This Week in farm to school: 1/12/16
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. The National Collaboration to Promote Health, Wellness, and Academic Success of School-Age Children
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced the availability of funds to implement a National Collaboration to Support Health, Wellness and Academic Success of School-Age Children. The FOA "will fund national nongovernment organizations to support states, school districts, and schools for nationwide implementation of cross-cutting approaches to promote .health and prevent and control chronic diseases and their risk factors." Approximately $2,250,000 per year is available for per year for five years. Deadline to apply is January 19. Learn more here.
Webinars & Events
1. Save the Date: 2016 National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
Save the date for the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, to be held June 2-4, 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin. The National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is a biennial event that convenes a diverse group of stakeholders from across the farm to cafeteria movement who are working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. The conference is hosted by the National Farm to School Network, in partnership with local host organizations. The scholarship application opens Jan. 15. Registration opens Feb 15, 2016.
2. Growing Power: Save the Date and RFP
Save the date for Growing Power’s International Urban and Small Farms Conference, Nov. 18-20, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wis. The bi-annual conference theme for 2016 is "Let's Scale it Up! Growing Food and Farmers: Best practices in growing, distribution and community building.” Learn more about the conference and submit a proposal to present here.
3. Webinars: USDA Farm to School - NEW REGISTRATION LINK
Looking for great resources to help launch a successful farm to school program in 2016? The USDA Farm to School team has you covered with a new Planning Farm to School Success webinar series. The series will guide viewers through the USDA Farm to School Planning Toolkit with eleven 30-minute webinars. Note the link to register for the webinars has been update. Register and learn more here.
4. Webinar: Chef Ann Foundation
Procurement Methodology and Best Practices for the Scratch-Cooking Production Environment
Thursday, Feb. 11, 4pm EST
Join Beth Collins, Director of Operations at Chef Ann Foundation and the Culinary and Nutrition Services team at Minneapolis Public Schools to learn their procurement strategies for supporting their scratch-cooking menu program. It's that "planning" time of year! Register here.
Jobs & Opportunities
1. Illinois Farm to School Network Coordinator, Seven Generations Ahead
Seven Generations Ahead (SGA) is seeking to hire a full-time Illinois Farm to School Network Coordinator to work in tandem with SGA’s Farm to School Program Manager to build upon SGA’s body of farm to school work and work collaboratively across the state to advance farm to school goals. The position will focus on developing and facilitating the Illinois Farm to School Network, designed to engage private and public sector agencies, non-profits, schools, health departments, and other community institutions in advancing local, sustainable and healthy food access and education in Illinois. Learn more here.
2. FoodCorps Service Member Application Open
Are you a leader passionate about healthy food, farms and kids?
Become a FoodCorps service member! FoodCorps recruits talented leaders for a year of paid public service building healthy school food environments in limited-resource communities. Learn more about this opportunity and apply here.
3. Oxbow Education (“Ox Ed”) Farmer-Educator
Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center is looking to fill a full-time, seasonal farmer-educator position to plan and oversee the growing and upkeep of Ox Ed one-acre Kids’ Farm and Living Playground. As part of the Ox Ed team, the farmer-educator will assist in delivering farm and environmental education programs in the spring, summer, and fall. Learn more and apply here.