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This Week in Farm to School: 4/25/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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 Black Farmers Association Scholarships 

In its third year, the NBFA Scholarship Program will award scholarships of up to $5,000 to African-American farmers/students or dependents of African-American farmers who plan to enroll or are enrolled in agriculture-related study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school. The National Black Farmers Association Scholarship Program application deadline for the 2017-18 academic year is April 28, 2017. 

2. RFP: Nourishing Native Children: Feeding Our Future
First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) has launched the new “Nourishing Native Children: Feeding our Future” grant program, which falls under First Nations’ larger Native American Food Security Project. The project will provide grants to Native communities interested in expanding nutrition resources for existing programs that serve American Indian children ages 6-14. With the generous support of the Walmart Foundation, First Nations plans to award up to 10 grants of up to $15,000 each to continue or expand existing nutrition efforts. Proposals will be due Friday, May 5, 2017. Learn more here.

Webinars & Events
1. Webinar Series: School Garden Support Organizations Best Practices 

April 25, 1pm PST
School Garden Support Organizations will present best practices, case studies, tools, and resources from 5 SGSO key topics. The first webinar in the sires “School Garden Program Sustainability and Finances” is April 25, 1pm PST. This webinar series is presented by The National School Garden Network, which connects individuals and organizations working to support school garden programs at a district, regional, statewide, or national level. Learn more here.

2. Webinar: Local Food for Campus Dining: Stats & Stories
April 27, 1pm EST
Join Farm to Institution New England (FINE) for Local Food for Campus Dining: Stats & Stories, a webinar on Thursday, April 27th from 1:00 to 2:15 pm ET featuring highlights from Campus Dining 101: A Benchmark Study on Farm to College in New England. This recently-released campus dining report presents data collected from dining operators at 105 colleges and universities in New England. Learn more and register here

3.National Children and Youth Garden Symposium 
July 12-15 // Greater Portland, Oregon & Vancouver, Washington area
NCYGS is the only national event of its kind where you can network with like-minded teachers, garden designers, community leaders, program coordinators, and others involved with connecting kids to the natural world. Find out more about this opportunity to learn and connect at

Action Opportunities
1. Every Kid Healthy Week

April 24-28
Join us in celebrating Every Kid Healthy Week, April 24-28! Launched by Action for Healthy Kids in 2013, Every Kid Healthy Week is a time for schools, students, parents and communities to recognize their school’s wellness achievements through fun and interactive health-promoting events. More information on how to get involved at

2. Celebrate School Nutrition Employee Week
May 1-5 
School nutrition professionals are true heroes. On Friday, May 5, 2017, School Nutrition Employee Week (May 1-5) will end with a bang by celebrating the 5th Annual School Lunch Hero Day! School Lunch Hero Day is a chance to showcase the difference school nutrition professionals make for every child who comes through the cafeteria. Here are some creative ideas on how to recognize the hardworking professionals in your school cafeterias.  Additionally, SNA is offering veggie-rific School Lunch Hero Day logos and artwork that you can download and use over social media. 

Job Opportunities 
1. FoodCorps, Digital Communications Manager & Communications Coordinator

FoodCorps seeks two communications professionals to join its New York City-based team: Digital Communications Manager and Communications Coordinator. Applications will be accepted until the ideal candidates are identified. Learn more here

Farm to School in the News
Florida School Lunches are Farm to Table 
Gone are the days of small, novelty gardens at Miami-Dade public schools, filled with annuals that die out and require constant maintenance and replanting. They are being replaced by food forests, with edible perennials that are adapted to South Florida’s climate and continue to spread and produce crops with minimal upkeep.In past years, the food forests have sent home more than 20,000 bags of vegetables and fruits grown at school to students’ families. (Miami Herald)

Healthy school lunches that kids actually want to eat? These Louisiana schools show it's possible
Richland Parish and Lafayette Parish schools used grant money to build greenhouses to grow fresh produce. Martha Vinyard Elementary School in Tangipahoa Parish started a farm-to-school program that creates a relationship between the campus and a local farm, helping students try fresh vegetables and meet the people growing their food. (The Advocate

GREEN Tool offers evidence-based guidance for school garden success
To better understand what it takes to help a garden thrive, Kate Gardner Burt of Lehman College and her colleagues mapped out the characteristics of gardens that played an enduring role in the life of the school. Based on these findings, they defined a four-level process toward successful school garden integration. Dubbed the GREEN Tool, it’s one of the first evidence-based guide to planting and nurturing sustainable school gardens. (Reuters)

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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