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Monthly Harvest- June 2022

Monthly Harvest- June 2022

Hello Farm to Fork Friends, We’re headed full speed into summer, and that means farmers markets! Use the handy list that Utah Farmers Market Network put together to find a market near you. And then show us your favorite market finds, whether that’s fresh veggies or a cute pup, on social media, @utfarm2fork. What to Harvest This Month Apricots will be having a hard time this year, at least up north, with the cold late spring weather we had. Snag ‘em if you see ‘em! However, snap peas and fresh greens are here for us, so it’s a great time of year to perfect your salad game. Get Involved! Save the Date for 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 will open later this month, but here’s where we’ll be and when. All workshops will be from 9:30 am-3:30 pm, and $100 stipends are available for attendees. Logan, July 11th Moab, July 20th Vernal, July 21st Heber City, July 26th Richfield, August 1st Cedar City, August 2nd Hunger, Nutrition, and Health Public Listening Session Planning is currently taking place for the September 2022 White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health and organizers are holding regional listening sessions to gather input. These sessions are a critical chance to share your thoughts on the urgency of shifting power in our food system and centering racial equity in discussions of anti-hunger and nutrition policy. The session for the Midwest & Mountains Region is June 3, 11 am-1 pm MDT. There will also be a Spanish-language session for all regions on June 13, 11 am-1 pm MDT. Learn more and register here. Webinars & Trainings Edible Schoolyard Virtual Summer Training, June 21-24, 2022 The experts at Edible Schoolyard will once again be hosting an interactive virtual exploration of fundamental practices and understandings for growing a thriving edible education program. Learn more and register here. Funding Your Garden, June 14, 2022, 2 pm MDT School food gardens need funding to get started and continue from year to year, and what better way to secure support than through your local community? In this webinar, a panel of garden experts will discuss ways to fundraise. From crowdfunding, to securing donations, learn what makes your program attractive to local supporters. Learn more and register here. Don’t have time for a full webinar? Check out our short handout on funding school gardens, available on the school garden resources section of our website. Improving Equity
In order to build a resilient and just food supply chain, we have to confront white supremacy. The Tops grocery store on Buffalo’s East Side existed as a result of years community advocacy and engagement. Now that store is temporarily closed in the aftermath of a racist massacre, area residents are again without a place to buy food. And even when it reopens, they will need to visit the scene of horrifying trauma in order to obtain groceries. In this conversation with Slate, Samina Raja explains how community members are dealing with food insecurity in the wake of this tragedy, and how to support and center the Black community. Job Opportunities
Director of Agriculture, Thanksgiving Point, Lehi Thanksgiving Point Institute seeks a Director of Agriculture for our re-envisioned Farm Country Venue. Opened in 1996 on the site of the former Fox Family Dairy Farm, this interpretive working farm will be a one-of-its-kind place that involves Thanksgiving Point’s millions of visitors in a topic of universal importance and impact – the future of farming. The Director of Agriculture is part of Thanksgiving Point’s Joint Management Team. The selected candidate will be responsible for developing and maintaining best practices as well as leading the execution of the day-to-day work outlined in standard operating procedures and other managerial duties. This is a full-time position that pays $60,000-$75,000 per year. Learn more and apply here. Funding Opportunities NIFA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Sustainable Food Systems Grant The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Sustainable Agricultural Systems supports approaches that promote transformational changes in the U.S. food and agriculture system. NIFA seeks applications that take a systems approach for projects that are expected to significantly improve the supply of affordable, safe, nutritious, and accessible agricultural products while fostering economic development and rural prosperity in America. Applications are due July 28, 2022. Learn more and apply here. Harvest of the Season Microgrants We still have local food taste test grants available through our Harvest of the Season program! Up to 20 grants of $500 each will be awarded. Grant funds may be used to purchase Harvest of the Season items from a Utah farmer or rancher, supplies and equipment for conducting the taste test (including but not limited to napkins, handwipes, portion cups, plates/bowls, hot plates, knives, cutting boards), and cover staff time for procuring and preparing food and holding the taste test. Apply for the taste test grant here. Be sure to share your upcoming events, grant opportunities, and jobs with us so that we can share them here!

Monthly Harvest- May 2022

Monthly Harvest- May 2022

Hello Farm to Fork Friends, We’re here better late than never with your May farm to fork news! If you’re in the Salt Lake area, be to check out Wasatch Community Gardens Spring Plant Sale this Saturday, May 7th, from 8 am-2pm. And then show us your haul @utfarm2fork. What to Harvest This Month It’s time for that classic spring combo of strawberries and rhubarb! Try a strawberry rhubarb crisp or Dutch baby, or cook up a quick compote and swirl it into your always-in-season Utah yogurt. Strawberries also make a fantastic addition to spinach salads, so you can take advantage of those fresh spring greens. Get Involved! Write for our Blog Did you know the Farm to Fork website has a blog section? (It's right here, this is it). The blog was originally conceived of as a way to share more farm to fork stories from the community, but it’s languishing for lack of content. We’d love to get it going, so if you’ve got a farm to fork story that you’d like to share, let us know. We’re looking for short pieces, between 250-500 words. Pretty much anything related to local food or agriculture education is a good fit—tell us about your winter farmer’s market visit, the farm field trip your kids went on, or a new recipe you tried using local products. Tell us about what you grow on your farm, or how your organization is involved in farm to fork. Send your ideas to contact@utfarmtofork.org. Webinars & Trainings Culturally Inclusive Garden-Based Learning, May 10, 2022, 2 pm MT Edible school gardens are ideal spaces to talk about and celebrate diversity and cultural traditions around food and agriculture. Join KidsGardening for a lively discussion with renowned garden educators and authors Dr. Dilafruz Williams, Amoreena Guerrero, and Lori Koenick to discuss what culturally inclusive garden-based learning looks like and how we can make it the norm across our edible school garden programs. Learn more and register here. Sabores de Mi Patria, May 12, 2022, 5:30 pm, Wasatch Community Gardens (629 E 800 S, SLC) Join us for this year's first presentation of our Sabores de Mi Patria/Flavors of My Homeland program. Organized in partnership with Artes de México en Utah, this workshop will be presented entirely in Spanish, with English translation. This presentation shares the perspective, experiences, art and traditions related to corn for indigenous communities. Find out why the Maya believe we are born from corn and see how we realize this knowledge through planting la milpa in our own community. Join us for this powerful celebration! Learn more and register here. Improving Equity
Many Americans perceive the immigrant experience as an urban one—but immigrants often form the backbone of the meatpacking and agriculture industries in rural areas. This article from Civil Eats focuses on the meatpacking industry in Nebraska, but there are many parallels to Utah. Being intentional about the food we purchase—where it is from, how it is grown and processed—can help ensure food workers are visible and celebrated members of our communities. Job Opportunities
Seasonal Support Staff, Urban Food Connections of Utah, Salt Lake City The Salt Lake Downtown Farmers Market is hiring seasonal support staff. Staff will be responsible for running the Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at the market, managing UFCU’s new online sales platform, assisting with market operations such as set-up and tear-down, and managing UFCU’s social media channels. Learn more and apply here. Funding Opportunities Harvest of the Season Microgrants We still have local food taste test grants available through our Harvest of the Season program! Up to 20 grants of $500 each will be awarded. Grant funds may be used to purchase Harvest of the Season items from a Utah farmer or rancher, supplies and equipment for conducting the taste test (including but not limited to napkins, handwipes, portion cups, plates/bowls, hot plates, knives, cutting boards), and cover staff time for procuring and preparing food and holding the taste test. Apply for the taste test grant here. Be sure to share your upcoming events, grant opportunities, and jobs with us so that we can share them here!

Spring Conference Recap

Spring Conference Recap

Hello Farm to Fork friends, Thank you for attending our Spring Conference down at Utah Valley Convention Center on Wednesday, March 30th. We were so glad to see you there and hope you had a great time learning and networking among peers. We loved seeing the diversity of charters, child care centers, districts and large charters. What a great turnout! If you weren’t able to attend, there were some great breakout sessions that included farm food safety, using Community Supported Agriculture in the CACFP, micropurchasing info, procurement info, Harvest of the Season, and networking Bingo! There was also a local food taste test where we offered local mixed greens, mushrooms, beef, cheese, rainbow carrots, and much more! What a fun and delicious way to learn about all the great food our great state of Utah has to offer! The day wrapped up with a FDP Inventory Policy and a very informative discussion with the Farm to Fork Task Force Strategic Planning Root Cause Analysis. Our friends from the USDA were even able to attend to help us facilitate a discussion to learn why Farm to Fork may not be working as well as it could be. We can’t wait to start planning for the next Spring Conference! We hope to see you all again there next year. And if you could not make it this year, we hope you can make it next year!

Monthly Harvest- April 2022

Monthly Harvest- April 2022

Hello Farm to Fork Friends, April is Kids Gardening Month! It’s a great time to plant some seeds with the young people in your life, whether it’s in a fancy hydroponic unit, a simple paper cup, or outside. If you’re looking for school garden funding, check out our Harvest of the Season Microgrants at the end of this letter. And be sure to show us what you’re growing @utfarm2fork. What to Harvest This Month What vegetable is small, red, and can only whisper? A hoarse radish! Jokes aside, April is a great month to celebrate the highly underrated radish. There are literally dozens of varieties, from our standard red cherry belles to daikon, watermelon radishes, easter eggs, black radishes, bartender mammoths, and golden helios. Let this be the year you sample a new-to-you radish. Get Involved! Farm to Fork Task Force Quarterly Meeting Join us for our next quarterly meeting on April 13th at 11am. We’ll be meeting via Zoom to provide updates on our strategic plan and other projects. Join here. Write for our Blog Did you know the Farm to Fork website has a blog section? (It's right here, this is it). The blog was originally conceived of as a way to share more farm to fork stories from the community, but it’s languishing for lack of content. We’d love to get it going, so if you’ve got a farm to fork story that you’d like to share, let us know. We’re looking for short pieces, between 250-500 words. Pretty much anything related to local food or agriculture education is a good fit—tell us about your winter farmer’s market visit, the farm field trip your kids went on, or a new recipe you tried using local products. Tell us about what you grow on your farm, or how your organization is involved in farm to fork. Send your ideas to contact@utfarmtofork.org. Webinars & Trainings School Garden Drip Irrigation, April 6, 12pm MT It’s hard for a school garden to survive in our climate without an irrigation system. Join the team from the University of Arizona Community and School Garden Program to learn all about drip irrigation systems in school gardens. They will share the components needed to create a system, steps to calculate/order materials, basic skills to build/repair your system, and tips for year-round management within a school garden context! Learn more and register here. Teaching for Sustainability, April 12, 2pm MT School gardens offer an accessible hands-on place to support students’ learning and their deepening understanding of the complexity of sustainability. In this webinar, we’ll dig into these concepts and learn about ways schools are connecting concepts and projects to student learning and voice. You’ll leave with tools and examples for your own practice. Learn more and register here. Improving Equity
National Farmworker Awareness Week just wrapped up on March 31st (Cesar Chavez’s birthday!), but farmworkers are a critical part of our food system all year long. You’re probably heard about fair-trade products from other countries: coffee, tea, chocolate, and more. But what about food grown here in the US? How can we, as consumers, make sure that the food we buy isn’t exploiting farm workers? We don’t have a domestic fair-trade association yet, but four different food certification programs are working to put farmworker justice front and center: The Equitable Food Initiative, The Fair Food Program, Milk with Dignity, and the Agricultural Justice Project. Watch this 15-minute video to learn more. Job Opportunities
Youth Programs Instructor, Youth Garden Project, Moab YGP is currently hiring interns as summer and fall Youth Program Instructors! Interns will collaborate to implement our nine-week Summer Camp program, facilitate two After-School Programs, teach 90-minute Garden Classroom Field Trips, and provide a Fall Break Camp. The internship runs May 17th-November 11th and includes housing, a weekly CSA share, and a stipend of $500/month. Learn more and apply here. Funding Opportunities Harvest of the Season Microgrants Harvest of the Season Microgrants are here! Supported by a Specialty Crop Block Grant, these microgrants are intended to remove financial barriers to participating in Harvest of the Season. There are two different microgrants available, and schools, childcare centers, and non-profit organizations that work with children are all welcome to apply. Applications for both grants will be reviewed and awarded on a rolling basis. Successful applicants will have up to one year to spend the money after awards are made. Garden Support Grant Up to 10 garden grants will be awarded. The grant includes an AeroGarden hydroponic unit, 16 seed packets, a printed garden guide, and $1000 to cover costs directly associated with starting and maintaining a garden. Apply for the garden grant here. Local Food Taste Test Grant Up to 20 grants of $500 each will be awarded. Grant funds may be used to purchase Harvest of the Season items from a Utah farmer or rancher, supplies and equipment for conducting the taste test (including but not limited to napkins, handwipes, portion cups, plates/bowls, hot plates, knives, cutting boards), and cover staff time for procuring and preparing food and holding the taste test. Apply for the taste test grant here. Be sure to share your upcoming events, grant opportunities, and jobs with us so that we can share them here!

Our Vision

Our Vision

Since January, The Utah Farm to Fork Task Force has been working to craft a vision that will guide our work over the next five to ten years. After two listening sessions and workshops, we've come up with the following draft: The Utah Farm to Fork Task Force envisions a future where access to fresh, local food, school gardens, and agriculture education are part of our way of life. We collaborate to build a strong local food economy for all Utahns, resulting in healthy children, interconnected communities, and viable farms. We want to hear your reactions! What are your initial thoughts? Is there anything that especially resonates with you? Is there anything that is unclear or does NOT resonate? Do you feel that the work you/your organization does is captured in this vision? Comment below to start a conversation, or email us at contact@utfarmtofork.org. Thanks for being a part of this collaborative process!

Monthly Harvest- March 2022

Monthly Harvest- March 2022

Hello Farm to Fork Friends, The Utah legislative session wraps up this week, and while we’re disappointed that the Utah Farm to School Bill, HB 256, failed in the Senate, we’ll regroup and try again next year. In better news, HB 297, which extended the Local Food Advisory Council through 2027, did pass. Here’s to another five years of local food advocacy! We’re also continuing to celebrate all the fantastic farm to school activities still taking place around the state—like the Nourishing Moab event being put on by Youth Garden Project and Grand County Child Nutrition on March 9th. If you’re in the Southeast part of our state, be sure to stop by from 6-7pm to taste some food, make some food, and learn about all the ways to access fresh, local food around Moab! What to Harvest This Month Did you know that mushrooms are typically grown indoors and harvested all year round? And that the largest producer of fresh mushrooms in the Intermountain West is located right here in Fillmore? Mushrooms are a great source of fiber, vegetable protein, and micronutrients—plus they’re delicious! Try out our Harvest of the Season recipe for Beef and Mushroom Tacos with Lime Crema. Get Involved! Attend the Utah Farm to Fork Conference USBE Child Nutrition Programs is holding a Farm to Fork Conference on March 30th at the Utah Valley Convention Center. The conference breakout sessions are geared toward schools and childcare centers, but there will also be a farmer-food service networking session from 10 am-11 am. If you’re a Utah food producer and would like to chat directly with potential buyers, we’d love to have you attend this session! Email kate.wheeler@schools.utah.gov for more details and to get signed up. Write for our Blog Did you know the Farm to Fork website has a blog section? (It's right here, this is it). The blog was originally conceived of as a way to share more farm to fork stories from the community, but it’s languishing for lack of content. We’d love to get it going, so if you’ve got a farm to fork story that you’d like to share, let us know. We’re looking for short pieces, between 250-500 words. Pretty much anything related to local food or agriculture education is a good fit—tell us about your winter farmer’s market visit, the farm field trip your kids went on, or a new recipe you tried using local products. Tell us about what you grow on your farm, or how your organization is involved in farm to fork. Send your ideas to contact@utfarmtofork.org. Webinars & Trainings What Makes School Gardens Thrive? March 24, 12pm MT Come learn about two key pieces of research on indicators of building successful school garden programs by Associate Professor Jaimie Davis of UT Austin and Assistant Professor Kate Burt of Lehman College at the City University of New York. Jaimie will share a summary of her research of over 110 school gardens and introduce viewers to a school garden sustainability survey and scorecard. Kate will share an overview of the GREEN Tool, including its domains, as well as initial results and observations from her work identifying how school gardens build a resilient support community. Learn more and register here. Improving Equity
Fannie Lou Hamer is one of our most under-celebrated civil rights icons. She saw farming as a tool to break free from America’s racist, classist foundations. Learn more about her life and the new generations of Black woman farmers she has inspired here. Job Opportunities
Food and Equity Program Manager, Department of Sustainability, Salt Lake City The Sustainability Department of Salt Lake City is looking for an energetic and passionate Program Manager who will be primarily responsible for community food systems policy and programs. The position coordinates with other city departments and community stakeholders to improve lives and the environment through increasing access to locally grown, ecologically sustainable and healthy food. Learn more and apply here. The application closes March 13, 2022. Back Farms Garden Leader, Green Urban Lunch Box, Salt Lake City Green Urban Lunch Box is seeking two Back-Farms Garden Leaders for the 2022 season. Back-Farms connects the community with senior citizens who donate their yard space to grow produce in. This produce is shared between the Garden Apprentices, participating seniors, and Free Farm Stands held at Salt Lake County senior centers. Garden Leaders are responsible for properly building, tending, and harvesting the 10-15 gardens they are assigned to for the entire growing season. In the gardens, they will meet with volunteer Garden Apprentices to teach them skills from our assigned curriculum, and will also track vegetable harvests, take vegetables to the GULB Community Farm, and manage volunteer groups. This is a 20-30 hour/week seasonal position, from April through mid-October. Pay is $15/hour plus fresh fruits and veggies. Learn more and apply here. Funding Opportunities Harvest of the Season Microgrants Harvest of the Season Microgrants are here! Supported by a Specialty Crop Block Grant, these microgrants are intended to remove financial barriers to participating in Harvest of the Season. There are two different microgrants available, and schools, childcare centers, and non-profit organizations that work with children are all welcome to apply. Applications for both grants will be reviewed and awarded on a rolling basis. Successful applicants will have up to one year to spend the money after awards are made. Garden Support Grant Up to 10 garden grants will be awarded. The grant includes an AeroGarden hydroponic unit, 16 seed packets, a printed garden guide, and $1000 to cover costs directly associated with starting and maintaining a garden. Apply for the garden grant here. Local Food Taste Test Grant Up to 20 grants of $500 each will be awarded. Grant funds may be used to purchase Harvest of the Season items from a Utah farmer or rancher, supplies and equipment for conducting the taste test (including but not limited to napkins, handwipes, portion cups, plates/bowls, hot plates, knives, cutting boards), and cover staff time for procuring and preparing food and holding the taste test. Apply for the taste test grant here. Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grants The Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grant program provides a $3,000 monetary grant to support a new or existing edible educational garden located at either a K–12 school or a non-profit organization (501(c)(3) in the US/Registered Charity in Canada that serves children in the K-12 grade range. The application will open on February 14 and closes March 11, 2022. Learn more and apply here. Utah Outdoor Classroom Grant The Utah Outdoor Classroom Grant awards up to $10,000 to community-based non-profit organizations or publicly funded K-12 schools to help get Utah’s K-12 students outside— to learn, gain a skill, and enjoy the outdoors. School gardens are the ultimate outdoor classroom! Learn more and apply here. The deadline to apply is March 18, 2022, at 5 p.m. Be sure to share your upcoming events, grant opportunities, and jobs with us so that we can share them here!

Action Alert: Help Support HB 256!

Action Alert: Help Support HB 256!

Hi Farm to Fork Friends, We need your help this legislative session! HB 256, the Utah Farm to School Bill, passed out of the House Committee on Friday and is moving on to the floor. HB 256 will create the first ever Utah Farm to School Commission, made up of representatives from Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, Utah State Board of Education, and Utah Department of Health. This will help make our farm to fork initiatives more visible, prevalent, and cohesive across the state. You can read more about the bill here. Please Contact Your Representative and Ask Them to Vote Yes on HB 256
House floor meetings are scheduled for Wednesday-Friday of this week, so we hope the bill will be heard then. Please contact your representative and urge them to vote YES.

If you're not sure who your representative is, that's okay-- they're easy to find at le.utah.gov. Choose the drop-down menu that says Legislators, and click on "Find by Address/Map". You can then type in your street address and the map will show both your Representative and your Senator. Click on their profile to access their contact info. How to Call
We know, it's 2022 and nobody makes phone calls anymore. This is a great time to make an exception! At the state level, phone calls really do make a difference. The hardest part is actually picking up the phone and making that call. Just remember, your representative works for you and wants your feedback! Be polite, kind, and enthusiastic about your request. When you call: Introduce yourself and state your connection to the area they represent. State that you are calling to ask them to support HB 256, and explain why farm to school is important to you. Ask if they have any questions and thank them for their time. How to Email
If you don't have time for a phone call, email is also a great option. In your email: Explain why you are writing and why it is important to you. Keep it short and sweet. Tell a personal story your legislator can connect to. Point them to our one-page handout for more information (attach it to the email!). Let them know what action you want to see (vote YES on HB 256). What Comes Next?
Testify at the Senate Committee Hearing
If HB 256 passes the House floor, it will move on to the Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Quality Committee. When the bill is heard, there will be an opportunity to provide public comment. You can do so in-person or over Zoom. Tips for preparing your comment: Write out your testimony beforehand, and practice reading it out loud. Keep your statement to 90 seconds or less. Begin by stating your name, where you live, and why you are there. Explain why farm to school is important to you and how HB 256 will help. Address the chair and members of the committee, not the public. Stay calm and polite. Support the Bill on the Senate Floor
If HB 256 passes out of the Senate Committee, it will move to the Senate Floor for a final vote. At that point, we'll want to start contacting Senators and asking for their support. We'll definitely send out updates, but you can also sign up to track the bill at le.utah.gov if you're interested. Other Ways to Help
Write a Letter to the Editor or an Op-Ed
Writing a letter to the editor or an op-ed is a great way to have your voice heard by more people. Don’t feel limited to large statewide publications (e.g. Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News). Submitting your items to smaller, local papers will help spread information within your community, and may give you a better shot at getting published. Most publications will have a Contact Us page online, with details about how to submit your content, and what guidelines need to be followed. Use simple language—explain the issue like you are talking to a friend. In general, letters to the editor are limited to 250 words, and op-eds to 600, so make your best and strongest arguments first. Don’t feel like you have to start from scratch—take our one-page handout on HB 256 and re-write key points into your own words. Speak to the Media
Reach out to reporters! Many news agencies have email addresses where you can submit tips. Let them know what the issue is, why you support it, and why it needs more attention. If you’re a Twitter user, that’s another great way to contact news agencies and individual reporters. Know that you will only have 2-3 minutes max on air. Plan out 1-2 key sentences that communicate your most important points. Practice what you’re going to say! It will help you appear natural without falling back on nervous tics. If you’re on camera, hold still while you’re talking. Talk directly to the reporter, not the camera. If you’re nervous, focus on the reporter’s nose instead of their eyes. Thank you for your help! Your voice matters and can make a difference. Please contact Kate Wheeler with any questions (kate.wheeler@schools.utah.gov, 801-538-7659).

Monthly Harvest- February 2022

Monthly Harvest- February 2022

Hello Farm to Fork Friends, We have lots of grant opportunities posted this month, so if you’re looking for a way to fund your farm to fork dreams (especially if your dream is a school garden), scroll down to the end to check those out. What to Harvest This Month Celebrate Valentine’s Day with something sweet and pink—like a smoothie featuring frozen Utah cherries! That’s right, thanks to preservation techniques like drying and freezing, Utah’s state fruit can be enjoyed all year round. If a smoothie seems too cold right now, try our recipe for Cherry Blossom Yogurt Bread from Chef Brenda. Get Involved! Help Advocate for the Utah Farm to Fork Bill HB 256 will create the first ever Utah Farm to School Commission, made up of representatives from Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, Utah State Board of Education, and Utah Department of Health. This will help make our farm to fork initiatives more visible, prevalent, and cohesive across the state. The bill also creates a state farm to school grant program! Stay tuned for a call to action coming later this month with specific ways you can support and advocate for the bill. Webinars & Trainings Indigenous Food Sovereignty and Health Symposium: February 16-17, 10:00 am-1:30 pm MT This conference will orient researchers and public health practitioners to Indigenous food sovereignty, its value in facilitating health in Indigenous communities, and ways to connect food sovereignty initiatives with health data in your communities! Registration is free. Learn more and register here. Improving Equity
Accessible Garden Signage Signs in youth gardens serve many purposes. However, have you considered how the signage in a garden can be accessible to some, but effectively invisible to others? This resource from KidsGardening explores some of the challenges your garden visitors might have in accessing the information on your signs, as well as ways to create signs that effectively communicate their message to as many garden visitors as possible. Job Opportunities
Gardens and Sustainability Manager, EATS, Park City EATS is seeking a full time Gardens and Sustainability Manager. Reporting to the Program Manager and the Executive Director, the Gardens and Sustainability Manager will be responsible for maintaining EATS supported gardens, directing relevant sustainability efforts, and facilitating garden education. Learn more and apply here. Compost Coordinator, EATS, Park City EATS is also seeking a part-time Compost Coordinator. The EATS Compost Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing composting programs at Park City School District elementary schools during the 2021-2022 school year. The Compost Coordinator will be responsible for helping students sort their lunch waste from 10:30 am-12:30 pm Monday through Friday. Learn more and apply here. Farmer, Hells Backbone Grill & Farm, Boulder Hell's Backbone Grill & Farm, approaching its 23rd season, is a farm-to-table restaurant in Southern Utah. A farmer for Hell’s Backbone Grill & Farm participates in all aspects of farm work in order to provide our restaurant with sustainable, high quality food. Our 6.5 acre farm utilizes organic, “no harm” practices to grow vegetables, fruit, herbs, flowers and eggs. This is a full-time, seasonal position (April-October/November) that pays $15-$18 per hour. Learn more and apply here. Funding Opportunities GroMoreGood Grassroots Grant The GroMoreGood Grassroots Grant, brought to you by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening, is designed to bring the life-enhancing benefits of gardens to communities across the United States. In 2022, 150 programs will be awarded $500 to start or expand their youth garden or greenspace. Any nonprofit organization, school district, university, government entity, or tax-exempt organization like religious organizations and Tribal governments in the United States and US Territories serving at least 15 youth is eligible to apply. The deadline for application submission is Friday, February 4, 2022, at 11:59 pm PST. Learn more and apply here. Harvest of the Season Microgrants Harvest of the Season Microgrants are here! Supported by a Specialty Crop Block Grant, these microgrants are intended to remove financial barriers to participating in Harvest of the Season. There are two different microgrants available, and schools, childcare centers, and non-profit organizations that work with children are all welcome to apply. Applications for both grants will be reviewed and awarded on a rolling basis. Successful applicants will have up to one year to spend the money after awards are made. Garden Support Grant Up to 10 garden grants will be awarded. The grant includes an AeroGarden hydroponic unit, 16 seed packets, a printed garden guide, and $1000 to cover costs directly associated with starting and maintaining a garden. Apply for the garden grant here. Local Food Taste Test Grant Up to 20 grants of $500 each will be awarded. Grant funds may be used to purchase Harvest of the Season items from a Utah farmer or rancher, supplies and equipment for conducting the taste test (including but not limited to napkins, handwipes, portion cups, plates/bowls, hot plates, knives, cutting boards), and cover staff time for procuring and preparing food and holding the taste test. Apply for the taste test grant here. Food and Farm Communications Fund Core Grants The Core Grants Program awards strategic communications and narrative change support to grassroots organizations and networks working to advance systemic and cultural change across our food and farm systems. Core Grants range from $20,000-$30,000 and typically span a 12-month period. To apply, organizations should review the purpose, priorities, and criteria of the program and submit a Letter of Interest by Friday, February 18. After LOIs have been reviewed, selected organizations will be invited to submit a full proposal. Grant decision-making is led by a participatory team of movement leaders, social change communications experts, and funder advisors. Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grants The Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grant program provides a $3,000 monetary grant to support a new or existing edible educational garden located at either a K–12 school or a non-profit organization (501(c)(3) in the US/Registered Charity in Canada that serves children in the K-12 grade range. The application will open on February 14 and closes March 11, 2022. Learn more and apply here. Utah Outdoor Classroom Grant The Utah Outdoor Classroom Grant awards up to $10,000 to community-based non-profit organizations or publicly funded K-12 schools to help get Utah’s K-12 students outside— to learn, gain a skill, and enjoy the outdoors. School gardens are the ultimate outdoor classroom! Learn more and apply here. The deadline to apply is March 18, 2022, at 5 p.m. Be sure to share your upcoming events, grant opportunities, and jobs with us so that we can share them here!

2022 Visions

2022 Visions

Lots of people make vision boards in January to set the tone for a successful year where all their dreams come true. Here at the Farm to Fork Task Force, we took that one step further by holding a visioning session that will lay the ground work for our next five years of Utah Farm to Fork. Overview On January 12, many of our partners joined us for a two hour session where we dug into our respective visions for Utah Farm to Fork, and looked for areas of commonality. We explored the importance of collaboration, why farm to fork is important to us, and our pie-in-the-sky ambitions. We also reacted to sample visions from other states and institutions, flagging the themes that spoke to us most strongly. The session was documented using a Mural board, which you can view here. We also recorded the meeting for those that were unable to attend or would like to revisit sections of it. The breakout sessions were not recorded, so it is shorter than the actual meeting ("only" one hour). What comes next? We'll be using the information from this session to draft a vision that will guide the task force-- and then we'll ask for your feedback. After that, we'll have a root cause analysis workshop to identify the factors that currently prevent us from achieving that vision. The vision and root cause analysis will form the backbone for the development of a five year strategic plan for the Task Force, with specific goals and responsibilities, helping us all be stronger together. You are an essential part of this process! Please share your thoughts. If you've thought of things since the visioning session, or if you weren't able to attend but have ideas you'd like to share, you can either comment on this blog post or email us: contact@utfarmtofork.org. We can't wait to hear from you!

Monthly Harvest- January 2022

Monthly Harvest- January 2022

Happy New Year Farm to Fork Friends, We’re partaking in the farmer’s traditional January hobby of excitedly poring over seed catalogs, but we’ve got other exciting developments to look forward to as well. Starting this month, we’ll be taking a deep dive into strategic planning, so that we can be aligned in our goals as the farm to fork movement in Utah grows (find out more in the Get Involved section). We’re also excited about a Farm to Fork bill this legislative session. Do you have any local food news or goals for 2022? Share them with us @utfarm2fork. What to Harvest This Month Did you make a resolution to eat more cheese? (It’s the best kind of resolution). January is a great time to celebrate Utah dairy. Try a new-to-you cheese from Beehive Cheese, Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, Drake Family Farms, Rockhill Creamery, Gold Creek Farms, or one of our many other local cheesemongers. Animal products not your thing? Not only are dry beans chock full of protein, they’ve also got lots of fiber and key micronutrients. And they last all winter long! Get Involved! Share Your Vision As the first step in developing a statewide strategic farm to fork plan, we're holding an interactive online visioning session. And we want your input! Please come share your vision and ideas for the next five years of farm to fork in Utah. The visioning session will take place on Wednesday, January 12, from 9-11 am. Click here to join. Become a Utah Green School! Does your school engage in sustainability efforts or integrate environmental education? If so, you are likely eligible to be recognized as a Utah Green School! UGS recognizes and inspires 21st-century sustainable practices in Utah schools, including environmental literacy, health and wellness, and building facilities. Many farm to fork activities, like agriculture education, school gardens, and composting, are also sustainability efforts, and you deserve to be recognized for them. Learn more and apply here. The application deadline is March 1, 2022. Improving Equity
An Introduction to Food Justice Check out this Food Justice Curriculum from our long-distance friends at GrowNYC. The series of eight lessons covers topics like food access, cultural relevance, food landscapes, food advocacy, and health impacts. Wow! The curriculum was designed with New York City high school students in mind, but it’s absolutely relevant to Utah. Job Opportunities
New Roots Farm Coordinator, International Rescue Committee, Salt Lake City This position is directly responsible for management of New Roots farm sites and will coordinate farmer-participant activities and participation pertaining to all retail markets and outlets, including farmers markets, schools, grocers, restaurants, and a robust Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. The New Roots Farm Coordinator will oversee farmer technical assistance and training on organic and sustainable agricultural production, small scale production techniques, and agricultural production methods adapted for the semi-arid environment of northern Utah. Learn more and apply here. Program Fellow, National Farm to School Network, Remote NFSN is hiring a program fellow to support multiple aspects of NFSN’s programmatic initiatives aimed at equitably advancing the farm to school movement, with a focus on farm to early care and education (ECE) settings and farm to school/ECE evaluation. This is a fully remote, twelve-month, temporary position. The full position description is available here. To apply for this position, please submit a resume, cover letter describing your interest in and experience related to the position, and a writing sample to lacy@farmtoschool.org. Be sure to include “Program Fellow” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until January 28, 2022. Policy Intern, National Farm to School Network, Remote The Policy Intern will assist the Policy Director to promote policies that advance NFSN’s Call to Action and engage our Partner organizations through policy research and analysis, development of policy resources for use by Partner organizations, and coordination of educational opportunities for Partner organizations. This is a fully remote, part-time, temporary position through May 2022. The full position description is available here. To apply, please submit a resume, 1-page cover letter detailing how your interest and experience fits the requirements, and 2 writing samples to Karen Spangler, Policy Director, at karen@farmtoschool.org. Be sure to include “Policy Intern” in the subject line. Writing samples should ideally showcase a short format of 1-2 pages each. Please submit all materials in PDF form. Funding Opportunities Harvest of the Season Microgrants Harvest of the Season Microgrants are here! Supported by a Specialty Crop Block Grant, these microgrants are intended to remove financial barriers to participating in Harvest of the Season. There are two different microgrants available, and schools, childcare centers, and non-profit organizations that work with children are all welcome to apply. Applications for both grants will be reviewed and awarded on a rolling basis. Successful applicants will have up to one year to spend the money after awards are made. Garden Support Grant Up to 10 garden grants will be awarded. The grant includes an AeroGarden hydroponic unit, 16 seed packets, a printed garden guide, and $1000 to cover costs directly associated with starting and maintaining a garden. Apply for the garden grant here. Local Food Taste Test Grant Up to 20 grants of $500 each will be awarded. Grant funds may be used to purchase Harvest of the Season items from a Utah farmer or rancher, supplies and equipment for conducting the taste test (including but not limited to napkins, handwipes, portion cups, plates/bowls, hot plates, knives, cutting boards), and cover staff time for procuring and preparing food and holding the taste test. Apply for the taste test grant here. 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. Be sure to share your upcoming events, grant opportunities, and jobs with us so that we can share them here!

Monthly Harvest- December 2021

Monthly Harvest- December 2021

Hello Farm to Fork Friends, Buying locally is a great way to spread the love this holiday season. To get started, check out the Love Local holiday gift boxes from our friends at Wasatch Community Gardens. What’s the best local gift you’ve ever received? Let us know online @utfarm2fork. What to Harvest This Month Thanks to the magic of greenhouses and hydroponics, we can enjoy fresh salad greens all year round in Utah. Check out the farmer list here on our website to find an indoor grower near you. And if you want to learn more, this article in the Salt Lake Tribune describes the efforts of Longvine Growing Company in Mona to transform indoor agriculture. Get Involved! Become a Utah Green School! Does your school engage in sustainability efforts or integrate environmental education? If so, you are likely eligible to be recognized as a Utah Green School! UGS recognizes and inspires 21st-century sustainable practices in Utah schools, including environmental literacy, health and wellness, and building facilities. Many farm to fork activities, like agriculture education, school gardens, and composting, are also sustainability efforts, and you deserve to be recognized for them. Learn more and apply here. The application deadline is March 1, 2022. Webinars and Trainings
Edible Schoolyard Webinar recordings: Understanding Organic Interested in including organic practices in your school garden? Edible Schoolyard has a webinar series that breaks it down for you. These webinars introduce their Understanding Organic Curriculum, explore organic approaches to soil fertility, planting, and pest management, and provide learning strategies to tie it all together. The webinar recordings can be viewed here. Improving Equity
Recognizing Indigenous Foodways Some people don’t think of Utah as having farms or a rich agricultural heritage, but indigenous people have been growing food here for thousands of years! To learn more about native agriculture in Utah, read this article about how indigenous communities are working to re-populate the Four Corners Potato in Southeast Utah. (And then check out the other articles in Civil Eats’ Indigenous Foodways series). Job Opportunities
New Roots Farm Coordinator, International Rescue Committee, Salt Lake City This position is directly responsible for management of New Roots farm sites and will coordinate farmer-participant activities and participation pertaining to all retail markets and outlets, including farmers markets, schools, grocers, restaurants, and a robust Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. The New Roots Farm Coordinator will oversee farmer technical assistance and training on organic and sustainable agricultural production, small scale production techniques, and agricultural production methods adapted for the semi-arid environment of northern Utah. Learn more and apply here. Multiple Positions, Youth Garden Project, Moab Youth Garden Project is hiring for multiple full time and seasonal positions, as well as internships. Positions include Farm Manager (full-time, year-round, desired start date January 5, 2022), Garden-Based Educator (full-time, seasonal, start date February 22, 2022), and Youth Program Instructor Spring & Summer Internships. Learn more and apply here. 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. The Spring Semester Grant application opens December 15th and closes February 1, 2022. Learn more and apply here. 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!

Monthly Harvest- November 2021

Monthly Harvest- November 2021

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!