This Week in Farm to School: 8/22/17
Grants & Funding
1. Voice for Healthy Kids
The American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are working to create a culture of health through Voices for Healthy Kids. The goal of the grant opportunities within this initiative is to make effective strategic investments in ongoing state, local, and tribal public policy issue campaigns in order to increase public policy impact on healthy weight and living among children. Learn more. Applications are due September 6.
1. Introduction to USDA's Community Food Project
August 23 // 1-2pm ET
If your organization is considering applying for a CFP grant, or would like to learn more about CFP, we encourage you to attend this introductory webinar. We'll present the background of the grant program and discuss eligibility and types of projects, program goals, technical logistics and general timeline of the application process, the importance of community engagement, and the Indicators of Success for project evaluation. 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
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. Professional Development Models for Training Garden Educators
September 12 // 4-5pm ET
School Garden Support Organizations work to prepare teachers, organization staff, and community volunteers to lead students in garden-based learning activities. Learn different approaches School Garden Support Organizations use to lead high quality professional development for garden educators. Hosted by Vanessa Ford, Director of Training & Curriculum Development, REAL School Gardens. Register here.
1. Young Food Justice Leaders Speak Out
Youth have the energy, idealism, creativity, and conviction needed to move the food movement forward. Nowhere is this fact more apparent than at a gathering of Rooted in Community (RIC), a national network of youth-centered food justice organizations. In late July, RIC convened more than 100 youth activists and 40 adult allies from around the United States for a five-day leadership-training summit in Greensboro, North Carolina. The gathering aimed to prepare its participants to advocate for resilient, equitable, and thriving communities—all through the lens of food. Read more.
2. WASTED: Second Edition of NRDC’s Landmark Food Waste Report
The Natural Resources Defense Council released the second edition of their Wasted report. It provides an extensive picture of the current state of wasted food in the U.S. including on-going drivers, new statistics, key areas of progress since we released the original Wasted report in 2012 and recommendations for further progress. In tandem, we announced Phase Two of the Save The Food campaign.
3. Students Practice Mindful Eating
Research now shows, learning to eat mindfully can empower people to make conscious choices about what — and how much — to eat. That can lead to weight loss and better health. Mindful eating can even be used to combat eating disorders. Read more.
4. Obesity in Indian Country Is Mostly the Same; Why That’s Incremental Progress
There is an epidemic of diabetes in Native American communities. Yet it’s also true that adult diabetes rates for American Indian and Alaska Natives have not increased in recent years, and there has been a significant drop in both vision-related diseases and kidney failures. Incremental progress. Now a new study, one that is built on a massive amount of data, reports that obesity among Native American youth is mostly the same. Learn more.
1. Urban Agriculture Manager, Gary Comer Youth Center
Gary Comer Youth Center in Chicago seeks to hire an Urban Agriculture Manager. This position will play a leadership role to increase the impact of existing and new social enterprise ventures focused on teens, young adults and urban agriculture. Learn more and apply.
2. Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The RWJF is seeking to fill the role of Program Office/ Senior Program Officer in the Research - Evaluation - Learning Unit (REL). The program officers/senior program officers (PO/SPO) in the Research-Evaluation-Learning (REL) unit are professional staff responsible for creating, developing, implementing, and managing the research and evaluation aspects of the Foundation’s initiatives. Learn more and apply.
3. Director of Garden Programs, Pennsylvania Horticulture Society
The PHS based in Philadelphia seeks to hire a Director of Garden Programs to lead PHS’s thinking and action in supporting a thriving and growing network of community and school gardens and gardeners. Read more and apply.
Michigan Expands 10 Cents a Meal Pilot to Broader Regions of the State
Michigan legislators expanded the popular 10 Cents a Meal for School Kids & Farms program from $250,000 in general funds last year to $375,000 for the upcoming school year; and added a third, six-county region in Washtenaw in southeast Michigan in which schools are eligible to apply for funds via competitive grants, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced in a press release Thursday. (Groundwork Center)
Iowa Elementary School Learning Healthier Habits
On Thursday, August 10, Franklin Elementary School gave their summer school students a special treat. They got to taste salsa, pesto, and lemonade made with ingredients they grew all summer, along with using honey from their bee hive. (Voices of Muscatine)
A Fresh Start: Kentucky Schools food service partners with local farmers
Anderson said he encourages his employees to find ways to work alongside teachers in classrooms and partner for unique learning projects. Past partnerships have come in the form of marketing projects for new cafeteria items and life skills lessons in budgeting, cooking and meal planning. (Richmond Register)
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.