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Thursday, October 20, 2011

FW: This Week : Farm to School in the Great Lakes

Hi all,

Please see news and opportunities below from Vanessa Herald, our Farm to School Coordinator for the Great Lakes Region. Happy Farm to School Month!




Colleen Matts

Farm to Institution Specialist

CS Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems

Michigan State University

303 Natural Resources Building

East Lansing, MI 48824-1222



From: Vanessa Herald []
Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 4:03 PM
To: JoAnne Berkenkamp; Sara Tedeschi; Matts, Colleen; Julia Govis; Laura Hormuth; Julie Fox
Subject: This Week : Farm to School in the Great Lakes


Hi All,

Happy Week 3 of National Farm to School Month! Hope the month of celebration is treating you well. Please keep us all posted on your Farm to School Month events. All the week’s news is below, please send out to your farm to school networks.



A.    Farm to School Month Poster Contest!
The National Farm to School Network and Annie's Root 4 Kids will be giving away $1,000 to three winning Farm to School programs in celebration of the first National Farm to School Month! Download the full contest rules and submission guidelines for more information.
The deadline is October 31. Feel free to use the language in the For Your Information section. 

B.     Check out the new designs added to the Farm to School Month Shop last week at:
Printfection is running a few good sales through through this Thursday:

Coupon Code: SuperDuperShip  (free shipping)
Coupon Code: SuperSave$10  ($10 off $50 or more)
Coupon Code: Scary35%  (35% off $100 or more)

Share your Farm to School Month Events!
Please continue to share your Farm to School Month activities with the Network folks. Send event details (before or after they occur!) to


Bonus Lunch Bites Webinar This week

Farm to School: Cooking with Children in the Classroom - Thu, Oct 20th, 2011 11am CST
Want to learn tips for bringing dynamic cooking experiences to children? Ever wonder which recipes work best in the classroom setting? Whether you are a community organizer, parent or teacher, this webinar will offer key considerations and solutions to cooking in the classroom.


NPR is looking for School Lunch Stories
NPR is on the hunt for “a story of a stand-out school lunch leader we should know about? Or a unique local supply chain in your
district?” Please, please share your tale with the NPR folks at The original blog post and news stories can be found at this link:


Healthy Schools Campaign Hiring Manager of Prof. Dev for Education and Wellness
Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC) is seeking a full-time Manager of Professional Development for Education and Wellness to support teachers, principals and other school employees (e.g., school nurses, resource coordinators, administrators) as they become health and wellness leaders in Chicago schools. 

The position is part of the Chicago Partnership for Healthy Schools, a multi-faceted program dedicated to establishing healthy school environments that promote student wellness and achievement, and address the health crisis of childhood obesity. The Chicago Partnership’s current focus is Go for the Gold, a three-year partnership with Chicago Public Schools and others to challenge and support schools as they make improvements to their school food, nutrition education, physical activity and physical education programs. Schools are making these improvements as part of their participation in the USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge, a key component of the First Lady’s Let’s Move initiative.

The coordinator’s role will be to implement existing programs and develop new programs to support teachers, principals and other school staff to be health and wellness leaders in their schools.  More information and the application can be found here.


USDA NIFA Accepting Applications for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program

The Request for Application for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) is now available, and applications are due by November 22, 2011.  Projects will be awarded in 2012 and performed between October 2012 and September 2013.  Approximately $19 million is expected to be available. More information is available here:


Updates from USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)

"How Procurement Works: Planning, Executing, and Administering a Competitive Procurement" is available as a free online procurement training. The training is open to the public and Topic 2 provides detailed information about each stage of the procurement process for the Child Nutrition Programs. For more information, including registration, visit the USDA Farm to School Team's policy webpage at Click on "USDA Online Procurement Training."


USDA Support for Rural Development Communities Facilities Program

FNS recently published a memorandum encouraging school food service facilities, Head Start centers, pre-schools, adult day care centers, child day care centers, and food preparation centers to consider the USDA’s Rural Development Community Facilities Program grants and loans as a funding option to upgrade their community’s child nutrition facilities and purchase equipment to improve access to healthy, locally, or regionally grown products. Grant information can be found here:


National Farmers Union Curriculum Focuses on Nutrition and Food System

National Farmers Union’s (NFU) “Growing Good Taste” curriculum provides teachers with lesson plans that address healthy nutrition, responsible eating habits, and connecting food to America’s family farms and ranches. The lessons also emphasize knowing the food supply system from field to fork. Many of the activities have students preparing food items to gain a better understanding of healthy ingredients. NFU’s curriculum is available free of charge and may be found at There are four different one-hour lessons for grades 1-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Additional lessons for collegiate and adult students are also online. These lessons originally were written for volunteer leaders to teach youth attending Farmers Union summer camps and day classes.

October is National Farm to School Month!
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Vanessa Herald
Great Lakes Region Farm to School Network Coordinator
Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
University of Wisconsin - Madison

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