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This Week in Farm to School: 12/11/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Every week, we share opportunities, action items and a selection of media stories that relate to the farm to school movement. To submit an item for consideration, send us an email. To be considered, content should be of national interest to the farm to school community. 

Grants & Funding
1. Katie's Krops Garden Grower Grant
Deadline: December 31, 2018
Starting a Katie’s Krops Garden is so much more than just receiving funding to grow a garden. Youth selected as Katie’s Krops Growers are empowered to grow a healthy end to hunger in their community and positively impacting the health of their cities and towns. Learn more and apply here.


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics: Youth Voice and Engagement in Farm to School
Thursday, January 10 // 1 - 2 PM ET
Engaging youth voice and leadership in farm to school initiatives is essential to advancing the movement and growing the next generation of food systems leaders. Join the National Farm to School Network and Shelburne Farms to celebrate youth engagement in farm to school projects and curriculum. Hear from educators and students from urban, suburban, and rural communities as they share how they are innovatively promoting healthier and more just food systems in their schools and communities through farm to school. Register here

2. EQUITY Webinar: Building Racial Equity Within Cooperative Extension
Dec. 13, 2-3:30pm ET
This webinar will highlight tools, strategies, and takeaways from a panel that participated in the “Coming Together for Racial Understanding” week-long workshop in August 2018. We will also learn about the work of eXtension Foundation’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion fellow and a new fieldbook resource. Many people are looking for a place to start including racial equity in your work and/or making connections with those who have had multiple learning experiences with racial equity and are already using it as a programming lens. The majority of the webinar time will be used to field participant questions and insights about integrating a lens of racial equity in the work of food systems, agriculture, health, and related content areas. Register here.

3. Farm to Cafeteria Canada National Farm to School Conference - Call for Proposals
Farm to Cafeteria Canada's (F2CC) National Farm to School Conference will be held in Victoria, British Columbia, May 15-17, 2019 and we are now accepting proposals. Building on the success of the 2015 Changing the Menu conference, this event is designed to advance activity to bring more healthy, local and sustainable foods into the minds and onto the plates of students in preschools, schools (K-12) and campuses across Canada. We invite you to join your colleagues from across Canada as they INSPIRE, INNOVATE, and organize for IMPACT. Deadline to submit is December 20, 2018. Learn more here.

4. Save the Date: 2019 Community Food Systems Conference
December 9-11, 2019 // Savannah, GA
The 2019 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. Hosted by New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and Georgia Farmers Market Association. Save the date and learn more here.


Research & Resources
1. RWJF Interdisciplinary Leaders Application Opening Soon 
Applications for the next cohort of Interdisciplinary Research Leaders open January 11, 2019! RWJF is looking for teams of two researchers and one community partner who are using the power of applied research—research that informs and supports critical work being done in communities—to improve health and equity. Let us know (email lacy@farmtoschool.org) if you are interested in exploring farm to school/ECE opportunities for this research partnership. 

2. Local Food for Little Eaters: A Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Guide to Local Food Purchasing
Local food purchasing is one component of farm to early care and education (ECE), which also includes on-site gardens and food, nutrition, and agriculture education. This guide, developed by Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, is designed to help Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) programs increase the amount of local foods they purchase and use in their early care and education (ECE) programs serving children of migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Read more here.


Policy Updates
1. USDA Publishes School Meals Final Rule
Last week, USDA announced a final rule that will relax nutrition standards for meals under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP) and other federal child nutrition programs. The rule will allow schools to offer 1% milk in flavors, maintain (rather than reduce) sodium levels in school food, and requires that only half of the grains used in menu items must be whole grains. Read more here


Job Opportunities
1. Executive Director, National Farm to School Network (Remote) 
National Farm to School Network seeks a dynamic, values-driven and collaborative leader as Executive Director. The Executive Director leads innovation and strategic growth toward accomplishing the mission of the organization. Location is flexible (anywhere within the U.S., with preference for proximity to Washington, D.C.). The deadline to apply is Jan. 7, 2019. Learn more here

2. Executive Director, Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (remote)
Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) is seeking to hire an entrepreneurial, visionary leader and fundraiser to serve as Executive Director. The Executive Director will be responsible for leading the organization in its work of increasing the collective power of the sustainable agriculture movement in 13 southern states by building knowledge, awareness, and community amount farmers and their key partners. Must reside in one of the 13 southern states SSAWG serves. Application deadline is December 31, 2018. Learn more here.  

3. Farm to ECE Program Coordinator, University of Idaho (Blaine County, ID)
University of Idaho Extension, in partnership with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW), has received a Maternal and Child Health Services Title Block Grant to develop and implement a pilot program of Farm to Early Childcare Education in up to 10 preschools throughout South Central Idaho. Learn more and apply here


Farm to School in the News
Farm to School Back on Menu at Minnesota State Capitol
When the 2019 session convenes next month, Minnesota legislators will hear about the success of farm-to-school programs and how they could be improved with a centralized approach and additional state funding. Relying on locally sourced food would mean small farms can sell their crops, the local economy benefits and kids eat better. (Public News Service)

New robot to help New Hampshire students learn science
Soon, student at Monadnock Regional Middle/High School will reap more than knowledge. The school will be unveiling its new FarmBot - a farming machine that automatically plants and cultivates crops, and is programmed using open source software. Students in woods, metals, and robotics classes have been working to assemble and program the FarmBot. (Sentinel Source)

Massachusetts school holds community lunch
Students at a Massachusetts school recently held a lunch for their community, including local leaders. The farm-to-school meal included locally produced chicken and campus-grown kale and herbs, and was served by the school's sixth-grade students. (Vineyard 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.

A Grateful Farewell to Anupama Joshi, Executive Director

NFSN Staff Tuesday, December 04, 2018
A letter from Miguel Villarreal, Advisory Board Chair, and the National Farm to School Network Advisory Board


After elevens years of leadership, visioning and dedication to growing the farm to school movement, Anupama Joshi is stepping down from her role as Executive Director of the National Farm to School Network. Anupama announced her departure in September, and her last day is Wednesday, Dec. 5.  

We invite you to join us in taking a moment to celebrate Anupama's contributions since she co-founded the National Farm to School Network in 2007, and to reflect on the incredible growth and success of farm to school over the past decade. 

During her tenure, Anupama has played a pivotal role in pioneering and shaping a national movement of communities working to bring local food sourcing, school gardens and food and agriculture education into schools and early care and education settings. Under Anupama’s leadership, the National Farm to School Network has: 

  • Grown a robust, cross-sectoral network that includes over 200 nonprofits, government agencies, and academic institutions, and more than 20,000 individual members across the country. 
  • Advocated for the recognition and institutionalization of farm to school at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which has disbursed $25 million in federal farm to school grants over the past 5 year, developed the Farm to School Census, and created national and regional farm to school staffing within USDA. 
  • Developed innovative resources such as Evaluation for Transformation, Benefits of Farm to School, State Farm to School Legislative Survey, State Farm to School Positions Guide, and State Farm to School Networks Toolkit.
  • Hosted National Farm to Cafeteria Conferences, bringing together thousands of stakeholders from across the movement for collaborative learning, networking and movement building. 
  • Prioritized early care and education settings (ECE) and Native communities as touch points for expanding and strengthening farm to school activities.  
  • Solidified farm to school as a ubiquitous part of food systems change work

We are grateful to Anupama for her years of dedication to the National Farm to School Network, and wish her all our best as she begins her new role as Executive Director of the Blue Sky Funders Forum. Please join the Advisory Board in celebrating and thanking Anupama by making a donation in her honor to the National Farm to School Network, and leave your own farewell note for her on the National Farm to School Network’s Twitter, Facebook or Instagram

Jessica Gudmundson, current Senior Director, Finance and Operations, will serve as Interim Executive Director following Anupama's departure. We are currently accepting applications for Executive Director. There is great opportunity for the next leader to continue to advance the work of the National Farm to School Network. Read the full position description and learn more here. The deadline to apply is Jan. 7, 2019. 

As the National Farm to School Network begins its next chapter, we are well equipped and excited to continue innovating, strategizing and strengthening this important movement. Staff are already preparing for a busy and exciting 2019, including updating the Benefits of Farm to School resource and State Farm to School Legislative Survey, launching a new monthly webinar series, and making plans for the 2020 National Farm to Cafeteria Conference. 

We thank you for your support during this transition, and for your ongoing partnership in growing healthy kids, thriving farms and vibrant communities. 


This Week in Farm to School: 12/4/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, December 04, 2018
Every week, we share opportunities, action items and a selection of media stories that relate to the farm to school movement. To submit an item for consideration, send us an email. To be considered, content should be of national interest to the farm to school community. 

Grants & Funding
1. USDA FY 2019 Farm to School Grant RFA
Deadline: December 4, 2018 - last day to apply!
The FY 2019 Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) is now open to applicants. Due to additional funding made available to the Farm to School Grant Program through the FY 2018 Omnibus Bill, the Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) seeks to award approximately $7.5M in FY 2019 funding.  Applications are due Dec. 4, 2018. Learn more and apply here.


Webinars & Events
1. Farm to Cafeteria Canada National Farm to School Conference - Call for Proposals
March 15-17, 2019 // Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Farm to Cafeteria Canada's (F2CC) National Farm to School Conference will be held in Victoria, British Columbia, May 15-17, 2019 and we are now accepting proposals. Building on the success of the 2015 Changing the Menu conference, this event is designed to advance activity to bring more healthy, local and sustainable foods into the minds and onto the plates of students in preschools, schools (K-12) and campuses across Canada. We invite you to join your colleagues from across Canada as they INSPIRE, INNOVATE, and organize for IMPACT. Deadline to submit is December 20, 2018. Learn more here.


Research & Resources
1. Opportunities and Challenges for Farm to Early Care and Education in Settings Serving Low-Income Children
Farm to early care and education (ECE) is a set of activities that includes the use of local foods in meals and snacks, gardening opportunities, and food-based education. This study, co-authored by Lacy Stephens, NFSN Program Manager, utilizes results from a 2015 national survey of ECE providers, to explore farm to ECE activities in settings serving high proportions of low-income children. Read the study here.

2. Local Food for Little Eaters: A Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Guide to Local Food Purchasing
Local food purchasing is one component of farm to early care and education (ECE), which also includes on-site gardens and food, nutrition, and agriculture education. This guide, developed by Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, is designed to help Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) programs increase the amount of local foods they purchase and use in their early care and education (ECE) programs serving children of migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Read more here.

3. Farm to Keiki: Cooking, Gardening and Nutrition for Children
Farm to Keiki is a new farm to school lesson and recipe book written for Hawaiiʻs teachers and families. The 182 color pages make it easy to teach children healthy cooking, how to eat locally grown foods, how to grow a garden and about Hawaiiʻs cultures and environment. The recommended age group is for children 3-9 years old. Click here to download the e-book

4. RWJF Interdisciplinary Leaders Application
Applications for the next cohort of RWJF Interdisciplinary Leaders open January 11, 2019! RWJF is looking for teams of two researchers and one community partner who are using the power of applied research—research that informs and supports critical work being done in communities—to improve health and equity. Let us know (email lacy@farmtoschool.org) if you are interested in exploring farm to school/ECE opportunities for this research partnership. 


Job Opportunities
1. Executive Director, National Farm to School Network (Remote) 
National Farm to School Network seeks a dynamic, values-driven and collaborative leader as Executive Director. The Executive Director leads innovation and strategic growth toward accomplishing the mission of the organization. Location is flexible (anywhere within the U.S., with preference for proximity to Washington, D.C.). The deadline to apply is Jan. 7, 2019. Learn more here

2. Director, McDowell Farm School (Nauvoo, AL)
McDowell Farm School is a located at Camp McDowell in northern Alabama’s canyon country next to the Bankhead National Forest. With 1100+ acres of forests, streams, and canyons plus the 40-acre Farm to explore and utilize as a classroom. The Farm School is looking for the perfect person to lead a team of professional educators in a full-time position as Director. Full-time, salaried, on-site housing, and full benefits. Learn more and apply here.

3. Youth Programs Manager, Wright-Locke Farm (Winchester, MA)
Wright-Locke Farm in Winchester, MA is hiring a Youth Programs Manager (YPM) to
manage, facilitate and develop outdoor youth education programs. The YPM position is year-round: full-time (40 hours) from April through October and part-time (20 hours) from December through March. Benefits are included. Learn more and apply here


Farm to School in the News
Hawaii elementary school became first DOE school to serve taro
Eleele Elementary School on Kauai became the first Hawaii Department of Education school to serve kalo or taro in its food service menu. This is part of Aina Pono, the Hawaii State Farm to School Program. Eleele Elementary principal Paul Zina invited Lt. Governor Doug Chin, Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho and Kauai Mayor-elect Derek Kawakami to help serve kalo to the students. (KITV 4)

California Girl Scout rejuvenates school garden
Natalie Dean, a member of the Coastside Girl Scout Troop, was recently presented with the Girl Scout Silver Award. Dean, who is now a ninthgrader at Mercy High School, chose hunger, and began working to renovate a community garden at her former middle school. (Half Moon Bay Review)

Ohio County Board of Health promote farm to school 
The Cuyahoga County Board of Health is currently promoting the farm to school initiatives with its Feed Our Future effort by holding town hall meetings around Northeast Ohio. (cleveland.com

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: 11/27/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Every week, we share opportunities, action items and a selection of media stories that relate to the farm to school movement. To submit an item for consideration, send us an email. To be considered, content should be of national interest to the farm to school community. 

Grants & Funding
1. USDA FY 2019 Farm to School Grant RFA
Deadline: December 4, 2018 - last week to apply!
The FY 2019 Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) is now open to applicants. Due to additional funding made available to the Farm to School Grant Program through the FY 2018 Omnibus Bill, the Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) seeks to award approximately $7.5M in FY 2019 funding.  Applications are due Dec. 4, 2018. Learn more and apply here.

2. One Earth Award 
The One Earth Award provides four students whose creative works encourage the awareness of, and meaningful responses to, pressing issues of human-caused climate change with $1,000 scholarships. In addition, special awards are also available for students and educators from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. All students in grades 7-12 (ages 13 and up) are eligible to participate. Visit artandwriting.org for more information, and visit the deadlines and guidelines page for information on when and how students can submit their work.


Webinars & Events
1. EQUITY Webinar: Building Racial Equity Within Cooperative Extension
Dec. 13, 2-3:30pm ET
This webinar will highlight tools, strategies, and takeaways from a panel that participated in the “Coming Together for Racial Understanding” week-long workshop in August 2018. We will also learn about the work of eXtension Foundation’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion fellow and a new fieldbook resource. Many people are looking for a place to start including racial equity in your work and/or making connections with those who have had multiple learning experiences with racial equity and are already using it as a programming lens. The majority of the webinar time will be used to field participant questions and insights about integrating a lens of racial equity in the work of food systems, agriculture, health, and related content areas. Register here.

2. Call for Session Proposals: National Children & Youth Garden Symposium Building Blocks for a Sustainable Future
July 10-13, 2019 // Madison, WI
The American Horticultural Society is pleased to announce its 27th annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium (NCYGS), the only national professional development event of its kind where we are cultivating tomorrow's gardeners by energizing, inspiring, and training today's garden educators. The 2019 event will take place July 10-13 in Madison, Wisconsin. Session proposals that embody the theme, Building Blocks for a Sustainable Future will be accepted until December 31, 2018. Learn more and submit your proposal here.

3. National Farmers Union’s Women’s Conference
January 13-17, 2019 // San Diego, CA
Calling all women in agriculture: are you looking for applicable business skills, innovative marketing tactics, advice for making a food safety plan, and a strong network of other women in agriculture? National Farmers Union’s Women’s Conference, January 13-17 in San Diego, California, offers all that and more. Learn more and register here


Job Opportunities
1. Executive Director, National Farm to School Network (Remote) 
National Farm to School Network seeks a dynamic, values-driven and collaborative leader as Executive Director. The Executive Director leads innovation and strategic growth toward accomplishing the mission of the organization. Location is flexible (anywhere within the U.S., with preference for proximity to Washington, D.C.). The deadline to apply is Jan. 7, 2019. Learn more here

2. Executive Director, NOFA-VT (Richmond, VT)
NOFA-VT is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director. They seek a leader who will continue to build a big, inclusive, and energetic tent for Vermont’s agricultural community and be resilient and adaptable while leading the organization. Learn more and apply here

3. Program Coordinator, Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (Brooklyn, NY) 
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation is seeking a Program Coordinator to lead outreach and engagement activities, in support of initiatives such as Restoration’s Farm to Institution and Bike Share efforts, and to ensure the coordination and sustainability of the work as part of Restoration’s larger mission and vision as a community development organization. Learn more and apply here.

4. Multiple Positions, Calypso Farm & Ecology Center (Fairbanks, AK)
Calypso Farm & Ecology Center is seeking a Field Trip Coordinator, a School Garden Manager, and a Farm Camp & Volunteer Program Coordinator. Learn more and apply here.


Farm to School in the News
Minnesota farm to school has been good for farmers & students alike
In 2017, farm to school advocates approached the Legislature with a proposed bill that would bring Minnesota more in line with other states. They want the state to fund a position in the education or agriculture department that would be a centralized resource for schools. (MinnPost)

Utah school district using produce from local farms
Most of the students Tim Crandall hands his apples to bite deep into the fruit, eating every bit. Going into schools to hand out his produce gives students the opportunity to try fresh, locally-grown produce, learn more about his farm and connect with a local grower. (Daily Herald)

“Feed a farmer” event at Oregon schools
OSU Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center in cooperation with the Klamath County School District and the Klamath City School District are inviting local potato farmers to share a school lunch with students. The event is called “Feed a Farmer” and has taken place at several schools over the past year as part of Klamath’s Farm to School program. (Herald and News)

 
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: 11/20/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Every week, we share opportunities, action items and a selection of media stories that relate to the farm to school movement. To submit an item for consideration, send us an email. To be considered, content should be of national interest to the farm to school community. 

Grants & Funding
1. USDA FY 2019 Farm to School Grant RFA
Deadline: December 4, 2018
The FY 2019 Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) is now open to applicants. Due to additional funding made available to the Farm to School Grant Program through the FY 2018 Omnibus Bill, the Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) seeks to award approximately $7.5M in FY 2019 funding.  Applications are due Dec. 4, 2018. Learn more and apply here.

2. 2019 Youth Garden Grant
Deadline: December 17, 2018
Any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program in the United States or US Territories planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18 is eligible to apply. The selection of winners is based on demonstrated program impact and sustainability. The top 5 programs will be awarded grant packages worth $2,100. Grant packages worth $500 will be awarded to 20 additional programs. Applications are due December 17. Learn more here


Webinars & Events
1. National Farmers Union’s Women’s Conference
January 13-17, 2019 // San Diego, CA
Calling all women in agriculture: are you looking for applicable business skills, innovative marketing tactics, advice for making a food safety plan, and a strong network of other women in agriculture? National Farmers Union’s Women’s Conference, January 13-17 in San Diego, California, offers all that and more. Learn more and register here.

2. Green Apply 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 learning environment while strengthening student civic leadership, environmental literacy, and project management skills. Since it began in 2012, Green Apple Day of Service has inspired over 900,000 volunteers in 80 countries to act in support of sustainability at their schools. With one in eight people around the globe attending a school every day, there is more work to be done! 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 and register your project by March 15, 2019 to participate at greenapple.org.    


Research & Resources
1. 2018 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey: Full Report and State Level Data Now Available
In 2018, the National Farm to School Network (NFSN) and the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) surveyed early care and education (ECE) providers across the country. NFSN and CRFS have just released the full report and state level data detailing responses from 2,030 providers serving 255,257 young children in 45 states and Washington D.C. Respondents shared the benefits and challenges of connecting young children to healthy, local foods, gardening, and food and agriculture education through farm to ECE. The survey found that farm to ECE is reaching far and wide across the country. 49% of respondents are already doing farm to ECE activities and another 30% plan to start in the near future. Explore the full report and other survey resources to learn about the scope and reach of farm to ECE and opportunities to grow the movement. See the results and resources at farmtoschool.org/ece
 
2. New Farm to School Resources in Spanish
Farm to school activities are taking root across the country, and can benefit every student and every community. In an effort to make farm to school information and resources accessible to more students, parents, educators, farmers and other farm to school advocates, the National Farm to School Network has had more of its signature farm to school fact sheets translated into Spanish, including Farm to School Advocacy, Local Procurement for Child Care Centers, and Local Purchasing for Family Child Care Providers. These new resources add to a growing list of farm to school and early care and education resources available in languages other than English. Explore more than 35 non-English and bilingual farm to school resources and materials in NFSN's Resource Library.

3. Slow Food USA and Whole Kids Foundation: Garden to Cafeteria Toolkit
Slow Food USA, in partnership with Whole Kids Foundation, has developed a toolkit to help school district food services safely bring school garden produce onto the lunch line!The toolkit builds off the successes and safety protocols of five school districts across the United States to provide templates and a step-by-step process to help District Food Services develop their own protocols. Read the toolkit here.

4. A Guide to Using The Creative Curriculum® to Support Farm-to-ECE Models
These resource, developed by The Policy Equity Group, align farm to ECE strategies with one of the most widely used ECE curricula—The Creative Curriculum®. The guides explores how teachers can use The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool and The Creative Curriculum® for Infants, Toddlers, & Twos as a foundation to embed farm to ECE learning opportunities into their existing practices. Read the full resource here.


Policy News
1. Local School Foods Expansion Act Introduced
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) have introduced the Local School Foods Expansion Act. The legislation builds on the success of the Pilot Project for the Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetable, which was authored by Wyden and Welch and passed in the 2014 Farm Bill.The Local School Foods Expansion Act establishes this pilot project as a permanent program and allows participating states and school food authorities to purchase locally-grown, fresh fruits and vegetables with existing National School Lunch Program funds. The legislation also directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand the program in at least 15 states and provides additional funding for its implementation. Learn more here.


Job Opportunities
1. Executive Director, National Farm to School Network (Remote) 
National Farm to School Network seeks a dynamic, values-driven and collaborative leader as Executive Director. The Executive Director leads innovation and strategic growth toward accomplishing the mission of the organization. Location is flexible (anywhere within the U.S., with preference for proximity to Washington, D.C.). The deadline to apply is Jan. 7, 2019. Learn more here

2. Project Coordinator, Maine Farm to School Network (Gardiner, ME)
Healthy Communities of the Capital Area is the fiscal and staffing home to the Maine Farm to School Network (MFSN), which is led by a Leadership Council of farm to school stakeholders and whose mission is to build a communication and coordination infrastructure at the school and community level to support farm to school programs throughout Maine. MFSN is seeking a Coordinator to oversee implementation of the Network’s strategic plan priorities while advancing farm to school strategies and partnerships across the state of Maine with the goal of increasing procurement of Maine produced foods by schools, experiential agricultural education, and school gardens. Learn more here.

4. Castanea Fellowship

The Castanea Fellowship is looking for dedicated leaders ready to deepen the impact of their vision to build a healthier, more equitable, and sustainable food system. The Fellowship is for established leaders who are already equipped with a deep understanding of how the food system could shift in a meaningful way and have had considerable impact, yet know they could do much more. The leaders we seek are those who have demonstrated commitment to the work, understand racial equity, believe in the power of diversity, and welcome collaboration. Learn more and apply here

5. Multiple Positions, Healthy School Meals Initiative, FoodCorps (New York, NY or Portland, OR)
FoodCorps is seeking a Network Director and a Senior Director for its Healthy School Meals Initiative. Learn more and apply here.


Farm to School in the News
Dorothy Grady-Scarbrough Pioneering to End Hunger in the U.S.
According to the USDA, the percentage of households that are food insecure remains higher than it was before the 2008 recession. To grasp the issues fueling this silent epidemic, as well as how to fight them, Woman's Day spoke to three women battling hunger in their communities, inculde Dorothy Grady-Scarbrough, one of NFSN’s Mississippi Core Partners! (Women’s Day) - shout out to Dorothy! 

What School Lunches Have to Do With Fixing Wealth Inequality
Farm-to-institution organizations such as farm to school are pursuing local, state and national policies that exploit the enormous buying power of institutions such as hospitals and schools to help redistribute some of the wealth concentrated in large, private food companies. The hope is that this redistribution will create equity for farms owned by women and people of color, and provide more nourishing food choices in communities that historically have had limited options. (Yes Magazine) - shoutout to Anupama Joshi, NFSN's Executive Director!

Georgia ECE Garden Educator Recognized As PBS KIDS "Early Learning Champion"
PBS KIDS named 17 educators, including Andrea Zoppo from Little Ones Learning Center in Forest Park, Georgia, as PBS KIDS Early Learning Champions. This new awards program recognizes committed educators who work with young children, from infants to second graders, and will offer a variety of community building, leadership and professional learning opportunities provided by PBS and member stations over the next two years. (Georgia Public Broadcasting)

 
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.

Welcome, Scott Bunn!

NFSN Staff Wednesday, November 14, 2018


National Farm to School Network is excited to welcome Scott Bunn to our team as Development Director! With nearly 20 years of working in nonprofit development, Scott brings a wealth of fundraising leadership and experience to the organization. 

Prior to joining the National Farm to School Network, Scott spent eight years leading development activities with ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project), a North Carolina Supporting Partner of NFSN. While at ASAP, Scott created ASAP’s major donor program and elevated the fundraising culture at the organization. He also contributed significantly to ASAP's communications by overseeing rebranding and making ASAP the go-to resource for local food in Western North Carolina. Prior to ASAP, Scott held development positions at the Asheville Art Museum and Penland School of Crafts. 

As Development Director, Scott will lead the organization’s strategic growth and manage the strategy and execution of all development efforts. In addition to growing traditional revenue streams such as individual giving, events, corporate partnerships and grants, Scott will continue building the National Farm to School Network’s earned income strategies and explore other innovative development strategies, like social investment donors, to support our ongoing work. 

Scott lives in the Asheville, NC area with his wife Jenny and two children Stella and Levi. He also co-hosts a weekly sports talk radio show for Asheville FM, the community radio station in Asheville. 

Reach out to Scott with your development questions, to brainstorm solutions to fundraising challenges, to share your successes or to find out how you can collaborate in raising awareness and money to support the farm to school movement. Send him a message or say hello at scott@farmtoschool.org

A Garden Story, The Passamaquoddy Way

NFSN Staff Tuesday, November 13, 2018

By Alena Paisano, Program Manager, National Farm to School Network

National Farm to School Network’s Seed Change in Native Communities with Farm to School project is working with on-the-ground partners to expand and sustain farm to school activities in Native communities across the nation. In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, here’s a story from one Seed Change school about how farm to school activities are benefiting Native youth and their communities. 

“Our success started with a behavioral intervention,” says Brian Giles, Special Education Teacher at Indian Township School in the Passamaquoddy Indian Township Reservation, Maine. “I will tell you a story, which is the Passamaquoddy way. There is a student. I will call him Kinap. Kinap means strong and brave in Passamaquoddy and although that is not his name I feel it suits him. 

This student faces multiple hardships at home. His father is afflicted with an illness out of his control, his mother not present in the picture for reasons unknown to me. He walked around school every day with his hood up and his back slouched. He would not high five, handshake or utter good morning to anyone. I knew right away that I had to get him on board. As we all know, food is life, and gardens are good therapy. This student agreed to be part of the garden club at school and showed up religiously for a few weeks. He helped weed and prepare the garden. I elected him the leader of our club since the attendance was low and he was the most active member of our group. 

Before I knew it, he was leading the younger children groups, and when the FoodCorps national team visited, I elected to have him lead our group tour. They were blown away. His hood came down, and he was excited about garden club. The enthusiasm spread through his friends. I elected to have the students do the daily watering, and he and his peers begged me each morning for the keys to the greenhouse to water our beloved seedlings. We held a community show-off night, and the students led their families through the greenhouse and gardens to see what they had grown. We were met with ‘Hey tus or qoss (son or daughter), I didn’t know you were doing this. I am so proud of you.’ 

We are trying to make gardening and food sovereignty cool. Our afterschool garden program is called Passamaquoddy OG (Original Gardeners). I am working with tribal members to integrate traditional tribal music, hip hop, and traditional dance to create a culture of cool. We are working on t-shirt and hoodie designs that integrate the medicine wheel and tribal colors and language to reward our students for their hard work and to give them a badge of honor. Our OG membership and enthusiasm continues to rise and I am met daily with ‘When are we going to garden Mr. Giles.’ My answer will always be, toke (now).”

From garden clubs celebrating tribal culture and school menus serving up traditional foods, to planting heritage orchards and connecting classroom education with traditional teachings, farm to school activities in Native communities are helping break down barriers and reinvigorating traditional food ways one ear of corn (or salmon, chokecherry, squash, taro) at a time.

Learn more about our Seed Change in Native Communities project here: www.farmtoschool.org/nativecommunities 

Find resources for growing farm to school activities in Native communities in our Resource Library by searching the “Native Communities” tag: www.farmtoschool.org/resources 

This Week in Farm to School: 11/13/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Every week, we share opportunities, action items and a selection of media stories that relate to the farm to school movement. To submit an item for consideration, send us an email. To be considered, content should be of national interest to the farm to school community. 

Grants & Funding
1. USDA FY 2019 Farm to School Grant RFA
The FY 2019 Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) is now open to applicants. Due to additional funding made available to the Farm to School Grant Program through the FY 2018 Omnibus Bill, the Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) seeks to award approximately $7.5M in FY 2019 funding.  Applications are due Dec. 4, 2018. Learn more and apply here

2. 2019 Youth Garden Grant
Any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program in the United States or US Territories planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18 is eligible to apply. The selection of winners is based on demonstrated program impact and sustainability. The top 5 programs will be awarded grant packages worth $2,100. Grant packages worth $500 will be awarded to 20 additional programs. Applications are due December 17. Learn more here


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Farm to School and 21st Century Food Service Programs
November 15, 7-8pm ET
In 2018, National Farm to School Network teamed up with National Education Association as its National Partner of the Year. Growing from this partnership is a movement to challenge schools to build 21st Century food programs. We want to enrich the connection between schools and fresh, healthy, and locally sourced food. Additionally, we will build a new school nutrition workforce that will anchor this lofty project in our school communities. Join this webinar to hear from participants in this new partnership that are already reaping the benefits. Register here

2. Massachusetts Farm to School Farm & Sea to School Conference 
December 6, 2018 // Leominster, MA
On December 6, 2018, Mass. Farm to School will hold its fifth statewide conference, The Massachusetts Farm & Sea to School Conference. This year’s theme is Setting the Table: Communities Creating Change.  The conference seeks to amplify traditionally underrepresented voices in the Massachusetts food system and identify strategies and resources for promoting racial equity and social justice as we grow the farm & sea to school movement. Register here


Research & Resources
1. Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy Farm to Head Start Video
With the help of partners like the Hmong American Farmers Association, CKC Good Foods, and Bix Produce, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy partnered with Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties to implement a farm to head start initiative. The program has had a positive impact on children, farmers, and the whole community. Watch the video here.


Job Opportunities
1. Executive Director, National Farm to School Network (Remote) 
National Farm to School Network seeks a dynamic, values-driven and collaborative leader as Executive Director. The Executive Director leads innovation and strategic growth toward accomplishing the mission of the organization. Location is flexible (anywhere within the U.S., with preference for proximity to Washington, D.C.). The deadline to apply is Jan. 7, 2019. Learn more here

2. Policy Specialist, National Farm to School Network (Washington, D.C.) 
National Farm to School Network seeks a Policy Specialist to lead implementation of the organization's policy priorities, including influencing federal administrative, rulemaking, and legislative actions, and supporting the development of its biennial report of state level policies supportive of farm to school. This position is based in Washington, DC. Deadline to apply is Nov. 16, 2018. Learn more here

3. Executive Director, Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (Richmond, VT)
The Executive Director is responsible for providing leadership and direction toward the achievement of NOFA-VT’s mission and goals; administering the operations and programs of NOFA-VT; executing the policies established by the Board of Directors; overseeing the preparation of meaningful reports reflecting the financial health of the organization; providing human resources leadership/supervising staff; and representing the goals and work of the organization to the wider community. Reporting to the NOFA-VT Board of Directors, the Executive Director will help accomplish goals set towards positive operating results for the organization. Learn more and apply here.


Farm to School in the News
Michigan fruits and vegetables feed and educate kids
An innovative and expanding farm-to-cafeteria food program is helping students in the Battle Creek Public Schools find their way to more nutritious food while helping Michigan farmers find new markets for their produce. (Second Wave)

New farm to school menu at Florida High School
A new “farm-to-school” menu at Ocoee High School is getting students excited about eating healthy. “How can we get kids excited about agriculture, create jobs for them when they come out, get healthy nutritional food back into the school system and reduce the cost in the process of it?” said 4 Rivers CEO John Rivers. (Fox 35)

Farm to School: Growing Achievements in Vermont
Farm to school activities strengthen the American economy and connects students to the farm. Schools like these contribute to a stable market for local producers, and provide dependable revenues that boost the regional economy. Farm to school also helps kids to learn where their food comes from and inspires them to try foods they have grown or prepared. (USDA)

 
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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