[montanafood_ag] Updates from National Farm to School - 1/21/14

Aubree Roth aubree.roth at montana.edu
Tue Jan 21 15:22:41 MST 2014

*Updates and Resources:*

*1.      *
*Conference Registration Now
the 7th
National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: *Powering
Up*<http://farmtocafeteriaconference.org/7/>is OPEN! More than 1,000
farm to cafeteria practitioners and stakeholders
will be joining the National Farm to School
Network<http://www.farmtoschool.org/>in Austin, Texas, April
15-18 for three days of inspiring field trips, workshops, speakers and
networking — will you be one of them?

*2.      **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


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

Last week we released 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

*2.      **State School Health Policy Matrix*
As leaders across the country seek to improve student health, there is a
growing need for tools to help navigate the complex world of school health
policy. The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), the
National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) and the American
Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD)
have collaborated to develop the State School Health Policy
a guide to state-level school health policies for the following topics:
competitive foods and beverages, physical education and physical activity,
and administration of medication in the school environment. The Matrix
outlines relevant state-level policies for each of these areas, including a
direct link to the policy. It also it indicates which political entity or
agency adopted the policy or issued guidance, helping to an­swer the
question – *Who has historically had the authority to make policy changes
in the areas of competitive foods and beverages, physical education and
physical activity, and administration of medication in each state?*

*Webinars and trainings:*

1.       *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

2.      *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.      **FoodCorps Service Member Applications Open*

FoodCorps has launched recruitment for its next class! In other great news,
pending funding, we'll be expanding into Georgia and Washington, D.C. We
are seeking up to 175 future leaders to help kids grow up healthy through
our three-ingredient recipe for change: teaching kids about healthy food
and where it comes from, growing school gardens, and getting high-quality
local food into public school cafeterias. Application deadline is March 30,
2014. For more information and to apply, please visit the FoodCorps

*2.      **School Food FOCUS Job Opening: Southern Regional Learning Lab
FOCUS seeks a Southern Regional Learning Lab Manager who will work closely
with the management team and FOCUS staff to lead an “SRLL Readiness Year
Project.”  This full-time, one-year project includes overseeing a formal
SRLL application process, engaging participating districts and community
partners in a learning community, liaising among FOCUS staff and
consultants to establish core SRLL functions, and facilitating agreement
among participating districts on priority foods to be pursued. For more
information and to apply online, please visit this job

*3.      **Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity.*
North Carolina State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to investigate food waste and product loss
in local food supply chains. Interested applicants should apply by February
15, 2014. Additional details available

*Grants, Contests, Awards:*

1.      *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!


2.      *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.

3.      *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.

*In the news…*

1.      *Award recognizes healthy harvest at Metuchen
Edison Sentinel

Among the things that made Campbell stand out are an edible garden planted
in two sheltered courtyards in the center of the school, and a lunchroom ...

2.      *Using produce from school gardens in cafeteria important topic at
School Garden Summit*<http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20140114/NEWS/301140013/Using-produce-from-school-gardens-cafeteria-important-topic-summit?nclick_check=1>
Statesman Journal

Organized by the policy advocacy nonprofit Upstream Public Health and the
Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network, the summit …

3.      *Fresh Greens, Anyone? Urban Gardens Sustain

Fourth- and fifth-grade boys from Campbell Park Elementary School come
running down the sidewalk at full speed, eager to work in the garden…

4.      *IDEA Public Schools awarded $42000 Farm to School

Rio Grande Valley, TX — IDEA Public Schools, a nationally recognized
network of K-12 public schools, has been awarded $42,000 Farm to School ...

5.      *2014 Farm to School grants will be awarded at Farm to School
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, in partnership with the Vermont Farm to
... The ceremony will be held at the State House Cafeteria in Montpelier.

*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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