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13th May
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With funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is now accepting applications for the MI Farm to School Grant Program for the 2013 – 2014 school year.

The MI Farm to School Grant Program offers Planning and Implementation grants:

Planning Grants help schools/districts and early child care and education programs plan for integrating local foods into their meal programs ANDultimately develop a Farm to School Action Plan to begin a Farm to School program.

Implementation Grantshelp schools/districts and early child care and education programs put existing Farm to School plans into action AND ultimately develop a Farm to School Sustainability Plan to keep the program going and growing in future years.

Eligibility requirements:

* Only food service/nutrition directors/providers of schools/districts or early child care and education programs are eligible to apply. * Schools/districts and early child care and education programs must have at least 50% free and reduced-price meal enrollment or equivalent. (See application for more details on applicant eligibility)

The MI Farm to School Grant Program will award up to 20 Michigan K-12 schools/districts and early child care and education programs with funds ($2,000 maximum each) to plan for or implement Farm to School programs. The grant year is September 3, 2013 – June 6, 2014.

Applications are due by 5 pm on Friday, May 10th, 2013. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 17th 2013!!!

The link below is a recording of an informational webinar for prospective applicants held April 25th 2013:

For applications and additional information, please see the attachments of this email or visit the Michigan Farm to School website, under the “Grants” tab. Feel free to contact the MI Farm to School Grant Program Coordinator, Anne Scott, at or 517-353-0751 with any questions.

Anne Scott, MPH Center for Regional Food Systems MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 480 Wilson Rd, Suite 303 East Lansing, MI 48824 517.353.0751

13th March
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See below a mini-grant opportunity from the National Farm to School Network for schools to plan National Food Day (October 24th) events. Applications due this Friday.

Anne Scott, MPH Center for Regional Food Systems MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 480 Wilson Rd, Suite 303 East Lansing, MI 48824 517.353.0751

From: Farm to Preschool Subcommittee > Reply-To: Farm to Preschool Subcommittee > Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 12:02 PM To: Anne Scott > Subject: Farm to Preschool: grant opportunity



Photo courtesy Shawn Linehan

Apply now for a Farm to School Month/Food Day planning grant! Deadline March 15

To kick off the fall and back to school season, The National Farm to School Network (NFSN) is teaming up with United Natural Foods, Inc. Foundation and Food Day to offer eight mini-grants of $1,000 each to schools that are planning Food Day celebrations/events during 2013 National Farm to School Month in October. Preschool and early care settings are included, and are encouraged to apply!

National Farm to School Month and Food Day are closely aligned annual events that take place every October. National Farm to School Month was officially designated by Congress in 2010 as a time to celebrate the importance of Farm to School programs as a means to improve child nutrition, support local economies, sustain local farms and ranches and educate children about the origins of food. Food Day, held annually on October 24, is a nationwide celebration and a movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Food Day was created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. EDT on March 15, 2013 to be considered. This mini-grant program was made possible through the generous sponsorship of the United Natural Foods, Inc. Foundation.

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19th February
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See job posting below – with extended deadline Anne Scott, MPH Center for Regional Food Systems MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 480 Wilson Rd, Suite 303 East Lansing, MI 48824 517.353.0751

From: , Anne > Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 3:00 PM To: Anne Scott > Cc: “Pirog, Richard” > Subject: Deadline extended – Job announcement – Academic specialist (#7350) at MSU’s Center for Regional Food Systems – applications due February 28

Anne— Would you send this to the Youth Grow listserv? Thanks.

8th February
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Please feel free to circulate to individuals and appropriate networks……

Position Description – Academic Specialist

Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems

The Michigan State University (MSU) Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) is seeking an Academic Specialist to support outreach and research efforts promoting good food access and awareness in childhood development and education environments. The position will support existing CRFS initiatives and help to develop additional programming capacity in this arena.

Status: This is a full-time, annual year, temporary position. Initial appointment will be for one year with reappointment contingent upon funding and performance.

Available: April 1, 2013 or when suitable candidate is identified.

Application Deadline: February 22, 2013 or until suitable candidate is identified.

Starting Salary: Commensurate with education and experience up to $50,000 annually.

Reporting: Individual reports to Senior Associate Director, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems.


1. Master’s degree in food systems, public health, public policy, nutrition, education or related field. 2. At least two years of experience with community food systems and/or early child care and K-12 education issues, environments and programs. 3. Demonstrated project leadership, resourcefulness, and self-motivation. 4. Ability to balance multiple simultaneous projects and to easily shift between working independently and as part of a team. 5. Strong written and verbal communications skills and experience using a broad range of communications tactics. 6. Ability to effectively engage and collaborate with diverse stakeholder groups such as academic faculty and staff, youth and adult community members, organizational partners and funders. 7. Knowledge and use of technology in completing job requirements including Microsoft Office suite, web-based search and information systems, and phone/web conferencing systems. 8. Available to travel throughout the state and within the U.S. and possession of a valid, current state driver’s license 9. Understanding of and commitment to equal opportunity/affirmative action and diversity/pluralism.

Job Summary: • Develop and execute a strategic, multi-year outreach and research agenda, including the engagement of national organizations as partners, to promote good food access and awareness in early childhood development and education environments. • Support on-going Michigan Farm to School network efforts with an emphasis on early child care environments, including provision of training and technical assistance and development of resources; • Convene national and statewide project partners virtually and in person to enhance collective understanding and collaboration; • Develop and submit grant proposals, fulfill objectives and manage budgets and reporting requirements of grants awarded; • Develop publications, webinars and presentations, and other resources for diverse audiences; • Participate in relevant CRFS work group and/or community of practice as interest and time allows; • Document and share project work and accomplishments; maintain regular internal and external communication about project activities; develop and report on an annual plan of work; • Represent projects at local, state and national meetings; • Report to and collaborate with project principal investigators as funding requires; • Help to foster, facilitate and maintain CRFS culture of trust, support and accountability.

Application Procedure:

You must apply online to MSU Human Resources:

Go to: and look for job posting # 7350 (look under faculty/academic staff)

A cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position, Curriculum Vita or resume, and names and contacts for three references will be required as part of your application.

If you have questions about the position or search process, you may contact: Rich Pirog, Senior Associate Director MSU Center for Regional Food Systems Phone: (517) 353-0694 Email:

Please do not send application materials directly to Rich Pirog.

CRFS Mission: CRFS works to engage the people of Michigan, the United States and the world in applied research, education and outreach to develop regionally integrated, sustainable food systems.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. Michigan State University employment opportunities are open to eligible/qualified persons without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, or family status.


27th January
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I want to share this opportunity to participate in the Everybody Eats conference this February 23rd in Lansing. There are several great sessions planned that are focused on youth and community food topics. This may be of interest to many who are outside the Greater Lansing Area, but have attended past Community & School Gardener Networking Meetings. We encourage and welcome you to join us!

Registration is open at:

See below for more details.

Anne Scott, MPH Center for Regional Food Systems MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 480 Wilson Rd, Suite 303 East Lansing, MI 48824 517.353.0751

On 1/26/13 10:14 AM, “Kyle Powys Whyte” > wrote:

Dear Friends,

I am happy to announce the next Everybody Eats conference in 2013. This year’s event builds on last year’s theme, “Cultivating Food Democracy” ( The conference takes place Saturday February 23rd, 2013 at Trinity Church (3355 Dunckel Rd Lansing, MI 48911). Attendees should plan to arrive around 8:30am to check in (doors open at 8am). There will be networking activities and a formal welcome at 9:15am. Panels, networking activities, and keynotes are scheduled from 10am until 4:15pm. Light breakfast items and lunch are included. A main keynote will be given at 4:30pm. The day concludes with networking activities from 5:30pm-7pm (with refreshments).

There are almost 30 panels and 20 exhibitors confirmed as of January 26th, 2013. More are being confirmed every week. The keynote speakers are Diego Angarita (Nuestras Raices), Erin Caudell (Ruth Mott Foundation), Dr. Melvin Jones (Union Missionary Baptist Pastor) and Jackie King (King’s Karate). We are working to make transportation options, sign language interpretation and Spanish language translation available (contact Kyle Whyte at or 517 432 1034 for questions). We are expecting up to 400 attendees this year.

Early registration is open. Tickets are $15 each if you register by February 1st and $20 after February 1st. You must register by February 19th. Scholarships are available thanks to the wonderful sponsors of Everybody Eats. To register (and for information on scholarships), go to (

Main keynote and program information is below.

Main Keynote Diego Angarita

“Nuestras Raices: Ingredients to creating identity through community based agriculture”

Since the 1960’s, Puerto Ricans in Holyoke MA have been adapting to the Northeast in various ways. Puerto Rican migration started because of US policies that affected agricultural practice, labor and citizenship. In 1992, with the incorporation of Nuestras Raices, the community was able to access land for gardening. Over the years, the organization has evolved to support more ambitious development projects but at the core has always been the connection to culture, community, and agriculture. Some of the biggest achievements include the launch of a 30-acre community farm, the acclimatization of the ajice dulce pepper, and a new generation of US born Puerto Ricans who are finding their identity through urban agriculture.

Confirmed Panel Topics and Films Youth Leaders in Food Justice Teaching Food Systems and Equity in the Classroom Youth Gardening and Nutrition Education Activity Sampler Lessons Learned: Bringing Hydroponics to Schools What is a Community Food System? Fostering Collaborative Enterprise: Creating the conditions for entrepreneurship to happen Meet Buyers / Meet Growers Food Hubbing Placemaking & Food Food & Community Building (Neighborhhod Examples) Cultivating Future Growers: Charting a pathway for new and beginning farmers Beyond Food Security, Moving toward Food Sovereignty Power & Privilege / Inequality in the Food System Where do I begin? Gardening 101 Perma-capital design: A permaculture approach to a food sovereign Lansing Where’s the Dirt? What the “-ponics” is happening in that garden? Movie: Dirt! The Movie Movie: Soul Food Junkies Movie: Urban Roots Urban Ag. Zoning Classes, Codes, & Ordinances for Lansing Healthy Diet on a Budget Basic Healthy Cooking Class Food Policy Councils Health & Nutrition Policy School Nutrition changes in menu and addressing ethnically diverse schools Diabetes Overview, management, personal and advocates stories and Governor Snyder’s endorsed 4×4 wellness prevention tool Yoga for Everybody


17th January
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Anne Scott, MPH Center for Regional Food Systems MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 480 Wilson Rd, Suite 303 East Lansing, MI 48824 517.353.0751

From: Suzanne Ebright > Date: Thursday, January 17, 2013 11:11 AM Subject: Community Garden Grant Opportunity

Hello All,

I just wanted to share this grant opportunity with you all: National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is pleased to announce funding from the Darden Restaurants Foundation to make available grants for community gardens that benefit low-income families. Grants will range from $2,500 to $7,500 and may be used to build/expand community garden facilities or programs that result in the donation of produce. Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, February 6, 2013.The online Community Garden grant application is available here.A PDF version of the application can be downloaded to assist in preparing the application. For more information, contactJimmy O’Connor.

Suzanne Ebright Education Coordinator (269) 781-4867, ext. 39

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14th January
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Thanks Shakara!

Anne Scott, MPH Center for Regional Food Systems MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 480 Wilson Rd, Suite 303 East Lansing, MI 48824 517.353.0751

From: “Shakara S. Tyler” > Date: Sunday, January 13, 2013 8:44 PM To: Anne Scott > Subject: Youth Organizing Training Institute application due this Friday

Hi Anne,

Please see here for information on a youth organizing institute in Oakland, California due this Friday.



27th December
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Check out the link below for educator training opportunities for school gardens and youth farm stands from MSUE at Tollgate Farms (Novi, MI)

Anne Scott Center for Regional Food Systems MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 480 Wilson Rd, Suite 303 East Lansing, MI 48824 517.353.0751

27th November
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Anne Scott Center for Regional Food Systems MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 480 Wilson Rd, Suite 303 East Lansing, MI 48824 517.353.0751

From: “” > Reply-To: “” > Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 2:25 PM To: Anne Scott > Subject: Need $500 For Your School Garden?

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Need funding for a school garden? Apply for the Youth Garden Grant today. 100 winners will be selected.

Five programs will win:

* $500 gift card to The Home Depot * $500 gift certificate to the Gardening with Kids store

95 programs will win:

* $500 gift card to The Home Depot

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