[montanafood_ag] Farm to School Updates 7/18

Aubree Roth aubree.roth at montana.edu
Thu Jul 18 16:51:17 MDT 2013

Hi folks! More exciting F2S Updates on the national front!

*Webinars and Online Trainings*

·        *Food and Agriculture Policy Collaborative Webinar: Healthy Food,
Healthy Economies*

*Wednesday, July 24, 2013 *

*3 pm – 4:15 pm Eastern /  Noon – 1:15 pm Pacific*

Brought to you by the Food and Agriculture Policy Collaborative, this
webinar will feature industry-leading speakers and data points to help you
make the case in your own community. Please join us for a webinar exploring
why and how supporting efforts to improve food security and healthy, local
foods can strengthen our communities.

*Featured Speakers:*

Judith Bell, President, PolicyLink

Ellen Vollinger, Legal Director, Food Research and Action Center

Kate Fitzgerald, Consultant, Fair Food Network

Sarah Hackney, Grassroots Director, National Sustainable Agriculture


*Space is limited, so register early!*

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·        *School Gardening 101 workshops through Longwood Gardens (online).
(Please share with all networks)*

*July 15–August 26, 2013* *More information and registration.

Discover learning at Longwood Gardens! Our on-site and online professional
development opportunities for teachers use our educational resources and
expertise as a foundation of our school gardening courses. Our online
courses provide instructor-facilitated professional development. We provide
you with creative and practical ways to augment classroom curriculum to
inspire a new generation of learners who value plants and stewardship of
the environment.

*Open Positions*

·        *Position Announcement: Director, Partnership for a Healthier
America, Washington, DC. *

PHA is currently recruiting a new director level position and we welcome
candidate referrals. This individual will serve as a leading internal
childhood obesity expert, therefore the ideal candidate will have
significant expertise in the childhood obesity policy, as well as strong
relationships with the external childhood obesity community. In addition,
he/she will serve as a key link to our funding foundations, so experience
with grant writing, budgeting and reporting is also necessary. For more
information, view this job

*News from USDA*

·        *Healthy Recipes Resource*
Check out the FNCS Recipe
our new webpage full of quick, delicious, cost-effective recipes for every
type of cook. You’ll find a wealth of nutrition information at the Recipe
 It consolidates the nutritious (and tasty) know-how of USDA’s Food
Nutrition and Consumer Services agencies, Food and Nutrition Service, and
the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

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·        *Updated USDA Farm to School Materials
*The USDA recently updated some of the information on its farm to school
webpage. They’ve added several new fact
sheets<http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/F2S/f2s-fact_sheets.htm>that we
encourage you to distribute and use widely in trainings, at
conferences, on your websites, etc

·        *Streamlining Options Now Available for Summer Food Sponsors to
Transition to Afterschool Meals*

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has issued new policy
 which will make it easier for SFSP sponsors to transition at the end
of the summer to the Afterschool Meal Program available through the Child
and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)


·        *Aetna Foundation Accepting Applications for Regional Nutrition
and Physical Activity

Grants of up to $40,000 will be awarded for programs that target
communities where healthy food can be difficult to buy, and where social
and environmental factors may limit people's ability to be physically

*Deadline:* September 15, 2013

*Posted:* June 28, 2013

·        *Lowe's Toolbox for Education Accepting Applications for K-12
Public School Improvement

Grants of up to $5,000 will support basic necessities, with a preference
for funding requests that have a permanent impact, such as facility
enhancement as well as landscaping/cleanup projects....

Deadline: October 15, 2013

Posted: July 11, 2013

*New Resources, Research, Policy*

·        Attached to this email is an interesting article entitled “*Trends
in Farm-to-Table from a Sociological* *Perspective”* from the Journal of
the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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·        *National School Garden Network Brings School Garden Professionals

At last year’s National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, school garden
professionals convened to create a national network for supporting regional
school garden programs. Through sharing resources and engaging in dialogue,
the newly formed National School Garden Network (NSGN) strives to eliminate
redundancy and help facilitate regional-based school garden programs. The
Network is calling organizations and individuals that support multiple
school garden programs at a regional, school district, or state level to
join the online forum. To learn more about this school garden network,
please visit their website <http://www.nationalschoolgardennetwork.org/>.

·        *From our Partners at NSAC: **Farm Bill – To Conference or Not to
Conference?* <http://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/farm-bill-conference/>*
*With the House having passed a partial farm bill last
the issue of the moment is whether or not this action signals the start of
a conference committee between the House and Senate to craft a final bill.
Toward that end, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow
(D-MI) today called for that formal conference to begin immediately, noting
that only 20-odd legislative days remaining before the farm bill
expires on September
30. NSAC is in strong agreement with that approach.
·        *The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and Food Day Launch Food
Education Campaign* <http://www.cspinet.org/new/201307081.html>
The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and Food Day have joined forces to promote
food education and cooking classes in schools across America. The nationwide
*Get Food Education in Every School*, will raise awareness about the
critical importance of food education as a means of reducing obesity and
diet-related disease in children.

*Oregon Designates 1.2 Million for Local Foods in Schools

This fall, Oregon school districts will reap local harvests in a big way,
thanks to new funding from the Oregon Legislature. In the session concluded
on July 8, the Legislature awarded nearly $1.2 million for Farm to School
and School Garden programs for the 2013-15 biennium.
Seed to Table brings fresh produce to
LAFAYETE, La. (AP) — More than a dozen students picked and toted vegetables
from a garden adjacent to Truman Montessori
beaming with pride at the color and size of their harvest.

*Seeing salad on the menu drives us to the fries, studies

Quickservice chains are trying to put healthier choices on the menu, but
the moves may actually be pushing consumers to order more of the
high-calorie, high-fat indulgences, according to research by Duke
University consumer psychology professor Gavan J. Fitzsimons. "When you put
a healthy option up there on an otherwise unhealthy menu, not only do we
not pick it, but its presence on the menu leads us to swing over and pick
something that’s worse for us than we normally would." The New York Times
(tiered subscription

*Urban garden in north Boulder includes kids' programs, community plots and

The Daily Camera

The Children's Peace Garden serves children ages 4 to 10 through spring and
fall field trips, classroom visits for preschool and elementary school
groups, an After School Garden Club and five weeks of summer camps.
Hawthorn Garden is a community …

*Combining education and

The Westerly Sun

But now that it's de rigeur, Hence is expanding his farm with the AYERS
foundation's farm-to-school program. The foundation is named after Hobart
Bently Ayers, Hence's great-grandfather. Ayers bought the land that is now
Hillandale Farm in the early ...
Head Start is Cooking From Scratch in Yolo

Head Start is cooking from scratch, at least in California’s Yolo County.
Stephanie Gray, Nutrition Services Coordinator with Head Start,  (pictured
to the far left with Nasreen Shetab) is hoping soon they will be adding
Russian and Middle Eastern vegetarian dishes to their repertoire.

*Illawarra kids get to play in the dirt while

Illawarra Mercury

"I love the garden, and getting to do a bit of physical work," the
13-year-old said. "It's more fun than sitting on the computer." He is
spending the day at Warrawong High School's student garden, as part of a
holiday nature program. But he's the …

*Connecticut School Makes Healthy Meals a Priority | Let's

Last year, the principal of our school organized a school garden club for
all interested students. With the tremendous work of master gardener Mr.
Bill Baxter, and .

*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*
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