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This Week in Farm to School: 1/16/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, January 16, 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. America's Promise Healthy Schools Fund
The America's Promise Healthy Schools Fund will support communities working to create healthier school environments for all children. Recognizing that school-centered health intersects with many areas outside of education - housing, employment, transportation, and food access - as well as many audiences, efforts should serve as a hub for cross-sector collaboration, youth and community engagement, and broader policy and systemic change. America’s Promise will award three to five, two-year grants of up to $30,000. Applications are due January 22. Learn more here

2. Center for Disease Control (CDC) Grant
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced the availability of fiscal year 2018 funds to implement initiatives to improve student health and academic achievement through nutrition, physical activity, and the management of chronic conditions in schools. This grant is available to state education agencies (SEAs). Deadline: March 5, 2018.

3. 2018 Project Orange Thumb Grant Application

The Fiskars Project Orange Thumb Grant Program will grant 30 recipients $3,500 in gift cards and tools to help support their goals of neighborhood beautification and horticulture education. The garden initiative must be for a not-for-profit or 501(c)(3) organization within North America that has not received a Project Orange Thumb grant in the past. The Project Orange Thumb team looks for organizations committed to the long-term success of gardens that will promote healthy and sustainable food sources, community collaboration and neighborhood beautification. Learn more here


Webinars & Events

1. NFSN WEBINAR Leveraging State Farm to School Networks to Affect Legislation
January 18 // 2-3pm ET
Join the National Farm to School Network to learn how state farm to school networks and stakeholders can have an impact on local and state legislation that supports farm to school efforts. Guest speakers will include Natalie McKinney, Executive Director of the Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation and NFSN Hawai’i Core Partner, discussing lessons learned from organizing, advocating and keeping the pressure on to successfully pass state farm to school policy. Attendees will learn about the importance of advocacy and education with policy decision makers, and take away tips and tools for jumpstarting advocacy efforts in their own communities. This webinar is open to the public, and anyone interested in learning about farm to school policy is encouraged to attend. Register here

2. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics Webinar: Farm to School and Food Waste 
February 1 // 2-3 PM ET
Farm to school initiatives across the country are changing the way students and community members view and consume fresh, local foods and interact with their local food community. In many places, that change includes reducing food waste. From food banks to composting to sharing tables, join the National Farm to School Network's February Trending topics webinar to learn about best practices, initiatives, and resources to reduce food waste through farm to school. Register here

3. Life Lab's 2018 School Garden Workshops
Santa Cruz, CA
In Life Lab's Garden Classroom on the UC Santa Cruz campus, professional trainers bring inspiration and information to educators interested in bringing learning to life in the garden. Workshops are available on a variety of garden / outdoor learning topics and will be hosted throughout 2018. For more details and registration information, visit: www.lifelab.org/gcworkshops


Resources & Research
1. Supporting Local Food Councils
Supporting Local Food Councils” is a free resource that is open to all. There are 15 modules in the course, which take about 1-2 hours per module to complete. There is no deadline for completion and the videos/course materials can be accessed at any time – including during your food council meetings. This resource was designed with extension professionals and other community development specialists in mind as these individuals are often asked to engage in local food 
systems work. 

2. Question Keeper Database

The Question Keeper Database, from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Local Foods, is a database of survey questions that allows you to build your own evaluation questionnaire. The overall purpose is to enable everyone working in the area of food systems do their own evaluation. The Question Keeper recently expanded farm to school/early care and education content and is easily searchable by content areas and target audience. Find out more and register for a free account here. If you would like to suggest survey/question content to add to the database, please email Lacy Stephens (lacy@farmtoschool.org). 

3. Food Justice Requires Land Justice
"The food justice movement is one of the most promising political developments of the last generation. It has broadened and deepened environmentalism by knitting together concerns about economic inequality, labor rights, environmental health, and sustainable agriculture. But what often goes unmentioned in discussions of food justice is that it all begins with the land—who owns it, how they own it, and how it gets passed down from one generation to the next. This is something Savi Horne never forgets: food justice requires land justice." Read more here.


Take Action

1. Scholarships Open for 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
The National Farm to School Network is now accepting applications for scholarships to the 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, which will take place in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 25-27, 2018. This event is the top national training and networking event for farm to cafeteria professionals working to improve community health, build economic opportunities for farmers and producers, and ensure long-term sustainability for local food efforts nationwide. To ensure the conference reflects the full diversity of the movement, scholarships are prioritized for farmers and farm support organizations, farm to college / hospital practitioners, early care and education providers, food service professionals, persons of color, and youth (through age 22). Learn more and submit your application at farmtocafeteriaconference.org. The deadline to apply is Feb. 12 at 8pm ET.

2. Start Planning for National School Breakfast Week (March 5–9)
Have you started planning for National School Breakfast Week (NSBW)? Students, parents, food service staff, educators, public officials, and advocates from across the country will be celebrating school breakfast during NSBW — March 5–9, 2018.


Job Opportunities 

1. Director of Communications & Member Relations, Federation of Southern Cooperative/ Land Assistance Fund
The Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund is seeking an accomplished Director of Communications & Member Relations who has 5-10 years of communications experience. Learn more here

2. Director of Finance and Administration, Tilth Alliance
Tilth Alliance seeks a Director of Finance and Administration to act as a key member of the senior leadership team, overseeing the organization’s financial planning and management functions. Learn more here

3. Multiple Positions, New Haven Ecology Project/Common Ground 

Common Ground seeks a Farm Based Education Coordinator  and an Interim Farm Manager for their New Haven, CT based program. 


Farm to School in the News
Washington Breakfast After the Bell and Farm to School
Washington HB 1508 passed the House on January 10, 2018. The bill acknowledges that school food programs are associated with improvements for students’ absenteeism, test results and graduation rates. Furthermore, it requires “high-needs” schools to offer breakfast after the bell to each student. Finally, the bill also increases support for farm to school programs. (School Nutrition)

Wisconsin Farm to School steps away from PTO

It’s been a busy year for Cambridge’s Farm to School Program. It has maintained a Chef in the Classroom series, arranged for the planting of berries, greens and other produce at school farms, gardens and greenhouses, hosted pizza-making nights and taught elementary schoolers to recycle and to compost their lunch leftovers. Now, the Farm to School program is making possibly its biggest move yet. Recently, it stepped out from under the umbrella of the Cambridge PTO, where it had been a committee, and became its own organization. (HNG News)

Mancos Ranch helps supply Colorado farm to school program

A year and a half into its existence, Durango School District 9-R’s food distribution center is thriving and has allowed the district to expand its offerings. The distribution center aggregates fruits, vegetables and meat from local farms for 9-R and other nearby school districts. (The 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.

This Week in Farm to School: 1/9/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, January 09, 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. America's Promise Healthy Schools Fund
The America's Promise Healthy Schools Fund will support communities working to create healthier school environments for all children. Recognizing that school-centered health intersects with many areas outside of education - housing, employment, transportation, and food access - as well as many audiences, efforts should serve as a hub for cross-sector collaboration, youth and community engagement, and broader policy and systemic change. America’s Promise will award three to five, two-year grants of up to $30,000. Applications are due January 22. Learn more here


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Leveraging State Farm to School Networks to Affect Legislation
January 18 // 2-3pm ET
Join the National Farm to School Network to learn how state farm to school networks and stakeholders can have an impact on local and state legislation that supports farm to school efforts. Guest speakers will include Natalie McKinney, Executive Director of the Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation and NFSN Hawai’i Core Partner, discussing lessons learned from organizing, advocating and keeping the pressure on to successfully pass state farm to school policy. Attendees will learn about the importance of advocacy and education with policy decision makers, and take away tips and tools for jumpstarting advocacy efforts in their own communities. This webinar is open to the public, and anyone interested in learning about farm to school policy is encouraged to attend. Register here

2. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics Webinar: Farm to School and Food Waste 
February 1 // 2-3 PM ET
Farm to school initiatives across the country are changing the way students and community members view and consume fresh, local foods and interact with their local food community. In many places, that change includes reducing food waste. From food banks to composting to sharing tables, join the National Farm to School Network's February Trending topics webinar to learn about best practices, initiatives, and resources to reduce food waste through farm to school. Register here

3. Call for Workshop Proposals for MT Farm to School Summit 2018
Organizers are seeking presenters for the Montana Farm to School Summit: Cultivating Connections, to be held Sept. 13-14, 2018 at University of Montana in Missoula. Proposals are open for workshop (50 minute) and Montana Food Talks (5 minute) sessions. The deadline to submit a proposal is March 31, 2018. Learn more here


Take Action
1. Scholarships Open for 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
The National Farm to School Network is now accepting applications for scholarships to the 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, which will take place in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 25-27, 2018. This event is the top national training and networking event for farm to cafeteria professionals working to improve community health, build economic opportunities for farmers and producers, and ensure long-term sustainability for local food efforts nationwide. To ensure the conference reflects the full diversity of the movement, scholarships are prioritized for farmers and farm support organizations, farm to college / hospital practitioners, early care and education providers, food service professionals, persons of color, and youth (through age 22). Learn more and submit your application at farmtocafeteriaconference.org. The deadline to apply is Feb. 12 at 8pm ET.

2. USDA Farm to School Census coming in 2019
The USDA Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) plans to initiate data collection for the 2019 Farm to School Census in early 2019 for school year 2017 – 2018. We are halfway through the school year, so now is the time to think about how you track your farm to school activities. Need some assistance tracking your activities? Check out USDA’s Farm to School Activity Tracking Sheets or connect with your USDA Farm to School Regional Lead for guidance.


Job Opportunities 
1. FoodCorps Service Members
FoodCorps service member applications are open for the 2018-2019 school year. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2018 at 6pm PST. Learn more here

2. Little City Sprouts Coordinator, Hartford Food System
Hartford Food System is seeking a part-time Coordinator to direct and implement our Little City Sprouts (LCS) program. LCS provides children aged 2-5 years in Hartford, CT early learning centers with the opportunity to learn about, grow, cook and taste fresh healthy food through food-related field trips, gardening, nutrition, and cooking lessons designed for them. Learn more here

3. Food Tank Research and Writing Fellowship
Food Tank is hiring two highly skilled, creative, and hardworking Research and Writing Fellows with experience in and a commitment to food justice, food policy, nutrition, and sustainable agriculture. Learn more here

4. Communications Director, Food Solutions New England
Food Solutions New England seeks a Communication Director. The position is based at the Sustainability Institute at UNH. To learn more, visit the UNH Job Page. All applicants MUST apply through the UNH job page. The position is number PS0704FY18, Communication Director, Food Solutions New England. The deadline to apply is January 21, 2018. 


Farm to School in the News

New York Governor Announces $1 Million Awarded to 12 Farm to School Programs
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $1 million has been awarded to 12 farm to school projects across New York State. The projects will benefit 219,471 students in seven regions across the state. The program also supports the expansion of the NY Thursdays Program, a school meal initiative that uses local, farm-fresh foods on Thursdays throughout the school year. (New York State Governor’s Office)

Indiana FFA chapter teaches ag from piggy to plate
Farm to school activities are paying off for Paoli Jr. Sr. High School’s FFA chapter. They are now able to buy all of their own inputs by selling the products they produce. And in addition to selling to the school, the chapter has also been selling pork and lettuce to retailers and restaurants in the community. (Ag Daily)

Where's the beef (from)? Hawai’i school lunches go local
Hawaii's effort to grow its own food is taking a step forward as public school students are being served locally-grown beef for the first time in decades."The DOE is committing to a whole year of these purchase, very similar," said Jayson Watts of the Lieutenant Governor's office. "They're going to try a whole lot of different things," including bananas and mangoes. Locally-grown bananas are next for the farm to school tryout next month. (HawaiiNewsNow)

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.

2017 Farm to School Story Roundup!

NFSN Staff Thursday, December 21, 2017

By: Molly Schintler, Communications Intern

In 2017, farm to school and farm to early care and education activities took root in all 50 States, D.C., the U.S. Territories, and Native Communities. Some highlights from the year include: STEM lessons in school gardens, students cooking in kitchen classrooms, locally-sourced meals on school lunch trays, community partnerships such as those with master gardens and local non-profits, farm field trips, events during October’s National Farm to School Month, state-level policies supporting farm to school funding, and so much more. Check out this list of farm to school stories representing our entire network to see what farm to school looked liked in 2017! 

  • Alabama: In July, Governor Kay Ivey signed a new Farm to School Amendment into law. This bill allows local farmers to sell produce directly to schools, allowing more locally grown produce in school cafeterias. (Yellow Hammer News)
  • Alaska: Fish to School showcases how strategic partnerships benefit the entire community. (Cordova Times)
  • Arizona: Evans Elementary in Tempe, AZ uses horticulture therapy a tool to help students better manage emotional and behavioral issues. (Wrangler News)
  • Arkansas: Students in the Westside High School Agriculture program raise pigs and goats at school to be sold in their community. (KAIT8)
  • California: This fall, the Farm-To-Student Collaborative Program in Marin County, CA supported local sourcing and procurement partnership that make it possible for schools to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables directly from local farmers and their very own school gardens. (Patch)
  • Colorado: Farm to Early Childhood and Education in Colorado means that preschoolers are learning hands on farming as tool for preventing childhood obesity. (PBS News Hour)
  • Connecticut: 20 Foodcorps Servicemembers in 15 school districts worked to support healthy school environments in Conneticut. (CT Post)
  • Delaware: “Schoolyard habitat programs like our sensory garden are part of our school’s efforts to go green,” said fourth grade teacher Leona Williams, who worked with Delaware Nature Society naturalists to help design the garden. (Delaware.gov)
  • District of Columbia: Students at the DC Bilingual School benefited from an 8,000-square-foot garden that supports science education, community engagement and outdoor exploration of all kinds. (Huffington Post)
  • Florida: Let the numbers speak. In spring 2017, Broward County Public Schools served over 40,000 pounds of Florida-grown strawberries to Florida students over a two-week period. (South Florida Times
  • Georgia: Students in Tifton, GA celebrated the 14th annual Children’s Farm Day! Middle and high school students come up with the fundraisers for the event, put the exhibits together, staff the stations and teach third graders about the importance of agriculture. (Tifton Gazette)
  • Guam: From buying local food to planting school gardens to teaching kids where their food comes from, Guam is ‘bringing the farm to school.’ (USDA.gov)
  • Hawaii: Mālama Kauaí designed and implemented a farm-to-school pilot program that prioritize farm-to-school sourcing, reflects local traditions, and includes culturally relevant foods. (Civil Eats)
  • Idaho: There was a lot of buzz in Hailey, ID as Syringa Mountain School incorporated beekeeping into their school garden program. (KMVT)
  • Illinois: Illinois State Senator Pat McGuire visited Tibbott Elementary School in Bolingbrook to observe the school lunch program including the school’s garden and hydroponic veggie tower. (The Herald News)
  • Indiana: Johnson County master gardeners helped plant a new garden at a Greenwood elementary school with the goal of helping students learn about plants and the environment. (Daily Journal)
  • Iowa: This Iowa summer school program gave their students a special treat. They got to taste salsa, pesto, and lemonade made with ingredients they grew all summer, along with using honey from their beehive. (Voice of Muscatine)
  • Kansas: KC Healthy Kids’ Ultimate Eat Local Recipe Challenge gave young cooks a chance to shine. (kchealthykids)
  • Kentucky: Sales of lunches increased 38 percent at Sts Peter and Paul Regional Catholic School after launching a new, farm to table menu. (LexGo)
  • Louisiana: LSU AgCenter hosted a state wide conference dedicated to farm to school initiatives. (The Franklin Sun)
  • Maine: Ten Brunswick High School Students spend three mornings a week getting paid $9/hour to tend their school garden. “They’re learning a work ethic: Show up on time. Commit to the job. Give it your best effort. Take initiative.” (The Forecaster)
  • Maryland: The Carroll County Public School’s garden operates with these goals: teach students about where food comes from, promote healthy eating, and provide food for students and families that are in need. (Carrol County Times)
  • Massachusetts: Since flipping the switch on their new composter in October, Barnstable High School has processed anywhere from 100 to 200 pounds of food waste daily from the 1,100 8th, 9th,and 10th-graders participating in the program. (Cape Cod Times)
  • Michigan: Michigan legislators expanded the 10 Cents a Meal for School Kids & Farms program for the upcoming school year (GroundWorkCenter.org)
  • Minnesota: In Duluth, new language in the district’s policies and a position dedicated to coordinating the school gardens helped expand farm to school. (Duluth News Tribune)
  • Mississippi: Partnerships are powerful. The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce partnered with the Mississippi Department of Education to bring Mississippi Farm to School Week to the state. (MDAC)
  • Missouri: One St. Louis school has a kitchen classroom where all students -preschoolers included- slice, dice, whisk, and bake for an hour a week. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
  • Montana: Trout to tray means that Montana students are raising trout in their school’s aquaponics system to serve a dual purpose - providing nutrients to plants in the greenhouse and becoming a source of food on lunch trays. (Missoulian)
  • Native Communities: At Indian Township School in Maine, the school’s librarian led the school community in planting, harvesting, and finally eating their new three sister’s garden. (NFSN)
  • Nebraska: Students at Overton and Litchfield public schools were fed homegrown beef and pork as they launched Nebraska Thursdays as part of National Farm to School Month. (Kearney Hub)
  • Nevada: Farm to school programs can be seen as a tool to addressing food insecurity through a two-pronged approach that addresses the immediate need to feed people and systemic problems related to nutrition. (Las Vegas Sun)
  • New Hampshire: New Hampshire master gardeners and the University of New Hampshire Extension Services offered free seeds to school and youth gardens around the state. (Valley News)
  • New Jersey: September’s Back-to-school night at Kings Road School featured a special reception where parents could visit the school’s communal garden and enjoy homegrown treats before the evening’s events began. (TAPinto.net)
  • New Mexico: Stakeholder from throughout New Mexico celebrated their many local food successes at the second annual Farm to School Awards (Green Fire Times)
  • New York: Farm to school is a vehicle for change. In the poorest congressional district in America, these Bronx schools are growing a lot of food alongside healthy attitudes. (MBGplanet)
  • North Carolina: Teams in nine North Carolina counties joined the NC Farm to Early Care and Education (NC Farm to ECE) Initiative. This program connects local farms and early childhood and education centers throughout the state. (NC State Extension)
  • North Dakota: Bob Drees and his family farm hosted fourth-graders from Thompson and Grand Forks. It's the fourth year he's brought school kids to his farm to help them learn more about modern agriculture. (West Fargo Pioneer)
  • Ohio: This fall the National Farm to School Network announced that Ohio State University Extension will be the local host for the 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference April 25-27, 2018 in Cincinnati, OH. (NFSN)
  • Oklahoma: Three Norman schools held a Green Schools Summit, which included discussions on food waste reduction and school gardens. (Norman Transcript)
  • Oregon: Unanimous support from the Oregon House, Senate, and Governor passed House Bill 2038 allocating $4.5 million for schools to continue to buy Oregon-grown and processed foods and to support agriculture- and garden-based education. (KATU)
  • Pennsylvania: Once overrun with weeds, Pinehurst Elementary School’s PTA adopted the community garden in front of their school and transformed it into an outdoor classroom for several classes a day in all subjects. (The Pilot)
  • Puerto Rico: Los estudiantes de Puerto Rico cuentan con un nuevo recurso educativo que visita las escuelas, ofrece clases de cocina, los orientan sobre los alimentos sanos, los ayudan a la elaboración de un huerto escolar y también los llevan a fincas agrícolas para realizar recorridos guiados. (endi)
  • Rhode Island: School gardens align with Next Generation Science Standard. In Rhode Island, schools gardens used to promote an “authentic learning experience”. (South County Life Magazine)
  • South Carolina: For the third year in a row, kids throughout Greenville County, SC participated in the Healthy Lunchtime Throwdown, which challenges students to create their favorite healthy recipe for a chance to have it appear on menus throughout the school district. (Greenville News)
  • South Dakota: Yankton Boys & Girls Club started a kids garden club in June, and they plan to to grow potatoes in pots indoors this winter. (Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan)
  • Tennessee: Bolton High students are maintaining their own garden and harvesting fruits and vegetables to feed food insecure families in their community. (WREG)
  • Texas: STEM skills blossom in school gardens. Students can see season change, grow food to learn plant cycles, and observing pollinator habitat in the garden. (Community Impact)
  • U.S. Virgin Islands: The V.I. Department of Agriculture worked to establish a sustainable Grower’s Collaboration Program with the goal of operating in partnership with farm to school and Harvest of the Month programs. (St. John Source)
  • Utah: Third grade students at Canyon Elementary School in Spanish Fork ‘crunched’ into Utah-grown apples while participating in an event to highlight proper nutrition with the Utah County Health Department and Utah Farm Bureau Federation. (Daily Herald)
  • Vermont: Policy change alert! In June, Governor Phil Scott signed a new bill, which further enhances Vermont’s farm to school programming by expanding the program and setting new, ambitious goals for growth. (VT Digger)
  • Virginia: During National Farm to School Month, students at Virginia L. Murray Elementary School celebrated Virginia Farm to School Week by participating in the "Crunch Heard ‘Round the Commonwealth," a synchronous eating of Virginia apples. (Charlottesville Today)
  • Washington: Native plants were included in this Washington school garden. “The plants were chosen for their identification and educational opportunities, significance to Native American culture, and to most please the children, many of the plants will have edible fruit.” (Island Sounder)
  • West Virginia: Students at Marlowe Elementary School in Martinsburg rolled up their sleeves to create their own herb garden, whose harvest will be used in their own school cafeteria. (The Journal)
  • Wisconsin: Holmen School District served students at all six of its schools a lunch of student-raised chicken served alongside local fruits and vegetables. More than 3,000 portions of chicken were served for Winner Winner Chicken Dinner, a partnership of the Holmen High School FFA and the La Crosse County Farm2School program. (La Crosse Tribune)
  • Wyoming: Celebrations were held in Lander to introduce the community to this kid’s garden, which is the first of more to come in the Fremont County School District. (KCWY)

The National Farm to School Network wishes you a happy, healthy holiday season. We cannot wait to plant more seeds of change with you in 2018!

This Week in Farm to School: 12/19/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, December 19, 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. Get Out and Grow: School Garden Sweepstakes 
Your school could win $15,000 toward a garden—plus a visit from a Team USA Athlete! Smucker Away From Home wants to help schools across the country develop gardens that help cultivate hard work and healthy eating habits. The Get Out and Grow School Garden Sweepstakes is open to School Administrators or Foodservice Directors of K-12 schools. Learn more and apply here.

2. America's Promise Grant
As many as five two-year grants of up to $300,000 are available for school districts and organizations working toward creating healthier school environments. This exciting new funding opportunity is brought to you by America's Promise Alliance in partnership with FoodCorps and four other core partners. Deadline to apply is January 22, 2018. Watch the informational webinar and learn more here.

3. Tater Tats Seed Fund Grants for Growers

Are you a growers? Tater Tats aims to help people grow vegetables--whether that means growing vegetables for the first time, expanding an operation, or experimenting with crazier, more delicious varieties. They applaud commitment to the land, to biodiversity, to the legacy of heirloom varieties, and want to help you grow! Tater Tats is giving ten percent of 2017 sales to subsidize seed purchases by offering $300 grants to vegetable producers nationwide. The deadline for next year's funding is December 31, 2017. Learn more and apply here


Webinars
1. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics: SNAP-Ed and Farm to School
January 4 // 2-3pm ET
SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education), an evidence-based program aimed at helping people make healthier food choices and live healthier lives, offers a growing opportunity to bring food, nutrition and agriculture related education as well as gardening, local food procurement and other farm to school initiatives into schools and communities across the country. We will hear from practitioners from University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and other SNAP-Ed programs about the integration of farm to school in both direct education and policy, systems and environmental change SNAP-Ed initiatives. Register here.

2. NFSN WEBINAR Farm to ECE Quarterly Webinar: Placing Equity at the Center of Farm to Early Care and Education

January 9 // 3-4:15pm ET
At the intersection of multiple sectors, including policy, education, food systems and social justice, farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) can be a platform for advancing racial and social equity. Access to farm to ECE opportunities may be one approach to addressing health and education inequities by increasing access to healthy, local foods and high-quality education opportunities for children and communities while promoting ECE policies that address inequity. Farm to ECE can, at the same time, address inequities in the food system by changing ECE purchasing practices and policies. Join the National Farm to School Network, the Policy Equity Group, the Food Trust, and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems to learn how these organizations are both evaluating internal structures and practices to prioritize equity and working towards programs and policies that place equity at the center of farm to ECE initiatives. Register here.

3. Webinar: Opportunities in the 2018 Farm Bill: Federal Efforts to Advance Equitable and Sustainable Food Systems

Jan. 9 // 3-4:15pm ET
This webinar will provide a brief overview of the Farm Bill and status of the reauthorization process, as well as highlight four key policy pillars within the legislation: the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), healthy food incentive programs such as Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI), and sustainable agricultural and local/regional food system development. Speakers will discuss challenges and opportunities in each policy arena and highlight opportunities to get involved in shaping the next Farm Bill. Hosted by the Healthy Food Access Portal. Register here

4. NFSN WEBINAR Leveraging State Farm to School Networks to Affect Legislation

January 18 // 2-3pm ET
Join the National Farm to School Network to learn how state farm to school networks and stakeholders can have an impact on local and state legislation that supports farm to school efforts. Guest speakers will include Natalie McKinney, Executive Director of the Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation and NFSN Hawai’i Core Partner, discussing lessons learned from organizing, advocating and keeping the pressure on to successfully pass state farm to school policy. Attendees will learn about the importance of advocacy and education with policy decision makers, and take away tips and tools for jumpstarting advocacy efforts in their own communities. This webinar is open to the public, and anyone interested in learning about farm to school policy is encouraged to attend. Register here


Take Action
1. Scholarships Open for 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
The National Farm to School Network is now accepting applications for scholarships to the 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, which will take place in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 25-27, 2018. This event is the top national training and networking event for farm to cafeteria professionals working to improve community health, build economic opportunities for farmers and producers, and ensure long-term sustainability for local food efforts nationwide. To ensure the conference reflects the full diversity of the movement, scholarships are prioritized for farmers and farm support organizations, farm to college / hospital practitioners, early care and education providers, food service professionals, persons of color, and youth (through age 22). Learn more and submit your application at farmtocafeteriaconference.org. The deadline to apply is Feb. 12 at 8pm ET.

2. 2018 Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Conference Call for Proposals
Hosted at University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu campus July 27-29, 2018. Exploring themes of: Indigenous knowledge, decolonization and socio-ecological resiliency in agroecology and sustainable food systems education. Proposals are due by 11.59 pm on Feb. 5, 2018. Learn more and submit your proposal here

3. NYC: GreenThumb GrowTogether 2018 Workshop Request for Proposals

Help ring in GreenThumb’s 40th anniversary through workshops based around the theme “Honoring our Roots.” You are invited to submit a workshop proposal for the 34th Annual GreenThumb GrowTogether Conference on Saturday, March 31, 2018. Please submit your proposals by Monday, January 8, 2018. Learn more and submit your proposal here

4. USDA Inviting Comments on School Lunch Ingredients

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is inviting comments on what it called “food crediting,” the system that defines how each food item fits into a meal for the National School Lunch Program and other federal child nutrition programs. 


Resources 
1. 2018 Farm Bill Updates
The U.S. House Committee on Agriculture has launched a new online resource designed to provide updates and information related to the 2018 Farm Bill. 

2. 25 Children’s Books Growing Young Minds
Food Tank has compiled a list of 25 children’s books that can help stimulate food and agriculture awareness across all ages. From learning about where food comes from and the hardworking hands that grow it, to the importance of vibrant ecosystems, to cultural food diversity, these books will make great gifts for hungry young minds. Read more


Job Opportunities
1. Multiple Positions, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project's Farmer Training Team seeks to higher an Incubator Farm Manager and a Beginning Farmer Education & Curriculum Coordinator. Both positions are based in Lowell, MA. 

2. ProFarmer In-field Education Manager, Hudson Valley Farm Hub

The Hudson Valley Farm Hub is seeking a full time ProFarmer In-field Education Manager. She/he/they will be responsible for in-field instruction, mentoring, and the daily supervision of ProFarmer trainees, who are full-time, year-round Farm Hub employees. Learn more and apply

3. Farm Director, Hillside School
Hillside School for boys seeks to hire a full-time Farm Director to manage their 25-acre farm. Learn more and apply.


Farm to School in the News
Florida Elementary students to share harvest
“The kids love it,” said program educational coordinator Krista Keisu on Wednesday, December 6. “It’s so crazy to see them get excited about trying broccoli and cucumbers. They get to be part of growing the food, which makes them more inclined to want to try it.” (The Gabber)

Mississippi State University students design agriculture optional school in Tennessee

Seventeen undergraduates and two master’s students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences landscape architecture major spent the semester reimagining the master plan of Bolton High School in Arlington, Tennessee. Located in a small town just northeast of Memphis, the high school plans to return to its rich agricultural roots as an agriculture optional school. The school district has optional programming, with schools that provide “creative and rigorous coursework and extra-curricular programs” with a “specialized learning focus.” (MSU News)

Foodie fight: Louisiana Schools’ culinary programs compete to create the next top lunch

High school students will vote with their plates Thursday, Dec. 14, in school cafeterias across St. Tammany Parish to help choose the winner of the Pro Start culinary program Grab and Go Menu Competition. (New Orleans Advocate)

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.

Youth empowerment through farm to school

NFSN Staff Friday, December 15, 2017
By Molly Schintler, Communications Intern
At our 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in June 2016, LaDonna Redmond gave keynote remarks focused on ending systemic oppression in the food system. In her address, she urged the audience to understand that “every community has the intellect to heal itself.” She explained that the role of individuals working within farm to cafeteria is to use our skillset to uncover the intellect in our communities so that people believe in themselves. What if this approach was seriously considered within farm to school and farm to early care and education work? What would it look like for youth to be leading the movement? 

Many organizations throughout the country focus on youth leadership as a way to further farm to school efforts.  In our most recent Trending Topics: Youth Engagement through Farm to School Webinar, our network highlighted three organizations that put youth empowerment front and center in their work: 

  • YES! Youth Empowered Solutions: Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!) is a nonprofit organization that empowers youth, in partnership with adults, to create community change. 
  • Alameda County Office of Education’s Project EAT:  Project Eat works to end health inequities and close the achievement gap in school communities.
  • Vermont FEED’s Jr. Iron Chef VT: This statewide culinary competition challenges teams of middle and high school students to understand how they can effect change in the food system by creating healthy, local dishes that inspire school meal programs.
Mary Beth Louks-Sorrell, Executive Director for YES! highlighted that when youth are not included, “One fourth of the population is being ignored, instead of tapped for their potential to contribute to improving things.” Additionally, Mary Beth offered up a set of best practices to consider before starting work with youth, including asking these questions:

  • What will be the role of youth in your work?
  • What do you hope to achieve from the inclusion of youth
  • Why are you interested in the thoughts, ideas, input, and leadership of youth?
  • What are some ways you might envision the way you and your organization operates or the direction of the work changing once youth are involved? 
Vermont FEED’s School Food Programs Coordinator, Marissa Watson commented on the importance of holding space for kids to participate, stating that, “school food change takes many players: students, food service, parents, and the community.” 
Kate Casale from Alameda County’s Office of Education explained that including youth as leaders within farm to school work is a perfect opportunity to tap into their creativity and innate interest in justice. She also reminds us about the importance of letting youth tell their stories in their own words. 

Jason, a seventeen year old from the program Bronx Youth Force explains, “If you had a problem in the Black community, and you brought in a group of White people to discuss how to solve it, almost nobody would take that panel seriously. In fact, there’d probably be a public outcry. It would be the same for women’s issues or gay issues. But every day, in local arenas all the way to the White House, adults sit around and decide what problems youth have and what youth need, without ever consulting us.” 

Young people are the changes makers of tomorrow, and today. Their ideas, contributions and voices are invaluable to the work of growing more just and equitable food systems, and we should always be conscious to have a place for them at the table. 

Appetite For Change is a North Minneapolis nonprofit organization that uses food as a tool to build health, wealth and social change. "Grow Food" is the culminating project of Appetite For Change's Summer 2016 Youth Employment & Training Program. Urban Youth wanted to share their message - the importance of actively choosing healthy foods - with their peers in a fun, accessible music format. Learn more about Appetite For Change here.

If you are interested in learning more about youth leadership within farm to school and the local food movement, we invited you to join us at the 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio in April 2018. An entire conference workshop track is dedicated to “Youth Leadership and Engagement” within the farm to cafeteria movement, and we’d love to have you be part of the conversation! 

Photo Credits (from top to bottom): Vermont FEED and Alameda County Office of Education (middle and bottom). 

This Week in Farm to School: 12/12/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, December 12, 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. Tater Tats Seed Fund Grants for Growers
Are you a growers? Tater Tats aims to help people grow vegetables--whether that means growing vegetables for the first time, expanding an operation, or experimenting with crazier, more delicious varieties. They applaud commitment to the land, to biodiversity, to the legacy of heirloom varieties, and want to help you grow! Tater Tats is giving ten percent of 2017 sales to subsidize seed purchases by offering $300 grants to vegetable producers nationwide. The deadline for next year's funding is December 31, 2017. Learn more and apply here


Webinars
1. Webinar: You are How You Eat: Food, Culture, and Social Inequality
December 12 // 12-1pm ET
Community Food Center's Canada presents this webinar focused on how inequality plays out through a variety of aspects of our current food culture. Though there are synergies and momentum toward progressive change building within the food movement, there are also complex dynamics related to race, class, gender, and social inequality. Sociologist Alice Julier has looked at subjects ranging from food as a vehicle for gentrification to how race, gender, and socio-economic experience reveal themselves around the dinner table. Register here

2. Webinar: Food Policy Storytelling: An Introduction to Harnessing the Power of Story Maps
December 13 // 1-2:15pm ET 
Sharing a powerful food policy story is vital to garnering support for new policies. Esri Story Maps, a web-based tool that combines maps with narrative text, images, and multimedia content, provides one platform to develop and share these stories. Join us for an overview of the types of story maps available, how they have been used to tell impactful food policy stories, and a brief demonstration to help you get started making a story map of your own. You will hear from the head of Esri’s Story Maps team as well as a practitioner that has used story maps to communicate about her work on environment, agriculture, and food policy in Missouri. Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future staff members will also share their experiences using story maps to support food policy in Maryland. Register here

3. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics: SNAP-Ed and Farm to School
January 4 // 2-3 PM ET
SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education), an evidence-based program aimed at helping people make healthier food choices and live healthier lives, offers a growing opportunity to bring food, nutrition and agriculture related education as well as gardening, local food procurement and other farm to school initiatives into schools and communities across the country. We will hear from practitioners from University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and other SNAP-Ed programs about the integration of farm to school in both direct education and policy, systems and environmental change SNAP-Ed initiatives. Register here.

4. NFSN WEBINAR Farm to ECE Quarterly Webinar: Placing Equity at the Center of Farm to Early Care and Education
January 9, 2018 // 3-4:15pm ET
At the intersection of multiple sectors, including policy, education, food systems and social justice, farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) can be a platform for advancing racial and social equity. Access to farm to ECE opportunities may be one approach to addressing health and education inequities by increasing access to healthy, local foods and high-quality education opportunities for children and communities while promoting ECE policies that address inequity. Farm to ECE can, at the same time, address inequities in the food system by changing ECE purchasing practices and policies. Join the National Farm to School Network, the Policy Equity Group, the Food Trust, and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems to learn how these organizations are both evaluating internal structures and practices to prioritize equity and working towards programs and policies that place equity at the center of farm to ECE initiatives. Register here.

5. Webinar: Opportunities in the 2018 Farm Bill: Federal Efforts to Advance Equitable and Sustainable Food Systems
Jan. 9, 3-4:15pm ET
This webinar will provide a brief overview of the Farm Bill and status of the reauthorization process, as well as highlight four key policy pillars within the legislation: the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), healthy food incentive programs such as Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI), and sustainable agricultural and local/regional food system development. Speakers will discuss challenges and opportunities in each policy arena and highlight opportunities to get involved in shaping the next Farm Bill. Hosted by the Healthy Food Access Portal. Register here


Events
1. Rooting DC
March 3, 2018 // Washington, DC
Rooting DC is a free day-long conference on urban agriculture and gardening. Rooting DC is currently seeking conference proposals for both interactive hour-long workshops and 7-minute "pressure cooker" talks that explore the topics of urban food consumption and production. The Workshop proposal deadline is Friday December 15, 2017. Submit your proposal here

2. MSU: Center for Regional Food Systems' Food Talk 2017
December 14 // East Lansing, MI and Virtual via ZOOM
In Food Talk 2017 each TED talk-style speaker will focus on one important food system issue, followed by a few minutes for questions. Food Talk is a unique opportunity to engage with MSU Faculty, Academic Staff, and Extension Educators helping to improve our food system. You have the option to register to attend in-person or via Zoom live streaming. Register here


Resources & Research
1. Study: Farm to school programs limit plate waste
Researchers at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences found that students at schools with a farm to school program ate 37% more vegetables and 11% more fruit than the average student consumed before their school adopted the program, according to the release. The study is published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, according to the release. Read more

2. An Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System: Fifth Edition
Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems presents this annotated bibliography which provides current research and outreach on structural racism in the U.S. food system for the food system practitioner, researcher, and educator. Structural racism in the United States has been defined as the “normalization and legitimization of an array of dynamics—historical, cultural, institutional, and interpersonal—that routinely advantage whites while producing cumulative and chronic outcomes for people of color. This fifth edition contains 9 videos and 47 new citations.

3. Are states creating equitable school funding systems?
Research shows state lawmakers may be falling short when crafting equitable school funding systems. One analysis shows that 21 states - up from 14 the year before - provide less funding to schools with higher concentrations of low-income students. Read more


Job Opportunities
1. Multiple Positions, National Young Farmers Coalition
The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) seeks a California Organizer to mobilize young farmers and ranchers across California to advocate for critical policy reform, and a full-time Policy Specialist to grow their federal policy team in DC. Learn more

2. Agriculture Institute Director, University of Wisconsin Extension

The Agriculture Institute Director is a senior level administrator who will provide organizational and cross-disciplinary leadership for the Agriculture Institute within Cooperative Extension. This full-time role will be responsible for strategic, financial, and operational oversight of centers within the institute, including the Center for Animal Agriculture, Center for Crops and Soils, Center for Farm Management, and Center for Horticulture. Learn more

3. Operations Assistant, Fair Food Network
Fair Food Network seeks to hire an Operations Assistant to be primarily based out of the Ann Arbor, Michigan office, but will also be responsible for maintaining the Detroit office and liaising with out-of-state staff on their local offices. This position is full-time. Learn more

4. Farm-to-Early Care and Education Program Specialist, Boulder County Public Health  
The Farm-to-Early Care and Education Program Specialist position is responsible for completing the goals and objectives of the FTECE Program with partial support provided by the City of Boulder Health Equity Funding for Boulder residents. This is a part time, benefited position. Learn more

5. Education Coordinator, Real Food Farm 
Real Food Farm is seeking an Education Coordinator Real Food Farm is Civic Works’ 8-acre urban farm enterprise that grows fresh vegetables and fruit in and around Clifton Park in Northeast Baltimore. Learn more


Farm to School in the News
Farm Fresh Fridays introduce Texas students to new veggies
“I tried the zucchini and I had not tried it before,” Bell said. “I thought it was a cucumber and I really liked it because it had a kick to it.” Students even experimented with the vegetables and dipped them in sauces and paired them with other foods from their lunches. (Killeen Daily Herald)

Thanksgiving starts in the garden for California students 
Each year in the fall, Crane School’s fifth-grade students harvest veggies from the school’s garden beds and prepare a big pot of soup for their class. They use a pitchfork to gently pry each carrot loose from the dirt. (Santa Barbara Family Life)

New greenhouse expands opportunities in Missouri
Central Missouri Master Gardeners has built a greenhouse for Callaway Hills Elementary School that will in time help students develop their green thumbs, and provide more vegetables to the school cafeteria and the Samaritan Center. (News Tribune)

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.

Food is Culture and Celebration!

NFSN Staff Wednesday, December 06, 2017

By Molly Schintler, Communications Intern

When I think about food, especially during the holiday season, I think about my traditions with family and friends. From holidays to birthdays and reunions, food has always been a central part of my celebration of life events. In the recently published New York Times Op-ed titled Feeling Conflicted on Thanksgiving Viet Thanh Nguyen explains, “DNA, in any case, tells us little about culture. Food tells us more.“ Farm to school is as much about food, culture, and celebration as it is about education, health and access.

Schools and early care settings across all 50 states, D.C., the U.S. Territories, and Native communities are using farm to school as an approach to deepen their understanding of food as a tool for cultural connection and celebration. At Warm Spring K-8 Academy on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Oregon, there is urgency to connecting school and community culture to food traditions.  District Superintendent Ken Parnell explains:

You can’t just focus on math and literacy, because the rate of diabetes in our community is heartbreaking. Male life expectancy is 38 years. Many adults die from complications from diabetes. You can’t just say that’s a health concern and leave that in the community (outside of the school), because it affects our students. In my first year, eleven students lost parents. We have a responsibility to start working with students at a young age around nutrition.

The school district has framed farm to school as an opportunity to connect students to local, healthy, and traditional foods, such as root vegetables and salmon.  As the school became more engaged with these traditional foods in the cafeteria, they also realized there were opportunities to extend farm to school activities to families. For example, the school district’s family engagement nights, which turnout up to 1,000 students and family members, provided an exciting opportunity to celebrate healthy, traditional foods on a wider scale. After reflecting of how to better incorporate traditions into family nights, the district planned a powwow where everyone participated in dancing and enjoyed traditional food. Ken added, “It would have been much easier from the (school) kitchen (to work alone), but we worked with tribal partners to prepare traditional foods.”  

Every community has different food and cultural traditions – and that’s worth celebrating! Here are several additional snapshots of how farm to school celebrates traditions, relationships, and an overall connection to community-based food:

- Students in Arkansas are celebrating the holiday season and learning about each other cultures with a recipe swap. One student shared a family recipe dating back to 1911!

- In preparation for the upcoming holiday season, middle school students in rural Iowa learned about table settings, polite dinner conversation, and menu selection. To conclude their class, they enjoyed a Thanksgiving lunch together where they could put all they learned into practice.

- For about 20 Phoenix School culinary students, preparations to feed a Thanksgiving feast to 200 students and staff would not be complete without a trip to the school’s garden. Picking herbs from the garden was among the tasks needed to be finished before Tuesday’s big event.

This Week in Farm to School: 12/05/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, December 05, 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. USDA FY 2018 Farm to School Grant RFA 
The USDA FY 2018 Farm to School Request for Applications (RFA) is now open. On an annual basis, USDA awards up to $5 million in competitive grants for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs. Applications are due Dec. 8, 2017. Learn more here

2. NIFA’s Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Competitive Grants Program (AgVets)
AgVets seeks to increase the number of military veterans gaining knowledge and skills through comprehensive, hands-on, and immersive model farm and ranch programs offered regionally that lead to successful careers in the food and agricultural sector. The program encourages the development of training opportunities specifically designed for military veterans. Eligible applicants must be nonprofit entities.The letter of intent deadline is Jan. 11, 2018. The application deadline is Feb. 8, 2018. See the request for applications for details.

3. Farm Asset Builder

Farm Asset Builder is an Individual Development Account (IDA) matched savings program. Farmers work with Angelic Organics Learning Center and partners to improve their financial and business planning skills, while also saving a monthly portion of their earned farm income that will then be MATCHED! Savings will then be used to purchase items (or assets) that help grow your farm business. Application period ends Friday, December 8, 2017. Read more and apply


Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Building a Successful Food Forest
December 6 // 3:30-4:30 CT
The Wisconsin School Garden Network is partnering with colleagues at La Crosse Area Family YMCA, GROW La Crosse, and Coulee Region Ecoscapes to discuss how to build a successful food forest. A food forest, large or small, is a great way to enhance your youth garden with fruit trees, fruiting shrubs, and other edibles! Register here

2. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics: Youth Engagement through Farm to School
December 7 // 2-3pm ET
Farm to school initiatives across the country are changing the way young people view and consume fresh, local foods and interact with their community. This month’s focus on youth engagement through farm to school will highlight unique approaches and initiatives to engage youth in their communities and food systems and empower youth to be leaders and active voices in the farm to school movement. Join us for the webinar to hear speakers discuss initiatives, best practices, resources and more to boost youth engagement in farm to school. Register here

3. Webinar: You are How You Eat: Food, Culture, and Social Inequality

December 12 // 12-1pm ET
Community Food Center's Canada presents this webinar focused on how inequality plays out through a variety of aspects of our current food culture. Though there are synergies and momentum toward progressive change building within the food movement, there are also complex dynamics related to race, class, gender, and social inequality. Sociologist Alice Julier has looked at subjects ranging from food as a vehicle for gentrification to how race, gender, and socio-economic experience reveal themselves around the dinner table. Register here

4. NFSN WEBINAR Farm to ECE Quarterly Webinar: Placing Equity at the Center of Farm to Early Care and Education
January 9, 2018 // 3-4:15pm ET
At the intersection of multiple sectors, including policy, education, food systems and social justice, farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) can be a platform for advancing racial and social equity. Access to farm to ECE opportunities may be one approach to addressing health and education inequities by increasing access to healthy, local foods and high-quality education opportunities for children and communities while promoting ECE policies that address inequity. Farm to ECE can, at the same time, address inequities in the food system by changing ECE purchasing practices and policies. Join the National Farm to School Network, the Policy Equity Group, the Food Trust, and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems to learn how these organizations are both evaluating internal structures and practices to prioritize equity and working towards programs and policies that place equity at the center of farm to ECE initiatives. Register here.

5. Food Tank Summit Events

Each Summit features 30+ speakers (to be announced soon) and includes a delicious breakfast and lunch, with tons of other terrific opportunities and surprises. Washington, D.C. Summit (February 28): Cultivating the Next Generation of Young Food Leaders presented in partnership with George Washington University and World Resources Institute, Seattle Summit (March 17): Growing Food Policy presented in partnership with Food Action, and Boston Summit (April 19): Exploring the Paradox of Hunger and Obesity presented in collaboration with the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and Oxfam America. Read more


Resources & Research
1. School Nutrition Association’s 2017 Trends Report
As school nutrition professionals work to promote healthier choices and boost school meal participation, a recent SNA survey reveals school menus feature more international flavors, made-to-order entrees and cleaner label options. Read More.

2. Racial Equity in the Farm Bill: Context and Foundations
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has launched a new blog series focused on the Farm Bill as a tool for advancing racial equity in food and agriculture. In this first post from the series, NSAC wades into the complex and historical issues of racial equity, setting the stage for subsequent posts that will focus on the specific challenges faced by people of color in the food and farm system and recommendations for creating lasting institutional change.


Job Opportunities
1. Program Manager, Green Shoots for New Americans
The Green Shoots for New Americans - Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program (RAPP) is an educational urban farming program, located on Buffalo, New York's east side, that provides adult refugees adaptive farming and marketing skills. Green Shoots seeks to hire a Program Manager. Learn more

2. Executive Director, The Northern Colorado Food Cluster

The Northern Colorado Food Cluster is looking for an Executive Director to lead the organization in promoting food systems-led economic development in the Northern Colorado region. Learn more

3. Farm Manager, Allegheny Mountain Institute
Allegheny Mountain Institute is seeking a Farm Manager to manage the farm central to AMI's Farm and Food Education Fellowship, an intensive, hands-on cooperative experiential learning and training program in Highland County, VA. Learn more

4. Education Director, Wright-Locke Farm
Wright-Locke Farm is now hiring an Education Director to develop, manage, and facilitate youth and adult education programs. The Education Director is a full-time, year-round salaried position. Learn more

5. Garden Teacher, Pacific Elementary School 
Pacific School in California is hiring a Garden Teacher. Grow food with kids for a leading school meal program. Truly a unique school and part-time job. Learn more


Farm to School in the News
Anchorage School District is Really Living the Farm to School Dream
What do you get when you combine a former Minnesotan who grew up on a farm, a farmer in the Matanuska Valley who has many potatoes too small to sell, and 30,000+ Thanksgiving meal lunches for students in Anchorage schools? You get an excited Student Nutrition Department Executive Director, a happy farmer, and students thrilled about the fresh, nutritious, local mashed potatoes in their lunch! (KTVA The Voice of Alaska

New Mexico Teacher Prepares Fresh Lunches for 160 Students Every Day - From Scratch

“On pizza day, I will make five full-sized trays of focaccia and split down the middle, so we have 10 pieces. We make tomato sauce (sometimes we use fresh tomatoes from the school garden) and fresh herbs, we top that with green chile and other toppings. The kids go crazy … I love that.” (Babble)

Iowa Schools are Using Local Produce to Make Global Recipes
Every school day in October, the 550 students at Decorah Middle School sampled recipes from around the world. This program not only connected students to global foods, they also made local connection by using local, seasonal fruit and vegetables whenever possible. (The Lunchbox)

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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