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Friday, July 19, 2024

FoodCorps RFP for Curriculum Writer, Please Share!

Hello!

FoodCorps has an RFP out to help revamp our curriculum. Please share widely with those you know who have experience with curriculum development at the elementary level. 

About FoodCorps
FoodCorps partners with schools and communities to nourish kids' health, education, and sense of belonging so that every child, in every school, experiences the joy and power of food. FoodCorps' AmeriCorps members serve alongside educators and school nutrition leaders to provide kids with nourishing meals, food education, and culturally affirming experiences with food that celebrate and nurture the whole child. Building on this direct service, FoodCorps advocates for policy change, grows networks, and develops leaders in service of every kid's health and wellbeing. FoodCorps' goal is that by 2030, every child will have access to food education and nourishing free meals in school! To learn more about FoodCorps, visit https://foodcorps.org/

The Opportunity
We seek to create a curriculum that is both rigorous and joyful. Through this curriculum, students will be able to increase their sense of agency, belonging, and mastery fostering their ability to make informed decisions about nutrition and well-being. Moreover, our revised curriculum will utilize food as a tool for literacy – recognizing the importance of literacy skills as foundational and necessary for students to exercise agency- not only in their choices about food
and nutrition, but throughout all aspects of their lives.

The redesigned curriculum takes inspiration from Project Based Learning - encouraging students to constantly ask "why am I learning this" and "how will I take action." It applies an anti-racism lens to both its content and teaching using the Universal Design for Learning framework.

The redesigned curriculum will be piloted by FoodCorps' Americorps members, whose experiences range from emerging to seasoned educators, throughout the 2024-2025 school year. Organizational and community stakeholders, including these Americorps members and alumni, will be providing feedback on the lessons to inform its design, content, and usability. A full scale launch of the new curriculum will take place in the following year.

We are seeking a partner who will utilize a curricular framework and lesson structure developed by FoodCorps' Training & Content Team to create approximately 16 lesson plans per grade band unit (K-1, 2-3, and 4-5). You will leverage FoodCorps' existing materials and/or develop new materials to meet student outcomes. You will work directly with our Training & Content team
to understand the vision and direction of FoodCorps' program and will collaborate with the team to refine lessons using feedback provided from key stakeholders.

More info here and instructions to apply. Deadline to apply is August 2nd. For questions, please reach out to: morna.ha@foodcorps.org

Thanks for spreading the word!

Seema

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Seema Jolly | she/her/hers

FoodCorps | Impact & Partnerships Lead, Michigan


(269) 352-6224 (cell)

foodcorps.org | @foodcorps


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Monday, July 15, 2024

Michigan Awarded Two Lake Michigan School Food System Innovation Hub Grants

Michigan Awarded Two Lake Michigan School Food System Innovation Hub Grants 

Building More Local, More Nourishing, More Loving School Food Systems in Michigan


Contact: Megan McManus, mcmanu60@msu.edu 

Release Date: July 15, 2024 

East Lansing, MI – Michigan organizations received funding from the Lake Michigan School Food System Innovation Hub to create more local, nourishing, and loved school meals across the Lake Michigan region, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Michigan provides over 190 million school meals to students across the state during the year, and each and every meal is powered by a dynamic system of farmers, food producers, processors, distributors, and more.  


The Innovation Hub, convened by the Illinois Public Health Institute, provides two different types of grant awards to spark and support innovative ideas to strengthen school food systems and products. The Spark Awards and Innovation Collaborative Awards are funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Healthy Meals Incentives Initiative to stimulate the creation of a resilient, equitable, and nutritious school food system. Awardees are slated to begin their projects in August 2024. 


“We are thrilled to fund partners that are driving change at every part of the school food system,” said May Tsupros, Director of Farm to Institution Programs at MSU Center for Regional Food Systems. “In addition to providing local and nourishing school meals to children in Michigan, the projects supported by the Innovation Hub will boost the local economy by supporting farmers and food producers that have been affected by inequitable systems.”  


Michigan State University’s Center for Regional Food Systems is working alongside the Illinois Public Health Institute, and other national and regional partners in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin to create the Lake Michigan School Food System Innovation Hub, especially prioritizing communities that do not have equitable access to resources. The Innovation Hub will fuel change for Michigan’s school food system, creating abundance—including funding, support, and nourishing food choices—for our farms, local businesses, schools, and communities.  


"We look forward to funding organizations who have trusted relationships with their communities to tailor these innovative programs to meet their community needs,” said Dr. Crystal Pirtle Tyler, CEO of the Illinois Public Health Institute. “We understand the pivotal role school nutrition plays in the lives of students across the Lake Michigan region and we look forward to the opportunity to support and grow these innovative programs with our awardees.” 


The organizations that are receiving funding in Michigan include: 


  • Innovation Collaborative Award: Partridge Creek Farm, Ishpeming, Michigan 


  • Spark Award: Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kalamazoo, Michigan 


“Through these awards, the Lake Michigan School Food System Innovation Hub is helping communities address historic harms by supporting immediate and systems-level change that will spur local economies, strengthen our food systems and create more nourishing school meals,” said Kathryn Bernstein, Food Systems and Nutrition Policy Program Director at the Illinois Public Health Institute. Future iterations of these awards will be available in 2025. Learn more about the Lake Michigan School Food System Innovation Hub, see a full list of funded partners across the Lake Michigan region and connect with a State Lead today at InnovateSchoolFood.org. 


For the full list of awardees released by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, please refer to the School Food System Transformation Challenge Sub-Grants website or their Press Release 

About Lake Michigan School Food System Innovation Hub


Lake Michigan School Food System Innovation Hub nurtures community-driven collaborations that reimagine students’ meals. By working together, we’re building pathways for local, nutritious and culturally relevant food to reach more schools across Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana — especially in areas that don’t have equitable access to resources. We offer funding, training and other help to collectives of schools, school districts, organizations, farmers, producers, suppliers and distributors who are transforming our school food system to better serve our communities. We are funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and convened by the Illinois Public Health Institute. Organizations leading the initiative include Seven Generations Ahead (Illinois), Michigan State University’s Center for Regional Food Systems (Michigan), NWI Food Council (Indiana), Kids Forward (Wisconsin), healthTIDE (Wisconsin), National Farm to School Network, Chicago Food Policy Action Council and Action for Healthy Kids. InnovateSchoolFood.org  


About Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems  

 

The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems advances regionally-rooted food systems through applied research, education, and outreach by uniting the knowledge and experience of diverse stakeholders with that of MSU faculty and staff. Our work fosters a thriving economy, equity, and sustainability for Michigan, the nation, and the planet by advancing systems that produce food that is healthy, green, fair, and affordable.  

 

Learn more at foodsystems.msu.edu 


MSU Center for Regional Food System's Michigan Farm to School and institutional food procurement work is conducted in collaboration with MSU Extension and is also funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Michigan Department of Education. 

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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Monday, July 8, 2024

Farm to School Events and Resources

Greetings!
Below are several opportunities and upcoming events. In some cases please scroll for detailed information on:
  • Webinar on July 18th Dinner Hall Leftovers: Combatting Hunger and Waste (see below for details)

  • Articles:

    • 10 Cents a Meal is bringing more healthy food to Michigan youth. This story is part of a series that explores access, equity, and sustainability through Good Food in Michigan's thriving food economy. Read the full article here.

    • Small Potatoes, Big Impact: Michigan Farm to School Potato Processing Partnership Case Study report by MSUE and MFIN

  • Events:

  • Resources: 
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(NEW) Dining Hall Leftovers: Combating Hunger and Waste
Webinar July 18, 2024, 1 - 2 pm ET
Learn how you can increase food access by transforming dining hall leftovers into single-serve, frozen meals for your campus or community food pantry in this one-hour webinar from FINE, Food for Free, and Harvard University Dining Services. Molly Hansen from Food For Free and Crista Martin from Harvard University Dining Services share how their organizations' partnership created a program that produces thousands of single-serve meals annually. Register Here
(NEW) SAVE THE DATE - 2024 Michigan Apple Crunch on October 17, 2024
The Michigan Farm to Institution Network will be hosting the 12th annual Crunch on Thursday, October 17th. Last year, more than 250,000 people participated in The Crunch at their local school, hospital, business, organization or from their own home. The Michigan Apple Crunch is a statewide event that promotes local food and farm to school programs by encouraging as many people as possible to "crunch" into a juicy Michigan Apple. Though the event is primarily focused on K-12 school participation, we encourage any large or small institutions, businesses or organizations to register for the event and join in the fun. The Michigan Apple Crunch is a collaborative promotional program of the Michigan Farm to Institution Network. MFIN is coordinated by the Center for Regional Food Systems with support from MSU Extension. For questions about the 2024 Michigan Apple Crunch, please contact Garrett Ziegler, with MSU Extension at zieglerg@msu.edu



May Tsupros  (they/them)

Director, Farm to Institution Programs 

Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems 

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Natural Resources Building, Room 312A

480 Wilson Rd., East Lansing MI


Michigan State University occupies the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary Lands of the Anishinaabeg–Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi peoples. The University resides on Land ceded in the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw.

Fw: [NFSN Partners] Register Today! Racial Equity Learning Lab Public Webinar on 7/10 at 2pm ET

Sharing for all those who might be interested in learning more about the National Farm to School Network Racial Equity Learning Lab.  This webinar will be informational but applications for the upcoming fall Racial Equity Learning Lab cohort are due July 15th. More information on the cohort here: 

The second round of NFSN's Racial Equity Learning Lab Applicaiton is out. In partnership with the U.S Department of Agriculture Food Nutrition Service, the National Farm to School Network (NFSN) is implementing the Racial Equity Learning Lab (the "Lab") to advance racial equity within the farm to school movement. The Lab is a collaborative and virtual space designed for small groups to foster an intensive dialogue and co-creation experience focused on equity in farm to school.

May Tsupros  (they/them)

Director, Farm to Institution Programs 

Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems 

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Natural Resources Building, Room 312A

480 Wilson Rd., East Lansing MI


Michigan State University occupies the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary Lands of the Anishinaabeg–Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi peoples. The University resides on Land ceded in the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw.


From: Trisha Bautista Larson <trisha@farmtoschool.org>
Sent: Friday, July 5, 2024 12:00 PM
To: partners@farmtoschool.org <partners@farmtoschool.org>
Subject: [NFSN Partners] Register Today! Racial Equity Learning Lab Public Webinar on 7/10 at 2pm ET
 
Hi NFSN Partners,

We'd love to see you all on Wednesday, July 10 at 2pm ET for the Racial Equity Learning Lab public webinar. Register today! 

Join us and learn more about the 2023 Lab cohort members' experiences and takeaways. We are also delighted to have Denee Bex, the founder and owner of Tumbleweed Nutrition as our keynote speaker. Towards the end of the webinar, you will hear more about how YOU could join the next Lab cohort. Hope to see you then!


Please visit us on our website for more information about the Lab experience: https://www.farmtoschool.org/about/racial-equity-learning-lab 

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

Program Manager, 

National Farm to School Network


(323) 694-0668 | Based in Illinois*

trisha@farmtoschool.org 

www.farmtoschool.org

* 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: native-land.ca
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Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Apply by July 10: Farm to School Leadership Academy

Good morning, everyone.

 

I wanted to pass along some information about a national Farm to School learning opportunity – the Farm to School Leadership Academy.

 

This will be a year-long community of learning to support you in transforming school food systems. The Farm to School Leadership Academy brings together leaders and aspiring leaders who are dedicated to food systems education and committed to healing these systems in schools and early childhood settings. Participants will explore principles of transformational leadership, systems change, and community support to enhance and strengthen their ongoing farm to school efforts.


Who should apply? The program is best suited for educators, coordinators, and leaders working in farm to school and food education in preK-12 settings. Priority will be given to those working in public school systems.

 

Important Dates

    • Applications Due: Wednesday, July 10, 2024
    • Fall 2024: Virtual welcome and orientation session in October, date to be determined
    • November 13-15 2024: Program begins with a two-day retreat at Shelburne Farms in Vermont.
    • Winter 2024-25: Two virtual group sessions
    • Spring 2025: Second in-person retreat in North Carolina, details to be announced.
    • Spring 2025: Final virtual gathering

 

Apply today! The Farm to School Leadership Academy is a partnership between National Farm to School NetworkShelburne FarmsCenter for Environmental Farming Systems, and North Carolina State University. It is funded at least in part by US Department of Agriculture.

 

Have a fantastic holiday weekend!

 

All my best,

Cheyenne Liberti

she/her

 

Farm to Program Consultant

Office of Nutrition Services

Michigan Department of Education

 

LibertiC@michigan.gov

(517) 284-0765

 

Nourishing Michigan’s Future during the summer!  Find a Summer Food Service Program site nearest you and encourage Michigan’s children to Meet Up and Eat Up!    www.michigan.gov/meetupeatup

 

     

 

Get personalized voter information on early voting and other topics at Michigan.gov/Vote.

 

Monday, June 24, 2024

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Thursday, June 20, 2024

Save the Date for the 2024 Michigan Apple Crunch

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Save the Date!

2024 Michigan Apple Crunch on October 17, 2024

The Michigan Farm to Institution Network is excited to announce the date for the 2024 Michigan Apple Crunch! This year we will be hosting the 12th annual Crunch on Thursday, October 17th. Last year, more than 250,000 people participated in The Crunch at their local school, hospital, business, organization or from their own home. Be sure to mark the Crunch on your calendars for this year and help us reach the 2024 goal of 350,000 Crunchers in Michigan. 


The Michigan Apple Crunch is a statewide event that promotes local food and farm to school programs by encouraging as many people as possible to “crunch” into a juicy Michigan Apple. Though the event is primarily focused on K-12 school participation, we encourage any large or small institutions, businesses or organizations to register for the event and join in the fun. Michigan is a top-three apple producing state and the Crunch is a great way to introduce students or employees to the benefits of local sourcing and local apples. 


Look for the Crunch registration to be released in August, along with the 2024 Crunch Guide and many more resources for making this year’s Crunch the best one yet. Please make sure to follow the Michigan Apple Crunch Facebook page for the latest updates and to post pictures of your Crunch when you celebrate on October 17th.  


The Michigan Apple Crunch is a collaborative promotional program of the Michigan Farm to Institution Network. MFIN is coordinated by the Center for Regional Food Systems with support from MSU Extension.  


For questions about the 2024 Michigan Apple Crunch, please contact Garrett Ziegler, with MSU Extension at zieglerg@msu.edu

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