FUNDING AND RELATED
Empire Educator Newsletter (lots of great opportunities – read through to the end)
Growing Food Connections Partnership
If your community is interested in strengthening its food systems, consider nominating your community to be a Growing Food Connections (GFC) community partner. GFC is a five-year initiative to build the capacity of communities to use policy and planning tools to strengthen community food systems. GFC partner communities are eligible to receive free technical assistance, training workshops, and policy tools on food systems planning and policy.
Community members, local governments, or interested food systems stakeholders from any region of the United States are welcome to nominate a United States municipality/county* to be a GFC community partner.Growing Food Connections is a USDA-supported grant which is focused on United States municipalities. Nominating your community is easy.
Simply fill out the form here: Nominations are being accepted from February 1 to April 30, 2014.
New Farm Incubator Looking for Small-scale Market Gardeners and Farmers in NYC
Contact: Matthew Sheehan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Located in Far Rockaway, Queens, Edgemere Farm is a one acre parcel that is a shared site for market gardeners and farmers looking to grow and sell their produce in New York City. The site will be a farm incubator: a place where new farmers and growers can benefit from shared resources and collective marketing expertise The ideal incubator grower will have an understanding of organic and sustainable growing practices, season extension techniques, and enjoy sharing their knowledge with farm visitors, interns, workforce development participants, students and volunteers. Growing area will be available for growers year-round. Edgemere Farm will provide:
- Access to a commercial kitchen
- Raised beds
- An on-site marketplace
- Shared cold and dry storage, water hook-up, and propagation area
- Access to potential customers via established community network and businesses
- Tiered pricing structure
Doctoral candidate seeks young food activists
CUNY Graduate Center and School of Public Health student conducting research on youth food activism/organizing in New York City. Interest in youth and food justice stems from nearly a decade of working for community-based and youth-centered projects that have sought to not just improve the health of young people, but to create space for their leadership and vision for social change. For dissertation, exploring the experiences of NYC young food activists (ages 18-30) and their pathways into this work. Specifically: how community and youth engagement, technology, and social media support health interventions and social change. Looking to interview 20-30 young people (ages 18-30) who are currently engaged in food justice work in New York City, and have been involved in this work for at least one year. Contact: Amy Kwan MPH email@example.com
Finding, Buying and Serving Local Foods Webinar Series
Finding Local Producers Thursday, February 13, 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Eastern Time During next week’s webinar, we will discuss the many ways that schools can connect with local farmers, ranchers, and other food businesses. REGISTER here:
Need food scraps?
Large commercial food operation in NYC serving approximately thousands of meals a day out of our kitchen in Manhattan looks to partner with one or several NYC-based farms or organizations that would have interest in collecting portions of our food scraps on a weekly basis. This could be anywhere from 1 to 5 times a week, depending on your capacity and transport abilities. If you are a farm or organization interested or have knowledge or experience regarding how we might go about this, please contact Rebecca Gildiner firstname.lastname@example.org