Hello Farm to Fork Friends,
Summer offers many great opportunities for farm to fork engagement, whether you’re growing food or just eating it. There’s something for everyone in our Get Involved section this month, so read on to find an activity for you.
What to Harvest This Month
Are you ready for zucchini season? Is anybody ever really ready for the prolific produce these powerhouse plants put out? Ready or not, their time is now. If you find yourself swimming in a sea of summer squash, try a self-rescue with these fun Zucchini Boats from the Chef Ann Foundation. Tell us your favorite way to eat zucchini @utfarm2fork.
Attend a Regional Strategic Planning Workshop
As part of our statewide strategic planning process, we’re coming to a community near you! We want people who are actually doing the work of farm to fork—growing food, buying and cooking food, and teaching students—to provide input on our priorities for the next five years. Registration is open now! Use the links below to secure a spot at the workshop that works best for you. All workshops will be from 9:30 am-3:30 pm, and $100 stipends are available for attendees.
Our quarterly task force meeting is canceled this month to make room for these gatherings.
Register for the Farm Fresh Summer Challenge
The Farm Fresh Summer Challenge is a way for child nutrition sponsors to increase their farm to fork participation during the summer months, and to be recognized for their efforts. All Utah SSO and SFSP sites are eligible to participate, as are any CACFP sites operating in June and July. The challenge runs through July 31, 2022. Learn more and register here.
Volunteer with New Roots
The International Rescue Committee’s New Roots program has volunteer opportunities helping with their CSA and Sunnyvale Farmers Market, as well as one-time opportunities for groups to help with projects like fence building, high tunnel construction, and weeding. The first step is to sign up for a virtual volunteer orientation, held twice per month. You can learn more about New Roots at newrootsslc.org.
Webinars & Trainings
School Garden Leadership Institute, December 4-9, 2022, Santa Cruz, CA
The School Garden Support Organization Leadership Institute is seeking school garden leadership teams to collaborate, learn from one another, and curate resources to share with a national audience. We are particularly seeking school district-run garden programs or those collaborating with a school district(s) to support multiple school gardens
Sliding scale fees and travel stipends available. Apply by August 1. Learn more and apply at www.lifelab.org/sgso-institute.
Earth Smarts Summer Camp at The Kinlands, Riverton, UT
A learning opportunity for the little ones! In Earth Smarts we’ll connect with the season of summer by working with the land which includes: plants, animals, food, and flowers. Each day you can expect that your child will interact with any number of these things, as well as one to two hands-on experiences including foraging, creating, cultivating, and cooking. You can also expect that your child will play, run, jump, and soak up sunshine. In addition, throughout the week they'll have opportunities to connect with animals, people, and places. Learn more and register for a session here.
Improving Equity The Farm to School Coalition of NC and CEFS Farm to School Initiative are hosting a FREE five-session training series on Racial Equity in Farm to School. We hope you will join us for this training that is sure to be filled with important information, compelling discussions, and accessible action items.
This free, 120 min workshop series will be led by a team from we are. The series has been structured to allow for extended learning for past attendees while remaining accessible for new participants. Session dates are below and every session will take place from 1:00-3:00 pm MT, virtually. Join us for all of the sessions or just one!
Session I-Implicit Bias: July 19th
Session II-Language Analysis & Speak Up: August 30th
Session III-History and Policy: September 20th
Session IV-Curriculum / School Meals: October 25th
Session V-Community Praxis sharing in farm to school: November 8th
Register here: Racial Equity in Farm to School
Job Opportunities Youth Education Coordinator, EATS, Park City
Reporting to the Program Manager, the Youth Education Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring seamless delivery of all EATS Park City’s cooking class programs to school-aged students. This program includes in-school, afterschool, summer, camp, and private cooking classes. The Youth Education Coordinator will focus their energy on facilitation, volunteer recruitment, evaluation, logistical coordination, and growth of the cooking class program. At EATS Park City, we teach nutrition education through cooking classes. Thus, the Youth Education Coordinator will play a key role in realizing EATS vision of creating a significantly healthier generation equipped with the key life skill of being able to cook. Learn more and apply here.
FruitShare Harvest Leader, The Green Urban Lunch Box, Salt Lake City
The FruitShare Harvest Leader is an essential team member who will support our mission to harvest and rescue fruit from residential fruit trees to feed hungry families while educating the community on the importance of local food. This is a great opportunity to learn about local fruit and local food, fruit trees, community organizing, and hunger relief efforts in our community. This is a seasonal 12-15 week position that will begin on July 19th and end in mid-October. This position is 40 hours/week at $15/hour. Learn more and apply here.
Little Seeds Pollinator Pals Grant
In partnership with Little Seeds Kids, twenty programs will be awarded $500 to support the development of new and expansion of existing pollinator gardens in communities across the United States. Applications are due July 15, 2022. Learn more and apply here.
Be sure to share your upcoming events, grant opportunities, and jobs with us so that we can share them here!