This Week in farm to school: 8/9/16
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. Voices for Healthy Kids Grants
Voices for Healthy Kids has two funding opportunities now accepting applications: Strategic Campaign Funds Open RFA and Incubator Grants. The goal of the grant opportunities 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. Voices for Healthy Kids is focusing efforts in schools, community, and out-of-school time/early care and education. Applications are due August 18 (Incubator Grants) and September 1 (Open RFA). Learn more here.
2. EcoLab Foundation Grants
Through the Ecolab Foundation, grants are made to qualifying non-profit organizations in the St. Paul, MN area and U.S. Ecolab regional locations that align with their focus areas: Youth & Education, Civic & Community Development, Environment & Conservation, Arts & Culture. The application process is now open. Deadline to submit applications: August 31, 2016, 11:59pm CDT. Learn more here.
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.
2. Webinar: Local Wellness Policies with the CDC & USDA
September 1, 1-2pm ET
Alliance for a Healthier Generation will be hosting a webinar on local wellness policies with the CDC and USDA on Thursday, September 1 from 1-2pm ET. The webinar will help assist you with the implantation of the USDA’s new final rule on local school wellness policy. Learn more here.
3. Registration Open: Growing Power’s Urban and Small Farms Conference 2016
November 18-20 // Milwaukee, WI
Every two years, hundreds of people from around the world travel to Milwaukee to participate in an intensive three day conference that covers urban aquaculture, urban farming, planning strategies, education, youth programming, food policy and food justice. The conference theme for 2016 is Let's Scale it Up! Growing Food and Farmers: Best practices in growing, distribution and community building. It is time for the Good Food Revolution to scale up and really push ourselves to move beyond just one garden or one market but how can we make things better for ourselves, our neighbors, and our world. Learn more about the conference and register here.
Research & Resources
1. Report: Getting it There: The Role of New England Food Distributors in Providing Local Food to Institutions
Farm to Institution New England has announced the publication of the first in its new series of research reports designed to help food system stakeholders understand the impact of institutional markets on New England's food system. “Getting it There: The Role of New England Food Distributors in Providing Local Food to Institutions” presents in-depth findings and makes specific, data-based recommendations for food distributors – including food hubs – as well as government officials, funders and institutions. Explore the report here.
Jobs & Opportunities
1. Executive Director, Green Mountain Farm-to-School
Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) seeks a dynamic, passionate, experienced nonprofit leader who will grow their efforts to strengthen local food systems in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. The ED must have a passion for the GMFTS work, demonstrated strengths in marketing and fundraising, a strategic vision, and the ability to support day-to-day operations of a small organization. More information here.
2. Lead Educator + School Gardens Coordinator, City Blossoms
City Blossoms seeks a Lead Educator + School Gardens Coordinator to join their team. This position is designed to expand and lead City Blossoms' programming at partnering early childhood centers and elementary schools. The position will include further designing the year-round educational programs at various sites throughout Washington, DC, leading regular workshops and documenting the process. Learn more here.
3. Vice President of Finance and Administration, Healthy School Campaign
Healthy Schools Campaign is seeking a Vice President of Finance and Administration. This key position will serve as a strategic thought partner and a hands-on manager who will lead a team in the following areas: finance; planning and budgeting; human resource administration; administration and IT and CRM. More information about the position and the application can be found 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.