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Sharing Successes and Planning New Initiatives

The FaHN annual planning meeting is being held on Thursday, December 10th at 9:30am at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, 840 Front St. in Binghamton, with a potluck lunch to follow the meeting. 

This is an important opportunity to reflect on the past year's achievements and prepare for 2016. We will review and vote on the 2016 work plan, focusing on new education and policy priorities. We encourage you to attend and help shape our collaborative work for 2016. Please RSVP to fahncoordinator@rhnscny.org and let us know if you will be staying for the potluck lunch.


Stay tuned for our 2016 meeting schedule! 
Buy Local this Holiday Season

Do your holiday shopping with local farmers and food businesses this year! If you are gathering with family and friends to share a meal, consider supporting your regional food system and economy by sourcing your meal with local food.

Not sure where to start? FaHN works with a great group of farms and food businesses that you can learn more about on our website. 

You can also find more farms, stores, and farmers' markets through these resources:

CNY Fresh
Cornell Cooperative Extension Guide to the Finger Lakes
Farmers' Market Federation of New York
NOFA NY Organic Farms Guide
Pure Catskills Guide
Sponsor Spotlight: Care Manage for All LLC

Our December Sponsor Spotlight is Care Manage for All LLC. Maggie Reeger, FaHN VISTA, interviewed Kim Evanoski, owner and President.

About the company:
Care Manage for All LLC is a private woman-owned care management company that serves 10 counties in Upstate New York and the Central Region. Care Manage for All LLC partners with families and takes a team-based approach to provide phone consultation, on-the-ground home visits and assessments, and education. Kim has been working in this field for over 25 years and uses a person-directed approach to build partnerships within a care management team. Her company is in its fourth year and has experienced tremendous growth in understanding our region and the gaps that exist in providing community-based care.
 
Providing education and sharing resources:
The education component of Care Manage for All, LLC works with elders, individuals with disabilities, care partners, and families. Kim helps families manage tough situations in transitions of care management with elderly family members. Best practices include professional education and trans-disciplinary discussions with healthcare professionals to help them re-think how they interact with patients and provide care. “A lot of times we build structures around the disability, and that tends to be very quality of life limiting. Focusing on the abilities is a much better focus that builds better health and care outcomes.” Care Manage for All LLC focuses on a greater vision for elders. For individuals who have been retired for several years, goal setting for the future become the focus. This establishes a positive and proactive plan for care management. Changing the perspective to focus on what an individual can do, rather than what he or she cannot do, makes all the difference. It is a vital thread to the work of Care Manage for All LLC.

Kim has a strong focus on coordinating and sharing resources. “We are encouraging thoughtfulness on how we provide care by modeling this team approach, and that modeling comes from many, many years of observation and assisting families. My perspective is the community needs to own the care. We need to help our neighbors, friends and colleagues…to find structures in their community that produce better quality of life and health outcomes.”
 
On community collaboration and looking ahead:

The interrelated fields of food and health are a core component of Kim’s vision for her company, care management, and the community at large. “The term ‘interrelated’ is a really important one. We don’t exist as a single entity. We are made up of our community, and at large, we are interrelated as people…in our food sources, our living, in our relationships, in our mobility…and why wouldn’t we have that perspective as we age? It’s a very important cyclical process.” 

Kim therefore finds value in supporting FaHN through a sponsorship. “We’re very aligned to the same goals of a long healthy life! Our communities can only benefit from us thinking about collaborating further on how we’re going to help our aging communities and how we’re going to support that process.” 

To read the full interview, click here.

Visit Care Manage for All LLC's website.
Visit the Memory Maker Project's website.


Invest in your commitment to a thriving, healthy, and food-secure regional food system by becoming a 2016 Member or Sponsor of the Food and Health Network today! Please visit our website to learn more about the work your involvement will support and benefits for members and sponsors. 

2016 Incentives:
  • Contribute $250 or more before the end of the year and you will be entered to win a tour and tasting at Ommegang Brewery for 4 people.
  • Farms & Food Businesses: Contribute $25 and an anonymous donor will match an extra $75.

 

On Dec. 2, FaHN participated in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that brings together thousands of nonprofits and donors. To celebrate, we shared photos from some of our 2015 partnerships on Facebook, as a way to show our appreciation for our dedicated members, sponsors and partners. Visit our Facebook page to see all of the photos, and to be a part of the celebration next year, become a FaHN member or sponsor.

 Photo: Jimi Brosius

December 10, 2015
Thursday, 9:30am
FaHN Annual Planning Meeting & Potluck
Food & Health Network SCNY

CCE Broome
840 Front St., Binghamton
January 9-May 28, 2016
 
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers Program: Women Farmers in New York 
Holistic Management 

Oneonta, NY
10-session course: Saturdays 9:30am-4pm
January 13, 2016
Wednesday, 6-8pm

 
Cooking Class: Buddha Bowls
The Kitchen Store, Inc.

59 North Ave., Owego, NY

Visit The Kitchen Store's Facebook page.
January 14, 2016
Thursday, 9am-3:30pm
Catskill Regional Agriculture Conference
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County

Delhi, NY
Learn more here.
Now until January 23, 2016
 
Seed Exchange
Broome County Library

Seeds from the 2015 and 2016 growing seasons will be accepted. Everyone who donates seeds will receive a coupon to use to pick out seeds starting February 1st.

Learn more here.
Save the Date! 
 
NOFA-NY 2016 Winter Conference
Good Hard Work: Ecosystems, Economics, Energy & Equity 

January 22-24, 2016
Saratoga Springs, NY
Learn more here.

Creating a Regional Community Garden Network

FaHN is conducting a 2015 Community Garden and Urban Agriculture Survey. This is the fifth annual survey, and the purpose is to determine the number and capacity of school and community gardens, as well as urban agriculture initiatives, in our region.

This information will be used to track progress and changes, aid in outreach, and help support a regional network of community-based food producing initiatives. If you are affiliated with a school/community garden or urban farm in the 8-county FaHN region, please complete our survey! We encourage you to share the survey with others who have information about a garden in your community. Thank you!

Click here to complete the survey.
 

On September 28, a group from Tompkins County visited Binghamton for a Food Justice Tour.
The group toured the Binghamton Urban Farm, the VINES Liberty St. community garden and Binghamton Farm Share.

NYS Young Farmers Loan Forgiveness Incentive Program
NYS Higher Education Services Corporation
Applications due December 15. Learn more here.


Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program
Supports projects to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers by participating in SNAP.
Applications due December 16. Learn more here.

Systems and Services Research to Build a Culture of Health
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Letters of Intent due January 12. Learn more here.


Planning Grant: "Fresh, Local & Equitable: Food as a Creative Platform for Neighborhood Revitalization" 
Kresge Foundation
Applications due January 15. Learn more here.


New Farmers Grant Fund 
Support to beginning farmers to improve profitability. 
Applications due January 22. Learn more here.

USDA Farm Service Agency Grant Opportunity to Expand Farmer Outreach and Education 
Four evaluation period deadlines: January 22, March 18, May 27.
Learn more here.

Organic Farming Researching Foundation Grants
Priorities for this year's research are soil health, transitions to organic systems, new farmers, livestock production, pasture management, and small grain production. 
Applications due February 8. Learn more here.

Program Coordinator, Farm Catskills
Farm Catskills is currently seeking a part-time contract Program Coordinator to connect our neighbors with fresh nutritious farm and homegrown foods through community centered farm and food programming. Applications due December 21st. Find more information here.

Executive Director, VINES
VINES, a non-profit urban agriculture and community garden organization in Binghamton, NY is seeking an Executive Director. The Executive Director is the key management position of VINES and is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan for the organization. Read full description and how to apply by clicking here.

 Production Manager,  Main Street Farms
Main Street Farms is a diversified organic vegetable farm that markets through CSA, farmers markets, and wholesale, looking to hire a Production Manager for the 2016 season. This position reports directly to the farm owners and is part of the core leadership of the farm. For details and to apply, click here.

Education Program Manager, Hudson Valley Farm Hub
The Farm Hub is seeking an Education Program Manager. S/He will be responsible for developing and managing educational programming as well as assisting with some teaching and serving as a representative of the Farm Hub. Find more information here.

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 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
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
Sponsors

Diane & Jerry Albrecht
Greg Albrecht & Victoria Zeppelin
Connie Barnes
Susan Beaudoin
Elizabeth Bossong
Care Manage for All
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
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
Food & Health Network Facebook Page
Food & Health Network Facebook Page
Food & Health Network Website
Food & Health Network Website