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 & Events
1. Coming Soon: National Farm to School Month
October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections happening all over the country between children and local food. From taste tests in the cafeteria and nutrition education activities in the classroom, to farm visits and school garden harvest parties, schools, early care and education sites, farms, communities and organizations in all 50 states and D.C. join in the celebrations. Start planning your Farm to School Month celebrations with resources available from the National Farm to School Network. If your organization would like to help celebrate National Farm to School Month on its communications channels (social media, newsletter, blog), sign up to be an Outreach Partner here.
2. Webinar: Donating School Garden Produce to Those in Need
August 31, 3-4pm ET
As harvest season approaches, there are many ways to utilize your school garden produce. Donating to food pantries, soup kitchens, and meals-on-wheels programs is a great option that connects students to their community and educates around issues of hunger. Join Slow Food USA to learn how to identify community groups to accept produce donations, food safety in harvesting, and the logistics of a donation. Learn more here.
3. Webinar: Local Wellness Policies with the CDC & USDA
NEW SESSION - September 7, 1-2pm ET
Due to high demand, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have scheduled a second webinar on Sept. 7 about the local wellness policy final rule. Join the webinar to learn how your school can start making changes before the implementation deadline (June 30, 2017) and what tools and resources are available to support your efforts. Register here.
4. Webinar: Farm to Institution: Focus on Equity and Impact
September 8, 1-2pm ET
The Common Market partners with food service management companies to reach vulnerable communities and scale impact for sustainable farms. Through these partnerships, we can leverage the purchasing power of food service operations to re-invest in rural communities. In this webinar, you will learn more about specific tools and initiatives to measure and promote local procurement used by top food service management companies. Learn more and register here.
5. Webinar: School Fundraising Policies and Practices: A Shifting Landscape
September 9, 11am ET
Join Healthy Eating Research, Boise State University, and the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods project for the release of a new report: “School Fundraising Policies and Practices: A Shifting Landscape.” Following the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, schools are required to meet updated nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold at fundraisers during the school day, unless their state has established an exemption policy for occasional fundraising events. Using a series of interviews with key stakeholders in a sample of states that either prohibit or allow fundraiser exemptions, this project examined the impact on fundraising practices in districts and schools. Findings explore the successes, challenges, and financial aspects of implementing these new fundraising policies. Register here.
6. Registration Open: Vermont Farm to School Conference
November 2-3, 2016 // Fairlee, VT
Registration is now open for the Vermont Farm to School Conference happening November 2-3 at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee. The conference agenda will include 26 workshops led by national, regional and local leaders in the farm to school movement. National Director of the USDA Farm to School Program Deborah J. Kane will address the conference as keynote speaker on Thursday, November 3. Betti Wiggins, Executive Director, Detroit Public Schools Office of School Nutrition, a 25+ year school nutrition veteran will present “How F2S Made Me a Triple A Threat” on Wednesday, November 2. Learn more and register here.
7. Registration Open: 2016 Hunger Free Communities Summit
October 5-6, 2016 // Indianapolis, IN
The 2016 National Hunger Free Communities Summit is a two-day event providing current and aspiring Hunger Free Community organizers and the broader anti-hunger community a forum to learn, share and network while exploring best practices in hunger eradication. Learn more and register here.
8. Registration Open: 3rd Annual UCLA-Harvard Food Law and Policy Conference
Food Marketing to Children: The Current Reality and What Can Be Done
October 21, 2016 // UCLA School of Law
The Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law and The Food Law Lab at Harvard Law School invite you to the 3rd Annual UCLA‐Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Conference, which this year will address the issue of food marketing to children. This one day long conference will convene an interdisciplinary group of experts from science, law, and policy to discuss these issues and consider the scale, impact of, and legal considerations with regard to food and beverage marketing to children in the United States. Learn more and RSVP here.
9. Growing Power and GFJI Dismantling Racism Training
November 16 -18 , 2016 // Growing Power
This training is designed to build a community of leaders and provide intensive training and dialogue for participants to facilitate anti-racist food justice in their own programs and communities. The trainings will explore: examples of institutional and structural racism and how it operates; practical applications of facilitating change and becoming a change agent, including some personal identification to understand the kind of facilitator you are; and, opportunities to explore the individual role in the anti-racism process of your work with the opportunity to strategize with others to develop an action plan for next steps for implementation. Learn more here.
Research & Resources
1. The GREEN Tool For Well-Integrated School Gardens
Why do some school gardens flourish while others start with a bang but fizzle over time? The Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy identified 19 components shared by successful gardens at 21 NYC schools and determined how those components can work together. The result is the GREEN (Garden Resources, Education, and Environment Nexus) Tool - a practical, flexible, evidence-based tool designed to help gardens grow deep roots in schools. The research brief includes policy recommendations to strengthen NYC school gardens. Learn more here.
Jobs & Opportunities
1. Program Coordinator, Edible Schoolyard Berkeley
Edible Schoolyard Berkeley seeks a Program Coordinator to join their team. The Program Coordinator supports the planning and execution of a fast-paced, innovative, and hands-on educational program within a public middle school of 1,000 students. Learn more and apply here.
2. Campaign Manager, Food Policy Action
Food Policy Action Education Fund (FPA-EF) was established in 2015 to provide a platform for public education and engagement on the impacts of federal policy on the food system. FPA-EF is launching America's Hungry Campaign in early 2017; a cutting edge national messaging and digital advocacy campaign to change the way America thinks about hunger and advance policy solutions to hunger and poverty. FPA-EF is recruiting a Campaign Manager to coordinate all aspects of the America's Hungry campaign. Learn more here.
3. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Project Coordinator, National Farmers Union
The FSMA Project Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the programmatic aspects of the FSMA Local Foods Project at National Farmers Union Foundation, including serving as liaison with partner organizations; assisting in preparation of project proposals, schedules and budget; and monitoring and tracking progress. The Coordinator will have technical expertise on either the legal components of FSMA and/or on other aspects of food safety. The Coordinator will assist in the drafting of resource materials. The position is full-time and the preferred location is in Washington DC. Some domestic travel will be required. Learn more here.
Farm to school in the news
Why Farm-to-Institution Sourcing is the Sleeping Giant of Local Food
Each year, public and private institutions spend billions of dollars on food, and they prepare, cook, and serve thousands of meals every day. There is a rising national movement to persuade these institutions the source a higher percentage of their food from regional and local producers, specifically emphasizing farms, fisherman, and ranches that follow ecologically sound, socially just, and humane practices. (via Civil Eats)
Youth Academy garden to yield produce, learning opportunities
The cadets at Thunderbird Youth Academy in Oklahoma were happy to get their hands dirty and build a bed for their new school garden. With the Mayes County HOPE Coalition and the Northeast Oklahoma Community Action Agency, the school is now participating in farm to school activities. (via The Pryor Times)
School menus focus on local meats, produce
In Maine, food service directors are kicking off the school year with deliveries of local meat and produce to be just in school meals. Regional School Unit 71 Director of Food Services Perley Martin says 20 percent of the food budget, about $44,000 per year, is spent on ingredients purchased from local farms. “It's all about healthy choice and a better, healthier life down the road. We're in it for the long-term rewards.” (via The Republican 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.