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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Start the school year with fresh ideas for farm to school!

September 2019
Dear Michigan Farm to School subscribers,

With the excitement of back-to-school, this month's newsletter offers ideas to revitalize menus, invigorate nutrition education and gardening practices, and help schools and early education sites fund farm to school and ECE efforts.

With October right around the corner, be sure to check out resources for Farm to School month too!
Gardens at Schools and ECEs in Southwest Michigan Awarded Mini-Grants
Eighteen schools and early care and education facilities in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties are using these mini-grants to get more students learning in the garden.

Robotics in a School Garden?
At a school in Washington, a FarmBot growing system waters and weeds the school garden when classes are out for summer.

Texas School Revitalizes Menu
An intermediate school district in Texas is revitalizing their menu by integrating more fresh ingredients into their themed menus and grab-and-go selections. 

Get Ready for the Great Lakes Apple Crunch!
October 10

Join participants across Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio for the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch. Participants of all ages are invited to help reach the goal of 1.6 million crunches this year!

October is National Farm to School Month
Thousands of schools, early care and education sites, farms, communities, and organizations across the country will recognize October as National Farm to School Month! Join them in celebrating food education, school gardens, and access to food trays filled with healthy local ingredients throughout the month.

Use More Michigan Blueberries in Your Farm to School Activities
Find recipes, nutrition guides, virtual farm tours, kid-friendly activities, and growing information for blueberries in this new farm to school resource from the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council.

Updated Resource Available: USDA’s “A Guide to Smart Snacks in School”
This resource can help anyone managing school vending machines, fundraisers, or snack bars to better understand the Smart Snacks standards.

Serving School Meals to Preschoolers
The National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program has a new resource for planning menus for to meet requirements for the preschool meal pattern

2019-20 School Meal Pattern Updates
Stay up to date on USDA school meal patterns for 2019-2020!

Gro More Good Garden Grants
Deadline: October 11

Apply for a grant in the amount of $5,000, plus a garden kit and educational resources through this initiative from the Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and the National Head Start Association.

Apply for a “Get Schools Cooking” Grant
Deadline: October 28

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.

SeedMoney Offering Garden Grants
Deadline: November 12

Fund your garden with a SeedMoney grant! SeedMoney is offering a platform to crowdfund your food garden project between November 15 and December 15.

Sustainable Agriculture Youth Educator Grant
Deadline: November 14

Request up to $4,000 from North Central SARE for your sustainable agriculture programs for youth.

Youth Programs & Volunteer Coordinator
Deadline: September 13

Allen Neighborhood Center is hiring for two part-time positions – Youth Programs Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator – and the right candidate may be able to merge the two into one full-time position overseeing both areas.

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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