[montanafood_ag] National Farm to School Updates

Roth, Aubree aubree.roth at montana.edu
Thu Apr 4 15:28:53 MDT 2013


Below is great Farm to School information from the National level. Check out the upcoming webinar on sourcing local meat in schools meals!

1. Webinars

1.          Locally Sourced Meat in School Meals: Strategies for Success – Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 1pm EDT. For more information and to register, please visit our website<http://www.farmtoschool.org/webinars.php>.

2.          Free Webinar on Alliances Join the Women, Food and Agriculture Network for their next free Plate to Politics Webinar: Session #2-Alliances. Thursday, April 18 at 3pm EDT. Register for the second session here<http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=34667319&msgid=490422&act=VEXW&c=274406&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fplatetopolitics.org%2Fwomens-leadership-webinar-series-registration-2%2F>. Registration is free, and open to all women with an idea or a passion for leadership in sustainable food and agriculture.
2. Grants and Funding Opps

1.          Don’t forget that the USDA Farm to School Grant Deadline is April 24th!  To learn more about the program and read the request for applications, visit the USDA grants page<http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTMwNDAyLjE3Mjc3NTkxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDEzMDQwMi4xNzI3NzU5MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NDg0MjgwJmVtYWlsaWQ9dHJhY2V5QGZhcm10b3NjaG9vbC5vcmcmdXNlcmlkPXRyYWNleUBmYXJtdG9zY2hvb2wub3JnJmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&&&100&&&http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/F2S/f2_2013_grant_program.htm>.



2.          Funding opportunity announcement from the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) – Food Security. For FY 2013, it is anticipated that approximately $5 million will be made available to support new awards within the Food Security Challenge Area of AFRI. In FY 2013, only proposals that focus on reducing crop and livestock losses in U.S. agricultural systems will be considered for funding. Proposals should aim to develop approaches for managing losses throughout the whole food system (production, harvesting, storage, processing, distribution, and consumption), and should address the social, economic, and behavioral aspects of food security. For more information and to view the application, please visit the website<http://www07.grants.gov/search/synopsis.do;jsessionid=Yz1bRLRQ2JwfTQ1t1lfvRQ6Cfcwc0Bn8w6kHklQSTvpdV2RtjhJh%21612078215>. Close date is July 17, 2013.



3.          Funding opportunity announcement from the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) - Childhood Obesity Prevention. The Childhood Obesity Program supports Multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and/or Extension Projects and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants. This page<http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/childhoodobesityafri.cfm> includes links to the request for applications (RFA), the NIFA Grants.gov<http://Grants.gov> Application Guide, the application package, and abstracts of funded projects. Close date April 11, 2013.



4.          Grant Opportunity: CDC RFP for State Depts of Health 
The State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health – FOA – DP13-1305 outlines an approach to preventing and reducing the risk factors associated with childhood and adult obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke; it also addresses management of these chronic diseases. The activities and strategies outlined in this FOA are organized by the four chronic disease prevention and health promotion domains: 1) Epidemiology and surveillance; 2) Environmental approaches that promote health and support and reinforce healthful behaviors; 3) Health system interventions to improve the effective delivery and use of clinical and other preventive services; and 4) Community-clinical linkages to support cardiovascular disease (CVD) and diabetes prevention and control efforts and the management of chronic diseases. For more information about the grant please visit this website<http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=TQh2RrSS65knHfvCFcHRLc5ThBnwN0nG0vdLHts4fv3hfhLhnSjj%21-245331506?oppId=221573&mode=VIEW>. Application deadline is April 19, 2013.
3. Other Cool Info

1.          The Oregon School Garden interactive map<http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=2647> is up and running! Check out this mapping tool that the OR Department of Education is using to highlight their school gardens.

2.          Tell your urban food story at the American Community GardeningAssociation's first-ever amateur video festival!<http://www.communitygarden.org/conference/film-festival/film-festival.html> Storytellers of all ages are invited to submit short (3-minute) videos that tell their personal tales about growing food in backyard gardens, community gardens, urban farms, and other community food projects. Selected participants will have their videos screened at the ACGA 2013 Conference in Seattle, WA. Attendance at the ACGA Conference is not required for those wishing to submit a film. Kids and young adults are especially encouraged to submit videos.Submission deadline is July 8, 2013. Read more here<http://www.communitygarden.org/conference/film-festival/film-festival.html>. Email communitygardenvideofestival at gmail.com<mailto:communitygardenvideofestival at gmail.com> with questions.


3.          The Oregon School Garden interactive map<http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=2647> is up and running! Check out this mapping tool that the OR Department of Education is using to highlight their school gardens.

4.          Tell your urban food story at the American Community GardeningAssociation's first-ever amateur video festival!<http://www.communitygarden.org/conference/film-festival/film-festival.html> Storytellers of all ages are invited to submit short (3-minute) videos that tell their personal tales about growing food in backyard gardens, community gardens, urban farms, and other community food projects. Selected participants will have their videos screened at the ACGA 2013 Conference in Seattle, WA. Attendance at the ACGA Conference is not required for those wishing to submit a film. Kids and young adults are especially encouraged to submit videos.Submission deadline is July 8, 2013. Read more here<http://www.communitygarden.org/conference/film-festival/film-festival.html>. Email communitygardenvideofestival at gmail.com<mailto:communitygardenvideofestival at gmail.com> with questions.

5.          USDA announced the release of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) Evaluation Report. Key findings are below, and here are links to the press release<http://www.fns.usda.gov/pressrelease/2013/fns-000413>, report summary<http://www.fns.usda.gov/ORA/menu/Published/CNP/FILES/FFVP_Summary.pdf>, and full report<http://www.fns.usda.gov/ORA/menu/Published/CNP/FILES/FFVP.pdf>. We hope you will share these promising results with colleagues and your organization members. Model Facebook posts and tweets are provided below.

Key results:
* Children participating in FFVP ate 15 percent more fresh fruits and vegetables than their non-participating counterparts.
* The program was an effective avenue for introducing children to new fruits and vegetables. Large majorities of children took and tried the snacks when offered.
* School principals and teachers, parents, and children were very positive about the program and wanted to see it continue in their schools.
* FFVP schools offered nutrition education more frequently than nonparticipating schools.

6.          For school gardens that work, first you grow the teacher<http://www.berkshireeagle.com/ci_22894222/school-gardens-that-work-first-you-grow-teacher>
"I look at DC Greens as a national model," says Whitney Cohen, education director for Life Lab, a nonprofit group in Santa Cruz, Calif., that develops school garden curriculums and has worked with DC Greens. "The program has created a consistent ...
Berkshire Eagle<http://www.berkshireeagle.com/>, 3/28


Aubree Roth
Child Nutrition Education Coordinator,  Montana Team Nutrition Program
Montana State Lead, National Farm to School Network
202 Romney Hall, P.O. Box 173370
Bozeman, MT 59717-3370

Ph: 406.994.5996
Em: aubree.roth at montana.edu<mailto:aubree.roth at montana.edu>
Web: www.opi.mt.gov/MTeamNutrition<http://www.opi.mt.gov/MTeamNutrition>



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