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This Week in Farm to School: 10/15/19

NFSN Staff Tuesday, October 15, 2019
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. National Head Start Association Garden Grants
Deadline: October 18, 2019
The National Head Start Association and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation have launched a new multi-year Garden Grants initiative, which seeks to bring the life-enhancing benefits of gardens to more Head Start children and families, increasing healthy food access and fostering a lifelong love of gardening. Grant recipients will receive $5,000, plus a garden kit, to create or expand a garden in their community. Schools, community action programs, non-profits, hospitals, community centers and inter-generational groups that hosts Head Start programs are eligible to apply. Learn more here.

Webinars & Events
1. EQUITY National Good Food Network Webinar: Equitable Food Oriented Development
October 17 // 3 PM - 4:15 PM EST
Join leading community food system practitioners and founders of the emerging Equitable Food Oriented Development (EFOD) Collaborative, as they present the EFOD framework for creating community-owned models of economic and social opportunity within traditionally disenfranchised and oppressed communities. Unique in being practitioner created and defined, EFOD has developed over many years of dialogue and practice in the field of food justice work (alt: food-based community development). This webinar will provide an introduction to the EFOD framework, present recent developments including research carried out in partnership with Daisa Enterprises and a new whitepaper written by the EFOD Collaborative, and introduce the Wallace Center's EFOD Regional Food Fellows. Learn more about how you can get involved. Register here.

2. NFSN WEBINAR Kids Win and Farms Win: What Do We Know About the Impacts of Farm to School
November 7 // 1 PM ET
Advocates claim that 'kids win, farmers win, and communities win' from policies, programming and initiatives that promote farm to school. However, what do we know about the extent to which this is true? Recent research funded by the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture provides interesting insights into the kids win and farms win impacts of farm to school efforts. This webinar, featuring researchers from Colorado State University and University of Illinois, will highlight recent and ongoing research and important areas for future farm to school work. Register here.

3. NFSN EVENT Scholarships Open - 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference 
Deadline: November 1
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Albuquerque, NM, April 21-23, 2020! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene nearly 1,000 diverse stakeholders who are working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. The scholarship application is open through Nov. 1. Learn more at

Research & Resources
1. Farm to early care and education (farm to ECE)
is now included in the SNAP-Ed Toolkit! Learn more about farm to ECE  as a research-tested policy, systems and environmental change intervention strategy in the updated SNAP-Ed Toolkit intervention listing: Farm to Early Care and Education (National).

2. School Leaders Campaign Toolkit
Nourished andReady to Learn! The farm to school connection is part of Vermont Farm to School Network's new campaign targeting school leaders to support and invest in farm to school and school nutrition. This resource discusses how to engage superintendents, curriculum coordinators, school boards, principals and business managers to build awareness and support for farm to school and school nutrition programs. Learn more here

3. Article: Farm-to-school education grants reach low-income children and encourage them to learn about fruits and vegetables
Journal of Translational Behavioral Medicine - Caroline B. Rains, Kristen C. Giombi, Anupama Joshi
For children from low-income families, school meals are a significant portion of daily caloric intake and hence an opportunity to address food insecurity. Oregon established its Farm to School Education Grant Program to increase knowledge of and preference for fruits and vegetables among children in low-income school districts. This article outlines the reach of the education grants and examines their influence on children’s food choices and behaviors related to fruits and vegetables. Read more

Job Opportunities
1. Program Coordinator - Growing Minds Farm to School Program (Asheville, NC)
ASAP is hiring a Growing Minds Program Coordinator position. Program Coordinator will assist in the development and implementation of Growing Minds programming, with a particular emphasis on farm to preschool and work with Dietetic Interns. This is a full-time, salaried position and requires experience in early childhood education. Learn more here

National Farm to School Month Highlights 
October is National Farm to School Month!
Schools, ECE sites, farms and communities across the country are celebrating the connections between students and local food this month. See highlights of how states are celebrating below. National Farm to School Network has free resources, a calendar of events, planning materials and activity ideas for ways you can get involved in October. Visit to find more and join us!

Mississippi celebrated its Farm to School Week Oct. 7-11 with the Farm to School Challenge. Schools got the opportunity to be competitive in areas of garden, procurement, or supreme (a combination of garden and procurement) activities. 

Michigan schools, early childhood programs, and other organizations joined forces with the Great Lakes region for one great crunch to celebrate the local apple harvest throughout the area.

Iowa residents unified the state around the success of it's farms, children, and schools through the National Farm to School Month Celebration of Iowa Local Food Day.

Kansas families got to experience Family Literacy Night On the Farm, an interactive event aimed to educate participants on dairy production, farm safety, and beyond. 

Farm to School in the News
Trout-farming, bee-keeping students in South Carolina earn first ‘Green Ribbon’
There are honeybees in the library, trout in the classrooms and vegetables in the yard at Dutch Fork Elementary. The school’s focus on environment, sustainable practices and conservation education recently earned it the first Green Ribbon in South Carolina. (The State)

Winter wheat grows with a strong STEM at Virginia school
With Lower School STEM teacher Robin Peacemaker putting her agronomy degree to work on the project, Loudoun Country Day School’s garden lab won’t be going dormant this winter. Peacemaker took over coordination of the garden this year and now has teamed up with Virginia Tech to help her students conduct some new experiments to determine the best winter grains to be grown in Loudoun’s climate. (Loudoun Now)

Maine students celebrate Harvest Day with their garden food
Students at Edna Drinkwater Elementary School painted gourds and participated in other seasonal events during their annual fall Harvest Day Oct. 3. It is a way for the school to celebrate its agricultural roots while incorporating the major school subjects into fun activities. (Village Soup)

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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