This Week in Farm to School: 1/15/19
Grants & Funding
1. Winston Equipment Grant
Due: January 31
Applications are open for the Winston Equipment Grant, which provides school nutrition programs with 10 pieces of equipment for their programs. Applications can be submitted by a school nutrition director who has been a member of SNA for at least one year. There are NO eligibility requirements for a certain percentage of free/reduced eligible students! Learn more and apply here.
1. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to ECE: Farm to Early Care and Education in Family Child Care
Thursday, February 7, 1-2pm ET
Across the country, there are over 213,000 licensed family child care homes and nearly one quarter of all children spend time in family child care before they reach kindergarten. Farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) – including local food procurement, gardening, and food and agriculture education – is a great fit for family child care. Farm to ECE adapts to diverse ages, abilities, and settings and offers evidenced-based approaches to meeting educational and nutrition standards. Join this National Farm to School Network webinar to learn about new resources to support farm to ECE in family child care, hear about best practices from county level farm to ECE initiatives, and see examples of farm to ECE in family child care success. Register here.
2. Green Apply Day of Service
Green Apple Day of Service is an opportunity to join schools across the world in celebrating the central role that schools play in preparing the next generation of leaders in sustainability. A school’s event improves the learning environment while strengthening student civic leadership, environmental literacy, and project management skills. Since it began in 2012, Green Apple Day of Service has inspired over 900,000 volunteers in 80 countries to act in support of sustainability at their schools. With one in eight people around the globe attending a school every day, there is more work to be done! Schools and the community leaders who support them can choose their own date for their project, and they have access to mini-grants and personalized guidance to help them make their projects a reality. Sign up and register your project by March 15, 2019 to participate at greenapple.org.
Research & Resources
1. Evaluating the Economic Impacts of Farm-to-school Procurement, Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development
One of the purported benefits of farm-to-school procurement is that it strengthens the local economy by providing expanded market access for local farms and ranches. Despite the claims of positive economic impact, there is limited research to support this. This paper presents a framework for evaluating the economic impacts of farm-to-school programs, adapting the USDA’s “Local Food Economics Toolkit” for this specific context. Read more here.
2. Commit to Healthy Workplaces this New Year with the Healthy Meeting Pledge
Studies show a strong relationship between the physical and social environments of the workplace and the health behaviors of employees. The Healthy Meeting Toolkit, developed by members of the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA), includes guidance on key components of a healthy meeting and resources to help make hosting healthy meetings easier. Take the Healthy Meeting Pledge here.
1. Programs Coordinator: Farm to Early Childcare Education Specialist, Mississippi Farm to School Network (Jackson, MS)
The Mississippi Farm to School Network seeks a motivated programs coordinator to help increase its offerings to early childcare programs in Mississippi. The ideal candidate will understand the importance and value of local food and have demonstrated work experience in the world of early childcare. Learn more here.
2. FoodCorps Service Member, FoodCorps (Nationwide)
FoodCorps believes that every child - no matter their race, place, or class - has a right to healthy food at school. Applications are now open for the next class of leaders - people who want to serve up change in your community. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Positions are open in 17 states and the D.C. Metro Area. Learn more here.
3. Community Food Systems Mentorship Program, Wallace Center
Applications for the Spring 2019 round of the Community Food Systems Mentorship Program are now open through January 15. Nine mentors with a wide range of expertise and experience will work with food systems leaders over the course of four months to support their continued growth and development as a leader. Applications close January 15, and the mentorship will occur from February 15 – June 15, 2019. Learn more here.
Farm to School in the News
Virginia high school outdoor classroom helps students learn life lessons
The Outdoor Educational Center in Roanoke is a hands-on learning environment where students learn all about agri-science -- from growing a garden to re-potting plants, even feeding chickens and collecting eggs everyday. (ABC 33/40)
South Dakota district locally sources beef for school lunches
The Wall School District in South Dakota is piloting a new school lunch program that sources cafeteria beef from local ranchers. The pilot began this month and lasts until May, but if successful, it will be used again in the coming year, and Superintendent Dan Baldwin hopes it expands to other districts across the state. (KOTA TV)
Farm Show experience is a take-home lesson for Pennsylvania students
Education is part of what the Pennsylvania Farm Show is all about, and students can still think about agriculture long after the show is over. That's because of the Pennsylvania Farm to School Network. It teaches kids that their food doesn't just come from grocery stores; there's an entire industry behind it and an important industry at that. (ABC 27)