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This Week in Farm to School: 7/21/20

NFSN Staff Tuesday, July 21, 2020
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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 RFA: Innovating Formal and Non-Formal Educational Experiences in Food and Agricultural Sciences During the Time of Social Distancing
Deadline: August 20 
The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Education and Workforce Development RFA now includes a new program area priority to address the need to develop and deploy rapid, reliable, and readily-adoptable strategies in workforce preparation through formal K-14 education, as well as in youth development through non-formal education to cultivate interest and competencies in STEM and agriculture during this challenging time. This program area accepts new applications only. Learn more and apply. Interested applicants are invited to register for an informational webinar on July 28, 2020 at 12:00 pm Eastern Time.

2. USDA's Office of Partnership and Public Engagement RFA: Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program
 Deadline to apply: August 26
Via section 2501 funding, these grants support community-based and non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and Tribal entities to conduct programming to assist producers. The deadline to apply is August 26th (please note, the announcement in the Federal Register incorrectly states the deadline as September 11!) OPPE will host a call for potential applicants on July 28, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. EST (Telephone Number: (877) 692-8955, Passcode: 6433267). No registration needed. Learn more and apply.

3. Cigna Foundation's Healthier Kids For Our Future Grant Program
Deadline: September 30 
Cigna Foundation is looking to partner with school systems and surrounding communities — including clinicians, local and national nonprofits — to supplement existing mental health programming and help close gaps both within and outside the school environment to address loneliness, anxiety, depression, and suicide prevention. To that end, it will fund programs that foster collaboration between various stakeholders, including school administrators and teachers, clinicians, and local and national nonprofits. The grants are up to $65,000 grants per year for two years. Learn more and apply.

4. USDA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational and Applied Science Program RFA
Deadlines: Vary based on program, view RFA for details
The AFRI Foundational and Applied Science Program supports grants in six AFRI priority areas to advance knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. The six priority areas are: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. Research-only, extension-only, and integrated research, education and/or extension projects are solicited in this Request for Applications (RFA). See Foundational and Applied Science RFA for specific details.

Webinars & Events
1. Horizon Summer Camp - Farm Education Video Series
July 2020
Horizon Organic is opening up the barn doors for Summer Camp! Kids and families are invited to tune-in to this summer camp video series to get a behind-the-scenes look at farm life. Throughout July, Horizon will be sharing fun and education activities - like creative ways to upcycle milk cartons, how to milk a cow, and a farm tour - on their YouTube page. Check-in weekly to see what's new at camp! Watch the summer camp video series here:

2. Webinar Series: Building Sustainable Power for Change: Toolkit for Activism
Every Tuesday in July // 3-4:30pm ET
Join The New School's four-part workshop series on organizing, community building, and how to influence change in the world. Hear from Ted Kerr, Kiara Nagel, A.W. Strouse, and Miski Noor, who will lead the discussions. Workshops will take place every Tuesday in July from 3:00-4:30 p.m. (EST).  Presented by the Office of Civic Engagement and Social Justice and the Dean's Office at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts. 
Organizing by Understanding Power (7/21)

3. Webinar Series: How Threatened is New England's Farmland--and What are the States Doing to Protect It? 
A new study from American Farmland Trust – “Farms Under Threat: The State of the States” – provides groundbreaking new data that answer these questions. Along with hearing from special guests from state agriculture departments, AFT will be looking at the spatial and policy scorecard findings and talking through tools available through this report to help planners, land trusts, farm and conservation organizations, policymakers, and advocates strengthen and expand farmland retention and protection efforts. The webinars are free and open to anyone with an interest in learning more. 
Register for:
·       Massachusetts – Tuesday, July 21 at 1 p.m.
·       Rhode Island – Wednesday, July 22 at 1 p.m.

4. EQUITY Virtual Training Series on Racial Equity in Farm to School
July 21 // 3PM EST
Please join the Farm to School Coalition of NC for a virtual summer series on Racial Equity in Farm to School. This 5 module workshop will be led by Ronda Bullock with We Are and be spread out over 8 weeks. Register separately for each module. Come to any or all, join with others from your school or community ideally, but you must have attended at least one module to register for the last module.These are free trainings for any whose work involves farm to school and who have an interest in applying a racial equity lens to their work. Internet and zoom accessibility needed. Video capability strongly recommended. Racial Equity in Farm to School Part 1: Implicit Bias (7/21)

5. EQUITY The Equity Journey
July 14-September 15
The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and Thought Industries announced an online training to help Americans begin the conversation about social equity. The Equity Journey course will be available free of charge for 30 days, beginning July 15. Learners will explore the meaning of equity and what it looks like in society, test their own understanding of privilege and how it impacts access and learn how to advance equity in their own organizations and communities. Learners will move through the sessions at their own pace and will earn a certificate upon successful completion. Register here.

6. EQUITY Panel Discussion: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Mind, Community, and Institution
July 22 / 1-2:30pm ET
Sponsored by eXtension, this panel discussion will focus on diversity, equity and inclusion for social race relations (mind), community leader input (community), and Extension leadership input (institution). Register here. 

7.  COVID-19 COVID-19 and Local Food—Challenges and Opportunities 
July 22 // 2:00PM EST
Despite challenges like shuttered farmers' markets and restaurants, a shortage of meat processors, and the scramble to move sales online, food producers selling into local and regional markets have demonstrated real resilience during COVID-19. In this panel, from James Beard Foundation, hear how the pandemic has affected regional food systems in different areas around the country and what that means for the future. Register here.

8. Webinar: Planning for the Next Normal at School: Key starter plays for prioritizing health when schools re-open
July 22 / 3:30pm ET 
To assist school and district leaders with specific, evidence-informed guidance and operating procedures for keeping school communities healthy during school reopenings, a number of nationally recognized and trusted school health organizations have come together to develop a playbook for school reopening — “Planning for the Next Normal at School: Keeping students, staff, and families safe and healthy.” Join this webinar for a deep dive into the five chapters of the playbook. Register here. 

9. EQUITY "Food Systems Friday" Webinar Series: Food is Racialized - Building Accountability for Justice
July 24 // 12PM PST
Brought to you by Prescott College, Drs. Kim Greeson and Emily Affolter will guide an interactive webinar on how justice can be explored, cultivated, and enacted by food system practitioners. Come prepared to unpack your own identities and role(s) with relationship to power and privilege in food systems, so you can leave with a more critical lens and toolkit to advance food justice. This will kick off a mini-series of Food Systems Fridays webinars on the theme of “The Human Right to Food” that can increase attendees’ literacy on equity and justice in the food system. Register here.

10. Farm to School Producer-Support Community Roundtable I
July 28 // 3-4:30PM EST
The National Farm to School Network is hosting two Community Roundtables - one in July and one in August - to offer a unique space for producer-focused dialogue related to farm to school and COVID-19. These conversations will help provide additional framing for the Bringing the Farm to School training program for agricultural producers; inform training curriculum by highlighting strategies for managing risk while staying committed to farm to school, innovative procurement approaches, and partnerships; and make sure our training implementation strategies are meeting the needs of producers, particularly those new to farm to school. Join us on July 28 at 3:00-4:30pm EST to hear from the Community Alliance with Family Farmers, Washington State Department of Agriculture and National Young Farmers Coalition about the work they are doing to try and support producers during this time. Register here.

11. COVID-19 USDA Adapting SNAP-Ed to COVID-19 Webinar Series
The SNAP-Ed Connection and the SNAP-Ed Toolkit invite you to join us for a 3-part webinar series where we’ll hear from state and local SNAP-Ed programs who are creating, innovating, and delivering SNAP-Ed remotely in the COVID-19 era. Register here.
July 28, 1-2:30 PM EST Adapting SNAP-Ed Programming to Remote Delivery

12. Rapid Response: Formal and Non-Formal Educational Experiences in Food and Agricultural Sciences During the Time of Social Distancing Program Priority Area Webinar
July 28 // 12PM EST
Learn more about the USDA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Education and Workforce Development newest program priority area and RFA on addressing the need to develop and deploy rapid, reliable, and readily-adoptable strategies in workforce preparation through formal K-14 education, as well as in youth development through non-formal education to cultivate interest and competencies in STEM and agriculture during this challenging time. Register here.

13. PSU Summer Series: How to Use AMS Market News Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Information in School Meal Programs
August 4 // 2PM CST
At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
1. Identify information in AMS Market News reports to aid in school nutrition procurement decisions, including Buy American;
2. Use AMS Market News to determine the market value of produce and factors that impact cost; and
3. Use AMS Market News to check for seasonal availability and associated costs.
Register here.

14. Change For Good Town Hall
August 13 // 12PM CST
The crises facing our nation have revealed how much children and families depend on schools for more than just a quality education. Schools serve as essential community anchors that provide daily meals, outdoor space and critical mental and physical health services. With so much at stake in the upcoming election and the coming school year, Healthy Schools Campaign is hosting a virtual town hall to hear from national and local leaders, education and health experts, and you. A networking session will follow the virtual event at 1PM CST. Register here.

Research & Resources
1. Help Michigan State University Extension Learn More About Farm to Institution Produce Safety
Deadline: August 31
Do you purchase fresh produce for an institution or know someone that does? Participate in a national survey about institutional food safety programs to inform educational initiatives for fresh produce buyers. The aim of this survey is to gather data on accepted food safety verification programs for fresh produce, awareness of the program’s requirements for farms, and confidence in these verification programs. Please consider taking and/or sharing a survey by the Michigan State University Extension about food safety requirements for suppliers. All of the questions are in multiple choice format and the survey will take an estimated time of 7 minutes to complete. Responses are anonymous and participation is completely voluntary. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the survey, feel free to contact Mariel Borgman from MSU Extension at Learn more.

2. Resource: Tips for Caring for a Garden with Young Children
Need a break from the virtual world? Georgia Organics and Georgia Farm to Early Care and Education have developed some simple tips for gardening with toddlers to fiver-year olds. Check out the video here.

3. National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) Social Equity Working Group's White Paper: Election 2020 Recommendations for Executive Action
The executive action agenda outlined in Improving Child Well-Being & Reducing Food Insecurity recommends using an existing cross-agency priority goal to improve child well-being through a Food Nutrition Service (FNS) initiative implemented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). To improve equitable outcomes in child well-being, NAPA recommends that policy and funding shifts be made to early care and education (ECE) settings serving young children in preschool as well as early and aftercare programs.  Also, NAPA suggests a broader agenda to improve food security in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. View the white paper.

4. Article: Strengthening National Nutrition Research: Rationale and Options for a New Coordinated Federal Research Effort and Authority
The US faces remarkable food and nutrition challenges. Read in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, how a renewed and coordinated nutrition research program could pave the way for an evidence based federal response to address multiple national challenges. Read more.

5. EQUITY Indigenous Futures Survey Research Project
Deadline: August 1
IllumiNative, Native Organizers Alliance, and Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth are partnering with acclaimed researchers Dr. Stephanie Fryberg (Tulalip) of the University of Michigan and Dr. Arianne Eason of the University of California, Berkeley, to conduct the Indigenous Futures Survey -- a groundbreaking research project for Native peoples by Native peoples. The 15-20 minute survey launched Tuesday, June 23, 2020 and will close on August 1, 2020. IFS researchers are looking to reach as many Native relatives as possible, and are seeking to partner with organizations and tribal leaders to help disseminate the survey to at least 2,000 participants 18 years of age and older. IFS disseminating organizations and tribes can request access to data collected from the survey to be helpful to their future work. To participate in the IFP survey dissemination, or have questions regarding the survey, please email or call (202) 736-2905. Learn more and take the survey.

Policy News
1. COVID-19 NFSN Sign-On To Endorse NFSN's COVID-19 Federal Policy Platform
As Congress works to finalize its next COVID-19 response bill, NOW is that time to make our voices heard. National Farm to School Network's federal policy platform calls on Congress to strengthen its support for school meal and child nutrition programs, farmers and those who feed us, Native communities, essential workers, children and families, and others who have been historically underserved and underrepresented. Please add your voice by endorsing our federal COVID-19 policy platform, and help us advocate for key food systems priorities on Capitol Hill. Sign on here.

2. USDA Posts the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s Final Report 
The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) today posted the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s final scientific report, an objective review of the latest available science on specific nutrition topics. The report’s evidence-based findings will inform USDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as they co-develop the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which will provide recommendations on what to eat and drink to promote health and prevent chronic disease.  Read more.

3. Policy Brief: Beyond School Walls: How Federal, State and Local Entities are Adapting Policies to Ensure Student Access to Healthy Meals During the COVID-19 Pandemic
As the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools during the spring of 2020, these students were at risk of not having enough to eat. Waivers allowing program flexibility helped ensure students didn't go hungry and should stay in place until the pandemic is fully controlled. Read more.

4. USDA Boosts Food Assistance for Tribes During Pandemic
In partnership with tribes across the country, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced additional food for families in the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The increased food assistance will temporarily supplement the monthly food package FDPIR households currently receive. Read more.

Job Opportunities
1. Education Director,  KC Farm School at Gibbs Road (Kansas City, Kansas)
Deadline to apply: July 24
KC Farm School at Gibbs Road empowers individuals through on-farm hands-on
experiences and vocational education connecting them to the land and soil, food, themselves and their communities. The first Education Director will add structure to existing education programming goals and build bridges between the farm, schools and the community. The Education Director will develop and guide the learning experiences of all who walk the farm with an eye to inclusivity, respect and in a way that accomplishes the mission and vision of KC Farm School. Learn more and apply.

In The News
Growing Together, Giving Together
Guåhan Sustainable Culture unites nonprofits to support farmers and feed families. Now in its second year, the group has stepped up to help prop up those in need during economic hardship brought by the pandemic through the Sustaining Farmers, Supporting Families program. (The Guam Daily Post)

Ohio Community Garden Offers New Program for Children
The Jefferson Street Oasis Community Garden is designating space for school-age children to learn about basic gardening skills, to grow their own items and have fun. On June 30, the group added a brand new 10 by 12-foot children’s cottage that will be used for education classes, a library of books about gardening, storage and activities. (Springfield News Sun)

Young Farmers and Farmers of Color Have Been Shut Out of Federal Assistance During the Pandemic
The federal government’s PPP and CFAP relief programs leave out beginning farmers even as the coronavirus decimates their primary sales outlets. (Washington Post)

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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