Dear Friends,

On this November day, we hope this newsletter finds you in good health. Are you drying flowers, like our friends at Holly Hill Farm in Cohasset, MA (photo above)? Maybe you're assessing gear for outdoor learning, designing safe wintertime offerings, installing story walks, putting gardens to bed and caring for animals as the seasons change. We hope you'll pause to take in the resources below, including some exciting workshops taking place this week, and in December and January.

With gratitude,

Vera, FBEN Coordinator
Upcoming Workshops
A Conversation on Land Rematriation
November 10 | 3:30 - 5 ET

This conversation is an offering for those considering land transition or succession in the context of land justice and decolonization. Hosted by Sophia Maravell and Digs DeCandia, they will share resources and tools available for those looking to explore this opportunity with their families, organizations and communities.

Virtual Field Trip: Pony Power Therapies, Mahwah, NJ
December 2 | 3:30-4:45 ET

Pony Power Therapies uses horses and an accessible farm to enhance the physical, social and emotional well-being of children and adults who need extra support. Join them for a virtual field trip. More info coming soon!

Service to Justice Virtual Leadership Training
January 11 - 15 | 2-5 pm ET

This anti-racism training led by Service to Justice is a process designed to help further infuse equity, justice, and belonging into your work and the movement. It features a Rooting Out Racism Training designed specifically for people working on and with the land and people connected to farming. 

Job Alert: CSA & Community Engagement Coordinator - Greenfield, MA
FBEN member, Just Roots is growing! Will you be the newest member of their small, bright, skilled, passionate, exuberant, equity-driven team? Join Just Roots to build vibrant community, equity and health through food, farming and connection. Working at Just Roots comes with an abundance of fresh produce straight from our fields during the harvest season and the opportunity to put your skills to build a more equitable world! "We love our work and are proud of the power and impact of our small yet mighty team. Looking forward to reeling in more rockstars."

Application deadline is November 15. Immediate start date. Full time, 40 hours/week, $37,500 salaried position + some benefits
A Gift for FBEN Members
Order Your Copy of Farming While Black!
FBEN celebrated National Farm to School Month by offering all members a 50% discount on  Farming While Black. This book is a must in the library of any farm-based educator, and we're pleased to offer the discount through the generosity of Chelsea Green Publishing.

(We want you to have this book regardless of ability to pay. Request a free copy.
Webinar: Outdoor Learning in Winter
Hear from seasoned educators at some of Vermont's most popular forest preschools and outdoor learning centers as they discuss their go-to activities for keeping students warm and ready to learn. Panelists will share how they create and use outdoor spaces in the winter; provide gear recommendations; and discuss how they meet COVID-19 guidelines for safety.

November 19 | 4 pm ET
De-Colonizing Your Thanksgiving Curriculum
As educators, what can we do to decolonize the myths that encircle our traditions around the “First Thanksgiving?”Along with the problem of perpetuating myths, stereotypes and the whitewashing of history, Thanksgiving presents an opportunity to teach the essential skill of critical thinking and to expose students to the power of multiple perspectives. Here is a gift of resources from Judy Dow, Emily Hoyler, Jeanie Phillips and Aimee Arandia Østensen that will help you to see this holiday in another light and hopefully contribute to changing the cycle of myths that people in this country have found themselves embracing year after year. 

Grant Opportunities

Local Foods, Local Places helps cities and towns across the country protect the environment and human health by engaging with local partners to reinvest in existing neighborhoods as they develop local food systems. Apply by Nov. 13!

The Youth Garden Grant is open to any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program in the United States or US Territories planning a new garden program or expanding an established one. If your program serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18, Kids Gardening encourages you to apply. Apply by Dec. 18!