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Friday, December 2, 2016

MI Farm to School News

Greetings Farm to School team!

 

It's December, but the farm to school activity keeps on rolling! There are lots of learning opportunities coming up to keep your farm-to-school brain growing, including some webinars so you don't even have to leave the warmth of your bed (Michigan's cold, y'all).

 

We initiated our Farm to ECE Webinar Series this week, and several exciting farm to school webinars are set up for the coming months. Also don't forget, the deadline for the USDA Farm to School Grant is December 8! And this newsletter proves how much is still going on

 

Stay tuned for information coming out in the next two weeks on the Michigan Cherry Slurp, a one-day effort (similar to the crunch) on February 14 to celebrate cherries by sluuuuuurping into a smoothie. Details to come!

 

Also, a big shout out to farm to school champion and food service director of Detroit Public Schools Betti Wiggins! If you haven't seen their work in Detroit, you're missing out! She was just awarded the Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Director of the Year Award. Congrats, Betti!

 

 

News

·         Farm to school efforts positively impact tribal communitiesUSDA Food and Nutrition Service

o    Many tribal communities are reconnecting children with their rich history by establishing farm to school programs. This story highlights the Inter-Tribal Buffalo Council in South Dakota and their work to increase local bison in school meals.

·         Pumpkin pie isn't just for pies and lattes – here's 2 new ways to enjoy itMlive

o    Spoiler: the other two ways are featured in Dan Gorman's awesome Cultivate Michigan taste tests at Montague and Whitehall Public Schools!

·         Homegrown and served without a moanGreat Lakes Echo

o    Spotlight on farm to school efforts at Gwinn and Waterford public schools, with highlights on the Making Michigan Recipes Work series, the Michigan Apple Crunch, and Cultivate Michigan. These are a few of my favorite things…

·         Supporting sustainability with farm to school food programsUS News

o    Great article on the farm to school network and the future of farm to school.

·         DPSCD receives support from Life Time Foundation for food assistance – Michigan Chronicle

o    Detroit Public Schools received a grant that will help fund 40 pieces of new farm and kitchen equipment to help harvest and mass produce grown in the Detroit School Garden Collaborative.

 

Opportunities

·         Webinar: Advancing Farm to School Efforts with Cultivate MichiganTuesday, December 13, 2016 2:00 pm

o    What's in it for schools and webinars? If you're new to Cultivate Michigan or have been hesitant to sign up because you didn't know what the benefits were, this webinar is for you!

·         Webinar: Introduction to Local Procurement in ECEWednesday December 14, 2016 1:00 pm

o    The third in our MI Farm to ECE Webinar Series, we will cover a brief overview of procurement rules and regulations as they apply to ECE, available sources for local foods, and first steps to starting local procurement in your early childhood program.

·         !!!Deadline! USDA Farm to School Grant December 8, 2016

o    If you're planning to apply for a grant this year, the deadline is approaching!

·         Grant opportunity: USDA Child Nutrition Technology Innovation Grant USDA FNS

o    This grant is designed to encourage state agencies to innovate technology solutions which can foster collaboration and save money.

 

Resources

·         MI Farm to ECE Webinar SeriesMSU Center for Regional Food Systems

o    The first two webinars, which occurred this past week, are now up and available to view on our website! They're both about 10 minutes in length, so easy to digest while you're digesting lunch.

o    New Web-Based School Meals Application PrototypeUnited States Department of Agriculture

o    A new web-based prototype aims to make the application for the National School Lunch Program easier for schools and families alike.

o    **Reach for the Stars with Farm to PreschoolNorth Carolina Farm to Preschool Network

o    This resource aligns farm to preschool initiatives with North Carolina's early childhood quality standard rating system.

o    Increasing Prevalence of US Elementary School Gardens, but Disparities Reduce Opportunities for Disadvantaged StudentsBridging the Gap

o    This study showed that the increase in garden programs over time haven't yet reached lower-income students to the same extent it's reached wealthier schools.

o    Local School Wellness Policy ToolkitUSDA FNS

o    This kit includes tools to communicate information about local school wellness policies to parents and staff. It's free!

 

Jobs

·         Farm to Institution Program CoordinatorMMFEC LCC Montana

o    The Program Coordinator with the Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center of Lake County Community Development Corporation would provide support to food and agriculture program, including Farm to Institution efforts.

·         Policy DirectorFoodCorps

o    The Policy Director will lead government relations and federal and state policy initiatives.

 

Happy harvesting to those that are still growing with season extension, and happy storage to the rest of you!

 

Best,

 

Abby Harper

Farm to School Specialist

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

480 Wilson Rd Rm 309 | East Lansing, MI 48824

(p) 517-432-4525 (f) 517-353-3834

www.foodsystems.msu.edu | www.mifarmtoschool.msu.edu

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Upcoming Webinar: Advancing Farm to School Efforts through Cultivate Michigan

What's in it for Schools and Early Childhood Programs? Advancing farm to school efforts through Cultivate Michigan

Tuesday December 13, 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

 

Cultivate Michigan is a statewide local food purchasing campaign of the MI Farm to Institution Network. Cultivate Michigan supports schools, early childhood programs, and other institutions throughout Michigan in local food purchasing efforts. This webinar will give an overview of the project and then dive deep into the benefits of participating. Join us to learn how joining Cultivate Michigan can enhance and accelerate your local food purchasing efforts, and find out why others are jumping on board!

 

If you've heard about Cultivate Michigan and haven't yet signed up, or if you're new to farm to school and looking for supporting resources, this webinar will be an opportunity to dive into the benefits to schools and early childhood programs of signing up and participating. Make sure you're equipped with all the best resources to start 2017 farm to school efforts off right!

 

Register for this webinar at: https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/b268863a0f4b12ce7510d14dfea9e911

 

 

 

Best,

 

Abby Harper

Farm to School Specialist

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

480 Wilson Rd Rm 309 | East Lansing, MI 48824

(p) 517-432-4525 (f) 517-353-3834

www.foodsystems.msu.edu | www.mifarmtoschool.msu.edu

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

MI Farm to ECE Webinar Series Continues TODAY at 1 pm

A reminder that today is the second in the MI Farm to ECE Webinar Series! Join us at 1 pm to learn more about Farm to Early Care and Education.

 

This is the second in the 12-part Webinar Series and will be focused on strategies to introduce local foods to young children. The first webinar, an Introduction to Farm to Early Care and Education, was held Monday November 28 and is available for viewing. See attached for a summary of the webinars and individual registration links.

 

November 30, 2016 1:00 pm – Strategies for introducing new foods

The second webinar in the series will be presented by Julie Alpers-Preneta. Julie is the chef at Leelanau Children's Center, which has been a MI Farm to School Grant Program grantee since 2013. Leelanau Children's Center purchases much of their food from local farms, and this webinar will highlight successful strategies they've used to introduce children to new local foods. Register for this webinar here.

 

Best,

 

Abby Harper

Farm to School Specialist

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

480 Wilson Rd Rm 309 | East Lansing, MI 48824

(p) 517-432-4525 (f) 517-353-3834

www.foodsystems.msu.edu | www.mifarmtoschool.msu.edu

Monday, November 28, 2016

Reminder: Farm to ECE Webinar Series starts Today!

The first of the MI Farm to ECE Webinar Series starts today at 1 pm!

 

Today at 1 pm, join us for the the first in a 12-part webinar series focused on Farm to Early Care and Education. These webinars will be presented in 15 minute segments with time for question and answers. This first webinar will include an overview of Farm to ECE efforts and resources available to help support programs looking to increase their early purchasing efforts.

 

Please register at the link below to join us today, and see attached for details on upcoming webinars!

https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/c81b9591536e007366858a512be5123a

 

Best,

Abby Harper

Farm to School Specialist

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

480 Wilson Rd Rm 309 | East Lansing, MI 48824

(p) 517-432-4525 (f) 517-353-3834

www.foodsystems.msu.edu | www.mifarmtoschool.msu.edu

Thursday, November 24, 2016

event

We are extending the registration to Monday November 28 – please consider participating in this December 1 event – in person or by Zoom webinar!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

There's still time to register! December 1 - "Scanning the Breadth of MSU Food Systems Research and Outreach to Spark Ideas and Catalyze Collaborations"

We are extending the registration to Monday November 28 – please consider participating in this December 1 event – in person or by Zoom webinar!

 

Click the link below (read details and then follow the link to register)

 

http://foodsystems.msu.edu/events/scanning-the-breadth-of-michigan-state-university-food-systems-research-and-outreach

 

 

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Rich Pirog, Director

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

480 Wilson Road, Room 302

East Lansing, MI 48824

Office: 517-353-0694

Cell: 515-231-7556

E-mail: rspirog@msu.edu

foodsystems.msu.edu

 

Monday, November 21, 2016

2016-2017 Farm to ECE Mini-webinar Series

Announcing the 2016-2017 Farm to Early Care and Education Mini-Webinar Series!

The 2016-2017 Farm to ECE Mini-Webinar Series is a series of 12 webinars that will cover various topics in Farm to ECE. Webinars will be 15 minutes of presented material with time for questions and answers following. This series is directed at early childhood program staff including food service directors, cook staff, administration, teachers, and family day care home providers, and can also be beneficial for those seeking to support farm to ECE efforts. Please see the attached document for a schedule of following webinars including brief webinar descriptions and links to register for each webinar.

 

November 28, 2016 1:00 pm - Introduction to Farm to ECE

The first of the series will be held next Monday, November 28 at 1:00 pm, and will provide an overview of Farm to Early Care and Education. The webinar will include an overview of Farm to ECE efforts and resources available to help support programs looking to increase their early purchasing efforts. Please register here.

 

November 30, 2016 1:00 pm – Strategies for introducing new foods

The second webinar in the series will be presented by Julie Alpers. Julie is the chef at Leelanau Children's Center, which has been a MI Farm to School Grant Program grantee since 2013. Leelanau Children's Center purchases much of their food from local farms, and this webinar will highlight successful strategies they've used to introduce children to new local foods. Register for this webinar here.

 

 

The entire webinar series will be recorded and made available online at a later point in time as a series. Please email harperab@msu.edu if you have any questions!

 

Best,

 

Abby Harper

Farm to School Specialist

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

480 Wilson Rd Rm 309 | East Lansing, MI 48824

(p) 517-432-4525 (f) 517-353-3834

www.foodsystems.msu.edu | www.mifarmtoschool.msu.edu