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May Member Spotlight: CCE Tioga

Tom Lewis, FaHN VISTA sat down with Margaret Ball, Agriculture Development Specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County (CCE Tioga) to learn more about her work and the different projects that CCE Tioga is currently involved with.
Cornell Cooperative Extension associations operate throughout New York and have a presence in every county in the state. According to their website the mission of the extension system is to, “put knowledge to work in the pursuit of economic vitality, ecological sustainability and social well-being.” CCE Tioga runs a variety of different programs that cover diverse subject areas such as agriculture, 4H youth development, gardening, nutrition, and family development. Each of those areas has many different functions, roles, and projects associated with them. The majority of my conversation with Margaret focused on their agriculture programing and CCE Tioga’s role in the local food system.
The role of agriculture in Tioga County:
According to Todd Schmit, Associate Professor of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, agricultural industry in Tioga County (including production, support services and manufacturing) has a total direct output of $261 million, employs more than 860 people and contributes $79 million (6.24%) to the Tioga County GDP. Margaret stated that, “Tioga county has quite a diversity of types of farms and different products. Almost anything you can think of there are at least a few places in Tioga County that produce it, and quite a range of sizes of farms. There’s a multigenerational farming community and also a lot of folks getting into farming, trying to start up new operations. There are also folks who have lived elsewhere and have moved here trying to set up a nice rural lifestyle.”

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Farm to School News

The first week of May was School Nutrition Employee Week! Showing how much you appreciate a school nutrition employee can be as simple as saying thank you or as special as holding a reception to recognize their achievements. The week culminated with the celebration of School Lunch Hero Day on Friday May 5th. Congratulations to Mark Bordeau, Senior Director of Food Service for Broome Tioga-BOCES, who has been recognized by the School Nutrition Association as the National Director of the Year! You can read more about Mark, School Lunch Hero Day, and other award winners by clicking here. Check out the following links here and here to learn more about how you can get involved to recognize the hardworking professionals in your school cafeterias!

FaHN Is Heading to Vermont for the Northeast Farm to School Institute! 
We are thrilled to announce that a farm to school team from FaHN, Johnson City School District, Broome-Tioga BOCES Food Service and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County have been selected to participate in the 2017-18 Northeast Farm to School Institute. Our team is one of only two from NYS and 12 from the entire NE invited to attend, and we will kick-off the year of professional development at Shelburne Farms in Vermont this June. Stay tuned for updates from the trip and throughout the year as the team develops our action plan to bring farm to school into the classroom, cafeteria and community in Johnson City!

Upcoming Farm to School Webinars: 
Maintaining Multiple School Gardens: May 9, 1pm
Viewers will learn about successful approaches that School Garden Support Organizations have used to maintain multiple school gardens. In addition, shared will be best practices, tools and resources related to garden maintenance needs throughout the seasons. Register here.
Christian Dirado-Owens, FaHN Program Coordinator, helped to organize the 2017 Volunteer Training Conference and Recognition Reception held on April 26th at the DoubleTree in Binghamton, NY. The conference was a collaboration between United Way of Broome County, The Rural Health Network of SCNY, and VAST. Pictured are AmeriCorps and VISTA members and supervisors who are currently serving with the Rural Health Service Corps. Currently there are 26 members serving with 12 organizations throughout South Central New York.

Food & Health Policy

America’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census, to be mailed at the end of this year, is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them. The Census of Agriculture highlights land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income and expenditures, and other topics. Learn more by clicking here. 

Upcoming Webinars:

Protecting our nutritional safety net: A national policy outlook: May 18, 9:30am 
The webinar will provide a high-level overview of upcoming policy debates in Washington over the future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly “food stamps.”)  Serving over 44 million low-income Americans in 2016, SNAP is the backbone of America’s nutritional safety net and a critical tool to improve population health. Register here.

Food Bank of the Southern Tier Named Feeding America 2017 Member of the Year

Congratulations to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier for being named the 2017 Feeding America Member of the Year!. According to Feeding America, "Food Bank of the Southern Tier (Elmira, New York) was recognized for having strong and engaged teams in all areas of their organization. “President and CEO Natasha Thompson has assembled a terrific staff that we consider best-in-class,” said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America. “Their programs as well as their efforts to increase the amount of food and groceries they provide to their community are exemplary." You can see the full announcement here. 
May 8, 2017 
Monday, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

May 10, 2017
Wednesday, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Poverty Simulation
May 8th: Economic Opportunity Program, Elmira, NY. Hosted by: Family Services of Chemung County

May 10th: Saint Peter & Paul Church Community Center, Elmira, NY. Hosted by Catholic Charities - Chemung, Schuyler, Tioga Counties 
Register here.
May 11, 2017 - May 13, 2017
Thursday - Saturday

Farm to Plate Conference: Uniting to Create, Educate, and Celebrate a Sustainable Food System
Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming, the Food, Agroecology, Justice and Well-being Collective at Cornell, and Roots Rising Farm, Ithaca, NY
Learn more.
May 17, 2017
Wednesday, 8:30 am - 4:15 pm
2017 NYS Anti-Hunger Conference
Hunger Solutions New York, Albany Capital Center, Albany, NY. 
Registration deadline May 3, 2017. Register here.
May 18, 2017
Thursday, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Composting for Beginners
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, Broome County Public Library, Binghamton, NY 
Register here.
Save the Date!
Closing the Hunger Gap 2017: From Charity to Solidarity
September 11-13, 2017

Hosted by Northwest Harvest & CTHG National Network, Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, Tacoma Washington. Learn more.
Chef Ann Foundation 
Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools: Applications ongoing and based on available funding. Learn more here.

Community Foundation for South Central New York
Small Grants: Applications due May 15, 2017. Learn more here. 

Community Foundation of Tompkins County 
Out of cycle requests, Application deadline May 17, 2017. Learn more here. 

George A. and Margaret Mee Charitable Foundation
Application deadline June 30, 2017. Learn more here.

Northeast SARE   
Research & Education Grants: Applications due by July 6, 2017. Learn more here. 

Diane Albrecht & Jerry Albrecht 
Susan Beaudoin
Linda Biemer
Elizabeth Bossong
Christina Boyd 
Diane Campbell
Nikki & Tom Corgel
Diane Crews
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
Chobani, LLC
Closer to the Heart Farms
Engelbert Farms, LLC
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
Farm House Brewery
Fidelis Care New York
Lourdes Hospital
The Owego Kitchen
Peaceful by Nature Farm
Regional Access
Shared Roots Farm 
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
Kathleen Horner
Kevin Millar
Diane O'Hora
Peaceful By Nature Farm
Jeffrey Piestrak
Tony Preus
Amy Shapiro
Lauren Tonti
Rose Zonetti
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