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This Week in farm to school: 1/10/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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. Lowe's Charitable and Education Foundation Accepting Applications for Toolbox for Education Grants
The Lowe's Charitable and Education Foundation has announced the opening of its Spring 2017 Toolbox for Education, which supports projects that encourage parent involvement in local schools and build stronger community spirit. One-year grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to projects with the potential to have a permanent impact on a school community, such as facility enhancement (indoor or outdoor) or landscaping/clean-up projects. In addition,  Toolbox grants can be used as part of a large-scale project like a playground, as long as the grant will be used to complete a phase of the project that can be completed within twelve months of the award. Learn more and apply here. Application deadline is Feb. 9, 2017. Learn more here

2. Pediatric Obesity Mini CoIIN 2017 Application
The Association of State Public Healthy Nutritionists (ASPHN) has supported the Pediatric Obesity Mini Collaborative Improvement and Innovative Networks (CoIIN) for the past 3 years. The purpose of the Pediatric Obesity Mini CoIIN is to support and enhance state health departments in their work on the DP13-1305, Domain 2 strategy of improving nutrition and physical activity in early care and education (ECE) settings. In 2017, this project will provide oversight and support for at least 10 state teams to engage in a quality improvement process that embeds childhood obesity-prevention standards and improves capacity in state ECE systems.  If interested, send an e-mail indicating interest in applying to by Friday, January 13. Learn more here

Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: January NFSN Farm to ECE Webinar: Good Food, Great Kids Project 
January 11, 3:30-5pm ET
pfc Social Impact Advisors, in partnership with the National Farm to School Network and the BUILD Initiative, recently developed a series of case studies on the emerging benefits of farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) initiatives. These case studies, along with the accompanying policy report, explore the policy and practice of how communities are joining forces to bring farm to ECE programs to vulnerable children and families. Join us to hear from Hilda Vega, Vice President of Programs at pfc Social Impact Advisors, about the important lessons gleaned from the project and from the team at Norris Square Community Alliance, one of the featured case studies, about how their farm to ECE model is supporting equity and inclusion in the ECE setting. Register here

2. Webinar: Farm to Institution Training for Food Service Consultants

January 31, 1-2pm ET
Farm to Institution New England is working to build a resource for food service consultants in this growing field. In this webinar, FINE will share its comprehensive toolkit for increasing local food procurement by institutional food services, showcasing how it pertains to the request for proposal (RFP) process for food service management companies. The webinar will include a live case study sharing how the University of Vermont navigated a cutting edge RFP process by working with a consultant and engaging the campus community. Register here

3. 2017 Food Waste & Hunger Summit
March 24-25 // Canton, Ohio
Each spring, The Campus Kitchens Project hosts a Food Waste & Hunger Summit that brings together leading national nonprofit organizations and engaged students who are working to fight food waste and hunger, for a packed weekend of learning about advocacy, service and leadership. The 4th Annual Food Waste & Hunger Summit will be held at Walsh University in Canton, Ohio on March 24-25. Learn more here

4. Save the Date: Georgia Farm to School Summit
Oct. 5-6 // Augusta, Georgia
The 6th Georgia Farm to School Summit will be held Oct.5-6, 2017 at Helms College in Augusta, GA. Engage in a variety of farm to school and early care sessions and workshops, tour dynamic school gardens and educational farms, and network with farm to school and early care leaders from across our state. Registration will open in April 2017. Learn more here

5. Save the Date: Community Food Systems Conference
December 5-7, 2017 // Boston, Mass. 
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project's Community Food Systems Conference will address common underlying themes between food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture including obstacles in urban and rural environments and fostering community empowerment to create and sustain resilient local food systems. Learn more here

1. Two New “Sea to School” Resources Available
Massachusetts Farm to School, Maine Farm to School Network, and New Hampshire Farm to School have released two new resources, a Sea to School Guide and “Sea to School: A Lunch Voyage” video, to help expand the use of local seafood in school meals and seafood/marine education. This project was made possible with a 2016 Innovation Award from the National Farm to School Network funded by Farm Credit and the Newman’s Own Foundation. Explore the new resources here

2. 2015 Local Food Marketing Practices Survey Results
On December 20, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) announced the release of the results from their highly anticipated Local Food Marketing Practices Survey. The survey includes information on both fresh and value-added foods, such as meat and cheese, and shows strong potential for future growth. According to the results, over 167,000 U.S. farms produced and sold food locally through through food hubs and other intermediaries, direct farmer-to-consumer marketing, or direct farm to retail, resulting in $8.7 billion in revenue in 2015. Learn more here

Jobs & Opportunities
1. Request for Applications: National Farm to School Network Core Partners for 2017-2019
National Farm to School Network is seeking partner organizations in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. Territories (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands) to serve as NFSN Core Partners for 2017-2019, the next phase of farm to school and farm to early care and education growth and evolution. Organizations and agencies interested in and capable of contributing to the advancement of farm to school and ECE are encouraged to apply. Applications are due January 26, 2017. Learn more and apply at

2. Deputy Director, DC Greens
DC Greens, a non-profit organization that uses the power of partnerships to support food education, food access, and food policy in the nation's capital, seeks a Deputy Director. The Deputy Director will serve as a thought partner to the Executive Director and be responsible for enhancing the internal organization and infrastructure necessary for DC Greens’ continued success and growth. Learn more here

3. Growing for Success Program Specialist
National Center for Appropriate Technology’s (NCAT) Growing for Success project aims to expand the Harvest of the Month initiative to a broader institutional audience including hospitals and pre-schools. This job entails travel around Montana to establish and maintain relationships with prospective pilot sites, attend conferences, and build the database of producers and institutions that are engaged in Farm to Cafeteria. The position will run from March 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018. Application closes Feb. 3, 2017. Learn more here

4. Executive Director of The Institute of Child Nutrition
The School of Applied Sciences at the University of Mississippi is seeking a skilled visionary leader to serve as the permanent Executive Director for the Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN). Learn more here

5. FoodCorps Service Member Application Open
FoodCorps is recruiting talented leaders for a year of paid public service building healthy school food environments in limited-resource communities. FoodCorps AmeriCorps members teach student hands on lessons in growing cooking and tasting healthy food; promote healthy eating onions in the cafeteria; and, make schools healthier place to eat, learn and grow. The FoodCorps application is open now through March 15th. Learn more here

Farm to school in the news
Betti Wiggins named 2017 School Nutrition Hero
The non-profit School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) has announced the national recognition of five 2017 School Nutrition Heroes for their efforts as positive role models in school nutrition. Betti Wiggins, Executive Director of Office of School Nutrition, Detroit Public Schools Community District, and NFSN board member, is one of this year's honorees. Congratulations, Betti! 

The Next Generation Of Farmers Is Being Trained In New York City High Schools
Some 600 of New York City’s public school students are enrolled in a specialized, four-year high school agriculture program. Like most of their schoolmates, the students follow an ordinary curriculum of English, math and social studies. But they also  grow crops, care for livestock and learn the rudiments of floriculture, viticulture, aquaculture, biotechnology and entrepreneurship. (via NPR)

Texas Elementary students start 'fresh' in New Year
DeLeon Elementary School in Texas uses its school garden to meet state education standards and encourage students to try new, healthy foods. ”We are bringing education to life. They really learn when they are out of their seats and moving around and getting their hands dirty." (via Victoria Advocate)

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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