This Week in Farm to School: 10/2/18
Grants & Funding
1. Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) Fund-a-Farmer Grant
2. Nature Conservancy School Gardens
The Nature Conservancy is awarding grants to support projects that implement green infrastructure to address local environmental challenges. These include access to healthy food, air quality, heat island effect, climate change, and storm water collection. Young people will work as social innovators to help their communities through project design and implementation. A $2,000 grant will be awarded to up to 50 schools. Applications are due Oct. 5. Learn more here.
Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Results from the 2018 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey
October 11, 2-3pm ET
The National Farm to School Network (NFSN), in partnership with Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, launched for the 2018 National Survey of Early Care and Education Providers in the spring of 2018. Over 2,000 ECE providers from across the country responded and shared information about current farm to ECE initiatives, motivations for participation, challenges to starting or expanding farm to ECE, and more. Join the National Farm to School Network and Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems to hear about the survey finding and learn how you can use the results to promote farm to ECE in your state and community. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.
2. South Dakota Local Foods Conference
November 1-3 // Brookings, SD
Regular conference sessions will take place at the Swiftel Center and will cover a wide variety of topics including local food policy, mentoring the transition of a farm business, food sovereignty, rainwater harvesting for greenhouses, growing mushrooms and microgreens, the significance of fruits and vegetables to human health, Honey Lodge honey and youth advocacy, goat production, agritourism, and more. Register here.
3. Illinois Farm Bureau’s Local & Regional Food Conference
Live local and support your local food system. Are you a local farmer, processor, distributor, or retailer? Do you own a small business? Give back to your community while bringing fresh food and local businesses together. Know your impact and what buying and selling local can bring your local economy. Learn more here.
Research & Resources
1. Scaling Up Healthy, Climate-Friendly School Food
A new report from Friends of the Earth spotlights a growing movement of pioneering school districts using their massive purchasing power to provide plant-forward, climate-friendly food that is healthier for students and the planter. The report includes four detailed case studies, including Novato Unified School District, led by NFSN Board Chair Miguel Villarreal. Read the full report here.
2. No Kid Hungry Innovation Survey Opportunity
NFSN is developing a new resource about how local policies (eg, school district wellness policies, city procurement policies) can support and foster farm to school activities. Do you have any examples of where this has already happened? If so, please contact email@example.com.
1. Community Programs Coordinator - AmeriCorps VISTA (MOAB, UT)
Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Community Programs Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA member will work directly with YGP’s many community-based programs and events. We are looking for an individual who is flexible, collaborative, able to work independently, exhibits strong leadership, and is enthusiastic about YGP’s mission of cultivating healthy children, families, and community through the process of connecting people with food from seed to table. Learn more and apply here. Application is due October 15.
2. Maine Harvest of the Month Program Coordinator
The Maine Department of Education’s Child Nutrition Team manages several federal programs to improve the nutrition environment and reduce hunger for pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students including Farm to School initiatives. Harvest of the Month is a program that promotes the use of seasonal, local foods in school menus by highlighting a different product each month. The Harvest of the Month Coordinator will develop and oversee the Maine Harvest of the Month Project and will actively recruit schools to participate. The position will develop marketing materials for school nutrition programs and conduct trainings and technical assistance to schools to ensure they have the tools for success. For interest and more information please contact Stephanie Stambach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farm to School in the News
Anupama Joshi brings people together through local food, importance of community agriculture
When reflecting on her career, National Farm to School Network Executive Director and Co-Founder Anupama Joshi attributes her work to good food and community. Food and community “have been so influential in how I approach my interactions with people both in my friendships and my professional life,” she says. “Bringing people together and community. There’s a pattern.” (WRAL)
Mississippi farm to school week celebrates connecting local produce with cafeterias
Across Mississippi, kids grow up around farms without experiencing the practice of planting, nurturing, harvesting and eating fresh vegetables. Some do not have access to fresh produce at home. To introduce students to healthy habits and boost the agricultural economy, the Mississippi Farm to School Network connects farmers to school cafeterias. Statewide, Farm to School week celebrates local farmers by eating their Mississippi-grown foods. (Daily Journal)
Junior Master Gardener Learn, Grow, Eat & Go! Program takes shape in Texas schools
Houston Independent School District elementary students are learning how to plant, tend and harvest nutritious vegetables thanks to the Learn, Grow, Eat & Go! program offered by the Texas A&M AgriLIfe Extension Service Junior Master Gardener Program that integrates gardening, nutrition, and physical activity to bolster long-term student health (AgriLife Today)