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This Week in Farm to School: 8/15/17

NFSN Staff Tuesday, August 15, 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. 


1. CommunityFood: Exploring Innovations in Community Food Systems 
August 17 // 3:30pm ET
The National Good Food Network and the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative of the University of Arkansas are excited to present this webinar highlighting themes in innovation emerging among community-based organizations across Indian Country, rural communities, and cities across America. Register here

2. School Nutrition Association: Host a Legislator Site Visit

September 6 // 2-3pm ET
Bringing your legislator in for a behind-the-scenes look at the daily operation of your school cafeteria could make the difference in preventing block grants, preserving funding and expanding commodity support. Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs. Learn more and register
3. Promoting equity in local food systems through Cooperative Extension
September 6 // 3-4pm ET
How can we apply equity and anti-racism principles to our food system work? In answer to this question, this webinar provides three examples from the Cooperative Extension System of efforts to promote equity and undo racism in local food systems. Register here

4. NFSN WEBINAR Trending Topics in Farm to School: Farm to School for Children with Special Needs
Thursday, September 7, 2-3 PM ET

While farm to school offers abundant benefits for all children, we have learned from our partners that the core elements of farm to school – including hands on education, spending time in gardens, and cooking and tasting local food – offers additional benefits to students with special needs, supporting their learning and growth in many different environments. On this webinar, participants will learn about opportunities and best practices for utilizing farm to school initiatives to support learning and development for children with special needs and hear success stories from leaders of programs across the country serving students with special needs. This webinar is open to the public, Register here.

5. Farmers Markets as Engines of Economic Activity: Power in Numbers
September 11 // 2-3pm ET
As we approach the end of peak season in Michigan, this webinar from Michigan State University will celebrate the many ways farmers markets contribute to community economic development across the state. Findings from recent research projects will quantify effects from consumer, producer and community perspectives. Register here

6. NFSN WEBINAR Farm to ECE Quarterly Webinar: Farm to Early Care and Education in Head Start – A Natural Alignment
Tuesday, October 10, 3-4 PM ET
Head Start offers vital, high quality early care and education (ECE) opportunities to low-income families across the country. Farm to ECE offers benefits that support the goals and priorities of the ECE community, with a particularly strong alignment with Head Start priority areas, including an emphasis on experiential learning opportunities, parent and community engagement, and life-long health and wellness for children, families and caregivers. Join this webinar to learn about the exciting new resource from NFSN, “Growing Head Start Success with Farm to Early Care and Education,” which aligns Head Start Program Performance Standards and the Early Learning Outcomes Framework with farm to ECE opportunities and to hear from Head Start practitioners about best practices and successes in implementing farm to ECE in the Head Start setting. This webinar is open to the public, so please share widely. Register here.  

1. 2017 NIFTI National Field School 
November 8-10 // Pacific Grove, CA
Now in its sixth year, the NIFTI National Field School's goal is to bring together leaders in the field of beginning farmer training to build skills, discuss perspectives and experience on how to best support the next generation of farmers in the US, and to reinforce and advance one another’s work. Read more and register. Early bird registration price ends September 5. 

2. Food First's Food Sovereignty Tour

November 10-19 // Cuba
Food First's Food Sovereignty Tours guide travelers and activists interested in alternative food movements to international destinations to explore other food systems and their fight for food sovereignty. Join them this November on their tour to Cuba to learn firsthand from farmers, professors, government officials, and educators about the agroecology movement across the country. Learn more

3. Community Food Systems Conference

December 5-7 // Boston
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project's Community Food Systems Conference will address common underlying themes between food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture including obstacles in urban and rural environments and fostering community empowerment to create and sustain resilient local food systems. Learn more

1. Preserving Indigenous Farming Knowledge and Practices
Over the centuries, indigenous peoples have provided a series of ecological and cultural services to humankind. The preservation of traditional forms of farming knowledge and practices help maintain biodiversity, enhance food security, and protect the world’s natural resources. There are approximately 370 million indigenous peoples in the world occupying or using up to 22 percent of the global land area, which is home to 80 percent of the world’s biological diversity. Read more about five indigenous farming practices that have helped shape sustainable farming systems and practices all over the world.
2. Racial Justice in the Farm Economy Needs Community Capital
How can we secure food justice in the United States when 98% of all farmland is owned by White people? When Black farmers own less than 3 million acres of rural land today, compared to over 15 million acres just a century ago? When 180 million acres were stolen from Native communities in the 19th and 20th centuries? Developing a just food system requires (1) confronting the reality of racial disparity in farmland ownership and its negative impacts on wealth distribution, health outcomes, and cultural vitality, and (2) replacing the current reality with an equitable distribution of farmland that prioritizes communal stewardship, local control, and diversified ownership. Read More

3. Engage Native and Rural Communities, Families and Schools in Education

Rural schools serving tribal communities face unique challenges. Schools thrive when everybody is working together and involved in the education process. Rural schools, particularly those on and near reservations, face unique challenges in building bridges to schools that serve tribal and border communities. In some of those schools, staff members are not aware or interested in understanding Native culture or the boarding school history that impacts the students they are teaching. Read more to learn 10 of the best suggestions from the Montana OPI to make rural schools a more welcome place for Native children.

4. Farm to School Podcast Recommendations

Last month, the National Farm to School Network asked: what are your favorite farm to school and food systems podcasts? And we heard from lots of you - our Core Partners and Supporting Partners, members, social media followers and staff. Here is an abbreviated list of the most shared recommendations. The next time you are working in the school garden or on the farm, dicing vegetables for school lunch, or commuting to work, try one of these podcast for some food for thought! Read more and start listening

Job Opportunities
1. Marketing and Promotion Specialist, Montana No Kid Hungary
Montana's Department of Public Health and Human Services is seeking to hire a Marketing and Promotion Specialist for the Montana No Kid Hungry. The Marketing and Promotion Specialist has responsibilities such as organizing and promoting contests, developing “messaging” for the website and social media presence, writing articles and expanding “messaging” for the online quarterly newsletters. Learn more and apply

Farm to School in the News
Making Fresh Foods the New Norm in Michigan
In 2015, Vandyke Elementary implemented the Greenway Grows programming and school garden. The garden serves as an outdoor learning laboratory during the school year and summer programming. With the addition of the salad bar, the Vandyke Green Team students will be able to begin collecting compostable waste to help fuel their garden. (Grand Rapids Herald Review)

Manzo Elementary's School Garden (Arizona)
This video shows how young students in west Tucson work together at Manzo Elementary's school garden to plant and harvest vegetables sustainably for their community. (ASU School of Sustainability)

Garden Club in Missouri Continues to Blossom

Clark-Vitt Elementary teacher Linda Schwoeppe didn’t know much about gardening when her students asked her to start a garden club two years ago. She said that in many ways, she’s learned as the students have, day-by-day. (eMissourian)

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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