Events and Funding Opportunities

February 29, 2020 - Herb Day

Free, LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens, 4560 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Herb Day is an educational outdoor and gardening event and sale sponsored by the American Herb Society Baton Rouge Unit. There will be an Herb “Petting Zoo” and other children’s activities to make this event fun for all ages. Herb classes will start at 9:30 a.m. and continue every hour. For more information, please visit the Facebook event page.


March 7, 2020 - StoryTime in the Garden

Free, LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens, 4560 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809

StoryTime in the Garden is a creative way of mixing storytelling and imagination with hands on craft activities for children. The program meets one Saturday a month September through May from 9 a.m. - Noon. Children ages 3-8 can enjoy storybook readings and imagination-themed activities every half hour. All children participating in the program must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is not required and admission is free. For more information, please visit the Facebook event page.


March 9, 2020 - Worm Composting Workshop

$5 Fee, Louisiana Nursery, 12290 Mansfield Road, Keithville, LA 71047

Worm Composting 'Vermicomposting' is an easy, efficient way to recycle food wastes into a fine, high-quality compost (worm castings) for your garden. Louisiana Gardening Expert Dwain Spillman will help you build your very own Worm Composting Container and learn how to successfully compost the easy way in this Hands-On Workshop! All materials will be provided. This workshop will be great fun for kids too! To register, please visit the event page.


March 16, 2020 - Louisiana Veggie Gardening Workshop

Free, Louisiana Nursery, 12290 Mansfield Road, Keithville, LA 71047

Master Gardener Eve Bakerville will share her techniques to successful vegetable gardening in Louisiana. You won't need a "green thumb" to be able to pick fresh veggies all year long! There will also be refreshments and door prizes. To register, please visit the event page.


March 23, 2020 - The Love of Herbs Workshop

Free, Louisiana Nursery, 12290 Mansfield Road, Keithville, LA 71047

Ms. Rose Kelly, an Herb Gardening Expert, will help you discover the absolute joy of Herb Gardening with her delightful techniques of planting, growing and using herbs in everyday cooking. She will show how and where to incorporate herbs in the landscape or containers to make your yard not only beautiful but deliciously edible. There will also be refreshments and door prizes. To register, please visit the event page.


March 24-25, 2020 - Summer Food Service Program Training for New Sponsors

$25 Fee, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) will host a training for new Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors on Tuesday, March 24 and Wednesday, March 25 from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. View the agenda here. To register, please visit the event page.


March 28, 2020 - Spring Garden Day

$5 Fee Per Vehicle, LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station, 21549 Old Covington Hwy, Hammond, LA 70403

The LSU AgCenter and Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardener Association will co-host the annual Spring Garden Day. Join the celebration for a day of gardening fun, kids' activities, educational exhibits, gardening seminars, vendor booths, and a plant sale! For more information, please visit the Facebook event page.


March 30, 2020 - Louisiana Veggie Gardening Workshop

Free, Louisiana Nursery, 12290 Mansfield Road, Keithville, LA 71047

LSU AgCenter Area Agent and Horticulture Expert Mark Wilson will teach you how to attract and enjoy the company of Hummingbirds and Butterflies in your own yard by learning how to plant and maintain a specialized Hummingbird and Butterfly Garden! There will also be refreshments and door prizes. To register, please visit the event page.


March 30-31, 2020 - Louisiana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Conference

Baton Rouge Marriott, 5500 Hilton Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Over 300 Registered Dietitians, Dietetic Technicians, Dietary Managers, Food Service Directors, and other allied healthcare professionals from throughout Louisiana and neighboring states will attend the Annual Conference and Training. These professionals make decisions in food service operations, clinical settings, schools, and other healthcare and hospitality businesses. For more information or to register, please visit the conference page.


April 2-3, 2020 - School Nutrition Culinary Skills Training

Louisiana Culinary Institute, 10550 Airline Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70816

Louisiana Team Nutrition is hosting a culinary training designed to teach child nutrition professionals skills necessary for school meal preparation. Topics covered in the training include mise en place, knife skills, batch cooking, presentation, weighing/measuring, portioning, and baking. View the agenda here. To register, please visit the event page.


April 4, 2020 - StoryTime in the Garden

Free, LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens, 4560 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809

StoryTime in the Garden is a creative way of mixing storytelling and imagination with hands on craft activities for children. The program meets one Saturday a month September through Mary from 9 a.m. - Noon. Children ages 3-8 can enjoy storybook readings and imagination-themed activities every half hour. All children participating in the program must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is not required and admission is free.For more information, please visit the Facebook event page.


April 9, 2020 - Practical Farm Certifications Workshop

$12 Fee, Inglewood Farm, 6287 Old Baton Rouge Highway #9327, Alexandria, LA 71302

Please join Louisiana SARE with the LSU AgCenter to learn which certifications are practical for your growing operation. Certifications to be covered include food safety (FSMA, GAPs, SQF), branding (Certified Louisiana, Louisiana Grown, FMNP, Certified Grassfed), and organic (USDA Certified Organic and Certified Naturally Grown). Lunch will be included with the training, and an optional tour of Inglewood Farm will be offered at the conclusion of the workshop. To register, please visit the event page.


April 21-23, 2020 - National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Save the date for the 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, coming to Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 21-23, 2020! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene hundreds of movement leaders working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of healthy food and agricultural literacy across America. For more information, please visit the conference page.


May 1, 2020 - School Lunch Hero Day

Free, Nationwide!

School Lunch Hero Day is an opportunity to celebrate the school nutrition professionals who work hard every day to prepare healthy meals for students. Join us in showing appreciation for the men and women who make a difference in school cafeterias! For more information, please visit www.schoollunchheroday.com.


May 5-8, 2020 - AgMagic on the River

Free, Docville Farm, 5124 E St Bernard Hwy, Violet, LA 70092

AgMagic is an interactive, visually stimulating, educational journey through Louisiana agriculture. Explore and learn about agriculture and the environment, as well as the important role each plays in our daily lives. For more information or to register, please visit the event page.


May 9, 2020 - StoryTime in the Garden

Free, LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens, 4560 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809

StoryTime in the Garden is a creative way of mixing storytelling and imagination with hands on craft activities for children. The program meets one Saturday a month September through May from 9 a.m. - Noon. Children ages 3-8 can enjoy storybook readings and imagination-themed activities every half hour. All children participating in the program must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is not required and admission is free. For more information, please visit the Facebook event page.


May 13-17, 2020 - National Public Gardens Week

Free, LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens, 4560 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809

This annual, weeklong event will be committed to emphasizing the import role public gardens across the country play in promoting education and exposure to our environment as well as our gardens. Each day of the week will have a themed agenda. The event is free and open to the public. There is no registration necessary. Each day we will meet at the Conference Center. For more information, please visit the Facebook event page.


June 8-10, 2020 - School Nutrition Association of Louisiana Conference

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, 201 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge, LA 70801

The annual School Nutrition Association of Louisiana (SNAL) Conference will take place on June 8-10 in Baton Rouge. Online registration is TBA. To register phone, please call 1-800-955-6962.


July 12-14, 2020 - School Nutrition Association National Conference

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, 2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214

Get ready to see the possibilities—and seize the solutions! Mark your calendars now and join the School Nutrition Networking Event of the Year—SNA’s 74th Annual National Conference (ANC), July 12-14, 2020! Hear from speakers like Ben Nemtin and Erik Qualman and enjoy educational sessions, exhibits, and workshops. To register and learn more about the conference, please visit the conference event page.


October 26, 2020 - Corn Maze Saturday

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens, 4560 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Enjoy some crazy, mazy family fun as you find your way through the maze. Test your skill at the giant sling shots, climb Hay Mountain, visit the farm animals and take a hayride. Other activities include pumpkin decorating, children's zipline, corn crib and more. Concessions available. The fun continues every Saturday in October. Admission is $10 per person. Free for children 3 and younger. To learn more, visit the event page.


Funding Opportunities

Target Field Trip Grants

Some of the best learning opportunities happen outside the classroom. That's why Target is helping give students a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience through field trips (like visits to a local farm!). As part of the program, Target stores award Target Field Trip™ grants to K-12 schools nationwide. Learn more about the grants and apply here.


National Education Association Foundation Grants

Student Success Grants, offered by the National Education Association (NEA) Foundation, are for projects that help students learn how to think critically and solve problems in order to improve student learning. Learning & Leadership Grants, offered by the NEA Foundation, are for professional development opportunities for individuals or groups. Grants are available to current members of NEA who are educators in public schools or public institutions of higher education. Preference is given to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global learning into projects, which can include farm to school activities. Two levels of funding are available: $2,000 and $5,000. Apply for a Student Success Grant here or a Learning & Leadership Grant here.


Annie's Grant for Edible School Gardens

Want a school garden? Annie’s believes that showing future generations how sustainable food is grown changes their lives. Connecting kids to gardens helps them to start thinking more holistically about their food, their communities, and the planet. The application period for 2020 will open July 2020 and close November 2020. Learn more about Annie's Grant and apply here.


The Bee Grant

The Bee Cause Project empowers students, teachers, and community members to experience the wonder, ingenuity, beauty, and power of the honey bee. Join the network of passionate educators, beekeepers, and community leaders in building the buzz for integrating bees into STEAM education. Learn more about the Bee Grant and apply here.


Clif Bar Family Foundation Small Grants

The Clif Bar Family Foundation awards small grants for projects focused on one of five priority areas, including creating a robust, healthy food system, increasing opportunities for outdoor activity, and building stronger communities, a great fit for school garden projects. These grants are awarded for general organizational support as well as funding for specific projects. Learn more about the Clif Bar Foundation and apply here.


Captain Planet Project Learning Garden

Schools can apply now to win a Captain Planet Foundation Project Learning Garden through partnerships with grocery retailers around the country. Grand Prize Winners will receive a one year supply of DOLE Fruit Bowls and a Project Learning Garden provided by Captain Planet Foundation, including: 5 garden beds or garden expansion (for schools with an existing garden), mobile garden cooking cart, standards-based Learning Garden lessons and lesson supply kits, and online teacher training. Learn more about the Project Learning Garden and apply here.


Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools

The Chef Ann Foundation has $250,000 available to support school lunchroom learning programs. Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools is a grant program designed to help increase kids’ access to fresh fruits and vegetables and create experiential nutrition education when and where students make their food choices: in the cafeteria. The $2,500 one-year grants support food costs to incorporate school-wide fruit and vegetable tastings into the school's nutrition program. Any district or independent school participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is eligible to apply. Grants will be determined on an ongoing basis depending on available funding; there is no application deadline. Learn more about Project Produce and apply here.


The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF) and Dreyer's Fruit Bars

FTPF and Dreyer's are planting orchards across the country in a collaborative program called "Communities Take Root," and your town could be next! They invite your community to apply for this exciting opportunity to grow fresh fruit, beautify neighborhoods, strengthen relationships and build community food security—all through the simple act of planting fruit trees. FTPF is currently accepting the first 100 qualified applications for the next round of the program, which involves a public online vote to select the final recipients.* FTPF provides all plants, related materials and equipment, community workshops and training, and our team will work with your community volunteers to install the orchard. Recipients must have the appropriate space and commitment to the orchard to qualify. Download the application here and submit via email only. *Schools are not eligible to apply. Please visit the Fruit Tree 101 Grants pagefor more information about the school orchard program.


Salad Bars to Schools

Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools is a comprehensive grassroots public health effort to mobilize and engage stakeholders at the local, state and national level to support salad bars in schools. Their vision is to significantly increase salad bars in schools across the country until every child has the choice of healthy fruits and vegetables every day at school. Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools is an initiative of the Food Family Farming Foundation, National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance, United Fresh Produce Association Foundation, and Whole Foods Market to support First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative. The goal of the Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools program is to fund and award 6000 salad bars over the next three years.



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