Join the Food & Health Network Team! 
FaHN is seeking a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA member 
We are seeking a passionate, hardworking AmeriCorps VISTA member to serve with the Food and Health Network! The VISTA member is a critical part of the FaHN Team and will work with partners in the eight county region of Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga and Tompkins. The member will lead resource development efforts to support FaHN sustainability and a strong regional food system, and provide support to partner organizations engaged in food security and local food initiatives, including Farm to School and the Summer Food Service Program. The member will assist with updates to the Regional Food System Assessment for South Central NY, and lead a regional Community Garden & Urban Agriculture Assessment.

To learn more and apply, visit the Rural Health Service Corps website here, or call 607-692-7669. 
Child Hunger Awareness Week 
Child Hunger Awareness Week will take place in Broome and Tioga Counties from June 6th-10th. Both Counties will kick off the week with a press conference to spread awareness of summertime childhood hunger and available resources through the Summer Food Service Program. Would you like to expand Child Hunger Awareness week to your community? Get in touch! 
Join the Tioga County Anti-Hunger Task Force for a film screening of "A Place at the Table". Doors open at 6pm. The screening will begin at 6:30pm with a post-film discussion. 
What: Film screening of "A Place at the Table"
When: Thursday, June 9th, 6:30pm 
Where: Owego Kitchen, 13 Lake St., Owego, NY
Want to do more? Attend a workshop to learn how to work with legislators on issues relating to food insecurity in our community!
What: Advocacy 201 Training
When: Thursday, June 16th, 9:30am - 12:00pm 
Where:Tioga Opportunities, Inc. 9 Sheldon Guile Blvd., Owego, NY 
RSVP here by June 13th 


From the Food Research & Action Center: Join advocates from organizations all across the country in a new national campaign to oppose the three-state block grant of the school meal programs contained in the House Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill (H.R. 5003). 

The House Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) bill, H.R. 5003, which was voted out of the House Education and the Workforce Committee on May 18th, now includes a three-state block grant proposal for the school meal programs. FRAC and national, state, and local partners are launching an intensive nationwide campaign against these efforts to block grant the school meal programs, or any other child nutrition program, during this reauthorization process.

Take Action!

Step 1: Sign your organization onto this statement opposing the block grant provision included in the House CNR bill. 
Step 2: Share the statement widely with your national, state, and local partners asking them to sign onto the statement. Our goal is to have 2500 organizations signed on over the next several weeks. 
Step 3: Register here for this webinar - National Call to Action - Oppose House Efforts to Block Grant and Weaken the Child Nutrition Programs - on Monday, June 6, 2:30pm- 3:30pm (Eastern Time). Join leaders in the House of Representatives and thousands of organizations in the launch of the campaign and to learn and strategize about upcoming action steps.

To learn more about the House CNR Bill and the block grant provision, read FRAC’s latest analysis of the bill

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Report: Organic Hotspots & Economic Health 

The Organic Trade Association released research that links economic health at the county level to organic agriculture, and shows that organic food and crop production-and the business activities accompanying organic agriculture-create real and long-lasting regional economic opportunities.

The paper, “U.S. Organic Hotspots and their Benefit to Local Economies,” finds organic hotspot-counties with high levels of organic agricultural activity whose neighboring counties also have high organic activity-boost median household incomes by an average of $2,000 and reduce poverty levels by an average of 1.3 percentage points. Learn more here.

In New York, NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC has received 134 new applications for organic certification as of the end of May. This is a 51% increase in new applicants over the same time period last year! Operations with the largest growth are Maple and Dairy/Transitioning Dairy. Additionally, the Grass Fed Certification applicants have more than doubled this year.

Join us in 2016 as a FaHN member or sponsor! You can help us and our partners:
  • Ensure that children have access to fresh, healthy and local 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
Upcoming Events
June 7, 2016
Tuesday, 6-10pm
2016 June Dairy Parade
Cortland Cornell Cooperative Extension
Learn more here.
June 10, 2016
Friday, 12:30-6:30pm
On-Farm Field Day: Sowing the Future of Organic Wheat in the Northeast
$15 registration fee.
Pre-registration closes June 8.

Learn more here.
June 11, 2016
Saturday, 10-11:30am
Family-Friendly Workshop: DIY Mini Herb Garden
VINES - Binghamton Urban Farm
16 Tudor St.

Register online or call 607-205-8108.
Learn more here.
June 18, 2016
2016 Dairy Day Celebration
Chenango County Cornell Cooperative Extension
Chenango County Fairgrounds
Learn more here.
June 19, 2016
Travel the Milky Way
Catskill Family Creameries 

Open house trail of Farmstead Creameries to see how local dairy products are made.
Learn more here.
June 19, 2016
Sunday, 1-4pm
CRAFT Network Farm Tour: Westhaven Farm
Groundswell Center
Ithaca, NY
Learn more here.
June 25, 2016
Saturday, 12:30-1:30pm
Compost with Confidence
Tompkins County Cornell Cooperative Extension
Future workshop dates: July 30, August 27, September 24, October 29
Learn more here.
Financial Assistance Available for Farmers to Receive
Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Certification

NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) is offering a cost-share/reimbursement program designed to assist specialty crop growers with the cost of a Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) food safety audit. NYSDAM will reimburse up to $750 for the cost of an audit to verify an establishment's food safety program. 

Funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis until the funds are depleted or December 31, 2016. Learn more here.

Chef Ann Foundation
Project Produce: Fruit & Veggie Grants for Schools. No application deadline. Learn more here.

NYS Round 14 Farmland Protection Implementation Grants (FPIG) Program

Applications due June 13, 2016. Learn more here.

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

George A. and Margaret Mee Charitable Foundation
Available in Broome and Delaware Counties.
Quarterly application deadline: June 30, 2016. Learn more here.

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

Community Foundation of South Central NY: Small Grants Program
Applications due July 15, 2016. Learn more here.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Healthy Eating Research
Round 10 Grants: Concept papers due August 3, 2016. Learn more here.

Gannett Foundation Community Action Grants
Applications due August 29, 2016. Learn more here.

Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education
Research & Education Grant deadline: June 23
Partnership Grant deadline: October 25
Farmer Grants deadline: November 29
Learn more here.


Job & Volunteer Opportunities

CADE Program Assistant
Administrative duties, database maintenance, outreach support, and more. Send CV and letter of interest to and with PROGRAM ASSISTANT in the subject line. Deadline to apply: June 6th. Click here for more info.

NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC
Certification Coordinator Assistant: Provide administrative support to Certification Coordinators to ensure the timely intake and flow of certification applications. 
Certification Specialist: Evaluate organic plan information and inputs to determine compliance with the National Organic Standards. 
Candidates should email a resume and letter of interest to 

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County
Nutrition Subject Educator: Teach workshops and deliver nutrition education in the Eat Smart NY/Federal SNAP-Ed Regional Program.
Horticulture and Natural Resources Educator: Program development, management, and assessment for agriculture programming and food systems efforts.
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
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
The Owego Kitchen
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
Chenango County United Way
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
Lourdes Hospital
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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