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In this Issue:
  • April is National Garden Month
  • Highlights from Growing Health: Healthy Foods, Healthy Communities
  • New Report: Closing the Summer Hunger Gap in Broome County
  • Join us on April 12th to learn about Farm to School!
  • USDA News: Supporting local food and organic production
  • Upcoming Events: See what's happening!
  • Become a FaHN member or sponsor!
  • Grant opportunities
  • Job & volunteer opportunities
April is National Garden Month

It's time to start working on your garden! 
- Searching for local workshops and resources on gardening? Your local Cornell Cooperative Extension website is a great place to start. If you're in the Binghamton area, you can also visit the VINES events page to find workshops on seed saving, garden planning and composting.

 
- Join the Master Gardener Program! Through Cornell Cooperative Extension, a corps of volunteers in NYS are trained in the science and art of gardening. Learn more at your county's CCE website.
- Are you involved with a community/school garden, or urban farm? Tell us about it! Fill out our survey to be included in the 2016 FaHN Community Garden and Urban Agriculture Inventory. 

Our first Growing Health forum of 2016: Healthy Foods, Healthy Communities was a success! This free, half-day seminar included a locally sourced breakfast and two workshops focused on healthy food purchasing and policy change for worksites, community groups, institutions and government organizations.

The conference began with a keynote from Dr. Margo Wootan, Director of Nutrition Policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Thank you to our speakers and contributors for making the conference a success! Please visit the conference page to learn about the presentations and check back for future forums.

Closing the Summer Hunger Gap:
Results of the Broome County Summer Meals Assessment

 
During Summer 2015, 3,322 children received free summer meals in Broome County. Participation in the Summer Food Service Program, which provides free summer meals to
K-12 students, increased by 51 percent from 2013 to 2015. This data comes from a newly released assessment from the Food & Health Network. 

Working with the Broome County Child Hunger Task Force and other community partners, FaHN conducted the assessment on the 2015 program and will use county-wide findings to increase participation in Summer 2016. The assessment was supported by a grant from the Roger Kresge Foundation.

This summer, there will be more activities offered through parks programs. For any organizations running a youth program during the summer who do not serve food but would like to, please contact Mark Bordeau, Senior Food Service Director for Broome-Tioga BOCES, at mbordeau@btcoes.org. The annual Broome County Child Hunger Awareness Week will be held June 6-10th to promote programs that address child hunger.

Visit the FaHN website to read the full summer meals report. An assessment of summer meals in the full 8-county FaHN region is ongoing and will be released late Spring, 2016. Contact vista-fahn@rhnscny.org to learn more. 
Join us on April 12th to learn about Farm to School!
 

Farm to School is growing in South Central NY!  A USDA Farm to School grant, awarded to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, will help partners bring locally grown produce to students in Broome County, Cortland, and Marathon school districts. The grant will allow the Farm to School work currently being done in Broome County to expand into Cortland County, and FaHN is working with partners to connect farms, distributors, and food hubs with schools, help farms become GAP certified, and provide education. Click here to read the press release.
USDA News: Supporting Local Food & Organic Production

USDA initiative designed to strengthen local and regional food systems
  •  Food systems toolkit: In collaboration with Colorado State University, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has create a toolkit comprised of food system assessment indicators and economic measures. The purpose of the toolkit is to help local organizations develop sound methods of gathering and interpreting data measuring regional economic activity. To view the toolkit, click here.
  • Food LINC: A USDA initiative, Leveraging Investment for Network Coordination, is designed to connect rural producers with urban buyers. Value chain coordinators will connect with stakeholders, provide technical training, enhance marketing strategies, identify funding opportunities, and navigate government policy to support farmers and the growing demand for local and regional food. Read more here.
Record Growth in U.S. Organic Operations
  • Organic Integrity Database: The USDA AMS National Organic Program reports the number of organic operations grew by nearly 12 percent from 2014-2015, showing the highest growth rate since 2008. Such impressive growth rates makes organic food one of the fastest growing segments of US agriculture. The USDA launched an Organic Integrity Database to track certified organic operations to provide current data for market research and stakeholder use to make connections between markets and growers.
Upcoming Events
April 13, 2016
Wednesday, 6-7:30pm
How to Store the Food You Grow
Cornell Cooperative Extension Tioga County
Ronald E. Dougherty County Office Building, 56 Main St., Owego
Learn more here.
April 14, 2016
Thursday, 11:30am-1pm
Women in Agriculture Monthly Network Cafe
Cornell Cooperative Extension Broome 
840 Upper Front St, Binghamton
Learn more here.
April 20, 2016
Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm
Which Vegetables to Grow?
Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins
CCE Tompkins Education Center,
615 Willow Ave, Ithaca

Learn more here.
April 23, 2016
Saturday, 9am - 2pm
Vets Growing Berries
Cornell Cooperative Extension Broome 
840 Upper Front St, Binghamton
Learn more here.
April 23, 2016
Saturday, Noon-9pm
GreenStar Sponsored Earth Day Celebration
GreenStar and Sustainable Tompkins
The Space @ GreenStar Co-op,
700 W Buffalo St, Ithaca

Learn more here.
April 24, 2016
Sunday, 9am-4pm
Draft Animal Practicum
Groundswell Center & Donn's Teamster Training School
Northland Sheep Dairy, Marathon, NY
Learn more here.
Save the Date!
 
2016 Spring Garden Fair &
Plant Sale

May 14, 2016
Ithaca High School, 1401 N. Cayuga St.
Learn more here.


Farm to Cafeteria Conference
National Farm to School Network
June 2-4, 2016, Madison, WI
Learn more here.
 
This year we increased our fundraising goal to $15,000. We're halfway to our goal--can you help us get there?
 
By becoming a FaHN member or sponsor, you can help us and our partners:
  • Ensure that children have access to healthy food
  • Combat chronic disease by making healthy food more accessible
  • Promote local agriculture
  • Advocate for policy change
  • Use data to strengthen our regional food system
Grants
 
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.

Floyd Hooker Foundation
Funds programs for children in Tioga County. Applications due May 15, 2016. Learn more here.

USDA Farm Service Agency Grant to Expand Farmer Outreach and Education 
Evaluation period deadlines: May 27, 2016. Learn more here.

Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge
American Public Health Association, Aetna Foundation, and the National Association of Counties
Deadline for proposals to participation in the challenge: May 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.

USDA Value Added Producer Grants
Applications due June 24, 2016. Learn more here

 

Job & Volunteer Opportunities

Groundswell Program Coordinator
The Program Coordinator will work closely to assist the Groundswell’s Director, Marketing Manager and course coordinators to facilitate primarily the CRAFT program and Homesteading Network tours; however, will also assist with other public programs, courses and events.
Click here for more info.


Community Horticulture Educator
Chemung Cornell Cooperative Extension: Implement educational programming in community horticulture and manage the Chemung County Volunteer Master Gardeners Program. 
Click here for more info.


Seasonal Position with Star Route Farms
April-November: This position is perfect for someone hoping to stay on as partner, or about to begin their own operation. Farming experience desired, but not necessary. Ten-hour days, five days a week. Contact starroutefarmny@gmail.com for more info. Click here to visit their website.

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
Sponsors

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
Food & Health Network Facebook Page
Food & Health Network Facebook Page
Food & Health Network Website
Food & Health Network Website
 






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