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This Week in Farm to School: 9/18/18

NFSN Staff Tuesday, September 18, 2018
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. Local Foods, Local Places Technical Assistance to Create Healthy, Economically Vibrant Communities
Federal agency partners invite communities to apply for technical assistance to help revitalize their economy, improve health, and protect the environment. Local Foods, Local Places helps communities revitalize neighborhoods through development of local food systems. Eligible applicants include local governments, Indian tribes, and nonprofit institutions and organizations proposing to work in a neighborhood, town, or city of any size anywhere in the United States. Deadline to apply is October 22. Learn more and apply here.

Webinars & Events
1. NFSN WEBINAR State Farm to School Month Proclamations
September 20, 2-3pm 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, 2-3pm  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. Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG)’s 25th Annual It Takes a Region Conference
October 24 // Philadelphia, PA
Come be part of the 500+ person community of food systems leaders, practitioners, and advocates working to change the food system. NESAWG’s gathering is an opportunity for building skills, analysis, and networks that move our work out of silos and inboxes and into living connection and tangible food systems change. Learn more and register here.

Research & Resources
1. National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey Results
The National Farm to School Network, in partnership with Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, launched the 2018 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey in the spring of 2018 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey in the spring of 2018. We heard from 2,030 respondents serving 255,257 children in 46 states about current farm to ECE initiatives, including motivations for participation and challenges to starting or expanding farm to ECE practices, and barriers and needs for support for getting started with farm to ECE. Read more here.

2. Start Planning for National Farm to School Month
National Farm to School month is right around the corner! The National Farm to School Network has free resources, planning materials, activity ideas and a national calendar of events with ways you can get involved in October. Visit to start planning.

3. The Promise, Expectation, and Remaining Questions About Local Food 
This series from Choices Magazine includes four peer-reviewed articles on a variety of topics involving local food, including a local food system glossary, the economic benefits of local food, and local food policy. Read more here.

4. New Study: The economic impact of healthier school lunches 
Access to healthy food has been shown to reduce obesity and other serious diseases. For many children, food sold and served at school – through breakfast and lunch programs, as well as vended snacks and bottled drinks – is a substantial part of their diet. This report uses findings from academic research to illustrate the potential impact of providing healthier school lunches to US students. The report from the Campaign to End Obesity finds that serving healthier meals via school lunch programs could improve health outcomes, lead to improved academic performance, and increase economic opportunity for children in the United States. Read more here.

5. USDA Data on Prices of Fruits and Vegetables
Getting pushback on incorporating local produce into farm to school programs? Take a look at recent pricing information from USDA that can help show how there is variability in pricing. If one local product costs too much, it does not mean all local products will be too expensive. Read more here.

6. 2018 American's Healthiest Schools
A record 461 schools, from 26 states and the District of Columbia, have been recognized as “America’s Healthiest Schools” by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. America’s Healthiest Schools earned the distinction by successfully meeting a rigorous set of criteria for serving healthier meals and snacks, getting students moving more, offering high-quality health and physical education, and empowering school leaders to be healthy role models. The schools, 81 percent of which serve high-need populations, also receive Healthier Generation’s National Healthy Schools Award at the Bronze, Silver or Gold level, based on the standards they achieve. Learn more here

Policy News
1. Sept 28 Deadline - Let USDA know about the Value of SAE Funds for Farm to School
USDA is currently seeking comments about use of State Administrative Expense (SAE) funds, with a 9/28/18 comment deadline. SAE funds have increasingly become a way to fuel and institutionalize farm to school activity at the state level. Has your state benefitted from using SAE funds for farm to school? If so, let USDA know about this, and encourage them to keep up this approach. Questions? Contact Helen Dombalis, NFSN Senior Director of Programs and Policy, at 

2. Tell Congress: We need a #FarmBillNow!
National Young Farmers Coalition is asking supporting of our nation's young farmers to call on Congress to pass a farm bill before the September 30th deadline. Many of the programs young farmers rely on do not have permanent baseline funding and will be eliminated if a new farm bill is not passed. Beginning farmer training programs, outreach to socially disadvantaged farmers, local food programs, and organic cost-share are just a few of the programs at risk. Learn more and take action here

Job Opportunities
1. Strategic Planning Consultant, National Farm to School Network (Remote)
National Farm to School Network seeks a skilled and experienced professional to facilitate a strategic planning process for the organization that will set the direction of NFSN beyond 2020. The process aims to review gains made during the 2017-2019 phase, retool strategies as needed, create space for innovation to meet the emerging needs of the movement, and plan for organizational stability and sustainability. Read the full Request for Proposals here. Proposals are due no later than Oct. 1, 2018.

2. Food and Garden Youth Educator AmeriCorps, Solid Ground (Seattle, WA)
Community Food Education at Solid Ground supports the health and wellness of communities experiencing poverty and oppressions. We provide hands-on educational opportunities for youth and adults alike, around growing, buying, cooking, and eating nutritious foods. Solid Ground’s antiracism lens frames how we approach this service. Our team of AmeriCorps educators lead classes, workshops, and events, to empower communities to navigate their food environments. Learn more and apply here.

3. Senior Government Relations Manager, Trust for America's Health (Washington, DC)
Trust for America’s Health is looking for a Senior Government Relations Manager. The Senior Government Relations Manager will be responsible for developing and managing the legislative and regulatory strategy on a range of priority issues focused on chronic disease prevention, including obesity and nutrition, physical activity, environmental health, healthcare financing (including Medicare and Medicaid), and federal appropriations that impact public health and prevention. Learn more and apply here

4. Federal Policy Associate & Federal Policy Deputy Director, Council for a Strong America (Washington, DC)
Council for a Strong America is looking for a Federal Policy Associate and a Federal Policy Deputy Director. Council for a Strong America is a national, bipartisan nonprofit that unites five membership organizations that include Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Mission: Readiness, ReadyNation, Shepherding the Next Generation, and Champions for America’s Future. Its members - law enforcement, military, business, faith, and sports leaders - promote evidence-based policies and programs that strengthen our country by enabling kids to be healthy, well-educated and prepared for productive lives. 

Farm to School in the News
New Mexico farm to school program keeps kids healthy
The New Mexico Public Education Department recently announced that it is investing in a statewide initiative to promote farm to school produce for meals in local schools. In New Mexico, the state is partnering with local farmers to bring fresh local produce to school lunch. (KSFR)

Ohio farm delivers fresh produce to local schools
A partnership between Badger Schools and Red Basket Farm in Kinsman are changing the perception of school lunch in their area. For years, Red Basket Farm has been on a mission to get fresh, local produce to as many people as possible. At first, they were selling to restaurants, but for the last several years they have added schools to the list of customers, including Badger right next door. (WFMJ)

California teens learn life lessons in the garden
After learning about the importance of character and values like integrity, patience and forgiveness, a group of teenagers headed to the back of The Storybook Garden to work on their latest project. Judy Wait, one of the founding members and board president of The Storybook Garden, runs the Green Teens program and said she puts an emphasis on the teens learning more than just how to plant plants. (The Sentinel)

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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