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Funding & Resources – October

October is National Farm to School Month! Join us and thousands of schools, early care and education sites, farms, communities and organizations across the country as we celebrate food education, school gardens and lunch trays filled with healthy, local ingredients.  Click through for how you can be involved.

Bring Farm to School to Life with Highbush Blueberries – Webinar – October 3, 11am MST
Resources like the Highbush Blueberry Farm to School Playbook can be a great tool for helping schools of any size find small and big ways to get kids excited about where their food comes from. On this webinar, three schools will share how they’ve used the Farm to School Playbook to put together successful nutrition celebrations with blueberries. Nutrition Consultant Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, will lead a panel discussion with three rockstar school nutrition professionals, who will share easy and practical inspiration for schools looking to kickstart their farm to school programs, tips for a successful promotion and increases in school breakfast/lunch participation, and inspiration for events your students will love. This webinar is hosted by the National Farm to School Network and sponsored by the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council.

Call for Proposals: 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference – Deadline October 4
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Albuquerque, NM, April 21-23, 2020! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene nearly 1,000 diverse stakeholders working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. Do you have expertise to share? Conference organizers are seeking workshop and poster proposals from individuals and organizations working to improve our food system, strengthen community health, empower youth, advance equity and increase opportunities for farmers and food producers. The Request for Proposals is open now through Oct. 4, 2019

Call for Proposals: Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Annual Conference
Deadline: October 4, 2019
This conference will imagine and plan for how nutrition education, rooted in food, can move us to a new food future. SNEB invites proposals related to the ‘What Food Future?’ theme including: concurrent sessions, general sessions, pre- and post-conference workshops or tours, and non-CEU activity sessions (yoga, Zumba, meditation, etc.). Learn more here.

Winter Programming for School Garden Support Organizations in Northern Climates – October 8; 3pm-4pm EST

When much of the school year takes place in freezing temperatures, how do SGSO’s keep kids engaged with garden-based learning, and what are other roles that SGSO’s can take on when the garden is dormant? We’ll discuss ways to bring gardening inside, as well as ways to create advocacy, training, and networking opportunities. Presenters include:
Stefanie Bugash Scopoline from the Wisconsin School Garden Network and Community Groundworks in Wisconsin
Christine Gall from Burlington School Food Project / KidsGardening in Vermont
Erin Jackson from Gallatin Valley Farm to School in Montana.

Registration Open: Community Food Systems Conference
December 9-11, 2019 // Savannah, GA
The conference will draw over 500 participants from various fields including food justice and advocacy, local and regional food policy, nutrition and healthy food access, sustainable agriculture, racial and social justice, and community food projects. Attendees will come from all over the US to discuss food security, social justice, and sustainable agriculture. Register here.

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