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This Week in Farm to School: 8/15/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, August 15, 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. 

Webinars

1. CommunityFood: Exploring Innovations in Community Food Systems 
August 17 // 3:30pm ET
The National Good Food Network and the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative of the University of Arkansas are excited to present this webinar highlighting themes in innovation emerging among community-based organizations across Indian Country, rural communities, and cities across America. Register here

2. School Nutrition Association: Host a Legislator Site Visit

September 6 // 2-3pm ET
Bringing your legislator in for a behind-the-scenes look at the daily operation of your school cafeteria could make the difference in preventing block grants, preserving funding and expanding commodity support. Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs. Learn more and register
 
3. 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

4. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to School: Farm to School for Children with Special Needs
Thursday, September 7, 2-3 PM ET

While farm to school offers abundant benefits for all children, we have learned from our partners that the core elements of farm to school – including hands on education, spending time in gardens, and cooking and tasting local food – offers additional benefits to students with special needs, supporting their learning and growth in many different environments. On this webinar, participants will learn about opportunities and best practices for utilizing farm to school initiatives to support learning and development for children with special needs and hear success stories from leaders of programs across the country serving students with special needs. This webinar is open to the public, Register here.

5. Farmers Markets as Engines of Economic Activity: Power in Numbers
September 11 // 2-3pm ET
As we approach the end of peak season in Michigan, this webinar from Michigan State University will celebrate the many ways farmers markets contribute to community economic development across the state. Findings from recent research projects will quantify effects from consumer, producer and community perspectives. Register here

6. NFSN WEBINAR Farm to ECE Quarterly Webinar: Farm to Early Care and Education in Head Start – A Natural Alignment
Tuesday, October 10, 3-4 PM ET
Head Start offers vital, high quality early care and education (ECE) opportunities to low-income families across the country. Farm to ECE offers benefits that support the goals and priorities of the ECE community, with a particularly strong alignment with Head Start priority areas, including an emphasis on experiential learning opportunities, parent and community engagement, and life-long health and wellness for children, families and caregivers. Join this webinar to learn about the exciting new resource from NFSN, “Growing Head Start Success with Farm to Early Care and Education,” which aligns Head Start Program Performance Standards and the Early Learning Outcomes Framework with farm to ECE opportunities and to hear from Head Start practitioners about best practices and successes in implementing farm to ECE in the Head Start setting. This webinar is open to the public, so please share widely. Register here.  


Events
1. 2017 NIFTI National Field School 
November 8-10 // Pacific Grove, CA
Now in its sixth year, the NIFTI National Field School's goal is to bring together leaders in the field of beginning farmer training to build skills, discuss perspectives and experience on how to best support the next generation of farmers in the US, and to reinforce and advance one another’s work. Read more and register. Early bird registration price ends September 5. 

2. Food First's Food Sovereignty Tour

November 10-19 // Cuba
Food First's Food Sovereignty Tours guide travelers and activists interested in alternative food movements to international destinations to explore other food systems and their fight for food sovereignty. Join them this November on their tour to Cuba to learn firsthand from farmers, professors, government officials, and educators about the agroecology movement across the country. Learn more

3. Community Food Systems Conference

December 5-7 // Boston
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project's Community Food Systems Conference will address common underlying themes between food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture including obstacles in urban and rural environments and fostering community empowerment to create and sustain resilient local food systems. Learn more


Resources
1. Preserving Indigenous Farming Knowledge and Practices
Over the centuries, indigenous peoples have provided a series of ecological and cultural services to humankind. The preservation of traditional forms of farming knowledge and practices help maintain biodiversity, enhance food security, and protect the world’s natural resources. There are approximately 370 million indigenous peoples in the world occupying or using up to 22 percent of the global land area, which is home to 80 percent of the world’s biological diversity. Read more about five indigenous farming practices that have helped shape sustainable farming systems and practices all over the world.
2. Racial Justice in the Farm Economy Needs Community Capital
How can we secure food justice in the United States when 98% of all farmland is owned by White people? When Black farmers own less than 3 million acres of rural land today, compared to over 15 million acres just a century ago? When 180 million acres were stolen from Native communities in the 19th and 20th centuries? Developing a just food system requires (1) confronting the reality of racial disparity in farmland ownership and its negative impacts on wealth distribution, health outcomes, and cultural vitality, and (2) replacing the current reality with an equitable distribution of farmland that prioritizes communal stewardship, local control, and diversified ownership. Read More

3. Engage Native and Rural Communities, Families and Schools in Education

Rural schools serving tribal communities face unique challenges. Schools thrive when everybody is working together and involved in the education process. Rural schools, particularly those on and near reservations, face unique challenges in building bridges to schools that serve tribal and border communities. In some of those schools, staff members are not aware or interested in understanding Native culture or the boarding school history that impacts the students they are teaching. Read more to learn 10 of the best suggestions from the Montana OPI to make rural schools a more welcome place for Native children.

4. Farm to School Podcast Recommendations

Last month, the National Farm to School Network asked: what are your favorite farm to school and food systems podcasts? And we heard from lots of you - our Core Partners and Supporting Partners, members, social media followers and staff. Here is an abbreviated list of the most shared recommendations. The next time you are working in the school garden or on the farm, dicing vegetables for school lunch, or commuting to work, try one of these podcast for some food for thought! Read more and start listening

Job Opportunities
1. Marketing and Promotion Specialist, Montana No Kid Hungary
Montana's Department of Public Health and Human Services is seeking to hire a Marketing and Promotion Specialist for the Montana No Kid Hungry. The Marketing and Promotion Specialist has responsibilities such as organizing and promoting contests, developing “messaging” for the website and social media presence, writing articles and expanding “messaging” for the online quarterly newsletters. Learn more and apply

Farm to School in the News
Making Fresh Foods the New Norm in Michigan
In 2015, Vandyke Elementary implemented the Greenway Grows programming and school garden. The garden serves as an outdoor learning laboratory during the school year and summer programming. With the addition of the salad bar, the Vandyke Green Team students will be able to begin collecting compostable waste to help fuel their garden. (Grand Rapids Herald Review)

Manzo Elementary's School Garden (Arizona)
This video shows how young students in west Tucson work together at Manzo Elementary's school garden to plant and harvest vegetables sustainably for their community. (ASU School of Sustainability)

Garden Club in Missouri Continues to Blossom

Clark-Vitt Elementary teacher Linda Schwoeppe didn’t know much about gardening when her students asked her to start a garden club two years ago. She said that in many ways, she’s learned as the students have, day-by-day. (eMissourian)

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: 8/08/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, August 08, 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. 

Webinars

1. Supporting Immigrant Families

August 10 // 3pm ET
As the new school year starts, the threats to immigrants – documented and undocumented — have many children, parents and educators concerned. This webinar, hosted by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), will focus on challenges facing families, districts and advocates across the country and possible strategies to address them. Register here

2. Food Policy Roundtable – Elevating the Community’s Voice
August 14 // 1-2pm ET
Food Policy Networks will host the Food Policy Roundtable Webinar to focus on elevating the community's voice. Many food policy councils strive for diverse representation across races, classes, occupations, genders, and ages to ensure they prioritize the food systems issues and solutions most appropriate to their communities. However, councils continue to be challenged to find effective strategies for engaging and empowering those most impacted by food systems issues. Learn strategies for effective community inclusion. Register here

3. Farm Bill 101
August 15 //  3-4:30 ET
Join NSAC and SSAWG for a farm bill primer and grassroots strategy session. This four-part farm bill webinar series is designed to provide farmers, food producers and anyone who eats and cares about food an opportunity to get in-depth information about the farm bill, share information and concerns and develop ways to get involved and participate in farm bill grassroots activities. Register here

4. 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


Action Items 
1. Join this year’s Green Apple Day of Service
Green Apple Day of Service is an opportunity to join schools across the world in celebrating the central role that schools play in preparing the next generation of leaders in sustainability. A school’s event improves the health and safety of the learning environment while strengthening student civic leadership, environmental literacy, and project management skills. Schools and the community leaders who support them can choose their own date for their project, and they have access to mini-grants and personalized guidance to help them make their projects a reality. Sign up to participate at greenapple.org.

2. Agricultural technical assistance providers invited to participate in study
Syracuse University, The Pennsylvania State University, New York University, and the National Center for Appropriate Technology invite agricultural technical assistance providers to take part in a national study. The study seeks to examine local and regional agricultural production and intermediated markets, and will examine the opportunities and risks of four main marketing opportunities for farmers—direct-to-consumer, direct-to-institution, direct-to-retail, and selling to intermediaries (such as distributors or food hubs), who in turn sell the products as local food. Read more and participate in the short survey

3. National Geographic looking for ideas in food security
National Geographic has an open call for ideas to address how we feed a planet approaching 9 billion people. $25,000 will be given to the top idea in food security to further its implementation. Submission is a one-minute video describing the idea. Learn more

Events
1. 2017 South Carolina Farm to Institution Summit
September 19 // Columbia, SC
The purpose of the summit is to bring together key farm to institution players to further encourage local procurement, reinforce healthy, local foods education, and provide the skills to establish a garden, farmers’ market or CSA program on site. The keynote will be Anupama Joshi, the Executive Director and Co-founder of the National Farm to School Network. Learn more

2. 2017 Georgia Farm to School Summit 
October 5-6 // Augusta, GA
Early bird registration now open for the 2017 Georgia Farm to School Summit. Hear from Keynote Betti Wiggins and Honorary Co-Chair Donna Martin, tour farm to school programs, and choose from 21 education sessions including focused content for school nutrition, educators, and early care providers. Register here.

3. Ohio School Garden Conference
October 13 // Columbus, OH
Educators, after-school personnel and interested public are invited to attend the Ohio School Garden Conference. Planned discussions include garden-based nutrition education, after-school gardening, hands-on activities and more. Register here

Resources
1. Growing Local: A Community Guide to Planning for Agriculture and Food Systems
The American Farmland Trust and Growing Food Connections have announced the publication of Growing Local: A Community Guide to Planning for Agriculture and Food Systems. Written for farmers, community residents and food policy councils, as well as planners and local government officials, this practical guide highlights real-life examples of ways communities are growing food connections from field to fork.

2. Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities
The Federal Reserve and USDA are unveiling a new report  to showcase how local and regional food systems can help the economies of rural and urban communities, as well as increase access to healthier food and create a more productive workforce. The report is intended to signal that local food is no longer just for "foodies," but instead is in high demand by consumers across the country and is ripe for investment and financing.

3.Celebrating School Garden: Snapshots from across the country
Every school garden is its own classroom where kids learn several subjects at once -- science, math, and even the arts. Harvest time teaches the most important lesson of all: the satisfaction of knowing where your food comes from. Read more about some of Edible Communities' favorite stories about school gardens from coast to coast.

4. Hawaii Pollinators and School Garden Toolkit
The Hawaii Center for Food Safety (HCFS) is excited to share a helpful new resource for school garden teachers. The Hawaii Pollinators and School Garden Toolkit is a free resource for teachers to integrate into their school garden curriculum. 

Policy News
1. Oregon Governor Signs Farm to School Funding Bill
Oregon House Bill 2038 expands funding for the statewide Farm to School and School Garden grant program. The bill provides funding for Oregon schools to purchase Oregon-grown and processed products and to provide food, agriculture, and garden-based educational activities. Oregon Governor Katherine Brown signed the bill into law on August 2, 2017.

2. House Representative introduce school food and nutrition policy

Congressman Cartwright introduced the “Nutrition Education Act”, Congresswoman DeLauro introduced the “Safe Chicken and Meat for Children Act of 2017”, and Congressman Poliquin reintroduced the “Fruit and Vegetable Access for Children Act.” Read more

Farm to School in the News
Minnesota school district's first gardener growing into the job
Hiring a garden manager has allowed the garden to expand. Children are involved from early education through high school. "This year, we've been able to open it up," she said. Plus, they get to eat the veggies. The cooks use much of it in summer meals and as snacks, while potatoes, onions and peppers will be stored for use throughout the winter. (Echo Press)

Maine student gardeners farm food, life skills

Four years ago, four Brunswick High School students took pickaxes to a coarse, overgrown plot of land beside the school’s parking lot. Now, nearly 10 students spend three mornings a week getting paid $9 an hour to weed, water, hoe and harvest the plot, which has expanded to 14,000 square feet. (The Forecaster)

Virginia school garden has families learning, growing together
“We call it the heart of our school,” said kindergarten teacher Marykirk Cunningham, who also oversees the garden. “We have the kids say ‘our garden’ so they know it’s for everyone.”It’s known as the Garden Lab. Aptly named, it’s considered just as much of a learning space as any of the classrooms that surround it. Students’ work begins the first week of the school year, as they create a plan for planting, maintaining, harvesting, cooking and even composting crops. (Loudoun Now)

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 For Thought: Farm to School Podcast Recommendations

NFSN Staff Monday, August 07, 2017
By Molly Schintler, Communications Intern



The farm to school movement is about a lot more than farms and schools. In fact, farm to school is intrinsically tied to our food system, and the food system connects to just about everything: public policy, economics, social and cultural traditions, history, equity, and more. Podcasts are a great way to learn more about the complexities of our food system, broaden our understanding of farm to school, and foster a sense of connection to others in our field of work through storytelling. 

So we asked: what are your favorite farm to school and food systems podcasts? And we heard from lots of you - our Core Partners and Supporting Partners, members, social media followers and staff. Below is an abbreviated list of the most shared recommendations. The next time you are working in the school garden or on the farm, dicing vegetables for school lunch, or commuting to work, try one of these podcast for some food for thought! *Note: Most descriptions come from the podcast creators.

Heritage Radio Network is a great umbrella resource, as their entire set of programs delves into the U.S. food system and provides a platform for artisans, chefs, activists, policy experts and farmers to share their perspectives on eating, food production and the future of agriculture. A few of pointed recommendations include: 

  • Inside School Food: Looking for an inside view of K-12 food service? Host Laura Stanley shares conversations about what’s happening across the spectrum of school food, from coping with regulations to meeting sustainability goals.
  • Eating Matters: With food emerging as a critical policy area, host Jenna Liut and food policy experts discuss the issues that shape our everyday experiences of buying, cooking and eating food.
  • The Farm Report: Host Erin Fairbanks and her guests dig into the nitty-gritty of agriculture, exploring distribution networks, policy issues and other topics in the world of ag and food.
The Secret Ingredient: In every episode of The Secret Ingredient, you'll learn new ways to think about how you eat everyday. The hosts talk with the people whose life's work has been to understand the complex systems of production, distribution, marketing and impact these foods have on our lives. They won't tell you what to eat, but they will tell you why you're eating it. Make sure to check out Episode 19: School Food.

The Female Farmer Project: This podcast series aims to serve as a platform for women to discuss agricultural issues, and give power to traditional, cultural and experience-driven knowledge.  

How to Health: Dr. Laurie Marbas and Katie Reines, MS, RD share inspiring stories of individuals conquering chronic disease, overcoming incredible obstacles, and the experts to help you find health. Changing health by changing the food we eat. Don't miss Episode 55: Chef Ann Cooper: Renegade Lunch Lady

The Rudd Report: Hosted by Kelly Brownell, Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity Director, the series features experts in nutrition, food marketing, food policy and law, the food industry, and weight bias.

The Racist Sandwich: This podcast serves up a unique perspective on food and how the ways we consume, create and interpret it can be political. From discussions about racism in food photography to interviews with chefs of color about their experiences in the restaurant world, hosts Soleil Ho and Zahir Janmohamed hash out a diverse range of topics with humor and grace. 

Future of Agriculture: Hosted by Tim Hammerich, this podcast looks into the diversity that is agriculture and agribusiness. The global population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050 and agriculture is expected to produce more food with less land and less water. Agribusiness will be part of the future to constantly innovate and find sustainable ways of meeting the challenges of tomorrow. 

Gastropod: This podcast looks at food through the lens of science and history. Each episode examines the hidden history and surprising science behind a different food and/or farming-related topic. Listen to interviews with experts and visit labs, fields and archaeological digs while discovering new ways to understand the world through food.

Bite: Join acclaimed food and farming blogger Tom Philpott, Mother Jones editors Kiera Butler and Maddie Oatman, and a tantalizing guest list of writers, farmers, scientists and chefs as they uncover the surprising stories behind what ends up on your plate. 

The Bioneers: The greatest social and scientific innovators of our time celebrate the genius of nature and human ingenuity. From social and racial justice to women’s leadership and indigenous knowledge, this award-winning series features breakthrough solutions for people and the planet. 

The Uncertain Hour: This Marketplace podcast documentary series is brought to you by the Wealth & Poverty Desk. The first season is a timely, immersive look at the welfare system 20 years after reform. Follow the money and read the fine print to magnify how one of the most controversial federal programs works.

Check out more suggestions from our followers and tell us about your favorites on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. Or, send us a note here. Happy listening!

65 Free Farm to School Recipes From The Chef Ann Foundation

NFSN Staff Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Guest post by Sarah Flinn, Marketing Manager, Chef Ann Foundation

Chef Ann Cooper has been reforming school food for almost 20 years, and when recently asked what she’d do if she had a magic wand, her response was quick and to the point:

1. We need to feed kids—all kids should have access to healthy food at school every day.
2. We need to teach kids food literacy. 

“What is it that we do numerous times a day from the day we’re born to the day we die? It’s eat. It’s not trigonometry. But what do we test students on? We have to teach kids about healthy food and where it comes from.”

Why Farm to School?

We know that one of the best ways to teach kids about their food is to show them where it comes from. Through farm to school activities we aim to connect kids to local farms, farmers and food, and to let them see, smell and touch the fresh produce. But above all else, they need to taste it.

It’s great when schools have activities to teach kids about local produce, but we’ve found that those learning experiences in the lunchroom are even more impactful when the students later see those same ingredients incorporated into their school meals. 

Free Farm to School Recipes

For many schools, a barrier to serving local food is a lack of recipes that utilize farm-fresh ingredients. That’s why we’re so excited to provide 65 new Farm to School recipes on The Lunch Box! Not only do these recipes credit towards the USDA meal pattern, they’ve also been created and tested in a school kitchen, and are taste-taste approved by students. 

The recipes on The Lunch Box are consistently the most utilized resources that the Chef Ann Foundation provides to schools and we’re not surprised why:

  • All of our recipes (there are over 300 of them) are free for anyone to download at any time. 
  • The recipes can be scaled for any number of servings, taking the guesswork out of purchasing.
  • Each recipe also includes the full cost analysis for your specific school or district’s size in addition to the cost per serving—making it easier to plan your budget while incorporating these new recipes into your menu cycle. 
Bringing Farm to School to Pre-K

For the schools that are serving lunch to our youngest kids, the pre-kindergarteners, recipes have been even harder to come by, but our farm to school recipes are among the first recipes that credit towards the new Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) that go into effect this fall. We’ve also put together a complete 6-week menu cycle for Pre-K (and all other grade levels). 

Removing the Barriers to Scratch-Cooking

When you get down to the root of everything that we do at the Chef Ann Foundation, it all leads back to helping as many schools as possible serve healthy, scratch-cooked food to all of our students, regardless of their age or family’s income. When we can help schools with the recipes they need to do that and encourage schools to use their buying power to boost their local economy and decrease their carbon footprint at the same time, everyone wins. 

One last thing, did we mention that these meals are really delicious? Doesn’t Chicken Piccata, Tuna with Lemon and Dill, or a Black Bean Empanada sound more appealing than a frozen burrito or chicken nuggets? You can find all of the new farm to school recipes for free here.

This Week in Farm to School: 8/01/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, August 01, 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. 


Webinars
1. NFSN WEBINAR Farm to ECE Webinar: State Agencies as Leaders and Partners in Growing Farm to ECE
August 2 // 3:30-4:30pm ET
State agencies (including departments of agriculture, education and health) can be key leaders and partners in facilitating growth and institutionalization of farm to ECE at the state level. Join us to learn more about the variety of ways that state agencies across the country are leading the way in farm to ECE. Representatives from Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the South Carolina Departments of Health and Environmental Control and Social Services will share their innovative programs and strategic approaches to growing and supporting farm to ECE in their states. This webinar is open to all so please share widely. Register here

2. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to School: Farm to School in Native Communities
August 3 // 2-3pm ET
In partnership with numerous community leaders, the National Farm to School Network has been exploring opportunities to expand farm to school activities in Native communities. We’ve learned from our partners that with a community-based and multi-generational framework, farm to school can be a nexus of economic development, food sovereignty, health and nutrition, and cultural revitalization. On this webinar, learn about unique opportunities and challenges of farm to school in Native communities, and hear several examples of success from Native community leaders. This webinar is open to all so please share widely. Register here

3. FNS Presents: Partnering for More Successful Summers
August 8 // 2-3pm ET
Join FNS for "Partnering for More Successful Summers: Bringing together Summer Meals, SNAP-Ed and local farmers to better serve communities". Participants will learn how to identify , develop, and leverage possible partnership activities between Summer Food Service, SNAP-Ed, Farm to Summer and Farmers Markets. Register here

4. Budget and Matching Funds for BFRDP Applicants 

August 15 // 1-2 ET
New Entry and their partner, Allison Goin, will present another webinar in their Beginning Farm and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) webinar series for potential applicants. This webinar will dive into the budget and match requirement for the BFRDP grant application. Register here

Action Items
1. OAO Seeking Grant Reviewers
For this year’s 2501 Grant competition, the OAO is seeking reviewers currently working in the grants arena and/or working directly with farmers and ranchers in the field offices of U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Reviewers will be required to review and evaluate evidenced-based grant proposals to provide outreach and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers. If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, please contact Kenya Nicholas at kenya.nicholas@osec.usda.gov or via phone at (202) 720-6350 asap.

Events
1. 2018 Green Schools Conference and Expo
May 3-4 // Denver, CO
The 2018 Green Schools Conference and Expo brings together influential individuals in the fields of education, building design and construction, facilities management, public administration, and more. It’s always a fun time, and a great place to reconnect with friends and colleagues while advancing the green schools movement. The call for proposals is open through August 11th. 

Resources
1. Bake For Good Kids
King Arthur Flour presents the Bake For Good Kids program which encourages students to use "math + science + reading + baking know how = something delicious". This program will provide students the ingredients they need to make homemade bread while also teaching them how to do it.

2. Holistic Efforts are Making a Dent in Childhood Obesity

When it comes to childhood obesity, it might just take a village. Or that’s the implication of a two-year, community-wide intervention in two low-income Massachusetts towns, Fitchburg and New Bedford, which took place between 2012 and 2014. The journal Obesity published three separate studies on the project called Massachusetts Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration (MA-CORD) earlier this month. Read more

3. Five Ways Schools Can Boost the Local Food Economy

Getting local food into a public school system’s meal program seems pretty much like a no brainer. The practice would boost local economies and support smaller-scale farms. It would likewise reduce the environmental impacts related to wide-range distribution. Perhaps most importantly, offering locally sourced lunches would provide the potential for connecting students to agriculture and providing nutrition education, paving the way for future shifts to our food system. Read more

Job Opportunities 
1. School Garden Program Coordinator, Mill City Grows
Mill City Grows seeks a School Garden Program Coordinator to oversee and provide support to Lowell Public Schools’ Garden Leadership Teams in accordance with Mill City Grows’ School Garden Model including identifying potential school garden partners, facilitating school garden leadership team meetings, building garden leadership capacity through MCG’s Garden Coordinator Institute, and encouraging networking between schools. Learn more and apply.

2. Director, GrowNYC
GrowNYC’s Grow to Learn Director leads Grow to Learn NYC: The Citywide School Garden Initiative. Grow to Learn is a partnership between GrowNYC, the Green Thumb division of the NYC Parks Department, and the NYC Department of Education, with a mission to support the growth of a sustainable learning garden for every NYC public school. Learn more and apply

3. Agriculture Development Coordinator, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
The Agriculture Development Coordinator position will coordinate outreach and
education to Vermont’s produce industry related to FDA’s Food Safety
Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule requirements and the execution of
the Vermont Produce Safety Program. Search Job Code #621843 here for more information. 

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

Farm to School in the News
New York families care for school districts' gardens throughout the summer
"Families in the community are also involved in the garden upkeep. Each week, a different family volunteers on a first-come, first-served basis. Each family commits to care for the garden every other day or up to five days a week. Custodians help volunteers access the garden on weekdays." (Newsday)

Rhode Island School Embraces Biodiversity to Attract Beneficial Insects, Pollinators
"As the first of its kind in Rhode Island, The Compass School Biodiversity Garden will be a demonstration site for what can be accomplished at other schools, and as such will serve as a location for teacher workshops and field trips." (Eco RI News

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." (KATU2)

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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