[montanafood_ag] More updates from the National Farm to School Network

Stein, Mary mstein at montana.edu
Tue Oct 18 18:01:01 MDT 2011

FYI... from National Farm to School Network.


National Farm to School Network News and Updates

*         NFSN officially becomes a project of Tides Center:  The Memorandum of Understanding between NFSN and the Tides Center was signed on 10/14/11, officially making NFSN a project of Tides.

*         David Marvel - NFSN Advisory Board member honored - check out this lovely profile of our own David Marvel on the site of Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids, a DE non-profit that implements school gardens and gardening curriculum in Northern Delaware. HFHK writes on its main page, "In honor of National Farm to School Month, HFHK will feature one of our Farm to School Heroes on our website each month for the next few months.  We will begin with Mr. David Marvel, Jr. who has done more than anyone else we know to build Farm to School in our state."


*         From USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS): "How Procurement Works: Planning, Executing, and Administering a Competitive Procurement" of its free online procurement training. The training is open to the public and Topic 2 provides detailed information about each stage of the procurement process for the Child Nutrition Programs. For more information, including registration, visit the USDA Farm to School Team's policy webpage athttp://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/F2S/f2spolicy.htm<http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&enid=bWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTExMDEzLjMzODcwMjEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTExMDEzLjMzODcwMjEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xMjc3MTA1MDE4JmVtYWlsaWQ9YWpvc2hpQG94eS5lZHUmdXNlcmlkPWFqb3NoaUBveHkuZWR1JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&&&100&&&http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/F2S/f2spolicy.htm>. Click on "USDA Online Procurement Training."

*         NFU Curriculum Focuses on Nutrition and Food System National Farmers Union's<http://e2ma.net/go/10804900390/3967649/110498434/5030/goto:http:/www.nfu.org/> (NFU) "Growing Good Taste" curriculum provides teachers with lesson plans that address healthy nutrition, responsible eating habits, and connecting food to America's family farms and ranches. The lessons also emphasize knowing the food supply system from field to fork. Many of the activities have students preparing food items to gain a better understanding of healthy ingredients. NFU's curriculum is available free of charge and may be found at http://www.nfu.org/education/education-materials<http://e2ma.net/go/10804900390/3967649/110498435/5030/goto:http:/www.nfu.org/education/education-materials>. There are four different one-hour lessons for grades 1-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Additional lessons for collegiate and adult students are also online. These lessons originally were written for volunteer leaders to teach youth attending Farmers Union summer camps and day classes.


*         USDA FNS recently published a memorandum encouraging school food service facilities, Head Start centers, pre-schools, adult day care centers, child day care centers, and food preparation centers to consider the USDA's Rural Development Community Facilities Program grants and loans as a funding option to upgrade their community's child nutrition facilities and purchase equipment that could improve access to healthy, locally, or regionally grown products. For a copy of this memorandum (SP01_CACFP01_SFSP01-2012, Rural Development's Community Facilities Program) please visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/governance/Policy-Memos/2012/SP01_CACFP01_SFSP01-2012_os.pdf<http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&enid=bWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTExMDEzLjMzODcwMjEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTExMDEzLjMzODcwMjEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xMjc3MTA1MDE4JmVtYWlsaWQ9YWpvc2hpQG94eS5lZHUmdXNlcmlkPWFqb3NoaUBveHkuZWR1JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&&&101&&&http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/governance/Policy-Memos/2012/SP01_CACFP01_SFSP01-2012_os.pdf>.

*         NIFA Now Accepting Applications for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program<http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&enid=bWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTExMDE0LjM0MTE4NDEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTExMDE0LjM0MTE4NDEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xMjc3MTA4MDY2JmVtYWlsaWQ9YWpvc2hpQG94eS5lZHUmdXNlcmlkPWFqb3NoaUBveHkuZWR1JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&&&101&&&http://blogs.usda.gov/2011/10/14/nifa-now-accepting-applications-for-the-beginning-farmer-and-rancher-development-program/> The Request for Application for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) is now available, and applications are due by November 22, 2011.  Projects will be awarded in 2012 and performed between October 2012 and September 2013.  Approximately $19 million is expected to be available.

Other News

*         NPR is looking for a "a story of a stand-out school lunch leader we should know about? Or a unique local supply chain in your district?"


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