October is National Apple Month and National Farm to School Month. Every October schools, preschools, workplaces, and individuals across Utah celebrate by crunching into Utah-grown apples. The Apple Crunch is a way to get excited about delicious local produce, help students understand where their food comes from, and support local farmers. Across the state, students taste-test different apple varieties, take field trips to local farms, and participate in other apple-themed learning activities. Utah competes with other states in the Mountain Plains Region (Montana, Wyoming and Colorado) to see who can get the most crunches per capita. Utah Farm to Fork, Utah State Board of Education, Utah Department of Health and Utah Department of Agriculture and Food are partnering to expand the Apple Crunch beyond schools and preschools to other organizations for an even bigger crunch. GETTING STARTED Register Your Crunch-- Register for Apple Crunch here Assemble a Team—The more people you have working together, the easier it will be to pull off a fun and exciting event. Invite teachers, school nutrition staff, administrators, parents, and local businesses to get involved. Find Your Apples—Purchase your apples from local farmers as well as other sources for local apples. Expand the Adventure—In addition to crunching into apples, there are many other activities you can plan for a full day of apple-related fun! Consider using some of these activities. Crunch Even Louder—Farm to Fork activities benefit the whole community, so let the community know what you’re doing. Share your story to spread the word and build excitement, fund raise, or find volunteers. Use a press release to publicize your event to local media. Use the hashtags #UTAppleCrunch, #farmtoschool, #utahfarmlife to celebrate on social media. Keep the Momentum Going—How will you continue to include local apples and other Utah food in your school after the apple crunch event is over? Were there parents or community members involved in the apple crunch that might be interested in helping start a school garden? Do teachers want to organize virtual or small group farm field trips or include more ag-related lessons in their classrooms? PURCHASE YOUR APPLES Remember the goal of Utah Apple Crunch is to support your local farmers by purchasing the (literal) fruits of their labor! Always inquire about buying apples but be open to donations if they are offered. How Will You Define Local? Your Apple Crunch should feature local apples, but you have some flexibility as to how you define local. Depending on where you are located, you may be able to purchase apples grown in the same town or county, or you may have to expand your definition to the state of Utah. Make sure you communicate your definition of “local” to the person who will be purchasing/donating the apples. How Many Apples Do You Need? For adults and older students, plan on one apple per person. For younger students who may not be able to eat a whole apple, consider slicing them and offering half an apple per student to reduce food waste. Applesauce made from local apples may be the most appropriate option for toddlers and preschoolers. How Much do You Plan to Spend? Apple Crunch can be relatively inexpensive depending on the activities you choose to do and whether the apples are donated or purchased. The Ag Promotion County $200 Grant would be ample for this activity. Where can I Find Local Apples? You have several options for sourcing local apples: Ask your distributor if they can supply you with local apples. Reach out to a grocery store that sources local apples. They may be willing to provide a discount. Contact a Utah Apple Grower directly.
August 2020 Utah Farm to Fork Newsletter Hello Farm to Fork Friends, Summer is flying by, and with all our farmers being crazy busy harvesting delicious food, and food service folks getting ready for the upcoming year, I’m sure August and September will be no exception. So be sure to save the date for Apple Crunch Week, October 12-16, 2020. Yes, that’s right—we’ve changed our annual celebration to a full week this year to give everyone added flexibility, and we’ll have lots of great digital resources for you, including some virtual farm tours. In the meantime, August 2-8 is National Farmers Market Week. Which Utah market is your favorite? What to Harvest this Month Everything! We’re exaggerating, but only a little. August is a great month to eat locally in Utah. All the summer garden superstars are ready—tomatoes, squash, eggplant, peppers, peaches, and more. For a fun at-home project, you could use a gallon of Utah milk to make your own mozzarella, then add tomatoes and basil for a delicious all-local caprese salad. How do you know where your milk is from? The secret is in the code stamped on the carton! If it begins in 49, it’s from Utah cows. Get Involved! Call Your Senators The Senate is currently discussing new COVID-19 relief bills—and their proposals don’t go far enough to support kids, farmers, teachers, or school nutrition professionals. Call Senators Mike Lee and Mitt Romney and ask for the following things to be included in the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation: Fully fund universal free school meals this next school year. Provide immediate funding support to early care and education centers. Create a set-aside small business relief fund for farmers of color. Support the Local FARM Act (S. 4140). If you work in a position that does not allow you to lobby, you can still call them to share information about farm to school and the needs in your community—everyone is allowed to educate and share information. Recipes Needed We are working to develop an exciting Harvest of the Season program, and we need recipes! If you have an NSLP or CACFP standardized recipe that kids love and features one of our seasonal crops, please send it our way for inclusion in the Harvest of the Season Toolkit. Help with Produce Safety Research If you purchase fresh produce for a school or childcare center, researchers from Michigan State University Extension would like to hear from you before August 31, 2020. This multiple-choice survey aims to gather data on accepted food safety verification programs for fresh produce, awareness of the program’s requirements for farms, and confidence in these verification programs. Responses are anonymous and the survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Webinars and Trainings Horizon Organic Dairy Summer Camp Horizon Organic is opening up the barn doors for Summer Camp! Kids and families are invited to tune-in to this summer camp video series to get a behind-the-scenes look at farm life, including creative ways to upcycle milk cartons, how to milk a cow, and a farm tour. You can watch the whole video series on YouTube. Improving Equity Children’s Books about Farmworkers Books can be a great way to help kids understand where—and who—their food comes from. This blog post contains a great list of children’s books about farmworkers, as well as some other tips for teaching kids how to honor and support farmworkers. Job Opportunities Farmer’s Market Booth Manager, Canyon Meadows Ranch, Salt Lake City Canyon Meadows Ranch is looking for a Farmer’s Market booth manager who will attend farmer’s markets each Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday to sell CMR grass fed beef, restock & prepare for each market ahead of time and maintain cleanliness of the FM vehicle and equipment. This is a part-time position that pays $12-$15/hour plus commission. Learn more and apply here. The application deadline is August 10, 2020. Farm Laborer, Utah State University, Lewiston USU is looking for someone who is able to move hand-line and wheel-lines, work with large animals such as beef cattle and sheep, and knows how to operate large equipment such as tractors. This is a part-time job that pays $12/hour. Learn more and apply here. Farm Worker, Utah State University, Kaysville USU is also seeing a part-time farm worker to help with the research objectives of the Kaysville Agricultural Experiment Station. The farm worker will help with the development and maintenance of cherry, peach, and apple orchards. This position pays $10/hour. Learn more and apply here. Funding Opportunities Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Farmers, ranchers and other producers can now apply for direct payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). We recommend reviewing this brief from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition to determine whether applying makes sense for you. You’ll need to contact your local Farm Service Agency to apply. The sign-up window is open now through August 28, 2020, but funding is first-come, first-served. Annie’s Grants for Gardens Keep an eye out for the annual Annie’s grant application to open—it should be any day now. These grants can be used to support edible garden activities at public and private schools (but unfortunately, not preschools). The application closes November 2020. Learn more here. Kate Wheeler, MPH Farm to School/FFVP/Procurement Specialist Utah State Board of Education Our office building is currently closed to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Please contact me on my cell phone (call or text): 404-492-4584 For additional information and resources, visit schools.utah.gov/coronavirus.
July 2020 Utah Farm to Fork Newsletter Hello Farm to Fork Friends, It’s officially summer, and farmers markets are open! Many of them accept Double Up Food Bucks, which increase the value of your SNAP dollars. Find more information and a list of participating markets here. Please wear a mask when you visit the market, to keep other shoppers and (and our farmers!) healthy. What to Harvest this Month Cherries are doing great this year. Apricots had a tough time with our late spring frost, so if you see any, snatch them up while you can. Zucchini are ready to harvest now throughout the rest of the summer, and if we’re lucky we’ll start seeing tomatoes toward the end of the month. Get Involved! Farm to Fork Task Force Quarterly Meeting Join us for our quarterly meeting via WebEx on July 15 from 2-3:30 pm. We’ll be sharing updates on current projects and discussing plans for the Apple Crunch this fall. You can join the meeting here or by phone at 1-415-655-0002 (meeting number: 133 375 9846 password: 3kmTw2VFVM3). Webinars and Trainings The Edible Schoolyard Summer Training at Home The Edible Schoolyard is offering a free, multi-month summer program of online training and professional development sessions on adapting edible education to remote and home learning. Registration is first-come, first-served, and opens the Monday of the week before the event. The first session took place June 30th, but they are designed to be stand-along events, so mark your calendars for July 14th and 28th, and August 11. Learn more about the different sessions here. Improving Equity Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Program Closures We mentioned farmworkers in our May newsletter—they are still essential and still dramatically underserved. When migrant and seasonal Head Start programs close, who cares for farmworkers’ children? The linked blog post from New America explains some of the unique challenges and risks that farmworkers and their families are facing. You can donate to Centro de la Familia to support migrant and seasonal Head Start in Utah. Job Opportunities Garden-Based Curriculum Specialist/Seed to Table Educator, Youth Garden Project, Moab Youth Garden Project is hiring for TWO full time AmeriCorps positions. The Seed to Table Educator position runs August 2020-August 2021, and the Garden-Based Curriculum Specialist is September 2020-September 2021. Full position details and application instructions are available here. Funding Opportunities NFSN COVID-19 Relief Fund Round two of National Farm to School Network’s COVID-19 Relief Fund application is now open. Organizations that seek financial support of their efforts to connect kids and their families to just food through the support of local farmers and food systems are welcome to apply. Organizations that directly serve and are led by Black people and Indigenous people will be prioritized in application review. The application deadline is July 6, 2020. Learn more and apply here.
Urban Agriculture and Innovation Production (UAIP) Grants USDA has announced $3 million for grants through its new Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production. The competitive grants will support the development of urban agriculture and innovative production projects through two categories, Planning Projects and Implementation Projects. Applications are due July 6, 2020. Learn more and apply here. Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) Targeted Small Grants Program Grants from $20,000-$200,000 are available for food retail and food enterprises working to improve access to healthy foods in underserved areas, to create and preserve quality jobs, and to revitalize low-income communities. Funding for HFFI is provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), authorized by the Farm Bill. The application deadline is July 10, 2020. Learn more and apply here. Pure Farmland Pure Growth Project The Pure Growth Project is an initiative and grant program (ranging from $1,000 to $20,000) that supports community gardens in neighborhoods throughout the country and builds on our longstanding commitment to protect vital American farmland. The application deadline is July 31, 2020. Learn more and apply here. Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Farmers, ranchers and other producers can now apply for direct payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). We recommend reviewing this brief from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition to determine whether applying makes sense for you. You’ll need to contact your local Farm Service Agency to apply. The sign-up window is open now through August 28, 2020, but funding is first-come, first-served.
June 2020 Utah Farm to Fork Monthly Newsletter Hello Farm to Fork Friends! School is out (which feels weird to say this year), but school meals continue. You can find a summer meal site near you using this handy map: Normally summer also means a fun event at one of these sites with local food, lots of education activities, and sometimes even a petting zoo. Unfortunately, we’ve had to cancel this year’s event due to coronavirus. Would you be interested in some kind of virtual farm to summer event? Or are you burned out on Zoom meetings? Let us know, either by email or on Instagram @utfarm2fork. What to Harvest this Month It’s full on spring in Northern Utah, or as I like to call it “strawberry-rhubarb crisp season”. Asparagus, salad greens, and new potatoes round out the seasonal offerings. In the southern part of the state, cherries are ripe and u-pick farms are open! Did you know the cherry is Utah’s state fruit? Get Involved! Take our Survey You may have seen news stories about crops spoiling in fields as farmers are unable to sell them during the pandemic—that’s not good for anybody. If you run a school or childcare feeding program, please take our five-minute survey about local purchasing so that we can better advocate for you and Utah farmers during the next legislative session. Farmers Feeding Utah The Navajo Nation is unfortunately one of the areas hardest hit by COVID-19. Utah farmers and ranchers are stepping up to help with the Farmers Feeding Utah partnership. To donate or to join the initiative as either a producer or recipient, visit [farmersfeedingutah.org]farmersfeedingutah.org. Endorse NFSN’s COVID-19 Policy Platform National Farm to School Network's recognizes that there is a need for immediate relief to the people most impacted by COVID-19, while also building towards longer-term policies that strengthen a resilient, just food system. NFSN’s federal policy platform calls on Congress to strengthen its support for school meal and child nutrition programs, farmers and those who feed us, Native communities, essential workers, children and families, and others who have been historically underserved and underrepresented. Read the full platform here, and then click here to add your name. Webinars and Trainings Virtual Garden Classroom Our own Youth Garden Project in Moab has an amazing virtual “garden classroom” available on YouTube. Check it out! Improving Equity Navajo Nation Faces Coronavirus with Limited Resources We mentioned earlier that the Navajo Nation is struggling with COVID-19, but why is that? This article from The Guardian does an excellent job of outlining the history of trauma, inequities, and broken treaty obligations that have created the conditions for the rapid spread of the virus. This is why it’s so important to us to build an equitable food system that supports the food sovereignty of tribal nations. What lessons have we learned during the pandemic that we can carry forward to improve our food system in the “new normal”? Job Opportunities Garden Leader, Green Urban Lunch Box, Salt Lake City Garden Leaders are responsible for properly building, tending, and harvesting up to 15 gardens with GULB’s Back Farms program over the course of the season. This is a 26-hour/week position that pays $13-$14 dollars an hour, plus fresh fruits and veggies. Position begins as soon as possible. Check out the full job posting here, and then email a resume and cover letter to Jess at to express your interest in this position. Funding Opportunities Emergency School Nutrition Funding GENYOUth is providing grants of up to $3,000 per school to supply resources for meal distribution and delivery efforts to get food to students during COVID-19, including soft-sided coolers, bags and containers for individual servings, and protective gear for food service sanitation and safety. Applications will be reviewed and approved on a rolling basis. Learn more and apply here. Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Farmers, ranchers and other producers can now apply for direct payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). We recommend reviewing this brief from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition to determine whether applying makes sense for you. You’ll need to contact your local Farm Service Agency to apply. The sign-up window is open now through August 28, 2020, but funding is first-come, first-served. AgVets Grants Program USDA NIFA's Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Program provides grants to non-profits to increase the number of military veterans gaining knowledge and skills through comprehensive, hands-on and immersive model farm and ranch programs that lead to successful careers in the food and agricultural sector. Applications are due June 26, 2020. Learn more and apply here.
Urban Agriculture and Innovation Production (UAIP) Grants USDA has announced $3 million for grants through its new Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production. The competitive grants will support the development of urban agriculture and innovative production projects through two categories, Planning Projects and Implementation Projects. Applications are due July 6, 2020. Learn more and apply here. Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) Targeted Small Grants Program Grants from $20,000-$200,000 are available for food retail and food enterprises working to improve access to healthy foods in underserved areas, to create and preserve quality jobs, and to revitalize low-income communities. Funding for HFFI is provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), authorized by the Farm Bill. The application deadline is July 10, 2020. Learn more and apply here.
Speaking to farmers can be overwhelming. Get the conversation going by understanding when certain crops are ready for harvest and sale here in Utah. The green highlighted areas below indicate that (under optimal growing circumstances) crops should be ready for sale and harvest from Utah farmers.
May 2020 Hello Farm to Fork Friends! If you’re one of the many people who has taken up gardening recently, this month’s newsletter is for you. We’ve got gardening resources, activities for kids, and cheap seeds! Need help or want to share your successes? Send us an email or find us on Instagram @utfarm2fork. We also have a LOT of large grant opportunities this month, so if shutdowns have you dreaming big about a new project, scroll on down to the end and figure out how to get it funded! What to Harvest this Month Radishes are ready! As are salad turnips and a variety of greens, from kale and arugula to fancy salad mixes and pak choi. Make yourself a refreshing spring salad, with crunchy vegetables, spicy greens, and fresh herbs, and look for strawberries towards the end of the month. Get Involved! Weekly Gatherings: School Garden Support Organization Network The School Garden Support Organization Network is hosting weekly virtual gatherings on topics related to supporting school gardens during closures and social distancing. Access resources and register for the gatherings here. The next gathering is scheduled for 12 pm Mountain Time on May 6, 2020. Plant Your Own Garden Seed Programs International offers bulk quantities of basic fruit and vegetable seeds at a discounted price for humanitarian purposes. For nonprofits or schools operating in the US, they're able to offer the discounted price of $.25 per packet (for up to 1200 packets—that’s a lot of seeds!). Webinars and Trainings SEEDS Gardening Activities for Kids Gro More Good Learning Activities is a series of 72 free lessons focused on the four seasons of a garden. Each activity is fun, hands-on and perfect for getting your kids outside, exploring and learning. The activities are based on early childhood education best practices and developed in partnership with the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center. View the resource here. Improving Equity Will Covid-19 Finally Convince Us to Do Better by Farmworkers? COVID-19 is causing many people to realize for the first time just how essential farmworkers are—but what sometimes still goes unspoken is that we have a food system in this country dependent on immigrant laborers who lack political power and equal rights. Farm work is one of the most dangerous occupations, but many laws on economic relief, health, and labor exempt farmworkers from their protections. Zocalo Public Square recently hosted a panel discussion on how to make farm work healthier. You can read a summary of the discussion here. We’d love to know your thoughts. Job Opportunities Fundraising, Communications, and Evaluation Expert, BioDynamic Association, Remote The Biodynamic Association (BDA) works to nurture the North American biodynamic movement as a diverse, collaborative, and thriving ecosystem. We help thousands of people understand and practice biodynamics, bringing health to the land and vitality to the food system, and build bridges and partnerships to deepen and evolve the movement toward regenerative agriculture and social justice. We are seeking someone with a passion for fundraising, communications, and evaluation to join our team full-time. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Learn more and apply here. Funding Opportunities UDAF Financial Relief Funding Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is offering grants of up to $40,000 each to Utah food and fiber producers who have suffered economic injury due to COVID-19. The application will be posted on [ag.utah.gov]ag.utah.gov as early as today and no later than next week. You can prepare by listing out your income and expenses for the past 12 months, and writing a statement explaining the financial impact COVID-19 has had on your operation. National Farm to School Network COVID-19 Relief Fund Any organization working to support farm to fork efforts is eligible to apply for NFSN’s COVID-19 relief fund, with priority being given to current NFSN Core and Supporting Partners, as well as organizations serving American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian populations within urban, rural and tribal jurisdictions. Applications are due May 10, 2020. Learn more and apply here. Siggi’s Starters Siggi’s yogurt is providing three grants of $20,000 each to help get a community nutrition idea off the ground or help amplify an existing program. Applicants must be registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) or dietetic technicians registered (DTRs) at the time the grant is awarded. Applications are due May 11, 2020, so don’t delay. Learn more and apply here. Emergency School Nutrition Funding GENYOUth is providing grants of up to $3,000 per school to supply resources for meal distribution and delivery efforts to get food to students during COVID-19, including soft-sided coolers, bags and containers for individual servings, and protective gear for food service sanitation and safety. Applications will be reviewed and approved on a rolling basis. Learn more and apply here. Farmers Market Promotion Program USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) funds projects that develop, coordinate and expand direct producer-to-consumer markets to help increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products. Applications are due May 26, 2020. Learn more and apply here. Regional Food System Partnerships USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s Regional Food System Partnerships (RFSP) program supports partnerships that connect public and private resources to plan and develop local or regional food systems. Applications are due May 26, 2020. Learn more and apply here. Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) NAAF is a private, charitable trust serving Native farmers and ranchers through strategic grantmaking. Grants are available to eligible grant recipients in the mission areas of business assistance, agricultural education, technical support and advocacy services. NAFF will also be accepting applications across four special emphasis areas: Traditional Foods and Food Sovereignty; Advocacy; Agriculture Extension; and Youth (available in a separate application process). Applications are due June 1, 2020. Learn more and apply here. NIFA Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants Program The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is accepting grant applications for projects that increase food security in communities by bringing the whole food system together to assess strengths, establish linkages, and create systems that improve the self-reliance of community members over their food needs. Public food program service providers, tribal organizations, or private nonprofit entities, including gleaners are eligible to apply. Award amounts range from $35,000-$400,000. Applications are due June 3, 2020. Learn more and apply here. NIFA Agricultural and Food Research Initiative: COVID-19 Rapid Response Program Area NIFA also recently added a program area to its main Agricultural and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) RFA. There are four areas of priority: Health and Security of Livestock; Well-being of Farm, Food Service Providers, and Rural Americans; Economic Security; and Food Safety. Applicants should focus on critical and urgent research, extension, or integrated solutions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the nation’s food and agricultural system. Applications should include strategies and knowledge that can be rapidly implemented to minimize or eliminate COVID-19 impacts on the nation’s food and agricultural system. Applications for COVID response projects are due June 4, 2020. Learn more and apply here. USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program The USDA is exercising authority under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to purchase and distribute up to $3 billion of agricultural products to those in need. Agricultural Marketing Service’s Commodity Procurement Program will procure an estimated $100 million per month in fresh fruits and vegetables, $100 million per month in a variety of dairy products, and $100 million per month in meat products. The distributors and wholesalers will then provide a pre-approved box of fresh produce, dairy, and meat products to food banks, community and faith-based organizations, and other non-profits serving Americans in need. Learn more here.
Hello Farm to Fork Friends! We’re sending February’s letter a few days early, because there’s exciting news that just won’t keep (skip ahead to the Get Involved section if we’ve got you on the edge of your seat). We’d like to extend a big congratulations to ten-year-old Claire Mansell from Stansbury Park. She grew the biggest cabbage in Utah last summer—over 15 pounds! As a prize, Claire received a $1,000 scholarship from Bonnie Plants (and our undying admiration). You can see a picture of Claire with her prize-winning cabbage and learn more about the Bonnie Plants cabbage program here. Don’t forget to send us your great farm to fork news or tag us on Instagram @utfarm2fork so we can share the love. What to Harvest this Month Storage crops, meat and dairy products, and greenhouse greens are all great options, but what we really need you to harvest this month is the sweet sweet success of legislative funding. See the next item for more information! Get Involved! Advocacy Opportunity: Farm to School Funding We’ve been working hard to secure legislative funding for a program that would reimburse schools for their local food purchases. This request is scheduled to go before the Natural Resources and Agriculture Appropriations subcommittee on February 6th. The subcommittee is then scheduled to vote on funding on February 19th. This means we need your help THIS MONTH. Download our advocacy packet here; it will walk you through what to do. Our handout that explains the details of the program is available here. You can make a difference! Please contact Kate Wheeler with any questions. Webinars and Trainings 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference April 21-23, Albuquerque, New Mexico Early bird registration for the 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is now open. Save $50 off the regular registration price by signing up ASAP. This is a great conference, with 40 skill-building workshops, 10 experiential field trips, and invaluable networking opportunities. Visit farmtoschool.org/conference to learn more. Hope to see you there! Improving Equity What is food sovereignty and what does it look like in the United States? Food sovereignty can take on unique meanings in different communities, but it always puts questions of power, control, and social justice at the heart of food and farming. The U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance has a series of short videos (less than two minutes) from social movements in the United States working towards a more just and sustainable food system. Watch the videos here and let us know what you think! Job Opportunities Youth Educator, Wasatch Community Gardens, Salt Lake City Wasatch Community Gardens is looking for an AmeriCorps Youth Educator. Enthusiastic, veggie-loving folks who want to help teach kids about growing and eating delicious and healthy food can learn more and apply here. Harvest VISTA, Green Urban Lunchbox, Salt Lake City The Green Urban Lunchbox FruitShare program partners with fruit tree owners and community volunteers to harvest and distribute fruit that would otherwise go to waste. This AmeriCorps position will develop and manage outreach campaigns, volunteer recruitment programs, and oversee logistics for the volunteer harvesting program. This is a full-time, one-year position, from February 2020 to February 2021. Click here to learn more and apply. Funding Opportunities Check back next month for new opportunities! (And if you’d like to see funding made available to support your local purchases… you know what to do).
Happy New Year, Farm to Fork Friends! What farm to fork resolutions do you have for 2020? As always, we’re working toward greater collaboration and alignment of farm to fork programs and projects across the state, with the goal of improving equity in our food system. We also hope to bring you more great tools and resources this year to make it easier to access everything you need to run a successful farm to fork program or event. Look for a revamped website and greater social media presence this spring. What to Harvest this Month Fresh from the garden produce is in short supply this time of year, but folks with greenhouses or hydroponic systems can still enjoy sturdy greens like kale and chard, as well as various lettuces. If you’re not so lucky, think about shifting your local focus to items like eggs, meats, and cheeses—all available from Utah farmers. Get Involved! Food Equity Advisors The City of Salt Lake is recruiting Resident Food Equity Advisors to help shape their policy decisions around equity and food access. They are looking for individuals who are passionate about these issues, have firsthand experience with food insecurity, are willing to engage in complex discussions, and excited about championing community driven solutions. If you fit this description or know anyone who does, please apply online at If you'd like more information or a paper application, contact Kate Wheeler (email@example.com). Applications are due January 20th, 2020. Farm to Fork Task Force Quarterly Meeting Our next quarterly meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21st from 2-3:30 pm. If you’d like to get more involved with the statewide farm to fork movement, please join us at Dairy West in Draper. Save the Date: National Farm to Cafeteria Conference The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 21-23, 2020! This biennial event brings together food service professionals, farmers, educators, students, representatives from nonprofits and government agencies, public health professionals and more to network and learn. Visit farmtoschool.org/conference for more details. Webinars and Trainings One of the challenges with school gardens is keeping them going. Who will run the garden when the most passionate parent involved leaves the school? This one-hour webinar from the National Farm to School Network features school garden directors from districts of various sizes, sharing how they’ve started and maintained successful school gardens. Improving Equity Take a few minutes to read this fantastic article from Teen Vogue. The author does a great job of outlining why we need a youth-led movement for school food justice, and provides guidance on how we can move away from the current system of industrial food and low wage labor. Job Opportunities Youth Programs Instructor, Youth Garden Project, Moab YGP is looking for an intern that is interested in working as an educator in a hands-on, outdoor setting within a variety of educational programs, including afterschool programs, camps, and environmental science class. The internship is from February 26-August 14, 2020. Youth Garden Project will provide housing and a $400/month stipend. To apply, please email a brief cover letter and an attached resume with three professional references to Youth Programs Director, Julie Zender, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application is open until filled. Harvest VISTA, Green Urban Lunchbox, Salt Lake City The Green Urban Lunchbox FruitShare program partners with fruit tree owners and community volunteers to harvest and distribute fruit that would otherwise go to waste. This AmeriCorps position will develop and manage outreach campaigns, volunteer recruitment programs, and oversee logistics for the volunteer harvesting program. This is a full-time, one-year position, from February 2020 to February 2021. Click here to learn more and apply. Agriculture Inspector, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, Fillmore The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food seeks an Agriculture Inspector for sampling seeds, animal feeds, fertilizer, and nurseries for the Division of Plant Industry. The ideal candidate will have a bachelor's degree or higher in agronomy, animal science, botany, or a related field. Click here to learn more and apply. If you have a farm to fork-related position you’d like to fill, send us the job posting so we can share it here. Funding Opportunities Apples4Ed Apples4Ed supports schools across the country with grant funding to supplement student nutrition and expose students to a wider variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. In 2020, five schools will each receive $4,000 to support healthy snacking initiatives—this can include school gardens and farm to fork taste tests! Applications are due by January 18, 2020. Learn more and apply here. Slow Food Utah Microgrants Every year, Slow Food Utah takes applications from the community for micro-grants. Projects that increase the availability of locally produced foods, enhance regional and cultural food traditions, or support youth education are a high priority. Applications are due January 31, 2020. Learn more and apply here.
USBE’s Child Nutrition Programs are thankful for the farmers that grow our food! On Tuesday, November 26, Lincoln Elementary in Granite School District hosted a Harvest Gratitude Day with Governor Gary Herbert, Utah Commissioner of Agriculture Kerry Gibson, and local farmers Thayne and Carrie Tagge and Tyson Roberts. The sixth graders got to hear directly from the farmers about the food they grow for Thanksgiving dinner tables, and all students participated in a kale planting activity. The school cafeteria rounded out the celebration by serving up a delicious lunch of honey-thyme sweet potatoes and pulled chicken sandwiches on homemade buns.
Hello Farm to Fork Friends! We’re in the thick of holiday season, and of course thinking about how we can keep including local food on our plates during the winter festivities. How did you celebrate Thanksgiving? Lincoln Elementary in South Salt Lake hosted a Harvest Gratitude Day with Governor Gary Herbert, Utah Commissioner of Agriculture Kerry Gibson, and local farmers Thayne and Carrie Tagge and Tyson Roberts. The sixth graders got to hear directly from the farmers about the food they grow for Thanksgiving dinner tables, and all students participated in a kale planting activity in the cafeteria. Check out a video from the day on USBE’s Facebook page. What to Harvest this Month Hopefully local turkey makes its way onto your plate this season. Did you know Sanpete County has more turkeys than people? When it comes to produce, now is the time to be thinking of storage crops and items that grow well indoors, like sturdy greens and mushrooms. Try a mix of roasted carrots, parsnips, potatoes, and onions alongside your turkey. Get Involved! Advocacy Opportunity: Incentivizing Local Purchasing USBE, UDAF, and the Local Food Advisory Council have been working to secure legislative funding for a program that would reimburse schools for their local food purchases. If your school or organization would benefit from this program, we need your help to get the funding approved. Contact if you are willing to reach out to your local representatives—we will provide you will all the information you need to do so. Save the Date: National Farm to Cafeteria Conference The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 21-23, 2020! This biennial event brings together food service professionals, farmers, educators, students, representatives from nonprofits and government agencies, public health professionals and more to network and learn. Visit farmtoschool.org/conference for more details. Webinars and Trainings Utah State University Extension services has 33 locations throughout the state. Extension agents can be great partners for farm to school activities, especially if you are in a rural county without a lot of other resources or services. Check out this recorded four-part webinar series on partnering with Extension, and then visit to find your local Extension office. Improving Equity November was Native American Heritage Month. In celebration, the Intertribal Agricultural Council and National Farm to School Network have created a series of blogs posts profiling Native farm to school champions. Check out their profiles here. Job Opportunities Outreach and Development Coordinator, Youth Garden Project, Moab This position will continue to enhance and expand YGP’s volunteer program, manage the outreach and marketing efforts of the organization, oversee community programs, and be a key player in the fundraising efforts of YGP. This position is open until filled, with a desired start date of January 8, 2020. See the full job description and application instructions here. Youth Programs Instructor, Youth Garden Project, Moab YGP is looking for an intern that is interested in working as an educator in a hands-on, outdoor setting within a variety of educational programs, including afterschool programs, camps, and environmental science class. The internship is from February 26-August 14, 2020. Youth Garden Project will provide housing and a $400/month stipend. To apply, please email a brief cover letter and an attached resume with three professional references to Youth Programs Director, Julie Zender, at email@example.com. Application is open until filled. If you have a farm to fork-related position you’d like to fill, send us the job posting so we can share it here. Funding Opportunities USDA Farm to School Grants The Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) is now open. Grants are available for both planning and implementing large farm to school projects, and range from $20,000 to $100,000. The application deadline is December 13, 2019. Learn more about the grant program and find the link to the application here. Food System Vision Prize The Food System Vision Prize is an invitation to develop inspirational, concrete visions for the food system of the future. The Prize seeks systems-focused proposals that encourage people worldwide to take action and think collaboratively about the future. Submitted Visions should also reflect the Prize’s core beliefs that include diversity, resilience, equity, and the power of food to connect people. The Prize has an early deadline of December 5, 2019 and a final deadline of January 31, 2020. Learn more here. 2020 Youth Gardening Grant 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. The application deadline is December 16, 2019. Learn more and apply here.