Farm to School of North Carolina Awards
Farm to School of NC AWARDS
The Farm to School (f2s) Awards of NC will be given to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) in North Carolina who are doing impactful work across the multiple components of farm to school—school gardening and hands-on cooking, classroom education, procurement of local food.
The awards are organized around three cluster areas: Education, Procurement, and Sustainable Engagement in farm to school—identifying multiple areas of work across farm to school and the engagement required to maintain a strong and impactful programs that make the most of local strengths and resources. For each of the optional eleven criteria, there are three questions asking the number of activities, students involved, and schools involved, plus a question asking for a description of the efforts. Each of the criteria has a corresponding place to upload documentation illustrating the work described.
The Awards are presented by the Farm to School Coalition of NC and its steering committee members who come from the NC Department of Public Instruction, NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, NC Department of Health and Human Services, NC Cooperative Extension/Center for Environmental Farming Systems, FoodCorps NC, Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP), and the NC School Nutrition Association—as well as a number of other f2s partners, and were developed, from Georgia's Golden Radish, Awards over a year's time with a team of over thirty stakeholders, primarily school nutrition directors.
Honored LEAs will be recognized by the Farm to School Coalition of NC in the fall. LEAs are recognized at five levels denoting varying levels of engagement in farm to school:
- Bronze Awards, and
LEAs that satisfy all eleven criteria are awarded a Platinum award; nine criteria meets the Gold level; seven criteria meets the Silver level; five criteria (at least one each in all 3 categories) meets the Bronze level, and two criteria meets the Honorary level. An additional award, an Outstanding Award, will be given to the school/district/LEA with the outstanding farm to school program (assessment rubric available on website).
Opening Date: aiming for Dec 2019 Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 2nd 2020
Submission Requirement: Any partner can serve as a collaborator and take the lead for completing the application. Before final submission, however, the completed application must be sent to local education agency (LEA) Superintendent or other administrator for approval.
We aim for the Farm to School of NC AWARDS to be designed by those who will apply and who daily engage in this work, and be designed such that the awards are equitable, truly honoring all collective work being done across farm to school. We have received much information from our inaugural year and have done our best to make edits that will ease the application process. After year two, we will assess our data to determine any larger changes to the program. You are invited to assist with this process! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to join an advisory team!
Desired Outcomes (what the award will do, concrete and measurable):
- honor f2s work being done;
- increase f2s visibility;
- encourage more and stronger connections within farm to school efforts
- encourage more and stronger farm to school efforts (more schools, counties, LEAs);
- collect data as advocacy tool; and,
- strengthen visibility of racial equity efforts in f2s
Long-term Impacts (what will be different if award is successful, longer term effect of outcomes):
- increased School Nutrition and other stakeholder capacity in f2s,
- increased consumption of fruits and vegetables by children,
- increased food system, food, and agriculture literacy,
- increased future agriculture and food systems leaders,
- strengthened healthy food school environments,
- more f2s supportive policies on all levels,
- increase market opportunities for small, medium and large farmer support, and,
- more f2s dedicated funding.
Please note: Anyone can contribute to and/or organize team completion of an application, but only one application can be submitted from an LEA, and the SND and Superintendent must sign off on the application.