[montanafood_ag] National Farm to School Updates

Aubree Roth aubree.roth at montana.edu
Mon Jan 13 15:58:44 MST 2014

*There are some fantastic new resources and opportunities listed below,
including a F2S legislative overview released by National Farm to School
Network (NFSN), and some items specific to our region, including a
California school garden survey, farmer trainings in Oregon, and some jobs
in our region. Read on for more…*

*Updates and Resources:*

*1.      *
*NFSN Advisory Board*The National Farm to School Network would like to
welcome three new members to our advisory board: Kate Fitzgerald, Dan
Carmody and Miguel Villarreal! Kate is a consultant based in Washington,
DC, who works hard to craft national policy recommendations that support
sustainable, diversified agriculture, stimulate regional economic growth,
and improve the healthfulness of the American food system. Dan serves as
the President of Detroit’s Eastern Market Corporation (EMC) where he leads
the non-profit charged with converting one of Detroit’s most venerable
institutions into the nation’s most inclusive, resilient, and robust food
hub. Miguel has over 30 years experience in public schools pioneering
healthy cafeteria food service, and works daily at improving the nutrition
and wellness environment for students in the Novato Unified School District
(California). We are thrilled to add such experienced, esteemed and
passionate individuals to our team!

*New School Food Cookbook*Three cheers for Vermont, for sharing the
first-ever effort by public school cooks to write a hands-on cookbook for
their peers! While a few other school foodservice cookbooks follow the
USDA’s 2012 nutrition standards for school meals, *New School Cuisine:
Nutritional and Seasonal Recipes for School Cooks by School Cooks* is the
only one that:

-- is *by* school cooks, *for* school cooks,

-- includes only kid-tested recipes,

-- features farm-fresh, local, seasonal ingredients.

The cookbook is free
will be available for order soon. Would love for you to check it out
and share with others. The cookbook was a collaboration with Vermont FEED,
USDA, Vermont Agency of Education, and the School Nutrition Association of

3.      *Child and Adult Care Food Program Case Study*

Our friends at Nemours recently published an issue brief profiling 15 Child
and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) providers and sponsors across the
country to showcase different strategies being implemented to improve the
nutritional quality of meals and snacks served through CACFP.  The case
studies range from small to large programs in rural, suburban and urban
settings, in all regions of the country.

The full report is available here: Improving Early Care Obesity Prevention
Through the Child and Adult Care Food


*1.      **NFSN State Farm to School Legislative Survey-*

We are so excited to share a new report, State Farm to School Legislative
Survey: 2002-2013 <http://www.farmtoschool.org/downloads/state-policy.pdf>,
which documents all farm to school-related legislation proposed or enacted
by states since 2002. The report provides a summary of each bill as well as
charts categorizing bills by type. The report makes evident themes and
differences in state approaches to developing and implementing farm to
school programming and can serve as a resource for those looking to draft
new legislation. *A few key take-aways from the survey:*

· A total of 38 states and the District of Columbia now have legislation
that supports farm to school.

· To date, 45 states and the District of Columbia have proposed or enacted
legislation in support of farm to school.

· Twenty states passed farm to school-related legislation in 2012 and 2013,
and 17 other states introduced legislation, demonstrating significant
growth in the movement.

· What kind of legislation is being passed? In 2013, Alaska, Montana, and
Oregon provided appropriations or grants for farm to school programs;
Mississippi established a farm to school advisory board; and Nevada
encouraged its schools to participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable
Program. Other states commended local efforts, established studies
regarding the state of agriculture education, and directed purchasers
statewide to develop protocols for buying local food.

Please share this report widely and feel free to post a link to the report
on your own website: http://www.farmtoschool.org/downloads/state-policy.pdf.
Also download this map infographic for your own use and to share on social
media: http://www.farmtoschool.org/downloads/F2S_Infographic_01.jpg

*3.      **USDA Makes Permanent Meat and Grain Serving Flexibilities in
National School Lunch Program*
Agriculture Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin
Concannon announced that USDA is making permanent the current flexibility
that allows schools to serve larger portions of lean protein and whole
mealtime. USDA is focused on improving childhood nutrition and
empowering families to make healthier food choices by providing
science-based information and advice, while expanding the availability of
healthy food. Data show that vast majority of schools around the country
are successfully meeting the new meal

*Webinars and trainings:*

*1.      **FRAC Webinar: New USDA Recipes for Healthy Kids and CACFP
Crediting Guide: Supporting Healthy Eating in Child Care*

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

2:00 – 3 p.m. EST

Register here...<http://org2.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=FXFFKu7wsh1I5WxiBvVmMTmHVZBm4FbX>

The new USDA Crediting Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program
and Recipes for Healthy Kids Cookbooks have been released! Join the Food
Research and Action Center and USDA for a webinar to learn how you can
promote nutritious foods that comply with CACFP requirements by using
the Crediting
for Healthy Kids Cookbooks for Child Care
for Healthy Kids: Cookbook for
This is an opportunity to learn, ask questions, and participate via a
webinar survey.

*2.      **Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation Business Webinar*

THe HWCF will be sharing their 2014 plans with you at the upcoming Business
Update Webinar <https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/207886142> on January
15th at 2pm/ET. Please register now and share the invite with interested
members of your organization.

*3.      **Webinar: School Meals: An Integral Part of the School
*hosted by University at Albany, School of Public Health*
Free, live webcast on January 16, 2014
9:00am - 10:00am ET (8:00am CT)
The school nutrition landscape is changing rapidly.  There are new USDA
regulations from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that are
translating into more healthful foods and better learning environments
through changes in foods offered in cafeterias, vending machines, school
stores, and fundraising.

After watching this webcast participants will be able to:

o   Explain the relationship between school nutrition and learning

o   List three ways the school nutrition environment has changed under the
Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act of 2010

o   Discuss benefits of participating in the community eligibility option

*4.      ** Cover Crops And Crop Insurance - What’s the Connection?

January 23rd, 2014, 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST* (Register

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the National
Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) will host a national webinar
on January
23, 2014 <https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/789127970>.  The webinar
will address the important question: when and how can you terminate your
cover crops and not risk losing crop insurance coverage of cash crops that

*5.      **USDA Train the Trainer - Local Procurement*
The first session will be in San Francisco, CA, March 5-6, 2014 and the
second will be in Chicago, IL,March 19-20, 2014. These sessions are
designed for state and regional farm to school coordinators, and anyone who
routinely instructs or trains schools on proper procurement practices or
local sourcing techniques. Please click
here<https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/R58VTNJ>to register by January
15, 2014.

*6.      *
*USDA Bi-Monthly Webinar Series*From January to June 2014, the USDA Farm to
School Program will host two webinars per month on various aspects of local
procurement. The webinars will be held at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the
second and fourth Thursdays of the month, and will include guest speakers
from state agencies and school districts. The next upcoming webinars are:

·        Conducting a Local Procurement Baseline Assessment – January 23,

·        Finding Local Producers – February 13, 2014

For more information and to register, please visit the webinar series
website <http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/webinars>.

*Open Positions:*

1.      *Ecotrust is hiring a Farm to School Assistant (Portland,
Oregon)*. Applications
for this one-year, part-time position will be accepted through January 15th.
More information at: http://www.ecotrust.org/about/jobs.html

2.      *Northwestern U.S. Sales and Product Development Associate*
Full time, year round, exempt
*Position Summary*: This position is based in either Washington state or
Oregon. As High Mowing Organic Seeds expands our reach to existing and new
customers in the Oregon and Washington region, we seek an experienced sales
representative to build relationships, deepen our exposure and grow our
sales. This position is primarily focused on commercial grower relationship
building, organizing on farm trials, attending tradeshows, as well as
supporting and helping to deepen relationships with High Mowing vendors,
breeders and seed growers. This position will be the primary source of data
that we use to determine which varieties to breed, produce or procure to
best support the needs of the commercial growers in this region. Read Full
Job Description<http://www.highmowingseeds.com/pdfs/NW%20Sales%20and%20Product%20Development%20Assoc%2012-13.pdf>

*Grants, Contests, Awards:*

1.      *2014 Growing Green Award*<http://www.nrdc.org/health/growinggreen.asp>

Nominations requested through January 31, 2014

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Berkeley Food
Institute join together to announce the 2014 Growing Green Awards to
recognize leadership in the field of sustainable food systems. Through this
national award, now in its sixth year, we will recognize extraordinary
individuals who have inspired or demonstrated scalable models for more
ecologically integrated, just and healthful food systems, from farm to
fork. In 2014, we will honor leadership in four new award categories,
including Sustainable Food and Farm Educator, Sustainable Livestock
Producer, Pollinator Protector and Regional Food Leader. For more
information and to nominate someone, please visit the award

2.      *The Awesome Foundation, Food Chapter Awards *

The Food Chapter of the Awesome Foundation is now accepting applications to
further food awesomeness in the universe. Monthly awards of $1,000 are
given and anyone can apply. Applications are accepted on a recurring basis.
Visit the website<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?DCGreens/9594532e40/c32efe35ab/60e0c6837d>for
more information.

3.      *Together Counts: Find Your Balance Challenge*

*Deadline to Win $30K Grant January 31st*

There are just a few weeks left for K-5 teachers to submit their action
plans for a chance to win a $30K grant to improve energy balance (nutrition
and activity) in their school. Share this link with schools in your area
and encourage teachers to enter!


4.      *American Honda Foundation Invites Applications for Youth Education
Deadline: February 1, 2014 (grants are given out quarterly throughout the
The foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations and
schools for programs or projects that support the teaching of science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics. Application for environmental
projects, job training, and literacy programs will also be considered.
Grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded to qualified nonprofit
organizations that are tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal
Revenue Code, or a public school district, private/public elementary, or
secondary school as listed by the U.S. Department of Education's National
Center for Education Statistics.

5.      *USDA Announces Notice of Funding Availability for Value-Added
Producer Grants*<http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAOC/bulletins/96a374>

Grant Application Deadline: February, 24, 2014
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of nearly
$10.5 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grants to help
agricultural producers enter into value-added activities designed to give
them a competitive business edge. The funding is being made available
through the Value-Added Producer
Grant<http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_VAPG.html>program. Grants are
available to help agricultural producers create new
products, expand marketing opportunities, support further processing of
existing products or goods, or to develop specialty and niche products.
They may be used for working capital and planning activities.

*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 | www.opi.mt.gov/Farm2School
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