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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.



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