Upcoming webinars, funding opportunities, and new resources!

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Volume 4, Issue 11, May 22, 2018

The Dirt - New and Notes from FNS's Office of Community Food Systems
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Garden to Cafeteria Toolkit Webinar is TODAY!

Date: May 22, 2018 from 2:00 - 3:00pm EDT

Are you interested in bringing fresh produce from the school garden into the cafeteria to prepare healthy school meals? If so, join Slow Food USA and the Whole Kids Foundation for a webinar that will introduce the new Garden to Cafeteria Toolkit! Participants will learn about the toolkit which was designed to assist school districts in developing food safety protocols, training workshops, and partnerships to launch their own Garden to Cafeteria programs. Additionally, Tegan Bernstein, USDA Farm to School Regional Lead in the Mid-Atlantic Region and contributor to the toolkit, will be available to answer questions. Slow Food USA's goal is to build a community to support school districts in creating their own Garden to Cafeteria programs based on guidance found in the toolkit.

Additional Webinars

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NFSN Trending Topics Webinar: State Farm to School Positions

Date: June 7, 2018 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT

State-supported farm to school positions within State agencies and extension offices offer vital leadership and support to further institutionalize the farm to school movement. Join this webinar to learn about a 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 maintaining State positions. Hear from NFSN Core Partners in South Carolina, Missouri, and Oregon as they share their success, challenges, and lessons learned.

Deep Dive: Fundraising for Farm to School

Date: June 19, 2018 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM EDT

Fundraising for farm to school can be challenging. Join this webinar to learn about different opportunities and avenues to fundraise for farm to school activities. This webinar is open to the public and will be led by Lea Madry, National Farm to School Network Development Director.


Funding Opportunities and Resources

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Jump Start Healthy Changes Grant

Fuel Up to Play 60: Jump Start Healthy Changes Grants offer funding for schools to improve opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity. Funds are awarded for schools to implement at least one Healthy Eating Play and one Physical Activity Play from the Fuel Up to Play 60 Playbook.

K-12 schools that are enrolled in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program for the school year and participate in the National School Lunch Program are eligible to apply.

Applications are due June 13, 2018!

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Sustainable Agriculture Systems Grant

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative's Sustainable Agricultural Systems (SAS) program area promotes the sustainable supply of abundant, affordable, safe, nutritious, and accessible food and other agricultural products, while enhancing economic opportunities and improving the long-term health and well-being of all Americans.

SAS seeks to help transform the U.S. food and agricultural system to increase production in sustainable ways. Funding will support projects focused on increasing agricultural productivity; optimizing water and nitrogen use efficiency; protecting yield losses from stresses, diseases, and pests; reducing food-borne diseases; and advancing development of biobased fuels, chemicals, and co-products.

A letter of intent is due by June 27, 2018 and the deadline to submit an application is October 10, 2018!


Food and Agriculture Education Information System Grant

The National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests applications for the Food and Agriculture Education Information System (FAEIS) for fiscal year 2018 to maintain a national food and agricultural education information system that contains information on enrollment, degrees awarded, faculty, employment placement, and other similar information in the food and agricultural sciences.

FAEIS is a comprehensive database that gathers information, on a voluntary basis, from degree granting institutions of higher education on student enrollment in Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Human Sciences (FANH) sciences, degrees awarded, and graduate placement at all degree levels and by gender, race, and other relevant categories. In addition, data is collected on faculty salaries by rank and discipline.

Applications are due June 28, 2018!

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High Obesity Program Grant

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the availability of funds to implement CDC-RFA-DP18-1809: High Obesity Program. This five-year program will fund land grant universities to leverage community extension services to implement evidence-based strategies that increase access to places that provide healthier foods and safe and accessible places for physical activity in counties with an adult obesity rate of over 40 percent.

A letter of intent is due by June 7, 2018 and the deadline to submit an application is July 9, 2018!

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MyPlate Supports Local Agriculture!

MyPlate, MyState is the newest component of MyPlate, MyWins and leverages the prime growing and farmers market seasons. MyPlate, MyState asks the questions: What foods, flavors, and recipes is your state/territory known for, and how do they fit into your healthy eating style?

Foods and flavors from every state and territory in this nation can help us all create lasting healthy eating styles we can enjoy. Healthy eating styles are not rigid plans, but rather ones that can be adapted to include foods that you enjoy and that meet your personal and cultural preferences that fit within your budget.

Learn more about how you can enjoy more local foods and check out this map to see which local items are growing near you!