This Week in farm to school: 7/12/16
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.
Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Explore the 2015 USDA Farm to School Census
August 11, 3pm ET
Join the National Farm to School Network and USDA FNS Office of Community Food Systems on Thursday, August 11 at 3pm ET for an in-depth review of the 2015 USDA Farm to School Census. Presenters will provide an overview of the Farm to School Census website, including the recently posted raw data files and soon to be released data explorer tool. Presenters will also describe ways in which Census data can be used at the local, state, and national levels in support of farm to school. Register for the webinar here.
2. Webinar: State Food Policy Council Call
July 25, 2:30-4pm EDT
You’re invited to an initial virtual convening of statewide food policy councils to talk about what is happening in states to network local food policy councils and/or change policy. If you are the manager, director, chairperson, coordinator or leader of a statewide food policy council that works on food and farm policies at the state level and/or you convene a network of local food policy councils from across the state, we want you to join us. The call is being coordinated jointly by the John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, Community Food Strategies, a project led by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, and Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems. Register here.
3. Last Call for Submissions: Fourth Annual Yale Food Systems Symposium
September 30, New Haven, CT
The Fourth Annual Yale Food Systems Symposium planning committee is now accepting submissions to present at this year's event, to be held September 30, 2016 at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in New Haven, CT. This year's theme surrounds the topic of "Feeding a Growing World: Perspectives in 2016." Please see their website for the full RFP and for the online form to submit proposals. Submissions are due July 15.
Research & Resources
1. Report: School District Wellness Policies
The Bridging the Gap/National Wellness Policy Study District Wellness Policy Monograph has been released, which covers the first eight years of the wellness policy requirement for school years 2006-07 through 2013-14. Using a nationally representative sample of school districts, this report provides details about the characteristics of these districts as well as the individual components of wellness policies and related provisions. View the report here.
Jobs & Opportunities
1. Executive Director of Food and Child Nutrition Services, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
CMSD seeks a full-time Executive Director of Food and Child Nutrition Services. Under the direction of the Chief Operating Officer, the Executive Director of Food and Child Nutrition Services will oversee all aspects of the district’s Child Nutrition Program operation. Learn more and apply here.
2. Agriculture Development Coordinator, Vermont Agency of Agriculture
This Agriculture Development Coordinator temporary position will have project management responsibilities associated with the Vermont Farm to School (FTS) grant program, engagement in broader farm to institution project efforts, and extensive relationship building and communication with statewide food system stakeholders and partners. Learn more here.
Farm to school in the news
Lessons sprout from soil, water, hard work - shout out to Elaine McDonnell, NFSN Pennsylvania State Lead!
More than 133 school gardens are growing across Pennsylvania, such as the small farm at Bucks County's Bristol Middle-High School. In four years, the garden has grown from 21 raised beds, an herb wall, a pond, arbors, tree-shaded picnic benches, and a new vermiculture system in which worms turn food waste into nutrient-rich compost. (via The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Growing together: Gardening offers key lessons for children
The Toledo Botanical Garden, in conjunction with Toledo GROWS, has 19 school gardens. Last year, more than 7,000 kids engaged with the earth through field trips, camps, and in-class programs that the garden has been offering for more than 40 years. (via Toledo Blade)
Edible gardens growing more popular in schools, communities
Connecticut students within a growing number of public schools are doing hands-on work with edible gardens. “Edible schoolyards are an effective way to engage families in students’ learning. Getting families interested in school gardens helps entire communities benefit from sustainable gardening and benefits the environment in the long run.” (via Journal Inquirer)
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.