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Monday, January 6, 2020

Happy New Year! 2020 Conferences, Racial Equity Tools, and More

January 2020
Dear Michigan Farm to School subscribers,

As we head into a new year (and new decade), we celebrate the opportunities of farm to school with thanks for all you do to grow successful programs.

Conference season is upon us! Check out the variety of conferences happening in 2020, along with a bunch of great resources to get you inspired in the new year.
Start the Year with 15 Children’s Books About Food
This list cultivated by Food Tank highlights 15 children’s books about food and farming, with special attention to different cultures and countries to highlight the diversity of food sources from farm to table.

Child Opportunity Index Data Shows Differences for Kids of Color in Urban Areas
Data from the 2015 census has been used to create the Child Opportunity Index. The findings show that fewer opportunities are available to children of color in almost every major metropolitan area of the U.S. This includes the ability to procure healthy food, with long-term implications for health and well-being.

Fruits of Our Labor Dinners Highlight Detroit's Collaborative Food Movement
Keep Growing Detroit and FoodLab Detroit collaborated on the Fruits of Our Labor dinner series, which aimed to create community around the movement toward a food-sovereign city. This series of events showcased the role that women and nonbinary chefs and farmers play in Detroit’s food system, and included youth apprentices who wanted to learn more about food operations.

Webinar: Expanding Afterschool Suppers in Michigan
January 7, 1:00 p.m.

The CACFP Afterschool Meal Program can help fill nutrition gaps by providing federal funding to afterschool programs that operate in low-income areas to serve nutritious meals and snacks to children after school, on weekends, and during school holidays. Learn more about the program in this webinar.

2020 National Good Food Network Conference
March 10-13
New Orleans, LA

This conference offers a chance to reflect on the gains and missteps of past decades of food systems work, examine models and practices that are working now, and co-create new strategies for food systems change, as we invite and amplify the voices of frontline communities who have previously been excluded from the conversation.

No Kid Hungry's 2020 Rural Child Hunger Summit
March 31 - April 1
Columbus, OH

The goal for this year’s Summit is to cultivate a thriving community of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners who are working together to end child hunger in the rural communities they live in or serve. Scholarships are available.

10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
April 21-23
Albuquerque, NM

This biennial event brings together a diverse group of food service professionals, farmers, educators, students, representatives from nonprofits and government agencies, public health professionals and more to learn, network, and strengthen this important movement

National Children & Youth Garden Symposium - Call for Proposals
July 7-10
Santa Cruz, CA

The American Horticultural Society is accepting proposals for peer-led educational sessions focusing on relevant, thought-provoking topics to provide participants with a wide variety of experience and across settings with practical knowledge and skills. Deadline to submit proposals is January 8, 2020

30th National Family Child Care Conference - Call for Proposals
July 15-18
Norfolk, VA

The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) is seeking workshop proposals that focus on practical solutions to increase their knowledge and effectiveness; to engage and challenge their thinking; and to nurture their purpose, creativity, and professional excellence. This is a great opportunity to share farm to early care and education experiences and expertise.

2020 Natural Start Conference - Call for Proposals
July 29-August 1
Cincinnati, OH

The Natural Start Alliance’s annual Nature-Based Early Learning Conference will explore how to plan, implement, and advocate for nature-based early learning programs. Early care and education providers who want to highlight their farm to ECE efforts and share best practices are encouraged to submit proposals by February 7, 2020

New Equity Learning Lab Announced by National Farm to School Network
The National Farm to School Network is launching a new initiative aimed at advancing racial and social equity and addressing injustices in farm to school and the wider food movement. Beginning in 2020, the Equity Learning Lab will train farm to school leaders from across the country in equity principles and strategies that will maximize impact in creating a more equitable and just food system.

Webinar: Best Practices in Diversity, Inclusion, and Racial Equity Training in Food Systems
Learn what food systems organizations are doing to advance racial equity in their work. This webinar recording from the North American Food Systems Network features speakers from Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, Tuskegee University, and Iowa State University, North Carolina A&T, and the North American Food Systems Network.

Food & Race: 10 Years of Creating a More Just Food System
To mark the 10th anniversary of Civil Eats, the site has conducted a series of roundtable discussions in an effort to take an in-depth look at many of the most important topics they have covered since 2009. In this final conversation of the series, four experts discuss their own work on food justice and some of the pervasive, systemic issues facing people of color working to put food on our tables.

Webinar: Building Partnerships to Support Food Sovereignty in African American Communities
Learn about how and why African American communities are working together to enhance their food sovereignty. An introduction to the concept of food sovereignty and its role in African American communities, is followed by a discussion of the partnership with Malik Yakini with the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and Lilly Fink Shapiro with the University of Michigan’s Sustainable Food Systems Initiative designing and co-leading the Food Literacy for All course.

Connecting Classrooms, Cafeterias, Communities: A Guide to Building Integrated Farm to School Programs
The newly published Vermont FEED Guide is intended to support school communities in developing robust, long lasting, and integrated farm to school programs, addressing whole school change. It reflects 20 years of practice, evaluative research, and innovation in the field. The guide is organized around farm to school action planning, a step-by-step process to help you assemble a team, identify shared goals, and plan and conduct strategic activities. In addition, it provides valuable content on classroom curriculum, school meal programs, and community building.

Available for free download and to purchase as a hard copy.
Jobs and Professional Development
Culture of Health Leaders Application Opening Soon
Applications Open: January 10

Culture of Health Leaders is a national leadership program for visionary individuals who are sparking changes in communities to overcome injustice and promote opportunity, allowing everyone access to what they need to thrive. Leaders in the program develop deep relationships with other thinkers and doers, knowing that meaningful change cannot be achieved alone. During the course of the program, leaders undertake a personal and professional journey that broadens their perspectives and approaches, amplifying their ability to solve complex health challenges in their communities.

Youth Programs Assistant and Garden Education Coordinator with Growing Hope
Deadlines: January 31 and February 7

Growing Hope is hiring a Youth Programs Assistant and Garden Education Coordinator. The Youth Programs Assistant will work directly with youth pre-K to 12th grade to implement lessons and activities. The Garden Education Coordinator will work directly with adults and youth to implement vegetable gardening in home and community settings. Both positions are part-time and paid hourly.

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