Hello Farm to Fork Friends,
We hope you had as much fun celebrating Apple Crunch Day as we did! Together over 78,848 people across the state crunched into Utah-grown apples on October 20th. And our schools, childcare centers, and workplaces spent $24,802 on local apples—that’s money that does directly to Utah farmers. Now imagine what that would look like if we bought local food every month or even every week. If you’ve got fun pictures from the celebration, don’t forget to tag us @utfarm2fork.
What to Harvest This Month
As farmers plant their garlic and wrap up the fields for winter, it’s time to shift our attention to storage crops. If you’re already wondering what to do with your leftover turkey, try our chef-designed Harvest of the Season recipe for Tuscan Turkey Soup! In addition to turkey, the soup contains butternut squash and kale, both of which can be found locally this time of year.
Webinars and Trainings Exploring Native Foodways: Gather Virtual Film Screening and Discussion
In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, Whole Kids Foundation is hosting a viewing and Q&A on the documentary Gather. Gather portrays the growing movement among Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty. Once registered for the event, attendees will receive a link to watch the documentary and are invited to join us on November 8 at 4 pm MST for a Q&A with Gather Director, Sanjay Rawal. Learn more and register here.
Improving Equity The Real History of Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is one of the biggest food holidays in American culture, and many of us have beloved recipes and traditions for the holiday. It also has deeply racist roots. How do we reconcile the two? It starts with learning. I-Collective has curated a collection of writings and videos to help you unlearn the white colonized version of the day and learn more deeply the accurate history of Indigenous people of the land now called North America. The readings, podcasts, and videos presented here center and uplift Indigenous voices. Take your time to digest them and then share something you learned with us @utfarm2fork.
Job Opportunities If you have a farm to fork job opportunity you’d like shared here, let us know!
Funding Opportunities 2022 Youth Garden Grant
The 2022 Youth Garden Grant from KidsGardening.org is now open! A total of 50 programs will be awarded grants this year. Any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program in the United States or US Territories planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18 is eligible to apply. Learn more and apply here. The application deadline is December 17, 2021.
USDA Farm to School Grants
The USDA expects to award approximately $12 million in Farm to School Grants this year. The RFA includes three tracks: Turnkey, Implementation, and State Agency, with awards ranging from $50,000 to $500,000. Eligible schools, State and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, small- to medium-sized agricultural producers or groups of small- to medium-sized agricultural producers, non-profit organizations, and institutions operating the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) at non-school based sites are all eligible to apply! The application deadline is January 10, 2022. Learn more here and then apply on grants.gov.
FFA Living to Serve Grants
Living to Serve Grants provide an opportunity for FFA chapters and state FFA associations/foundations to seek funding to support various types of service projects through a competitive application process. Applicants must identify a community need that falls within one of four focus areas: community safety; hunger, health and nutrition; environmental responsibility; or community engagement. The Day of Service Mini Grants provide up to $400 for a one-time event. The application is always open! Applications received by the 1st of each month are awarded by the 15th. Check back in December for information on the Spring Semester Grant.
Harvest of the Season Microgrants
Stay tuned for information about Garden and Local Food Taste Test Microgrants. Coming soon!
Be sure to share your upcoming events, grant opportunities, and jobs with us so that we can share them here!