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Food & Health Network is a program of Rural Health Network of South Central NY

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News from the Food and Health Network Team

We are deeply saddened by the passing our dear friend, mentor, and leader, Ray Denniston. In 2005 Ray helped found the Food and Health Network (FaHN) program of the Rural Health Network of SCNY, originally known as the Regional Community Food Project.

As a long-standing FaHN Advisory Committee Member he provided leadership and mentorship to the group, especially the younger AmeriCorps Members that served in support of the work. Always humble and appreciative of the contributions of others, he would often comment on the talent and commitment of the young people he worked with. Ray’s knowledge, experience and compassion for those less fortunate have been and will continue to be guiding lights for those associated with FaHN and the Rural Health Network.

Ray’s most referenced quote for many of us is “it’s all about relationships”, a reminder that our relationships are the bedrock for making positive change in the world. Ray’s vision of different groups working together to address hunger and improving nutrition while also supporting our local farms is reflected in the work of FaHN and other food programs and projects throughout the Southern Tier and New York State.
The Food and Health Network's 2019 Year in Review is now available!

2019 brought many exciting changes and growth to the Food and Health Network, helping FaHN to expand programs and deepen regional impact. We are proud to collaborate with more organizations, schools, farms, healthcare providers, and individuals than ever before as we continue to meaningfully impact health, food security, and communities across the region.

If you would like to learn more about 2019's impact, the Year In Review publication can be found by clicking the button below, where you can view an online copy!
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Growing Farm to School

Our Farm to School team had a successful NY Thursdays at Deposit Middle/High School on Thursday, January 9th. The team worked to promote NY Thursdays and raffled off cookbooks. On the menu for NY Thursday was chicken mac & cheese with a biscuit, green beans, a fresh apple, and milk. The meal was a favorite with the students! The next NY Thursday will be on February 6th. 
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Utilizing Food as Medicine

RHN recently held a luncheon to thank and recognize FVRx participants! On the menu for the luncheon was a roasted beet and walnut green salad, winter vegetable soup, veggie quiche, spaghetti squash with ground turkey ragu, and apple crisp for dessert. Participants enjoyed the lunch, with many taking the recipes to make for themselves! Click the button below to learn more about the South Central NY Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program!

RHN will be hosting a luncheon for another group of FVRx participants in January!
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News from Our Network

Job Opportunities

Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest NY program is hiring a Farm to Institution Coordinator. The coordinator will be responsible for contributing to the program development, delivery, assessment, and evaluation to support the increased volume and variety of local foods purchased by institutions. Learn more.
The Farmers Market Federation of NY is seeking an assistant director. The Assistant Director will provide leadership for programs that support farmers markets in New York State. This individual is responsible for assisting in managing the programs and operations of the organization, as well as other duties that will maintain the organization, its members, partners and supporters. Learn more.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County is seeking a Regional Farmers Market Manager. This position will be responsible for managing all aspects of the Regional Farmers Market and Market Readiness Programming per the established Plan of Work. This position will work with the agricultural community to enhance the economic vitality of agri-businesses in Broome County and the surrounding region. Learn more.

Upcoming Events

The Leatherstocking Young Farmers Coalition is holding a Young Farmers Mixer on January 26, 2020 from 4:00-7:00PM at Bump Tavern in Cooperstown. If you are interested and would like to learn more, you can find information here.  
Leatherstocking Young Farmer's Coalition is offering a 9-week 2020 Grow Your Farm Business course. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, here is the link to register. Or, call 607-319-5095 to register or for more information.
The Farmers Market Manager's Conference is holding an event from March 3-4, 2020 entitled "Building Markets that Meet the Needs of our Stakeholders". Learn more here. For more information, contact the Farmers Market Federation of NY at or call 315-400-1447.
If you would like to view more open job positions, events, and other news please follow the button below to visit our Food for Thought Blog!
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Open Grant Opportunities

Value-Added Producer Grant Program
Application deadline: March 5, 2020.
Learn more here.

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational and Applied Science Program
Application deadline: November 18, 2020 (LOI due February-March). Learn more here.

John May Farm Safety Fund
Application deadline: applications selected on an ongoing basis.
Learn more here.

Entergy Micro Grants
Application deadline: applications selected on an ongoing basis.
Learn more here.

Sponsoring Conference Participation for Organizations in New York
Application deadline: applications selected on an ongoing basis.
Learn more here.

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