May 2014

Dear Network Members and Friends,


Have the migratory birds returned to your land? Did your seedlings outgrow their pots long ago? We love learning the signs of spring from our neighbors' in Quebec, our new friends in Austin, our newest FBEN member from Nyrup, Denmark, and from you! We hope spring greeted your region with novel partnerships, fun new resources, and astute reminders of why you do what you do.


Thanks to Modern Farmer magazine for highlighting a touching story on farm-to-nursing home!

The FBEN is excited to share a new tool for members - an elist (like a listserv). We hope you will sign-up to deepen the opportunities for networking. 




Vera Simon-Nobes, FBEN Coordinator,
and the FBEN team  
 listserv and member networking 

In response to our survey earlier in 2014, FBEN members voiced overwhelming support for creating a listserv as a way to facilitate conversation, circulate resources, build social ties and collect research on farm-based education. We're excited about this development and are launching a Google Group List this month! 


You will receive an invitation to join, or you can subscribe by sending an email to

  farm to cafeteria Conference
Peggy Eppig of Mid-Atlantic Farm-Based Education Network and short course attendees 

As the conference approached and registration climbed past 1000, the National Farm to School Network decided to add an additional pre-conference short course to the schedule. The FBEN developed a dynamic afternoon course, "The Farm Visit: an Integral Piece of Farm to Cafeteria Success." Network Coordinator Vera Simon-Nobes teamed up with Emily Jackson, from Growing Minds at the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, Peggy Eppig of the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation and Mid-Atlantic Farm-Based Education Network, Dana Hudson, of VT-FEED and the Northeast Regional Lead for the National Farm to School Network, to deliver the session and 17 individuals from around the country contributed to a fast paced, informative afternoon. Read more...


Didn't attend the conference?

Q&A with Wayne Talmage

FBEN member Wayne Talmage took a few minutes to share his thoughts on the "organic revolution", his region's industrial past, and how he transfers knowledge to young farmers on his diversified Colorado farm.

have you met Tractor Ted?     

Tractor Ted is the farming superhero who captivates children with his books and DVDs full of fun, adventure and discovery, down on the farm.  He was created by a mother and a farmer. The DVDs and books feature real-life tractors, farm machines and animals on real working farms. Tractor Ted has a blog, too, with free downloadable kids activities.  


"Like so many great ideas, Tractor Ted in Tractorland came from my children," writes co-creator, Alexandra Heard.  "When they were toddlers, car journeys would be delayed, as we would have to stop en route if we saw tractors working in the fields. The children could sit and watch them for hours."  If you're looking to get to know tractors inside and out, Tractor Ted may be able to help!

 featured Photo

Pizza eaters with Grow Some Good, a school garden organization on Maui, HI
Pizza eaters with Grow Some Good, a Maui, HI organization that joined the FBEN in April!
in this Issue
FBEN Listserv
Farm to Cafeteria Conference
Q&A Member Spotlight
Tractor Ted
Featured Photo
get involved
   FB_logotwitter bird
conversations and 

Changing the Conversation About Education. 


New Film, Farmland 

"Step inside the world of farming," but what does it leave out? Civil Eats offers commentary. 


One of many National Farm to School Network peer training templates. 

Funding for Rural Producers 

USDA Rural Development recently announced funding for two programs that support rural producers and cooperatives. 


Funding Opportunity for Future Organic Farmers 

CCOF Foundation has grants for k-8 schools, high school FFA students and vocational/higher education students. First application deadline is June 13! 
Minneapolis, MN | June 8 - 11

Denver, CO |  June 20 - 22

Berkeley, CA | June 22 - 26

Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) 2014 Conference 

Hershey, PA | June 23 - 27 


Student Climate and Conservation Congress

Shepherdstown, WV

June 23 - 29 


Chicago, IL  | June 29 - July 2
Santa Cruz, CA | July 24 - 25

View events page for more!
job Opportunities
Nauvoo, AL

Nevada City, CA 

Dayton, NV

Weston, MA

Fayetteville, AR

Fayetteville, AR

Mill Valley, CA 

Saguache, CO

Wilmington, DE

Santa Barbara, CA 


View jobs page for more!

Shelburne Farms serves as the backbone organization for the FBEN.