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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Fw: Register for our 1/07 Afterschool Webinar!

Dear Michigan Farm to School Listserv members:
Wanting to make sure you all see this, with apologies for any cross-posting.

Meagan K. Shedd, PhD
Assistant Professor, Farm to Early Care and K-12 Education
Center for Regional Food Systems | Michigan State University
Department of Community Sustainability | College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
480 Wilson Rd, Room 309 | Natural Resources Building | East Lansing, MI 48824-1039
517.432.4525 | |

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Subject: Register for our 1/07 Afterschool Webinar!

Expanding Afterschool Suppers in Michigan

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

1:00 PM EST

Afterschool Meals in Michigan Webinar

When the school day ends, many Michigan children go home to empty cupboards. The CACFP Afterschool Meal Program can help fill this nutrition gap by providing federal funding to afterschool programs that operate in low-income areas to serve nutritious meals and snacks to children 18 and under after school, on weekends, and during school holidays. To learn more about serving free suppers and snacks afterschool in your community, please join the Center for Civil Justice (CCJ), the Michigan Department of Education, and the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan (FBEM) for an informational webinar detailing the basics of the Afterschool Meal Program, how to get the program started in your area, and  best practices for operating the program. CCJ's Afterschool Meals Report, which details state participation in the Afterschool Meal Program, will be released alongside the webinar.

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Michigan's 2019 local and regional food system workforce assessment webinar series

Colleagues, apologies for cross-postings,


MSU Center for Regional Food Systems, Corporation for a Skilled workforce , MSU Extension and Kalamazoo Valley Community College Food Innovation Center are excited to present 30 minute webinars and information on Michigan's 2019 local and regional food system workforce assessment.


This four-part webinar series will share highlights from the local and regional workforce assessment conducted in Michigan this year. Details on free registration and content of the webinars can be found below.


Please share with your networks!



DECEMBER 12, 2019 12:00PM - 12:30PM WEBINAR

This webinar provides an overview of Michigan's 2019 local and regional food system workforce assessment project. It will highlight a scan of food system jobs, gaps and opportunities in labor and skill supply and education and training programs.


JANUARY 16, 2020 12:00PM - 12:30PM WEBINAR

This webinar will look at food system jobs and career pathways in Michigan. It will highlight the trending food systems occupations, wages, career pathways and raise conversation about the need for quality jobs.


JANUARY 30, 2020 12:00PM - 12:30PM WEBINAR

This webinar will share results of a survey and interviews with local and regional food system employers showing challenges and opportunities in hiring a skilled workforce.


FEBRUARY 13, 2020 12:00PM - 12:30PM WEBINAR

This webinar will provide a snapshot of education and training for the local and regional food system workforce.




Kaitlin Koch Wojciak


Michigan State University Extension Educator

Community Food Systems

21885 Dunham, Suite 12

Clinton Township, MI 48036

Work: 586-469-6088

Cell: 313-695-7746


MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer.  Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status.



Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Food sovereignty stories, new school food book, and December grant deadlines

December 2019
Dear Michigan Farm to School subscribers,

This month’s newsletter highlights some innovative resources and thought-provoking articles that are helpful for our work as we move forward into 2020. 

We wish you happy holidays, and look forward to more farm to school in the new year!
Farm to School Program a Success in Richmond
Students across Richmond Community Schools are now enjoying local foods in their school lunches. In addition to increasing local foods on the menu, a nutrition education initiative is helping them learn more about the food they are eating and where it came from, as well as its nutritional benefits.

Dexter Community Schools Part of "5 Healthy Towns" Project
As part of a multi-community wellness initiative, Dexter Community Schools is encouraging students to eat healthy with a farm to school program. 

Secondary Students Summer Project Presented at City Hall Meeting
A small scale urban agriculture program for students yielded big results during a presentation to the City of Victoria City Hall. Students shared their experiences gaining work experience credit and how the garden has been a source of fresh produce for the cafeteria.

Native Farm to School Champion Stories
National Farm to School Network partnered with the Intertribal Agriculture Council to share a series of blogs profiling Native Farm to School Champions. Learn about the Karuk Tribe’s food system education initiatives and Hardin School District’s work to connect students with traditional foods.

Webinar: Building Partnerships to Support Food Sovereignty in African American Communities
December 3
3:00 PM EST

This webinar is an opportunity to explore how and why African American communities are working together to enhance their food sovereignty. Speakers include Malik Yakini with the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, Lilly Fink Shapiro with the University of Michigan’s Sustainable Food Systems Initiative, and Kimberly Carr, a post-doctoral research associate in food sovereignty and racial equity at the Center for Regional Food Systems and Center for Interdisciplinarity at Michigan State University.

New Book About School Food
The Labor of Lunch: Why We Need Real Food and Real Jobs in American Public Schools by Jennifer Gaddis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison explores food service in public schools, including scratch cooking and local food sourcing. 

Food Sovereignty Stories
Created by the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance, Food Sovereignty Stories is a series of videos from social movements in the United States working towards a more just and sustainable food system. These films will help viewers understand food sovereignty and what it looks like in different communities across the United States.

Child Poverty Rates Data from Annie E. Casey Foundation
Find the latest national and state-level data on children living in neighborhoods with high poverty and low opportunity in Children Living in High-Poverty, Low-Opportunity Neighborhoods. This resource includes recommendations that leaders can take to help families in these communities thrive

USDA Farm to School Grant Applications Open
Deadline: December 13, 2019

The USDA Office of Community Food Systems will award grants ranging from $20,000 to $100,000 to schools, nonprofits, state and local agencies, agricultural producers, and Indian tribal organizations in 2020. Applications are due December 13, indicating the plans and activities for implementation of farm to school activities. 

2020 Youth Gardening Grant
Deadline: December 16, 2019

Any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program in the United States or US Territories planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18 is eligible to apply. Winners are selected based on demonstrated program impact and sustainability.

Applications for USDA Regional Farm to School Institutes Grants Open
Deadline: December 27, 2019

The USDA Office of Community Food Systems announced the new Regional Farm to School Institute Grant Request for Applications, a new grant for fiscal year 2020 intended to support the creation and dissemination of information on farm to school program development, provide practitioner education and training with ongoing school year coaching, and technical assistance.

Scholarships Available for the 2020 National Child Nutrition Conference
Deadline: January 16, 2020

The National Child Nutrition Conference is offering scholarships for participants to learn more about the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), and Afterschool Meals. The conference will be held April 14-16, 2020 in Atlanta, GA. 

Communications Intern, National Farm to School Network
Deadline: December 6, 2019

National Farm to School Network seeks a Communications Intern to support content development and dissemination of information and resources to NFSN stakeholders. As a member of the Communications team, the Communications Intern will work closely with NFSN staff and partners, gaining hands-on experience in digital media and farm to school programming. This is a remote position, working approximately 10 hours per week for twelve months.

School Health Team Assistant, Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District
Deadline: Open Until Filled

The Health Team Assistant will work with TBAISD's Farm to School and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) programs to change the culture of nutrition and wellness in elementary school communities. 

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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