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Friday, March 3, 2017

MI Farm to School News

Hello Network!


Hope you're getting ready for a restful weekend. It was great to meet many of our early childhood subscribers at the Campfire West Michigan 4c Conference last Saturday and the Michigan Head Start Association Conference yesterday! If you're one of our newer subscribers, welcome! Hope you glean lots of useful tips and resources from these newsletters.


Lots of opportunities and news to report this week, including a couple exciting survey opportunities! Be sure to chime in if you're an early childhood program interested in local food sourcing or have some great recipes to share with Cultivate Michigan!


Learning Opportunities

MI Farm to ECE Webinar Series – Early Childhood Gardens for Experiential Learning

Thursday March 9 1:00 pm

I am super excited to have Kristin Salem of Adventures Learning Center talk about how they use on-site gardens to enhance learning experiences for their children. Be sure to catch this 7th segment of our Farm to ECE mini-webinar series! Register here.


Webinar: Promising Partnerships: Extension and Farm to ECE

March 14 2 pm

This webinar will feature diverse efforts lead by Cooperative Extension programs to support farm to ECE efforts. Read more about these promising partnerships on the NFSN blog.


Action Opportunities


Call for Recipes: Cultivate Michigan Recipe Box

Cultivate Michigan

We need to hear from you! Got a favorite recipe that features local food? Share it with us, so we can share it with Michigan!


Mitten Meals Survey

Early childhood programs interested in local food purchasing, please take this four-question survey on interest in local food purchasing practices.


High School Garden Programs Survey

University of Nevada Las Vegas

This study aims to describe educators' perspectives about high school gardening programs across the nation, including benefits associated with having a school garden.




Head Start Garden Grants

National Head Start Association

I learned about this opportunity while at the Michigan Head Start Association Annual Conference yesterday. Grants up to $250 are available for Head Start programs to build gardens.  


Smart from the Start Award

Smart from the Start

Awards of up to $20,000 for preschool teachers to create practical, long-term improvements in nutrition and physical activity at their preschool.




Montague and Whitehall schools meals include locally-grown potatoes - MSU Extension

A story of innovation on the West Coast, this MI Farm to School Grantee is blending local sourcing with classroom education.


Seasonal gardening in school gardens - MSU Extension

A study has shown that students who take part in growing their food are more likely to eat it. Learn tips for maintaining your school gardens in the summer.




USDA Standardized Recipes


These recipes are standardized to provide updated crediting information, including the vegetable subgroups. LOTS of the vegetables featured are grown in Michigan, so these can be a great tool for getting innovative with locally produced foods! They've also got some good legume recipes. Did you know Michigan is the second largest producer of dry beans in the states?


Creating Childhood Production Centers

NC Cooperative Extension

Publication that includes basic garden design and layout to help childcare centers get started in year-round gardening activities. One of eight publications about childcare center production gardens




FoodCorps Service Member

Deadline March 15

FoodCorps is recruiting talented leaders for a year of paid public service building healthy school food environments in limited-resource communities.


Job: Development Director

National Farm to School Network, Remote

NFSN seeks a Development Director to lead the organization is strategic growth and diversification of its funding base. Apply by March 20, 2017


Job: Growers/Producers Network Coordinator

Edible Flint

This position will build capacity of existing growers to produce for sales by providing them with access to equipment, training and technical assistance and securing resources.


Policy and Grassroots Internships

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

NSAC is hiring for two summer internship positions, see attached position descriptions for more information.




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 |

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