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Join the Food and Health Network of South Central New York and VINES on Thursday, November 17th for a half day workshop with Wholesome Wave to explore the impacts of Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Programs and local opportunities. Fruit & Vegetable Prescription programs enable innovative partnerships between healthcare, retail and agriculture, and community-based organizations to increase access to healthy, fresh, and affordable fruits and vegetables. Through these programs, patients are empowered to make healthy food choices and prevent/manage diet-related health conditions, retailers and local farms receive direct economic benefits, and patient-provider relationships are deepened. The forum will also include a discussion on opportunities for implementing a program in the region.

Scholarships/financial assistance are available. Please contact Erin Summerlee at or 607-692-7669


8:30am - 9:00am: Registration and Breakfast 
9:00am - 11:00am: Workshop with Wholesome Wave 
11:00am - 12:00pm: Panel Discussion on Local Opportunities 

Registration is Required, Register here, or contact Erin Summerlee at


2016 Year in Review 

We released the FaHN 2016 Year in Review at our annual member & sponsor recognition party on Oct.           20th. The report includes updates on many of the projects we have worked on over this past year, including:
  • The release of our annual Community Garden & Urban Agriculture Report and our summer meal food service assessment titled, "Closing the Gap on Childhood Food Insecurity" 
  • Launching our new series of Growing Health Forums. Over 90 people attended our first event in April, titled Healthy Food, Healthy Communities. A second forum on fruit & vegetable prescription programs is planned to take place on November 17th.
  • Growing our farm to school program. So far, in 2016 FaHN has partnered with 17 school districts in three counties to provide local food to children
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 2017.

Annual Member & Sponsor Recognition Event 

We held our second annual Member & Sponsor Recognition Event on October 20th at The Owego Kitchen in Owego, NY. Over forty of our members & sponsors from a variety of backgrounds came together to celebrate FaHN's success and their role in making it happen. 

Food for the event was sourced from a number of our different farm and business sponsors, including - Shared Roots Farm, Stone Horse Farm, Engelbert Farms, The FarmHouse Brewery, Blackbird Bakery & Eatery and Regional Access.

A big thank you to The Owego Kitchen for hosting the event, and to all of our members and sponsors who enable FaHN to continue our work in strengthening the regional food system!
November Sponsor Spotlight: The Owego Kitchen  

Julie Lovelass, co-owner of The Owego Kitchen at 13 Lake Street, sat down with Tom Lewis of the Food and Health Network to share a little bit about her background and decision to become a FaHN Sponsor.

On Julie’s background
Although The Owego Kitchen will be celebrating its one-year anniversary on November 11, 2016, Julie has a long history in the restaurant business. She initially obtained a degree from Johnson & Wales Culinary School, located in Providence, Rhode Island, and since that time has accumulated many years of experience in the restaurant business. Some of her previous roles include prior restaurant ownership experience, with the Phoenix Café in Oneonta, NY, and for a number of years as a restaurant consultant.
On Owego and her decision to open a restaurant there
Julie and her husband Ike, also a co-owner of The Owego Kitchen, first came to Owego to take part in a Christmas walking tour. The tour gave them the chance to see first hand the local spirit of Owego and observe how “everyone knew everyone else there”. The local community intimacy is a feature Julie said she “missed about living in Oneonta, which similar to Owego, has many small shops, restaurants, and cafes”. Originally, Julie and Ike intended only to look for a house in Owego, and have the chance to become part of the community, but everything fell into place when they discovered the building at their present location of 13 Lake Street.
The building located there was completed sometime after the year 1872 and was originally home to a few variations of saloons. Over the next century, the building would house photographers, a grocery store and a shoe store. However, it was vacant from the 2006 flood until Julie and Ike purchased it last year. After discovering and falling in love with the location, Julie decided the time was right to open and run another restaurant, something she described as, “just a few years ago not really being in their thought process”. You can read more about their building's history by going to The Owego Kitchen's website available here. 
On becoming a FaHN Sponsor
Julie said joining FaHN as a sponsor was an easy decision as she “enjoys helping with the causes that FaHN works to solve”. She spoke of the challenges she faced as a young, single mother who for many years, "depended on different organizations to help feed (her) children”. Since then, Julie has served on steering committees for charitable organizations and was an integral part of an effort that opened a homeless shelter in Oneonta.

The Food and Health Network would like to thank Julie for sharing her experience with us, for being a wonderful host of our annual Member & Sponsor Event, and for her continued support!
Check out the Rural Health Network's monthly e-newsletter for October news and updates, including articles on FaHN!
FaHN Recognized in the Annual 2016 Good Food Guide

We’re proud to announce that the Food and Health Network has been selected as a 2016 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 38 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!

November 29th is #NYGivesDay!

Save the date! FaHN will be participating in the first annual #NYGivesDay on November 29, 2016. #NYGivesDay is a chance to celebrate the life changing work being done by nonprofits across the state. It gives organizations a chance to work together to, raise awareness, collect donations and change the world for the better!

FaHN will be fundraising through GiveGab, the official nonprofit giving platform for #NYGivesDay. You can access our GiveGab page here. If you would like to learn more about the history of #NYGivesDay you can visit their official website here.    

November 5, 2016
Saturday, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The Farmers’ Museum Conference on Food & Farming 2016
The Farmer's Museum, Cooperstown, NY
Register here.
November 10, 2016 
Thursday, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Southern Tier Farm Brewery Summit 
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, Binghamton, NY
Register here.
November 10-12, 2016
Thursday - Saturday

NESAWG It Takes a Region Conference 
Northeast Sustainable Agirculture Working Group, Hartford, CT
Register here.
November 15-17, 2016
Tuesday - Thursday
Farmers Market Manager Training Conference 
Farmers Market Federation of New York, Ellicottville, NY 
Register here.
November 21, 2016
Monday, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Processing, Marketing and Health Benefits of Pasture-Raised Meats 
EcoVillage, Ithaca, NY 
Preregister here.
December 6, 2016
Tuesday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

December 7, 2016
Wednesday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
2 Day Intensive Farm Food Safety Workshop 
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, Binghamton, NY
Register here.
Save the Date! 
2017 NOFA-NY Winter Conference
January 20-22, 2017
Saratoga Springs, NY
Click here for more information.

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

Local Foods, Local Places
Apply by submitting a letter of interest by November 6, 2016
Learn more here

New York Farm Viability Grants
Applications are due by November 10, 2016.
Learn more here.

Community Foundation of South Central New York
Small Grants: November 15, 2016. 
Learn more here.

NE Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education 
Farmer Grants deadline: November 29, 2016
Learn more here.

United States Department of Agriculture
Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program: Applications close November 30, 2016. 
Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant Program: Applications close December 12, 2016.
Learn more here. 

Annie's Grant for Gardens
School Garden Grant, applications reopen in November 2016
Learn more here.

New York State New Farmer's Grant Fund 
Applications must be postmarked by January 27, 2017
Learn more here. 

Join us in 2017 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

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

Community Event Planner, Food Bank of the Southern Tier,
Elmira, NY -Learn More. 

Part Time FMPP Project Coordinator, Seven Valleys Health Coalition,
Cortland, NY - Learn More. 

Executive Director, Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE), Oneonta, NY - Learn More.   

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 County Council of Churches
Broome County Health Department
Broome-Tioga BOCES Food Service
Cayuga Lake Food Buyers
Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE) 
Chenango County Health Department
Chenango County United Way, Inc 
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
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
Jeanne M. Darling
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

Diane Albrecht & Jerry Albrecht 
Greg Albrecht & Victoria Zeppelin
Susan Beaudoin
Blackbird Bakery
Elizabeth Bossong
Christina Boyd 
Care Manage for All
Chenango County United Way
Chobani, LLC
Closer to the Heart Farms 
Creekside Acres Farm/The Creekside Cook
Dutch Hill Creamery
Diane Crews
Ray & Ann Denniston
Nancy Eckstrom
Engelbert Farms, LLC
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Farm House Brewery
Fidelis Care New York
Matthew Griffin
Galaxy Brewing Company
Johan Jelsma

The Kitchen Store, Inc.
Kate Miller-Corcoran
Larry and Denise Moore
Lourdes Hospital 
Glenda Neff
Old Barn Hollow Farm Market
The Owego Kitchen
Janice Parker
Peaceful by Nature Farm
Jeffrey Piestrak
Charles & Mary Place
Maggie Reeger
Regional Access
Jack Salo
Shared Roots Farm 
Stone Horse Farm 
Bob & Linda Seeger
Slope Farms
Doris Summerlee
Lauren Tonti
United HealthCare
United Health Services (UHS)
Shawn Yetter
Food & Health Network Facebook Page
Food & Health Network Facebook Page
Food & Health Network Website
Food & Health Network Website

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