Grants & Funding
1. Get School Cooking Grant
Application Opens Monday, August 19
Get Schools Cooking (previously known as the School Food Support Initiative), a program of Chef Ann Foundation, provides school districts with the operational foundation necessary to transition their Food & Nutrition Service Departments from a heat & serve or processed model to one that is rooted in scratch cooking using real ingredients. Through Get Schools Cooking, food service teams are guided through an intensive, three-year program. The 2019 grant application period will open August 19, 2019. Learn more here.
Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to School: State Local Purchasing Incentive Bills
This Week! Thursday, August 1 // 1-2 PM ET
Providing an increased meal reimbursement to schools and early care and education sites purchasing and serving local foods not only increases the amount of fresh, local foods in meal program, but can provide increased revenue streams for local producers. Many states are exploring or pursuing local food incentive bills and a few states have passed and implemented successful legislation, providing important models for future legislation. In this webinar, presented by the National Farm to School Network, we’ll hear from key stakeholders about the passage and enactment of the MI Ten Cents a Meal Program and the New Mexico Grown Local Produce Grant. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.
2. EQUITY Webinar: Amplifying the Leadership of People of Color and Indigenous Communities in Sustainable Food Systems Organizations
Wednesday, Jul 31 // 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM CDT
The purpose of this webinar is to elevate the important work of sustainable food systems organizations in the US, specifically those led by people of color and Indigenous communities, and to answer common questions on ways to identify and support these efforts. This webinar is hosted by Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in Environmental Philanthropy (InDEEP). Register here.
3. Registration Deadline: School Garden Support Organization Leadership Institute
January 19-24, 2020 // Santa Cruz, CA
Join 20 other School Garden Support Organization teams from across the nation to strengthen your organization’s goal of enhancing professional development and ongoing support for school garden programs in your region. Apply here by August 2, 2019.
4. Celebrate National Farmers Market Week
August 4-10, 2019
Each year, Farmer's Market Coalition helps recognize farmers markets across the country with National Farmers Market Week. During this time, markets will host local special events and activities alongside media campaigns. You can help spread the word online about the importance and impact of farmers markets for National Farmers Market Week this year by following FMC and your local farmers market on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay in the loop, by using the hashtags #farmersmarketweek, #lovemymarket and #whyfarmersmarkets, and by downloading the "Why Farmers Market" infographic here.
5. NFSN EVENT Save the Date: 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
April 20-24, 2020 // Albuquerque, NM
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 20-24, 2020! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene a diverse group of food service professionals, farmers, educators, students, representatives from nonprofits and government agencies, public health professionals and more to learn, network, and strengthen this important movement. Do you have expertise to share? We’ll be seeking proposals for conference content (workshops, posters, etc.) from stakeholders interested in sharing their models and strategies for making farm to cafeteria initiatives a reality in their communities. The Request for Proposals will open in August. Visit farmtoschool.org/conference to learn more and start making plans to join us in Albuquerque!
Resources & Research
1. NFSN RESOURCE Call for Updates to "Benefits of Farm to School" Fact Sheet
National Farm to School Network is in the process of updating our popular Benefits of Farm to School fact sheet and we need your help identifying farm to school and farm to early care and education research and reports that may be relevant to include in a new edition of the resource. You can submit relevant content by adding directly to this spreadsheet or sending to Lacy Stephens, NFSN Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are interested in both peer reviewed and grey literature. Please submit by Friday, August 16. Thank you for your help in making this valuable resource even more impactful!
2. EQUITY Call for Citations: 7th edition of Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism present in US Food System
Deadline: August 5, 2019
MSU Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) is seeking help in identifying citations to update CRFS’s publication: An Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System. They seek citations that refer to research, analysis, outreach, and commentary on BOTH structural racism AND the U.S. food system. Deadline for citation submission is August 5, 2019. Learn more here.
1. TAKE ACTION for Farm to School in the next CNR
National Farm to School Network is taking steps now to ensure that the next Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization (CNR) strengthens farm to school opportunities across the country! Farm to school activities – including procurement of local food for school meals, school gardens, and food and agriculture education – have been proven to help students build healthy eating habits and support family farmers by expanding market opportunities. You can help! Endorse the Farm to School Act of 2019 (S. 2026, H.R. 3562) and Kids Eat Local Act (S.1817, H.R. 3220) to encourage members of Congress to provide the federal dollars needed by community-grown initiatives. Have another five minutes? Make a quick call to your members of Congress to ask them to co-sponsor these bills! Learn more about farm to school opportunities in the next CNR here.
2. Thousands of Students Could Lose Free School Meals if SNAP Changes
A Trump administration plan to tighten eligibility requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) could have a secondary effect: hundreds of thousands of children losing automatic eligibility for free school lunches. The proposal, announced last week, would curb broad-based categorical eligibility, which currently allows children in families who participate in SNAP to be "directly certified" for participation in federally subsidized free school meal programs. In addition, more students could lose access to free meals if SNAP changes drop their schools below the threshold for community eligibility. Read more here from Education Week.
1. Farm to School Program Manager, Food Connects (Brattleboro, VT)
The Farm To School Program Manager’s primary responsibilities are to manage the overall program and to be a motivational guide and knowledgeable resource for teachers, food service professionals, and school administrators to further develop and support Farm to School programs throughout the region. Acknowledged as a statewide leader, the Farm to School program builds capacity at over 30 schools to improve food, farm and nutrition education as well as increase local food purchasing and school meal participation. Learn more and apply here.
2. AmeriCorps VISTA Service Member (Traverse City, MI)
The Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District is hiring two full-time AmeriCorps VISTA Service Members to advance farm to school initiatives and activities across elementary schools in northwest lower Michigan. Projects that the VISTA will help coordinate may include cooking demonstrations in partnership with local chefs, coordinating pop-up farmer’s markets, facilitating school garden development, and supporting classroom nutrition educators. To apply for the position, please contact Ranae McCauley (email@example.com) or Alice Bowe (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Farm to School in the News
Students learn about gardening, food prep and nutrition in Migrant Program in North Dakota
Amid the neatly spaced rows of carrots, lettuce, spinach, onions, peppers and other vegetables, Lizzy Vaudrin joins a cadre of third- and fourth-graders to pick ingredients they’ll use in a cooking class on this sunny morning in Manvel. The four-day cooking class, led by NDSU Extension employees, concludes the seven-week Migrant Program this week at Manvel Public School. “It’s a great experience,” said Vaudrin, a teacher, as she watched the children select the produce. “It’s so rewarding, too, for them to see how they planted (the vegetables) from seed and how they use them.” (Grand Forks Herald)
Youth center’s vegetable roof garden provides food for children in Chicago
American design firm Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects has transformed the terrace of an education center in Chicago into a large rooftop vegetable garden which also provides organic food to the school’s kitchen. (Inexhibit)
Apples are for more than teachers in New York
In a few months, school will be back in session and apples will be growing at Indian Ladder Farms. The farm, as part of an initiative with the not-for-profit Capital Roots, will be sending hundreds of pounds of apples to schools in the Capital Region. (The Altamont Enterprise)
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.