This Week in farm to school: 7/19/16
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.
Grants & Funding
1. INUAg 2016 Leaders in Urban Agriculture Awards
INUAg is now accepting submissions for the 2016 Leaders in Urban Agriculture Awards. They will present awards for 1st ($1,000) 2nd ($700) and 3rd place ($300) in each of the following categories to urban farming projects building better food systems around the world: Educating Communities, Food Justice, Innovation. Submissions are due August 15. Learn more here.
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.
Research & Resources
1. Full Report: Results from a National Survey of Early Care and Education Providers
Earlier this year, the National Farm to School Network launched the preliminary results of our 2015 survey of early care and education providers. With nearly 1,500 providers in 49 state and Washington, D.C., responding, we learned that farm to school in early care and education is promoting healthy eating habits and providing high quality learning environments for thousands of children at a critical stage of development. A full report of the survey results is now available for download. Looking for a quick overview of the highlights? Check out our infographic and one-page fact sheet.
2. Keynote Videos Available from 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
In June, more than 1,000 farm to cafeteria leaders gathered in Madison, Wis., for three days of learning, networking and idea sharing at the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference. Among the highlights were keynote addresses given by some of the most instrumental leaders driving the farm to cafeteria movement forward. Recordings of the keynote addresses are now available on YouTube. Watch them here.
Jobs & Opportunities
1. Program Director, Chef Ann Foundation
The Chef Anna Foundation seeks a Program Director to joins its team. This full time position will be responsible for all work as it relates to the development, implementation and management of Chef Ann Foundation’s online learning program in addition to other program oversight. Learn more and apply here.
2. Executive Director, Green Mountain Farm to School
Green Mountain Farm to School seeks an Executive Director to join its team. The Executive Director will lead GMFTS by managing the finances, staff, programs, and structure required to enact GMFTS’s mission. Learn more and apply here.
3. Event & Project Coordinator, Farm to Institution New England
The FINE Event and Project Coordinator will play a lead role in coordinating the 2017 Farm to Institution Summit in April 2017, working in close contact with the Summit Steering Committee and FINE staff. The Coordinator will also support event planning for other events that FINE conducts and provide coordination functions for other FINE projects including the Processing Community of Practice and Harvest of the Month Community of Practice. Learn more and apply here.
Farm to school in the news
Schools use ag to educate students about food system - shout out to Lorin Fahrmeier, NFSN Missouri State Lead!
Farm to school efforts in Missouri support rural economies, put more nutritious foods into the school system and educate students about their food and where it comes from. School gardens, farm field trips and local food procurement are taking off. (via Missouri Farmer Today)
Leaders of Color Discuss Structural Racism and White Privilege in the Food System
What can the food movement learn from Black Lives Matter? Civil Eats reached out to leaders of color in the food justice community for their thoughts about how they think the “food movement” might come together on the issues of race, equity, and access. (via Civil Eats)
University works to bring local food to dining halls
The executive chef of Southern Illinois University has for years been in the forefront of a program aimed at increasing food purchased from small-acreage farmers in the region. An Illinois mandate requires that by 2020, state-funded institutions such as universities and prisons purchase at least 20 percent of meat and produce from farms within a 250-mile radius. (via Illinois Farmer Today)
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.