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October 2016

Webinar: Bringing Local to our Littlest Eaters – Local Procurement in Early Care and Education

October 12, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Serving local foods in meals, snacks, and taste tests is a core element of farm to early care and education and contributes to numerous benefits for kids, farmers, and communities. However, understanding where and how to purchase local foods as well as how to incorporate them into early care and education meal programs can be a challenge. In this informational webinar, speakers from the National Farm to School Network, US Department of Agriculture, Michigan State University Center for Regional Food…

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November 2016

6th Farm-Based Education Network National Gathering

November 4, 2016 - November 6, 2016
Concord-Carlisle High School Concord, MA United States + Google Map

Educators, farmers, nonprofit organization staff, parents, nutrition practitioners, policy makers, students, and more will come together to share skills and resources, build relationships, and celebrate the vibrant field of farm-based education. The Gathering will also welcome many members of our host community, from teachers and food service professionals, to parents, students and local food advocates who seek engagement with the transformative work of farm-based education. Organizers expect 300-500 to travel from several states and internationally to attend components of the Gathering, with…

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December 2016

Stone Barns Center 2016 Young Farmers Conference

December 7, 2016 @ 8:00 am - December 8, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

This year, portions of the Stone Barns Center 2016 Young Farmers Conference will be livestreamed! To watch workshops online, visit http://www.virtualgrange.org/learn/young-farmers-conference/ on December 7 and 8. LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE: Wednesday December 7 8:00am: Farms as Agents of Social Change 11:00am:  Fitting Green Manure Cover Crops into Crop Rotation 12:45pm:  Understanding Customer Behavior at Farmers Markets Thursday December 8 6:15am: Acta Non-Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project 8:00am: Carbon Farming 11:00am: Panel: Grassfed Grazing 12:45pm: Land Access for Urban Farmers

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Webinar: Six Flavorful Strategies For Increasing Vegetable Consumption

December 7, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

To meet current nutritional recommendations, everyone is looking for ways to increase vegetable consumption by American youth. Chef Matt Poling and #Social Media Guru Dayle Hayes will share six successful strategies—beyond side dishes and salad bars—to serve more veggies in school meals. More importantly, these on-trend, kid-friendly concepts have been proven to actually increase vegetable consumption. As we know, it is not nutrition until our customers actually eat it! Participation in this webinar is worth 1 SNA CEU. Learning Objectives…

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Webinar: Introduction to the New Web-Based Prototype Application for School Meals

December 15, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

FNS is hosting an informational Webinar to introduce its first ever Web-Based Prototype Application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals! This new model application incorporates research-backed design features intended to reduce applicant error that can lead to improper over-certification or mistaken denial of program benefits.  It was built to illustrate and advance the development of integrity-focused, user accessible, web-based application design. During this session, FNS will provide a walkthrough of the application’s layout and design features and highlight how the application’s…

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January 2017

Webinar: January NFSN Farm to ECE Webinar: Good Food, Great Kids Project

January 11, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

pfc Social Impact Advisors, in partnership with the National Farm to School Network and the BUILD Initiative, recently developed a series of case studies on the emerging benefits of farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) initiatives. These case studies, along with the accompanying policy report, explore the policy and practice of how communities are joining forces to bring farm to ECE programs to vulnerable children and families. Join us to hear from Hilda Vega, Vice President of Programs at…

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March 2017

National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference

March 5, 2017 @ 8:00 am - March 7, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street NW
Washington DC, DC 20008 United States
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Join 1,000+ of your fellow anti-hunger advocates in Washington, D.C., for two days of “can’t miss” networking opportunities, content-rich sessions, and interactive training, followed by a day on Capitol Hill. You’ll go home with an arsenal of best practices, innovative advocacy methods, and personal connections to help you better fight hunger in your community, your state, and at the national level.

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Community Food Systems Conference Request for Proposals

March 7, 2017 @ 8:00 am - April 3, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza
Boston, MA United States
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Proposal Application Period: February 7, 2017 - April 3, 2017 Online form for proposals: https://www.tfaforms.com/4600123 New Entry Sustainable Farming Project's Community Food Systems Conference will address common underlying themes between food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture. The conference will provide space for conversations around promoting, facilitating, and supporting self-reliance; breaking down barriers to racial and economic justice; connecting communities to their food sources; and impacting communities at the local and regional level through sustainable land use, food production including fisheries and…

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Webinar: Curbing Marketing to Students: What the Final Wellness Policy Rule Means for Schools

March 9, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

On July 29, 2016, USDA finalized regulations that strengthen requirements for local school wellness policies. Among other requirements, the final rule allows in-school promotions only for foods and beverages that meet the USDA’s Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards. This webinar explains how the USDA's final rule affects food and beverage marketing in schools. Presenters will provide practical tips for school districts on how to remove unhealthy food marketing and handle challenges that arise as they work to comply with…

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Webinar: Promising Partnerships – Extension and Farm to Early Care and Education

March 14, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

With the goal of bringing practical information to improve the lives of agricultural producers, consumers, families, and children, extension is a natural fit for partnership in farm to school and farm to early care and education (ECE) initiatives. Across the U.S., extension provides a vital link to resources and information and builds connections between producers and communities, expanding opportunities for local procurement, gardening, and food and agriculture education in schools and ECE settings. The National Institute for Food and Agriculture,…

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