This Week in Farm to School: 5/28/19
Grants & Funding
Due: June 4
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests applications for the Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program (FASLP) for fiscal year 2019 to increase knowledge of agriculture and improve the nutritional health of children. The anticipated amount available to fund grants under this authority in FY 2019 is approximately $869,498. FASLP is intended to increase the knowledge of agriculture and improve the nutritional health of children and to bring together stakeholders from the distinct parts of the food system. The initiative is part of a broader effort to not only increase access to school meals for low-income children, but also to dramatically improve their quality. Learn more here.
Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR Farm to School Resource Roundup: Resources for Implementing State Farm to School Strategies
Wednesday, May 29 // 3 PM ET
Responding to the rapid growth and interest in farm to school, the National Farm to School Network’s 2017-2019 Strategic Plan prioritizes building the capacity of its partners to advance farm to school at the state level through three complementary strategies: (1) state farm to school networks, (2) state farm to school positions at state agencies and university Extension offices, and (3) state farm to school policies. To support these efforts, the National Farm to School Network (NFSN) has developed an accompanying resource for each of the three strategies:
- State Farm to School Networks Toolkit (updated March 2019)
- State Farm to School Positions Guide (updated February 2019)
- State Farm to School Policy Handbook (updated April 2019)
2. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics In Farm to School: Child Nutrition Reauthorization and Federal Policy Advocacy - How You Can Get Involved
Thursday, June 6 // 1 PM ET
The next Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) is at the forefront of food policy discussions in Washington. A diverse community of voices should be heard in policymaking, but do you find it challenging to get involved? Join Chloe Marshall, National Farm to School Network Policy Specialist, to learn about CNR and how you can advocate with impact! Participation in this webinar in not considered lobbying. Register here.
3. Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group 2019 Call for Proposals
Deadline: June 8
The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) is seeking engaging session proposals for the 2019 conference. The conference will be held in Jersey City, NJ November 7-9. They look for sessions that tackle systemid issues of inequity in the food system with engaging activities and presentations that prioritize the leadership and voices of the most impacted by the issue discussed. Learn more here.
Research & Resources
1. Call for Information: Farm to ECE State Survey/Evaluation Tools and Data
In recent years many states have conducted state level farm to ECE surveys and assessments. We are working to compile these tools and data to serve as a resource for others and supplement our learnings from the 2018 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey. If you have state farm to ECE survey/evaluation tools and data to share, please send to Lacy Stephens, NFSN Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. EQUITY Now Available in Spanish: Local Food for Little Eaters: A Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Guide to Local Food Purchasing
The MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is pleased to announce Spanish translations of Local Food for Little Eaters: A Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Guide to Local Food Purchasing and profiles of successful farm to Migrant & Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) programs nationwide. This guide gives step-by-step instructions and interactive tools that MSHS programs can use to begin purchasing and using more local foods. Download the Spanish translation here.
1. Strategy & Partnerships Coordinator, FoodCorps (New York, NY)
FoodCorps seeks a Strategy and Partnerships Coordinator to join our growing team. The Strategy and Partnerships Coordinator will provide increased efficiency across FoodCorps’ work on systems change through strong management of logistics and projects. Learn more and apply here.
Farm to School in the News
Mississippi middle school students sell veggies to the community from student-led garden
Jackson State University partnered with Blackburn Middle School to dig up their very first Learning Garden. Students displayed their hard work, sharing their fresh vegetables with the community. (WLBT 3)
How Black Farmers Are Trying To End Centuries Of Racism In America’s Food System
As a broader national reparations debate plays out, there are calls for the consideration of a more specific population: black farmers. (Huff Post)
Pennsylvania schools make meals more environmentally conscious
Some school districts in Pennsylvania are creating more environmentally conscious menus by buying local produce and meats, and planting gardens and orchards. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Can We Stop Kids From Being Shamed Over School Lunch Debt?
School lunches carry a small price tag, but for low-income families the cost can add up - and despite efforts to stop lunch shaming, some schools punish children who can’t pay. (Civil Eats)