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Montana Farm to School Coaches — Job opportunity!

Montana State University Montana Team Nutrition Program is hiring two part-time (.25 FTE or 10 hours per week) Montana Farm to School Coaches to provide support schools and communities in implementing farm to school initiatives through training and one-on-one guidance! The Montana Farm to School Coaches will help to host Farm to School Regional Showcases and assist in planning the Montana Farm to School Summit. The successful candidate will be located in north, central, or eastern Montana. Preferred locations are Great Falls, Havre, Miles City, or Glendive, or surrounding areas in those regions. Screening begins September 6.

Complete job announcement and application procedures.

Equal Opportunity Employer, Veterans/Disabled

For questions about the position please contact Aubree Roth at aubree.roth@montana.edu or (406) 994-5996.

MT Harvest of the Month Mini-Grants – Deadline: September 23, 2019
Montana Team Nutrition Program and National Center for Appropriate Technology are excited to accept applications for the Montana Harvest of the Month Mini-Grant program. Ten $500 mini–grants will be distributed in October 2019 to Montana schools and afterschool programs that are participating in Montana Harvest of the Month. Twelve $400 mini-grants are open to early care and education and healthcare sites participating in Harvest of the Month. New Harvest of the Month sites are welcome to apply! The mini-grants are funded with support from the Northern Pulse Growers Association, Montana Specialty Crop Block Grant, and Montana Office of Public Instruction.

Target Field Trip Grants — Deadline: October 1, 2019
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.

National Education Association Foundation Grant — Deadline: October 15, 2019
Student Achievement 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.

Annie’s Grant for Edible School Gardens — Deadline: November 1, 2019
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.

Call for Applications: 2020 RWJF Culture of Health Prize — Deadline: November 4, 2019
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize recognizes communities that have come together around a commitment to health, opportunity, and equity through collaboration and inclusion. Through the RWJF Culture of Health Prize application process, a community comes together to tell their inspiring stories of collaboration, action, and results. Communities should understand they are applying for a prize and not a grant. The Prize recognizes work that has already been accomplished so there is no required workplan or budget.

Health Hero Award – Deadline: December 31, 2019
Do you know anyone in your circles who stands out as a health champion, someone who goes beyond what is expected and is an inspiration to others? Please consider recognizing them by nominating them to receive one of these prestigious state-wide Health Hero Awards.

Salad Bars to Schools Grant Applications
Salad Bars To Schools has granted over 5,000 salad bars to schools since 2010—and yours could be next! The Salad Bars To Schools program is focused on donating salad bars to school districts so that every child across our nation has daily access to fresh fruits and vegetables

National Farm to School Network Farm to ECE Procurement Blog

Early care and education (ECE) sites are leading the way with innovative approaches to connect children and their families to local food and local food producers. National Farm to School Network’s Farm to ECE Procurement Blog Series highlights successes and key learnings from farm to ECE programs and partners across the country. Explore the blog series here.

“Grow It, Try It, Like It!” Fun with Fruits and Vegetables at Family Child Care

  • Team Nutrition’s popular “Grow It, Try It, Like It!” nutrition education materials have been updated and customized for use by family child care homes!  This resource is filled with garden-themed activities for children ages three through five, with tips on how to include older children in the learning as well. This version of “Grow It, Try It, Like It!” also includes new posters, fruit and vegetable cards, and recipes. Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) operators will be able to request printed copies this spring.

FoodSpan

  • While public interest in where our food comes from continues to grow, there is a dearth of resources available for teaching young people about the food system. Check out the FoodSpan curriculum created by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future  for a free, downloadable curriculum that provides high school students with a deep understanding of critical food system issues.

 

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