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This Week in Farm to School: 2/18/20

NFSN Staff Tuesday, February 18, 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. 


Grants & Funding
1. FY20 Team Nutrition Training Grants for School Meal Recipe Development
Deadline: April 3
A Request for Applications for the FY 2020 Team Nutrition Training Grant for School Meal Recipe Development is now available through Grants.gov. FNS expects to award approximately $5.2 million to state agencies (up to $300,000 per state) that administer the National School Lunch Program. The FY 2020 Team Nutrition Training Grant for School Meal Recipe Development will assist states in helping schools offer meals supported by recipes that utilize local agricultural products and reflect local food preparation practices and taste preferences. Using grant funds, state agencies will be able to develop nutritious and tasty recipes that utilize local agricultural products and reflect local food preparation practices and taste preferences. View the Request for Applications here

2. Action for Healthy Kids Grant
Deadline: April 3
Action for Healthy Kids' (AFHK) is providing schools the resources for students to eat better, stay physically active and be better prepared to learn. AFHK is offering two grant opportunities: Game on Grants for $1,000-$2,500 and Parents for Healthy Kids Grants for $1,000. Learn more and apply here


Webinars & Events
1. NFSN EVENT Register Today! 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
April 21-23 // Albuquerque, NM
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is just three 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 is NOW OPEN!! Save $50 on regular registration pricing and secure a seat on your first-choice field trip! Visit farmtoschool.org/conference to learn more. 

2. Applications Open: Unlocking Our Food Systems Change Capacity: A Systems Leadership Retreat
Deadline: February 24
Hosted by the Wallace Center's Food Systems Leadership Network, the Food Systems Leadership Retreat is a 2.5 day facilitated convening of food systems leaders from April 27-30 in Canby, Oregon. The retreat convenes food systems leaders to reflect and dig deep into the tools of systems leadership and systems thinking for social change. Participants are guided through hands-on, experiential workshops that will strengthen leadership skills, offer new tools for mapping and finding the change levers in the systems they are working on, and support their growth as effective facilitators of community change processes.  Click here for more information and to apply. Contact Annalina Kazickas at annalina.kazickas@winrock.org with questions.

3. EQUITY Registration is Open! 2020 Racial Equity Challenge!
March 30-April 19
Sign up for the Food Solutions New England's (FSNE) annual 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge starting on March 30th! In its sixth year, the Challenge is a great way to learn about the history and impacts of racism on our current food system while inspiring participants with resources and tools to build racial equity in their work and lives. People from all over the country participate in the Challenge with the goal of raising awareness, shifting attitudes and changing outcomes. This year a Discussion Guide will be available for groups who want to do the Challenge together. Visit the FSNE Challenge website for more information or to register.

4. EQUITY Webinar Recording: The Roots of Injustice in Our Agricultural System
A conversation with key leaders in the farm workers movement to share how and why farm worker issues have historically been left out of U.S. labor law protections, and how farm workers are building powerful movements that integrate an analysis toward climate, migrant, food, and worker justice. Jeannie Economos (Farmworkers Association of Florida), Mily Treviño-Sauceda (National Alliance of Farmworker Women) and Diana Tellefson Torres (United Farm Workers Foundation) share their experiences from decades of organizing. They will also highlight upcoming campaigns and policy fights in 2020 that are critical to the building power over the longer term. View the recorded webinar here.


Research & Resources  
1. EQUITY February is Black History Month
February is Black History Month, a dedicated time to pay attention to the power and resilience of the Black community. Throughout February, National Farm to School Network is sharing stories, resources, articles and more that highlight histories and narratives that often go overlooked. This week, we encourage you to explore how communities of color are coming together to take a stand and reclaim their health while creating a just and intersectional food system in M. Jahi Chappell's Beginning to End Hunger: Food and the Environment in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and Real Food Media's podcast of the book here

2.  NFSN National Calendar of Farm to School Events
The National Farm to School Network hosts a national calendar of farm to school events, conferences and networking opportunities. Events are added on an ongoing basis. Submit your farm to school event to the calendar by clicking the green "Submit Event" button. To be considered, events should be open to the public and specifically related to farm to school content. View the calendar and submit events here.


Policy News
1. U.S. Senators Cory Booker and John Cornyn Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Expand School Nutrition Education
U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and John Cornyn (R-TX) today introduced a bipartisan bill to establish a new pilot program to fund nutritional education in schools. The Food and Nutrition Education in Schools Act of 2020 would allocate federal funding for projects that educate students while connecting them to healthy food practices, with a priority given to schools in neighborhoods with high rates of childhood diet-related illnesses and those in which 40 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-priced meals. The National Farm to School Network alongside many other leaders in the food systems community support this legislation. Read more here.

2. Legislative Spotlight on Farms Could Help Save an Industry in Wisconsin
State lawmakers in Wisconsin on both sides of the political aisle are talking about helping farmers and producers of agriculture products. When it all shakes out, legislators hope to see both short-term relief for farmers across the state and long-term initiatives that will help shore up the industry. Among Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers' policy proposals to be introduced t support farmers includes: Giving school districts that have a high percentage of low-income students priority in the awarding of state farm to school grants that help get locally grown produce food into school lunches. Read more here.


Job Opportunities
1. Food Systems Specialist, Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems (East Lansing, MI)
Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems is seeking a full-time Specialist - Outreach to support capacity-building among and facilitate technical assistance to Michigan local food councils, Michigan food and health organizations, and countrywide grantees in the federal Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP). The full position description is available on the MSU Careers website by searching for posting #636431. Applications will be accepted until March 10, 2020.

2. 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.


Farm to School in the News
Students in Louisiana show off healthy cooking skills in annual 'On Cuisine du Jardin Cook-Off'
The goal of the cook-off is to provide local youth hands-on experience using vegetables grown from their school gardens and/or local produce and knowledge of healthy food choices.Charles Hebert, LSU AgCenter County Agent, explained, "Many of them are taking those concepts home now and starting vegetables with their parents or grandparents at home. They're learning how to get back together as a family and cook their own produce that they're raising at home, and they're also cooking that produce in the school." (KATC 3)

One on One With: Broome Tioga’s Board of Cooperative Educational Services' Mark Bordeau on Building Successful Teams and Farm to School Programs in K-12 School Food Service
After nearly 30 decades in child nutrition, Mark Bordeau, senior food service director of the Broome Tioga BOCES in upstate New York has learned many lessons. He’s created a highly successful school food program that manages cafeterias in 15 districts, with a combined purchasing power of $18 million. He developed the Rock On Café a marketing program to promote fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free milk. Listen to the podcast here.

Food Waste in Maryland Public School System Could Be Lowered With the Idea of Giving Back
As food waste continues to be a problem in Frederick County Public Schools, Alysia Mason-Feuer, director of Farm to School in Frederick County, helped start the project of a share table in mid-January to help provide food that would otherwise be thrown away to those in need.. Her main objective has been working to get local fruits and vegetables into school cafeterias, but after seeing the amount of food thrown out, Mason-Feuer developed a plan to reduce waste. (The Frederick News-Post)

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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