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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Plan for another year of farm to school 🎒

August 2019
Dear Michigan Farm to School subscribers,

It’s almost time to head back to school! Enjoy the last few weeks of planning with August’s newsletter to inspire, motivate, and offer plenty of ideas for integrating farm to early care and education and school for the upcoming school year.
Congratulations to the 2019 Michigan Farm to School Grant Awardees!
USDA just announced the awardees for the 2019 Farm to School Grant Program. In Michigan, the following districts and organizations received funding:

  • Genesee Intermediate School District
  • Northwest Michigan Community Health Agency
  • Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District
  • Urban Roots Grand Rapids

Detroit School Gardens Get Kids Excited About Learning
"There's magic in the garden. Good teachers take advantage of that and turn it into learning." - Kristine Hahn

Today’s Children are the Future of Farming
Brady Lowe has supported beginning farmers for over a decade. His latest initiative, GrowA’Farmer, aims to get children excited about agriculture.

Urban Schools Fight for Food Justice with Hydroponics
Students at Brownsville Collaborative Middle School in Brooklyn, NY are growing healthy food for their classmates. By encouraging their peers to try new foods, they are building community around local food in an area where accessing fresh produce can be a challenge.

Food Sovereignty Summit
September 23-26, 2019
Green Bay, Wisconsin

Attend this conference to learn from one of three tracks: Sustaining Food Systems, Strengthening Tribal Sovereignty, and Caring for Our Lands. The First Nations Development Institute and the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin are the co-hosts of this national summit.

Tools for Planning a School Garden
The Texas Department of Agriculture has an excellent planning and sustainability guide for school and early care and education gardens!

Check out "Let’s Get Growing" to plan your garden now.
Webinar: Kicking off the Summer with Farm to Head Start and Early Care and Education
How can Farm to Head Start/ECE help your program serve fresh, local food?

Learn from experts and examples in this USDA Food and Nutrition Service webinar.
Article: It’s Great That We Talk About "Food Deserts" — But It Might Be Time To Stop
“What actually causes food inequality goes beyond location, and extends to bigger structural inequalities around income, education, nutritional knowledge and, importantly, race.”

Farm to ECE Procurement Blog Series
Early care and education sites are leading the way with innovative approaches to connect children and their families to local food and local food producers. National Farm to School Network's Farm to ECE Procurement Blog Series highlights successes and key learnings from farm to ECE programs and partners across the country.

Apply for a “Get Schools Cooking” Grant
Applications Open: August 19, 2019

A program of Chef Ann Foundation, Get Schools Cooking provides school districts with funding and technical assistance to start using more fresh foods in their food service operations.

Full Time AmeriCorps VISTA Position for Farm to School in Traverse City
Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District is hiring a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA Service Member to advance farm to school initiatives and activities across elementary schools in northwest lower Michigan.

About Michigan Farm to School

Farm to School centers around efforts to serve local foods in school and early care and education settings. We share ideas, tools and resources to support a range of efforts, from school garden programming to farmer visits and field trips.

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