[montanafood_ag] Farm to School Updates - Oct 2

Aubree Roth aubree.roth at montana.edu
Thu Oct 2 14:26:15 MDT 2014

*Montana Updates*

1. October is *Farm to School Month*! Get your Montana Farm to School Month
Guide and resources at opi.mt.gov/Farm2School.

*Montana Crunch Time - October 24 - 2pm *

Crunch with us! Celebrate National Food Day by joining in a synchronized
crunch on October 24 at 2:00pm. Whether you are at school, work, or at
home, grab an apple and take a bite! Organizing an event? Register and get
your guide at opi.mt.gov/Farm2School. Share your story by tagging "crunch
bytes" (photos, videos, or written story) with #MontanaCrunchTime on social
media sites.

3. *Gallatin Valley Farm to School organizes Farm to School Month Events*

If you are in Gallatin County and ready to celebrate Farm to School, check
out the activities planned by Gallatin Valley Farm to School. The fun
starts on October 7 with the Farm to School Month Kickoff and Fundraiser at
Montana Ale Works. More information at:

*4. Lewistown Schools Serve Up Local Beef*

Read about this school district's Montana Made program including Montana
beef! Yum!


*Flathead Welcomes New School Garden *

The sixth garden at Kalispell Public Schools was introduced to the
community with a delicious event Read more at:



*Updates and Resources:*

1.      *Farm to School Month Communications Toolkit*

Communications Toolkit 2014
- The toolkit contains an explanation of this year’s Farm to School Month
activities, a sample press release, suggested social media posts, sample
text for newsletters and ideas and tips for making media pitches. Use it
for any and all of your outreach needs. If you have any questions about
this toolkit or Farm to School Month outreach, please contact Chelsey
Simpson <chelsey at farmtoschool.org>.

2.      *National Farm to School Network’s Annual Member Survey *
October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the
connections that are happening all over the country between children and
local food! This year, we are also using October as a time to celebrate our
connection with YOU, our NFSN stakeholders, so we can ensure that we are
serving you as well as we possibly can.

We hope that you will take a few moments to complete the following survey to
provide us with your perspective about NFSN’s existing services and your
ideas about future work. We encourage you to share this survey with anyone
in your network who utilizes NFSN services. Here is a link to the survey:

*Release of NFSN Evaluation Framework *Recently the National Farm to School
Network released a pioneering and highly anticipated new resource, *Evaluation
for Transformation: A Cross Sectoral Evaluation Framework for Farm to
School*.  <http://www.farmtoschool.org/resources-main/evaluation-framework>*
Evaluation for Transformation* is the first comprehensive resource that
defines the full spectrum of outcomes farm to school can achieve across
multiple sectors and offers guidelines and common language to measure and
document those outcomes. In addition to *Evaluation for Transformation*,
we’ve also created a user guide, a Public Health Sectoral Brief, a
Community Economic Development Sectoral Brief, an Education Sectoral Brief,
and an Environmental Quality Sectoral Brief. All of these resources can be
downloaded on our website
<http://www.farmtoschool.org/resources-main/evaluation-framework>. You can
download the full report or order a print copy. For those who missed it, a
recording of the launch webinar
is available. Here is some press
related to the launch!

*USDA 2014 Training and Event State Awards *Congratulations to
the recipients of the 2014 Training and Events State Awards
Many of the National Farm to School Network State Lead organizations
received awards and we are delighted that these state level event grants
support our work regarding the creation of networking opportunities. Please
let us know if we can be of assistance to you while you plan your state

*Annual Rates of Adult Obesity Report *Last week, Trust for America's
Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released their 11th annual
report of annual rates and rankings of adult obesity,*The*
of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America*
 This year's report includes a study of racial and ethnic disparities in
obesity rates, including a series of in-depth interviews with public health
experts in Black and Latino communities.  In addition, the report features
obesity rate trends by region, age, gender, education and income, and a
feature on obesity in early childhood.  It also reviews existing policies
and issues high-priority recommendations for making affordable healthy
foods and safe places for physical activity available to all Americans.

6.      Does Organic Make Better Food For You?
Organic and agroecological farming methods typically build healthier soils,
produce less pollution, and protect ecosystems better than conventional
cultivation methods. However, scientists have only recently
 discovered that organic products are also better for eaters. A new study
<http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24968103> by Newcastle University on
organic versus conventional crops confirms that organic farming methods do
have a positive impact on health.

8.      *Michigan State Culinary Procurement Guide*
MSU Residential and Hospitality Services recently released an innovative
Culinary Services Procurement Guide, along with a list of current local and
regional food suppliers. You can find both here.

9.      *Seeking Business Listings for Local and Regional Food Directories*
Two recent announcements by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s
(USDA) Agricultural
Marketing Service (AMS)  highlighted the agency’s progress in developing
three new directories that will support local and regional food systems and
updated data for the already established National Farmers Market Directory.

The announcements included steps AMS is taking to launch three new local
food directories: the National Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Enterprise Directory, National Food Hub Directory, and National On-Farm
Market Directory.  AMS is currently accepting business listings for these
new directories through its webpage.

 *Webinars, trainings and conferences:*

1.      *USDA and FRAC Coffee Chat Video Series: Meals For Kids*
*October 2nd, 2014 from 3:00pm EST to 4:00pm EST*
Join FNS and the Food Research and Action Center for our inaugural coffee
chat series! Every month we will explore a topic related to food and
nutrition to give you an opportunity to learn more about the programs and
to ask us questions about how to make them work in your community.

This month we will explore FNS's nutrition programs and give you an up
close and personal view of meals for kids from the perspective of our
invited speaker:
Tanna Nicely, a principal at South Knoxville Elementary School.
Join us to discuss strategies and methods designed to feed nutritious meals
to kids.

  *NFSN Webinar*:Farm to School 101

Tuesday, October 14th at 1pm EST
In celebration of National farm to School Month, this webinar will offer an
introductory look at farm to school. Three speaks will discuss the three
core elements of farm to school: procurement, education and school gardens.
A 20-minute presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

6.      Farmland Food & Livable Communities Conference

Oct. 20-22, Lexington, KY Join American Farmland Trust this fall in
Lexington, KY, for our first-of-its-kind national conference on Farmland,
Food and Livable Communities. Our focus will be the challenges faced by
American agriculture in the 21st Century.

7.      *EdWeb Webinars*

a.      *Fruit Trees in the School Garden*
*Presented by Leo Buc, Director of Common Vision*

*Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 4pm ET REGISTER HERE*

b.      *Square-Foot Gardening & Bigger Beds*: *Maximizing Your School
Garden Space*
*Presented by Matthew Doris, Food Service Director & Chef, Tuckahoe Common
School District, Southampton, NY*

*Monday, November 17th at 4pm ET REGISTER HERE*

8.      *Save the Date: UCLA School of Law Resnick Program for Food Law and
Policy & Harvard Law School Food Law Lab present:*

*Transparency in the Global Food System: What Information and to What Ends?*

*Date:* October 24-25, 2014

*Location:* UCLA Faculty Center and UCLA School of Law

The Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law and The
Food Law Lab at Harvard Law School have partnered to host the UCLA-Harvard
Law School Food Law and Policy Conference
a joint annual conference that will focus on transparency issues in the
food system from a legal perspective. The first of these conferences,
"Transparency in the Global Food System: What Information and to What
Ends?" will be held on Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25, 2014 at
the UCLA Faculty Center.

9.      *ASAP's Growing Minds Farm to School Conference, *November 1, 2014,
Asheville, NC

UNC Asheville's Sherrill Center. Registration is now open for ASAP's
Growing Minds Farm to School Conference! This year's conference will offer
multiple workshop sessions geared specifically for teachers, early
childhood educators, parents, community health professionals, and child
nutrition staff. It will feature workshops focused on four specialized
tracks. Each track features content for folks who are new to farm to school
as well as those that want to improve their existing programs. Visit
the Growing
Minds website <http://growing-minds.org/farm-to-school-conference/> for
more information and to register.

11.   *Growing Power’s Urban & Small Farms Conference “Building a Fair Food
Economy to Grow Healthy People”, *November 7-9, 2014 | Potawatomi Hotel &
Casino, Milwaukee, WI. People from all over the world will gather in
Milwaukee to discuss and learn about best practices in sustainable
agriculture, focusing on innovations underway that will grow a healthier
future. Conference workshops will be innovative and multidisciplinary,
facilitated by growers who are currently operating urban and small farms,
as well as those who are working in areas that support this emerging area
of agriculture and local economic development. Topics to be covered include:

Urban Aquaculture, Urban Farming, Youth Engagement, Local, State, &
National Government, Food & Technology, Food Policy. The conference will
also include other events such as: Annual GFJI Gathering, GFJI Film
Festival, Makers Bazaar, Chef Gala and Milwaukee area field trips. CLICK
 For Early Bird 2014 National-International Urban & Small Farm Conference
tickets from now until September 15, 2014.

13.   *Women, Food and Agriculture Network*
WFAN's 2014 annual conference is only two months away! Please join us on
Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14-15, at the Arts and Convention Center in
Fairfield, IA, for two days of learning, networking, and eating delicious
local foods with other women engaged in healthy food and farming!

Here's the main conference page with the agenda and lodging information.
Click here to register.

Our conference theme is *Women Doing Democracy: Building Grassroots
Coalitions to Grow Healthy Food and Farming in Your Community*. Keynote
speakers will include Karen Washington of Black Urban Growers, New York (at
left) on "Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide," and Diane Rosenberg of
Jefferson County Farmers & Neighbors, Fairfield (below right), on
"Relationships: A Cornerstone of Anti-CAFO Advocacy."

*Grants, Contests, Awards: **(the first time an opportunity is posted, it
will be highlighted)*

1.      *Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes*

Anyone can now enter
on behalf of a Pre-K or elementary school to win our annual Healthy
Playground Makeover Sweepstakes
Entering once a day, everyday increases the chance to make a  big
difference at a local school. Enter today
! Little kids have a chance to make big changes too! Pre-K Schools and Head
Start programs are eligible to enter to win a Smart from the Start Award
Ten schools will be awarded a $2,500 grant and one grand prize winning
school will receive a $20,000 grant. The grants go toward making healthy
improvements at the school, and incorporating energy balance concepts into
classrooms. Learn more

2.      *Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grants*
When it comes to starting a school garden, $2,000 can go a long way. That’s
why the Whole Kids Foundation garden grants can be such a boon. For the
fourth year in a row, we’ve partnered with Whole Kids Foundation to provide
$2,000 grants for new or existing edible gardens run by K-12 schools or
their nonprofit partners. The application is open now through October 31st.
Learn more about the program here.

 3.      Applications Invited for Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children's Tylenol
National Child Care Teacher Awards

Fifty pre-K teachers will be selected to receive grants of $1,000 in honor
of their dedication to providing high-quality child care. .

  *In the News:*

2.      USDA pilot boosts local control of school food purchases

A new U.S. Department of Agriculture program is designed to boost local
control of school food purchases this year. The USDA’s Farm to School
Census reports that schools participating in farm to school activities
purchased and served more than $385 million in local food in 2011-12. The
census found that half of participating schools were planning to purchase
even more local foods in the future. The Packer

5.      Students Go Back to School and to Healthier Foods Than at Home

When classes resume after summer vacation, so does nutritious eating,
suggests a study published online in the journal Appetite. The study found
that elementary and high-school students consumed up to 30% more unhealthy
foods, such as takeout french fries and pizza, and sugary drinks on
nonschool days, compared with school days. School-based programs that
encourage fruit and vegetable breaks may explain the higher consumption of
these foods on school days, the study said. Wall Street Journal

6.      High tunnels extend growing season for Wisconsin high schools

Five high schools within the Bayfield Peninsula area are receiving high
tunnels as part of a U-S-D-A Farm to School Grant, awarded to Bayfield
Regional Food Producers Cooperative. Officials hope the high tunnels will
not only provide a longer growing season, but many unique educational
opportunities, as well. Northland's NewsCenter

7.      SPPS, Minneapolis Public Schools Highlight Local Food with
'Minnesota Thursdays'

Nutrition Services at Saint Paul Public Schools has embarked on a new
partnership with Minneapolis Public Schools that highlights locally-sourced
food items. The partnership, called “Minnesota Thursdays,” will feature
seasonal Minnesota-grown ingredients on both school district menus on the
first Thursday of each month. Saint Paul Public Schools

 8.      A Photo History of American School Lunches

Bon Appetite

Before the first lunch lady ever plopped a gelatinous brown mass onto a
compartmentalized plastic tray, children pretty much had to fend for
themselves when it came to the midday meal, and were lucky if they got
enough to eat. Nowadays, the problem is that kids are obese and unhealthy
partly *because* of what they’re eating at school. How did we get from
there to here?  Historical photos of American School Lunches

9.      Teachers Learn About the Science Behind Food Safety and Nutrition
This past July, middle and high school teachers got a taste of the latest
food safety and nutrition information at the FDA’s 15th annual summer
training program for school teachers. During the weeklong program, teachers
learned about the journey food takes from farm to table.  FDA.gov Blog

10.   Bridgeport school serves locally grown beef
An area school is serving only locally raised beef in the cafeteria to
raise awareness of the agricultural base in the community and save funds in
the school’s budget. Each of the beef donors is able to feed 500 kids in a
day, administrators say. Star Herald

11.   Western Growers Foundation Announces $75000 in Grants for 50 Arizona
Western Growers Foundation awarded 50 Arizona K-12 schools with$75,000 in
grant money to create and sustain their own edible fruit and vegetable
gardens. Each school will receive $1,500 plus seeds and other materials.
The grants were provided through the Arizona Department of Agriculture as
part of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Specialty Crop
Block Grant. *PR Newswire*

12.   Green Mountain Farm-to-School in Newport awarded $102000 USDA grant
NEWPORT — Green Mountain Farm-to-School in Newport picked up a $102,000
grant from the USDA on Friday. The $102,000 awarded to Green Mountain
Farm-to-School will be used to increase marketing and distribution
opportunities to schools for agricultural-related businesses.  *Newport

13.   California school district rewrites menu for student lunches
For children across the country, returning to school means eating
mass-produced lunches. But Oakland, California, is implementing an
ambitious plan to transform their lunch program to provide healthier,
locally-sourced food. Jake Schoneker and his student journalists at Media
Enterprise Alliance report the story as part of our Student Reporting Labs
Network. PBS NewsHour

14.  PBS's Food Forward Follows FoodCorps Member Caroline Stover in
Transforming School Food <http://video.pbs.org/video/2365301490/>
All public school kids have access to free or reduced-price lunch. But
affordability doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good for them. Detroit’s
renegade lunch lady is not only serving kids healthy food, she’s got them
growing it, too. Houston schools are joining a national movement with “seed
to plate” classroom cooking and a new generation of service members is
connecting farmers and schools. PBS Food Forward

15.   Blender bikes unveiled at Charles Burke Elementary
UnitedHealthcare provided LSU AgCenter, which administers 4-H programs in
Louisiana, a $40,000 grant to support youth healthy-living programs,
including the LSU AgCenter School Garden Initiative and the purchase of
pedal-powered blender bikes that will be used for fun, energetic events
where young people can create their own healthy smoothies through
exercise...Students participating in the garden training met
UnitedHealthcare's mascot Dr. Health E. Hound and use the pedal-powered
blender bikes to create their own smoothie, highlighting how food grown in
gardens can be used for healthy snacks. KATC Lafayette New

16.   North Alabama schools announce collaboration with area's first local
food hub
Students at schools throughout Madison County are enjoying more
locally-grown food through a new partnership with North Alabama farmers.
The collaborative is North Alabama's first local food hub designed to help
family farms sell their produce to schools, workplace cafeterias,
distributors, restaurants and grocery stores. AL.com

*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

Join us for Montana Crunch Time on October 24th at 2:00pm!
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