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This Week in Farm to School: 7/14/20

NFSN Staff Tuesday, July 14, 2020
SIGN UP: National Farm to School Network has weekly e-newsletter to share a roundup of COVID-19 related resources and information with farm to school and farm to ECE stakeholders - similar to what is shared weekly in these This Week in Farm to School blog posts. Sign up here to have this information delivered in your inbox weekly.

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.  Call for Proposals: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Culture of Health Prize
Deadline: July 31
A Culture of Health recognizes that where we live—such as our access to affordable homes, quality schools, good jobs, and reliable transportation—affects how long and how well we live, and that improving health and well-being requires collective efforts to create the conditions to ensure all residents have a fair and just opportunity for health. This request seeks an entity to re-imagine, lead, and manage the next two-year phase of the leadership and management of the national RWJF Culture of Health Prize. Learn more and apply. 

2. Pure Farmland™ Pure Growth Project
Deadline: July 31
Pure Farmland believes that good things are grown from the ground up. That’s why they created the Pure Growth Project— an initiative and grant program (ranging from $1,000 to $20,000) that supports community gardens in neighborhoods throughout the country and builds on our longstanding commitment to protect vital American farmland. View the press release. Learn more and apply. 

3. Farmers Advocating For Organic (FAFO) Fund 
Deadline: August 1 (LOI) and August 15 (Application)
Funded entirely by voluntary contributions from Organic Valley farmers, FAFO is the largest farmer-funded grant program in the U.S. and one of the few focused solely on organic. FAFO awards grants of $5,000-$50,000 to research, education, and advocacy projects that protect and promote the organic industry and the livelihood of organic farmers. Learn more and apply. 

4. Mountain Rose Herbs' Grants for Plants
Deadline: August 3
Mountain Rose Herbs will award five grants in the amount of $4,000 each to those who demonstrate that they share our mission-driven philosophy, passion for herbalism, and commitment to taking care of people while protecting the planet. We are looking for grassroots organizers, small businesses (that give back to their community), home herbalists, and nonprofit organizations that are poised to bring their visions to life and make a lasting impact. Learn more and apply.

Webinars & Events
1. EQUITY  Webinar: Black Women on Black Food Sovereignty
Webinar Recording
View FoodShare Toronto's conversation featuring four Black women leading the call for Black food sovereignty in Canada, the U.S.A., and the United Kingdom. Hear from the panelists’ uniquely valuable perspectives and experiences on what Black food sovereignty means, why it is important, and how we can collectively work to advance it. View the recording.

2. COVID-19  Lessons From Indigenous Food Models in a Time of Pandemic
Today! July 14 // 2:00PM EST
Join the James Beard Foundation in discussing how the global COVID-19 crisis has exposed structural weaknesses in our dominant food supply chain. In this webinar, learn how Indigenous peoples have survived, thrived, and continued to grow their food systems, culture, and communities in the face of tragedy and countless historical pandemics and epidemics.
Register here.

3. COVID-19 Webinar: USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Producer Webinar
Today! July 14 // 3PM EST
Join the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) on a Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) Producer Webinar to discuss the additional commodities eligible for the program announced July 9. The webinar will also cover adjustments made to the program based on comments received from agricultural producers and organizations and review of market data. FSA is accepting applications for CFAP through Aug. 28, 2020. The CFAP program helps offset price declines and additional marketing costs because of the coronavirus pandemic. Register here.

4. Back to School Leadership Series for K-12 Child Nutrition and College Dining Services Directors
July 14-August 11
This five-week digital educational series by Food Management will feature industry experts, data and research and solutions for gearing back up for service this fall. Sessions for the virtual leadership series include how to start a delivery program on your college campus; revenue-building ideas for child nutrition programs; lunch in the classroom and other new service styles for schools; what’s the future of dining halls; and menu development in a socially distanced world. Learn more and register.

5. Building Sustainable Power for Change: Toolkit for Activism
Every Tuesday in July // 3-4:30pm ET
Join The New School's four-part workshop series on organizing, community building, and how to influence change in the world. Hear from Ted Kerr, Kiara Nagel, A.W. Strouse, and Miski Noor, who will lead the discussions. Workshops will take place every Tuesday in July from 3:00-4:30 p.m. (EST).  Presented by the Office of Civic Engagement and Social Justice and the Dean's Office at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts. Narrative Power in the Time of Uprising (7/14)

6. Webinar: Balancing Academics and Wellbeing as Schools Reopen in 2020
July 17 // 1PM-3PM EST
Please join WholeHealthED to consider how communities can work together to best assist educators, students and families as schools re-open -- however and whenever that takes place -- while facing continued behavioral, social, emotional and learning challenges compounded by COVID-19. Join the Zoom call here. Meeting ID: 689 178 8987

7. 2020 Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) Virtual Conference
July 20-July 24
SNEB’s annual conference will imagine and plan for how nutrition education, rooted in food, can move us to a new food future. Conference chair and President-Elect, Pam Koch, chose “What Food Future?”  for this year’s conference theme and organized research, program and policy presentations into five highly relevant themes:  Building Equity; Future Nutrition Education; Healthy Children & Youth; Planetary Health; and Research & Evaluation. Learn more and register by July 16!

8. Horizon Summer Camp - Farming Video Series
July 2020
Horizon Organic is opening up the barn doors for Summer Camp! Kids and families are invited to tune-in to this summer camp video series to get a behind-the-scenes look at farm life. Throughout July, Horizon will be sharing fun and education activities - like creative ways to upcycle milk cartons, how to milk a cow, and a farm tour - on their YouTube page. Check-in weekly to see what's new at camp! Watch the summer camp video series here: www.youtube.com/HorizonDairy

9. Sustainable Agriculture Education Association 2021 Conference Preview
July 17// 3PM-5PM EST
The theme for the 2021 SAEA Conference is AgriCultural Crossroads: Social and Ecological Convergence in the Heartland. Ohio currently is the seventh most populous state in the nation but spread across a relatively uniform distribution of urban centers ringed with rural land. This patchwork of rural and urban, connected by highways, provides abundant opportunities for field trips that allow participants to experience the diversity inherent in Ohio agriculture. This convening will preview the 2021 conference connecting participants with experiences across the rural-urban continuum and explore the endless possibilities for expanding sustainable agriculture education across the country. Register here.

10. COVID-19 USDA Adapting SNAP-Ed to COVID-19 Webinar Series
The SNAP-Ed Connection and the SNAP-Ed Toolkit invite you to join us for a 3-part webinar series where we’ll hear from state and local SNAP-Ed programs who are creating, innovating, and delivering SNAP-Ed remotely in the COVID-19 era. Register here.
July 28, 2020* 1:00 – 2:30 PM EST Adapting SNAP-Ed Programming to Remote Delivery
August 4, 2020* 1:00 - 2:30 PM EST Measuring and Evaluating Impact
August 11, 2020* 1:00 - 2:30 PM EST Collecting and Reporting Data

11. Webinar: Growing Opportunities for Farm to School in New York: Lessons Learned from the 30% Initiative After Year One
Aug 3 // 2-3pm ET
In January 2020, American Farmland Trust/FINYS released the Growing Opportunities report evaluating the New York State Farm to School Incentive’s effectiveness in helping schools buy more New York grown food. This webinar is for state and federal policymakers, school administrators and food service staff, and farm to school support organizations to learn more about where the New York’s farm to school incentive program has succeeded and where more work needs to be done. Register here. 


Research & Resources
1. EQUITY Indigenous Futures Survey Research Project
Deadline: August 1
IllumiNative, Native Organizers Alliance, and Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth are partnering with acclaimed researchers Dr. Stephanie Fryberg (Tulalip) of the University of Michigan and Dr. Arianne Eason of the University of California, Berkeley, to conduct the Indigenous Futures Survey -- a groundbreaking research project for Native peoples by Native peoples. The 15-20 minute survey launched Tuesday, June 23, 2020 and will close on August 1, 2020. IFS researchers are looking to reach as many Native relatives as possible, and are seeking to partner with organizations and tribal leaders to help disseminate the survey to at least 2,000 participants 18 years of age and older. IFS disseminating organizations and tribes can request access to data collected from the survey to be helpful to their future work. To participate in the IFP survey dissemination, or have questions regarding the survey, please email indigenousfuture@aspeninstitute.org or call (202) 736-2905. Learn more and take the survey.

2. A Set of Critical Analyses on US Farm Bill: Policy, Politics & Potential 
View the special issue published in the Renewable Agriculture & Food Systems Journal titled, "US Farm Bill: Policy, Politics & Potential." This is a far-reaching set of 15 critical analyses of major titles, themes, histories, crises, contexts, inequities, and opportunities at work in this omnibus piece of agri-food legislation. All fifteen articles are Open Access this summer and can be viewed here.

3.  COVID-19 USDA Team Nutrition's School Feeding Resources
View a compilation of resources by USDA to support food service programs during the summer and in transitioning to the school year:
- Child Nutrition Program Meal Service During Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Feeding Kids When Schools Are Closed Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- CACFP: Providing Multiple Meals at a Time During the Coronavirus Pandemic          
    - For Summer Food Services Program
    - For National School Lunch Program-Seamless Summer Option
- Team Nutrition Handwashing and Cleaning Resources

4. Healthy Food, Healthy Kids Colorado Facebook Group by Chef Ann Foundation
The Chef Ann Foundation recently launched Healthy Food, Healthy Kids, a Facebook group for families invested in the health and nutrition of K-12 kids. Join the group for tips and tricks, recipes, inspiration, and opportunities to interact with their resident nutritionist. This group is focused on Colorado families, but is open to members nationwide. Click here to join. Click here for messaging for sharing on social media.

5. EQUITY ASAP Growing Mind's Equity, Inclusion & Anti-Bias Resources
Children begin to develop racial awareness and bias at a very young age. In an effort to create learning environments that are more diverse, inclusive, and reflective of our culturally diverse society, farm to school programs should follow equity-minded best practices. Visit the ASAP Growing Minds Farm to School website for our Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Bias resources page, to find children’s books (including farm to school literature) that celebrate diverse voices, and access recommended external resources that can be used by both teachers and parents to teach children about race, diversity, and inclusion. 


Policy News
1. COVID-19 NFSN Sign-On To Endorse NFSN's COVID-19 Federal Policy Platform
As Congress works to finalize its next COVID-19 response bill, NOW is that time to make our voices heard. National Farm to School Network's federal policy platform calls on Congress to strengthen its support for school meal and child nutrition programs, farmers and those who feed us, Native communities, essential workers, children and families, and others who have been historically underserved and underrepresented. Please add your voice by endorsing our federal COVID-19 policy platform, and help us advocate for key food systems priorities on Capitol Hill. Sign on here.

2. USDA Announces Additional Specialty Crops Eligible for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released an initial list of additional commodities that have been added to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) and announced other adjustments to the program based on comments received from agricultural producers and organizations and review of market data. Producers will be able to submit applications that include the new commodities on Monday, July 13, 2020. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is accepting applications for CFAP through Aug. 28, 2020. USDA expects additional eligible commodities to be announced in the coming weeks. View the changes to the CFAP here.

3. Expanding SNAP Options Act Introduced
On July 2, Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced the Expanding SNAP Options Act to allow more purchasing options for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) customers in online grocery orders. Low-contact purchases allow customers to limit their exposure to COVID-19, and in response the online SNAP pilot has quickly expanded to nearly all states during the pandemic. However, in most states all but a handful of the largest stores miss out on the chance to serve this market. This bill would fund a long-term solution to the technological barriers; an earlier bill introduced by Senator Casey (D-PA) would also help expand options for SNAP purchases by funding work-around solutions allowed under current law. 

4. RAMP-UP Act Introduced
On July 10, a bipartisan group of members of the House of Representatives introduced the RAMP-UP Act, legislation that would fund small- and medium-sized meat processing facilities to become USDA inspected and increase their capacity. The scarcity of regionally available slaughter facilities for livestock and poultry growers is not only a bottleneck in the farm to school supply chain, it is an ongoing tool for concentration of the meat and livestock industry into a handful of extremely powerful companies. National Farm to School Network is hopeful that this legislation, supported by food safety groups as well as producer groups, will help strengthen the viability of local and regional producers. 

5. Sign the Petition: School Lunch for All
Advocates are calling on the Senate Committee on Agriculture and the USDA to create a pilot program to establish a free school meals program for the 2020-21 school year to provide daily meals, FREE OF CHARGE, to all students upon the reopening of schools. No student should have to bear the financial burden of school meals. No student should be shamed over school lunch. Sign the petition to show your support


In The News
About 14 Million Children in the U.S. Aren't Getting Enough to Eat
From Lauren Bauer at the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution: “I find that 13.9 million children lived in a household characterized by child food insecurity in the third week in June, 5.6 times as many as in all of 2018 (2.5 million) and 2.7 times as many than did at the peak of the Great Recession in 2008 (5.1 million). During the week of June 19-23, 17.9 percent of children in the United States live in a household where an adult reported that the children are not getting enough to eat due to a lack of resources.”  (Brookings
 
Op-Ed: The Farm Bureau Says It Wants to Fight Racism. Here’s Where to Start
Addressing systemic racism in U.S. agriculture has to begin with the USDA. (Civil Eats)

In Changing Urban Neighborhoods, New Food Offerings Can Set the Table for Gentrification
When the type of food sold in an area changes, it provides a focal point for identifying gentrification. And it can lead residents to push back. Read how co-editors of “A Recipe for Gentrification: Food, Power, and Resistance in the City” have identified the many ways that food and gentrification are linked in cities across North America. (The Conversation)

Seeds of Change: Local Organizations Team-Up to Bring New Life to School Gardens
Captain Planet Foundation partners with Food Well Alliance to revive 102+ learning gardens across metro Atlanta. (Alive)

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.

Advisory Board Perspectives: Bertrand Weber

NFSN Staff Monday, July 13, 2020
This post is part of National Farm to School Network's new series of interviews with members of our Advisory Board about the impacts, challenges and opportunities that COVID-19 has brought about for the farm to school movement. 


Name: Bertrand Weber
Title: Director, Culinary and Wellness Services
Organization: Minneapolis Public Schools
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
First-year on the National Farm to School Network Advisory Board.

Betrand Weber joined Lacy Stephens, NFSN Senior Program Manager, to share insights on how the COVID-19 emergency has impacted school nutrition programs, what it has revealed about our food system, and how nutrition programs and communities have responded in the short term and are preparing for long term change.

“At its core value, from the beginning, farm to school was about making a connection
back to the food system for our students, providing our students with the best quality
food, reducing carbon footprint, and increasing local economies and sustainability,
those are still all there, none of that has gone away. We will have to adapt on how we
provide that to our customers, but at its core, that is still there and still a value we need to continue.”
 – Bertrand Weber

Remembering Philando Castile, School Food Hero

NFSN Staff Wednesday, July 08, 2020
By Noah Cohen-Cline – Lead Program Officer, Food Initiative, The Rockefeller Foundation – and Helen Dombalis – Executive Director, National Farm to School Network

This blog originally appeared on The Rockefeller Foundation’s website. 


Photo courtesy of Joan Edman, via TIME.
This week—July 6, 2020—marks the four-year anniversary of the police killing of Philando Castile, only a few miles from where George Floyd was killed in Minnesota, during a traffic stop on his drive home from the grocery store with his girlfriend and her young daughter. Philando was many things to many people; in a statement by his family, he was remembered as “an amazing mentor, supporter, friend, son, brother, and Man.”

And to hundreds of children at a small elementary school in St. Paul, he was “Mr. Phil,” the kind and devoted cafeteria supervisor who handed out meals and made sure that kids had the food they needed to thrive. According to his obituary and to reporting at the time, Philando loved his job, loved the children he served, and often paid for the lunches of students who could not afford them.

Philando—like so many other Black people who have died at the hands of police violence recently and throughout our country’s history—was a victim of institutional racism. Because Philando was a school nutrition professional, we also remember him as a champion of racial justice—because school food programs, and the thousands of workers who make them run, are a bedrock of equity in our food system.

We knew before the Covid-19 pandemic and the recent Black Lives Matter protests that our food system is rife with racial inequities and that the current public health crisis has only exacerbated them. Our nation’s economy and our agricultural system are built on a foundation of racism and exploitation. Beginning with the theft of indigenous land from Native people and then the enslavement and forced labor of Africans to build our country’s wealth, the way we grow and produce food and get it from farm to table—both historically and today still—relies heavily on the underpaid and undervalued labor of Black, Latinx, and Native American communities. These inequities in our food system contribute to economic and health inequalities: the same people that provide labor in our food system often can’t afford nourishing food for themselves and their families. As a result, Black, Latinx, and Native American communities are significantly more likely to face hunger and food insecurity than White individuals, and to suffer from diet-related diseases like diabetes.

School food programs play a central role in addressing this injustice. By serving 30 million children every day—22 million of whom qualify for subsidized meals based on family income—school meal and child nutrition programs are delivering critical nourishment to the children who have been most underserved by our economic and food systems’ structural racism. School food alone cannot dismantle systemic racism, nor can any food access program. But schools can play a critical role by providing the nourishment that all children, of every race and ethnicity, need to grow, learn, and thrive.

In addition to providing equitable food access, many school food directors are finding innovative ways to use their programs to drive equity and sustainability in the broader food system. Good Food Purchasing Programs in places like Los Angeles, Chicago, and many other cities are using the collective market power of their school food budgets—totaling $18 billion nationally—to advance racial and social equity on farms and in food businesses and communities. National Farm to School Network’s early advocacy efforts for values-based universal meals—and the team of organizations and schools supporting this model—show promise for a national shift in how we spend our resources, and serve our children, to become a system rooted in racial equity and justice instead of the opposite.

School food heroes show up every day, motivated by the needs of the children they serve. They work tirelessly—often for unreasonably low wages and with limited training and subpar equipment—to serve our children nourishing meals. They’re serving balanced, nutritious meals on unrealistically tight budgets, and they have met the challenges of the global pandemic with innovation and devotion. They do this because they believe every child, everywhere, deserves to eat well and thrive.

Philando Castile was one of these heroes. As we remember his life and honor his legacy, let us also recognize and support school food programs and school nutrition professionals as the essential drivers of racial justice that they are.

View the original blog, posted on The Rockefeller Foundation’s website, here.

This Week in Farm to School: 7/07/20

NFSN Staff Tuesday, July 07, 2020
NEW: National Farm to School Network has launched a new weekly e-newsletter to share a roundup of COVID-19 related resources and information with farm to school and farm to ECE stakeholders - similar to what is shared weekly in these This Week in Farm to School blog posts. Sign up here to have this information delivered in your inbox weekly.

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. COVID-19 Reinvestment Fund's 2020 Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) Targeted Small Grants Program
Deadline: July 10
The 2020 HFFI round has $3 million in grant funds available (grants from $20,000-$200,000) for food retail and food enterprises working to improve access to healthy foods in underserved areas, to create and preserve quality jobs, and to revitalize low-income communities. Funding for HFFI is provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), authorized by the Farm Bill. A webinar will be held on June 2 at 2 p.m. EST to confirm details about the application process and answer questions. No registration is required to join and a recording of the webinar will be accessible using the same link. Learn more and apply here.   

2. Call for Proposals: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Culture of Health Prize
Deadline: July 30
A Culture of Health recognizes that where we live—such as our access to affordable homes, quality schools, good jobs, and reliable transportation—affects how long and how well we live, and that improving health and well-being requires collective efforts to create the conditions to ensure all residents have a fair and just opportunity for health. This request seeks an entity to re-imagine, lead, and manage the next two-year phase of the leadership and management of the national RWJF Culture of Health Prize. Learn more and apply. 

3. Pure Farmland™ Pure Growth Project
Deadline: July 31
Pure Farmland believes that good things are grown from the ground up. That’s why they created the Pure Growth Project— an initiative and grant program (ranging from $1,000 to $20,000) that supports community gardens in neighborhoods throughout the country and builds on our longstanding commitment to protect vital American farmland. View the press release. Learn more and apply. 

4. Farmers Advocating For Organic (FAFO) Fund 
Deadline: August 1 (LOI) and August 15 (Application)
Funded entirely by voluntary contributions from Organic Valley farmers, FAFO is the largest farmer-funded grant program in the U.S. and one of the few focused solely on organic. FAFO awards grants of $5,000-$50,000 to research, education, and advocacy projects that protect and promote the organic industry and the livelihood of organic farmers. Learn more and apply. 


Webinars & Events
1. Workshop Series: Edible Schoolyard Summer Training at Home
Starts June 30
Edible Schoolyard is hosting a free, multi-month summer program of online training and professional development sessions for the field of edible education. The program will consist of a four-part workshop series on adapting edible education to remote and home learning and a three-part panel series on the core values of nourishment, stewardship, and community. All sessions will be offered at no cost. Learn more and register here. 

2. EQUITY Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFED) Build, Unlearn, Decolonize Learning Series
Deadline to apply: Today!
Drawing inspiration from abolitionist & decolonial pedagogy, CoFED’s Build, Unlearn, Decolonize program (BUD) is a 5-week-long cooperative education intensive designed to support teams of young BIPOC looking to build community health and wealth through thriving, cooperative food and land-based businesses. BUD will take place from September 14 - October 19, 2020, in virtual space. Open to teams of 2-3 people from ages 18-30, BUD is a life-changing experience where you and your crew can learn more about cooperative economics, decolonizing our food system, and creating community-led food solutions with a triple bottom line of food sovereignty, sustainability, and decoloniality. Learn more and apply.

3. Building Sustainable Power for Change: Toolkit for Activism
Join The New School's four-part workshop series on organizing, community building, and how to influence change in the world. Hear from Ted Kerr, Kiara Nagel, A.W. Strouse, and Miski Noor, who will lead the discussions. Workshops will take place every Tuesday in July from 3:00-4:30 p.m. (EST).  Presented by the Office of Civic Engagement and Social Justice and the Dean's Office at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts.

Self Care and Resiliency in the Face of Grief: Working Inside and Out
(7/7)
Narrative Power in the Time of Uprising (7/14)
Organizing by Understanding Power (7/21)
Engagement Burnout: How to be Restored (7/28)

4. How to Host a Nonpartisan Virtual Candidates Forum 
July 8 & July 22 // 12-1PM EST
Join Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Community Food Strategies, and Rural Advancement Foundation International - USA in this webinar designed to support food councils or community groups in considering hosting their own local food-themed virtual forum this fall. With a presidential election this fall, it is an important election year to bring attention to issues related to food, farming, and health with your community leaders and stakeholders. Register for July 8. Register for July 22. Contact Jared Cates at jared@carolinafarmstewards.org or Matt Kneece at matt@carolinafarmstewards.org with questions. 

5. National Young Farmers Coalition Produce Safety for Farm to School Focus Group
July 8 // 4PM EST
The National Young Farmers Coalition is seeking produce farmers who grow for Farm to School programs to participate in an online focus group this summer on produce safety in farm to school. All participants will receive a $50 stipend and a copy of our food safety guidebook: A Small Farmer's Practical Guide to Food Safety.  Register here.

6. NFSN Twitter #LunchChat 
July 9 // 1PM EST
National Farm to School Network is hosting a Twitter #LunchChat with FoodCorps next Thursday, July 9 from 1-2pm ET and you're invited to join us! We'll be tweeting about the ways school meals can support our country through COVID-19, how communities and policy makers can take action, and our vision that all students – across all races, places, and classes – deserve access to healthy food. Hope to see you there! Follow: @FoodCorps & @FarmtoSchool on Twitter.

7. EcoFarm's Farm to Farmer Conversation Series
July 28 // 12 PM PST
During the pandemic, USDA and state agencies have funded over $3 billion to purchase food as a way to reduce food waste and to feed the millions of newly unemployed. This 90 minute conversation hosted by the Ecological Farming Association will feature national leaders from organic farms, food hubs, food banks, academia, and sustainable agriculture groups to explore these new and old programs. You will learn about the policy, marketing, and nutritional implications of this new CFAP program and related state efforts. Register here.

8. National CACFP Sponsors Association's Child Nutrition Virtual Summit
Deadline to register: August 7 //  August 11, 12, 18, & 19
The National CACFP Sponsors Association is bringing training to your office! With offerings spanned over 4 days, the virtual summit allows up to 20 hours of Continuing Education Credits for food program training for $149. View the schedule and register here. Online registration deadline is August 7.

9. The Power of Food: Cultivating Equitable Policy Through Collective Action
September 20-22, 2021 // Kansas City, Missouri
Join the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future’s Food Policy Networks project for the first-ever, in-person national forum dedicated to food policy councils (FPCs) and similar groups. The Power of Food: Cultivating equitable policy through collective action will now take place on September 20-22, 2021, in Kansas City, Missouri.  The Forum is committed to creating an equitable space to foster learning and sharing that will transform how FPCs imagine community-centered policy change for vibrant, healthy and equitable communities. To stay up-to-date on the latest plans for the Forum, sign up here.

10. Honoring School Food Heroes Campaign
Kids can’t eat a virtual lunch, and farmers can’t sell virtual vegetables! It’s time to recognize the school food heroes who serve our children meals every day, and use their school food dollars to support our local food producers. Help appreciate these front line heroes by sharing this video and join TIPS for School Meals That Rock, Chef Ann Foundation, Life Time Foundation, Wellness in the Schools, and Whole Kids Foundation in celebrating our heroes. View the campaign video and learn more. 

11. University of Massachusetts' Online Organic Vegetable Production Class 
The UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture is offering an online class on organic vegetable production beginning July 6.  STOCKSCH 320 - Organic Vegetable Production is a 3 credit, college class taught by Stockbridge instructor, Renee Ciulla, who has experience both as a college teacher and an organic farmer.  This online course will cover the principles and practices of growing vegetables organically for both the professional small farmer and serious home gardeners. The UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture is offering 5 online classes during the 6-week summer session including Urban Agriculture and Professional Development in Sustainable Food and Farming. Classes offered during the second summer session will begin on July 6, 2020, and registration is now open.  For information on all 5 online classes offered this summer as well as the 13 classes offered this fall at UMass Amherst click here.

12. Horizon Summer Camp - Farm Education Video Series
July 2020
Horizon Organic is opening up the barn doors for Summer Camp! Kids and families are invited to tune-in to this summer camp video series to get a behind-the-scenes look at farm life. Throughout July, Horizon will be sharing fun and education activities - like creative ways to upcycle milk cartons, how to milk a cow, and a farm tour - on their YouTube page. Check-in weekly to see what's new at camp! Watch the summer camp video series here: www.youtube.com/HorizonDairy



Research & Resources
1. EQUITY Indigenous Futures Survey Research Project
Deadline: August 1
IllumiNative, Native Organizers Alliance, and Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth are partnering with acclaimed researchers Dr. Stephanie Fryberg (Tulalip) of the University of Michigan and Dr. Arianne Eason of the University of California, Berkeley, to conduct the Indigenous Futures Survey -- a groundbreaking research project for Native peoples by Native peoples. The 15-20 minute survey launched Tuesday, June 23, 2020 and will close on August 1, 2020. IFS researchers are looking to reach as many Native relatives as possible, and are seeking to partner with organizations and tribal leaders to help disseminate the survey to at least 2,000 participants 18 years of age and older. IFS disseminating organizations and tribes can request access to data collected from the survey to be helpful to their future work. To participate in the IFP survey dissemination, or have questions regarding the survey, please email indigenousfuture@aspeninstitute.org or call (202) 736-2905. Learn more and take the survey.

2. In Defense of Food: A Middle School Curriculum
The IDOF curriculum was developed by Kikim Media, the producers of the program, in partnership with the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, Program in Nutrition at Teachers College, Columbia University.  It is designed to help adolescents develop something valuable: practical tools for healthier eating. Even though scientists know a lot about food and health, the messages that reach adolescents about healthy eating have become increasingly complex and contradictory. View the curriculum.

3. Urban Agriculture Survey: Please Share Your Thoughts
What do you need from your local Cooperative Extension? If you are engaged in urban agriculture anywhere in the Mid-Atlantic or Northeast region, U of M like to hear from you -- please fill out this survey to help get a better understanding of what urban agriculture looks like and how Extension can better serve urban farmers! The survey should take less than 30 minutes to complete. It is open to all individuals who are at least 18 years old and grow food plants or engage in other agriculture in urban areas in the Northeast U.S. If you have any questions, please contact Neith Little at nglittle@umd.edu and Dr. Matthew Richardson at matthew.richardson@udc.edu. Complete the survey.

4. EQUITY A Reading List For Learning About Anti-Black Racism and Food
Here are some books to educate ourselves on racism in America as it relates to farming, cooking, grocery shopping, and beyond. 

5. EQUITY ASAP Growing Mind's Equity, Inclusion & Anti-Bias Resources
Children begin to develop racial awareness and bias at a very young age. In an effort to create learning environments that are more diverse, inclusive, and reflective of our culturally diverse society, farm to school programs should follow equity-minded best practices. Visit the ASAP Growing Minds Farm to School website for our Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Bias resources page, to find children’s books (including farm to school literature) that celebrate diverse voices, and access recommended external resources that can be used by both teachers and parents to teach children about race, diversity, and inclusion. 

6. EQUITY Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development Statement on Anti-Black Racism
After consultation and feedback from the JAFSCD Shareholder Consortium, the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development has released the JAFSCD Statement on Anti-Black Racism. This is a starting point and a way to remain accountable to the work the journal needs to do. Feedback on this statement is welcome. Contact JAFSCD Shareholder Consortium Co-Chair Keith Williams for comments and questions: keithw@fnti.net

7. 'Google Maps for Food Systems': New Dashboard Aims to Aid Decision-Making
A new online data hub intended to help countries make more informed food policy decisions aggregates data from different aspects of the food system — from supply chains to individual diets — to provide a fuller picture of whether and how people around the world access the nutritious foods they need. Read more.

8. National Museum of African American History and Culture's Talking About Race Resources
Talking about race, although hard, is necessary. The National Museum of African American History and Culture provides tools and guidance to empower your journey and inspire conversation. View the resources.



Policy News
1. COVID-19 NFSN Sign-On To Endorse NFSN's COVID-19 Federal Policy Platform
As Congress works to finalize its next COVID-19 response bill, NOW is that time to make our voices heard. National Farm to School Network's federal policy platform calls on Congress to strengthen its support for school meal and child nutrition programs, farmers and those who feed us, Native communities, essential workers, children and families, and others who have been historically underserved and underrepresented. Please add your voice by endorsing our federal COVID-19 policy platform, and help us advocate for key food systems priorities on Capitol Hill. Sign on here.

2. COVID-19 Local Food Assistance and Resilient Markets Act
Last week, the National Farm to School Network endorsed the Local Food Assistance and Resilient Markets Act, a bill by Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) to expand food assistance and increase support for the local and regional food systems that have proven most resilient during the COVID-19 crisis. This bill addresses several of NFSN’s asks for crucial COVID-19 relief for our partners, families, kids, and farmers. The bill would:
  • Cover 100% of project costs with USDA Farm to School Grants for the next two years (rather than the 25% match currently required to access F2S grants)
  • Waive the matching requirement for several other local food systems grants
  • Expand funding for local food projects
  • Expand funding and access for Farm Microloans to help the smallest producers 
  • Address barriers to online SNAP participation for smaller retailers, including local food hubs and farmers markets

3. House Appropriations Subcommittee Increases Funding for USDA Farm to School Grant Program 
On July 6, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture approved a spending bill to fund agriculture and nutrition programs for Fiscal Year 2021. The federal Farm to School Grant Program received an unprecedented increase to $12 million per year in funds -- $7 million per year above the mandatory $5 million level. We wish to thank subcommittee leaders, particularly Chairman Sanford Bishop and Ranking Member Jeff Fortenberry, for prioritizing the expansion of these crucial grants. Join us in thanking these Members of Congress! Their Senate counterparts are hard at work on their own version of funding legislation, which will be unveiled later this month.

4. COVID-19 California Budget Provides Essential Funding for Safe School Meals
California’s legislative leaders and Governor Newsom have passed a final budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year that includes a $112 million allocation for California school districts providing free school meals during the pandemic, and another $10 million in funding for the Farm to School program and the Office of Farm to Fork. Read more. 

5. COVID-19 One-Third of Small Independent Farms Could Go Bankrupt in 2020 Due to COVID-19
The poll finds that more than 35% of farmers experienced an average drop in revenue of over 51% in March and April, compared to the same period the previous year, due to a lack of sales to restaurants and at farmers’ markets. The concern for them is getting stuck with goods they can’t sell; of the almost 37% who expect to have this problem, over half don’t have cold storage or another way to salvage what they’ve produced. Read more.


In The News
EQUITY Remembering Philando Castile, School Food Hero
On the four-year anniversary of the police killing of Philando Castile, National Farm to School Network and The Rockefeller Foundation have co-authored a blog honoring the legacy of Philando, a school nutrition professional, and calling for the recognition of school food programs as essential drivers of racial justice. Read the blog here

COVID-19 Walla Walla Valley Farm to School Program Expands Into Oregon
Despite school closures during the coronavirus pandemic this spring, Walla Walla Valley Farm to School volunteers have kept busy maintaining gardens at local schools and expanding the program south of the state line. Program manager Beth Thiel said funding from an Oregon State Farm to School Grant now supports a garden education manager in Oregon. (Union-Bulletin)

COVID-19 FoodCorps Members Keep Students Learning About Food
When COVID-19 forced schools to close across the United States, FoodCorps reimagined hands-on food and nutrition education. The national service program educates students in more than 375 schools across the United States. But now FoodCorps service members are teaching classes remotely while also serving on the frontlines of emergency feeding programs.(Food Tank)

How the Rise of Supermarkets Left Out Black America
60-plus years of corporate strategies, white flight and stereotypes about black Americans have made it significantly harder for many black people to access a supermarket than it is for most white people, according to leaders of big cities across the country as well as food policy advocates, historians and urban studies experts. (CNN)

An Essential Reading Guide For Fighting Racism
From Audre Lorde's groundbreaking essays to Ibram X. Kendi's guide to being antiracist, these books are a great resource for understanding why people are protesting right now. View the list.


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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