This Week in farm to school: 9/7/16
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
Some of the best learning opportunities happen outside the classroom. Target’s Field Trip Grants help make it possible for schools to give their students these unique learning opportunities. As part of the program, Target stores award Field Trip Grants to K-12 schools nationwide. Each grant is valued up to $700. Consider applying for a grant to take students to a farm, farmers market, or other food production site. Applications are due Oct. 1. Learn more here.
Webinars & Events
1. Coming Soon: National Farm to School Month
October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections happening all over the country between children and local food. From taste tests in the cafeteria and nutrition education activities in the classroom, to farm visits and school garden harvest parties, schools, early care and education sites, farms, communities and organizations in all 50 states and D.C. join in the celebrations. Start planning your Farm to School Month celebrations with resources available from the National Farm to School Network. If your organization would like to help celebrate National Farm to School Month on its communications channels (social media, newsletter, blog), sign up to be an Outreach Partner here.
2. Webinar: Bringing Local to our Littlest Eaters: Local Procurement in Early Care and Education
October 12, 3:30-5pm ET
Serving local foods in meals, snacks, and taste tests is a core element of farm to early care and education and contributes to numerous benefits for kids, farmers, and communities. However, understanding where and how to purchase local foods as well as how to incorporate them into early care and education meal programs can be a challenge. In this informational webinar, speakers from the National Farm to School Network, US Department of Agriculture, Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, and the Baxter Child Development Center will share tips for getting started, strategies for success, and innovative models that are advancing and scaling local purchasing practices in early care and education settings across the country. This webinar is open to all, so please share with your networks. Register here.
3. Webinar: Finding SNAP-Ed Materials the Easy Way
September 15, 1pm ET
Join USDA FNS to learn how to navigate the SNAP-Ed Library, how to drill down in your search to find relevant materials, and how to submit relevant SNAP-Ed materials to the library. Register here.
4. Webinar: Smart Ideas to Implement Smart Snacks in Schools
September 28, 2pm ET
Now is the time to look at the school food environment. Join Action for Healthy Kids and AASA, The Superintendents Association, in this timely and informative webinar to learn about the Final Rule about Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School (Smart Snacks) and putting these new requirements in action. Register here.
October 14 // Lewiston, Maine
Join the 5th Annual Maine Farm to School Conference on October 14, 2016 at the beautiful Bates College campus in Lewiston. This conference will provide networking opportunities; hands-on workshops to support the three farm to school pillars of Local Food Procurement, School Gardens, and Agriculture Education; a tour of nearby Whiting Farm; learning opportunities from local, state, and national Farm to School partners; conversations about policies to support farm to school implementation, and more! Learn more and register here.
November 2-6 // Concord, Mass.
The 6th Farm-Based Education National Gathering will convene people from a variety of sites to share skills, build relationships, and celebrate the vibrant field of farm-based education! The Gathering will take place November 4-6 in Concord, Massachusetts just outside Boston. Field trips, a wood-fired pizza dinner, rich discussion, hands-on workshops and lots of fun will inspire ideas and enrich existing farm-based programs. Learn more and register here.
7. Call for Abstracts: AFHVS/ASFS Annual Meeting and Conference
June 14-17, 2017 // Occidental College
Occidental College is pleased to host the Joint 2017 Annual Meetings and Conference of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS) and the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS). The conference theme, “Migrating Food Cultures: Engaging Pacific Perspectives on Food and Agriculture,” invites us to reflect on and engage with the entirety of the Pacific region. AFHVS and ASFS support scholarship and public presentation on a wide variety of topics at their conferences. For this year's conference, them encourage but do not require that papers, panel sessions, roundtables, and workshops speak to the theme. The submission system opens December 15, 2016. Learn more here.
Research & Resources
1. Webinar Recording: 2015 Farm to School Census
USDA's Farm to School Program and the National Farm to School Network hosted a webinar providing an in-depth review of the 2015 Farm to School Census. Presenters summarized the Farm to School Census website and highlighted the raw data files and data explorer tool. Presenters also described ways in which Census data can be used at the local, state, and national levels in support of farm to school. Watch the webinar recording here.
Farm to school in the news
Brockport school lunches going local - shout out to Jim Liebow, NFSN New York State Lead!
Jim Liebow, Food Service Director, is brining more local food to students of Brockport Central School District. By "going-local,” they’re reducing the carbon footprint, getting kids to eat healthier, and supporting local businesses. “Fresh is best,” says Liebow. (via WHEC)
Grant creates pilot farm to school program in Colorado
In school districts throughout Colorado, demand for fresh local produce far outpaces supply. To help more farmers get involved, a group of Colorado organizations have launched a pilot program on the Western Slope, awarding a $90,000 grant to eight farmers, two school districts, and a community nonprofit with a strong track record for creating successful local food programs. (via Denver Post)
Lake Placid Elementary students greeted by a chicken coop
Five familiar (chicken) faces welcomes Lake Placid Elementary School students back to school this fall. Third-grade students hatched the chickens last spring, and they now have a permanent coop behind the school. "We'll talk about life cycles, connecting it again with the farm to school nutrition - you can just go on and on. Compassion, kindness, service - not every kid has a pet at home, so this kind of gives them a little feel for taking care of something else." (via Lake Placid News)
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.