This Week in Farm to School: 8/21/18
Grants & Funding
1. Call for Applications: 2019 RWJF Culture of Health Prize
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize recognizes communities that have come together around a commitment to health, opportunity, and equity through collaboration and inclusion. Through the RWJF Culture of Health Prize application process, a community comes together to tell their inspiring stories of collaboration, action, and results. Communities should understand they are applying for a prize and not a grant. The Prize recognizes work that has already been accomplished so there is no required workplan or budget. Phase 1 applications are due Nov. 1, 2018. Learn more here.
2. Farm Credit East Accepting Applications for AgEnhancement Grant Program
Farm Credit East is part of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide agricultural network that provides credit and affiliated services to those in agriculture and related industries across the United States. In support of that mission, the organization currently is accepting applications to the Farm Credit AgEnhancement Grant program. Through the program, grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to help organizations promote awareness of and strengthen agriculture, commercial fishing, and forest products in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Learn more here.
3. NCR-SARE Call for Research and Education Preproposals
The 2019 North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) Research and Education Grant Program Call for Preproposals is now available. In addition to the open call funds, for the 2019 funding cycle of the Research and Education Grant Program, up to $400,000 (limit of $200,000 per project) of the Research and Education grant pool fund is available for projects focused on developing sustainable agriculture curriculum for youth in grades 4-12. The curriculum should address environmental, social and economic aspects of agricultural practices and systems, and should include a farmer/rancher component. SARE is looking for modular lesson plans that include experiential and discovery based learning as well as classroom instruction. The deadline for Research and Education Program preproposals is October 18, 2018. Learn more here.
4. National Education Association Grants
Student Achievement Grants, offered by the National Education Association (NEA) Foundation, are for projects that help students learn how to think critically and solve problems in order to improve student learning. Learning & Leadership Grants, offered by the National Education Association (NEA) Foundation, are for professional development opportunities for individuals or groups. Grants are available to current members of the National Education Association who are educators in public schools or public institutions of higher education. Preference is given to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global learning into projects, which can include farm to school activities. Two levels of funding are available: $2,000 and $5,000. The next deadline for applications is October 15.
Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR State Farm to School Month Proclamations
September 20, 2pm ET
In addition to the federal Congressional resolution NFSN championed in 2010 to establish October as National Farm to School Month, many states have passed resolutions declaring a Farm to School Week or Month. Similar language can usually be used in your state legislature or for a proclamation by your governor. Join us to learn from NFSN Core and Supporting Partners how they: 1) advocated and obtained these proclamations, 2) used these farm to school weeks/months to celebrate farm to school, and 3) used these celebrations as a springboard for more farm to school policies. Guest speakers will include NFSN Arkansas Core Partner, Emily English, of Arkansas Children’s Research Institute, and NFSN Hawaii Core Partner, Natalie McKinney, of Kokua Hawaii Foundation. This webinar will be recorded and available for future viewing. Register here.
2. NFSN WEBINAR Results from the 2018 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey
October 11, 2pm - 3pm ET
The National Farm to School Network (NFSN), in partnership with Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, launched for the 2018 National Survey of Early Care and Education Providers in the spring of 2018. Over 2,000 ECE providers from across the country responded and shared information about current farm to ECE initiatives, motivations for participation, challenges to starting or expanding farm to ECE, and more. Join the National Farm to School Network and Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems to hear about the survey finding and learn how you can use the results to promote farm to ECE in your state and community. This webinar will be recorded and archived for future viewing. Register here.
3. Webinar Series: Build Your District’s Garden to Cafeteria Program
1. Sign-on Letter: The Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP) 2018 Farm Bill
The farm bill conference committee – which is tasked with settling the differences between the House and Senate versions of the farm bill – has started informal meetings in August. Now is the time to speak up to signal to your Members of Congress that they should prioritize important programs, like SNAP and local foods programs. During closed-door meetings in August and September, Members and their staff will decide the fate of the Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP), a new program which incorporates the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Programs (FMLFPP) and the Value Added Producers Grant Program. LAMP is included and fully funded in the Senate bill, but the House bill effectively eliminates the programs by providing no mandatory funding. Sign this form to tell the leaders of the conference committee to prioritize regional food economies with LAMP by August 24. Learn more about LAMP here.
2. New York to Invest $1.5M in ‘Farm to School’ Lunch Programs
New York state will invest $1.5 million in additional funds in efforts to bring fresh, locally grown farm products to public schools in the coming school year. School districts can apply for grants of up to $100,000 each that can support the hiring of a program coordinator, staff training, or the purchase of equipment to store, prepare or transport farm products. Since the state’s farm to school program began in 2015 the state has set aside more that $1.8 million to help programs in 164 school districts across the state. Read more here.
Research & Resources
1. Help Update NFSN's Benefits of Farm to School Fact Sheet
One of the National Farm to School Network's most popular resources for making the farm to school case to partners, funders, and policy makers, the Benefits of Farm to School fact sheet is an evolving document as new research comes out and the movement grows. Help us keep it updated - fill out this spreadsheet with new information. We're planning to update the full fact sheet again in 2019.
2. National Farm to School Network Programs and Policy Equity Assessment Tool
The National Farm to School Network is pleased to share a new equity assessment tool, the Programs and Policy Racial and Social Equity Assessment Tool, which aims to help NFSN staff and partner organizations assess the implications of specific programming and policy advocacy on advancing racial and social equity. The Equity Assessment Tool has two principal goals: (1) to help staff refine their racial and social equity priorities, and (2) to assess the implications of specific programming and policy advocacy on advancing racial and social equity, ensuring these opportunities are maximized. We aim for this tool to support our organization and our partners in making meaningful strides to advance racial and social equity in farm to school work across the country. Learn more here.
3. New Study: Learning What Students Actually Eat In The Cafeteria May Be Easier Than Once Thought
A new study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests that a faster and simpler method of data collection can substitute for more involved methods of measuring what students choose and eat during lunch. What could this mean for future school food policies? Read more here.
1. Development Director, National Farm to School Network (Remote)
National Farm to School Network seeks a Development Director to lead the organization in strategic growth and diversification of its funding base. Reporting directly to the Senior Director of Finance and Operations, the Development Director manages all development tasks; he or she will 1) expand public contributions, explore social investment donors and implement earned income strategies, 2) develop, leverage and support fundraising partnerships, and 3) create, track and evaluate a development plan. The Development Director will work closely with the NFSN Advisory Board, staff and Core Partners to develop outreach campaigns and to achieve NFSN’s financial goals. Read full position description here. Deadline to apply is September 7, 2018.
2. Teacher-in-Residence, Slide Ranch (Muir Beach, CA)
Slide Ranch’s Teacher-in-Residence program fosters and inspires the next generation of leaders in education, sustainable farming, and environmental stewardship. Teachers-in-Residence customize and lead programs for Bay Area children and families from a wide range of backgrounds. Experiential education programs include both day and overnight visits, exploring the farm, cooking, trails, and tide pools. Learn more and apply here.
Farm to School in the News
First jobs for Massachusetts students help feed thousands
Framingham High School students in a youth program called PSW, the Partnership for Skilled Workforce, work 7 am- 11 am in the cafeteria and the high school Flyers Farm, a garden the size of half a football field in a quadrangle off the cafeteria. The produce is used to help make 1,000 meals per day for the Framingham Schools Food Service. (The MetroWest Daily News)
Florida group fights childhood food insecurity with $125,000 grant
In Miami-Dade County, one in five children go to bed hungry. Live Health Miami Gardens (LHMG) has been working to lower these numbers since 2014. It recently secured a $125,000 grant from the National League of Cities (NLC) and the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) to expand its efforts, including continuing food forests at three Miami Gardens schools. (Miami Herald)
New York courses offer cafeteria crews farm to school training
As farm to school food initiatives grow in the states, schools are coordinating with agricultural institutions to bridge the gap between school cafeterias and fresh produce. The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County received funds from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets to develop workshops in food preparation, which will train 110 school cafeteria workers from 37 districts. (The Daily Star)