As the new Lead for the South Region, Southern SAWG staff - Pam Kingfisher just attended the annual meeting of the National Farm to School Network (NFSN) in Omaha, Nebraska May 19-21. It was a very creative and strategic two days of networking with 48 State Leads, 8 Regional Leads, national staff, advisors and consultants. We are working to assist and organize in the five States of AL, AR, LA, MS, and TX so it was exciting to meet as a team to discuss the opportunities we have in building a strong, regional network promoting Farm2School in the South.
State Leads (L-R) Alyssa Herold, TX; Andrew Carberry, AR; Daniel Teague, MS;
The National Farm to School Network (NFSN) seeks to create strong and just local food systems that ensure the health of children, farms, the environment, the economy and communities. NFSN provides vision, leadership and support to connect and strengthen the Farm to School movement at the local, state, regional and national level. NFSN sets national priorities and policy goals, generates a research agenda, creates and aggregates resources, provides technical assistance, convenes gatherings and promotes the movement. Our network includes national staff, eight Regional Lead Agencies, 50 State Leads, a 16-member Advisory Board and thousands of Farm to School supporters. You can learn more about the NFSN here.