Mark your calendar for National School Breakfast Week—March 4-8, 2019! The #NSBW19 theme is “Start Your Engines With School Breakfast,” which is designed to show parents, students, and school officials the benefits of fueling up for the day with a healthy school breakfast. Start planning your celebration today—get started with the help of School Nutrition Association resources.
Back to Your Roots 2019 brings together technical experts, practitioners, and future farmers to share their knowledge as we work together to rebuild our local food system. Join Campti Field of Dreams for their pre-conference North Louisiana Farm Tour, Welcome Reception, Farm-to-Table Dinner and so much more! To register, please visit https://bit.ly/2GbignH.
Southern University AgCenter will be hosting the 2019 Louisiana Small Farmers Conference on March 14th-16th. What to expect: engaging speakers, informative sessions, networking opportunities, and more! Who should attend: farmers, beginning farmers, ag business owners, community leaders, community-based organizations, urban agriculturalists, and government agencies. The conference will be held at the FG Clark Activity Center. To register, please visit: https://bit.ly/2EdXFxT.
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 https://bit.ly/2FkcbFM.
Are you interested in conducting Harvest of the Month lessons at your school? Do you want to learn how to incorporate hands-on food, health, and gardening lessons into your curriculum? Explore different ways to implement a successful Harvest of the Month program in your school and classroom at our Louisiana Harvest of the Month Workshop! Earn 3 Continuing Education credits, take home ready-to-use lessons, materials & resources for your classroom, and have the chance to win door prizes.
The workshop will be held from 12 - 3 PM at the Hill Farm Teaching Facility in Baton Rouge, and the cost of attendance in $10. For more information or to register, please visit lahomtraining.eventbrite.com.
Do you think food, clothing, lumber and other products only come from a store? Come to AgMagicand see and learn where your food and fiber really comes from! The LSU AgCenter's Parker Coliseum will be transformed this spring to show "AgMagic", which will take children and adults through a journey of Louisiana agriculture and economically beneficial commodities they use every day.
The AgMagic experience will be an interactive, visually stimulating environment that will link food and fiber products we use every day to the forests, field crops and livestock produced by Louisiana farmers, ranchers and forest landowners. Featured crops will be displayed in various stages of development, and the importance of interaction between agriculture, the environment, and society at large will be highlighted.
This event is being held in the John M. Parker Coliseum on LSU's campus. For more information or to register for free, please visit https://bit.ly/2QuDrq8.
The Louisiana Farm to School Program is recruiting 30 teachers to attend a school gardening summer workshop series. There will be 10 hands-on workshops covering both horticulture and classroom curriculum. To receive the certificate of completion and official CEU's from the LSU School of Education, participants must attend 7 out of the 10 workshops. There is a fee to attend, but it will be reimbursed to those participants that complete the certificate. For more information, download our flyer. To register, please visit https://bit.ly/2BQHCnA.
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.
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.
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 http://www.ftpf.org/ctr.htm 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.