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This Week in Farm to School: 6/27/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, June 27, 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. Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Grant Program 
Applications are being solicited through the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Grant Program (also known as the “2501 Program”) from community-based and non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and Tribal entities to provide outreach and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers.  The deadline for applications is August 7, 2017. Learn more


1. Team Up for Farm to School Success!
June 29 // 3-4 pm ET
FNS will host the June Team Up Thursday webinar, focused on best practices for planning and organizing successful farm to school programs. The webinar will feature schools and districts who have creatively utilized Farm to School Planning Grants to grow their program. Learn more and register

2. Trending Topics in Farm to School: Farm to School Partnerships with Your School Nutrition Association

July 6 // 2-3pm ET
Join the National Farm to School Network to learn about partnering with your School Nutrition Association to expand your farm to school efforts. This webinar is part of NFSN’s new monthly webinar series, Trending Topics in Farm to School, which will be held the first Thursday of every month from 2-3pm ET. These webinars are open to anyone interested in learning about emerging issues and innovation in the farm to school movement. Help spread the word, and register for the July webinar here

3. NFSN Farm to ECE Quarterly Webinar: State Agencies as Leaders and Partners in Growing Farm to ECE
August 2 // 3:30-4:30pm ET
State agencies (including departments of agriculture, education and health) can be key leaders and partners in facilitating growth and institutionalization of farm to ECE at the state level. Join us to learn more about the variety of ways that state agencies across the country are leading the way in farm to ECE. Representatives from Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the South Carolina Departments of Health and Environmental Control and Social Services will share their innovative programs and strategic approaches to growing and supporting farm to ECE in their states. This webinar is open to all so please share widely. Register here

1. National Food Sovereignty Summit
October 2-5 // Green Bay, WI
The National Food Sovereignty Summit  is a forum for sharing and collaboration to build healthy food systems within tribal communities. This event is perfect for Native farmers, ranchers, gardeners, businesses, policymakers, tribal agriculture staff, Native nonprofits working in agriculture, small producers, tribal producers and tribal leaders. Learn more and register

2. Focusing on Food Loss and Waste: 2017 FoodTank Summit NYC

September 13 // NYC
As the inaugural NYC Food Tank Summit, the event will gather dozens of expert speakers who are top leaders across all sectors of the food industry. The entire NYC Food Tank Summit can also be viewed remotely free via and Facebook Live. Apply here for tickets.  

Action Items 
1. Chef Ann Foundation Survey
The Chef Ann Foundation's Learning Lunchrooms Initiative will help schools offer learning opportunities about food and nutrition in the cafeteria, while simultaneously creating an engaging mealtime environment by redesigning front-of-house equipment, furniture, and displays; and they need your input to make it happy. Please take 5-10 minutes to complete this survey so they can better understand if there is a desire and appetite for creating a more interactive lunchroom space.

2. USDA 2017 Census of Agriculture

Make sure you are counted! New farmers or existing farmers who have not participated in a prior Census of Agriculture still have time to sign up to be counted through the end of June. 

Resources & Research

1. New Survey Report Reveals Producer Practices & Attitudes About Selling Food to Schools, Colleges & Hospitals  
Farm to Institution New England (FINE) has released the third publication in a series of research reports revealing trends in regional markets for local food at K-12 schools, hospitals, colleges, and other institutions. “Producer Perspectives: The New England Farm-to-Institution Market” presents in-depth findings and makes specific, data-driven recommendations for farmers, producer service providers, government officials, funders, and institutions.

2. Atlanta-based organization Truly Living Well is growing a healthy community 

Literally and figuratively, Rashid Nuri planted a seed that is blossoming into better food for all. “Truly Living Well has had a major influence on my students understanding the importance of food sustainability, urban agriculture, and healthy eating,” said Margul Woolfolk, principal of M. Agnes Jones Elementary. “It has taken complex concepts and textbook exposure to a higher level.” Read more

3. MSU Sending Tribal College Students on New PATHS to Food Sovereignty

The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded Montana State University $280,000 over three years to support the PATHS, or “Pathways to Agriculture and Native foods, Tribal Health and Sovereignty,” program. Principal Investigator Holly Hunts, an associate professor in Montana State University’s College of Education, Health and Human Development, said: “This is an interdisciplinary effort to look at problems and solve them. We are exponentially smarter when we work together.” The PATHS program is open to students at any tribal college. Read more

Job Opportunities 

1. Chef Manager, Ecospaces
New Jersey based Ecospaces seeks a Chef Manager to oversee all food production while abiding by the regulations of the federal reimbursable meal program (National School Lunch Program). Learn more and apply

2. Early and School Food Academic Specialist, Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems

The Michigan State University (MSU) Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) seeks an Academic Specialist to lead efforts promoting good food access and awareness in early child care and education environments (ECE) and K-12 schools. Learn more and apply

3. Director of School Nutrition, Maine Regional School Unit No. 5
Maine Regional School unit No. 5 (Durham, Freeport, Pownal) seeks a Director of Food Service to provide leadership in developing and maintaining the district’s food service program in accordance with the provisions of the National School Lunch Program. Learn more and apply

4. Development and Community Stewardship Coordinator, West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition
The West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition seeks a Development and Community Stewardship Coordinator. This position has two essential functions. The first function is helping develop and expand an inclusive membership program and the second is to coordinate development efforts, including fundraising through grant writing , corporate sponsorships and partnerships. Learn more and apply

Farm to School in the News

New York students benefit from gardening program
As seeds grow, so do the students. The time outdoors learning how to plant and tend their gardens not only inspires a newfound interest in gardening, nutrition and the environment that carries over into their home lives, it also incorporates academic subjects like math, science and writing. (Time Herald-Record)

Nebraska children dig into building a better world

“The community garden to me is a fabulous opportunity for families to talk about where food comes from, healthier eating habits, staying away from processed food. We’re in a food desert in Hastings. We don’t have access to fresh fruits and vegetables geographically but we have tons of fast food. I think it’s an important educational piece.” (Hastings Tribune)

Exclusive dining, excellent service at Alabama School's Spaghetti Palace

The most exclusive new restaurant in town — Spaghetti Palace — opened Thursday in the gym at Attalla Elementary School, staffed by the students involved in the school’s summer camp program. While the school’s cafeteria manager cooked the spaghetti, meatballs and sauce that were served, the students worked to prepare the salads, using items from the school’s community garden. (Gadsden Times)

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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