Training & Events

December 10th, 2018 - LA SARE Farm Profitability Workshop

Join the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana SARE as we welcome Ellen Polishuk on December 10 for a whole farm profitability workshop. The workshop will be held at the UL Cade Farm at 1234 W J Bernard Rd in St. Martinville, LA.

  • This training will help you discover where the profits are on your farm, and where they're not!
  • Find out if you're losing money with every bunch of carrots you sell!
  • Learn tools to help you determine which crops to grow more of, and which to drop!
  • Check out the Veggie Compass: a whole farm profit management tool.

Lunch from Bread & Circus Provisions is included in $10 registration cost. Register at:

January 30th, 2019 - Seafood Processor's Conference

A hands-on event for the seafood processing community. Whether you're packaging shrimp, fish, crab, or oyster now, or just thinking about getting involved in "micro-processing", this event can take your business to the next level. Learn from LSU seafood experts everything about "Beyond the Boat":

  • Processing equipment demonstrations, such as modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) & vacuum packing
  • Packaging and shipping options comparison
  • Marketing strategies review
  • Vendor expo for one-on-one assistance
  • Product options & chef demonstrations

The cost of attending is $20.00. Event will take place at the 4-H Mini Farm, LSU Campus, AgCenter Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808. To register, please visit:

March 21st-22nd, 2019 - Louisiana Women in Agriculture Conference

The goal of this conference is to provide support, empowerment and education to women in agriculture who are growing Louisiana’s future. Keynote speaker Marji Guyler-Alaniz, president and founder of FarmHer, will share her story of inspiration and finding her passion with FarmHer. This year's conference is being held in Alexandria, Louisiana and costs $50 to attend. For more information or to register, please visit

Funding Opportunities

FY 2019 USDA Farm to School Grant Request for Applications (RFA) is now available!

Grants are designed to expand farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools.

FY 2019 Farm to School Training & Curricula Request for Proposals (RFP)

This RFP process will establish one or more Cooperative Agreements with one or more organizations to create a producer-focused training curriculum designed to build producer capacity to launch or expand farm to school efforts. The contracted organization(s) will also conduct and evaluate “train the trainer” style trainings on how to use the curriculum.

  • Application deadline: November 26, 2018
  • Up to $2,000,000 is available for the Cooperative Agreement(s)

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 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 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 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 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 at and submit via email only. *Schools are not eligible to apply. Please visit the Fruit Tree 101 Grants page for 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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