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This Week in Farm to School: 2/4/20

NFSN Staff Tuesday, February 04, 2020
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. FY20 Team Nutrition Training Grants for School Meal Recipe Development
Deadline: April 3
A Request for Applications for the FY 2020 Team Nutrition Training Grant for School Meal Recipe Development is now available through Grants.gov. FNS expects to award approximately $5.2 million to state agencies (up to $300,000 per state) that administer the National School Lunch Program. The FY 2020 Team Nutrition Training Grant for School Meal Recipe Development will assist states in helping schools offer meals supported by recipes that utilize local agricultural products and reflect local food preparation practices and taste preferences. Using grant funds, state agencies will be able to develop nutritious and tasty recipes that utilize local agricultural products and reflect local food preparation practices and taste preferences. An informational webinar will be hosted on Feb. 11. View the Request for Applications here


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN EVENT Registration Open! 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
April 21-23 // Albuquerque, NM
Early Bird registration is now open for the 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference! With 40 skill-building workshops, 10 experiential field trips, inspiring keynote addresses, valuable networking time, and a showcase of New Mexico’s vibrant local food culture, this biennial event hosted by the National Farm to School Network is an unparalleled opportunity to learn and network with food systems leaders from across the country. Early Bird registration is open through Feb. 28. Save $50 on regular registration pricing and secure a seat on your first-choice field trip! Visit www.farmtocafeteriaconference.org to register today. 

2. EQUITY Webinar Series: Food Literacy for All Evening Video Series 
Tuesdays // 6:30-8pm EST
Food Literacy for All is a community-academic partnership course at the University of Michigan. Structured as an evening lecture series, Food Literacy for All features different guest speakers each week to address challenges and opportunities of diverse food systems. The course is designed to prioritize engaged scholarship that connects theory and practice. By bringing national and global leaders, we aim to ignite new conversations and deepen existing commitments to building more equitable, health-promoting, and ecologically sustainable food systems.
Click here for the video schedule and archive of videos.

3. EQUITY Webinar: Learning "HOW" to Apply Racial Equity to Policies, Advocacy, Programs, and Service Provision to End Hunger 
February 5 // 1-2:30pm EST
The Closing the Hunger Gap (CTHG) webinar series is designed to foster shared learning and build shared understanding and analysis around the root causes of hunger and poverty. Learn from an array of food system advocates who are working to create a more just and sustainable system and create solutions to hunger grounded in social justice. Register here

4. Webinar Series: Montana Farm to School Successes
Wednesdays // 2-3pm MST
Join Montana Office of Public Instruction and Montana Team Nutrition Program for an exploration of farm to school successes across Montana in a three-part webinar series. Montana Team Nutrition Program’s Montana Farm to School Coordinator will provide a foundation of farm to school information, resources, and opportunities. Representatives from schools, organizations, and businesses from around the state will share their story and experiences. No pre-registration required. Learn more here

5. Edible Schoolyard Summer Training  
June 24-26 // Berkeley, CA
The Edible Schoolyard Summer Training is a three-day immersive training experience for teachers, educators, and administrators working with youth and food. The Summer Training includes workshops on teaching technical gardening and cooking skills in a classroom setting, sessions sharing best practices in curriculum planning and school lunch reform, and discussions on important issues in edible education such as developing culturally relevant curriculum and avoiding food shaming. The training is an opportunity to connect with individuals from across the country and globe who are working to educate youth and build a healthier and more just food system. Learn more and apply here by March 1st. 

6. Applications Open: 2020-2021 Northeast Farm to School Institute
Deadline: February 14
The Northeast Farm to School Institute is a unique year-long professional learning opportunity for selected school, early childhood, or district teams from New England and New York. The Institute kicks off with a Summer Retreat held at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, VT June 29–July 1, 2020. Whether you're a long-time farm to school advocate or looking to begin integrating food, farm, and nutrition programs into your school community, you're invited to form a team and apply. Apply by Feb. 14. Learn more here

7. Call for Abstracts: American Public Health Association's 2020 Annual Meeting and Expo
Deadline: February 20
Submit an abstract by to present and share your research at APHA's 2020 Annual Meeting and Expo in San Francisco, Oct. 24 – 28. APHA accepts abstracts from all areas of public health but encourages you to submit abstracts related to the APHA 2020 theme “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Preventing Violence.” Anyone can submit an abstract however, accepted presenters must become individual members of APHA and must register for the Annual Meeting by the Advance Deadline. Learn more about deadlines and requirements for presenters here


Research & Resources 
1. EQUITY February is Black History Month 
February is Black History Month, a dedicated time to pay attention to the power and resilience of the Black community. Throughout February, National Farm to School Network will be sharing stories, resources, articles and more that highlight histories and narratives that often go overlooked. This week, we encourage you to explore Teaching Tolerance's Black History Month: Teaching the Complete History article and resources here.
 
2. A Policy Analysis of Current Farm to Early Childhood Education Legislation in the United States
Law Review of John Hopkins  
It is evident from the outcomes of state farm to school legislation that such legislation provides for promising impacts for our children. State legislation is especially important to create wide-ranging impacts, whereas state farm to school laws indicate increased fruit and vegetable availability and consumption, regardless of whether the individual schools within the state establish an farm to school program. Because the farm to early care and education movement is still in its infancy, this presents an ideal opportunity for state representatives to be innovative by molding farm to ECE policy needs specific for their state constituents. Read the full analysis, published by the Law Review of Johns Hopkins, here

3. Report: Growing Opportunity for Farm to School in New York
American Farmland Trust and Farm to Institution New York State
In 2018, the state of New York created a major new incentive to encourage schools to buy more food from New York farms. This incentive enabled schools that spend at least 30% of their lunch food budget on food from New York farmers, growers, producers, or processors to receive 25 cents per meal in state reimbursement - quadruple the 6 cents reimbursement they had received for the past 40 years. This report details these challenges, and makes eight recommendations the State of New York can act on to ensure this program reaches its full potential, and for other states to learn from when considering this type of incentive program. Read more here


Policy News
1. New York FY 2021 Executive Budget Supports Farm to School New York
Governor Cuomo has announced that the FY 2021 Executive Budget would raise the spending threshold for school districts procuring local food for breakfast and lunch through the federal Child Nutrition Programs. This change will give schools more flexibility in realizing the Governor’s goal for schools to source 30 percent of their menu items from local farms as part of the No Student Goes Hungry initiative. Read more here.


Job Opportunities
1. Equity Consultant, National Farm to School Network (Remote)
National Farm to School Network is seeking an Equity Consultant to support initiatives aimed at advancing equity at the organizational and programmatic levels. Applicants are encouraged to apply early; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the deadline of February 12. For more information, email Jenileigh Harris at jenileigh@farmtoschool.org

2. Greenhouse and Garden Manager, University of Colorado Colorado Springs (Colorado Springs, CO) 
The UCCS Farm Manager will supervise, oversee and coordinate the UCCS Farm program activities and operations in the UCCS Auxiliary unit of the Division of Student Success. The Farm Manager is responsible for the health, care and maintenance of plants, flowers, trees, bees and chickens in a controlled environment where the growth and availability of produce is scheduled to coincide with the buying public. Learn more here.


Farm to School in the News
Inside New York’s Pursuit to Bring Local Food into More Schools
During the 2018-2019 school year, the Buffalo School District more than doubled its spending on local produce compared to the year before—from about $300,000 to $700,000—while also buying more local milk and meat, spending $2.6 million total on foods produced in the state. The effort was an attempt to qualify for the state’s new farm to school purchasing incentive, which would significantly increase the amount the district received in meal reimbursement money at the end of the year, if it managed to spend 30 percent of its lunch budget on local food. (CivilEats)

It’s Summer All Year Long in This Ohio Classroom
With snow on the ground in Coventry Township, the tomato plants are two to three feet high, the zinnias are in bloom and the lettuce is ready to pick. The extensive hydroponics setups of grow lights, trays, tubing and buckets allows plants to grow in water year round. Science teacher Jim Trogdon said he wants his eighth-grade students to be a part of saving the world, making growing practices more sustainable. Their generation, he said, “has to help to come up with the solutions” to the challenge of feeding a growing population as the climate changes. (Akron Beacon Journal)

Michigan Farm to Freezer | In Good Co. Detroit
In Good Co. Detroit highlights Michigan Farm to Freezer, the work of NFSN Advisory Board member Brandon Seng, and his colleague Mark Coe. Farm to Freezer is leading the charge in providing access to Michigan grown fruits and vegetables to schools, low-income communities, and Michiganders across the state all year long, despite Michigan's notoriously short growing season. (In Good Co. Detroit)

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: 1/28/20

NFSN Staff Tuesday, January 28, 2020
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. NFSN EVENT 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
April 21-23 // Albuquerque, NM
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is just four months away, and now is the time to start planning! With 40 skill-building workshops, 10 experiential field trips, inspiring keynote addresses, valuable networking time, and a showcase of New Mexico’s vibrant local food culture, this biennial event hosted by the National Farm to School Network is an unparalleled opportunity to learn and network with food systems leaders from across the country. Early Bird registration opens the last week of January. Save $50 on regular registration pricing and secure a seat on your first-choice field trip! Visit farmtoschool.org/conference to learn more. 

2. Webinar: Classroom Management in the Garden
January 28, 3pm ET
Employing solid classroom management techniques is a key factor for educational success. In this webinar, hosted by the School Garden Support Organization (SGSO) Network, explore classroom management strategies specifically in the garden setting and the importance they play in creating a successful and sustainable school garden program. Topics covered will include how to create consistent routines, organize equipment, involve volunteers, utilize garden stations, and more. Register here

3. Farmers and School Food Services Workshop
January 30 // Walla Walla, WA
Farmers and school food services can find out how to help schools purchase more locally grown foods at a Walla Walla Valley Farm to School workshop on January 30. The workshop will explore interests that exist to purchase locally grown products; explain local and federal procurement standards that control most K-12 schools’ food purchases; connect local farmers and school buyers; share past and current successes and challenges; and, establish next steps to increase local foods in area school cafeterias and other institutions. Learn more here

4. Common Ground Winter Farm and Garden Conference
February 1 // New Haven, CT
Common Ground Farm and The Schoolyards Program in New Haven, CT are hosting a day of learning perfect for the school educator, backyard gardener, small scale farmer, curious food explorer and food justice activist. (There's a kids track for ages 5-12, too!) The workshop includes: planning your learning garden, backyard chicken keeping, Black folxs and farming, traditional medicinal Korean and Indian cooking, composting at home and more. Learn more here

5. Nebraska Food Systems Summit
February 4 // Papillion, NE
Learn about key challenges in the Nebraska food system and help identify people and organizations who can build policy solutions to support the direction of food systems work for 2020. Those involved in food production, transformation and processing, distribution and marketing, consumption and access, and resource management will get the most out of this event. Alena Paisano, Program Manager with the National Farm to School Network, will be the featured capnote speaker.  Learn more here

6. Mississippi Farm to Cafeteria Conference
February 11 // Jackson, MS
The annual Mississippi Farm to Cafeteria Conference brings farm to school practitioners and future practitioners together from across the state and region to share, learn, and help grow the farm to school movement. Food service directors, farmers, school administration, teachers, students, and community advocates are encouraged to attend. This year’s conference features Wande Okunoren-Meadows as the keynote speaker. Learn more here

7. Food Connects Vermont's Farm to School Conference
April 8 // Brattleboro, VT
The conference brings together Vermont teachers, administrators, child nutrition professionals, parents, and other school-based staff for a day of learning, networking and resource sharing. Hear from regional farm to school experts and harness inspiration for your school’s farm to school programming. The agenda will include a keynote speech by Joseph Kiefer, Food Justice Educational Consultant, as well as three breakout sessions and a locally-sourced lunch. Learn more here.


Research & Resources 
1. EQUITY An Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System, Seventh Edition
The Michigan State University (MSU) Center for Regional Food System has compiled the seventh edition of its annotated bibliography identifying literature that links the social construction of Whiteness and its intentional or consequential impact on structural racism within the United States’ local food movement. It is focused on recent peer-reviewed and gray literature materials that are national, regional, and local in scope that included significant references. The seventh edition contains 279 sources, including 10 new videos and 46 new journal citations. Notably, a significant number of these new additions discuss food sovereignty within the frame of structural racism in the food system. Learn more here

2. Study: Rural School Gardens Get Students Back in Touch With Their Food
Agriculture and Human Values
As technology and supermarkets have made buying food easier and more convenient than ever, researchers believe people are growing more distant from the food they consume. As knowledge about crops, food production and healthy eating is lost over generations — a process sociologists call “de-skilling” — some school districts are looking to reconnect children with their food by educating them in a garden setting. In a new study from the University of Missouri, researchers observed one such school garden in a rural Midwestern school district, in which classes were held outside in a garden one or two times per month. They found that not only was the concept successfully integrated into an otherwise normal public school district, but it also fostered an appreciation for fresh, healthy foods. Read more here.


Policy News
1. NFSN Statement Newest USDA Proposed Changes to School Nutrition Standards
On Jan. 17, USDA announced new proposed rules to further modify nutrition standards established by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. These proposals - which follow other highly contested changes that have rolled back nutrition standards - would loosen restrictions for school meal requirements that could result in less fruit available at breakfast, reduce vegetables at lunch, and make it even more difficult for students to make healthy choices in the cafeteria. National Farm to School Network advocates that any proposed changes be informed by both the needs of children and the capacity and expertise of the staff feeding our children. Program flexibility and efficiency should not sacrifice quality and nutrition in school meals. With more than 20 million children receiving free and reduced-price meals and relying on school meals for the majority of their daily calories, the nutritional quality of these meals is of utmost importance in ensuring a lifetime of health and wellbeing. Read the full statement here

2.  PA Farm Bill Included $500,000 for Ag Education Grants 
Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Education Executive Deputy Secretary David Volkman have announced $500,000 in agriculture education grants as part of the PA Farm Bill. Gov. Tom Wolf signed Act 40 to restart the Ag and Youth Grant Program in July last year. The money will 55 fund ag-related projects and equipment purchases in 25 counties. Read more


Job Opportunities
1. Equity Consultant, National Farm to School Network (Remote) 
National Farm to School Network is seeking an Equity Consultant to support initiatives aimed at advancing equity at the organizational and programmatic levels. Applicants are encouraged to apply early; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the deadline of February 12. For more information, email Jenileigh Harris at jenileigh@farmtoschool.org

2. Statewide Program Coordinator, California Food for California Kids / Center for Ecoliteracy (Berkeley, CA)
The Statewide Program Coordinator maintains relationships with school districts and allied organizations throughout California to cultivate, support, and sustain active implementation of the California Food for California Kids program. This position engages with partners through site visits, technical assistance, and network communications for a variety of school community stakeholders. Learn more here

3. FoodCorps Service Member Application Now Open
Applications are now open for the next class of FoodCorps AmeriCorps service members. Service members connect kids to healthy food in school, from the classroom to the garden to the cafeteria. Applicants are encouraged to apply early; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the deadline of March 13. Learn more here.


Farm to School in the News
Minnesota school district is making students more environmentally conscious
A Minnesota elementary school is doing its part to make the world a little greener. Each year North Park takes on a new initiative as a means of growing and learning. This year’s initiative is to get rid of single-use plastic, and a group of students called the "Green Team" are helping make it happen by sorting waste in the cafeteria. (ABC Newspapers)

Oregon's Find Your Farmer cultivates connections
The Find Your Farmer event in Klamath Falls, Oregon provided a training for school officials, agricultural producers and business owners interested in the process of buying local products and those interested in selling their products locally to school districts and nonprofits. “What an opportunity to meet these farmers and we would like to understand where they’re coming from and hopefully they understand where we’re coming from." (Herald and News)

Training the Next Generation of Farm to School Educators in North Carolina
ASAP’s Growing Minds @ University program is offering training for future educators and dietitians who want to integrate local food and farm to school programming into their careers. "Wouldn’t it be nice if we embedded this idea and this notion into the pre-service training or the training for future teachers and future dietitians? If we embedded farm to school and local food activities into that training, then we’d be graduating people who have this mindset and hopefully this desire to integrate this into their future professional practice,” said Emily Jackson, director and founder of ASAP’s Growing Minds program. (ASAP - Growing Local

A Look Back at Michigan's Six-Year Farm-to-Institution Program
In an effort to both provide local farmers with a more steady stream of income and help local produce get into the bellies of more local residents, public health experts and advocates have been making more of a concerted effort to make sure that the food supplied to these institutions come from local sources. “It may have been aspirational, but it is pushing the movement forward,” says Brandon Seng, co-owner of Farm to Freezer and NFSN Advisory Board member. (Next City)

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: 1/21/20

NFSN Staff Tuesday, January 21, 2020
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. NFSN EVENT 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
April 21-23 // Albuquerque, NM
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is just four months away, and now is the time to start planning! With 40 skill-building workshops, 10 experiential field trips, inspiring keynote addresses, valuable networking time, and a showcase of New Mexico’s vibrant local food culture, this biennial event hosted by the National Farm to School Network is an unparalleled opportunity to learn and network with food systems leaders from across the country. Early Bird registration opens the last week of January. Save $50 on regular registration pricing and secure a seat on your first-choice field trip! Visit farmtoschool.org/conference to learn more. 

2. Webinar: Classroom Management in the Garden
January 28, 3pm ET
Employing solid classroom management techniques is a key factor for educational success. In this webinar, hosted by the School Garden Support Organization (SGSO) Network, explore classroom management strategies specifically in the garden setting and the importance they play in creating a successful and sustainable school garden program. Topics covered will include how to create consistent routines, organize equipment, involve volunteers, utilize garden stations, and more. Register here

3. EQUITY National Day of Racial Healing 
January 21, 2020 
Launched in 2017, the National Day of Racial Healing (Jan. 21) is a call to action for racial healing for all people. It originated as part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s national Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation efforts. On this day, individuals, organizations and communities across the U.S. come together to explore their common humanity and build the relationships necessary to create a more just and equitable world. Racism affects all of us, regardless of our backgrounds or circumstances. We all live in a world born from historic injustices that have led to broken systems and division, where we don’t know one another and our shared history. These significant challenges will not be solved by one individual or group. To ensure our communities are free of systemic injustice, we must come together to heal, exploring and unraveling the deeply held racial biases of the past. Visit www.dayofracialhealing.org to learn more. 


Resources & Research 
1. EQUITY Article: Reaching American Indian and Rural Kindergarteners with Nutrition Info
Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development
Young children living on American Indian reservations, and children living in rural areas adjacent to them, often have limited access to nutritious fruits and vegetables, as well as to nutrition education. Professor Staci Emm and colleagues at University of Nevada, Reno Extension have been conducting the Veggies for Kids Program to address the issue and published a JAFSCD paper on the program and its results. Read more here.


Policy News
1. USDA Moves to Relax School Nutrition Standards
The Trump administration has proposed changes relaxing nutrition standards under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, permitting schools to reduce fruit servings in breakfasts, offer burgers and pizzas as a la carte food items and provide potatoes as a daily vegetable. The proposals will be entered in the Federal Register on Jan. 23, and will be open for public comment for 60 days. National Farm to School Network opposes these proposed changes, and continues to advocate for stronger nutrition standards that have been shown by USDA’s own findings to have positive impacts. In the coming days, we will share additional information and materials about how others can join us in submitting comments opposing these proposed changes. Contact Chloe Marshall, NFSN Policy Specialist, at chloe@farmtoschool.org with questions.

2. California Gov. Newsom Proposes $70+ million for Healthy School Meals in 2020-21 Budget 
Students across California may soon be able to enjoy more fresh, nutritious food in school meals, thanks to a new budget proposal introduced today by Governor Gavin Newsom in his 2020-21 preliminary budget. This budget proposal, if signed into law, would provide at least $70 million in funding—a 40 percent increase—to strengthen food service programs’ efforts to improve the quality of school meals. This will support efforts to purchase and serve more freshly prepared, locally grown food, and fuel farm to school and sustainability initiatives. Read more from the Center for Ecoliteracy here


Jobs & Opportunities
1. FoodCorps Service Member Application Now Open
Applications are now open for the next class of FoodCorps AmeriCorps service members. Service members connect kids to healthy food in school, from the classroom to the garden to the cafeteria. Applicants are encouraged to apply early; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the deadline of March 13. Learn more here.

2. Americrops VISTA, Food System Expansion in Wyoming (Laramie, WY)
This VISTA position supports the Wyoming Food Coalition as they develop an action plan to advance priorities for production, policy, marketing, food access, and education. The position is housed on the University of Wyoming campus with UW Extension. Duties include facilitating the efforts of coalition leadership as well as engagement with producers, retailers, educators, health and nutrition experts and consumers across Wyoming. Learn more here.  


Farm to School in the News
Nevada school builds garden in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Ries Elementary might soon look a little greener after some help from the nonprofit Green Our Planet (NFSN NV Supporting Partner). Together, students, staff and community volunteers built a garden at the school today in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (KLAS)

Farm-to-table teaches Ohio kids to eat local, taste new foods
Each month, a different item of freshly grown produce is picked right from a local farm and brought straight to Ohio schools. Sometimes the program makes students want to take the foods from their trays to their plates at home. Even french-fry loving Paige said she often asks for more. “I tell them that I like the food at school and I want to try it at home,” said Paige. (WLWT)

North Dakota school hosts Farm to School Day
On Friday, Jefferson Elementary promoted farmers and North Dakota agriculture education. In addition to learning from local farmers, students enjoyed a feast of locally cultivated beef for pot roast and gravy, mashed potatoes grown from the Red River Valley, local vegetables, and a homemade oatmeal cookie made with locally-grown oats. (The Dickinson Press

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: 1/14/20

NFSN Staff Tuesday, January 14, 2020
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. 


National Farm to School Network News
1. NFSN Welcomes New Advisory Board Members
At the start of 2020, National Farm to School Network is excited to welcome eight new members to our Advisory Board:
  • Anneliese Tanner, Austin Independent School District, Executive Director of Food Services and Warehouse Operations
  • Bertrand Weber, Minneapolis Public Schools, Director, Culinary and Wellness Services
  • Catherine Compitello, The Beacon Fund, Director of Nutrition and Activity
  • Jamese Kwele, Ecotrust, Director of Food Equity
  • Janie Hipp, Native American Agriculture Fund, CEO/President
  • Silvia Abel-Caines, Organic Valley, Staff Ruminant Nutritionist
  • Sommer Sibilly Brown, Virgin Islands Good Food Coalition, Founder and Executive Director
  • Wande Okunoren-Meadows, Little Ones Learning Center, Executive Director
We also extend thanks and gratitude to Miguel Villarreal, Dan Carmody, Johanna Herron, and Rodney Taylor who have completed their terms on the Advisory Board. On our blog, Helen Dombalis, NFSN Executive Director, shares Advisory Board thank yous, farewells, welcomes, and plans for 2020. Read more here


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN EVENT 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
April 21-23 // Albuquerque, NM
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is just four months away, and now is the time to start planning! With 40 skill-building workshops, 10 experiential field trips, inspiring keynote addresses, valuable networking time, and a showcase of New Mexico’s vibrant local food culture, this biennial event hosted by the National Farm to School Network is an unparalleled opportunity to learn and network with food systems leaders from across the country. Early Bird registration opens in January. Save $50 on regular registration pricing and secure a seat on your first-choice field trip! Visit farmtoschool.org/conference to learn more. 

2. Webinar: Planning Ahead for Farm Camps For Kids
January 14, 12pm ET
Thinking about offering camps on your farm this summer? It feels like forever until those long, warm days return, but now is the time to start preparing. Samantha Gasson of Bull City Farm in NC and Ana Skemp of Deep Roots Community Farm in WI will share the challenges, rewards, and lessons lessons they have experienced from their years running successful on-farm camps for children. They will also discuss considerations for the registration process, pricing, advertising and promotion, camp administration and programming, and liability. This webinar is hosted by the Food Animal Concerns Trust. Register here

3. Webinar: Classroom Management in the Garden
January 28, 3pm ET
Employing solid classroom management techniques is a key factor for educational success. In this webinar, hosted by the School Garden Support Organization (SGSO) Network, explore classroom management strategies specifically in the garden setting and the importance they play in creating a successful and sustainable school garden program. Topics covered will include how to create consistent routines, organize equipment, involve volunteers, utilize garden stations, and more. Register here

4. Mississippi Farm to Cafeteria Conference - Registration Open
February 11 // Jackson, MS
The annual Mississippi Farm to Cafeteria Conference brings farm to school practitioners and future practitioners together from across the state and region to share, learn, and help grow the farm to school movement. Food service directors, farmers, school administration, teachers, students and community advocates are encouraged to attend. Registration is now open. Learn more here


Resources & Research
1. EQUITY Mississippi Food Justice Collaborative: Beliefs, Values and Principles
Mississippi Farm to School Network partnered and collaborated with the Mississippi Food Justice Collaborative at NCAT and the Mississippi Food Policy Council to craft a three page summary of their Beliefs, Values, and Principles to Transform Mississippi Food Systems. These will be used as a guide for making decisions about partnership, project and funding opportunities. Read more here

2. EQUITY Call for Nominations: Black Women in Food
March is Women's History Month and each year, Dine Diaspora honors 31 dynamic black women in the food and beverage industry. To curate this list of amazing black women from around the world, they need your help. Nominations categories include game changers, innovators, trailblazers, creatives and amplifiers. Nomination deadline: February 7. Learn more here


Jobs & Opportunities
1. FoodCorps Service Member Application Now Open
Applications are now open for the next class of FoodCorps AmeriCorps service members. Service members connect kids to healthy food in school, from the classroom to the garden to the cafeteria. Applicants are encouraged to apply early; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the deadline of March 13. Learn more here

2. Program Fellow, National Farm to School Network (Remote)
National Farm to School Network is seeking a Program Fellow to support multiple aspects of NFSN’s programmatic initiatives aimed at advancing and institutionalizing farm to school, with a focus on farm to early care and education (ECE) settings. The fellow will gain experience in resource creation, project evaluation, virtual networking and facilitation, and partner capacity building. This is a 10 hour per week, twelve-month, temporary position with a projected start date of February 10, 2020. Application review will begin January 15. Learn more here


Farm to School in the News
‘You’re chefs! This is a kitchen!’ 
It’s also a school cafeteriaIsaiah Ruffin, the first executive chef in Alexandria City Public Schools history, is moving school meals from frozen to scratch cooking, procuring more ingredients from local farms, diversifying the menu and reducing kitchen waste. (Washington Post)

Florida Dept. of Ag visits schools to encourage healthy eating
The Florida Department of Agriculture is teaching students about nutrition and buying fresh produce locally. “All of them so far have tried something they’ve never tried before. Even just seeing them trying stuff is amazing, but also teaching them about the number of farms we have in Florida. Also teaching them that we are an agricultural state, they really don’t know that. So it’s amazing to be able to teach them that and to see their eyes go ‘wow that’s awesome!’” (WMBB

New greenhouse will provide Nevada students with weekly salads
Mountain View Montessori's new hydroponic greenhouse will supply students with homegrown salad lunches once per week. The Salad Bar Program is completely run by 7th and 8th grade students. Each week they'll harvest, clean, and distribute lettuce to classrooms. (KTVN)

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: 1/7/20

NFSN Staff Tuesday, January 07, 2020
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. Food System Vision Prize
Deadline: January 31
With a total of $2 million in prize money and a global network of partners, the Food System Vision Prize is an invitation for organizations, companies, governments, and other entities around the world to develop inspirational, concrete Visions for the food system of the future. The Prize, launched by The Rockefeller Foundation in partnership with SecondMuse and OpenIDEO, is driven by a central question: “How might we envision regenerative and nourishing food futures for 2050?” The Prize seeks systems-focused proposals that encourage people worldwide to take action and think collaboratively about the future. Submitted Visions should also reflect the Prize’s core beliefs that include diversity, resilience, equity, and the power of food to connect people. Learn more here.


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN EVENT 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
April 21-23 // Albuquerque, NM
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is just four months away, and now is the time to start planning! With 40 skill-building workshops, 10 experiential field trips, inspiring keynote addresses, valuable networking time, and a showcase of New Mexico’s vibrant local food culture, this biennial event hosted by the National Farm to School Network is an unparalleled opportunity to learn and network with food systems leaders from across the country. Early Bird registration opens in January. Save $50 on regular registration pricing and secure a seat on your first-choice field trip! Visit farmtoschool.org/conference to learn more. 

2. California Farm to School and School Garden Conference
March 26-27, 2020 // San Diego, CA
The 2020 CA Farm to School and School Garden Conference will focus on empathy and coalition building, with an emphasis on establishing "complete" farm to school programs that coordinate student voice, local food procurement, education in classrooms and cafeterias, and experiential learning in school gardens, agriculture and culinary programs, and farms. The conference is organized by the California Department of Food and Agriculture Office of Farm to Fork (CDFA-F2F), in partnership with Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP). Tickets go on sale January 30. Questions can be sent to Nick Anicich, Farm to School Program Lead with CDFA nicholas.anicich@cdfa.ca.gov


Resources & Research
1. Webinar Recording: Institutionalizing School Garden Programming
This webinar recording features a special National Farm to School Network Partner Open Space presented in partnership with the School Garden Support Organization Network. The Open Space webinar features district-run school garden program directors from a small, medium and large school district sharing their experience and expertise in launching and maintaining district run garden programs. This webinar was recorded on December 12, 2020. Watch here.

2. Greenhouse Manual: An Introductory Guide for Educators
United States Botanic Garden, the National Association for Appropriate Technology and City Blossoms developed this freely available manual in response to an expressed need to help guide would-be greenhouse managers and educators as their schools explore ways to build new infrastructure or reinvest in existing greenhouse facilities. Its purpose is to support and expand the planting and use of school gardens and greenhouses, farm to school activities, and the integration of plant science in the curriculum. The manual lays out a basic understanding of greenhouses, how to integrate greenhouses into lessons, and how to use greenhouses in classroom curricula and after-school activities. View the resource here

3. EQUITY Article: Students of Color See a Future in Agriculture, but Farming Is a Tougher Sell
A nonprofit guiding young people of color to agriculture finds science, research, and outreach, rather than food production, are top career choices. Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) is working to diversify the agriculture workforce, whether in food production or elsewhere, while some farmers of color and farm networks are helping more people of color earn a living from the land. But throughout the agriculture system, efforts to increase diversity face a number of systemic, geographic, and demographic challenges. Read more


Jobs & Opportunities 
1. Program Fellow, National Farm to School Network (Remote) 
National Farm to School Network is seeking a Program Fellow to support multiple aspects of NFSN’s programmatic initiatives aimed at advancing and institutionalizing farm to school, with a focus on farm to early care and education (ECE) settings. The fellow will gain experience in resource creation, project evaluation, virtual networking and facilitation, and partner capacity building. This is a 10 hour per week, twelve-month, temporary position with a projected start date of February 10, 2020. Application review will begin January 15. Learn more here

2. Farm to School Coordinator, Delta Health Alliance (Stoneville, MS)
The Delta EATS Farm-to-School Coordinator provides day-to-day coordination and assistance in school cafeteria, farmer, and community aspects of Delta EATS programming and network. Learn more here.

3. School Breakfast Coordinator, Mass Farm to School (Remote within Massachusetts)
The School Breakfast Coordinator will coordinate the efforts of Mass Farm to School’s “Farm to Breakfast After the Bell” project working with two Massachusetts school districts to organize data collection, menu and recipe development, school staff support, and project evaluation efforts. Learn more here

4. Tribal Affairs Specialists, USDA Food & Nutrition Service (Denver, Dallas and Chicago)
USDA Food & Nutrition Service’s Regional Offices have three positions open for Tribal Affairs Specialists in the Mountain Plains (Denver), Midwest (Chicago), and Southwest (Dallas). These positions provide oversight of and/or implement federally-funded programs made to and operated by tribes or tribal organizations; integrate culturally appropriate planning and implementation strategies into tribal programming, oversight and technical assistance activities; provide in-depth, expert level analysis on how proposed policies and regulations would impact federally-funded programs; and coordinate and conduct issue analysis. Application deadline is January 13. Learn more here

5. FoodCorps Service Member Application Opens Jan. 10
Applications open on Friday, January 10 for FoodCorps' next class of leaders - people who want to serve up change in their community. Service members get kids excited about eating healthy food and help create healthier school communities. Learn more here


Farm to School in the News
Lessons on leftovers in Hawai'i
Schools on Kauai are looking to decrease the amount of food waste coming out of cafeterias. Several organizations, including the ‘Aina Pono farm-to-school program and Malama Kauai are leading waste audits at schools, weighing the already separated waste from cafeteria lunches and monitoring what gets thrown out and what gets eaten. This information can helps schools refine their menus. (The Garden Island)

Connecticut Schools Trying Out Farm-to-Table Menu
“How can we not only give our kids better food but also help the local farmers,” asked Dr. Joseph Olzacki, superintendent of the Region 14 school district. The answer came during a recent trip to Indianapolis.  At a conference for Future Farmers of America Olzacki learned that school districts are adopting a farm-to-table mentality. Now, several Region 14 schools are implementing farm to school. (NBC CT

West Virginia Schools Suggest a Mobile Greenhouse
Officials in a West Virginia school district are considering replacing a high school's greenhouse with a mobile alternative as it plans to relocate to another campus. The mobile greenhouse -- called a "freight farm" -- would provide food for school meals, with some estimates finding that using the greenhouse's lettuce could save money for the district. (The Exponent Telegram)

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: 12/17/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, December 17, 2019
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 Regional Farm to School Institutes RFA
Deadline: December 27
The USDA Office of Community Food Systems is pleased to announce the new Regional Farm to School Institute Grant Request for Applications (RFA). This new grant for fiscal year 2020 will support the creation and dissemination of information on farm to school program development, and provide practitioner education and training, and ongoing school year coaching and technical assistance. The Food and Nutrition Service anticipates awarding at least two grants with a combined total of $150,000, to eligible 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations working regionally to promote farm to school activities and support practitioners. Learn more here.

2. Food System Vision Prize
Deadline: January 31
With a total of $2 million in prize money and a global network of partners, the Food System Vision Prize is an invitation for organizations, companies, governments, and other entities around the world to develop inspirational, concrete Visions for the food system of the future. The Prize, launched by The Rockefeller Foundation in partnership with SecondMuse and OpenIDEO, is driven by a central question: “How might we envision regenerative and nourishing food futures for 2050?” The Prize seeks systems-focused proposals that encourage people worldwide to take action and think collaboratively about the future. Submitted Visions should also reflect the Prize’s core beliefs that include diversity, resilience, equity, and the power of food to connect people. Learn more here.


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN EVENT 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
April 21-23 // Albuquerque, NM
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is just four months away, and now is the time to start planning! With 40 skill-building workshops, 10 experiential field trips, inspiring keynote addresses, valuable networking time, and a showcase of New Mexico’s vibrant local food culture, this biennial event hosted by the National Farm to School Network is an unparalleled opportunity to learn and network with food systems leaders from across the country. Early Bird registration opens in January. Save $50 on regular registration pricing and secure a seat on your first-choice field trip! Visit farmtoschool.org/conference to learn more. 

2. Call for Proposals: National Children & Youth Garden Symposium
July 7-10 // Santa Cruz, CA
The American Horticultural Society is pleased to announce its 28th annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium (NCYGS). The 2020 event will take place July 7-10 in Santa Cruz, California, hosted by Life Lab. At the core of the symposium are peer-led educational sessions that focus on relevant, thought-provoking topics, provide attendees with practical knowledge and skills, and appeal to attendees representing a variety of experience levels, educational settings, and youth audiences. Deadline to submit proposals is Jan. 8, 2020. Learn more here

3. Call for Proposals: 2020 Natural Start Conference
July 29-August 1 // Cincinnati, OH
The Natural Start Alliance’s annual Nature-Based Early Learning Conference brings together hundreds of new and seasoned nature-based early childhood education professionals from the U.S. and abroad. Sessions explore how to plan, implement, and advocate for nature-based early learning programs; report on new and relevant research; share best practices in teacher education; explore education policy; and examine other topics that advance the field of nature-based early learning. This conference may be of interest to farm to early care and education practitioners who would like to highlight their farm to ECE efforts. Deadline for proposal submissions is Feb. 7, 2020. Learn more here


Research & Resources
1. EQUITY National Farm to School Network Announces New Equity Learning Lab
Thanks to the generous support of National Co+op Grocers and Newman’s Own Foundation, National Farm to School Network is excited to launch a new initiative aimed at advancing racial and social equity and addressing injustices in farm to school and the wider food movement. Our Equity Learning Lab, launching in 2020, will train farm to school leaders from across the country in equity principles and strategies that will maximize impact towards creating a more equitable and just food system. Read more

2. EQUITY Webinar Recording: NAFSN Good Food Talk
This recording features, “Best Practices in Diversity, Inclusion, and Racial Equity Training in Food Systems,” a NAFSN Good Food Talk in collaboration with eXtension Community, Local & Regional Food Systems National Open Forum. Speakers had a thoughtful and productive session with panelists from Michigan State, Tuskegee, and Iowa State universities, North Carolina A&T, and the North American Food Systems Network (NAFSN). Watch here.

3. EQUITY Article: Food & Race: 10 Years of Creating a More Just Food System
Since its inception, Civil Eats has chronicled the myriad efforts to expose and address the ways that structures in the food system actively work to silence, marginalize, and disadvantage people of color. To mark the site’s 10th anniversary, they have conducted a series of roundtable discussions in an effort to take an in-depth look at many of the most important topics they have covered since 2009. In this final conversation of the series, they invited four experts to discuss their own work on food justice and some of the pervasive, systemic issues facing people of color working to put food on our tables. Learn more here.

4. EQUITY Webinar Recording: Building Partnerships to Support Food Sovereignty in African American Communities
Racial Equity in the Food System Workgroup
Learn about how and why African American communities are working together to enhance their food sovereignty. Following the introduction to the concept of food sovereignty and its role in African American communities, Malik Yakini with the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and Lilly Fink Shapiro with the University of Michigan’s Sustainable Food Systems Initiative discuss their partnership designing and co-leading the Food Literacy for All course. They describe how the partnership was developed and its impact both in the community and on campus. Watch here.

5. EQUITY Commentary: Fighting for the Taste Buds of Our Children
Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development
In this commentary, A-dae Romero-Briones (First Nations Development Institute) looks at the impacts of Indian boarding school food on American Indian foodways and community as a source of acculturation, arguing that, "From the introduction of specific foods that now make up the modern diet of many American Indian communities to the generational cycle that begins in utero, the taste buds of American Indian children are still subject to the 'American Indian Boarding School experiment' that began in the late 1800s." Read the complete commentary here

6. Free Recipes: 30 Kid-Approved, Plant Forward Recipes
The Chef Ann Foundation is excited to announce that the Culinary Institute of America’s Healthy Kids Collaborative, with support from Whole Kids Foundation, has created 30 culinary-inspired, kid-approved, plant-forward recipes available FREE for all K-12 schools! Learn more at chefannfoundation.org/HKC.


Jobs & Opportunities
1. RWJF Culture of Health Leaders Application Opening Soon
Culture of Health Leaders is for visionary individuals who are sparking changes in communities to overcome injustice and promote opportunity, allowing everyone access to what they need to thrive. Leaders in the program develop deep relationships with other diverse thinkers and doers, knowing that meaningful change cannot be achieved alone. During the course of the program, leaders undertake a personal and professional journey that broadens their perspectives and approaches, amplifying their ability to solve complex health challenges in their communities. Applications open January 10, 2020. Learn more here.

2. Regional Farm to School Program Specialist - USDA FNS Mid-Atlantic Regional Office (Robbinsville, New Jersey)
This position is located in a Regional Office of the United States Department of Agriculture's Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services (FNCS). Through the Agency's Federal nutrition assistance programs, FNCS provides children and needy families with access to nutrition and a more healthful lifestyle. The Regional Office is responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient operation of the Federal nutrition assistance programs administered by State agencies within each region. Applicants must select the Robbinsville, NJ location to receive consideration for the Farm to School position. The closing date is 12/20/19. Learn more here.


Farm to School in the News
Mississippi students experience hands-on farm to table lessons
Amory School District Food Service Director Steve Stockton got a tip from a former student that has grown into an interesting project for West Amory Elementary School students. “Amory graduate Jill Miley Stevens introduced me to the idea of tower gardening. It was a perfect fit for the kids. It’s a great hands-on lesson,” he said. (Monroe Journal)

Student growth through gardening: how California garden expands education
Only in a garden can one experience the technicolor tartness of biting into a fresh tomato, enjoy the smell of sun-warmed, scented herbs, and delight in the buzzing bees, who offer a pollinator’s promise of good things to come. In today’s technology-centric world, Clairbourn School’s gardens provide students with a way to connect with life’s simple, outdoor pleasures. But more importantly, they offer a way for students to understand humanity’s role in maintaining a healthy, life-sustaining ecosystem. (Pasadena Now)

Montana school garden provides fresh vegetables for students
Frenchtown Elementary School students have a special connection to the lunches they eat every day. Because of Freedom Gardens volunteer efforts and donations, students are learning how their food grows and tastes in the greenhouse behind the school. (KPAX)

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: 12/10/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, December 10, 2019
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 2020 Farm to School Grant RFA 
Deadline: December 13
The 2020 USDA Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) is now open. With additional funding made available through the FY 2018 Omnibus Bill, the Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) seeks to award approximately $10 million in FY 2020 funding. Grants ranging in size from $20,000 to $100,000 will be available to schools, nonprofits, State and local agencies, agricultural producers, and Indian tribal organizations to plan and implement farm to school activities. Applications are due Dec. 13, 2019. Learn more here.

2. USDA Regional Farm to School Institutes RFA
Deadline: December 27
The USDA Office of Community Food Systems is pleased to announce the new Regional Farm to School Institute Grant Request for Applications (RFA). This new grant for fiscal year 2020 will support the creation and dissemination of information on farm to school program development, and provide practitioner education and training, and ongoing school year coaching and technical assistance. The Food and Nutrition Service anticipates awarding at least two grants with a combined total of $150,000, to eligible 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations working regionally to promote farm to school activities and support practitioners. Learn more here.

3. Food System Vision Prize
Deadline: Jan. 31
With a total of $2 million in prize money and a global network of partners, the Food System Vision Prize is an invitation for organizations, companies, governments, and other entities around the world to develop inspirational, concrete Visions for the food system of the future. The Prize, launched by The Rockefeller Foundation in partnership with SecondMuse and OpenIDEO, is driven by a central question: “How might we envision regenerative and nourishing food futures for 2050?” The Prize seeks systems-focused proposals that encourage people worldwide to take action and think collaboratively about the future. Submitted Visions should also reflect the Prize’s core beliefs that include diversity, resilience, equity, and the power of food to connect people. Learn more here.


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN Open Space: Institutionalizing School Garden Programming
December 12, 2 PM ET
Please join us for a special National Farm to School Network (NFSN) Partner Open Space session facilitated by California Supporting Partner John Fisher of Life Lab. This special session will be open to NFSN partners and members and the School Garden Support Organization Network. Join the call to learn and share experiences around district-run school gardening programs. Joining the discussion will be district-run school garden program directors from a small, medium and large school district. Register here

2. Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Conference
February 12-13, 2020 // Silverton, Oregon
This will be a two-day event with workshops, speakers, resources and networking opportunities. Wednesday, February 12 will be focused on farm and garden-based education. Thursday, February 13 will be focused on incorporating local food into school meals. The purpose of the Conference is to support members of Oregon’s farm to school and school garden community in their work to provide farm and garden-based education and incorporate healthy, local food into school meals for students grades PreK-12. The audience is food service directors and staff, farmers/producers, distributors, enrichment instructors, OSU Extension staff and volunteers, classroom teachers, school administrators, government agency staff, non-profit staff, and parents and community volunteers and others working to support Oregon’s farm to school and school garden programs. Register here

3. 2020 National Good Food Network Conference
March 10-13, 2020 // New Orleans, Louisiana
This event will reflect on the gains and missteps of past decades of food systems work, examine models and practices that are working now, and co-create new strategies for food systems change. This is a conference for people working to create healthier, greener, and more accessible food systems and will amplify the voices of frontline communities. To gain a deeper understanding of the nuts and bolts of food systems development, tangible skills to strengthen your impact, and new connections for solidarity and support, register here

4. NFSN EVENT Save the Date: 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
April 21-23, 2020 // Albuquerque, New Mexico
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 21-23, 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. Are you passionate about supporting local agriculture and fostering a culture of food literacy in your community? This event is for you. Visit farmtoschool.org/conference to learn more and start making plans to join us in Albuquerque! Registration opens in January 2020. 


Research & Resources
1. Connecting Classrooms, Cafeterias, Communities: A Guide to Building Integrated Farm to School Programs
The newly published Vermont FEED Guide is intended to support school communities in developing robust, long lasting, and integrated farm to school programs, addressing whole school change. It reflects 20 years of practice, evaluative research, and innovation in the field.  The guide is organized around farm to school action planning, a step-by-step process to help you assemble a team, identify shared goals, and plan and conduct strategic activities. In addition, it provides valuable content on classroom curriculum, school meal programs, and community building. The guide is filled with useful templates, curricular design strategies, and creative ways to communicate and celebrate farm to school success. Available for free download and to purchase as a hard copy here.


Jobs & Opportunities
1. Farm to Institution and Wisconsin Foods Program Specialist - Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection (Madison, WI)
This position is responsible for farm to institution initiatives including collaborating with multiple stakeholders to increase the sales of Wisconsin food into markets such as K-12 schools, hospitals, colleges, cafeterias or government agencies. To accomplish this goal, the position will actively engage with a broad network of stakeholders, facilitate partnerships and advise other agencies on promotion and market development programs for farm to school/institution. The application deadline is Sunday, January 5 at 11:59 PM. Apply here


Farm to School in the News
Seed2Tray program brings free meals to Vermont school
Hunger Free Vermont estimates nearly 18,000 children in the state live in food-insecure households. That means, about 15 percent of kids don't have regular access to nutritious food. That can put them at risk for poor health, developmental delays, worse academic performance, and behavioral issues. In Townshend, Scott Fleishman shows us how a chef is on a mission to change that. (WCAX)

Idaho preschoolers learn healthy eating habits through grant-funded project
Preschoolers in several schools in Blaine County are learning about locally farmed fruits and vegetables in an effort to create long-term, healthier eating habits. The program, called Farm to Early Care and Education, or Farm to ECE, is funded by a state grant and has shown success since the program was launched in September. (Idaho Mountain Express)

New Jersey school introduces vertical gardening
Having a salad for lunch might not be a hassle when half the ingredients are already being grown in the classroom. Southampton School #2 became one of the first in the area to introduce a tower garden in a classroom this week, where students will take care of the plants. (Courier Post)

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: 12/3/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, December 03, 2019
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. 

Action Opportunities
1. You Count! USDA Farm to School Census Closes Dec. 6
The USDA Office of Community Food Systems' third Farm to School Census closes this Friday, Dec. 6. Be sure your school district is counted! The Farm to School Census is the only national survey that examines school districts’ farm to school activities. It's imperative that all School Food Authorities (SFAs) - whether or not they currently participate in farm to school activities - complete the Census in order to have the most accurate picture of the scope, reach and impact of farm to school nationwide. The Census has been sent directly to SFAs. Please check with your SFAs to ask if they've submitted the Census, and make sure your efforts are counted! Learn more about the Census here.


Grants & Funding
1. USDA 2020 Farm to School Grant RFA Now Open
Deadline: December 13
The 2020 USDA Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) is now open. With additional funding made available through the FY 2018 Omnibus Bill, the Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) seeks to award approximately $10 million in FY 2020 funding. Grants ranging in size from $20,000 to $100,000 will be available to schools, nonprofits, State and local agencies, agricultural producers, and Indian tribal organizations to plan and implement farm to school activities. Applications are due Dec. 13, 2019. Learn more here.
 
2. NFSN Consultation Services to Support USDA Farm to School Grant Applicants
National Farm to School Network advocated for the establishment of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program and is committed to ensuring this funding reaches the communities that need it most. NFSN is available on a consultation basis to provide assistance during the application process (thought partnership, preparing the grant application, evaluation) and during grant implementation (needs assessment, evaluation, action plan, virtual coaching). Learn more here.  

3. USDA Regional Farm to School Institutes RFA
Deadline: December 27
The USDA Office of Community Food Systems is pleased to announce the new Regional Farm to School Institute Grant Request for Applications (RFA). This new grant for fiscal year 2020 will support the creation and dissemination of information on farm to school program development, and provide practitioner education and training, and ongoing school year coaching and technical assistance. The Food and Nutrition Service anticipates awarding at least two grants with a combined total of $150,000, to eligible 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations working regionally to promote farm to school activities and support practitioners. Learn more here.

4. Food System Vision Prize
Early Deadline: Dec. 5 / Final Deadline: Jan. 31
With a total of $2 million in prize money and a global network of partners, the Food System Vision Prize is an invitation for organizations, companies, governments, and other entities around the world to develop inspirational, concrete Visions for the food system of the future. The Prize, launched by The Rockefeller Foundation in partnership with SecondMuse and OpenIDEO, is driven by a central question: “How might we envision regenerative and nourishing food futures for 2050?” The Prize seeks systems-focused proposals that encourage people worldwide to take action and think collaboratively about the future. Submitted Visions should also reflect the Prize’s core beliefs that include diversity, resilience, equity, and the power of food to connect people. Learn more here.


Webinars & Events
1. EQUITY Webinar: Building Partnerships to Support Food Sovereignty in African American Communities
Dec. 3 // 3PM EST
This webinar is an opportunity to explore how and why African American communities are working together to enhance their food sovereignty. Following this introduction to the concept of food sovereignty and its role in African American communities, Malik Yakini with the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and Lilly Fink Shapiro with the University of Michigan’s Sustainable Food Systems Initiative will discuss their partnership designing and co-leading the Food Literacy for All course. They will describe how the partnership was developed and its impact both in the community and on campus. The webinar also will introduce Kimberly Carr, a post-doctoral research associate in food sovereignty and racial equity at the Center for Regional Food Systems and Center for Interdisciplinarity at Michigan State University. The webinar is hosted by the Racial Equity in the Food System workgroup, coordinated by the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems. Register here.

2. Seeking Workshop Proposals: 2020 National Family Child Care Conference
July 15-18, 2020 / Norfolk, VA
The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)is currently seeking workshop proposals for the 30th National Family Child Care Conference, taking place in Norfolk, Virginia July 15-18, 2020. Attendees are looking for sessions that focus on practical solutions to increase their knowledge and effectiveness; to engage and challenge their thinking; and to nurture their purpose, creativity, and professional excellence. This is a great opportunity to share farm to early care and education experiences and expertise. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please reach out to Lacy Stephens (Program Manager, National Farm to School Network) who can help make introductions to potential proposal partners. Learn more about the conference and workshop proposal application here.   

3. NFSN EVENT Save the Date: 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
April 21-23, 2020 // Albuquerque, New Mexico
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 21-23, 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. Are you passionate about supporting local agriculture and fostering a culture of food literacy in your community? This event is for you. Visit farmtoschool.org/conference to learn more and start making plans to join us in Albuquerque!


Research & Resources
1. Opinion Editorial: How to Fight Back Against Injustice in Your School Cafeteria
This opinion editorial from Teen Vogue argues that our system of “cheap” industrial food and low-wage labor is incredibly costly in the long term. The author explores the types of questions that students in the United States ask themselves everyday in the cafeteria and provides guidance on how to implement the change that you would like to see in your school food system. Read here
 
2. EQUITY Article: A New Generation of Black Farmers Is Returning to the Land
This article from YES! MAGAZINE explores the efforts of those working to repair harm inflicted over the past 400 years towards black farmers, with an eye toward reparations. Read here


Jobs & Opportunities
1. Community Food Systems Mentorship Program
Deadline: December 29
The Wallace Center is excited to announce that the application for the Spring 2020 round of the Community Food Systems Mentorship Program is now open. The Mentorship Program provides food systems leaders with the opportunity to closely engage with proven leaders and experts as thought partners and coaches. It includes 8 hours of one on one connection between you and a mentor over a 4-month period. The application deadline in December 29, 2019. Learn more here


Farm to School in the News
Oregon students celebrate Thanksgiving with farm to school meal
When you think of school food you probably think back to when you were a kid, and it may not have been that appetizing. That's not the case with Portland Public Schools.It’s all healthy and local. Lunch on Friday was no different, as students across the district had a Thanksgiving spread filled with turkey, mashed potatoes and roasted squash. (KGW8)

Illinois high school students prepare farm-to-table Thanksgiving meal for senior citizens
Almost everything was prepared with food from the school, which has the city’s only working farm, according to school officials. The turkeys were raised on the school’s 70-acre farm, where students also raise cows, turkeys, pigs, goats, chickens and two alpacas. Vegetables, including the pumpkins in the pie, also were grown at the school. (Chicago Tribune)

Multi-group effort teams students with sustainable farming in Hawaii
This past semester at Kohala High School has, with lots of help, enhanced garden-to-school efforts thanks to dedicated partnerships between KHS, community investors, and the Hawaii Institute of Pacific Agriculture. (West Hawaii Today)

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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