Readings & Resources


Environmental Literacy Report

Fund for Public Health NYC

Report: Home Gardeners’ Influence in Ending Food Waste and Hunger

Teaching Teens about Climate Change

Tisch Center for Food, Education, & Policy Newsletter

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Bags

Kids Garden News


Wiki Watershed Online Tools

Corn and Soybean Poster

Journey 2050 Lesson Plan Collection

How Does it Grow? Garlic (video)

Where to Buy Compostable Bags

Ocean Garbage Patch Could Be Bigger than Mexico (video)

Places that Recycle Plastic Bags

Save the Soil Challenge

Ecology at Work Lesson Plan

Population, Sustainability, and Malthus Crash Course (video)

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Opportunities & Events

Nominate an under-30 after school leader who is amazing

Field Trips to Teaching Garden for Title I and DPHO neighborhood schools! This includes schools (and nonprofits) in Central & East Harlem, Mott Haven, Hunts Point, Highbridge, Morrissania, Crotona, Tremont, Bushwick, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, and East New York. Other schools can apply to be put on the waitlist.

National Public Lands Day

NYRP Tree Giveaways (check calendar for giveaway events)

NYC DOE Office of School Wellness Think Move Achieve Resource Expo

Webinar: Corporate Sponsors for Non-Profits

GreenHome NYC September Tour-SIMS Municipal Recycling Center

Climate Change and Environmental Justice

Climate Week NYC


The Institute for Mindful Agriculture invites you to the
October 27th/5PM through October 29th /1PM at Hawthorne Valley Farm
If we treated our friends the way we, as people, treat the Earth, our friends
would never talk to us again. Across the globe we exploit our planet in the
most destructive way on a daily basis– and still expect her to produce our
food, give us nourishing spaces to explore, be our home.
If you think the time has come to make a difference, if you want to enhance
your ability to be a change agent, if you want to learn something about
yourself and work with others who are deeply committed to honoring the Earth
and all that live here, please join us for a weekend at Hawthorne Valley Farm.
The Institute for Mindful Agriculture is committed to helping all of us
improve our relationship with our home planet. By looking critically and
deeply at ourselves and our relationship to the Earth through the lens of food
and farming we can unlock our individual and collective capacities for
transformative change.
During our Autumn Module we will dig deeper into the dynamic interdependence
of Soil, Self and Economy through immersion in autumn’s gestures of setting
seed, anchoring the future life of the seed within the earth, and the
dissolving of life above ground. Activities will include:
• Short presentations on the gesture of the year, mindful inner practice
and working towards a food and agriculture economy serving the well-being of
• harvesting and autumn farm work
• silent nature walks
• individual mindfulness and self-reflection practices
• discussions on transforming the current agriculture-food value chain
This workshop is part of a series of four, but can be taken individually as
well. The costs for the weekend are on a sliding scale of $500-$250 including
two dinners, one lunch and snacks. Further reduction of fees is possible upon
request. Please contact Rachel Schneider to register or for more information:
Hawthorne Valley Farm is a biodynamic farm and food business as well as our
learning lab for examining the co-evolutionary relationship between human
beings and our Earth. As a working farm it shows us how agriculture and the
food system can play an important role in restoring a healthy and mindful
relationship to our planet.



Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development

Local Government in Food Systems Work

Submission Deadline: November 15, 2017, for publication in the Spring 2018 (Open Access Issue)

ISSUE SPONSOR: Growing Food Connections (


JAFSCD seeks papers on practice-relevant research related to local governments’ roles in food systems planning, policy, and practice. By local we mean at the substate/subprovincial level (e.g., municipality, town, city, county, multicounty). We seek empirical or theoretical contributions from academics and practitioners that are solution-oriented. We also encourage manuscripts on studies emphasizing interagency collaboration, and collaboration between public, nonprofit, and private enterprises. Studies closely examining a failed or struggling project can also be very instructive.

Topic-appropriate submissions include case studies, literature reviews, surveys, financial analyses, cost-benefit analyses, program evaluations, impact analyses, feasibility studies, reflective essays, and project post-mortem analyses, as well as commentaries (not peer-reviewed). The work reported should focus on local governments’ management of or collaboration with other entities in food systems work through, for example, public health, planning, economic development, and community development departments, cooperative extension service, or through quasi-public agencies or initiatives such as food policy councils, task forces, or work groups.

Examples include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Preparing, adopting, and/or implementing formal plans to strengthen food systems.
  • Creating, modifying, and/or implementing health, land-use or zoning, and/or public safety ordinances or bylaws to increase opportunities for or remove barriers to local/regional food production and/or food access.
  • Creating, modifying, and/or implementing of public finance incentive programs to strengthen food systems.
  • Local government response to and addressing changes in state and federal policies in an era of political volatility.
  • Engaging communities and community-based organizations in policy-making, partnerships, data collection, and program activities.
  • Balancing the interests of local food producers and residents through local government action.
  • Creating and/or evaluating the efficacy of local/regional publicly supported food systems–related jobs.
  • Creating governmental incentives for local food system expansion and/or long-term resilience.
  • Examining where city-level resources are allocated and how they influence the local food system.
  • Supporting the development of a shared-use kitchen, farm incubator, or farm-to-school program.
  • Managing food or farm waste.
  • Building and celebrating a local/regional food identity.
  • Building leadership or capacity among local food systems stakeholders.
  • Analyzing the inclusion or exclusion of people of color and other marginalized groups in local government planning and/or policy processes.

Click here: for details about types of manuscripts for word counts, etc. A query form and pre-submission review for appropriateness and readiness for submission are required.

In addition, JAFSCD welcomes articles at any time on any subject related to the community development aspects of agriculture and food systems.


Duncan Hilchey

Co-coordinator, Lyson Center for Civic Agriculture and Food Systems

Editor in chief, Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development

Member, North American Food Systems Network | 607-342-0259


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Grants, awards, etc.

We Stand Strong Against Disaster Awards

NCTM School in-Service Training Grant (High School)

Honey Bee Conservancy Application for Materials

Frances R. Dewing Foundation (early childhood focus)

Kids Run the Nation Grant Fund

Global Teacher Prize (Steve Ritz was a finalist a few years ago!)

Sparkplug Foundation

Honey Bee Grant Program/Whole Kids Foundation

Future City Competition

NEA Foundation: Student Achievement Grants

NEA Foundation: Learning & Leadership Grants

Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grants

Captain Planet Foundation (DEADLINE: September 30)

Nature Works Everywhere School Garden Grant

Grow to Learn Mini-Grant

Parks Foundation Capacity Fund Grant (my favorite…great for doing street trees or related parks projects in your community…excellent resources and support)

Partnership for Parks Crowdfunding Challenge

NYS Health Foundation 2018 Special Projects Fund

Rubber Band Contest

NYC DOE Wellness Council Grants (you must register first and then you can access the site…the hyperlink brings you to the sign-up page)

The Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Parks Equity Initiative
We are pleased to inform you that the New York City Council has made additional funds available in every council district to support the Parks Equity Initiative (PEI) in Fiscal Year 2018.  The PEI is a City Council-funded effort to help build a more equitable park system, providing Council Members with discretionary funding that they can allocate to enhance the maintenance and beautification of parks and gardens in their districts, to activate green spaces with vibrant programming or to support increased community engagement through volunteer projects and community-led activities.

GreenThumb has created a menu of options that are eligible for funding through PEI.  Council Members have the option of funding gardens through the provision of various materials and equipment, including soil, lumber, plants, tools, picnic tables, rainwater harvesting systems, picnic tables, sheds, and greenhouses.  If you would like to seek funding for your garden through this initiative, we recommend reaching out to your local Council Member today to request support.  Council Members are expected to begin making allocation decisions in August, so call now!

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City Parks Foundation STEM educator posting

City Parks Foundation is hiring a part-time STEM educator in an afterschool position. Visit: to learn more about the program.

See: for the job posting.

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School-Garden-Facilitator-PS-MS-218 with WHEDco

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Children and Obesity Guidelines

Benefits of Moving When Young

Why Female Students Leave STEM

Infusing Sustainability in Teacher Education

Designing Earth-Friendly Solutions to the Plastics Problem

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Opportunities & Resources

Win a round-trip ticket to the NSTA conference

Cooperating for Climate Resistance

Introduction to Environmental Education

Teaching in the Outdoor Classroom

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