Celebrate National Garden Month

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Volume 4, Issue 8, April 17, 2018

The Dirt - New and Notes from FNS's Office of Community Food Systems
Discovery Garden

National Garden Month

Now that the flowers are blooming and the bees are buzzing, we can finally pull out our shovels and plant seeds for the spring bounty. Gardening is a perfect activity to engage children and students. From discovering how food grows, to understanding nutrition and agriculture-related concepts, gardening provides a hands-on learning opportunity that is fun and exciting. This month, explore the resources below that help connect children to local farmers and farmers market. Whether your garden is at school or home, or if you are a master gardener or beginner, these resources are sure to fit your needs. Happy National Garden Month!! 

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Spring has Sprung!

Check out Team Nutrition's gardening activities and seasonal recipes to get your spring season off to a great start!

NFSN Trending Topics Webinar: State Farm to School Network 

    Date: May 10, 2018 @ 2:00pm ET

    State networks are vital to the establishment and growth of farm to school programs by providing a platform that allows for strategic planning and coordination. While each state network is unique, many share a set of key strategies that contribute to their success. Join this webinar to learn about a new resource from the National Farm to School Network that highlights best practices and hear from NFSN Core Partners who are leading the way in state network development.

    NFSN Trending Topics Webinar: State-Supported Farm to School Positions

    Date: June 7, 2018 @ 3:00pm ET

    State-supported farm to school positions within State agencies and Extension offices provide vision and direction to support the institutionalization of farm to school within an organization's culture. Join this webinar to learn about a valuable new resource from the National Farm to School Network which highlights the growth and prevalence of state-supported farm to school positions and offers tools, resources, and best practices for advocating for and maintaining state positions. Hear from NFSN Core Partners in South Carolina, Missouri, and Oregon as they share their success, challenges, and lessons learned and take away practical steps to advancing state-supported positions. This webinar is open to the public and will be recorded and archived for future viewing.