job Opportunities 
1. Early and School Food Academic Specialist, Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems
The Michigan State University (MSU) Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) is seeking an annual full-time Academic Specialist to lead efforts promoting good food access and awareness in early child care and education environments (ECE) and K-12 schools. Learn more here by searching for job posting #446354 under faculty/academic staff. 

2. Policy Intern, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
NSAC is seeking to hire a paid, full-time Policy Intern to be based in their Capitol Hill office. This position is term, mid-August through early-January. Learn more

3. Executive Director, Tilth Alliance

Tilth Alliance seeks a strategic and inspiring executive director who is committed to cultivating a sustainable and equitable food system in Washington State. Learn more and apply

4. Food Hub Coordinator, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
New Entry is seeking to hire a Food Hub Coordinator. This position will oversee operation of the multi-farmer World PEAS Food Hub distributing fresh, locally-grown produce throughout the Merrimack Valley and Boston area. Learn more and apply

5. School Garden Coordinator and Science Teacher, The Nueva School
The Nueva School seeks a dynamic garden and science educator to become part of their faculty. Learn more and apply

Farm to School in the News
Educators Gather to Advance Farm to School Practices
From June 27-29, 72 educators from New England and New York gathered for a kick-off to the year-long Northeast Farm to School Institute, which advances food, farm and nutrition education and expands the amount of local products served in school cafeterias. “We were very excited this year to have school teams from the six New England states plus New York — the largest FTS Institute that we have hosted,” said Betsy Rosenbluth, project director of Vermont FEED and NFSN Vermont Core Partner. (Lancaster Farming

NC school garden position is far from a ‘fluff job’
"Garinger Farm is an example of what a school garden program can achieve. But sustaining and expanding these accomplishments can’t be done by volunteers, or by asking already-overburdened teachers to take on a new set of tasks. It requires dedicated resources. By making gardens and nutrition a greater central-office priority, our new superintendent has set the stage for making CMS into a national model for this essential endeavor." (Charlotte Observer)

Indiana school boosts agriculture teaching with master gardeners
"About 100 plants, including a trio of trees, several dozen shrubs and many perennial flowers, were recently planted outside the library at Southwest Elementary School in Greenwood. And now, several master gardeners will be assisting teachers in using the garden to help students learn about the role bugs play in agriculture." (Daily Journal)

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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