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This Week in farm to school: 7/5/16

NFSN Staff Tuesday, July 05, 2016

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.

Research & Resources
1. A Complete History of the Social, Health, and Political Context of the School Gardening Movement in the United States: 1840–2014
Early 19th-century educators established school gardens with the same intent as today: to create a meaningful learning environment that connects students with food and nature. What has been more varied and less explored are the social, health, and political contexts behind the ebb and flow of support for school garden over the past 150 years, with this kind of exploration about the last few decades being particularly absent. This article demonstrates how school gardens are a mainstay in the United States as a result of their fluidity and unique ability to attach to important social, health, and political issues. Read the article here

2. Foods From the Islands: Changing the way we feed our kids
Farm to Cafeteria Canada, the Social Planning and Research Council of BC, and its partners with Nourishing School Communities and on Haida Gwaii are pleased to announce the release of a new video "Local Foods to School: Reconnecting the children of Haida Gwaii to their food and land.“ This 8 minute video illuminates what is possible when communities are supported with the resources they need to realize their vision to get healthy local foods on the minds and on the plates of student. Watch the video here.

Jobs & Opportunities
1. REAP Farm to School Team Members
REAP Food Group is currently seeking candidates to fill four AmeriCorps positions with the REAP Farm to School program. They are recruiting three Nutrition Educators and one Community Outreach member. Learn more and apply here

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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