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Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Join the Racial Equity Learning Lab Fall 2023 Cohort

Good morning,

We're sharing the announcement below about NFSN's Racial Equity Learning Lab. The deadline to complete an interest form for their Fall 2023 cohort is June 30th. For more info, please contact the NFSN Program Manager, Trisha Bautista at



Megan McManus 


Farm to Institution Specialist

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

From: Trisha Bautista Larson <>
Sent: Tuesday, June 27, 2023 1:52 PM
To: <>
Subject: [NFSN Partners] Apply today! Join the Racial Equity Learning Lab Fall 2023 Cohort.
Greetings NFSN Partners,

As you may know, we have launched our Racial Equity Learning Lab ("the Lab"), a cooperative agreement with the US Department of Agriculture. The Lab is a collaborative space, designed for small groups to foster an intensive cross race dialogue and co-creation experience focused in farm to school. We recently had a public webinar describing the Lab experience and celebrating the recent collaboration with our Advisory Council: 📽recording here

We're still recruiting for folks to join our Fall 2023 cohort! This is a co-learning and co-creating virtual experience that offers farm to school practitioners a space to reimagine ways to apply a racial equity lens in our work. In order to do so, we will center and honor lived experiences and knowledge of people of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. We want to especially encourage individuals who identify as BIPOC or identify with other historically oppressed communities. We hope you will consider joining us.

🌱To join the Fall 2023 Lab cohort of 13, please fill out this Interest Form by June 30, 2023. NFSN will review Interest Form responses and invite semi-final folks to submit a secondary application by July 14. 

If you have additional questions, please visit our Lab Cohort FAQ document or email NFSN Program Manager, Trisha Bautista at

Thank you so much,


Trisha Bautista Larson, MPH (she/her/hers)

Program Manager, 

National Farm to School Network

(323) 694-0668 | Based in Illinois*

* I acknowledge that I live, learn, and work encompassing the ancestral, traditional lands of the Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo), Peoria, Kaskaskia, Bodwéwadmi (Potawatomi), lands in which were forcibly stolen from these Native Nations. Learn whose land you live on:

NFSN is taking steps to support employees as whole humans. This summer, from June 2nd through September 1st, NFSN employees will conclude work for the week at 2:00 pm on Fridays in their respective time zones.

Monday, June 26, 2023

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Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Fwd: Healthy School Meals for All Outreach Request

Hi all,

See below for an action alert to support the MI Healthy School Meals for All campaign. There's a link (highlighted in yellow) below where you can easily contact your representatives to share your support for the bill. Please share widely!


Seema Jolly | she/her/hers

FoodCorps | Impact & Partnerships Lead, Michigan

(269) 352-6224 (cell) | @foodcorps

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Collin McDonough <>
Date: Mon, Jun 12, 2023 at 9:34 AM
Subject: Healthy School Meals for All Outreach Request
To: Collin McDonough <>
Cc: Dela Cuesta, Allison <>, Downey, Bernadette <>, Vega, Carolyn <>, Thomas, Carolyn <>, Adkins, Lori <>, Ramiro Galvan <>

Good morning, all:


The Michigan Legislature is poised to move its budget bills this week, and we need your help. The budget recommendations for the Executive, House, and Senate all included $160 million for Healthy School Meals for All, and we need to ensure that funding is prioritized as they work in conference committees. Below, you will find a link to a pre-written response that allows you to enter your information and send it out to your relevant members of the state House and Senate. Please feel free to make this your own, add stories, or include any additional information you feel is relevant.


Additionally, the members of the House and Senate conference committees that will work on the school aid budget were announced. In the House, these members include Reps. Weiss (, Morgan (, and DeBoer ( The Senate committee is Sens. Camilleri (, Polehanki (, and Bumstead ( I encourage you to reach out at the emails listed and share your stories/thoughts. Feel free to copy and paste the text from the website alert.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. Thank you all in advance.


Action Item - contact your lawmakers: Urge Lawmakers to Support Funding Healthy School Meals for All (


To sign up for updates about the campaign: 

Learn More About Michigan Healthy School Meals for All

The American Heart Association, No Kid Hungry Michigan and The School Nutrition Association of Michigan are working together with other stakeholders to make permanent Healthy School Meals for All a reality in the state of Michigan. They are collecting information from groups and individuals to ensure all stakeholders and interested parties can stay informed and involved. They are also encouraging people to share stories about how school meals have affected them, their families, or their students.


Collin McDonough

Michigan Government Relations Director

American Heart Association

M 231.675.4326



MIFARMTOSCHOOL is a listserv that links farm-to-school stakeholders and practitioners in Michigan, from school food service directors and school administrators to growers and distributors. Content posted to MIFARMTOSCHOOL does not necessarily reflect the views of Michigan State University or the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems.

Thursday, June 1, 2023

CRFS is hiring a Communications Manager

Join our team!
MSU Center for Regional Food Systems seeks a Communications Manager to amplify messaging for the highly collaborative food systems work that CRFS engages in statewide, regionally, and nationally. 

This position will engage all CRFS outreach specialists, including the principal investigators of grant-funded projects, to strengthen and maintain outreach strategies and partnerships. In this role, the Communications Manager will support the publication process, coordinate communications strategies across social media and email, and craft content for our website.  

This position is an opportunity for a self-motivated, outreach-minded, resourceful, and committed candidate to build on to an existing strong foundation of food systems partnerships, programs, and research. We invite you to bring your creative vision to support and shape CRFS’s work and reputation into the future! 

Find the full position description on our website and on the MSU Careers Portal (posting #867415).
Applications will be accepted until June 20, 2023 at 11:55 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.  

Salary: $51,500-$53,000, plus MSU’s benefit package. 

This position is remote-friendly, with the expectation of joining in-person for quarterly retreats and workshops in or around East Lansing. 

Questions about the position or search process should be directed to Emma Beauchamp, Search Committee Chair, at
CALL 517-353-3535
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