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On November 28th, FaHN participated in the second annual #NYGivesDay. Thank you to our amazing donors! Your support brings us closer to our goal of food-secure communities and a thriving regional food system. 

Throughout the year, the Food & Health Network works hard to bridge the connections between local agriculture, food security, and healthcare so that all community members have access to nutritious food and local farms and businesses remain viable for many years to come.

Your support allows us to link more schools, hospitals, and community organizations with local farms, advocate for critical policy issues, conduct high-quality research, foster learning for children and adults, and expand our Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program.  
 
Visit foodandhealthnetwork.org or contact Erin Summerlee, FaHN Director, for more information on becoming a member of the Food & Health or making a sponsorship donation. 
Make a Donation Today!

FaHN Releases 2017 Year in Review!


The 2017 Food & Health Network Year in Review is  available online! The report contains updates on our programs and projects from the last year. Here are just a few results from our collaborative efforts across South Central New York: 
  • 9,569 students explored local fruits and vegetables and tried new recipes during 18 farm to school taste tests. 
  • 5 school districts are piloting NY Thursday, and we worked with 11 farms, food hubs, and processors to create 10 new farm to school menus.
  • 100 individuals with chronic health conditions were connected with healthy, local food through the first Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program (FVRx) in the region. Primary care clinics and registered dietitians were empowered with a new tool to support preventative health, and barriers to access were reduced for participants. 
  • Over 200 volunteers were linked with programs that support access to nutritious food in Broome, Delaware, and Tioga counties.
Read the full Year in Review by clicking on its cover! Thank you to our members, sponsors & partners for a great year! We hope you will join us in 2018.
The Bohemian Moon
Our third annual Partner Recognition Event was a success! This year the event was graciously hosted by the Bohemian Moon in Norwich, NY. Dinner for the party was sourced from local farms and prepared by the Bohemian Moon. Thank you to those farms and businesses who contributed to the meal this year; Shared Roots FarmStone Horse FarmPeaceful by Nature FarmEngelbert FarmsKingbird FarmNorwich MeadowsOld Barn Market, the Bohemian Moon, and Kutik’s Honey Farm!
Tom Lewis, our Food Access & Development Coordinator, interviewed Mi By Kim, owner of the Bohemian Moon on her background and path into the restaurant industry, on her experience with running a restaurant and her involvement with the Food & Health Network:

On her path to Chenango County:

Mi By stressed that she does not come from any specific background and instead decided to pursue, in her words the most non-specific degree that she could think of, Sociology. Indeed, she says that her only background in food came from, ‘having been raised by an impeccable cook who entertained tirelessly all of her life and still loves cooking at 89 years of age.”  Mi By believes that she was lucky to run into a Frenchman who she said “was trained in the whole range of baking.”

Mi By took a number of different paths before she came to Chenango County and during that time she went from Korea to Hawaii, and then to New York City. She said that, “the stock market crash of 1987 was a jolt that took me for a diversion.” Looking for a little more peace and space it led her to finding a, “piece of paradise in Guilford, NY.”

FaHN staff and steering committee members get together for a group photo at the 2017 Partner Recognition Event. 
Attendees of our Partner Recognition Event eat dinner and talk at the Bohemian Moon in Norwich, NY.

NY Thursday is back again for the Holiday Season! December's local menu features a butternut squash & chicken chili with a kale-apple salad and fresh pear. Our menu features nine different food items sourced from four local farms! A big thank you goes out to our farm partners Crooked Carrot, Main Street Farms, Headwater Food Hub, and Cascun Farms for their tasty products and dedication to farm to school in South Central NY!

Check out the December NY Thursday menu by clicking on the logo above! 

Farm to School Resources:

New Report: The Public Plate in New York State: Growing Health, Farms and Jobs with Local Food: The New York Academy of Medicine, DASH NY, FINYS, and American Farmland Trust collaborated to release a report on the impact of institutional spending within New York State on local foods. They found that by Increasing local food purchasing from its estimated baseline of 10% to 25% of public plate dollars has the potential to improve the diets and health of 6.6 million New Yorkers and generate almost $208 million in new economic output in NYS. Read the report here.

Johnson City students sample roasted carrots and beets from Main Street Farm at a test test held on November 30th. Thank you Rural Health Service Corps for helping! 
The November NY Thursday menu included chicken mac n cheese, a garden salad, apple chips, and low fat milk all sourced from New York State farms! 
January 17, 2018
Wednesday, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Farming for Justice Group: January Discussion
Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming, 225 South Fulton Street Ithaca, NY. 

Learn more.
January 24, 2018
Wednesday, 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm 
#CommunityFood: It Takes a Network - A NGFN Webinar  
National Good Food Network. 
Register Here.
February 3, 2018
Saturday, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Readying our Farms and Foodshed for Climate Change 
Just Be Cause Center, 1013 West State Street, Ithaca, NY.
Register here.
Save the Date!
NOFA-NY 2018 Winter Conference 
January 19-21, 2018

Saratoga Hilton & City Center, Saratoga Springs, New York.
Learn more.
George A. and Margaret Mee Charitable Foundation 
Quarterly application deadline December 31, 2017. 
Learn more here.

Community Foundation of South Central New York
Small Grants: January 15, 2018. 
Learn more here.

New York State New Farmer's Grant Fund 
Applications must be postmarked by January 26, 2018. 
Learn more here. 

Anthem Foundation Grants: Cycle one application due February 23, 2018. 
Learn more here.

Gannett Foundation Community Action Grants: Applications should be postmarked no later than February 28, 2018. Learn more here.
Executive Director, CADE, Oneonta, NY
The Executive Director is responsible for managing all aspects of the organization’s operations and overseeing the work of direct reports as well as several outside consultants. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors. 
Learn more here.

Agency & Nutrition Resources Coordinator, Food Bank of the Southern Tier, Elmira, NY
This new position will play an important role in helping the Food Bank and its partner agencies (food pantries, community meals and other programs) increase access and distribution of nutritious foods to the hungry. 
Learn more here.

Certification Specialist, NOFA-NY, Binghamton, NY
Primary responsibilities include evaluating organic plan information and inputs to determine compliance with the National Organic Standards, and communication with clients about certification requirements. We require excellent communication skills, verbal and written; strong computer skills; and the ability to do detail-oriented work in a fast paced environment. 
Learn more here.
Sponsors

Diane Albrecht & Jerry Albrecht 
Susan Beaudoin
Linda Biemer
Elizabeth Bossong
Christina Boyd 
Diane Campbell
Nikki & Tom Corgel
Diane Crews
Jeanne Darling
Ray & Ann Denniston
Nancy Eckstrom
Katelyn Gascon
Matthew Griffin
Dick & Nancy Kuehnemund
Suzanne Lewis
Amelia LoDolce  
Katelyn Marsh 
Kate Miller-Corcoran
Larry & Denise Moore
Glenda Neff
Molly Nelson 
Janice Parker
Jeffrey Piestrak
Charles & Mary Place

Maggie Reeger 

Jack Salo
Bob & Linda Seeger
Doris Summerlee 
Greg Summerlee
Natalie Thompson 
Lauren Tonti
Bohemian Moon 
Chobani, LLC
Closer to the Heart Farms
Engelbert Farms, LLC
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
Farm House Brewery
Fidelis Care New York
Leatherstocking Collaborative Health Partners
Lourdes Hospital
The Owego Kitchen
Peaceful by Nature Farm
Regional Access
Shared Roots Farm 
Sodexo
Stone Horse Farm 
United HealthCare
United Health Services (UHS)
Vestal United Methodist Church
Organizational Members

Broome County Council of Churches
Broome County Health Department 
Broome-Tioga BOCES Food Service
Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE) 
Chenango County Health Department
Chenango County United Way, Inc 
Chenango Health Network
Cooperstown Farmers' Market 
Cornell Cooperative Extension of 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
United Health Services (UHS)

VINES: Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments
Individual Members

Diane Albrecht
Richard Andrus
Donna Bates
Mark Bordeau
Christine Day
Ann Denniston 
Ray Denniston
Nancy Eckstrom
Matthew Griffin
Kevin Millar
Peaceful By Nature Farm
Jeffrey Piestrak
Tony Preus
Amy Shapiro
Lauren Tonti
Rose Zonetti
Food & Health Network Facebook Page
Food & Health Network Facebook Page
Food & Health Network Website
Food & Health Network Website
 






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