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This Week in Farm to School: 5/30/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, May 30, 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. USDA Community Development Grants
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is inviting applications for grants to support economic development in rural communities. USDA is making grants available under the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program to strengthen the rural economy. For more information on how to apply, see page 24281 of the May 26 Federal Register. The deadline to submit paper applications is July 25, 2017.

1.Webinar: Farm Bill 101
May 31, 3-4:30pm EST
There’s much buzz about the 2018 Farm Bill, but what exactly is the Farm Bill? Union of Concerned Scientists invites you to a webinar about the basics of the Farm Bill, from its origins, to its impact on what we eat and which programs it funds. Register here

2. Webinar: Developing Your Project
June 20, 1pm EST
This webinar hosted by New Entry Sustainable Farming Project will focus on developing your project for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) application process. Register here

3. Webinar Recording: Farm to Early Childhood: Building the Movement through Multi-Sector Partnerships
Hosted by the Food Trust, this webinar reviews and explores how state agencies, in partnership with the business sector, nonprofits and early childhood providers, can support expansion of farm to ECE practices and programs. View this recording here

4. Webinar Recording: How to Bring Farm Fresh into Schools with New USDA Meal Pattern Recipes
The Chef Ann Foundation launched fifty new, tried-and-true, farm-to-school recipes to bring farm fresh meals to your students. This webinar features new recipes and menu cycles, and discusses how they credit toward the school and child care meal patterns. View this recording here

1. Slow Food Nations
July 14-16 // Denver, Co
This free festival will combine the energy of a street food fair, the rigor of an academic conference, and the inspiration of a cultural exchange. Slow Food Nations connects farmers and families, leaders and eaters to share our stories and shape the future of food. Learn more about this event here

2. School Garden Support Organization Leadership Institute
January 21-26, 2018 // Santa Cruz, CA
Join over 20 School Garden Support Organization teams from across the nation to strengthen your organization’s goal of enhancing professional development and ongoing support for school garden programs in your region. Apply by July 20 here

1. #GirlsAre: Empower Girls to Move and Celebrate Their Athleticism
Girls today are far less likely than boys to achieve recommended amounts of physical activity. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the Clinton Foundation are joining forces to shine a spotlight on the disparities between girls’ and boys’ physical activity rates and inspire a new generation of strong, active women. The National Farm to School Network is proud to be a partner in the #GirlsAre campaign to empower girls and women to move and celebrate their athleticism. Read how farm to school activities are helping girls get active in this blog. Learn more about the #GirlsAre campaign here

2. Food Tank’s Summer Reading List: 17 Books to Beat the Heat
Whether it’s tackling challenges like climate change and hunger, or working with the soil (and worms!) to grow healthier food, this list offers something to inspire all kinds of readers hoping to contribute to a better food system. Learn more here

Job Opportunities 
1. Executive Director, Schoolyard Farms
Schoolyard Farms in Portland, Oregon is currently seeking its next Executive Director. With previous experience working with and fundraising for underserved communities, this individual will be able to bring a diverse skill set and viewpoint to the discussion table around social and racial justice. Learn more here.  

2. Child Nutrition Director, Nevada Department of Agriculture
The Nevada Department of Agriculture seeks a Child Nutrition Director. This position is located in Sparks, NV. Learn more here

3. Director of Dining Services, Mount Holyoke College 
Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts seeks to hire a Director of Dining Services. Application review beginsJune 5. Learn more here

Farm to School in the News
Texas' Gregory-Lincoln Education Center grows budding culinary stars
The Cultivated Classroom at Gregory-Lincoln began with eight garden beds in an unused plot on the north side of the school; it now has 16 beds, a 27-tree orchard and a chicken coop with egg-laying hens. On almost a monthly basis, students bring their school-garden bounty to a local restaurant and learn from chefs how to create meals. (Houston Chronicle

A Sustainable School Garden in a Former Brooklyn, NY Parking Spot
When parents at PS 516, a small elementary school in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, started looking for ways to create a school garden two years ago, the church next door granted them the use of a single parking spot in its lot. The Rainbow Garden that they built there must now be the most water-wise, sustainable patch of asphalt in the five boroughs. (Brooklyn Botanic Garden)

Washington school kids, community build garden
"The little kids in kindergarten and first grade drew pictures of the veggies, the second- through fourth-graders wrote lots of letters to businesses asking for support, and the fifth-graders drew on graph paper plans to scale, measuring the area and coming up with cost estimates,” (Kitsap Sun)

Re-Imagining School Lunch on Martha's Vineyard

All fifty students from kindergarten to the 5th grade, teachers, staff and lots of parents, came together to cook and eat a locally sourced, seasonal meal. There was plenty of time to eat - more than the national average of 15 minutes. Food was served family style. Conversation was encouraged and it was a no pressure, no shame meal for the kids. If they didn’t want to try something, they didn’t have to. (WCAI

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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