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October 6 is NH School Garden Day

Schools state wide are opening their school gardens so others may come and learn. Learn new ideas for your own school gardens, meet other school gardeners in your area, share what you know.  This free event is from 4:00-5:30 pm.

Participating schools include:

Elm St Middle School, Nashua: Solar heated hydroponics greenhouse

Manchester West High School: greenhouse

Boscawen Elementary: 6 raised beds and a hoop house

Dover High School: greenhouse and community garden

Maple St School, Contoocook: vegetable beds, fruit trees, pollinator gardens and chickens!

Jacques Memorial School, Milford:10 raised hugelkulture beds. Class gardens are based on literature and cool weather crops are grown so students can experience their garden from start to finish.

Josiah Bartlett Elementary, Bartlett: The Good Food Garden is incorporated into common core, food grown is served in the cafeteria.

Choose which garden you would like to visit by registering here.

USDA is Now Accepting Applications for FY 2017
Farm to School Grant Funding

We are excited to announce the release of the FY 2017 Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA). Please visit our grants opportunities page for more information, including complete application instructions and frequently asked questions (FAQ). 

Key Dates:

  • September, 13 2016: Release the Farm to School Grant Program FY 2017 RFA. Click here for more information
  • September 29, 2016: USDA will host a webinar at 1:00 pm EST to review the RFA. Click hereto register
  • December 8, 2016: FY 2017 Farm to School Grant Program applications are due in by 11:59 pm EST
  • May 2017: Announce awards
  • In this funding cycle USDA anticipates awarding approximately $5 million in grant funding to support efforts that improve access to local foods in schools. Grant funds will be made available on a competitive basis, subject to availability of federal funds. Applicants may apply for a Planning grant, Implementation grant, Support Service grant or Training grant. Planning grant awards will range from $20,000 - $45,000 and implementation grants and support service grant awards will from $65,000 - $100,000. Funding for training grants is expected to range from $15,000-$50,000, and will be funded at the following levels:  state focused project awards will range from $15,000 to $25,000; and regionally / nationally focused project awards will range from $25,000 to $50,000. For all four types of grants, the federal share of a project cannot exceed 75 percent of the total cost of the project, as required by the HHFKA. Therefore, the applicant must provide at least 25 percent of the costs of the total project. The total project cost is the federal grant request amount plus the applicant match.


Everyone can celebrate National Farm to School Month!

The National Farm to School Network has developed resources and activities to promote Farm to School Month in schools, early care and education settings, communities and media outlets.

Every week of National Farm to School Month we'll celebrate a different theme:

  • Education (Oct. 3-7)
  • Healthy School Meals (Oct. 10-14)
  • Farmers + Producers (Oct. 17-21)
  • The Next Generation (Oct. 24-28)
For more information and ideas of how you can celebrate click here!

Fall Events Calendar

October 6  NH School Garden Day-state wide
October 12  HEAL Conference  Creating a Culture of Health  Meredith, NH  
October 14 Maine Farm to School Conference  Lewiston, ME
October 22  NH School Nutrition Association Conference  Manchester, NH
November 4  Massachusetts Farm and Sea to School Conference  Leominster, MA
November 10-11 NESAWG   Tackling Wicked Problems in Food Systems
Hartford, CT

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