In this Issue:
  • Growing Health Forum: Healthy Foods, Healthy Communities
  • Binghamton Farm Share Expands to Whitney Point
  • Supporting Local Food & Brews at Galaxy Brewing Co.
  • Upcoming Events: See what's happening!
  • Food and Farming with the Creekside Cook
  • Food & Farm Policy
  • Farm to School News
  • Grant opportunities
  • Job & volunteer opportunities

Register for this FREE event on the FaHN website or contact Olivia Consol, or call 607-692-7669.
A locally sourced breakfast will also be served. 
Binghamton Farm Share Expands to Whitney Point

A project of VINESBinghamton Farm Share brings fresh, local produce to subscribers through a weekly share during the growing season. Farm Share partners with Binghamton Urban Farm, Early Morning FarmNorth Windsor Berries, and Shared Roots Farm, as well as Main Street Farms, who are joining Farm Share this year. Members can choose from five pick-up locations. For Binghamton subscribers, four sites include the North Side, East Side, West Side, and Downtown Binghamton. This year, Farm Share is expanding Whitney Point, with produce provided by Main Street Farms. 

Share prices this year range from $18 to $32 per week. Farm Share is committed to providing healthy, local food to residents of all income levels. Eligibility for a 50% discount is still available and most members who receive SNAP, WIC, or are income eligible can qualify. 

Sign-ups for the 2016 season are now open! Click here to sign up. 

Supporting Local Food & Brews at Galaxy Brewing Co.

Mike and Seth Weisel own Galaxy Brewing Company in Binghamton, NY. Mike was a home brewer for nearly 40 years, practicing and experimenting in his spare time.  Seth gained an interest from his dad and then went on to the Master Brewers Program at UC Davis. He got his start as the brewer at Roosterfish in Watkins Glen. They opened Galaxy Brewing Co., a brewery and restaurant, in 2011. We sat down with Mike and Seth at the brewery to chat about hops and grains, buying local and the growing craft beverage industry in NYS.

Taking the leap from home brewing to a micro-brewery and restaurant:
Two of the key factors for Seth and Mike to turn their love of brewing into a viable business were start-up funds and consistency. To be a successful craft brewer, “there’s a lot of science involved, and in order to be consistent and efficient, you have to use that science and understand the process. It’s not the same for a home brewer, who has time and is not trying to make money.”

On buying local:
Mike and Seth’s goal is to buy local whenever they can. In the past, they have worked with Regional Access in Ithaca. “Closer to the Heart Farms and Shared Roots Farm are two farms we’ve worked with who are about as local as you can get.” In addition to NYS hops and grains, local honey from Joel Babcock is used in the Smoked Honey Stout, Honey Lemon Mate, and the Ghost of Christmas beers. They find value in the simplified system of buying from local farmers, and they believe in the higher-quality product associated with local foods. “We can buy local things at competitive prices. It cuts out the middle man, and the cost associated with transporting things a great distance is not there…it’s a ‘pick it, drop it off’ model.”

Coming up at Galaxy:
Galaxy produces three or four beers a year that are made with 100% New York State grain. There are two being released in the coming months. New York Attitude is made with 100% New York State malt and hops that’s aged in rye whiskey barrels from Finger Lakes distillery, which will be out in about two weeks. Far Star is a Belgian-style Saison with 100% New York State malt, hops, and currants. “It’s aged in red wine barrels from Wagner Valley Brewery, with a bunch of funky yeasts we threw in there to make it crazy.” Stay on the lookout for Galaxy beer dinners to talk about beer flavors and how they pair with food.

Read the full article here.

Upcoming Events
March 16, 2016
Wednesday, 9:30am-12:30pm

March 23, 2016
Wednesday, 5-8:30pm
Business Planning for Agricultural Funding Opportunities
CADE, in collaboration with Delaware County Economic Development
March 16, 2016
Wednesday, 2pm 
Webinar: Tackling Hunger through Organizing & Advocacy
Alliance to End Hunger & WHY Hunger. 
Register here.
March 19, 2016
Backyard Fruit Production Workshop
Reisinger's Apple Country
2750 Apple Lane, Watkins Glen, NY

Workshop fee is $20. Register here.
March 21, 2016
Monday, 5-8pm
Worker Cooperatives in Food and Farming Workshop
The Space at Greenstar, Ithaca, NY
Workshop fee is $10. Register here.
March 30, 2016
Wednesday, 1:30-2:45pm
FEAST Webinar: Organizing 101
Oregon Food Bank FEAST Leadership Network
Register here.
April 8-9, 2016
Food + Enterprise Summit
Pfizer Building: 630 Flushing Ave,
Brooklyn, NY

CADE Farms is hosting a workshop on
April 8th. Register here and take 10% off ticket price using code "CADE10"
April 23, 2016
9am - 2pm
Vets Growing Berries
Cornell Cooperative Extension Broome 
840 Upper Front St, Binghamton
Learn more here.
Save the Date!
Farm to Cafeteria Conference
National Farm to School Network
June 2-4, 2016, Madison, WI
Learn more here.
Food and Farming with the Creekside Cook

From Donalyn Ketchum, Creekside Acres & The Creekside Cook

Creekside Acres in Berkshire, Tioga County is owned and operated by Larry & Donalyn Ketchum.  Long time gardeners, in 2015, they decided to become Farmer’s Market vendors at the Thursday Night Farm to Fork Market in Owego.

Locally grown food is a passion of theirs, reflected in their own lifestyle, as well as in Donalyn’s blog, The Creekside Cook [], where she encourages people to cook at home, with simple, delicious recipes, garden tips and stories of their life “way out in the country”.
The decision to become vendors, was rather a spur-of-the- moment thing, as the Ketchums were looking for a way to utilize all of the produce that they grow, which often exceeded what they could use or give away to family and friends. 

As FaHN sponsors, "We became involved when Nancy Eckstrom [a FaHN Steering Committee member] introduced us to the idea during the market last summer. We like the idea of being a sponsor because we feel FaHN encourages people to seek more local sources when they are shopping for food.  Even before we became vendors ourselves, we believed in local sourcing as much as possible."

You can reach Creekside Acres by phone at (607) 765-8345. Visit Donalyn's blog, The Creekside Cook, for recipes, gardening tips, and more. 

Read the full article here.

Food & Farm Policy
Brainstorming Session for a NY Organic Action Plan
Join the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York for a brainstorming session to create a New York Organic Action Plan! There are two gatherings, back-to-back, April 7, 2016, 3 pm to 6 pm and 6:30 pm – 9 pm in the Community Space, Green Star, Ithaca. Light dinner served free of charge from 6:00-6:30.  Come for either session and get a bite to eat before or after. Learn more.

Broome & Cortland County Schools
are seeking local producers for school meals!

FaHN is working to connect regional farms and schools for an exciting initiative that will help farmers expand their businesses and encourage students to eat healthy, local food.

Are you a NYS farmer interested in gaining access to larger markets? Cortland, Marathon, and Broome County School Districts are looking for fresh and value-added products. 

Photo: BT-BOCES Rock on Cafe
Contact Erin Summerlee, FaHN Coordinator, if you're interested: or call (607) 692-7669. Visit the FaHN website for more information.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Healthy Eating Research
Round 10 Grants--Concept papers due May 11, 2016 and August 3, 2016.
New Connections Grants--Concept papers due June 1, 2016. Learn more here.

Spring Grant Cycle from Howland Foundation & Community Foundation Funds
Community Foundation of Tompkins County. Applications due March 23, 2016. Learn more here.

USDA Farm Service Agency Grant to Expand Farmer Outreach and Education 
Two remaining evaluation period deadlines: March 18, 2016 and May 27, 2016. Learn more here.

Conservation Stewardship Program
Deadline to sign up for Fiscal Year 2016: March 31, 2016. Learn more here.

George A. and Margaret Mee Charitable Foundation 
Support projects in Delaware County. Applications due March 31, 2016. Learn more here.

Southern Tier Agricultural Industry Enhancement Program (STAIEP) Grant
Application Period 2: July 11-September 19, 2016. Learn more here.

Delaware County Agricultural Micro-Enterprise Grant
The Delaware County Economic Development Office is offering another round of Micro-Enterprise Grants for 2016. Visit the CADE website to learn about creating a business plan. 

Farmers' Market Promotion Program (USDA)
Applications due May 12, 2016. Learn more here.

Local Food Promotion Program (USDA)
Applications due May 12, 2016. Learn more here.

NYS Round 14 Farmland Protection Implementation Grants (FPIG) Program
Applications due mid-June, 2016. Learn more here.

Job & Volunteer Opportunities

Agriculture Development Specialist
Chemung Cornell Cooperative Extension: This extension educator will promote and develop programs that will enhance the economic viability of agricultural enterprises in Chemung County. Click here for more info

Regional Farmers' Market Manager
Broome Cornell Cooperative Extension is hiring a regional farmers' market manager. The primary role will be overall market coordination and education and outreach to ag producers, new food entrepreneurs, new/ beginning farmers, and the general public. Click here for more info.

AmeriCorps positions promoting Food Access & Health! 
Positions available with a range of organizations. View positions and apply: Rural Health Service Corps website
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Organizational Members

Broome County Health Department
Broome-Tioga BOCES Food Service
Cayuga Lake Food Buyers
Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE) 
Chenango County Health Department
Cornell Cooperative Extension Broome County
Cornell Cooperative Extension Tioga County
Delaware Opportunities Inc.
Family Enrichment Network
Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Hatherleigh Foundation
Healthy Lifestyles Coalition (United Way)
Rural Health Network of South Central New York
Seven Valleys Health Coalition
Tioga County Hunger Coalition 
Tioga Opportunities
Tompkins County Food Distribution Network
United Health Services (UHS)
VINES: Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments
Individual Members

Susan Adair
Diane Albrecht
Richard Andrus
Donna Bates
Mark Bordeau
Christina Boyd
Ray Denniston
Nancy Eckstrom
Matthew Griffin
Kathleen Horner
Sonia Janiszewski
Kevin Millar
Ann Moring
Peaceful by Nature Farm
Jeffrey Piestrak
Tony Preus
Amy Shapiro
Lauren Tonti
Rose Zonetti

Diane & Jerry Albrecht
Greg Albrecht & Victoria Zeppelin
Connie Barnes
Susan Beaudoin
Elizabeth Bossong
Care Manage for All
Closer to the Heart Farms 
Creekside Acres Farm/The Creekside Cook
Diane Crews
Ray Denniston
Nancy Eckstrom
Engelbert Farms
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Fidelis Care 
Galaxy Brewing Company
Johan Jelsma

The Kitchen Store, Inc.
Larry & Denise Moore
Glenda Neff
Old Barn Hollow Farm Market
Peaceful by Nature Farm
Jeffrey Piestrak
Charles & Mary Place
Janice Parker
John & Linda Roush
Regional Access
Jack Salo
Linda Seeger
Slope Farms
Doris Summerlee
Lauren Tonti
United Health Care
United Health Services (UHS)
Shawn Yetter
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