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This Week in Farm to School: 4/17/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, April 17, 2018
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. New CDC Notice of Funding Opportunity: State Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) Program
CDC has announced the availability of FY 2018 funds to implement CDC-RFA-DP18-1807: State Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) Program. The funds will supports state investments to improve nutrition and to increase safe and accessible physical activity that benefits the whole state and can be shared with local governmental entities. Application due date: June 14, 2018. Learn more here

2. Updated SARE State Summaries and Grants Lists Now Available
Since 1988, the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has been a go-to USDA grants and outreach program for farmers, ranchers, researchers and educators who develop innovations that improve farm profitability, protect water and land, and revitalize communities. SARE has awarded over $251 million to more than 6,300 projects. Learn more about funded grants, project highlights and a breakdown of funding in your state using our newly updated portfolio summaries and grant lists.

Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Racial Equity in Food Systems Work: Beginning the Journey
April 24 // 3-4:30pm ET
Hosted by the eXtension working group on Undoing Inequality in the Food System which is part of the eXtension Community, Local and Regional Community of Practice and the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, this presentation is intended to inspire Extension educators who want to make racial equity a more intentional part of their work – and an introduction to resources and tools to help do so. This webinar will begin to discuss what racial equity training is and how it benefits Extension work, and also, suggest additional resources and tools useful to those who want to bring racial equity training to their organizations. Register here

2. SNAP-Ed Connection Webinar: Writing SNAP-Ed Stories: Simple Strategies for Success
May 8 // 12-1pm ET 
Sharing the success of the SNAP-Ed program can be enhanced with powerful stories that resonate with stakeholders.  During this 1-hour webinar, 3 SNAP-Ed agency program leaders with experience developing and sharing effective success stories will share their methods and recommendations.  SNAP-Ed Connection will review tips and strategies for creating stories that are concise, powerful, and engaging to readers across the SNAP-Ed stakeholder community.  Plus, we'll share with you the top 5 mistakes made when writing success stories-- and show you how to avoid them! Register here

3. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics Webinar: State Farm to School Networks 
Thursday, May 10 // 2-3 PM ET
State farm to school networks are vital to the growth and institutionalization of farm to school through their state level leadership and coordination and contributions to a nationwide movement. On this webinar, learn about a new resource from the National Farm to School Network that highlights network best practices, and hear from NFSN Core Partners who are leading the way in state network development. Register here.

Research & Resources
1. Walking the Thin Line: Urban Action Towards Food Justice
Food justice is concerned with equity in all steps of the food system (from production to consumption). It covers equity in access to healthy food, participation in decisions about food, and even wider equity in power and resources. It acknowledges the disparities built in the food system. Food justice is about acknowledging and acting upon past and existing inequities and traumas, as well as their structural causes (in terms of ethnicity, class, gender…). This raises the question of what cities can do to tackle structural problems that far exceed their remit. Read more from Urban Food Futures here

2. JAFSCD Seeking New Reviewers
Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD) is looking to add new reviewers, who may be food systems researchers, scholars, or practitioners. To be eligible, you should have experience in writing and/or reviewing scholarly work and have considerable knowledge or experience in some area of food systems. You should be able to do a rigorous review of at least 3 manuscripts each year. Learn more about becoming an active member of the JAFSCD community as a peer reviewer by going to the online application here. 

Job Opportunities
1. Outreach Coordinator, The Common Market Georgia
The Common Market Georgia, a mission-driven distributor of local foods to the Atlanta area, seeks a Customer Outreach Associate. Learn more here

2. Executive Director, NCAT
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is seeking an  Executive Director to provide visionary leadership to NCAT, its staff, board and partners. Learn more here

3. Garden Educator, CommunityGrows
CommunityGrows seeks to hire a Garden Educator to manage the in-school environmental education program at John Muir Elementary in California. Learn more here

4. Program and Policy Director, Mandela MarketPlace
Mandela MarketPlace is seeking to hire a Program and Policy Director to oversee their suite of food access and public health programming. Learn more here

Farm to School in the News
West Virginia after-school program to offer new gardening club
Children involved in the Stockert Youth and Community Center’s after-school program will soon learn the importance of gardening and harvesting home-grown fruits and vegetables. With assistance and knowledge from the Buckhannon Community Garden officials, SYCC kids will learn the extensive process of planting fruits and vegetables. (The Inter Mountain)

Locally sourced food truck makes way to Madison schools
Food from the Uproot truck counts as a reimbursable school lunch, which REAP’s executive director, Helen Sarakinos, said is important, because half of MMSD’s student body qualifies for free or reduced lunch. (Channel 3000)

Growing and knowing: Virginia science students, staff construct greenhouse, native plants garden
If all goes as planned, the greenhouse will provide a nurturing home not just for young vegetable plants and flowers but also the makings for many a seafood dinner. Pointing at a bubbling fish tank connected by a tube to a second tank filled with plants rooted in water, Burkett said it is a small, classroom version of what she plans to install in the greenhouse. (Orange County Review)

Farm to school cooking competition heats up in Maine
Students and school nutrition professionals in a Maine school district recently participated in a cooking contest featuring locally produced food. Stephanie Stambach, a child nutrition consultant, says the event features hands-on learning and raises awareness about local food. (WABI TV)

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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