Webinar: COVID-Friendly Outdoor Classroom Infrastructure and Design
September 2 // 2pm-3:15pm ET
There is an urgent need to reimagine PreK-12 schools in order to reopen safely and equitably. Repurposing outdoor spaces is a cost-effective way to reduce the burden on indoor classrooms while providing fresh air, hands-on learning opportunities, and the health benefits associated with increased access to nature. Join Sharon Danks, a leader of the National COVID-19 Outdoor Learning Initiative, author of Asphalt to Ecosystems, and founder of Green Schoolyards America, to learn about her work supporting the creation of outdoor classrooms for reopening schools. This webinar is hosted by School Garden Support Organizations. Register here.
Panel Discussion: Rooting out Structural Racism in American Agriculture
September 3 // 6pm-8pm ET
Join Vermont Law School's Center for Agriculture and Food Systems for an upcoming virtual panel discussion to discuss Black land loss, the connection between agriculture and environmental justice, and the role of law and policy professionals in rooting out racism in the food system. Several lawyers fighting structural racism in agricultural law and policy will be featured. The event is free and no registration is required.
Reclaiming Health Through Indigenous Food Systems: A Discussion on the Film “Gather”
September 8 // 10am ET
A unique opportunity to watch the new film, "Gather," prior to its public debut! With registration, you will have a 96 hour window to watch the film. Join Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) North America for a panel discussion with the film director and featured Indigenous figures from the film. Panelists will share their insights on the timely and critical nature of Indigenous peoples' knowledge, languages, cultures, innovation and leadership as Native communities build up their traditional food systems across North America. Learn more and register.
Black Farming: Beyond "40 Acres and a Mule"
People of African descent have a long agricultural tradition. In spite of their forced farm labor under chattel slavery in the Americas, in emancipation most African Americans returned to this tradition as independent farmers or sharecroppers. Co-sponsored with Antioch College and The National Afro American Museum and Cultural Center, this conference will be discussing the influential history of black farmers in Ohio with an emphasis on the strength of community, preparing the next generation of underrepresented farmers for the future, and cultivating the cooperative business model to promote healthy farming and sustainable businesses. There will be keynote addresses, breakout sessions, networking, a resource fair, and more! Learn more and register.
Back to School 2020: Feeding Young Minds in Uncertain Times
Watch former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and a panel of national school food experts discussing why no matter what schools look like – remote, in person, or hybrid – we have a responsibility to ensure every child gets the food they need. This discussion, sponsored by the National Press Club (NPC), was live streamed on August 17 and explored the important role school meal programs play in the overall health, education and wellbeing of students and will highlight current challenges schools are facing, proposed policy solutions, and the innovative approaches schools are taking during this time of crisis. Watch the recording here.
Food, Agriculture, Land and Racial Justice Story Share Series
September 8, October 13, & November 17 // 3pm-5pm ET
Join International Organic Inspectors Association, Ceres Trust, and the National Organic Coalition during September-November 2020, in their upcoming Story/Skillshares series around the broad and intersectional themes of Food, Agriculture, Land, and Racial Justice. The first story share will be on Indigenous Resistance, Resilience, and Just Transition in the Food System. RSVP here.
Webinar: Back-to-School Meal Service: Feeding Kids During the 2020-2021 School Year – Part 3
September 9 // 3:30 - 4:45pm ET
Join No Kid Hungry for the next webinar in their back-to-school meal service series! Participants will hear from two districts—Brandon Valley School District (South Dakota) and Vaughn Next Century Learning Center (California)— about their plans for feeding kids during the 2020-2021 school year. Learn more and register.
Webinar: Serving Meals this Fall: USDA Waiver Update
September 10 // 3pm ET
On August 31 USDA announced the extension of key waivers which will allow the continued operation of the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option through December 31, 2020. Join Food Research & Action Center and representatives from USDA for this webinar to hear the latest updates on the waivers and how they will impact meal service this fall. Register here.