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Building More Equitable SNAP-Ed Collaborations Among Land-grant Universities and State & Community Partners - Part 2

November 29, 2022

This second session of the three-part webinar series explores approaches and models to build equitable partnerships supporting the delivery of cultural/community responsive nutrition interventions and equity. Highlighted are a 1890 university utilizing a diversity database in their campaign efforts to increase healthy food access by accurately depicting the communities they serve; and a 1862 university with a multicultural SNAP-Ed program that has unique challenges and leverages relationship building in direct education program development/implementation.

Food Systems

Local Food Incentive Programs for K-12 and ECE Settings: Stakeholder Needs and Values

November 7, 2022

This resource provides a summary of findings from a national survey exploring the interests and educational needs related to K–12 and ECE-based local food incentive programs.

Food Systems

Building More Equitable SNAP-Ed Collaborations Among Land-grant Universities and State & Community Partners - Part 1

October 6, 2022

The first session of this 3-part webinar series considers the impact funding disparities within the land-grant university system and among statewide implementing agencies, cultural awareness and integration, community food access, and so on have on partnership development and offers ideas and models for more equitable SNAP-Ed partnerships. Specifically, the first session explores how SNAP-Ed funding is determined at the federal level, the latest SNAP-Ed community needs assessment tool seeking to increase equity, tribal colleges and universities' role in SNAP-Ed and policy recommendations, and perspectives on how funding decisions impact statewide collaboration and considerations for increasing equitable collaboration within states.

Food Systems

Farmer Equity a National Survey of Opportunities and Challenges

September 9, 2022

This is a report style briefing on goals, objectives, outcomes, and conclusion of the Farm Equity National Scan Assessment project. In the knowledge product, we included a few quotes from producers, photos, and stories to highlight farmers that were interviewed.

Food Systems

2021 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey: Farm to Early Care and Education Continues to Foster Bright Futures for Children and Communities - Brief Compilation

July 15, 2022

The resource documents collection highlights key findings from a national survey of ECE providers regarding the implementation of farm-to-ECE programs. Findings also include the challenges identified by ECE providers that are informative for the field in dissemination and advocacy. Providers can also use the information to support their efforts and seek funding.

Early Childhood Education; Food Systems; Leadership

Willful Wildflowers: Journeys and Dreams from Food Systems Leaders

July 1, 2022

In partnership with Real Food Media, this communications piece highlights the journeys of food systems leaders that we have had the honor of building relationships with through this dynamic and growing network. Collected over the past several years, this compilation of over 25 interviews with majority BIPOC leaders capture moments in time and visions for the future; they are snapshots of the challenges leaders face, and the moments of joy that propel them forward. 

Food Systems; Leadership

Exploring Models of Local Food Procurement in Farm to Early Care and Education Programs

April 21, 2022

Farm to Early Care and Education (Farm to ECE) initiatives generate similarbenefits as Farm to School programs. However, there is a lack of research aboutlocal food procurement in Farm to ECE programs. We provide a descriptiveevaluation of how 12 child care centers that participated in a Farm to ECEprogram procured local food. We found that centers purchased low volumes atthe beginning of the program, creating challenges for establishing viablerelationships with local food suppliers. Centers employed strategies such asbuilding relationships with distributors and retailers, picking up local food, andaggregating demand with other centers and families to create successfulprograms

Early Childhood Education; Food Systems

Enhancing Young Children’s Access to Local Foods and Farm to ECE: Federal Funding Opportunities

March 3, 2022

This guide provides functional descriptions of actionable and timely funding streams, including an overview of the funding eligibility requirements, allowed uses, timeline, flow of funds, and strategies for action. The guide also highlights case examples of how entities across the country are creatively leveraging funding streams for farm to ECE. The purpose of this guide is to prepare and position farm to ECE partners to effectively apply for funding.

Food Systems

Farm to Child Care: A Detailed Guide for Farmers and Food Producers

January 14, 2022

Farm to Child Care, also called Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE), is about teaching young children where their food comes from and building their confidence to grow, select, and prepare their own fresh food. It is about celebrating our connections through food to nature, our cultures and identities, and to each other. Farm to ECE brings together children, teachers, families,staff, and local farmers and food producers in a wide network of support. 

Early Childhood Education; Food Systems

Reviving the Deadzone

January 10, 2022

For more than 30 years, scientists have investigated an area of deep water in the Gulf known as a "dead zone," which contains so little oxygen that fish and other marine life flee from it or die (Hazen et al. 2009). In the summer of 2017, it swelled to the size of New Jersey. The size of this area experiencing often fatally low levels of oxygen—what scientists call hypoxia— varies depending upon spring rains and snow melt. These carry large quantities of excess soil nutrients, largely nitrogen, down the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers to the Gulf. There, this polluted water sets off a chain reaction of ecological and economic consequences straining the resilience of diverse fishing operations and local communities that depend upon a healthy Gulf for their livelihoods.

Food Systems

How Institutions Can Go Beyond Procurement to Help Build Equitable Food Economies; Institutional Investment: What we’ve learned

January 1, 2022

In order to inform our Institutional Investment Accelerator, Wallace Center partnered with Kitchen Sync Strategies to dig deep into the theory and practice of institutional investment in equitable food systems.***To access this resource please click the Download button (to the right) then via Publisher will show and double-click that button.

Food Systems

Buckeye ISA - Community Impact

December 23, 2021

The Buckeye Institution-Supported Agriculture (ISA) Project was funded by a $750,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The grant was in recognition of AMP's role in the grassroots formation of the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT) at The Ohio State University, and the commitment that the University made in its sustainability goals. The original goals of Buckeye ISA were: - To leverage Ohio State's goal to increase production and purchase of locally and sustainably sourced food to 40% by 2025 in order to promote more urban farming in economically disadvantaged local communities by providing access to tools, seeds and expertise. - To provide training and workshops to Buckeye ISA households through the Ohio State Franklin County Extension program. - To partner with Nationwide Children's Hospital to use biometric screenings of children and adults from participating households to compare their health before and after participation in the growing and home use of produce through the project. - To streamline the process of aggregating and distributing produce from small producers like households to large institutions like Ohio State. Initiated in 2017, Buckeye ISA sought to create a network of at least 100 low-income households with young children, particularly in communities of color, that grow produce for their own use but also with the option of producing enough to sell to Ohio State, or other outlets. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation's mission is "to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life." When the W.K. Kellogg grant for the Buckeye ISA project was awarded, one of the requirements was that each household involved must have children between 2 and 8 years old. In four years, Buckeye ISA has built a robust network of 6 (originally 7) community liaisons, 3 corporate and 23 non-profit partners to support 126 gardening and farming households with multiple produce selling opportunities at their disposal. 

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