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Thursday, September 12, 2019

FW: Fall funding opportunities for farm to school


Passing along this helpful list of funding opportunities below from the National Farm to School Network for those who may not receive this information directly.




Colleen Matts

(she, her, hers)

Farm to Institution Specialist

Coordinator, Michigan Farm to Institution Network

Core Partner, National Farm to School Network

Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems | 517.432.0310 | |



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September 2019: Powered by Blueberries! Conference RFP; Prep for Farm to School Month; Grants; Upcoming Webinars






Fall Funding Opportunities for Farm to School / ECE

The beginning of a new school year is a great time to consider starting or ramping up farm to school or farm to early care and education activities in your community. Looking for funding options to help kickoff or expand your efforts? Here are several current fall funding opportunities to explore:


Green Education Foundation Green Thumb Challenge Grant

Deadline: September 30


Native American Agriculture Fund Grants

Deadline: September 30


The Herb Society of America Classroom Herb Garden Grants

Deadline: October 1


American Heart Association Teaching Gardens Network Grant Program

Deadline: October 11


National Head Start Association Gro More Good Garden Grants

Deadline: October 11


Whole Kids Foundation School Garden, Beehive and Salad Bar Grants

Deadline: October 15


Chef Ann Foundation Get Schools Cooking Grants

Deadline: October 28 




Back-to-School with Blueberries

The Highbush Blueberry Farm to School Playbook is here to serve as your go-to resource for back-to-school! Whether your school is looking to serve up new delicious and nutritious meals or host an exciting nutrition promotion, the Playbook is packed with content to excite students and guide you and your staff to success all year round. Make your school year positively bluetiful and explore the Playbook today!



Call For Workshop & Poster Proposals

10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference 


The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 21-23, 2020! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event is the only national gathering of stakeholders from across the farm to cafeteria movement, making it an unparalleled opportunity to learn, network and innovate with like-minded food movement leaders from across the country. Learn more about the conference here.

Do you have expertise to share? We're seeking workshop and poster proposals from individuals and organizations that are working to improve our food system, advance equity and justice, empower youth, and grow healthier communities. The Request for Proposals (RFP) is open now through Oct. 4, 2019.

Coming Soon: Scholarship applications for the 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference will open later this month. Check the conference page on our website and join our Facebook Event to receive updates. 




October is National Farm to School Month

National Farm to School Month is right around the corner! National Farm to School Network is proud to lead this annual celebration. Check out our free resources, planning materials, activity ideas and national calendar of events for ways you can get involved in October. Visit to get prepared. 




Upcoming NFSN Webinar


Bring Farm to School to Life with Highbush Blueberries

October 3 // 1-2pm ET

October is National Farm to School Month, the perfect time to host a farm to school event to celebrate healthy, local food in the cafeteria, classroom and beyond! Resources like the Highbush Blueberry Farm to School Playbook can be a great tool for helping schools find ways to get kids excited about where their food comes from. On this webinar, Nutrition Consultant Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, will lead a panel discussion with three schools that have used the Farm to School Playbook to put together successful nutrition celebrations with blueberries. This webinar is hosted by the National Farm to School Network and sponsored by the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. Learn more and register here.




Other Upcoming Webinars


Food Sovereignty and the Role of Extension: Partnerships that Work

September 16 // 3 PM ET

Sponsored by the Racial Equity in the Food System Workgroup, this webinar will provide an introduction to food sovereignty, looking at how and why this principle is used in different First Nations communities. Two partners (one from the community and one from Extension) will describe how they have worked together on food sovereignty projects. Register here


School Garden Volunteer Management and Community Support

September 26 // 3 PM EST

School gardens are ideal places to involve the community and school gardens also require significant maintenance so they're the perfect place to bring people together. Join this webinar to learn about ways to get people out and excited, ideas for managing large volunteer groups, how to engage consistent volunteers, and help keep your garden looking good. This webinar is a part of the School Garden Support Organization (SGSO) Network. Register here


Exploring Soils in the Garden

September 26 // 4:30 PM ET

Soils are alive with a variety of organisms that recycle nutrients, water, and gases. In this webinar presented by Veronica Justen, professor at UW-River Falls, learn about STEM lessons that we can harvest from the soil and demonstrate activities that allow students to explore the power of soils and the world beneath our feet. This webinar is hosted by the Wisconsin School Garden Network. Register here


What Have the Last 10 Years of School Food Policy Taught Us?

From school lunch shaming to universal free meals, four experts discuss the changes the past decade has brought to the nation's school lunch program and how to make healthy, nutritious food accessible to all. Read more on Civil Eats

USDA 2019 Farm to School Census

The USDA Office of Community Food Systems is launching its third Farm to School Census this month. The Farm to School Census is the only national survey that examines school districts' farm to school activities. It's a valuable measure of the effectiveness, scope, and reach of farm to school activities nationwide, and information gathered through the Census helps improve farm to school efforts at all levels. School Food Authorities (SFAs) will be contacted directly to complete the Census. Learn more here.


This email is powered by blueberries. Learn how to fuel your day with highbush blueberries with the US Highbush Blueberry Council's Highbush Blueberry Farm to School Playbook. Explore the Playbook here.  




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