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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- December 2020

Monthly Harvest- December 2020

Hello Farm to Fork Friends,
We had a great time celebrating Utah's 3rd annual Harvest Gratitude Day with the kindergarteners at Silver Mesa Elementary in Canyons School District on November 23rd. This year the event was held over Zoom, which gave us the opportunity to show off three different farms. The students met beef steers, pigs, and a milking calf, and saw apples being pressed into cider. They also heard a special harvest message from Governor Herbert. With the outdoor growing season wrapped up, how will you continue to celebrate local food throughout the winter? Don’t forget to tag us in your local meals @utfarm2fork. And if you’re looking for the perfect holiday gift, our friends at Wasatch Community Gardens have Love Local Gift Boxes for sale! What to Harvest This Month Did you know Utah has more turkeys than people? This is the perfect month to put Utah-grown turkey on your plate. In addition to sandwiches and wraps, leftover turkey is great is soups, moles, and curries. Pair it with some Utah squash or hearty winter greens.Add some Utah cheese to your holiday menu! We’ve got loads of great cheese producers in this state—check out the producer list on our website to find some who are interested in selling to schools. If a full local cheeseboard isn’t in your budget, try adding some goat cheese crumbles to a salad or topping your tacos with shreds of jalapeno cheddar. Get Involved Scratch Cooking Survey
Chef Ann Foundation is planning and developing a School Food Fellowship Program that will launch in 2021. This program will be centered on creating the next generation of diverse school food leaders in scratch-cook operations. They need your help and feedback to make this program the best it can be! Please share your thoughts in this 8-minute survey. Webinars and Trainings Using Greenhouses in School Gardens
This webinar from the School Garden Support Organization Network will offer information and resources for establishing a new project or further activating an existing greenhouse or hoop house. This is a great resource for educators who are exploring ways to incorporate a greenhouse as a hands-on learning environment and/or tool to extend their growing. Learn more and register here. Improving Equity Farmworkers Are Essential Workers
With the recent good news from Pfizer and Moderna, states have begun discussing strategies and priorities for rolling out the COVID vaccines when they become available. It’s important that farmworkers, some of our most vulnerable and essential workers, are at the front of the line for the vaccine. Read more here.

Justice for Black Farmers Act
What do the large land grant programs in America’s past (such as the Homestead Act) all have in common? They were almost exclusively accessible only to white Americans. These land transfers, along with other racist policies from the USDA that prevented Black farmers from accessing loan programs and other benefits, resulted in a near-complete wipeout of Black farmland ownership in this country. The Justice for Black Farmers Act, sponsored by senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) attempts to reverse these damages by funding equitable land access. Read more about the Act and the reasons it’s needed here. If you’re more of an auditory learner, check out this 10-minute discussion on racial discrimination in USDA farm support programs. Job Opportunities Youth Programs Instructors, Youth Garden Project, Moab
We are looking for individuals interested in working as an educator in a hands-on, outdoor setting within a variety of our elementary educational programs. In the spring, we host two After-School Programs, lead Garden Classroom Field Trips, and run a weeklong Spring Break Camp—all of which will be facilitated primarily by two instructors. During the summer, four instructors collaborate to implement our nine-week Summer Camp program. 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 KidsGardening Youth Garden 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 for these Youth Garden Grants. A total of 30 programs will be awarded. Applications are due December 18, 2020. Learn more and apply here.

USDA Farm to School Grants
The USDA heard your feedback and has made some big changes to the farm to school grant program this year! Updates include: Extended application time (deadline is January 8, 2021) Institutions operating CACFP and SFSP are eligible to apply—programs do not need to be based at a school site Small- to medium-sized agricultural producers are eligible for priority consideration Turnkey projects: a simplified application process for specific pre-selected best-practice projects. Learn more here and then apply on grants.gov. You'll hear from us again next month. In the meantime, we'd love to hear from you!

Monthly Harvest- January 2021

Monthly Harvest- January 2021

Hello Farm to Fork Friends, Happy New Year! We’re celebrating some farm to school wins in the Federal budget for fiscal year 2021, including a whopping $17 million for the Farm to School Grant Program, and $2 million in CDC funding for farm to ECE work. What are you looking forward to this year? Share your farm to fork goals and inspirations with us @utfarm2fork. What to Harvest This Month It’s time to dig in (haha) to the storage crops, like beets. Roasted beets just can’t be beat! Try a mixture of red, golden, and striped beets for a beautiful and healthy side dish. Or add some beets to your next batch of hummus for a bright pink pop on a dreary winter day. Not ready to jump on the beet bandwagon? Potatoes are another delicious and nutritious choice that’s available this time of year. Get Involved Farm to Fork Task Force Quarterly Meeting
Join us for our next quarterly meeting, January 13, 2021, from 2-3 pm. We’ll be sharing updates on projects and making plans for the summer. The meeting will be held via WebEx (meeting number:133 022 9063; password: XqpZSp3K6T7). See you there! Webinars and Trainings Integrated Pest Management
The USU Extension Integrated Pest Management Team is hosting four webinars in January that will focus on different vegetable crops and the common insects and diseases that can affect them. Each of the webinars will cover common diseases and insect pests of various market crops. All presentations will include pest biology, identification, monitoring, and control options. Growers Q&A will follow each presentation.
• Jan 11 (7 PM) Pests of Leafy Greens
• Jan 13 (7 PM) Pests of Root Crops
• Jan 18 (7 PM) Pests of Onions
• Jan 20 (7 PM) Pests of Potatoes
Sign up for one or more of the webinars here. Improving Equity 5th Annual National Day of Racial Healing
W.K. Kellogg Foundation invites you to join them on January 19, 2021 for the 5th annual National Day of Racial Healing. The day will be centered around experiences rooted in truth-telling that lead to racial healing for a more just and equitable future. Learn more and RSVP here. Job Opportunities Create Better Health Ambassador, USU Extension, Panguitch
USU Extension Create Better Health (SNAP-Ed) program in Garfield County is seeking a qualified individual to provide direct education on basic nutrition, cooking skills and physical activity to youth and adults both online and face-to-face (as situations allow). This is a part-time (20 hours/week) position that pays $12.50/hr. Learn more and apply here.

AmeriCorps Harvest Leader, The Green Urban Lunch Box, Salt Lake City
Learn how community organizing can save fruit trees in our city and feed those in need. The harvest leader will perform fruit tree pruning, lead community harvest events, and coordinate food donation. This is a 900-hour AmeriCorps position that includes a living allowance and education award. To apply, email a cover letter and resume to katie@gulb.org by January 10, 2021. Click here to learn more about The Green Urban Lunch Box.

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 USDA Farm to School Grants
Don’t miss out on your chance to apply for a USDA Farm to School Grant. The deadline is January 8, 2021. Learn more here and then apply on grants.gov.

Young Farmer Grant Program
If you’re a farmer or rancher between 18-40 years of age, you are eligible to receive $5,000 to support you in building your agriculture career. The application deadline is January 15, 2021. Learn more and apply here. ¡Tambien disponible en español!

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.

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. The application should open this month, sign up here to be notified when it does. You'll hear from us again next month. In the meantime, we'd love to hear from you!

Monthly Harvest- November 2020

Monthly Harvest- November 2020

Hello Farm to Fork Friends,
We hope you enjoyed the Apple Crunch last month! We had 56,372 registered participants this year, and together you spent $12,759 on Utah-grown apples. If you haven’t had a chance to check out some of the virtual farm tours, they’re still available at www.utfarmtofork.org/utah-apple-crunch. How will you keep the momentum going and celebrate farm to fork through the rest of the school year? If you need funding for your big ideas, be sure to scroll to the end of the newsletter to check out grant opportunities. What to Harvest This Month Did you know Utah has more turkeys than people? This is the perfect month to put Utah-grown turkey on your plate. In addition to sandwiches and wraps, leftover turkey is great is soups, moles, and curries. Pair it with some Utah squash or hearty winter greens. Get Involved Recipes Needed
We are still looking for popular recipes and activities that highlight our Harvest of the Season Crops, especially those geared toward childcare programs. If you’ve got winners you’d like to share, send them to kate.wheeler@schools.utah.gov. Webinars and Trainings Book a Personalized Training
Did you know you can book a personalized farm to fork training at a time that works for you? We have a variety of topics available, including food safety, school gardens, and local procurement. Right now all trainings are being provided virtually. View the full list of trainings and sign up here. (Note that not all the trainings in this system are applicable-- choose the ones with "Farm to Fork" in the title). Improving Equity Food Justice is Racial Justice
If you missed the National Farm to School Movement Meeting, you can watch a recording here. This was a great discussion about how we can shift power in our communities to create a more racially just food system. Ready to do more? Check out Five Actions You Can Start Taking Now—and let us know how it’s going.

Recognizing Indigenous Agriculture
Sustainable agriculture is not a new trend! Many techniques currently used by regenerative agriculture practitioners (including intercropping, permaculture, and agroforestry) were established by Indigenous Americans long before Europeans arrived on this continent. Check out this blog post by the National Farmers Union to learn more about Indigenous land stewardship. Job Opportunities Farm Manager, Youth Garden Project, Moab
The Youth Garden Project Farm Manager will provide leadership of YGP growing operations, soil health, and crop production. This position is a key staff on the admin team and is a full-time, year-round, benefitted position supervised by the Executive Director. Target Start Date: January 6, 2021. Learn more and apply here.

Produce Manager, Youth Garden Project, Moab
The Youth Garden Project Produce Manager will provide leadership in produce distribution, preservation, and value-added goods production in addition to helping with farm work and tasks. This brand new position is a key staff on the admin team and is a full time, year-round, benefitted position supervised by the Executive Director. Expect seasonal variability in the amount of time working on the farm and in the kitchen. Target Start Date: January 6, 2021. 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 KidsGardening Youth Garden 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 for these Youth Garden Grants. A total of 30 programs will be awarded. Applications are due December 18, 2020. Learn more and apply here.

Food Animal Concerns Trust Fund-A-Farmer Grant
Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) is accepting grant applications for livestock and poultry farmers who wish to expand animal welfare, build capacity, and/or improve pasture for their animals. Grants of up to $2,500 are available for projects such as building mobile housing, constructing fences, laying water lines on pasture, and much more. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2020. Learn more and apply here.

USDA Farm to School Grants
The USDA heard your feedback and has made some big changes to the farm to school grant program this year! Updates include: Extended application time (deadline is January 8, 2021) Institutions operating CACFP and SFSP are eligible to apply—programs do not need to be based at a school site Small- to medium-sized agricultural producers are eligible for priority consideration Turnkey projects: a simplified application process for specific pre-selected best-practice projects. Learn more here and then apply on grants.gov. You'll hear from us again next month. In the meantime, we'd love to hear from you!

Monthly Harvest- October 2020

Monthly Harvest- October 2020

Hello Farm to Fork Friends, It’s National Farm to School Month! This month we celebrate the leadership of our school nutrition professionals, farmers, and farm workers for ensuring that Utah’s children are fed. Pandemics, earthquakes, wildfires, and windstorms can’t stop you, and for that we are grateful. It truly takes a community to feed a community. Join us for a virtual Apple Crunch during the week of October 12-16 by enjoying a delicious Utah-grown apple, and post pictures or stories on social media with the hashtags #UTAppleCrunch, #F2SMonth, and #farmtoschool. What to Harvest This Month Apples of course! Did you know there are over 7,000 varieties of apple? Challenge yourself to try some different varieties this fall; you just might find a new favorite. Kale and spinach are also good choices this month. How about an apple-kale salad? Get Involved Register for the Apple Crunch
Apple Crunch Week is October 12-16 this year. Don’t miss out on this annual celebration of local food! Register at tinyurl.com/UTCrunch2020 and then visit utfarmtofork.org/Utah-apple-crunch for our new digital resources.

Food Justice is Racial Justice
The National Farm to School Network is bringing together both those who have been longtime farm to school advocates and those who are engaged in other branches of justice work to help shape the next steps of progress towards their vision of a just food system for all. On October 14th (11am-12pm MT) Karen Washington, food justice activist, will be leading us in discussion and reflection on community capital, shifting power, and racial justice in the farm to school movement and wider food system. ALL are welcome to join. Register here: http://bit.ly/NFSN-MovementMeeting.

World Food Day Poster Contest
On October 16, 2020, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations celebrates World Food Day. As part of the celebration, children and teens ages 5-19 are invited to enter a poster contest. Simply draw or paint a poster of your favorite food hero at work. The deadline to enter is November 6, 2020. Learn more and submit your entry here. Webinars and Trainings Join Dairy West on a Virtual Farm Tour
Want to know where milk, cheese, and ice cream get their start? Using the magic of Zoom, a local dairy farmer will "visit" your classroom and engage students by taking them on a tour, answering questions about dairy farming, and providing insight on agriculture and food production. Join pre-scheduled field trip dates with classrooms all across the state: October 14th at 10:00 am at an Idaho Dairy farm and October 21st at 10:00 am at a Utah Dairy Farm. Sign up for the tours or ask to schedule a separate tour for your class here. Improving Equity What is Food Apartheid?
You may be familiar with the term “food desert” to describe certain neighborhoods—but activists argue that it’s not necessarily accurate. “Desert” implies that a simple increase in food options is all that is needed, ignoring other factors that impact community resiliency such as race and economics. Instead, the term “food apartheid” highlights the social inequalities behind the differences in food access. Learn more here. Job Opportunities Special Events Staff, Wheeler Historic Farm, Murray
Wheeler Historic Farm is hiring temporary staff for the Pumpkin Days and Hay Maze Event. Must have excellent customer service and communications skills. We are looking for motivated, reliable, people-friendly staff in the following areas: setup of hay maze, ticket takers, cashiers, cow train drivers, and tour guides. The application deadline is October 15, 2020. Learn more and apply here.


Farmer/Market Sales, Better Food Farm, Uintah
Better Food Farm is a 2-acre suburban farm that uses organic principles to grow fresh produce for the surrounding community. Full and part-time positions are open for the 2021 season, all jobs pay $10/hr. Learn more and apply here. The application deadline is October 31, 2020.

Head Gardener, Sweet Water Kitchen (Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch), Boulder
We are a farm to table restaurant in a beautiful and remote area. Our main business is the guest lodge and restaurant, which is supplied by our 1.5-acre garden. The Head Gardener will work alongside the head chef and restaurant staff to maximize garden production and minimize food waste. Monthly salary includes on-site housing. 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

Budding Botanist Grants
The Klorane Foundation, in collaboration with KidsGardening, is offering $1200 grants to school garden programs designed to teach students about environmental sustainability and the importance of biodiversity. Any K-12 public, private, or charter school with a free/reduced percentage of at least 40% is welcome to apply. The application deadline is October 30, 2020. Learn more and apply here.

Annie’s Grants for Gardens
The Annie’s Grants for Gardens application is now open. These grants can be used to support edible garden activities at public and private schools (but unfortunately, not preschools). The application takes about 30-45 minutes total to complete—this is one of the EASIEST ways to fund your school garden. The deadline is November 2nd, 2020. Learn more and apply here.

USDA Farm to School Grants
On an annual basis, USDA awards competitive Farm to School grants that support planning, developing, and implementing farm to school programs. The RFA typically opens in early October, with a mid-December application deadline. If you have a large farm to school project you are looking to get funded, this grant may be a good fit. Learn more here. 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!

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!