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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.


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.

This Week in Farm to School: 7/25/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, July 25, 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. Target Field Trip Grants
The Target Field Trip Grants program provides funds for K-12 field trips in order to give students throughout the country the opportunity to explore more of the world outside the classroom. Online applications will be accepted between August 1 and October 1, 2017. Learn more and apply

2. Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools

The Chef Ann Foundation presents Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools. This grant is designed to help increase kids’ access to fresh fruits and vegetables and create experiential nutrition education when and where students make their food choices: in the cafeteria. The $2,500 one-year grants support food costs to incorporate school-wide fruit and vegetable tastings into the school's nutrition program. Grants will be determined on an ongoing basis depending on available funding. Learn more and apply

Webinars
1. Climate Changes Health: How Climate is Changing Your Dinner Plans

July 27 // 1-2pm ET
Brought to you by the American Public Health Association and Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, this webinar will feature public health experts covering topics including food systems, food production, energy in food distribution, and how all affect our health. Learn more and register
 
2. 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

3. 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

Action Item 
1. Survey: The Future of Midwest Agriculture
The University of Minnesota and Future iQ are collaborating to explore the future of Midwest agriculture. This survey is open to all stakeholders and people who have an interest in the future of Midwest Agriculture, which covers the major agricultural areas of the central parts of USA and Canada.

 Events
1. NESAWG: It Take a Region Conference 

November 9-11 // Baltimore, MD
Calling all youth food justice advocates! You are invited to help plan and participate in NESAWG's 2017 It Takes a Region Conference. The Youth Track at our conference features sessions for youth led by youth showcasing all the amazing ways young people contribute to a just and sustainable food system! Want to lead a session at the conference? Submit your ideas through our Call for Proposals by August 15th at 5pm. 

2. 7th Annual Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference
November 10-12 // Atlanta, Georgia 
Since 2010 BUGS has been creating a space for black urban and rural farmers, food justice activists, chefs, educators, policy makers and everyday citizens to come together and share innovative ideas, projects, and best practices for reclaiming and reshaping our food system. The 2017 conference theme is “Rooted and Rising:  Black Southern Land Legacies of Resistance & Resilience". Workshop proposals must be submitted by August 1. Read more

Resources
1. FRAC and AFT’s New Breakfast Blueprint

FRAC and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) have partnered to develop Breakfast Blueprint: Breakfast After the Bell Programs Support Learning, a comprehensive guide for planning, implementing, and evaluating breakfast after the bell programs. It also includes a section on incorporating farm to school in breakfast after the bell programs, created in partnership with the National Farm to School Network. 

2. New Fact Sheet: Gardens in Tribal Communities
FNS' Office of Community Food Systems has a new fact sheet, "Gardens in Tribal Communities". This resource focuses on Tribal Nations leveraging their school gardens as a tool to preserve tribal language and culture, and as a source of food for child nutrition programs. 

Job Opportunities 
1. 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

2. Agricultural Program Coordinator, Kentucky Department of Agriculture
The KY Department of Agriculture seeks to hire a Agricultural Program Coordinator.  This position will coordinate the statewide expansion & growth of the Senior Farmer Market Program, Farm to School Program, & the Junior Chef Program. Learn more and apply

3. Sprouting Farms Education and Outreach Coordinator, Marshall University 
The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI), West Virginia’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center is accepting resumes for an Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Sprouting Farms project. The successful candidate will join a highly motivated, statewide team to oversee the Apprenticeship, Incubator, and Mentor Farms programs of Sprouting Farms. Read more and apply

Farm to School in the News
Feeding the Virgin Islands

Nate Olive explains that the Virgin Islands is a small market, and the school program “means everything” to farmers like him. The program came along at an especially opportune time—in 2012 just as a local oil refinery closed and the subsequent job loss cut his CSA membership by half. He says the school lunch initiative provides a consistent market for local farmers. (Hakai Magazine

Mississippi Teacher is an Advocate for Ag Education
Willis says his agriculture-based teaching method allows students to accomplish more during the first month of school than they previously could have accomplished by Christmas. For example, they learn about weight, measurement and data collection by weighing their eggs and strawberries. “They have to grade their eggs and write on them,” Willis says. “In addition to all the math in each dozen eggs, parents enjoy getting fresh eggs from their child’s school hens.” In the spring, when students are ready for more of a challenge, Willis teaches them to mill wheat and make yeast bread. There are class contests for the earliest and biggest strawberries picked, and the kids get to take the berries they grow home. (Farm Flavor)

The Woman Who Reinvented Healthy School Meals in Detroit Is Ready to Do the Same for Houston
" 'They don’t teach home economics anymore, so young men and women don’t know how to prepare a meal, don’t know how to cook a vegetable, don’t even know how to boil a pot of beans. So we try to provide those services, to expose kids,” says Wiggins. “I’m trying to change the attitude, trying to teach kids they can have good, local food, they can grow food, they can change their food habits.' " (Houstonia Magazine

Wyoming is Growing Young Minds with Green Gardens
Kristin Vogel, Chair member of Wind River Farm to Plate shared, “We had a gardener come in and teach us about propagating strawberries. All the kids are going to be taking home a strawberry plant and they will know how to care for them if they choose to have a garden of their own.” This garden is the first of more to come in the Fremont County School District. (KCWY 13

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: 7/18/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, July 18, 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. Building Successful Collaboration for Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Grant 
July 18 // 1 ET
Presented by New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and their partner, Allison Goin, this webinar will focus on the importance of building and cultivating strong partnerships and collaborations for BFRDP. Learn more and register

2. Economics of Healthy Food Incentives at Michigan Farmers Markets

July 24 // 2-3 ET
This webinar will debut new findings of a recent study of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the healthy food incentive program Double Up Food Bucks activity at Michigan farmers markets. Hosted by Michigan State University. Learn more and register
 
3. 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

4. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to School: Farm to School in Native Communities

August 3 // 2-3pm ET
In partnership with numerous tribal communities, 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

Action Item 
1. Experiences of People of Color pursuing careers in STEM and agriculture
People of Color ages 18 and over pursuing STEM and agricultural careers or those employed in those fields are invited to participate in a research study through a short survey. The purpose of the study is to understand the experiences and perceptions of minorities in these fields. 

Resources 
1. African Americans have lost untold acres of farmland over the last century
"Many factors contributed to the loss of black-owned land during the 20th century, including systemic discrimination in lending by the US Department of Agriculture, the industrialization that lured workers into factories, and the Great Migration. But the lesser-known issue of heirs’ property also played a role, allowing untold thousands of acres to be forcibly bought out from under black rural families—often second-, third-, or fourth-generation landowners whose ancestors were enslaved—by real-estate developers and speculators." Read more

2. New CACFP Recipes Using Summer Produce  

Check out these chef-developed and kid approved recipes. Make them at your family child care home or center; there are yields for 6, 25, and 50 servings. Crediting information is provided to help you incorporate the recipes into the updated Child and Adult Care Food Program meal patterns.

3. Cultivating Equitable Food-Oriented Development: Lessons from West Oakland
The second of a three-part series by PolicyLink and Mandela MarketPlace, this case study highlights the ongoing work of Mandela MarketPlace and its partners to build a local food system that prioritizes community ownership in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more

4. Six Reasons Local Food Systems Will Replace Our Industrial Model
"The local food movement is so decentralized and dispersed that it is impossible to accurately estimate the size or importance of the movement. The USDA estimated the value of local food sales by farmers at $9 billion in 2015. This figure does not reflect the “retail value” of food sold by farmers to local restaurants or retailers. Virtually everywhere I go, I discover new local foods initiatives." Read more

Policy
1. Secretary Perdue Praises Farm to School at SNA Conference
USDA Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue gave a speech at last week's School Nutrition Association annual national conference in Atlanta. In his remarks, Perdue praised farm to school efforts saying, "I want to encourage each of you, if you’re not doing that already, to work with your state departments of agriculture on growing your farm to school partnerships. Locally grown food and hands-on gardening experiences in schools can only be good for our children." Watch a video of Perdue's address here (farm to school remarks start at 16:00).

2. Organics, Specialty Crops, And Local Food On Display In Senate Hearing 
Last week, the Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing to discuss opportunities and challenges facing the organic, specialty crop, and local and regional food markets as Congress prepares to reauthorize the farm bill. Among the witnesses testifying was Haile Johnston, Co-Founder and Director of The Common Market, and NFSN Advisory Board member. “USDA investment has yielded staggering results… it’s safe to say that The Common Market would not be where we are today had it not been for those investments,” said Haile in his testimony to the Committee. “It is critically important that the next farm bill continue support for these and other local food programs to build on our efforts and support new local and regional food systems across the country.” Read more

Job Opportunities 
1. Early and School Food Academic Specialist, Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems
The Michigan State University (MSU) Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) is seeking an annual full-time Academic Specialist to lead efforts promoting good food access and awareness in early child care and education environments (ECE) and K-12 schools. Learn more here by searching for job posting #446354 under faculty/academic staff. 

2. Policy Intern, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
NSAC is seeking to hire a paid, full-time Policy Intern to be based in their Capitol Hill office. This position is term, mid-August through early-January. Learn more

3. Executive Director, Tilth Alliance

Tilth Alliance seeks a strategic and inspiring executive director who is committed to cultivating a sustainable and equitable food system in Washington State. Learn more and apply

4. Food Hub Coordinator, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
New Entry is seeking to hire a Food Hub Coordinator. This position will oversee operation of the multi-farmer World PEAS Food Hub distributing fresh, locally-grown produce throughout the Merrimack Valley and Boston area. Learn more and apply

5. School Garden Coordinator and Science Teacher, The Nueva School
The Nueva School seeks a dynamic garden and science educator to become part of their faculty. Learn more and apply

Farm to School in the News
Educators Gather to Advance Farm to School Practices
From June 27-29, 72 educators from New England and New York gathered for a kick-off to the year-long Northeast Farm to School Institute, which advances food, farm and nutrition education and expands the amount of local products served in school cafeterias. “We were very excited this year to have school teams from the six New England states plus New York — the largest FTS Institute that we have hosted,” said Betsy Rosenbluth, project director of Vermont FEED and NFSN Vermont Core Partner. (Lancaster Farming

Charlotte,
NC school garden position is far from a ‘fluff job’
"Garinger Farm is an example of what a school garden program can achieve. But sustaining and expanding these accomplishments can’t be done by volunteers, or by asking already-overburdened teachers to take on a new set of tasks. It requires dedicated resources. By making gardens and nutrition a greater central-office priority, our new superintendent has set the stage for making CMS into a national model for this essential endeavor." (Charlotte Observer)

Indiana school boosts agriculture teaching with master gardeners
"About 100 plants, including a trio of trees, several dozen shrubs and many perennial flowers, were recently planted outside the library at Southwest Elementary School in Greenwood. And now, several master gardeners will be assisting teachers in using the garden to help students learn about the role bugs play in agriculture." (Daily 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: 7/11/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, July 11, 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. New Entry Farm Training Initiative: Mainstreaming Beginning Farmers in Local Food Policy
July 12 // 2-3:15 ET
An exploration of  how local  food policy efforts can mainstream the needs of beginning farmers and create conditions favorable to the success of new farm businesses. Register here

2. MSU Center for Regional Food System: Economics of Healthy Food Incentives at Michigan Farmers Markets

July 24 // 2-3 ET
This webinar will debut new findings of a recent study of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the healthy food incentive program Double Up Food Bucks activity at Michigan farmers markets. Learn more and register
 
3. NFSN Farm to ECE Quarterly 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

Events
1. Conference on Native American Nutrition
September 18-20 // Prior Lake, MN
Attend the second annual Conference on Native American Nutrition.This conference brings together tribal officials, researchers, practitioners, and others to discuss the current state of Indigenous and academic scientific knowledge about Native nutrition and food science, and identify new areas of work. Learn more and register

2. American Community Gardening Association: 38th Annual Conference
July 27-30 //  Hartford, CT
The ACGA Conference will include workshops covering everything from cutting edge horticulture practices to community gardening start-up and sustainability to school/youth gardening curricula to innovative health and workplace programs, and MORE. Learn more and register

Action Item 
1. Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council 
The Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council's Good Food Procurement Subcommittee is interested in learning from others. Specifically, they want to know: How do you engage participants who work outside City government in good food purchasing work?; What issues or activities does your procurement subcommittee(working group) work on and how are non-City-employee participants involved?; Have you had expert guest speakers at on good food procurement at your meetings or subcommittee meetings? If so, who? Please email responses to Molly.Riordan@phila.gov.
2. Seeking Non-English Farm to School Resources
The National Farm to School Network seeks farm to school related resources in diverse languages to add to our free, online resource database. We aim to connect all students and families to farm to school materials in languages that are accessible to them, and to do this, we need your help! Please send any relevant non-English farm to school resource to info@farmtoschool.org. Thank you for helping making farm to school available in many languages! 

Policy News
1. Oregon Farm to School Bill passed with full funding
Last week, HB 2038 passed both the Oregon House and Senate, allocating $4.5 million (the same amount as last session) for schools to purchase Oregon grown and processed foods and for food, agriculture, and garden based education. With the state in a budget crisis and many programs facing loss of funding, the bill passed unanimously in both the House and Senate, maintaining farm to school’s strong bi-partisan support in Oregon. Congratulations, Oregonians! Read more here and here

Resources 

1.USDA introduces new planning guide
The Farm to Child Nutrition Programs Planning Guide directs you through questions to consider when starting or growing a Farm to School, Farm to CACFP, or Farm to Summer program. This planning guide should be used as a supplemental tool to the Farm to School Planning Toolkit. This guide can be updated annually to ensure you are working towards your long-term goals. 

2. How SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) aids equity in education
Today, U.S. schools are moving in this direction to address the social and emotional dimensions of learning as part of their academic mission. This is an important step that will make it possible for all students to reach their full potential. When Oakland Unified Public Schools helped educators prioritize social and emotional learning (SEL), we saw dramatic increases in graduation rates for students of color, and a nearly 50 percent decline in suspensions. Read more

Job Opportunities 
1. Communications and Development Coordinator, Green Mountain Farm-to-School
Green Mountain Farm-to-School seeks to hire a Communications and Development Coordinator with strong communications and organizational skills to support the growth of their organization. Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) is a nonprofit organization promoting the health and well-being of Vermont's children, farms and communities by providing programs to connect schools and farms through food and education. Learn more and apply

2. Training and Outreach Specialist, Community GroundWorks
Community GroundWorks is currently seeking an experienced garden-based learning Training & Outreach Specialist to develop and offer trainings, technical assistance services, and general outreach for the Wisconsin School Garden Network. Learn more and apply

3. Education Child Nutrition Consultant, Vermont Agency of Education
Vermont's Agency of Education seeks to hire an Education Child Nutrition Consultant.  This position will include planning, administrative, consultative, and monitoring work at a professional level in providing education services in Child Nutrition Programs. Learn more

Farm to School in the News
Farm school: One Southwest Philly after-school program teaching grassroots literacy – literally

"But what I’m hoping to is show that the hands-on [gardening] activity gives us a tremendous amount of raw material to develop literacy skills. When we go through our beds, we find certain insects. We take pictures of them, and then the students take those pictures back into library and we research them. It exposes students to a whole new vocabulary." (Philadelphia Weekly)

Class is always in session in this New Jersey school garden 
While the peppers have a way to go before they are ready, the herbs are at their peak. Last week, a team of four met at the garden to pick, package and deliver the fragrant herbs to a paying customer and community partner, The Grilled Cheese and Crab Cake Co. on Laurel Drive. They picked sweet basil, purple basil, thyme, rosemary, chives and garlic chives. The restaurant wants to use locally sourced food as much as possible, and they want to support the school program. (Shore News Today)

Each Summer, The Lunchbox Takes Free Meals On The Road To Kids In Vermont
The Lunchbox isn't quite like other food trucks. Instead of simply setting up shop and selling food at different locations around the state like many commercial trucks do, The Lunchbox spends the summer months giving away freshly made, locally produced meals to kids under 18. (VPR)

Monarch conservation efforts making strides in North Iowa

Students at West Fork Middle School and Mason City High School; and volunteers with the Garden Club of North Iowa started swamp, butterfly, and common milkweed plants from seed to be used in local pollinator plantings. Milkweeds, the only plant monarch caterpillars eat, are an essential component of monarch conservation. (Globe Gazette)


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: 7/5/17

NFSN Staff Wednesday, July 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. ALDI Smart Kids Program
This program makes $100-$5K grants to organizations that promote kids being healthy and active in the geographical areas where ALDI stores are located. Applications are open Feb. 1 - Dec. 15 of each year on a rolling basis. Learn more and apply

2. Rural Seed Grant
Food Coop Initiative’s Rural Seed Grant program is designed to provide financial support during a new food co-op’s early development, backed by the advice and guidance of their development specialists, with the goal of helping  co-ops move through the startup process effectively and efficiently. Learn more and apply


Webinars
1. Trending Topics in Farm to School: Farm to School Partnerships with Your School Nutrition Association
TOMORROW - July 6 // 2-3pm ET
Join the National Farm to School Network to learn about partnering with your School Nutrition Association to expand your farm to school efforts. This webinar is part of NFSN’s new monthly webinar series, Trending Topics in Farm to School, which will be held the first Thursday of every month from 2-3pm ET. These webinars are open to anyone interested in learning about emerging issues and innovation in the farm to school movement. Help spread the word, and register for the July webinar here

2. Farm to ECE Quarterly 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


Action Items 
1. Seeking Non-English Farm to School Resources
The National Farm to School Network seeks farm to school related resources in diverse languages to add to our free, online resource database. We aim to connect all students and families to farm to school materials in languages that are accessible to them, and to do this, we need your help! Please send any relevant non-English farm to school resource to info@farmtoschool.org. Thank you for helping making farm to school available in many languages! 

2. SAWG Seeks Board Nominations
The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Board of Directors is accepting applicants for consideration of a board appointment beginning in March 2018, and through March 2021. Application Deadline is August 15, 2017. Learn more and apply

3. Local Food Safety Collaborative Survey 
The Local Food Safety Collaborative aims to provide specialized training, education, and outreach to farmers and food processors who serve local markets. Responses to this survey will help direct their resources to best enhance fundamental food safety knowledge and help small farmers and processors comply with applicable Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations.


Resources 
1. Why We Can't Talk About Race in Food
In this CivilEats article five food writers of color share their experiences and perspectives on race as it relates to the food system. Dakota Kim, writer and food editor for Paste magazine explains, "Food is not your separate, happy, safe sphere, away from politics. Food is politics. Food is culture." Read more

2. New Farm to ECE Video

The Vermont Farm to School Network just completed a new Farm to ECE video. This three minute short is a great audio-visual summary of what Farm to ECE can look like! 

3. Food eTALK

Food eTalk is helping parents and guardians make good choices on the spot. Food eTalk is an online nutrition education eLearning program which features 10-minute interactive lessons, cooking videos, and just-in-time learning videos. 


Job Opportunities
 
1. Garden Educator, Grow Pittsburgh
Grow Pittsburgh seeks to fill a full time Garden Educator position. As a part of the Grow Pittsburgh team, the Garden Educator will be a integral part of teaching students to grow, cook and eat fresh food while celebrating the cultures and experiences of the students and the city. Read more and apply

2. Marketing and Communication Coordinator, AmpleHarvest.org
AmpleHarvest.org seeks a Marketing and Communications Coordinator. AmpleHarvest.org represents an exciting model for addressing food waste and hunger/malnutrition in the US. The idea being to move information instead of moving food. Read more and apply

3. Call for Contract Proposals for Farm to Institution Analysis

The Wallace Center at Winrock International is soliciting proposals from qualified contractors to carry out a landscape analysis of the farm to institution market in Central Brooklyn focused on how the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (Restoration) can leverage and coordinate existing efforts and infrastructure to scale up local food procurement. Proposals are due July 21. Learn more


Farm to School in the News

Delaware school garden promotes real-world science instruction
“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. “The sensory garden will also serve as an outdoor classroom for science, mathematics, writing, and drawing classes.” (Delaware.gov)

Kids hand out free veggies they grew at Oklahoma elementary school
"What’s so cool about it is you can harvest and give it to people who want plants and don’t have (them) in their gardens." Students also hand out recipes to give families ideas of how to use the vegetables. (Tulsa World)

Kentucky students have first garden harvest
Summer break may be in full swing, but several Conkwright Elementary students came to their school Tuesday evening for the first harvest of vegetables from a garden planted earlier in the year. (Winchester Sun)

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: 6/27/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, June 27, 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. Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Grant Program 
Applications are being solicited through the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Grant Program (also known as the “2501 Program”) from community-based and non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and Tribal entities to provide outreach and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers.  The deadline for applications is August 7, 2017. Learn more


Webinars

1. Team Up for Farm to School Success!
June 29 // 3-4 pm ET
FNS will host the June Team Up Thursday webinar, focused on best practices for planning and organizing successful farm to school programs. The webinar will feature schools and districts who have creatively utilized Farm to School Planning Grants to grow their program. Learn more and register

2. Trending Topics in Farm to School: Farm to School Partnerships with Your School Nutrition Association

July 6 // 2-3pm ET
Join the National Farm to School Network to learn about partnering with your School Nutrition Association to expand your farm to school efforts. This webinar is part of NFSN’s new monthly webinar series, Trending Topics in Farm to School, which will be held the first Thursday of every month from 2-3pm ET. These webinars are open to anyone interested in learning about emerging issues and innovation in the farm to school movement. Help spread the word, and register for the July webinar here

3. NFSN Farm to ECE Quarterly 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

Events
1. National Food Sovereignty Summit
October 2-5 // Green Bay, WI
The National Food Sovereignty Summit  is a forum for sharing and collaboration to build healthy food systems within tribal communities. This event is perfect for Native farmers, ranchers, gardeners, businesses, policymakers, tribal agriculture staff, Native nonprofits working in agriculture, small producers, tribal producers and tribal leaders. Learn more and register

2. Focusing on Food Loss and Waste: 2017 FoodTank Summit NYC

September 13 // NYC
As the inaugural NYC Food Tank Summit, the event will gather dozens of expert speakers who are top leaders across all sectors of the food industry. The entire NYC Food Tank Summit can also be viewed remotely free via FoodTank.com and Facebook Live. Apply here for tickets.  


Action Items 
1. Chef Ann Foundation Survey
The Chef Ann Foundation's Learning Lunchrooms Initiative will help schools offer learning opportunities about food and nutrition in the cafeteria, while simultaneously creating an engaging mealtime environment by redesigning front-of-house equipment, furniture, and displays; and they need your input to make it happy. Please take 5-10 minutes to complete this survey so they can better understand if there is a desire and appetite for creating a more interactive lunchroom space.

2. USDA 2017 Census of Agriculture

Make sure you are counted! New farmers or existing farmers who have not participated in a prior Census of Agriculture still have time to sign up to be counted through the end of June. 


Resources & Research

1. New Survey Report Reveals Producer Practices & Attitudes About Selling Food to Schools, Colleges & Hospitals  
Farm to Institution New England (FINE) has released the third publication in a series of research reports revealing trends in regional markets for local food at K-12 schools, hospitals, colleges, and other institutions. “Producer Perspectives: The New England Farm-to-Institution Market” presents in-depth findings and makes specific, data-driven recommendations for farmers, producer service providers, government officials, funders, and institutions.

2. Atlanta-based organization Truly Living Well is growing a healthy community 

Literally and figuratively, Rashid Nuri planted a seed that is blossoming into better food for all. “Truly Living Well has had a major influence on my students understanding the importance of food sustainability, urban agriculture, and healthy eating,” said Margul Woolfolk, principal of M. Agnes Jones Elementary. “It has taken complex concepts and textbook exposure to a higher level.” Read more

3. MSU Sending Tribal College Students on New PATHS to Food Sovereignty

The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded Montana State University $280,000 over three years to support the PATHS, or “Pathways to Agriculture and Native foods, Tribal Health and Sovereignty,” program. Principal Investigator Holly Hunts, an associate professor in Montana State University’s College of Education, Health and Human Development, said: “This is an interdisciplinary effort to look at problems and solve them. We are exponentially smarter when we work together.” The PATHS program is open to students at any tribal college. Read more


Job Opportunities 

1. Chef Manager, Ecospaces
New Jersey based Ecospaces seeks a Chef Manager to oversee all food production while abiding by the regulations of the federal reimbursable meal program (National School Lunch Program). Learn more and apply

2. Early and School Food Academic Specialist, Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems

The Michigan State University (MSU) Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) seeks an Academic Specialist to lead efforts promoting good food access and awareness in early child care and education environments (ECE) and K-12 schools. Learn more and apply

3. Director of School Nutrition, Maine Regional School Unit No. 5
Maine Regional School unit No. 5 (Durham, Freeport, Pownal) seeks a Director of Food Service to provide leadership in developing and maintaining the district’s food service program in accordance with the provisions of the National School Lunch Program. Learn more and apply

4. Development and Community Stewardship Coordinator, West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition
The West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition seeks a Development and Community Stewardship Coordinator. This position has two essential functions. The first function is helping develop and expand an inclusive membership program and the second is to coordinate development efforts, including fundraising through grant writing , corporate sponsorships and partnerships. Learn more and apply


Farm to School in the News

New York students benefit from gardening program
As seeds grow, so do the students. The time outdoors learning how to plant and tend their gardens not only inspires a newfound interest in gardening, nutrition and the environment that carries over into their home lives, it also incorporates academic subjects like math, science and writing. (Time Herald-Record)

Nebraska children dig into building a better world

“The community garden to me is a fabulous opportunity for families to talk about where food comes from, healthier eating habits, staying away from processed food. We’re in a food desert in Hastings. We don’t have access to fresh fruits and vegetables geographically but we have tons of fast food. I think it’s an important educational piece.” (Hastings Tribune)

Exclusive dining, excellent service at Alabama School's Spaghetti Palace

The most exclusive new restaurant in town — Spaghetti Palace — opened Thursday in the gym at Attalla Elementary School, staffed by the students involved in the school’s summer camp program. While the school’s cafeteria manager cooked the spaghetti, meatballs and sauce that were served, the students worked to prepare the salads, using items from the school’s community garden. (Gadsden Times)

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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