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National Farm to School Network


This Week in Farm to School: 9/4/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, September 04, 2018
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 - US Gardens Grant Program
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. Applications close on Oct. 15. Learn more and apply here

2. Whole Kids Foundation - Bee Grant Program
The Bee Grant program allows for a K-12 school or non-profit organization to receive support for an educational bee hive. Four grant options are available, and all include remote consultation and assistance with Beekeeper partnership from The Bee Cause Project. Applications are doc Oct. 31. Learn more and apply here

3. Captain Planet Project Learning Garden
Schools can apply now to win a Captain Planet Foundation Project Learning Garden through partnerships with grocery retailers around the country. Grand Prize Winners will receive a one year supply of DOLE Fruit Bowls and a Project Learning Garden provided by Captain Planet Foundation, including: 5 garden beds or garden expansion (for schools with an existing garden),  mobile garden cooking cart, standards-based Learning Garden lessons and lesson supply kits, and online teacher training. Learn more and apply here.

Webinars & Events
1. NFSN Trending Topics Webinar: Results from the 2018 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey
October 11, 2pm - 3pm  ET
The National Farm to School Network (NFSN), in partnership with Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, launched for the 2018 National Survey of Early Care and Education Providers in the spring of 2018. Over 2,000 ECE providers from across the country responded and shared information about current farm to ECE initiatives, motivations for participation, challenges to starting or expanding farm to ECE, and more. Join the National Farm to School Network and Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems to hear about the survey finding and learn how you can use the results to promote farm to ECE in your state and community. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.

2. #CommunityFood: Innovations in Leadership - Part 3: Collective Impact through Network and Systems Leadership
September 18, 12pm - 1:15pm PT
The third and final webinar in this series from the Food Systems Leadership Network will feature promising practices and success stories of alliances, networks, and collaboratives. These organizations embrace and operationalize the fact that together they can achieve much more than they can possibly do alone. Farm to Institution New England and the Center for Regional Food Systems will both share insights, best practices, and lessons learned from their extensive experience weaving food systems networks in the US. Register here.

3. Advancing Equity: Maximizing Learning in Diverse Classrooms
September 18, 4pm - 5pm ET
Join Tyrone Howard and Maurice Sykes for an hour of practical, classroom-focused strategies for teacher and child agency in the service of social and racial justice. If you are passionate about advancing equity, diversity, and eliminating barriers to high achievement. Register here.

4. NICK Kitchen Summit
Oct. 10 // Falcon Heights, MN
The first annual NICK Kitchen Summit is geared towards the nation's premier shared-use, incubator, and co-cooking kitchens owners and operators. This day-long Summit will bring together shared kitchen professionals to exchange learnings, forge new relationships, and play a part in the future of our industry. Learn more and register here

Research & Resources
1. Video Series - Michigan Farm to School: Kids in the Kitchen
Check out this new video series from MSU Center for Regional Food Systems - Michigan Farm to School: Kids in the Kitchen. Featuring Chef Sean Gartland of Flint Farmers' Market and Flint Kids Cook children, this series of three videos shows how easy it can be to incorporate local foods into ECE and K-12 menus! Each video shows how easy it is to integrate local, healthy, and affordable foods into early care and education and K-12 menus, and how children of different ages can help out in different ways in the kitchen. Recipes include a main dish with a protein and food safety and knife skill strategies with children, a side dish with natural flavoring, and an easy-to-prepare snack offering an alternative to ranch dressing kids will love. Watch here

2. National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) Measures Registry Survey
The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) is seeking feedback from researchers, practitioners, and students engaged in assessment and research of factors related to childhood obesity (e.g., diet, physical exercise, environmental influences). NCCOR has contracted with Evaluation Design to conduct and external evaluation of NCCOR resources. Please contribute by taking a few minutes (5-10) to complete this survey. Your feedback is greatly needed to inform improvements and additions to NCCOR’s existing resources. Take the survey here.

3. USDA’s Farm to Child Nutrition Program Planning Guide
Back to school is the perfect time to tend to your farm to school program. Are you starting fresh with farm to school or cultivating new goals this school year? Either way, USDA’s Planning Guide can help you identify team members, map strategies, and set targets for the year ahead. Read more here.

Job Opportunities
1. Development Director, National Farm to School Network (Remote)
National Farm to School Network seeks a Development Director to lead the organization in strategic growth and diversification of its funding base. Reporting directly to the Senior Director of Finance and Operations, the Development Director manages all development tasks; he or she will 1) expand public contributions, explore social investment donors and implement earned income strategies, 2) develop, leverage and support fundraising partnerships, and 3) create, track and evaluate a development plan. The Development Director will work closely with the NFSN Advisory Board, staff and Core Partners to develop outreach campaigns and to achieve NFSN’s financial goals. Read full position description here. Deadline to apply is September 7, 2018. 

2. Education Coordinator, Coastal Roots Farm (Encinitas, CA)
The Education Coordinator will support the planning and implementation of Jewish and Farm educational programming and events for Coastal Roots Farm. The Education Coordinator works closely with the Education Manager to design content and curricula, deliver a wide array of educational programming and community events, and support the administrative functions of the Education Department. Learn more and apply here.

Farm to School in the News
New Jersey preschools and area farm produce a nutritious partnership
The FoodTrust’s “Ready Set Grow” farm to early care program is partnering with preschools across Salem County to support young children getting a healthy start in life, while also supporting local farmers and the local economy. The program allows students to grow their own school gardens while learning about healthy choices. And two area preschools this month brought the message home by setting up farm stands in the classrooms. (

As school starts, Wisconsin’s REAP program heads back to class
REAP Food Group, a nonprofit organization based in Madison, has a mission to grow the local food system in southern Wisconsin. The organization’s Farm to School program, in its 11th year, brings fresh and local food to children; establishes reliable markets for local farms using sustainable agricultural practices; and provides hands-on education in Madison classrooms. (Madison Magazine)

Nebraska school takes recycling to the next level
A new lunchtime program at one Omaha elementary school is giving kids a real life lesson in environmental impact, and showing how smaller steps can really add up. A small change is making a big impact for students at Fontenelle Elementary School. A new composting program that was introduced just weeks ago is showing big promise. The idea is simple: after students have their lunch, they separate milk cartons and plastics into the trash. Then, leftover food and paper are thrown into green bins. Paper trays are stacked next to the bins. These items are all compostable. (WOWT)

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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