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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!

Monthly Harvest- October 2021

Monthly Harvest- October 2021

Hello Farm to Fork Friends, It’s National Farm to School Month! Or, as we like to call it in Utah, Farm to Fork Month, because we don’t limit local food to just our schools. Childcare centers, afterschool programs, and local businesses are all part of the fun. We’ll be celebrating with an Apple Crunch on October 20th. However you choose to mark the month, share it with us on social media @utfarm2fork. What to Harvest This Month In addition to apples, kale is a great choice as we move towards colder weather. Try them together in this delicious Kale Apple Chicken Salad Wrap, one of our chef-designed Harvest of the Season recipes! Get Involved
October 20th is Apple Crunch Day Apple Crunch Day is Utah’s annual celebration of local food and agriculture education. This year Crunch Day is October 20th, 2021. Registration and resources are posted at https://www.utfarmtofork.org/utah-apple-crunch. We encourage you to celebrate in-person if possible, but we’ll be keeping our virtual resources from last year as well in case you need to make a quick pivot. Remember, if you participate in the National School Lunch Program, Utah apples purchased for this celebration count towards your local purchase total for enhanced reimbursement. Farm to Fork Task Force Meeting Join us for our quarterly task force meeting, October 13, 2-3:30pm to hear updates on our work. We’ll be meeting via Zoom. Take the 2021 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey The goal of this survey, conducted by Michigan State University and National Farm to School Network, is to collect information from early care and education (ECE) providers about activities that fall under the broad heading of “farm to early care and education” or “farm to ECE.” If you are an ECE provider, you should have received an email from NFSN with the subject line “Feedback Requested: NFSN Farm to Early Care and Education Provider Survey.” Follow the link in the email to respond to the survey and be eligible to win a farm to ECE curriculum. Your response will help inform farm to ECE programs and policy at the national and state level! Webinars and Trainings
Shifting Towards the Next Generation: National Farm to School Network Movement Meeting How can we shift power in our communities to center the work of young leaders of color? How can the food movement intersect with the racial justice movement? Join National Farm to School Network for a virtual Movement Meeting on Wednesday, Oct.14 from 1- 2:30 pm ET, featuring young leaders of color working to transform their community, for deep conversation and action-oriented reflection on how the next generation is working to intersect the food movement with racial justice, environmental justice, economic justice, and other key justice-centered movements. A crucial step towards our vision of a just food system for all is centering the voices of our next generation of leaders. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend this free event; no prior knowledge of farm to school needed. Register here. Improving Equity
Justice for Black Farmers: A Conversation to Uproot Racist Policy and Plant Seeds of Redress Berkeley Food Institute is honored to host three Black legacy farmers, a civil rights lawyer, and a critical race theory scholar to discuss the Pigford v. Glickman class action racial discrimination lawsuit and what you can do to support a more fair and democratic farming system in the United States. The conversation will take place on Thursday, October 28, from 1:30 – 3:00 PM Mountain Time. Register here. For a deeper dive, check out the background readings and resources available here. Job Opportunities
Executive Director, Youth Garden Project, Moab YGP is searching for their next Executive Director! This person will be responsible for the successful leadership and management of this rooted and dynamic organization. We are seeking a qualified community leader with experience in long-term strategic planning that encompasses sustainable development goals and capital improvements/project management. The Executive Director role requires someone who embodies outstanding team leadership, excellent communication, and funding development skills. This is a year-round, salaried, and benefited position. Read the full job description and application instructions here. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until a suitable candidate is hired. Funding Opportunities
Whole Kids Foundation Bee Grants Perfect for the Beehive State! This grant allows for K-12 schools or non-profit organizations that serve any grades K-12 to start a new or enhance an existing bee program hosting live bees on their campus. The first grant application deadline is October 15, 2021. Learn more and apply here. Budding Botanist Grants The Klorane Botanical Foundation is committed to supporting programs to teach respect for the environment and protect nature through the preservation of plant species and biodiversity. Designed to further their mission, the Budding Botanist Grant will help our youngest citizens learn about plants, explore their world and inspire them to take care of the life they discover in their local ecosystems. In early 2022, eighteen high-need schools across the United States will be awarded $1000 in grant funding to support their youth garden programs. The deadline for application submission is Friday, October 29, 2021 at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be announced by December 10, 2021. Learn more and apply here. 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!

Monthly Harvest- September 2021

Monthly Harvest- September 2021

Hello Farm to Fork Friends! What are you celebrating in these last few weeks of summer? There are lots of harvest festivals and celebrations coming up in the next few months. In addition to some of the in-person events we’ve got listed below, Eat Local Week is September 26-October 2 this year. Take the pledge to eat local at a level that works for you, and let us know how it goes on social media—use the hashtags #eatlocalutah and #eatlocalchallengeut and tag us @utfarm2fork. What to Harvest This Month Utah’s melon season is short but oh so sweet. Green River boasts our most famous melon growers (check out Melon Days September 17-18 if you’re in the area), but melons are grown all over the state. Whether your favorite is watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, or something more unique, check out our farmer list at utfarmtofork.org to find a ripe melon near you. Get Involved
Save the Date for the Greatest Crunch on Earth! Save the date—the 5th annual Utah Apple Crunch will be held on October 20th, 2021. Registration and resources are posted at https://www.utfarmtofork.org/utah-apple-crunch. We encourage you to celebrate in-person if possible, but we’ll be keeping our virtual resources from last year as well in case you need to make a quick pivot. Remember, if you participate in the National School Lunch Program, Utah apples purchased for this celebration count towards your local purchase total for enhanced reimbursement. USU Extension Field Day We invite all hobby livestock owners, small pasture operators, and urban homesteaders to join USU Extension for a free pasture demonstration and tour from 6-8 pm on September 8 at the USU Botanical Center in Kaysville! Extension experts will present on cover crops and pasture management, and a hamburger dinner will be served. Learn more and register here. Utah State Ag Day BBQ This years Ag Day BBQ will be held on Saturday, September 25 from 1-3 pm. As always, the centerpiece of Ag Day is the impressive BBQ featuring an outstanding meal of Utah produced products such as beef, pork, lamb, ice cream, dried cherries, deli meats, cheese, corn on the cob, apples, onion rings, and tossed green salad. The cost is $15 for adults, $10 for USU students, and $8 for children. All proceeds from this event go to the Utah Agricultural Leadership Endowment at Utah State University. Learn more and register here. Be a Featured Farmer
We’re highlighting Utah farmers and ranchers on our social media all summer long. Fill out this short form to be featured on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Webinars and Trainings
Did you know you can book a personalized farm to fork training whenever you want? Visit the USBE CNP Bookings page, and choose any training that starts with the heading “Farm to Fork”. Improving Equity
Honoring Tribal Connections Wherever your school or organization is located, it’s probably on ancestral tribal lands. Collaborating with Native community partners is one way to honor that connection. First Nations Development Institute held a recorded webinar earlier this year that highlights the way organizations in New Mexico and Maine have worked with tribal groups to restore traditional food ways and strengthen community partnerships. Access the webinar recording here. Job Opportunities
USU Create Better Health Ambassador, Beaver County The USU Create Better Health (SNAP-ED) nutrition education program teaches nutrition lessons and cooking skills to low-income adults and youth who are Food Stamp eligible. Utah State University Extension Create Better Health nutrition education program in Beaver County is seeking a qualified individual to work part-time (20 hours per week depending on available grant funding) teaching nutrition and cooking skills. This position pays $12.50/hour. Learn more and apply here. Funding Opportunities
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. Learn more and apply here. Be sure to share your upcoming events, grant opportunities, and jobs with us so that we can share them here!

Monthly Harvest- August 2021

Monthly Harvest- August 2021

Hello Farm to Fork Friends,

The long-awaited results from the 2019 USDA Farm to School Census are here. This is currently our only source of comprehensive, statewide farm to school data, and we’ll be using it to inform future programming. You can check out Utah’s stats at https://farmtoschoolcensus.fns.usda.gov/census-results/states/ut. One that we’d like to highlight is that 47 food service programs in Utah began participating in farm to school activities in the past three years. That’s some great growth! If you recently got started with farm to school, we’d love to hear what motivated you and how it's going. What to Harvest This Month Peaches might be one of Utah’s most well-known (and well-loved!) crops—Brigham City and Hurricane both hold annual summer Peach Days festivals—but did you know this delicious fruit has been grown in our region by Native American tribes for hundreds of years? Reagan Wytsalucy and the San Juan County USU Extension team have been researching traditional peach varieties in order to create a seed bank and also preserve the cultural practices that go along with growing this crop. Read more about their work here, and then get busy eating as many ripe peaches as you can this month. Get Involved
Save the Date for the Greatest Crunch on Earth! Save the date—the 5th annual Utah Apple Crunch will be held on October 20th, 2021. We’ll have registration, an updated crunch guide, and additional information posted at https://www.utfarmtofork.org/utah-apple-crunch later in August. We encourage you to celebrate in-person if possible, but we’ll be keeping our virtual resources from last year as well in case you need to make a quick pivot. Remember, if you participate in the National School Lunch Program, Utah apples purchased for this celebration count towards your local purchase total for enhanced reimbursement. Be a Featured Farmer
We’re highlighting Utah farmers and ranchers on our social media all summer long. Fill out this short form to be featured on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Webinars and Trainings
Tips and Strategies for Purchasing Directly from Local Producers There are many ways to bring local products into your cafeteria—buying from a distributor or processor, forming a co-op with other schools, or just purchasing directly from the farmer. This one-hour recorded webinar from the Institute of Child Nutrition features panelists from the food service community sharing their tips and strategies for incorporating farm-direct purchases into their operations. Access the webinar here. Improving Equity
The True Cost of Food in the United States Food is relatively cheap in the US—at least at the cash register. But there are hidden costs associated with our current food production system. This report from The Rockefeller Foundation outlines the true cost of food, which includes the impacts on our health, the environment, biodiversity, livelihoods, and much more. (Spoiler alert—it’s at least three times as big). What’s more, these hidden costs disproportionately burden communities of color, who face higher rates of diet-related diseases, have reduced access to water and sanitation, and often lack livable wages as producers and workers in the food system. Farm to school is one tool we can use to help transform our food system into one that is sustainable and equitable Job Opportunities
Woodland Biscuit Company, Woodland
Woodland Biscuit Company serves local grass-fed beef, dairy, eggs, and of course delicious biscuits made from local flour at the food of the beautiful Uinta mountains. We are searching high and low for servers and line cooks. Any time commitment from full-time to one shift per week is available. Please contact Laurel at laurel@woodlandbiscuit.com to apply. Funding Opportunities
Local Food Hub Startup and Development Fund
This fund is a one-time legislative appropriation of $112,500 that will give one or more food entrepreneurs access to see funding to use toward the development of a food hub that connects farm fresh food to consumers along the Wasatch Front. Applicants must be one of the following: Utah based for-profit business, Utah based non-profit organization (with existing 501-c3), Utah farmer or group of farmers, Utah rancher or group of ranchers, agricultural industry group, or an agricultural marketing entity. The application deadline is Friday, August 27, 2021, at 5 pm. Learn more and apply here. Be sure to share your upcoming events, grant opportunities, and jobs with us so that we can share them here!

Monthly Harvest- July 2021

Monthly Harvest- July 2021

Hello Farm to Fork Friends,

Does the summer sun have you wishing you had space for a garden? Or maybe you have space but just no time. Either way, Wasatch Community Gardens is hosting a Yard Share program that can make your garden dreams come true. The program pairs gardeners with available spaces to create a situation where everybody wins. The program is not limited to the Salt Lake area! Learn more and sign up to participate here. What to Harvest This Month What’s bigger, better, and sweeter than a Bing Cherry? The Utah Giant Cherry! Developed in Logan in the 1980s, these sweet fruits are ripe and available at farmers markets now, along with other sweet cherry varieties. Looking for something on the savory side? Zucchini and summer squash are also ready to harvest and should keep producing throughout the summer. Get Involved
Farm to Fork Task Force Quarterly Meeting
Join us for our quarterly task force meeting, July 21, 11am-12:30pm to hear updates on our work. We’ll be meeting via WebEx. Be a Featured Farmer
We’re highlighting Utah farmers and ranchers on our social media all summer long. Fill out this short form to be featured on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Webinars and Trainings
Integrated Pest Management USU Extension is hosting two webinars in July to help growers better understand integrated pest management. These meetings include a brief presentation on an IPM topic, review questions with prizes, and an open discussion with our experts and other vegetable growers. July 13 (7pm) Common Pests of Melons July 27 (7pm) Beneficial Insects: Beetles and True Bugs Sign up for the webinars here. Improving Equity
Bystander Intervention Training Creating safe spaces requires those with privilege to stand up to harassment. But that can be easier said than done. Hollaback provides bystander intervention trainings that give you the skills to push back against race and gender-based harassment. White folks, men, straight cis people- this one is for you. Confederate Soybeans and How the USDA Catered to White Farmers What does an article on soybean names have to do with racial equity? In the mid-20th century, many soybean varieties came to be named after confederate generals. This essay from Zocalo outlines how in even small things like cultivar names, the USDA assumed its job was to serve white farmers at the expense of any others. Job Opportunities
Woodland Biscuit Company, Woodland
Woodland Biscuit Company serves local grass-fed beef, dairy, eggs, and of course delicious biscuits made from local flour at the food of the beautiful Uinta mountains. We are searching high and low for servers and line cooks. Any time commitment from full-time to one shift per week is available. Please contact Laurel at laurel@woodlandbiscuit.com to apply.

Seed to Table Educator, Youth Garden Project, Moab
Youth Garden Project is hiring a Seed to Table Educator to collaborate with Youth Garden Project (YGP) staff, community partners, and Grand County High School to lead young adults in a variety of youth programs at YGP. We are looking for an individual who is flexible, collaborative, able to work independently, exhibits strong leadership, and is enthusiastic about using the garden and process of growing food to teach academic and life lessons to youth of all ages and backgrounds. This is an AmeriCorps position that runs from August 2021 to August 2022. Learn more, including how to apply, here. Funding Opportunities
Little Seeds Pollinator Pals Grants
This grant is designed to support youth garden programs interested in preserving and creating pollinator habitat to help rebuild declining pollinator populations. In 2021, eighteen programs will be awarded a check for $500 to support the development of new and expansion of existing pollinator gardens in communities across the United States. Any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program in the United States serving at least 15 youth between the ages of 2 and 14 is eligible to apply. Learn more and apply here. The application deadline is July 30, 2021. Urban Agriculture and Innovation Production Grants
The USDA has made available $4 million for grants to support the development of urban agriculture and innovative production projects. There are two categories under the Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (UAIP) competitive grant opportunity: Planning Projects and Implementation Projects. Planning projects initiate or expand efforts of farmers, gardeners, citizens, government officials, schools and other stakeholders in urban and suburban areas, while implementation projects accelerate existing and emerging models of urban, indoor and other agricultural practices that serve multiple farmers. Learn more here and then apply on grants.gov. The application deadline is July 30, 2021. Local Food Hub Startup and Development Fund
This fund is a one-time legislative appropriation of $112,500 that will give one or more food entrepreneurs access to see funding to use toward the development of a food hub that connects farm fresh food to consumers along the Wasatch Front. Applicants must be one of the following: Utah based for-profit business, Utah based non-profit organization (with existing 501-c3), Utah farmer or group of farmers, Utah rancher or group of ranchers, agricultural industry group, or an agricultural marketing entity. The application deadline is Friday, August 27, 2021, at 5 pm. Learn more and apply here. Be sure to share your upcoming events, grant opportunities, and jobs with us so that we can share them here!

Monthly Harvest- June 2021

Monthly Harvest- June 2021

Hello Farm to Fork Friends,

Farmers markets are opening up all around the state this month. Our friends at the Utah Farmers Market Network put together this fantastic resource to help you find a market, wherever you may be in Utah. Do you have a favorite farmers market? Let us know @utfarmtofork. What to Harvest This Month Get snacking on veggies! Sugar snap peas, radishes, and salad turnips are all coming out of the garden this month. Eat them straight off the plant, sliced in a salad, or dipped in hummus. Get Involved
Be a Featured Farmer
We’re highlighting Utah farmers and ranchers on our social media all summer long. Fill out this short form to be featured on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Share Your School Garden Opinions
City University of New York is conducting research about how school gardens can better connect with their communities. To participate in the study, first click here to access a five-minute survey. When you complete the survey, you will be provided instructions with how to complete four activities for this study, which will take a total of 1-2 hours. Upon completion of all of these activities, your name will be entered into a raffle to win one of five $50 gift cards. Webinars and Trainings
National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference
Registration is now open for the 2021 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference, held June 28-July 1 in Des Moines, Iowa. Virtual attendance options are also available. This is a great professional development opportunity for teachers and educators who want to enhance their use of agriculture as a len s for learning. Learn more and register here. Improving Equity
Meet the Workers Who Put Food on America's Tables
We talk a lot about farmworkers and food chain workers in this space. That's because farm to fork isn’t just about the end result of good food in our cafeterias, but about building a better food system for everyone. And that starts with the people who grow our food. This article from The Guardian outlines the challenges many farmworkers face while putting food on America’s tables. Job Opportunities
General Agricultural Labor, Houweling's Tomatoes, Mona
Houweling’s Group is looking for dependable, punctual, and hard workers for general labor and maintenance positions in Mona, Utah. Positions include crop labor, harvesting, packing, and maintenance. Pay is $13.13/hour. Learn more and apply here.

Deli Cooks and Bakers, Moonflower Community Coop, Moab
Moonflower Community Coop is a community owned grocery store that strives to provide socially responsible foods, goods and education to promote a healthy, sustainable community. MCC strengthens the local economy by serving as a marketplace that uses fair buying and selling practices which support regional growers, vendors and artisans. We make a variety of products in house daily including salads, sandwiches, baked goods and freshly prepared entrees on the breakfast bar and hot bar. The cooks and bakers are responsible for preparing and packaging a variety of different products, including products that cater to alternative diets. Pay is $15-$20/hour. Learn more and apply here. Funding Opportunities
Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP) Grants
LAMP Grants are now open! This includes the Farmers Market Promotion Program, Local Food Promotion Program, and Regional Food Systems Partnership Program. For farm to school stakeholders, these programs support building out local and regional food systems. FMLFPP supports the development and expansion of direct-to-consumer markets and indirect producer-to-consumer marketing through intermediaries. The RFSP program supports partnerships in the planning and development of local and regional food systems. Funding is provided for coordination efforts, such as priority setting, connecting partners to resources and services, and measuring progress towards common goals. For more information on the programs and how to apply, check out the pages linked below. Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), deadline is June 21, 2021 Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP), deadline is June 21, 2021 Regional Food System Partnerships (RFSP), deadline is July 6, 2021 Be sure to share your upcoming events, grant opportunities, and jobs with us so that we can share them here!

Monthly Harvest- May 2021

Monthly Harvest- May 2021

Hello Farm to Fork Friends, We’re sharing lots of job opportunities this month, so if you’ve been looking for a change, scroll on down to that section. Otherwise, read on for updates and other ways to get involved. What to Harvest This Month It’s sweet strawberry season! In addition to eating all the strawberries you can this month, if you work with kindergarten through second grade students, Utah Agriculture in the Classroom has a great lesson that uses strawberries to teach about the different parts of plants and their respective functions. Check it out, and let us know your favorite way to eat strawberries @utfarm2fork. Get Involved National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference Registration is now open for the 2021 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference, held June 28-July 1 in Des Moines, Iowa. Virtual attendance options are also available. This is a great professional development opportunity for teachers and educators who want to enhance their use of agriculture as a lens for learning. Learn more and register here. Transitioning Land to a New Generation: Trainer Application Now Open
American Farmland Trust (AFT) is seeking 25 experienced agricultural educators from across the country to serve as trainers and help a diverse new generation secure land and succeed in agriculture. AFT’s curriculum will provide trainers with the necessary skills to address the financial, legal and interpersonal issues involved with transferring agricultural land and operations. Applications are due May 16, 2021. Learn more and apply here. Webinars and Trainings Racial Equity in Farm to Early Care and Education Forum, May 5, 3-4:30 pm Please join National Farm to School Network (NFSN) for an open discussion forum to share your insights and ideas on how farm to ECE can actively build power in communities and elevate and enable community initiatives to cultivate just local and regional food systems. Learn more and register here. Opportunities for Strengthening Farm to ECE Using Federal Funding, May 12, 10:30 am-12:00 pm The latest round of federal stimulus funding - the American Rescue Plan - will be infusing billions of dollars through the early care and education sector and food and agriculture systems in the coming months. Join this webinar co-presented by the National Farm to School Network, Policy Equity Group, and Food Research & Action Center to learn about immediate opportunities to encourage state decision makers to think creatively across sectors and use funds to build more equitable and resilient food and ECE systems. Learn more and register here. Improving Equity Voices of the Food Chain: COVID-19’s Impact on Food Workers The farm to fork movement has the ability to impact not only the quality of the food that ends up on our plates, but the quality of life for workers throughout the food chain—farmworkers, warehouse workers, meatpackers, line cooks, and more. Click here to listen to food chain workers sharing their stories as part of the Voices of the Food Chain project. Or if you’d rather read, a report from Food Chain Workers Alliance is available here. Job Opportunities Permaculture Landscaping Manager, Red Ant Works, Park City After 25 years, the founder of Red Ant Works wishes to step away from daily operations and is seeking a company manager. This salaried position ($50-75k) with benefits is for 7-8 months per year with some admin work both pre and post-season. Learn more and apply here. Executive Director, Wasatch Community Gardens, Salt Lake City WCG is seeking an experienced, passionate Executive Director to lead our efforts to create a community where everyone values and has access to growing and eating healthy, delicious food. We’re looking for leadership experience, preferably as a nonprofit executive director, and ability to fundraise, influence the community, and set and drive strategic direction to further organizational mission. Learn more and apply here. Outreach Coordinator, EATS, Park City EATS is hiring an Outreach Coordinator to develop the community outreach efforts surrounding food access in Park City and surrounding areas. Working directly with the Program Manager and the Executive Director, the Outreach Coordinator will be the pulse on the community and direct EATS’ food access programs. The Outreach Coordinator will work 20 hours per week until July 1, 2021, at which point the position is eligible to become full-time. Spanish language fluency is required. Learn more and apply here. Cooking Class Intern, EATS, Park City EATS Park City is seeking a part-time Cooking Class Intern in Park City, Utah. The EATS Cooking Class Intern will be responsible for assisting EATS Education Coordinator in facilitating EATS summer programming approximately 20 hours a week during the summer of 2021. Learn more and apply here. Summer Garden Assistant, Dancing Moose Montessori School, West Valley City The Lake Park location of the Dancing Moose Montessori School is looking for a part-time Summer Garden Assistant. This person will teach classes to preschool-elementary aged children along with the Garden Director. Classes typically are 2-3 times per week, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. If interested, or for more information, please contact Jodi Kiser, Lake Park School Director at 801-968-0100 Ext. 1 or email her at jodi@mydancingmoose.com. Multiple Positions, The Kinlands, Riverton The Kinlands is hiring retail positions (full and part time available), animal partners, and an administrative assistant. Apply by sending a resume to jen@thekinlands.com. Learn more here. Funding Opportunities If you have any farm to fork funding opportunities, let us know and we'll share them here! You'll hear from us again next month. In the meantime, we'd love to hear from you!

Monthly Harvest- April 2021

Monthly Harvest- April 2021

Hello Farm to Fork Friends, Have you heard about the National Farm to School Act? Sponsored by Reps. Stacey Plaskett (D-VI), Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Representative Alma Adams (D-NC), HR 1768 proposes expanding funding for the USDA Farm to School Grant Program to a minimum of $15 million dollars annually. The Farm to School Act also fully includes early care and summer sites in the grant program, prioritizes grant proposals that engage beginning, veteran and socially disadvantaged farmers and serve high-need schools, and increases access among Native and tribal schools to farm-fresh and traditional foods, especially from tribal producers. Stay tuned for more information. What to Harvest This Month It’s time for spring greens! Farms in the Southern part of the state are already harvesting spicy arugula, sweet tender pea shoots, and all kinds of crunchy lettuces. If you’re in Northern Utah and don’t want to wait to fill your salad bowl, you’re also in luck—there are quite a few hydroponic farms that grow fresh greens all winter long. Check out Snuck Farms, Ewell Acres, or 3 Squares Produce to get your fresh fix. Get Involved Support the Strengthening Local Processing Act Lack of processing infrastructure is a major concern for small livestock farmers across the country, and Utah is no exception. It’s also one of the main barriers when it comes to bringing Utah meat into schools. The Strengthening Local Processing Act will support increased slaughter and processing capacity, enhance opportunities for local producers, help small slaughterhouses and butchers grow their businesses, and provide consumers with the locally-raised meat and poultry they are asking for. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation needs your voice—call your Congressional Representative, as well as Senators Lee and Romney, and ask them to support the Strengthening Local Processing Act today. Webinars and Trainings Strengthening Equity and Inclusivity in Garden Education, April 7, 12:00 PM-1:15 PM In this webinar, the School Garden Support Organization Network will be sharing a compilation of resources intended to help school garden staff, leadership, and board members explore potential ways to intertwine equity, inclusivity, diversity, and justice into all aspects of their organization and work. Learn more and register here. Improving Equity Raising Kale Podcast: How School Lunch Creates Racial Justice In this episode of the Food Literacy Center’s Raising Kale podcast, Krystal Oriadha from the National Farm to School Network discusses the connections between food, social justice, and school lunch. Listen and find more resources here. Supporting Asian American Communities Does your food justice vision include Asian Americans? Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial group in the U.S., and they are also the most divided in terms of economic stability and educational attainment. This divide often means that conversations about racial and food justice focus on Black, Latinx, and Indigenous populations, to the exclusion of Asian Americans and other marginalized groups. To be effective, social justice and anti-hunger work needs to be receptive to the unique needs and strengths of different communities. Now is the time to re-examine any projects you are working on and ensure that Asian Americans are actively included. Job Opportunities Youth Programs Instructor, Youth Garden Project, Moab Youth Garden Project is looking for May-November interns. Interns will facilitate our nine-week Summer Camp, lead two After-School Clubs, teach 90-minute Garden Classroom Field Trips, and provide a Fall Break Camp. This internship includes a $500/month, free furnished housing, and a weekly CSA share. Learn more and apply here. If you are hiring on either the farm or fork side of farm to fork, let us know and we’ll share the job posting here! Funding Opportunities McCarthey Dressman Academic Enrichment Grants The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation offers Academic Enrichment Grants designed to develop in-class and extra-curricular programs that improve student learning. The Foundation considers proposals that foster understanding, deepen students’ knowledge, and provide opportunities to expand awareness of the world around them. Grantees may receive up to $30,000 over three years. Applications are due April 15, 2021, but don’t wait to apply—the system will close once 200 applications have been submitted. Learn more and apply here. Specialty Crop Block Grants The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is now accepting applications. The grant is open to producers, schools, trade associations, non-profits, farmers markets, farming and ranching co-ops, etc. headquartered in Utah. Potential projects may include a broad range of focus such as improving marketing, research, training, certifications, food safety, pest control, plant health and beyond for specialty crops. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to enhance the competitiveness of Utah grown specialty crops and benefit more than one producer or organization. Applications are due April 27, 2021. Learn more and apply here. Community Food Projects Grant Program The USDA NIFA Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program RFA is now open. Awards of up to $400,000 are available for projects designed to increase food security in communities by bringing the whole food system together to assess strengths, establish linkages, and create sustainable systems that improve the self-reliance of community members over their food needs. Applications must be submitted through grants.gov no later than May 4, 2021. You'll hear from us again next month. In the meantime, we'd love to hear from you!

Monthly Harvest- March 2021

Monthly Harvest- March 2021

Hello Farm to Fork Friends, The Utah Legislature wraps up their general session this month—which means it’s time to take a deep breath, relax, and then start thinking about next year. We took a break from farm to fork legislative asks this year, but it was just a break, and we plan to be back next year. As look forward to 2022, we want to know what would help you expand or succeed in your farm to fork work. You can email us at contact@utfarmtofork.org or find us on social media @utfarm2fork. What to Harvest This Month Where’s the beef? Right here in Utah! Late winter is a great time to shift your local focus from produce to center-of-the-plate items, like local beef. Did you know the way cows are fed impacts the nutritional composition of their beef? Grass-fed beef contains higher levels of Omega-3 fatty acids and CLAs, both of which are linked to a variety of health benefits. Remember, you can find a list of Utah ranchers interested in selling to child nutrition programs at www.utfarmtofork.org. Get Involved Help Us Gather Data for a Grant Opportunity
USBE CNP is applying for a grant to create some exciting new resources (and provide extra funding to you!). If you are involved in food purchasing for any Child Nutrition Program, help us gather the necessary data by taking this super short survey before March 15, 2021. Webinars and Trainings AgroEcro Conference 2021
Come join urban farmers, food and farming justice advocates, policy makers, educators, community organizers, and engaged citizens to share strategies for strengthening our urban food and farming systems. This online event is being held over a two-week period, from March 2-11, with one or two two-hour sessions each day. You can attend any or all of the sessions for free! View the full schedule here, and register here. Improving Equity Equity in School Gardens
Is your school garden accessible to everyone in the school community, both in terms of physical layout and content? Planning for the growing season is also a great time to assess how equitable your garden is and make changes if necessary. We have an Equity & Accessibility Checklist on the Gardens section of our website—check it out and see how you measure up. Job Opportunities Line Cook, Server (multiple positions), Woodland Biscuit Company, Kamas
Woodland Biscuit Company serves local grass-fed beef, dairy, eggs, and of course delicious biscuits made from local flour at the food of the beautiful Uinta mountains. We are searching high and low for people interested in becoming part of our long-term kitchen and dining room team. We need two to three line cooks, but would love more, and two to three servers as well (must be 21). Please contact Laurel at laurel@woodlandbiscuit.com.

Back Farms Garden Leader, Green Urban Lunch Box, Salt Lake City
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 Market Stands held at Salt Lake County Senior Centers. Garden Leaders are responsible for properly building, tending, and harvesting gardens they are assigned to for the entire growing season, and training Garden Apprentices using established curriculum. This is a 30-35 hour/week position that pays $13-$14 per hour. Please email Jess at backfarms@gulb.org a resume and cover letter to express your interest in this position. Learn more here.

If you are hiring on either the farm or fork side of farm to fork, let us know and we’ll share the job posting here! Funding Opportunities Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program
The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) provides funds to support education, mentoring, and technical assistance initiatives for beginning farmers and ranchers. Grantees may receive between $50,000-$600,000 over a three-year period. The application deadline is March 25, 2021. Learn more and apply 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 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves children in the K-12 grade range. The application deadline is March 31, 2021. Learn more and apply here.

McCarthey Dressman Academic Enrichment Grants
The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation offers Academic Enrichment Grants designed to develop in-class and extra-curricular programs that improve student learning. The Foundation considers proposals that foster understanding, deepen students’ knowledge, and provide opportunities to expand awareness of the world around them. Grantees may receive up to $30,000 over three years. Applications are due April 15, 2021, but don’t wait to apply—the system will close once 200 applications have been submitted. Learn more and apply here.

Specialty Crop Block Grants
The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is now accepting applications. The grant is open to producers, schools, trade associations, non-profits, farmers markets, farming and ranching co-ops, etc. headquartered in Utah. Potential projects may include a broad range of focus such as improving marketing, research, training, certifications, food safety, pest control, plant health and beyond for specialty crops. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to enhance the competitiveness of Utah grown specialty crops and benefit more than one producer or organization. Applications are due April 27, 2021. Learn more and apply here.

Community Food Projects Grant Program
The USDA NIFA Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program RFA is now open. Awards of up to $400,000 are available for projects designed to increase food security in communities by bringing the whole food system together to assess strengths, establish linkages, and create sustainable systems that improve the self-reliance of community members over their food needs. Applications must be submitted through grants.gov no later than May 4, 2021. You'll hear from us again next month. In the meantime, we'd love to hear from you!

Monthly Harvest- February 2021

Monthly Harvest- February 2021

Hello Farm to Fork Friends, The ground may be covered in snow, but I know many of us are paging through seed catalogs and planning our gardens for the not-too-distant future. If you work with elementary students, KidsGardening has a great lesson plan on creating a school garden planting calendar. What will you be planting this year? Let us know your garden dreams @utfarm2fork. What to Harvest This Month It’s time to revisit Utah’s state fruit—cherries! Wait, cherries in February? Yes! While we’re all about fresh fruit in the summer, using preservation techniques like freezing, dehydrating, and canning can help us enjoy local produce throughout the season. Frozen cherries add a pop of pink to your breakfast smoothie or parfait (perfect for Valentine’s Day), while dried cherries are delicious in baked goods or as a snack. Remember that just ¼ cup of dried fruit credits as a ½ cup serving for school meals. Get Involved USDA Urban Agriculture Advisory Committee
USDA is seeking members for a new committee that will advise the Secretary of Agriculture on the development of policies and outreach relating to urban, indoor, and other emerging agricultural production practices. This is a fantastic opportunity to have your voice (and Utah agriculture) represented at the Federal level! Nominations are due March 5, 2021. Learn more here. Webinars and Trainings Building Community Interest & Investment in Your School Garden Programs
Summer presents a unique challenge for school gardens. This virtual gathering from the School Garden Support Organization Network will be a discussion of strategies that increase community around school gardens, especially during the summer months. The webinar is on February 3, at 12:00 pm MT. Find details and registration here. Improving Equity Race and Food are Intertwined
The current US food system was built on land stolen from indigenous Americans and labor stolen through slavery. And we continue to rely on undervalued immigrant farm labor to keep our food cheap. Ricardo Salvador from the Union of Concerned Scientists offers some concrete action steps for how we can create a food system free from exploitation. One step that school districts can take is to sign on to the Good Food Purchasing Program, a framework that helps institutions direct their buying power toward local economies, environmental sustainability, a valued workforce, animal welfare, and nutrition. Read the full article here. Job Opportunities Bilingual Curriculum Developer, Wasatch Community Gardens, Salt Lake City
This is a 900-hour AmeriCorps position averaging 24 hours/week from March-November. The AmeriCorps Bilingual Curriculum Developer is primarily responsible for (1) developing curriculum for remote garden and cooking education programs both in Spanish and English and (2) assembling and distributing educational kits. The UCC AmeriCorps will also assist in maintaining teaching/production gardens, work with community partners, and assist at WCG events. Applications are due 9:00 am February 1, 2021. Learn more here.

Garden Coordinator, Wasatch Community Gardens, Salt Lake City
This is a 900-hour AmeriCorps position averaging 24 hours/week from March-November. The AmeriCorps Garden Coordinator is primarily responsible for (1) growing fruits/vegetables to be distributed through our educational programs and (2) maintaining our garden sites using organic practices. The Garden Coordinator will also assist in developing and assembling materials for remote youth garden education programs, work with community partners, and assist at WCG events. Applications are due 9:00 am February 1, 2021. Learn more here.

Diversity Assistant, Utah Farmers Market Network, anywhere in Utah
The Utah Farmers Market Network/USDA FMPP grant team is seeking a Diversity Assistant-Environment and Society to spend 10-15 hours per week working with our coordinator to create a diversity, equity and inclusion initiative with farmers markets in Utah. This position pays $14-$18/hour and can be based anywhere in the state of Utah. Learn more and apply here.

If you are hiring on either the farm or fork side of farm to fork, let us know and we’ll share the job posting here! Funding Opportunities Gro More Good Grassroots Grant
The 2021 Gro More Good Grassroots Grant provides funding for new and existing youth garden programs and greenspaces serving 15 or more youth. Winners will be selected based on their commitment to the maintenance and sustainability of their garden program including plans for growth and future fiscal stability. This grant is open to all nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations (including schools) in the United States and US Territories. Applications are due February 5, 2021. Learn more and apply here.

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program
The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) provides funds to support education, mentoring, and technical assistance initiatives for beginning farmers and ranchers. Grantees may receive between $50,000-$600,000 over a three-year period. The application deadline is March 25, 2021. Learn more and apply here.

McCarthey Dressman Academic Enrichment Grants
The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation offers Academic Enrichment Grants designed to develop in-class and extra-curricular programs that improve student learning. The Foundation considers proposals that foster understanding, deepen students’ knowledge, and provide opportunities to expand awareness of the world around them. Grantees may receive up to $30,000 over three years. Applications are due April 15, 2021, but don’t wait to apply—the system will close once 200 applications have been submitted. Learn more and apply here.

Specialty Crop Block Grants
The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is now accepting applications. The grant is open to producers, schools, trade associations, non-profits, farmers markets, farming and ranching co-ops, etc. headquartered in Utah. Potential projects may include a broad range of focus such as improving marketing, research, training, certifications, food safety, pest control, plant health and beyond for specialty crops. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to enhance the competitiveness of Utah grown specialty crops and benefit more than one producer or organization. Applications are due April 27, 2021. Learn more and apply here.

Community Food Projects Grant Program
The USDA NIFA Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program RFA is now open. Awards of up to $400,000 are available for projects designed to increase food security in communities by bringing the whole food system together to assess strengths, establish linkages, and create sustainable systems that improve the self-reliance of community members over their food needs. Applications must be submitted through grants.gov no later than May 4, 2021. You'll hear from us again next month. In the meantime, we'd love to hear from you!