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This Week in Farm to School: 8/29/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, August 29, 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. Whole Kids Foundation's School Garden Grant
Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the Garden Grant program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to support a new or existing edible garden at either a K-12 school, 501(c)(3) Non-profit working in partnership with a K-12 school, or 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The application period is open September 1, 2017 thru October 31, 2017. Read more and apply

2. Health Impact Project Funding
The Health Impact Project offers up to $100,000 funding to communities and organizations seeking to promote the consideration of health in policy and decision-making. Eligibility varies based on the specific call for proposals.  Deadline: Sept. 15. 

1. Growing a Healthy Foundation for Learning: What's New in Local School Wellness Policies (Wellness Policy Series, Part 1)
August 31 // 2-3pm ET
In July 2016, the USDA updated requirements for local school wellness policies (LWPs). As a result most school districts will need to realign and strengthen existing LWPs. This session will outline the guidelines, review the latest research, and highlight current policy work at the state and local level. Register here. This is the first in a two-part webinar series on LWPs. 

2. Promoting equity in local food systems through Cooperative Extension

September 6 // 3-4pm ET
How can we apply equity and anti-racism principles to our food system work? In answer to this question, this webinar provides three examples from the Cooperative Extension System of efforts to promote equity and undo racism in local food systems. Register here

3. Native Farmers and Food Businesses: Postharvest Handling Food Safety 
September 7 // 3-5pm ET
The IFAI has developed this series of food safety webinars to help Native American farmers, ranchers and food producers to understand the importance of food safety and what is necessary to reach compliance under the FSMA. Attendees will learn about produce safety, food-borne pathogens, worker health, wildlife, land use, post-harvest handling, and legal issues associated with food safety in Indian Country. Register here

4. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics: Farm to School for Children with Special Needs
Thursday, September 7, 2-3pm ET
Learn about opportunities and best practices for utilizing farm to school initiatives to support learning and development for every child. Hear success stories from leaders of programs across the country who are serving students with special needs. Register here.

5. NFSN WEBINAR Advocacy in Action: 2017 Farm to School Policy Opportunities

Thursday, September 21, 2-3pm ET
Join the National Farm to School Network to learn about current federal legislative activities and state policy efforts that are advancing opportunities for the expansion of farm to school in K-12 and early care education settings nationwide. Presenters will share stories and key learnings from recent policy efforts, and discuss advocacy opportunities for getting involved in current initiatives. Register here

1. Save the Date: 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
April 26-27, 2018 // Cincinnati, OH
Save the date for the 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, coming to Cincinnati, Ohio, April 26-27, 2018! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene more than 1,200 movement leaders working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of healthy food and agricultural literacy across America. Cafeterias in schools, early care and education settings, universities, prisons and hospitals serve more than 40 million Americans every day, placing the farm to cafeteria movement at the forefront of the fight to end obesity and strengthen local food systems and economies. The National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is the only national gathering of stakeholders from across this movement, making it the premiere opportunity to learn, network and collaborate with like minded leaders from across the country. Learn more and sign-up for updates at

2. Ample Harvest: 2nd Annual Food Waste Weekend
September 8-10 
Food Waste Weekend is a first of its kind opportunity for the clergy of all faiths to speak to their congregations about the waste of food in America on the weekend of September 8-10, each from their own faith perspective. Learn more and access all of the resources

3. Louisiana Farm to School Conference 2017
October 24 //  Baton Rouge, LA
The LSU AgCenter is hosting a statewide farm-to-school conference to bring together school administrators, teachers, parents, food service managers, farmers, and food distributors in the interest of Louisiana agriculture, school gardens, and healthy school meals. The conference will center on education, gardening, and procurement, with technical assistance in areas such as curricula incorporation and culinary education, food and garden safety, and local food procurement. Register here

Action Item
1. Tell us who you would like to be the keynote at the 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference!
The National Farm to School Network announced a 'Save the Date' for their 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 26-27, 2018. Participate in this short survey to let NFSN know who you would like to see as the keynote speaker at the conference. 

1. Growing Head Start Success with Farm to Early Care and Education
To make it easier for Head Start stakeholders to implement farm to early care and education, the National Farm to School Network has created Growing Head Start Success with Farm to Early Care and Education. This new, comprehensive resource aims to promote understanding amongst Head Start stakeholders of how farm to ECE supports achievement of Head Start Program Performance Standards and contributes to learning and development benchmarks as outlined in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework. Dig into this new resource here.

2. National Farm to School Network in Action: January-May 2017

As a collective, the National Farm to School Network brings people together, develops programs, drives policy change and educates on the benefits of farm to school and farm to early care and education at the local, state and national levels. A new report showcases connections made, policies advanced and successes from across the country between January-May 2017. This report summarizes input received from 42 Core Partners and 78 Supporting Partners in states, Washington, D.C. and U.S. Territories, most of whom began their work with NFSN in March, as well as 11 national staff. View the report here

Job Opportunities
1. School Food Program Manager / Lead Cook & F2S Coordinators, Mala`ai Kula in Kaua`i, Hawai`i 
Malama Kaua`i is seeking to fill three positions for their native Hawaiian farm-to-school pilot program. The positions will play leadership roles in the island of Kaua`i's first large-scale farm-to-school effort, focusing on traditional and local food system building through procurement and education. Apply here

2. State Food Systems Specialist, University of Florida Extension

University of Florida Extension's Family Nutrition Program (FNP) is seeking to hire a State Food Systems Specialist. The Food Systems Specialist  will promote and expand Farm to School activities at the state and county levels. Apply here

3. Communications Coordinator, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

The Communications Coordinator is a full-time position with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA).  The Coordinator develops and implements CFSA’s Communications and Marketing strategies to increase visibility, advance their mission, and grow the membership base and support. Apply here

4. Operations and Financial Coordinator, Phat Beets Produce

Phat Beets is looking for an Operations and Financial Coordinator to join their Oakland based collective. The Operations and Financial Coordinator will serve as a member of the core staff for Phat Beets, and overseeing operations and managing financial processes for the organization. Apply here

Policy Updates
1. Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee votes to restore Farm to School funding
Agriculture groups and schools are celebrating lawmakers' decision to continue funding for the state's farm to school program. Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposal would have cut $66,400 allocated in previous budgets for the program's state coordinator. Last week, the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee voted to restore that funding in the next state budget. Read more here

2. Unanimous Support Secures the Future of "Farm to School" in Oregon

Unanimous support from the Oregon House, Senate and governor has passed a bill that supports local food in schools. House Bill 2038 allocates $4.5 million for schools to continue to buy Oregon-grown and processed foods and to support agriculture- and garden-based education. Read more here.

Farm to School in the News
School yard garden for Ohio students blossoms 
Curriculum Director Scott Bloom designed a curriculum around the school yard garden, which the Master Gardeners of Miami County will be instructing to the fifth graders. The students will be utilizing the garden in the fall and the spring, planting a variety of types of flowers and vegetables with the latter eventually making it into the schools’ cafeterias.(Piqua Daily Call)

Healthy Kids in Henderson County, North Carolina

In Henderson County, WIC has a new program to connect families with fresh produce. They’re kicking off a Tour de Daycare project this fall. Named after the famous bicycle race Tour de France, Tour de Daycare brings nutrition education to multiple daycare centers in the county and helps them start school gardens. (ASAP

Austin Elevates School Lunch
In AISD cafeterias, students eat meals made from scratch, often featuring vegetables procured from the six participating schools’ Garden to Cafe programs or local farm Johnson’s Backyard Garden. Through this they’re introduced to new flavors and ingredients in dishes such as cilantro lime drumsticks and vegan lentil chili Frito pie. (Austin Monthly

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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