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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Happy Farm to School Month!

October 2019
Dear Michigan Farm to School subscribers,

As the weather starts to get cooler, we celebrate National Farm to School Month and prepare for the Michigan Apple Crunch! October is an exciting time for farm to school - what are you planning this month?

Read on to learn what others are doing to integrate food and farming learning opportunities into their programs.
Program Encourages Healthy Food Choices for Young Children
A nutrition education program to help families with young children learn more about informed eating choices is set to begin in 2020 in the Cadillac, Charlevoix, East Jordan, and Kalkaska areas.

Several Michigan Schools Awarded Action for Healthy Kids Grants
Sixteen schools across Michigan were awarded Action for Healthy Kids grants for the 2019-20 school year! Varying in amounts, these grants included Game On Grants, Parents for Healthy Kids, and School Breakfast Grants. 

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.

How Nutrition Education is Changing
On average, students only get 4-6 hours of nutrition education per year, while they would need 50 hours to receive the maximum benefit. Learn about how schools are uplifting nutrition education opportunities so students don't miss out.

Michigan Students Grow and Sell Tomatoes From School Garden
A FFA and food science class at Montague High School has been growing tomatoes and selling them to a local restaurant. They're also turning some of their tomato crop into fresh salsa.

Michigan Apple Crunch
October 10, 2019

Schools, early childhood programs, and other organizations will celebrate Michigan’s abundance of fresh, local produce by taking part in this fun, one-day event by planning to collectively crunch into Michigan apples.

Share your event planning and follow along on Facebook at @miapplecrunch

2019 Farm-Based Education Conference
November 8-13, 2019
Greater Baltimore Area, Maryland

The Farm-Based Education Network's 7th Conference aims to get participants networking, learning, and inspired! The conference includes field trips to farm and garden projects in Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and in towns throughout Maryland, along with four days of workshops.

Farm to ECE Resource - Making Your Own Local Baby Food
Community GroundWorks in Madison, Wisconsin has created a new farm to ECE resource, "Making Your Own Local Baby Food." Use the guide to make local baby food for your ECE site from fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables. 

SNAP-ED and School Gardens Webinar 
Check out USDA’s one-hour webinar to learn more about starting a school garden, integrating nutrition education, and evaluating your efforts.

Farm to School Activities and Student Outcomes: A Systematic Review
Results from farm to school activity studies consistently show positive impacts on food and nutrition-related knowledge. This literature review looks at multiple farm to school studies to understand how students have been impacted by farm to school activities.

Teaching Gardens Network Grant Program
Deadline: October 11

Check out the 2019-20 American Heart Association Teaching Gardens Network Grant program applications to support school gardens. Grants of $2500 will be awarded to support new or established school garden programs working to connect children to gardens and supporting health, nutrition, and the environment.

Whole Kids Foundation Grants for School Gardens, Bees, and Salad Bars
Deadline: October 15

The Whole Kids Foundation offers opportunities to connect kids to food through their grant programs. Applications for the Garden Grant Program and Bee Grant are due October 15, but you can apply for Salad Bar grants year-round!

Budding Botanist Grant
Deadline: November 8

The Budding Botanist Grant from the Klorane Botanical Foundation helps students learn about plants, explore their world, and inspire them to take care of the life they discover in their local ecosystems. In early 2020, grants will be awarded to schools across the United States.

Roundup of Fall Funding Opportunities
The National Farm to School Network has compiled a list of currently available grant and funding opportunities that schools, ECE sites, and nonprofits may be eligible to receive.

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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