I remember working on a small 15 acre CSA (community supported agriculture) farm one summer and witnessing a pleasant conversation between my employer and another farmer. We were doing a field walk and the farmer that I worked for was sharing advice on how he was controlling weed pressure in his fields. He said that his summer cover crop of Sorghum-Sudangrass was very successful at suppressing weeds. He said he barely saw any weeds in that particular field after planting the cover crop. When the other farmer slowly nodded, I instantly knew that he was going to store that information in his memory bank and implement it one day on his farm.
Here at FNS, we refer to these kinds of fruitful exchanges as sharing "promising practices." Promising practices are useful tips shared between individuals with common goals. To encourage this kind of sharing among our FNS program users, advocates, and operators, we created a new Promising Practices webpage On this new webpage, you (the users, advocates, and/or operators) of our programs can submit your promising practices using an easy online form that does not require any downloading, printing, or emailing.
If you or your organization has a particular outreach strategy that has increased program participation and/or improved program delivery of any FNS program in your community, then please take a few minutes to fill out the online form and click submit. We are always looking for promising practices for any one of our many FNS programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), and Food Distribution on Indian Reservations (FDPIR).
If your promising practice is approved, it will be entered into the FNS Promising Practices database and made searchable and accessible to the world. That way interested individuals and organizations can search the database for ideas and inspiration by using various search parameters. Users can search promising practices by state, target population, program area, and/or year. Users can also use a keyword search to find very specific promising practices. The hope is that after reading some of the promising practices, these individuals and organizations will use what they learned to increase access or improve program delivery of our food assistance programs in their communities.
So please go ahead and visit the new FNS Promising Practices webpage. Share, search, read, inspire, and get inspired. The new Promising Practices webpage can be a powerful tool in making our FNS programs more accessible and effective, which will allow more eligible people to get the food assistance and nutrition education they need.
If you have questions about the Promising Practices webpage, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.