Just wanted to say thank you, again so much for these emails and for the wonderful training last week at Catherine Ferguson. I work for the Detroit School Garden Collaborative and it is always so rewarding to learn more from CRFS and community members doing great work with their schools and organizations. The piece on procurement regulations was particularly fascinating.
I am very interested in learning more about the Michigan Farmer's Market Association subcommittees. Do you know if I should just do some exploring on the Michigan Farm to Institution website or is there someone in particular I should reach out to? Thank you so much for any and all help!
Wishing you well and happy Fall.
Sent: Friday, September 25, 2015 3:42 PM
Subject: Farm to School News
- Farm to school grants have increased likelihood that 6.9 million kids will eat healthier at school: There's no such thing as too much repetition when it comes to highlighting the impact of farm to school! (or maybe there is – you tell me!)
- Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch Oct 22.: Madison puts a plug in for the Great Apple Crunch – are you signed up? See details below and start planning your Food Day event!
- Farm-to-school: New program brings the field trip to the classroom: Highlight of a school that took advantage of its surrounding farmland to bring the farm to the classroom, and is helping the students teach others through developing a farm to school youtube channel!
- Best in class: Gwinnett principal is Georgia administrator of year: This is not super relevant, except the bit at the end – Georgia has a Golden (and silver and bronze) Radish Award for schools featuring Georgia-grown items on its menu. I want a golden radish…
- October is National Farm to School Month! There's no better time to start engaging in farm to school then joining schools across the country who are celebrating farm to school efforts! Make October the month that you bring students to farms, start talking about local agriculture, and maybe even get a Michigan Apple on your menu! There are lots of ways to start your farm to school efforts, and you can start as simply as participating in the Michigan Apple Crunch. Have everyone in your school or early childhood program bite into a Michigan apple at noon on Thursday, October 22 and hear the CRUNCH of crunchers throughout the state (and Great Lakes region!) doing the same. Sign up for the capital crunch here: http://miapplecrunch.com and follow other stories on the Michigan Apple Crunch and Great Lakes Facebook pages. Use the hashtags #miapplecrunch and #greatapplecrunch on social media. Make sure to check out Cultivate Michigan for our apple resource guides and promotional materials to make your Apple Crunch a success?
- Looking for other ways to celebrate Farm to School month? Be sure to follow the NFSN blog to read about efforts going on throughout the country
- Funding Opportunity: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services – October 30 deadline
- The Cardiovascular Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity section released a funding opportunity for early childhood obesity prefention using the Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care. School districts, educational service agencies, local health departments, and community-based organizations are eligible. Complete the application online here.
- Webinar: Farm to School 101 – October 13 1-1:30pm ET
- New to farm to school? This webinar, howsted by the National Farm to School Network, will discuss the basics of farm to school. Register here.
- Webinar: Barnraiser, Crowdfunding 101 – Thursdays 1 pm ET
- Barn raiser highlights successful campaigns, as well as tips, tricks, and insider knowledge to get your farm to school project successfully crowdfunded
- Save the Date: 2016 National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
- It seems ridiculous to be planning for 2016, but you don't want to miss this! The conference will be held June 1-4, 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin. Put the date on your calendar now – we'll follow up with more information soon!
- Job: Farm to School coordinator, Georgia Organics
- Georgia Organics is seeking a full-time Farm to School Coordinator to work in Atlanta. More information