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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Happy New Year from Michigan Farm to School!

January 2021
Dear Michigan Farm to School subscribers,

As we head into a new year, we celebrate the opportunities of farm to school and farm to ECE with thanks for all you do to grow successful programs. Below are resources and inspiration that you may find useful for your new year planning.
Reflecting on Racial Justice in 2020 and Looking to 2021
The National Farm to School Network (NFSN) offers a reflection on 2020, including its public commitments to action regarding racial justice. NFSN also looks ahead to the new year and ways their organization intends to meaningfully advance racial equity, calling others to do the same.

Nutrition Education through Digital Education: Remembering the Social Value of Food
Nutrition education has been part of school curricula for decades. During times of increased food insecurity, messaging about nutrition is increasingly important. This piece in the New York Times explores issues for educators to consider as we engage in remote delivery of nutrition education.

A Look at Food Access Amidst the Pandemic
The pandemic has exposed inequities in food security as more families have visited food banks than ever before. Families of color have not only been disproportionately affected in terms of health, but also with respect to food access.

National Day of Racial Healing
January 19

Join us in taking collective action to create a more just and equitable world. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation will host its fifth annual National Day of Racial Healing this month. A toolkit is available to help prepare promotions for the day and to share virtual events in your community.

Learn more and get updates at
Community Food Systems Annual Event
February 12

Iowa State University hosts the Community Food Systems Annual Event. Join others in acknowledging best practices in community food systems and engage with others ito learn about ways to promote community engagement, collective action, and food systems projects. Registration is $20 and closes February 5.

The Power of Community-Based Food Systems
This multimedia storytelling project is an exploration into how communities across the Northwest United States are using community-based food systems to catalyze resistance and resilience, self-determination and sovereignty, connection, and liberation.

CHOICES Community of Practice
The CHOICES Project at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is launching an online platform called CHOICES Community of Practice. CHOICES is intended to serve as a resource center for organizations and individuals to share how cost-effectiveness concepts can advance efforts to support healthy eating and active living in communities.

A Community-Centered Approach to Improving Health & Equity
A new resource is available for community decision makers to center equity as part of the planning process. Intended to be used in each phase of planning, The Planner’s Playbook: A Community-Centered Approach to Improving Health & Equity, provides background, resources, community examples, and steps for implementation to help communities promote opportunity and prosperity for all.

Webinar Recording - From Erasure to Resilience: The Future of Food Security and Food Sovereignty in Indian Country
Ongoing Native-led efforts to achieve food security and food sovereignty across Indian Country are and have always been urgent – and recent events have brought the priorities of Indian Country into the national conversation.

Watch this panel discussion featuring advocates who amplify the promise of Native food systems and agriculture.
Grow an Indoor Garden with Kids from Garden Scraps
Instead of composting garden scraps, check out these five easy-to-grow and inexpensive vegetables you can start growing indoors and later transplant in soil.

Spring 2021 Community Food Systems Mentorship Program Applications Open
Deadline: January 11

If you are seeking mentorship for your food systems work, this program from the Food Systems Leadership Network is for you! The Community Food Systems Mentorship Program provides food systems leaders with the opportunity to closely engage with proven leaders and experts as thought partners and coaches.

2021 Young Farmer Grant Program Applications Open
Deadline: January 15

The National Young Farmers Coalition is offering $5,000 grants to 50 young farmers and ranchers across the country. Young Farmer Grants can be used to support everyday needs from infrastructure projects, operating costs, and professional development, to off-farm expenses like childcare, housing, and student loan debt.

2021 Gro More Good Grassroots Grant
Deadline: February 5

The 2021 Gro More Good Grassroots Grant will provide funding for the development of new and expansion of existing youth garden programs and greenspaces serving 15 or more youth. The grant is open to all nonprofit and tax exempt organizations (including schools) in the United States and US Territories.

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