Opportunities (conferences, etc.)

National Farm to Schoo Network Conference RFP (Host Location)

The National Farm to School Network  (NFSN) is excited to announce a request for proposals (RFP) for a local host organization for the 2016 National Farm to Cafeteria Conference. We are currently seeking applications from organizations who are interested in collaborating with NFSN to bring the conference to their home community in the spring/summer of 2016. The deadline for these applications is December 5, 2014 at midnight Eastern Time.

The local host organization is an integral part of the conference planning team, ensuring that local farm to institution elements are incorporated throughout the conference, including field trip site selection, local plenary speakers and local event sponsors.  For the first time in the history of this national conference, NFSN is engaging in an RFP process to determine both the conference location and local host organization partner.

NFSN hosts the National Farm to Cafeteria Conference – a biennial event that convenes a diverse group of stakeholders who are working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. The term “farm to cafeteria” encompasses all efforts to bring healthy, locally sourced food and nutrition and agriculture education opportunities to institutional cafeteria settings. This includes but is not limited to public and private preschools/early care settings, K-12 schools, colleges/universities, hospitals and prisons.  Each iteration of the conference has it’s own unique theme, which is built around the farm to institution elements of the local host community as well as current needs and interests of the movement. For more information, including local host organization requirements, and to download the application, please visit the National Farm to Cafeteria Conference website . If you have any additional questions, please contact us at conference@farmtoschool.org.

Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program

The Congressional Hunger Center (CHC) is excited to offer a unique opportunity to be actively involved in the movement to end hunger and poverty. CHC is a bi-partisan organization committed to making access to nutritious, affordable and culturally appropriate food a national priority. Every year, we look for promising young leaders who care about addressing the problems of hunger and poverty in communities across the nation. Our national initiative, the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program, trains, inspires and sustains a tight-knit community of emerging leaders committed to social justice. The program provides Fellows with an opportunity to gain practical experience fighting hunger and poverty, work with community-based and national leaders, deepen their analysis around poverty and develop leadership skills. Each year, 16- 20 Emerson National Hunger Fellows help shape and implement local social justice programs all over the U.S. and then research and support national policy initiatives in Washington, DC.

Participants are selected for this eleven-month program based on the criteria below. Fellows are placed for five months with urban and rural community organizations involved in fighting hunger at the local level, such as grassroots organizing groups, food banks, advocacy organizations, economic development agencies, and local government offices. They then move to Washington, D.C. to complete the year with five months of work at advocacy and public policy organizations involved in anti-hunger and anti-poverty work at the national level. This unique program allows Fellows to bridge community grassroots efforts and national public policy. Applications are encouraged from candidates reflecting diverse educational, cultural, personal and experiential backgrounds.

Benefits A living allowance of $16,000, health insurance, travel expenses, housing in the field, a $4,000 housing stipend in D.C., a $3,500 end of service award, relocation subsidies, professional development training opportunities, membership in a learning community of fellow Fellows, connection to an extensive network of alumni, partners, and experts, experience with community and policy leaders, training, mentoring, and leadership development, and experience with project management are included.

Deadline The application deadline for the 2015– 2016 program is January 6, 2015.

Selection Criteria
Commitment to social justice
Demonstrated leadership qualities and skills
Commitment to anti-racism
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
Flexibility and ability to adjust to new situations
Creativity and initiative in problem solving
Willingness to learn from experts in the field, and commitment to the search for new models in anti-hunger and anti-poverty work
Enthusiasm for peer learning in a tight-knit community of Fellows

Timeline Semifinalist selection will be complete by mid-February; interviews will be scheduled in Washington, D.C. in March; and final selection decisions will be made in April. Hunger Fellows arrive in D.C. for Orientation and Field Training in late August 2015.

For more information about the Program and for details on the application process, please visit our website: http://www.emersonapplication.org .If you have questions, please email fellows@hungercenter.org  or call (202) 547-7022 ext. 29

Community Seed Resource Program

Community Seed Resource Program available to support seed saving projects nationwide: Seed Savers Exchange and Seed Matters  collaborate to assist emerging seed projects.In partnership with Seed Matters, an initiative of the Clif Bar Family Foundation, Seed Savers Exchange is assisting community seed projects – seed libraries, seed exchanges, seed banks and numerous other community-focused outreach and education organizations – in spreading awareness about the importance and value of garden seed stewardship.

The two primary goals of the Community Seed Resource Program  (CSRP) are:
to provide free educational resources and support for community seed projects, and to promote the exchange of seed, knowledge and skills.

Qualifying applicants to the CSRP receive:

– A one-year Seed Savers Exchange membership
– Toolkit containing hand-crafted seed screens, seed saving supplies and a seed saving manual
– Seed donations
– Access to Seed Savers Exchange mentorship

The CSRP is housed on the new online Seed Exchange , an interactive home for Seed Savers Exchange’s national seed swap, where over 600 members participate by sharing open pollinated seeds that are rarely sourced elsewhere. Additional features of the CSRP website include a seed events listing page, membership map that showcases CSRP applicants, and free downloadable seed saving resources.

To learn more about the Community Seed Resource Program and apply, please visit us at https://exchange.seedsavers.org/csrp/prequalify.aspx  If you have any questions, please contact the program coordinator at renata@seedsavers.org

Green Schools National Conference

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