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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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)