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Happy July! Hopefully your summer is off to a great start. With so many activities and events happening throughout the month, there will be no July Food and Health Network Meeting. Please mark your calenders for next FaHN forum on Thursday, August 27th.

Funding for Food & Agriculture: Planning to apply for grants or loans through the Consolidated Funding Application or to submit a proposal for the Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI) in the Southern Tier REDC Region? Make sure you review the newly adopted Southern Tier Food & Agriculture Initiative to ensure you project is aligned. You can learn more here.
Find Local Food This Summer!

Pictured Above: Binghamton Farm Share Options from the Binghamton Urban Farm & North Windsor Berries.

From Farmers' Markets to CSAs, cheese and beer trails, to u-pick farms, there are so many ways to take advantage of the local food our region has to offer! Here are a few resources to get you started. You can also find local farms and food businesses by visiting our website listing of members and sponsors.

2015 Guide to Foods Produced in the Southern Tier & Finger Lakes
CCE-Tompkins and South Central NY Agriculture Team

Explore the guide here.

2015 Guide to Pure Catskills Products
Watershed Agricultural Council
Discover food & farms of the Catskills here.

2015 Local and Organic Farm Guide
Northeast Organic Farming Association of NY (NOFA-NY)

View the guide here.

Cornell Cooperative Extension
Visit your local cooperative extension website for information on farmers' markets, u-pick, restaurants and stores serving local food, and more.

Sponsor Spotlight: United Health Services
Stay Healthy Kids’ Rex and Roxy encourage healthy food choices

Greater Binghamton children and their parents can learn everything they need to know about making healthy food choices when they sign up for a free program from the UHS healthcare system.  "UHS Stay Healthy Kids" offers presentations in four sessions that are designed to teach youngsters ages 5 to 18 how to eat well and stay active. 

Emphasizing the importance of fruits and vegetables in the diet, the program employs Rex and Roxy, characters developed by “B.C.” cartooist Mason Mastroianni, to bring home the message.  Families get tips on how nutritious food can taste good, help a young person feel better and do better in sports, and lead to greater well-being for life.

“When children learn healthy habits at an early age, they’re more likely to keep them for the rest of their lives,” said registered nurse Leah Miller, one of the coordinators of the program administered by UHS’ Stay Healthy Center at the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City.  “That’s the foundation for Stay Healthy Kids.”

The program follows the guidelines of the State of Maine’s pioneering "Let’s Go!" approach, which emphasizes the eating of five fruits and vegetables every day, as well as two hours or less of recreational screen time, one hour or more of physical activity and zero consumption of sugary drinks.  It also recommends turning off screens during family mealtimes, keeping TVs and computers out of the bedroom and no screen time before age 2.

After signing up, parents and their children or teenagers attend a series of four free sessions that provide tips on eating right, staying active and achieving overall wellness.  Parents learn how to  prepare healthy choices at mealtime, eat the same foods as their children to set a good example, and discover physical activities that can be enjoyed as a family.  

Each family gets individualized sessions tailored to their specific needs, including any allergies or dietary restrictions, and follow-up calls from Stay Healthy staff are made to the home for the rest of the year.

“I believe the program is very important right now, due to the rising rates of childhood obesity,” said registered nurse Megan Farmer, another of the program's coordinators.  “We redesigned the program in 2015 to attract more families and children.  We want everyone, whatever their weight or body mass index, to learn all they can about healthy eating, activity and limiting the amount of time they sit in front of a screen - whether TV or computer."

Read more about UHS Stay Healthy Kids on the Food for Thought Blog.
July 12, 2015
Saturday, 10am -12pm
Meet the Farmers -
Binghamton Farm Share

Binghamton Urban Farm

16 Tudor Street, Binghamton, NY

Click here for more information.
July 16, 2015
Thursday, 1pm - 2pm

Afterschool Meals Matter: 
Working with Local Health Departments

FRAC Conference Call
Click here for more information.
July 25, 2015
Saturday, 10am-3pm
The Piggery & Bluebird Dream Farm: 
An Adventure in Cooperative Farming

NOFA-NY Field Day
The Piggery
5948 Sycamore Creek Drive, Trumansburg, NY 

Learn more and register here. 
August 1-2, 2015
Saturday, 9am-12pm
Sunday, 9am-12pm 

Permaculture Talks & Tours

CCE-Chenango County
99 North Board St, Norwich, NY 

Click here for more information. 
August 5-7, 2015
Wednesday - Friday

2015 Soil Health Train-the-Trainer

Emerson Hall
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Click here for more information. 
Policy Update: Sign on to Support Two Child Nutrition Bills by July 15th

Two bicameral bills—the Summer Meals Act of 2015 (S. 613 / H.R. 1728), introduced by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Representatives Don Young (R-AK) and Rick Larsen (D-WA) and the Stop Child Summer Hunger Act of 2015 (S. 1539, H.R. 2715) introduced by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Susan Davis (D-CA)—have the potential to reduce hunger during summer vacation. 

They both outline important provisions to be included in the upcoming Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization (CNR). Learn more about these bills at FRAC’s Legislative Action Center, and sign on to join a growing list of NYS organizations who endorse these bills by July 15th. 
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 
Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) Grants 
Due, July 29, 2015 

Learn more here.

USDA Rural Development 
Rural Cooperative Development Grant
Due July 30, 2015

Learn more here.

Regional Economic Development Councils:
Consolidated Funding Application
Due, July 31, 2015
Learn more here.

American Academy of Pediatrics:
Community Access to Child Health Program Grants 
Due July 31, 2015.

Learn more here

Farm Credit East Northeast:
Northeast AgEnhancement Grants
Due August 1, 2015

Learn more here.

Local Foods, Local Places Grants
Due September 15, 2015

Learn more here.

There is still time to take advantage of a special 2015 sponsorship challenge for farm and food businesses! When you contribute $25 as a FaHN Sponsor, an additional $75 will be matched by an anonymous donor to reach the Seedling sponsor level.

Sponsor benefits:
  • Promote your Farm or Food Business through a Sponsor listing in FaHN publications and media (FaHN Membership Directory, website, e-newsletter, blog and Food System Assessment).  
  • Invitation to annual recognition event featuring local food. 
  • Framed Certificate of Appreciation
  • Speakers & technical assistance available for your food and health related events.
  • Opportunity to network, collaborate, and request support for local food and health related initiatives.
You can learn more by visiting our website here, or viewing the sponsor form here. We are also inviting new individual and organizational members. 

For more informati
on on how to take advantage of this opportunity contact:
Erin Summerlee, FaHN Coordinator
607-692-7669 or fahncoordinator

Program Manager
Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship (CADE)
Applications due July 10, 2015.
Learn more here.

Exciting full and part time AmeriCorps and VISTA positions: 
Focused on food access and health 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
Closer to the Heart Farms 
Diane Crews
Ray Denniston
Nancy Eckstrom
Engelbert Farms, LLC
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Old Barn Hollow Farm Market
Jeffrey Piestrak
Charles and Mary Place
John and Linda Roush
Jack Salo
Linda Seeger
Doris Summerlee
Lauren Tonti
United HealthCare
United Health Services (UHS)
Food & Health Network Facebook Page
Food & Health Network Facebook Page
Food & Health Network Website
Food & Health Network Website