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2015 Year in Review

We released our 2015 Year in Review at our annual member and sponsor recognition party on Oct. 29. The report includes updates on many of the projects we've been proud to work on this year, including:
  • Early results from our Economic Vitality update to the Regional Food System Assessment
  • Encouraging healthy food procurement & farm to school education
  • The Broome County summer meals pilot program and forthcoming regional summer meals assessment
Read the full review by clicking here. Thank you to our members and sponsors for a wonderful year! We hope you'll join us in 2016.
Celebrating 10 Years of Collaboration
Our first annual Member & Sponsor Recognition Event held at Galaxy Brewing Company on October 29th was a success! Nearly 50 of our members and sponsors came together to celebrate the successes and their role in making it happen. 

Guests enjoyed locally sourced appetizers from farms and food businesses in the region, including donations from some of our farm sponsors--Engelbert Farms, VINES/Binghamton Urban Farm, Closer to the Heart Farms and Shared Roots Farm. A big thanks to Regional Access and Galaxy Brewing Company for their sponsorship that allowed us to host an event celebrating local food and farmers. 

Thank you to all of our members and sponsors who enable FaHN to continue our work in strengthening the regional food system.
Invest in your commitment to a thriving, healthy, and food-secure regional food system by becoming a 2016 Member or Sponsor of the Food and Health Network today! Please visit our website to learn more about the work your involvement will support and benefits for members and sponsors. 

2016 Incentives:
  • Contribute $250 or more before the end of the year and you will be entered to win a tour and tasting at Ommegang Brewery for 4 people.
  • Farms & Food Businesses: Contribute $25 and an anonymous donor will match an extra $75.

Farm to School Across the Region: Farm Catskills

Farm Catskills, based in Delhi, is an organization that works to strengthen rural economies through programs that support farms and help consumers access local foods. They recently launched Harvest of Songs, an educational resource that uses student-written songs to teach children in the Watershed region and New York City about where their food comes from. Harvest of Songs, which is a collaboration with children's musician Story Laurie, was developed from Farm Catskill's interactive student songwriting program, Cultivating Connections.

Farm Catskills has also developed A Day of Food for Thought, a collection of activities that schools can present to help students understand and champion local food. In addition to educational resources, Farm Catskills hosts summer Harvest Days to process and store local produce for use in schools, food banks and community meal services throughout the year.
November 19, 2015
Thursday, 2:00-5:00pm
Local Food & Fiber Fair 
Cornell University

Cornell University, Mann Library
Free and open to the public

Learn more here.
November 20, 2015
Friday, Noon-1:30pm

November 30, 2015
Monday, Noon-1:30pm
Webinar: Harvesting a Profit
Farm Credit East

Nov. 20th: Benchmarking your Business with an Agribusiness Analysis

Nov. 30th: What's a Lender Looking For?

Learn more here.
December 2, 2015
Wednesday, 9am-3:15pm

2015 Greenhouse Education Day
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County

CCE Broome, Binghamton
Registration open until November 30

Learn more here.
December 7, 2015
Monday, 10am-Noon

Producing for the Hub Workshop
Lucky Dog Farm Store

Lucky Dog Cafe
Hamden, NY
Save the Date! 
NOFA-NY 2016 Winter Conference
Good Hard Work: Ecosystems, Economics, Energy & Equity 

January 22-24, 2016
Saratoga Springs, NY
Click here for registration information.

Market Readiness Training

New Training Program for Professionals to Help Farmers Sell to Schools, Colleges and Other Institutions

The Farm to Institution Market Readiness Training program will build a network of trainers with the resources and connections to buyers that will enable more New York farmers to connect with schools, colleges, hospitals, daycare and senior meal centers, food banks and more.

Eligible participants include:  Cornell Cooperative Extension educators, economic development, non-profit and government agency staff,  professionals at food hubs, cooperatives, or supply aggregators who work with farmers on business and marketing skills. 

Deadline to apply is November 30.
Learn more here.
FaHN Recognized in the Annual 2015 Good Food Guide

We’re proud to announce that the Food and Health Network has been selected as a 2015 Good Food Organization by the James Beard Foundation and Food Tank. Each year, the publication lists nonprofits from across the country that are doing exemplary work in the areas of food and agriculture; nutrition and health; hunger and obesity; and food justice. FaHN is one of 36 nonprofits chosen in New York State.

The intention of the Good Food Org Guide is to serve as a resource for growing local food movements and to “focus attention on the many organizations working in fields, kitchens, classrooms, laboratories, businesses, town halls and Congress to create a better food system.” Thank you to all of our FaHN members, sponsors and community partners working to improve food access, public health and local agriculture in South Central NY!

Community Garden & Urban Agriculture Survey

FaHN is conducting a 2015 Community Garden and Urban Agriculture Survey. This is the fifth annual survey, and the purpose is to determine the number and capacity of school and community gardens, as well as urban agriculture initiatives, in our region. 

This information will be used to track progress and changes, aid in outreach, and help support a regional network of community-based food producing initiatives. If you are affiliated with a school/community garden or urban farm in the 8-county FaHN region, please complete our survey! We encourage you to share the survey with others who have information about a garden in your community. Thank you!

Click here to complete the survey.

On September 28, a group from Tompkins County visited the VINES Binghamton Urban Farm for a Food Justice Tour. The group toured the VINES Liberty St. garden and Binghamton Farm Share.

USDA Farm Service Agency Grant Opportunity to Expand Farmer Outreach and Education 
Four evaluation period deadlines: November 20, January 22, March 18, May 27.
Learn more here.

Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program
USDA National Institute of Food & Agriculture 
Applications due November 30. Learn more here.

NYS Young Farmers Loan Forgiveness Incentive Program
Applications due December 1. Learn more here.

Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program
Supports projects to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers by participating in SNAP.
Applications due December 16. Learn more here.

Planning Grant: "Fresh, Local & Equitable: Food as a Creative Platform for Neighborhood Revitalization" 
Kresge Foundation
Applications due January 15. Learn more here.

New Farmers Grant Fund
Support to beginning farmers to improve profitability. 
Applications due January 22. Learn more here.

Director, Regional Transportation & Mobility Program
Mobility Management of South Central NY

Challenging position leading and administering Mobility Management of South Central NY. MMSCNY operates an information and assistance call center, non-emergency medical transportation program, and has new services in development. Find more information here.

Education Program Manager
Hudson Valley Farm Hub

The Farm Hub is seeking an Education Program Manager. S/He will be responsible for developing and managing educational programming as well as assisting with some teaching and serving as a representative of the Farm Hub. Find more information here.

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

Organizational Members

Broome-Tioga BOCES Food Service
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
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
Rose Zonetti

Diane Albrecht
Greg Albrecht & Victoria Zeppelin
Connie Barnes
Susan Beaudoin
Elizabeth Bossong
Care Manage for All, LLC
Closer to the Heart Farms 
Diane Crews
Ray Denniston
Nancy Eckstrom
Engelbert Farms, LLC
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Fidelis Care New York
Galaxy Brewing Company

Johan Jelsma
Old Barn Hollow Farm Market
Jeffrey Piestrak
Charles and Mary Place
Janice Parker
John and Linda Roush
Regional Access
Jack Salo
Linda Seeger
Slope Farms, LLC.
Doris Summerlee
Lauren Tonti
United HealthCare
United Health Services (UHS)
Shawn Yetter
Food & Health Network Facebook Page
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Food & Health Network Website
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