COMFOOD weekly recap
Also, see Conferences announced on COMFOOD and elsewhere.
Farm Bill conference call: Implications of the U.S. Farm Bill on peasants and indigenous people’s right to land, water and food in the Global South. Please join us at 9am PT, Thursday, April 28th, for a consultation call with Global South allies about the implications of the U.S. Farm Bill. We will hear from our colleagues from Mexico and Haiti about the impacts of the Farm Bill on the livelihoods of rural families in the Global South and identify target areas for national advocacy efforts towards the 2012 Farm Bill. 1-800-704-9804, passcode 777495#.
WSDA Farm-to-School Toolkit is designed to provide farms, schools, families, and communities with resources to help them meet their farm-to-school goals. Through stories, photos, templates, documents and more, this toolkit highlights farm-to-school and school garden successes throughout the state and draws together best practices and farm-to-school tips from our in-state and national network partners.
National Hunger Hotline: 1-866-3 HUNGRY and 1-877-8 HAMBRE (1-866-348-6479 and 1-877-842-6273) refers people in need of emergency food assistance to food pantries, government programs, and model grassroots organizations that work to improve access to healthy, nutritious food, and build self-reliance. Help is available on Monday through Friday from 9am-6pm EST. Hablamos español.
A video of panel “Food Fight: Countering Corporate Control of the Food Supply” is now online. A conversation with attorney-activist Michele Simon, New York City food and garden organizer Karen Washington, Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter on the struggle for control over our food environment. Moderated by author Anna Lappé. Discussant: New York City Council Member Melissa Mark Viverito.
Paris School Lunches Video from 9/26/10.
Truck Farm seeking farmers! What if every urban center had its own Truck Farm traveling from school to school treaching kids about how fun farming and healthy food can be, engaging them in thinking about where food comes from and getting them excited about growing food themselves? This is the vision, and they are look for 25 good urban farmers to help bring this to fruition.
$5 million multi-state food security project led by a University of Wyoming professor. The purpose is to build community food systems that nourish populations in both current and future generations: “Food Dignity: Action Research on Engaging Food Insecure Communities and Universities in Building Sustainable Community Food Systems”. More info: Darnall at (307) 766-2141, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chipotle Mexican Grill contributing up to $150k to FamilyFarmed.org. $1 for every vote (up to $150k) in Chipotle’s Wrap What You Love contest will go to FamilyFarmed efforts to create new markets for sustainable farmers.
Live Real’s Real Food Fellowship seeking candidates for a nine-month program beginning June 2011. The fellowship supports 8-10 emerging leaders (ages 18-29) around the county to become powerful voices for food justice in their communities and on the national scene.
SNAP Participation Grants applications due 5 p.m. EDT on June 6, 2011. This year, USDA is looking to invest up to $5 million in process improvement efforts that examine local office processes and identify and implement efficiencies. The Department is also interested in funding projects that use technology to achieve procedural changes, such as document imaging, telephone interviews or web-based access to case status information.
Fuel Up To Play 60 has several grant opportunities that schools can use to fund school breakfast, food service equipment, and other programming relating to nutrition and physical activity. The next application deadline is June 15.
Applications being accepted for USDA’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Organic Initiative. The program provides financial and technical assistance to growers to implement conservation practices like cover cropping, pest management, crop rotation, stream buffers, hedgerow planting, and various other practices. Interested producers have until May 20, 2011, to sign up for the program.
The Homegrown Minneapolis Urban Ag Policy Plan was passed by the Minneapolis City Council last week. The plan is rooted in a two+ year process with extensive community input and close collaboration with the Minneapolis Departments of Health and Community Planning and Economic Development and the Homegrown Minneapolis initiative.
“Resetting the Table: A People’s Food Policy for Canada.” This document reflects a growing wave of concern amongst regular people across Canada about the future of food. It is the result of 3500 talking about food at over 250 kitchen table talks. It contains our ideas about how to make Canada’s food system fair, healthy and ecological.
The African Centre for Biosafety and SAFEAGE cautiously welcome the mandatory labeling regime established by the regulations made in terms of the Consumer Protection Act for GM food.
The Farming Concrete team is pleased to present the results from measuring food production in NYC community gardens.
Examples collected of commercial agriculture taking place on institutional lands:
- Ann Arbor, MI: St. Joseph’s Hospital has a farm onsite, horse drawn ploy, etc.
- Baltimore, MD: Ag projects on land owned by the city’s school system. Nonprofit but they sell food: http://www.greatkidsfarm.org/ and http://real-food-farm.org/
- Portland, OR: CSA on a school property: Singer Hill Gardens www.singerhillgardens.org
- Brooklyn, NY: 1 acre youth farm on front lawn of a public high school www.bkfarmyards.com
- City of Columbia, MO – Columbia Regional Waste Water Treatment Plan has a 125 acre parcel leased to a farmer to cut, rake, and bale hay, as well as a 65 acre tract leased to a farmer to grow soybeans and corn.
- NYC, NY: Mount Sinai hospital has a farmers market.
- Rodale Institute maintains a list of colleges with farms: http://www.rodaleinstitute.org/ffc_directory
- Virginia Tech, VA: 3,200 acre farm http://www.vaes.vt.edu/college-farm/index.htm – recommendation to check any university with a cooperative extension.
- Appalachian Staple Foods Collaborative: Study about the feasibility of farming on wellheads, as well as other agricultural uses of public land.
- A few responses about prison farms and their phasing out http://www.cga.ct.gov/2008/rpt/2008-R-0081.htm (unfortunately, this is also a trend we’ve seen in Canada: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2009/02/25/prison-farms.html); but also info about a group that is working to revive this http://blogs.evergreen.edu/sustainableprisons/about/
- Toronto, Canada: http://www.agdevjournal.com/volume-1-issue-2/139-could-toronto-provide-10-of-its-fresh-vegetable-requirements-from-within-its-own-boundaries-matching-consumption-requirements-with-growing-spaces.html?catid=62%3Aurban-agriculture-call-papers