1. Webinar: How to Use the "Candidates Forum Toolkit"
June 7, 1pm ET
In recent years, food councils in North Carolina have hosted candidates forums with key policy makers to both educate them on their communities' food system needs and to connect citizens directly with their law makers. Join members of the Community Food Strategies team as we walk you through the steps outlined in our Candidates Forum Toolkit that explain how to successfully organize a candidates forum. Based on our own work with food councils and policy makers, we will share tips on candidates forum planning, logistics, and promotion. Participants will leave with the tools and confidence to organize their very own candidates forums in their communities. Register here.
2. Webinar: Developing Your BFRDP Project
June 20, 1pm EST
This webinar hosted by New Entry Sustainable Farming Project will focus on developing your project for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) application process. Register here.
1. Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior's (SNEB) Annual Conference
July 20-24 // Washington DC
Join SNEB for their 50th Annual Conference. Learn more and register here. Additionally, all nutrition educators are invited to a pre-conference, in-person workshop: "Nutrition Educators as Advocates: A Day on Capitol Hill" - a chance to learn the latest on the political landscape and visit with your member(s) of Congress. Learn more here.
2. Ku Aina Pa Garden Teacher Workshop
July 24–27 // Honolulu, HI
Navigating the Hawai‘i School Garden Curriculum Map and Creating a Standards-Based Garden Program for Your Classroom is a four-day workshop for Hawai‘i’s K–8 teachers to connect school garden activities to federal and state education standards. $200 scholarships to attend are available through the Kokua Foundation. 3 PD credits available. Learn more and apply here.
3. Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN) Annual Conference
November 2-4 // Madison, WI
Did you know that the Women, Food and Agriculture Network is 20 years old in 2017? It's true—so let's celebrate. Join WFAN for the longest, biggest Annual Conference yet! The conference theme is "Rooted in History, Growing for the Future", and the keynote speaker is LaDonna Redmond. Learn more and register here.
4. Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) Conference
November 9-11 // Baltimore, MD
NESAWG’s It Takes a Region Conference brings together practitioners, leaders, and advocates working to create a just and sustainable food system for all. This conference features the work of farm and food systems leaders in the region while generating conversation about systemic issues in food systems work with the goal of brainstorming collaborative ways forward. Early bird registration opens in August. Learn more and submit your innovative, instructive, and inspiring session ideas for consideration here.
1. New Resource: A Roadmap for Farm to Early Care and Education
National Farm to School Network is please to share it’s new resource, A Roadmap for Farm to Early Care and Education: A guide to understanding farm to school opportunities in early care and education settings. This resource is intended for use by stakeholders from diverse backgrounds to facilitate a shared understanding of the early care and education sector and the natural opportunities to integrate farm to school initiatives into early care and education settings. This shared understanding can support enhanced connectivity between the local food and early care and education communities in order to advance farm to early care and education across the country. This resource includes a basic overview of the early care and education sector, information for getting started with farm to early care and education, and a list of state early care and education agencies and contacts. Explore this new resource here.
2. Get it Toolgether: Assessing Your Food Council's Ability to Do Policy Work
Researchers from the Food Policy Networks program at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future released a new online resource for food policy councils (FPCs). This advocacy capacity toolkit is designed to help FPCs assess their current capacity to work on advocacy and policy and provide them with appropriate recommendations and resources to reach their strategic goals. Learn more about the toolkit here.
3. Lessons Learned from Mississippi Farmer Ben Burkett
Ben Burkett is a fourth-generation farmer and legendary farm advocate. In this article, he shares lessons learned from his decades on the farm, the changes facing small farmers, and why to continue pushing for change. Read more here.
4. New Orleans schools adopt trauma-informed model
Post-traumatic stress disorder among children in New Orleans is more than three times the national rate, according to the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies. Five schools have adopted trauma-informed teaching methods to help address such students' unique needs. Read more here.
1. Executive Director, Organic Association of Kentucky
The Organic Association of Kentucky seeks an executive director who will help the organization achieve its mission of helping organic farmers be more successful while helping consumers learn more about and access more organic food. Learn more here.
2. Education Manager, Farmshare Austin
Farmshare Austin is currently seeking a full-time Education Manager. The Education Manager will lead the signature Farmer Starter program as well as develop and implement a curriculum of community education classes and workshops. Learn more here.
Four Georgia Nonprofits Receive $1.45M to Help Youngest Children Eat Farm-Fresh Food
Through a new national investment, four partner organizations are launching an effort to promote access to local, healthy foods for young children in Georgia’s early learning environments. The statewide public-private partnership will be led by The Common Market Georgia, Georgia Organics (NFSN Georgia Core Partner), Voices for Georgia’s Children and Quality Care for Children. (Metro Atlanta CEO)
California district switches to local and organic meals, cuts carbon footprint – and saves money
Now, five years after the district responded by overhauling the menus at its 100-plus schools – serving less meat and adding more fruits and vegetables – a new report has revealed some surprising results. The study by the environmental nonprofit, Friends of the Earth (FOE), found that the district’s Farm to School initiative not only provided its 48,000 or so students with access to healthier foods, but that between 2012 and 2015 its overall food costs declined and its carbon footprint shrank. (Nation of Change)
Native plant site in Washington public school garden
Master Gardeners planted Cascade Penstemon, Flowering Red Currant, Kinnikinnick, and Sea Blush alongside fourteen other plants native to Washington state to help grow out a school's 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. (Islands Sounder)
Pennsylvania school starts weekly farm-to-table lunch program
Deer Lakes school district has implemented a new “Comfort Food Thursdays” farm-to-table program in partnership with Mish Farms Meat Market. Joe Beaman, director of food services at Deer Lakes, is on a mission to provide students with more locally sourced foods and less processed meals. (TribLive)