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!
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.
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.
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!
Early childhood programs interested in local food purchasing, please take this four-question survey on interest in local food purchasing practices.
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.
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
Awards of up to $20,000 for preschool teachers to create practical, long-term improvements in nutrition and physical activity at their preschool.
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.
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?
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
Deadline March 15
FoodCorps is recruiting talented leaders for a year of paid public service building healthy school food environments in limited-resource communities.
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
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.
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
NSAC is hiring for two summer internship positions, see attached position descriptions for more information.
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