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This Week in Farm to School: 1/21/20

NFSN Staff Tuesday, January 21, 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 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. EQUITY National Day of Racial Healing 
January 21, 2020 
Launched in 2017, the National Day of Racial Healing (Jan. 21) is a call to action for racial healing for all people. It originated as part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s national Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation efforts. On this day, individuals, organizations and communities across the U.S. come together to explore their common humanity and build the relationships necessary to create a more just and equitable world. Racism affects all of us, regardless of our backgrounds or circumstances. We all live in a world born from historic injustices that have led to broken systems and division, where we don’t know one another and our shared history. These significant challenges will not be solved by one individual or group. To ensure our communities are free of systemic injustice, we must come together to heal, exploring and unraveling the deeply held racial biases of the past. Visit to learn more. 

Resources & Research 
1. EQUITY Article: Reaching American Indian and Rural Kindergarteners with Nutrition Info
Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development
Young children living on American Indian reservations, and children living in rural areas adjacent to them, often have limited access to nutritious fruits and vegetables, as well as to nutrition education. Professor Staci Emm and colleagues at University of Nevada, Reno Extension have been conducting the Veggies for Kids Program to address the issue and published a JAFSCD paper on the program and its results. Read more here.

Policy News
1. USDA Moves to Relax School Nutrition Standards
The Trump administration has proposed changes relaxing nutrition standards under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, permitting schools to reduce fruit servings in breakfasts, offer burgers and pizzas as a la carte food items and provide potatoes as a daily vegetable. The proposals will be entered in the Federal Register on Jan. 23, and will be open for public comment for 60 days. National Farm to School Network opposes these proposed changes, and continues to advocate for stronger nutrition standards that have been shown by USDA’s own findings to have positive impacts. In the coming days, we will share additional information and materials about how others can join us in submitting comments opposing these proposed changes. Contact Chloe Marshall, NFSN Policy Specialist, at with questions.

2. California Gov. Newsom Proposes $70+ million for Healthy School Meals in 2020-21 Budget 
Students across California may soon be able to enjoy more fresh, nutritious food in school meals, thanks to a new budget proposal introduced today by Governor Gavin Newsom in his 2020-21 preliminary budget. This budget proposal, if signed into law, would provide at least $70 million in funding—a 40 percent increase—to strengthen food service programs’ efforts to improve the quality of school meals. This will support efforts to purchase and serve more freshly prepared, locally grown food, and fuel farm to school and sustainability initiatives. Read more from the Center for Ecoliteracy here

Jobs & Opportunities
1. 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.

2. Americrops VISTA, Food System Expansion in Wyoming (Laramie, WY)
This VISTA position supports the Wyoming Food Coalition as they develop an action plan to advance priorities for production, policy, marketing, food access, and education. The position is housed on the University of Wyoming campus with UW Extension. Duties include facilitating the efforts of coalition leadership as well as engagement with producers, retailers, educators, health and nutrition experts and consumers across Wyoming. Learn more here.  

Farm to School in the News
Nevada school builds garden in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Ries Elementary might soon look a little greener after some help from the nonprofit Green Our Planet (NFSN NV Supporting Partner). Together, students, staff and community volunteers built a garden at the school today in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (KLAS)

Farm-to-table teaches Ohio kids to eat local, taste new foods
Each month, a different item of freshly grown produce is picked right from a local farm and brought straight to Ohio schools. Sometimes the program makes students want to take the foods from their trays to their plates at home. Even french-fry loving Paige said she often asks for more. “I tell them that I like the food at school and I want to try it at home,” said Paige. (WLWT)

North Dakota school hosts Farm to School Day
On Friday, Jefferson Elementary promoted farmers and North Dakota agriculture education. In addition to learning from local farmers, students enjoyed a feast of locally cultivated beef for pot roast and gravy, mashed potatoes grown from the Red River Valley, local vegetables, and a homemade oatmeal cookie made with locally-grown oats. (The Dickinson Press

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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