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This Week in Farm to School: 3/31/20

NFSN Staff Tuesday, March 31, 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. COVID-19 AFT Farmer Relief Fund Grants
Deadline: April 23
AFT’s Farmer Relief Fund will award farmers with cash grants of up to $1,000 each to help them weather the current storm of market disruptions caused by the coronavirus crisis. Initially, eligible applicants include any small and mid-size direct-market producers. These are defined as producers with annual gross revenue of between $10,000 and $1 million from sales at farmers markets and/or direct sales to restaurants, caterers, schools, stores, or makers who use farm products as inputs. AFT envisions an initial application round extending until April 23, with grants beginning to be made by May 1. The application is available in English and Spanish. Learn more here

2. Carton 2 Garden Contest 
Deadline Extended: May 1
Apply for Evergreen Packaging and KidsGardening.org's sixth annual national Carton 2 Garden Contest! Open to public and private schools, contest winners will be selected based on their implementation of an innovative garden creation featuring creative and sustainable uses for repurposed milk and juice cartons. Fifteen (15) entries will be selected to receive award packages for their efforts. Learn more and apply here

3. USDA AMS: Regional Food System Partnerships
Deadline Extended: May 26
USDA AMS's Regional Food System Partnerships (RFSP) program supports partnerships that connect public and private resources to plan and develop local or regional food systems. The effort is focused on building and strengthening local or regional food economy viability and resilience by alleviating unnecessary administrative and technical barriers for participating partners. Learn more here.


Webinars & Events
1. COVID-19 Virtual Conversation with State Food Councils and Networks on Response to COVID-19
April 1, 2-3:30pm EST
Join the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future’s Food Policy Networks project for a conversation with food systems councils and networks working at the state level about their response to COVID-19. Share what is happening in your state to support local and regional food systems, including policies being proposed, debated and passed. Learn how states are convening local councils and partners and setting policy priorities in response to the pandemic. This discussion will be recorded and posted to YouTube afterward. Register here

2. EQUITY Join the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
March 30-April 19
It's not too late! Sign up for Food Solutions New England's (FSNE) annual 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge starting on March 30th! In its sixth year, the Challenge is a great way to learn about the history and impacts of racism on our current food system while inspiring participants with resources and tools to build racial equity in their work and lives. People from all over the country participate in the Challenge with the goal of raising awareness, shifting attitudes and changing outcomes. This year a Discussion Guide will be available for groups who want to do the Challenge together. Visit the FSNE Challenge website to learn more and register.


Resources & Research
1. COVID-19 NFSN COVID-19 Resources for Farm to School and ECE
National Farm to School Network is compiling resources related to COVID-19 that will be relevant to the farm to school and farm to early care and education community. View the list here. This page will be updated on an ongoing basis.

2. COVID-19 EQUITY Racial Equity & Social Justice Resources
Racial Equity Tools has created a COVID-19 Racial Equity & Social Justice list that includes information that will help communities and activists as they work to understand and respond to the moment and for the long haul. These COVID-19 Resources are arranged in categories to help you sift through the material: Analysis, Resources & Tools, Healing & Community Care, Organizing & Solidarity, Resource Building & Rapid Response, Virtual Work & Online Engagement, and List of Lists. See more here.

3. COVID-19 No Kid Hungry: Texting Hotline to Provide Info on Emergency Meal Sites for Kids
No Kid Hungry is activating a texting hotline (FOOD/COMIDA to 877-877) to provide information about emergency food distribution sites in communities where schools have been closed due to coronavirus pandemic. To make it as effective as possible, they need your help! They're asking for data from state agencies, school districts, and food banks about when and where emergency food distribution sites are in operation. Program sponsors and administrators can submit site data at freemealsforkids.com.

4. COVID-19 Call for Food Service Video Footage 
Schools across the country are figuring out how to continue getting essential food to kids. Food Insight Group (FIG) is collecting video footage of how school districts are procuring, preparing, and distributing meals to better understand what’s working and what’s needed. If you work in school foodservice, are volunteering to distribute meals, are receiving meals yourself or for a family member, or are otherwise looking for ways to help, you can send a video to FIG here


Job Opportunities
1. Associate Director of Legislative Affairs, The Good Food Institute (Washington, D.C.)
The Good Food Institute (GFI) is at the forefront of the movement to use food technology and markets to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. The Associate Director of Legislative Affairs will have the opportunity to promote a healthy, sustainable, and just food system. This position is responsible for managing GFI’s legislative initiatives/team and using state/federal legislation to remove hurdles and leverage resources to promote progress on alternative proteins. Learn more and apply here.

2. Farm to School Coordinator, University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (Molokai, Hawai’i)
University of Hawai’i College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (UH-CTAHR) is hiring a Farm to School Coordinator on the island of Molokai to provide educational support for farm-to-school activities in Molokai schools. This individual will serve as an extension agent and will be housed at the Molokai Cooperative Extension Service Office in Ho’olehua. Learn more here


Farm to School in the News
COVID-19
As Rural Schools Close, Some Hungry Kids to Get a Box of Processed Food
Ensuring that children are fed, during the COVID-19 crisis and in the future, is at the top of many minds. Lacy Stephens, National Farm to School Network's Senior Program Manager, talks with Civil Eats about goals for connecting more local producers into the emergency feeding system. (Civil Eats

Inspiration: Inside the Pioneering Fresh Pasta Program at Waconia Public School District in Minnesota
Here’s how it’s possible to make and serve fresh spaghetti, ravioli, ramen and more in a K-12 setting; it just takes some ingenuity, dedication and a strong farm grandma’s can-do spirit. (Food Management)

COVID-19 Iowa School District's Community Garden Has Added Meaning Amid COVID-19
Since 2000, Iowa resident Mary Hawley has helped keep up the Iowa Community School District's community garden. At the beginning, it was a way for kids in kindergarten through third grade to have something to do but bloomed into something for everyone. And now, at this present moment, it's a way for even more people to get involved. (Globe Gazette)


Read past editions of This Week for more funding opportunities, webinars and events, jobs, and ways to take action to support farm to school growth across the country.

This Week in Farm to School: 3/24/20

NFSN Staff Tuesday, March 24, 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. COVID-19 No Kid Hungry Grants Available to Support Coronavirus Response
As coronavirus is closing schools and workplaces nationwide, vulnerable children are losing the school meals they depend on, and low-income families are struggling with lost wages. No Kid Hungry is offering emergency grants to support local school districts and nonprofit organizations in their efforts to ensure kids get the nutritious food they need. Learn more and apply here

2. COVID-19 Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation
The Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation is activating $1.25 million in emergency funding to support organizations on the frontlines of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) response. Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the health or hunger relief space providing essential services to people impacted by COVID-19. Learn more here

3. COVID-19 COVID-19 Related Funding for Nonprofits
Grant Station has compiled a list of current funding opportunities for nonprofits in the area of COVID-19, updated each business day and listed by deadline date. It includes funding available nationally as well as geographic-specific funding opportunities. Note that these funding sources cover a wide range of nonprofit functions, not just health and huger relief. See more here

4. Ben & Jerry’s Foundation Social and Environmental Justice Projects
Pre-Application Deadline: April 15
Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to 501(c)(3) nonprofit community-organizing groups working to advance social and environmental justice and support sustainable and just food systems. Pre-applications are due April 15. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application. Learn more here.

5. USDA AMS: Regional Food System Partnerships
Deadline: May 11
USDA AMS's Regional Food System Partnerships (RFSP) program supports partnerships that connect public and private resources to plan and develop local or regional food systems. The effort is focused on building and strengthening local or regional food economy viability and resilience by alleviating unnecessary administrative and technical barriers for participating partners. Learn more here.

6. USDA AMS: 2020 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
Deadline: May 27
The purpose of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).” The agency, commission, or department responsible for agriculture within any of the 50 States, DC and the US territories is eligible to apply directly to USDA for grant funds. Organizations or individuals interested in the SCBGP should contact their state department of agriculture for more information. Learn more here.


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN EVENT Postponed: 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
Given current health concerns and uncertainty around coronavirus, National Farm to School Network has made the decision to postpone the 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, originally scheduled for April 21-23 in Albuqerque, to a future date. This decision was made with the utmost concern for the health and wellbeing of our attendees in mind. We are working to announce the new conference dates as quickly as possible. Read more information on our Latest News page.

2. COVID-19 WEBINAR: Tips for Effective Communication with Your Community During COVID-19 School Closures
March 25 // 2pm EST
School Nutrition Association President Gay Anderson and the “Tips for School Meals that Rock” team of Dayle Hayes and Jeanne Reilly are hosting a webinar to share how you can communicate most effectively in this rapidly changing environment. These leaders will discuss how to address the many questions about school meals you are receiving from the community and how to promote the availability of school meals. You will walk away with practical ideas and resources from districts across the country. Register here.

3. COVID-19 WEBINAR: Food Safety in the Time of the Coronavirus: Post-Harvest Handling
March 26 // 12:30pm EST
Chesapeake Harvest and Future Harvest are hosting a lunchtime webinar to explore post-harvest handling and food safety practices that farmers in our region are using to meet wholesale requirements and comply with FSMA regulations. Food safety educators Lindsay Gilmour, Kimberly Raikes, Aleya Fraser and Elizabeth Beggins will provide lessons and examples from farms they visited in PA and MD. There will be ample time for Q&A. Register here.

4. COVID-19 EQUITY WEBINAR: Strengthening Our Food System Together in a Time of Crisis
March 27 // 12pm EST
Pennsylvania Women's Agricultural Network is hosting a discussion-based webinar centering women's and gender-oppressed voices designed to share relevant information and generate new ideas to address current and future food system crises. Register here.

5. EQUITY Virtual Rural Child Hunger Summit
March 31 // 10:30am - 3:15 pm EDT
No Kid Hungry's Rural Child Hunger Summit is going virtual! They will be hosting this event online on March 31. The Virtual Rural Child Hunger Summit will be a series of webinars hosted on Zoom. You can register for one webinar or for all of them. Sessions of interest to the farm to school/ECE community may be: Racial Equity and Community Resilience in Food Systems, Policy, and Program Delivery (11:15 am – 12:10 pm), The Power of Native Youth in Creating Solutions to Hunger Issues in Indian Country (12:15 – 1:10 pm), and Embracing Community Perspectives and Cultures in Program Design and Delivery (2:15 - 3:10 pm). Register here

6. EQUITY Join the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
March 30-April 19
Sign up for Food Solutions New England's (FSNE) annual 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge starting on March 30th! In its sixth year, the Challenge is a great way to learn about the history and impacts of racism on our current food system while inspiring participants with resources and tools to build racial equity in their work and lives. People from all over the country participate in the Challenge with the goal of raising awareness, shifting attitudes and changing outcomes. This year a Discussion Guide will be available for groups who want to do the Challenge together. Visit the FSNE Challenge website to learn more and register.


Research & Resources
1. COVID-19 NFSN COVID-19 Resources for Farm to School and ECE
National Farm to School Network is compiling resources related to COVID-19 that will be relevant to the farm to school and farm to early care and education community. View the list here. This page will be updated on an ongoing basis.

2. COVID-19 Coronavirus Food Systems Media Articles and Other Resources
Vanessa Garcia Polanco, a graduate student at Michigan State University's Department of Community Sustainability, is compiling a real-time list of media articles and resources about how the virus is affecting the food system. See the list here.

3. COVID-19 EQUITY Food & Land Sovereignty Resource List for COVID-19
Soul Fire Farm, Black Farmer Fund, and Northeast Farmers of Color have created a resource hub for needs and offers for specific mutual aid related to community food sovereignty and farmers. View the document here.

4. COVID-19 EQUITY Coronavirus and Food Access: Four Questions Every Community Needs to Answer
For the nearly 40 million Americans struggling with food insecurity, the relatively modest inconveniences many Americans will confront due to disruptions in the food system could have catastrophic consequences. To ensure equity in our response to the coronavirus, The Rockefeller Foundation is sharing four questions that government officials, employers, businesses and community leaders across the country should be asking themselves right now. Read more here

5. COVID-19 Map of Feeding Efforts from World Central Kitchen
World Central Kitchen is mapping out all of the school districts, restaurants offering meals to those in need, and organizations working to keep people fed. School districts and community partners leading efforts at the local level are encouraged to add their activities to this map. See more here


Policy News
1. COVID-19 Urgent Policy Actions for COVID-19 Aid Package
Congress is making decisions right now about aid for people and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are some policy calls to actions shared by our partner organizations:  
Farmers and Food Systems - National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
Young Farmers and Ranchers - National Young Farmers Coalition
Front Line Food Workers - Food Chain Workers Alliance
Farmers Markets - Farmers Market Coalition
Child and Adult Care Food Program - National CACFP Sponsors Association
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Food Research & Action Center
Child Care Industry - First Five Years Fund

2. COVID-19 The Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Summary of Key Provisions
On March 18, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act was signed into law, marking the second major legislative initiative to address COVID-19 (the first was signed on March 6 and provided emergency funding relief for domestic and global efforts). This resource from the Kaiser Family Foundation summarizes the key provisions of the Families First Act which address the domestic outbreak, including nutrition assistance for kids and families as well as paid sick leave, insurance coverage of coronavirus testing, and unemployment benefits. See more here


Job Opportunities
1. Farm to School Coordinator, University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (Molokai, Hawai’i)
University of Hawai’i College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (UH-CTAHR) is hiring a Farm to School Coordinator on the island of Molokai to provide educational support for farm-to-school activities in Molokai schools. This individual will serve as an extension agent and will be housed at the Molokai Cooperative Extension Service Office in Ho’olehua. Learn more here


Farm to School in the News
COVID-19 Schools Race To Feed Students Amid Coronavirus Closures
Nearly 30 million children in the U.S. count on schools for free or low-cost breakfast, lunch, snacks and sometimes dinner — but most of those children are now at home. At least 114,000 public and private schools have been closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, affecting the vast majority of the nation's K-12 students, according to an ongoing tally by Education Week. And while classes may be cancelled, school leaders are working hard to make sure kids have food to eat. (NPR)

COVID-19 Op-Ed: Helping Your Kids Start a Garden Will Manage Coronavirus Impact
How do we give kids meaningful educational work to do at home when schools are closed, and help solve a potential food shortage? Have them plant a garden. (Salisbury Post)

COVID-19 Small Farms and Independent Restaurants Rally for Economic Relief
A new analysis of the impacts of COVID-19 on farms that sell into local markets - including farm to school sales, food hubs that aggregate food from small farm to sell to restaurants and other institutions, and shuttered farmers' markets - predicts a $689 million decline in sales from March to May 2020, leading to a payroll decline of up to $103 million and a total loss to the economy of up to $1.3 billion. (Civil Eats)

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: 3/17/20

NFSN Staff Tuesday, March 17, 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. COVID-19 No Kid Hungry Grants Available to Support Coronavirus Response
As coronavirus is closing schools and workplaces nationwide, vulnerable children are losing the school meals they depend on, and low-income families are struggling with lost wages. No Kid Hungry is offering emergency grants to support local school districts and nonprofit organizations in their efforts to ensure kids get the nutritious food they need. Learn more and apply here

2. USDA AMS: Regional Food System Partnerships
Deadline: May 11
USDA AMS's Regional Food System Partnerships (RFSP) program supports partnerships that connect public and private resources to plan and develop local or regional food systems. The effort is focused on building and strengthening local or regional food economy viability and resilience by alleviating unnecessary administrative and technical barriers for participating partners. Learn more and apply here.

3. USDA AMS: 2020 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
Deadline: May 27
The purpose of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).” The agency, commission, or department responsible for agriculture within any of the 50 States, DC and the US territories is eligible to apply directly to USDA for grant funds. Organizations or individuals interested in the SCBGP should contact their state department of agriculture for more information. Learn more and apply here.


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN EVENT Postponed: 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
Given current health concerns and uncertainty around coronavirus, National Farm to School Network has made the decision to postpone the 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, originally scheduled for April 21-23 in Albuqerque, to a future date. This decision was made with the utmost concern for the health and wellbeing of our attendees in mind. We are working to announce the new conference dates as quickly as possible. Read more information on our Latest News page.

2. COVID-19 Webinar: Serving Students School Meals During COVID-19
Wednesday, March 18 // 2pm ET
Join SNA, USDA, and FRAC for the latest updates on guidelines for serving students school meals when schools are closed or dismissed. School nutrition operators will also provide practical ideas for how to provide meals to students in partnership with their communities, state agencies, and other partners. Register here

3. COVID-19 Webinar: Serving Meals During COVID-19: Out-of-School Time Partners
Thursday, March 19 // 2pm ET
Out-of-school time program providers and non-school meal sponsors can work collaboratively with districts to ensure access to meals when schools are closed or dismissed. Join this webinar to hear the latest updates on guidelines and opportunities for providing meals during COVID-19 for out-of-school time programs. Register here

4. EQUITY Webinar: Leveraging Juvenile Justice Food Environments to Advance Health Equity
March 19 // 11am PDT
This webinar shares new research from ChangeLab Solutions and RTI International on the policies and practices shaping food environments in residential juvenile justice facilities and how those policies and practices might address diet-related health inequities. Register here.

5. Webinar: Food Towns: Revitalizing Communities Through Food
March 24 // 12pm CST
In this webinar with ioby, Sarah Reid of Flavorful Creations in Detroit will discuss her ioby funded project, from idea to reality, and the way it's transforming her community. Moderator Mark Winne will give a brief presentation on the transformations that he saw across his travels while writing his book, "Food Town, USA: Seven Unlikely Cities that are Changing the Way We Eat." Brooke Harris, Detroit Action Strategist from ioby, will share how her organization is helping drive community-led positive change through crowdfunding. Register here.

6. EQUITY Join the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
March 30-April 19
Sign up for Food Solutions New England's (FSNE) annual 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge starting on March 30th! In its sixth year, the Challenge is a great way to learn about the history and impacts of racism on our current food system while inspiring participants with resources and tools to build racial equity in their work and lives. People from all over the country participate in the Challenge with the goal of raising awareness, shifting attitudes and changing outcomes. This year a Discussion Guide will be available for groups who want to do the Challenge together. Visit the FSNE Challenge website to learn more and register.


Research & Resources
1. COVID-19 Coronavirus Food Systems Media Articles and Other Resources
Vanessa Garcia Polanco, a graduate student at Michigan State University's Department of Community Sustainability, is compiling a real-time list of media articles and resources about how the virus is affecting the food system. See the list here

2. COVID-19 Emergency Meal Service Toolkit
Lunch Assist has just released an Emergency Meal Service Toolkit. School districts can use this free resource for planning and modifying their operations in response to COVID-19, which includes answers to frequently asked policy questions, helpful templates, and safety tips and procedures to protect nutrition services staff and the families they serve. Please note that this resource was developed by school nutrition professionals in California. While much of the information will be relevant across the US, always refer to guidance from your State Agency. Download the toolkit here

3. SNA Research Shows the Benefits of Serving Universal Free School Meals Will Eventually Outweigh the Costs
A new study shows that in the long run, the benefits of feeding kids free school meals would outweigh the costs. While the research still needs to be peer-reviewed, the top-line message was the benefits of a universal free meals program will outweigh the costs—in time. Before child nutrition advocates get too excited about the results, there are some clarifications and hurdles that will have to be addressed. Read more here.


Policy News
1. COVID-19 Actions for Congress and USDA to Support Local and Regional Food Systems During COVID-19
To help policymakers consider measures to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, Harvard Law School's Food Law & Policy Clinic and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition have released an issue brief highlighting several legislative and administrative actions that Congress and USDA can take. These changes can unlock already-appropriated funding to ensure that the local and regional food system is supported amidst the public health response. These proposals redirect funds that will go underutilized, supplement funds to help farmers cover the gap, and allow existing programs greater latitude to adapt to the evolving situation. Read more here.

2. COVID-19 Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The House has passed H.R. 6201 – Families First Coronavirus Response Act and it is now before the Senate. This bill contains important provisions to give families and children some critically important resources to help put food on the table and stay safe during the COVID-19 emergency. This is a promising first step toward ensuring that low-income and vulnerable people are not disproportionately impacted by this public health crisis. Congress is expected to move additional coronavirus package(s) in the coming days and weeks to address other urgent needs. Find action opportunities and learn more with these resources from FRAC

3. COVID-19 NAEYC: Ten Steps States and Districts That Are Closing Public Schools Can Take for Child Care 
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has shared 10 steps that state and districts that are closing public school can take for child care. Read more here


Farm to School in the News
COVID-19 If Coronavirus Closes School, Who Gets Paid and How?
As the novel coronavirus spreads into more American communities, these are some of the biggest questions that don’t yet have clear or uniform answers. (Education Week

What Does the 2020 Census Have to Do With School Lunch?
On “Why 2020 Matters for Schools,” the Census Bureau outlines a raft of reasons schools might want to get on board with the census. This includes funds for special education, Head Start, after-school programs, classroom technology, food assistance (free and reduced-price school lunches), maternal and child health programs and more. (School News Network)

Teenage Teachers Help Young Students Learn More About Montana Grown Foods
Culinary students at a Montana high school meet regularly with students from an area elementary school to teach them about the different foods grown in the state. During a recent meeting, students shared information about grains, including wheat and barley, and made pancakes. (KTVH-TV)

From School Garden to School Cafeteria
More than $70 million is spent annually on school lunches in Kansas, with, in 2014, slightly less than $2 million being reinvested in the community through Farm to Plate. A high school in Haven, Kansas is trying to change that. What some agriculture students grow in their high school’s greenhouse, they and their friends eat for lunch in the cafeteria. (The Hutchinson News)

This Week in Farm to School: 3/10/20

NFSN Staff Tuesday, March 10, 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. Ben & Jerry’s Foundation Social and Environmental Justice Projects
Pre-Application Deadline: April 15
Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to 501(c)(3) nonprofit community-organizing groups (with an annual budget of $500,000 or less) in the United States working to advance social and environmental justice and support sustainable and just food systems. Priority strategies identified by the foundation include community and ally outreach; leadership development; constituent empowerment and decision-making; popular education; root cause analysis; power analysis; campaign development; mobilizing constituents and allies; coalition building; and direct action. Pre-applications are due April 15. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application. View the RFP here.

2. Action for Healthy Kids Grants
Deadline: April 3
Action for Healthy Kids is accepting applications for school grants for the 2020-2021 school year to help students thrive. Schools may apply for Game On grants to fund physical activity, nutrition, or social-emotional learning (SEL) initiatives. Parents and parent groups can apply for Parents for Healthy Kids grants to bring health and wellness programs to their children’s schools while also promoting parent engagement. The application deadline is April 3. Learn more here. 


Webinars & Events 
1. NFSN EVENT Register Today! 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
April 21-23 // Albuquerque, NM
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is less than two months away, and now is the time to get your tickets! 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. Visit farmtoschool.org/conference to learn more.

2. EQUITY Webinar: Racial Equity in the Food System: Perceptions, Reality, and the Road Ahead
April 15 // 3-4pm EST
In this webinar sponsored by the Racial Equity in the Food System (REFS) workgroup, you'll learn provocative findings from a national survey of REFS webinar registrants that will ground a thoughtful discussion on if food system educators are making progress in reaching equity goals and how to overcome limitations in utilizing an equity lens in your work. Register here.

3. EQUITY Join the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
March 30-April 19
Sign up for Food Solutions New England's (FSNE) annual 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge starting on March 30th! In its sixth year, the Challenge is a great way to learn about the history and impacts of racism on our current food system while inspiring participants with resources and tools to build racial equity in their work and lives. People from all over the country participate in the Challenge with the goal of raising awareness, shifting attitudes and changing outcomes. This year a Discussion Guide will be available for groups who want to do the Challenge together. Visit the FSNE Challenge website to learn more and register.


Research and Resources 
1. Farm to Summer Resource Guide
The Center for Ecoliteracy's summer planning guide distills tips and best practices to help support the success of farm to summer planning and increase the number of summer meals programs. Check out the Farm to Summer Resource Guide here.

2. School Lunch Survey Resource Guide for Grades 6-8
In this solution-oriented lesson by the Center for Ecoliteracy, students learn how to conduct a school lunch survey to gather ideas and then present recommendations for improving their school district’s lunch offerings. Through this process, students learn effective ways to bring about change in their school community and help increase healthful eating and reduce waste. View the resource guide and lesson plan here.


Policy News 
1. Virginia State Bill Passed to Allow Excess Food to be Served to Eligible Students
In an effort to provide another meal to students, the Virginia General Assembly has passed a bill that will allow schools to distribute excess food to eligible students. Read more here.

2. Utah Legislature to Hear Bill on Expanding School Breakfast
The Utah legislation would require schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program to also offer breakfast or breakfast alternatives. Currently, only about 40 percent of Utah students receiving free and reduced lunch are also receiving breakfast. Read more here.


Job Opportunities 
1. Communications Coordinator, Louisiana Farm to School / LSU Extension (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) 
The Louisiana Farm to School/Institution Program seeks a Communication Coordinator (Extension Associate) to coordinate and support its communications efforts. This is a grant-funded position with 100 % time allocation to the USDA funded Louisiana Farm to School Program. Application deadline is March 23. Learn more here.

2. FoodCorps Service Member Application Closes March 13
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 
What coronavirus means for kids who rely on school meals
Missing school can mean more than lost instructional time; it can also deprive children of critically needed nutrition. More than two-thirds of the 31 million students who regularly eat school lunch are economically dependent upon school meals. So what will happen to at-risk children if this school-based social safety net falls prey to the growing pandemic? (Civil Eats

Whole Foods Charity, Teens to Grow Tons of Produce for NYC Schools
A group of New York City teens grew enough food in an indoor hydroponic farm to feed more than 2,000 students at lunch, with the help of a Whole Kids Foundation partnership with Teens for Food Justice. One of the goals of this farm is to encourage students to transform their relationship with food, instilling a lifelong understanding of healthy eating habits and sustainability. (The Packer)

PODCAST: Low Wages of Cafeteria Workers Go Hand in Hand With Quality of School Lunches
Thirty million children participate in the nation’s school lunch program. Jennifer E. Gaddis shows that the missing ingredient in the recipe of its success is the school lunch lady in her book, “The Labor of Lunch.” (KCRW)

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: 2/18/20

NFSN Staff Tuesday, February 18, 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. View the Request for Applications here

2. Action for Healthy Kids Grant
Deadline: April 3
Action for Healthy Kids' (AFHK) is providing schools the resources for students to eat better, stay physically active and be better prepared to learn. AFHK is offering two grant opportunities: Game on Grants for $1,000-$2,500 and Parents for Healthy Kids Grants for $1,000. Learn more and apply here


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN EVENT Register Today! 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
April 21-23 // Albuquerque, NM
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is just three 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 is NOW OPEN!! Save $50 on regular registration pricing and secure a seat on your first-choice field trip! Visit farmtoschool.org/conference to learn more. 

2. Applications Open: Unlocking Our Food Systems Change Capacity: A Systems Leadership Retreat
Deadline: February 24
Hosted by the Wallace Center's Food Systems Leadership Network, the Food Systems Leadership Retreat is a 2.5 day facilitated convening of food systems leaders from April 27-30 in Canby, Oregon. The retreat convenes food systems leaders to reflect and dig deep into the tools of systems leadership and systems thinking for social change. Participants are guided through hands-on, experiential workshops that will strengthen leadership skills, offer new tools for mapping and finding the change levers in the systems they are working on, and support their growth as effective facilitators of community change processes.  Click here for more information and to apply. Contact Annalina Kazickas at annalina.kazickas@winrock.org with questions.

3. EQUITY Registration is Open! 2020 Racial Equity Challenge!
March 30-April 19
Sign up for the Food Solutions New England's (FSNE) annual 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge starting on March 30th! In its sixth year, the Challenge is a great way to learn about the history and impacts of racism on our current food system while inspiring participants with resources and tools to build racial equity in their work and lives. People from all over the country participate in the Challenge with the goal of raising awareness, shifting attitudes and changing outcomes. This year a Discussion Guide will be available for groups who want to do the Challenge together. Visit the FSNE Challenge website for more information or to register.

4. EQUITY Webinar Recording: The Roots of Injustice in Our Agricultural System
A conversation with key leaders in the farm workers movement to share how and why farm worker issues have historically been left out of U.S. labor law protections, and how farm workers are building powerful movements that integrate an analysis toward climate, migrant, food, and worker justice. Jeannie Economos (Farmworkers Association of Florida), Mily Treviño-Sauceda (National Alliance of Farmworker Women) and Diana Tellefson Torres (United Farm Workers Foundation) share their experiences from decades of organizing. They will also highlight upcoming campaigns and policy fights in 2020 that are critical to the building power over the longer term. View the recorded webinar 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 is sharing stories, resources, articles and more that highlight histories and narratives that often go overlooked. This week, we encourage you to explore how communities of color are coming together to take a stand and reclaim their health while creating a just and intersectional food system in M. Jahi Chappell's Beginning to End Hunger: Food and the Environment in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and Real Food Media's podcast of the book here

2.  NFSN National Calendar of Farm to School Events
The National Farm to School Network hosts a national calendar of farm to school events, conferences and networking opportunities. Events are added on an ongoing basis. Submit your farm to school event to the calendar by clicking the green "Submit Event" button. To be considered, events should be open to the public and specifically related to farm to school content. View the calendar and submit events here.


Policy News
1. U.S. Senators Cory Booker and John Cornyn Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Expand School Nutrition Education
U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and John Cornyn (R-TX) today introduced a bipartisan bill to establish a new pilot program to fund nutritional education in schools. The Food and Nutrition Education in Schools Act of 2020 would allocate federal funding for projects that educate students while connecting them to healthy food practices, with a priority given to schools in neighborhoods with high rates of childhood diet-related illnesses and those in which 40 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-priced meals. The National Farm to School Network alongside many other leaders in the food systems community support this legislation. Read more here.

2. Legislative Spotlight on Farms Could Help Save an Industry in Wisconsin
State lawmakers in Wisconsin on both sides of the political aisle are talking about helping farmers and producers of agriculture products. When it all shakes out, legislators hope to see both short-term relief for farmers across the state and long-term initiatives that will help shore up the industry. Among Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers' policy proposals to be introduced t support farmers includes: Giving school districts that have a high percentage of low-income students priority in the awarding of state farm to school grants that help get locally grown produce food into school lunches. Read more here.


Job Opportunities
1. Food Systems Specialist, Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems (East Lansing, MI)
Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems is seeking a full-time Specialist - Outreach to support capacity-building among and facilitate technical assistance to Michigan local food councils, Michigan food and health organizations, and countrywide grantees in the federal Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP). The full position description is available on the MSU Careers website by searching for posting #636431. Applications will be accepted until March 10, 2020.

2. 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
Students in Louisiana show off healthy cooking skills in annual 'On Cuisine du Jardin Cook-Off'
The goal of the cook-off is to provide local youth hands-on experience using vegetables grown from their school gardens and/or local produce and knowledge of healthy food choices.Charles Hebert, LSU AgCenter County Agent, explained, "Many of them are taking those concepts home now and starting vegetables with their parents or grandparents at home. They're learning how to get back together as a family and cook their own produce that they're raising at home, and they're also cooking that produce in the school." (KATC 3)

One on One With: Broome Tioga’s Board of Cooperative Educational Services' Mark Bordeau on Building Successful Teams and Farm to School Programs in K-12 School Food Service
After nearly 30 decades in child nutrition, Mark Bordeau, senior food service director of the Broome Tioga BOCES in upstate New York has learned many lessons. He’s created a highly successful school food program that manages cafeterias in 15 districts, with a combined purchasing power of $18 million. He developed the Rock On Café a marketing program to promote fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free milk. Listen to the podcast here.

Food Waste in Maryland Public School System Could Be Lowered With the Idea of Giving Back
As food waste continues to be a problem in Frederick County Public Schools, Alysia Mason-Feuer, director of Farm to School in Frederick County, helped start the project of a share table in mid-January to help provide food that would otherwise be thrown away to those in need.. Her main objective has been working to get local fruits and vegetables into school cafeterias, but after seeing the amount of food thrown out, Mason-Feuer developed a plan to reduce waste. (The Frederick News-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: 2/11/20

NFSN Staff Tuesday, February 11, 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

2. Action for Healthy Kids Grant
Deadline: April 3
Action for Healthy Kids' (AFHK) is providing schools the resources for students to eat better, stay physically active and be better prepared to learn. AFHK is offering two grant opportunities: Game on Grants for $1,000-$2,500 and Parents for Healthy Kids Grants for $1,000. Learn more and apply here


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN EVENT Register Today! 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
April 21-23 // Albuquerque, NM
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is just three 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 is NOW OPEN!! Save $50 on regular registration pricing and secure a seat on your first-choice field trip! Visit farmtoschool.org/conference to learn more.

2. Life Lab: Educator Workshops at the Garden Classroom
Spring - Summer 2020 // Santa Cruz, CA
Life Lab offers trainings and workshops for educators in their Garden Classroom on the UCSC CASFS Farm. Upcoming trainings this spring and summer include: School Garden Program Sustainability, The Growing Classroom, and Plant to Plate. Learn more here

3. 2020 California Farm to School and School Garden Conference
March 26-27 // San Diego, CA
Registration is now open for the California Department of Food and Agriculture Office of Farm to Fork's (CDFA-F2F) 2020 California Farm to School and School Garden Conference. The conference brings together farm to school practitioners from across the school food and education spaces, offering professional development, networking and the sharing of best practices. It is hosted by CDFA-F2F in partnership with Community Health Improvement Partners in San Diego. Learn more and register here

4. Garden-To-Plate: A Day of Food Workshops
March 7 // Chaska, MN
A one day workshop for teachers, school administrators, school food service professionals, students, and all those passionate about actualizing farm to school are invited to attend this workshop to learn how to, with sparse staff time and limited resources, ensure maximum production of safe food for your efforts. This day of workshops will bring together the latest research and best practices to ensure Minnesota community food growers bring a bounty of safe produce to their communities. Learn more and register 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 is sharing stories, resources, articles and more that highlight histories and narratives that often go overlooked. This week, we encourage you to explore Food First's multi-authored series, Dismantling Racism in the Food System, and listen to The Sporkful's "The Order That Changed The World" podcast, which explores the famous 1960 civil rights protest at a segregated lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina. 

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


Policy News
1. Minnesota Department of Agriculture Allocates Funding for First-Time Dedicated Farm to School Staff
Two farm to school policy wins were achieved in the 2019 Minnesota legislative session. Funding was allocated to create a new, permanent position, Regional Marketing Specialist, with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). That position, Regional Marketing Specialist, is now filled by Helen Schnoes. With MDA Helen will focus on supporting farm to school across Minnesota as well as other state agriculture and food business marketing efforts, including the wholesale directory with Minnesota Grown. Read more here.

2. Hawai‘i Food Coalition Endorses Farm to School Bills
The Hawai‘i Local Food Coalition endorsed 10 bills they dubbed “pro-agriculture”. Executive Director of the Hawai‘i Farm Bureau and member of the LFC, Brian Miyamoto said the coalition carefully considered which bills to best support in relation to local food production. “It’s not always easy to build consensus across a diverse industry, but we all agreed on the importance of getting these bills into the end zone." The bills endorsed by the Local Food Coalition include establishing a P-20 agriculture education coordinator position and a two-year farm to school grant pilot program among others. 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. Senior Outreach Specialist, The Common Market (Chicago, IL)
The Common Market is a nonprofit, multi-regional distributor that connects communities with good food from sustainable family farms. The Common Market seeks to explore replication of its successful model in Chicago, IL and is conducting an extensive search for its first employee in this region. The ideal candidate is highly motivated, results-driven, passionate about community and sustainable food, in addition to having the professionalism and experience to succeed in a demanding role that is critical to the success of the organization. Learn more and apply here.

3. 2020 Intertribal Agriculture Council Internship Opportunities
The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) is recruiting innovative, collaborative, and focused high school and early college-aged youth that are passionate about promoting the regeneration of natural resources within their communities. Selected interns will engage in an 8-10 week paid internship between May and September 2020. This is a full-time, paid internship position. Each intern will experience a tailored learning plan to enhance their knowledge of natural resource management in Indian Country, exploring their strengths and improving their weaknesses. Learn more and apply here

4. 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
Op-Ed: Why Are You Still Packing Lunch for Your Kids?
Jennifer Gaddis, an expert on school lunch policy, writes: While parents have been focusing on creating Instagram-friendly school lunches, the quality of cafeteria food has improved significantly. And when kids eat school lunch, they and their parents are supporting the efforts to improve the national program for current and future generations. (The New York Times)

Renowned Chefs to Spice up Food at Chicago Public School Cafeterias 
Chicago Public Schools has launched a brand new Chicago Chef Council — a panel of celebrated chefs who will contribute their culinary passion and creativity toward developing the daily breakfasts, lunches and after-school meals served by CPS’ Nutrition Support Services. They will also promote the CPS Farm to School program and engaging students and staff through demonstrations, in-café sampling and take-home recipes. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Minnesota District Serves More Local Foods
Through partnership with a local food hub and through direct outreach to farms, Prior Lake-Savage schools have been putting more local food on meal trays. Though, locally-grown food doesn’t do any good if the children don’t eat it. So every week, the schools offer a “Try-It Tuesday” experiment. Cafeteria staff walk around with samples of foods that might be unfamiliar like persimmons and artichoke hearts. The goal is to inspire students to make healthy and smart food choices not only in the schools, but also in homes. (CBS Minnesota)

Connecticut School Draws Students With Experiential Agriculture Program 
Shepaug Agriscience STEM Academy has been combating it's declining enrollment by offering students within and outside the school district experiential learning opportunities focused on animal, food, plant and power sciences. The academy has become a breeding ground of new life both literally and figuratively. Students rotate through “pathways” to study animal science; food products and processing systems; plant sciences; and power, structural and technical systems once every nine weeks. (U.S. News

Read past editions of This Week for more funding opportunities, webinars and events, jobs, and ways to take action to support farm to school growth across the country.

This Week in Farm to School: 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.

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