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This Week in Farm to School: 7/25/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, July 25, 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. Target Field Trip Grants
The Target Field Trip Grants program provides funds for K-12 field trips in order to give students throughout the country the opportunity to explore more of the world outside the classroom. Online applications will be accepted between August 1 and October 1, 2017. Learn more and apply

2. Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools

The Chef Ann Foundation presents Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools. This grant is designed to help increase kids’ access to fresh fruits and vegetables and create experiential nutrition education when and where students make their food choices: in the cafeteria. The $2,500 one-year grants support food costs to incorporate school-wide fruit and vegetable tastings into the school's nutrition program. Grants will be determined on an ongoing basis depending on available funding. Learn more and apply

1. Climate Changes Health: How Climate is Changing Your Dinner Plans

July 27 // 1-2pm ET
Brought to you by the American Public Health Association and Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, this webinar will feature public health experts covering topics including food systems, food production, energy in food distribution, and how all affect our health. Learn more and register
2. 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

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

August 3 // 2-3pm ET
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. 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. Survey: The Future of Midwest Agriculture
The University of Minnesota and Future iQ are collaborating to explore the future of Midwest agriculture. This survey is open to all stakeholders and people who have an interest in the future of Midwest Agriculture, which covers the major agricultural areas of the central parts of USA and Canada.

1. NESAWG: It Take a Region Conference 

November 9-11 // Baltimore, MD
Calling all youth food justice advocates! You are invited to help plan and participate in NESAWG's 2017 It Takes a Region Conference. The Youth Track at our conference features sessions for youth led by youth showcasing all the amazing ways young people contribute to a just and sustainable food system! Want to lead a session at the conference? Submit your ideas through our Call for Proposals by August 15th at 5pm. 

2. 7th Annual Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference
November 10-12 // Atlanta, Georgia 
Since 2010 BUGS has been creating a space for black urban and rural farmers, food justice activists, chefs, educators, policy makers and everyday citizens to come together and share innovative ideas, projects, and best practices for reclaiming and reshaping our food system. The 2017 conference theme is “Rooted and Rising:  Black Southern Land Legacies of Resistance & Resilience". Workshop proposals must be submitted by August 1. Read more

1. FRAC and AFT’s New Breakfast Blueprint

FRAC and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) have partnered to develop Breakfast Blueprint: Breakfast After the Bell Programs Support Learning, a comprehensive guide for planning, implementing, and evaluating breakfast after the bell programs. It also includes a section on incorporating farm to school in breakfast after the bell programs, created in partnership with the National Farm to School Network. 

2. New Fact Sheet: Gardens in Tribal Communities
FNS' Office of Community Food Systems has a new fact sheet, "Gardens in Tribal Communities". This resource focuses on Tribal Nations leveraging their school gardens as a tool to preserve tribal language and culture, and as a source of food for child nutrition programs. 

Job Opportunities 
1. Farm to School Specialist, Tennessee Department of Education

The Tennessee Department of Education’s Office of School Nutrition is seeking to hire a Farm to School Specialist. This person will grow partnerships with Tennessee farmers, help school districts to start or expand their school garden efforts, and educate school staff on proper local food procurement methods. Learn more and apply

2. Agricultural Program Coordinator, Kentucky Department of Agriculture
The KY Department of Agriculture seeks to hire a Agricultural Program Coordinator.  This position will coordinate the statewide expansion & growth of the Senior Farmer Market Program, Farm to School Program, & the Junior Chef Program. Learn more and apply

3. Sprouting Farms Education and Outreach Coordinator, Marshall University 
The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI), West Virginia’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center is accepting resumes for an Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Sprouting Farms project. The successful candidate will join a highly motivated, statewide team to oversee the Apprenticeship, Incubator, and Mentor Farms programs of Sprouting Farms. Read more and apply

Farm to School in the News
Feeding the Virgin Islands

Nate Olive explains that the Virgin Islands is a small market, and the school program “means everything” to farmers like him. The program came along at an especially opportune time—in 2012 just as a local oil refinery closed and the subsequent job loss cut his CSA membership by half. He says the school lunch initiative provides a consistent market for local farmers. (Hakai Magazine

Mississippi Teacher is an Advocate for Ag Education
Willis says his agriculture-based teaching method allows students to accomplish more during the first month of school than they previously could have accomplished by Christmas. For example, they learn about weight, measurement and data collection by weighing their eggs and strawberries. “They have to grade their eggs and write on them,” Willis says. “In addition to all the math in each dozen eggs, parents enjoy getting fresh eggs from their child’s school hens.” In the spring, when students are ready for more of a challenge, Willis teaches them to mill wheat and make yeast bread. There are class contests for the earliest and biggest strawberries picked, and the kids get to take the berries they grow home. (Farm Flavor)

The Woman Who Reinvented Healthy School Meals in Detroit Is Ready to Do the Same for Houston
" 'They don’t teach home economics anymore, so young men and women don’t know how to prepare a meal, don’t know how to cook a vegetable, don’t even know how to boil a pot of beans. So we try to provide those services, to expose kids,” says Wiggins. “I’m trying to change the attitude, trying to teach kids they can have good, local food, they can grow food, they can change their food habits.' " (Houstonia Magazine

Wyoming is Growing Young Minds with Green Gardens
Kristin Vogel, Chair member of Wind River Farm to Plate shared, “We had a gardener come in and teach us about propagating strawberries. All the kids are going to be taking home a strawberry plant and they will know how to care for them if they choose to have a garden of their own.” This garden is the first of more to come in the Fremont County School District. (KCWY 13

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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