In this Issue:

News from the Food & Health Network Team!

We are excited to welcome a new addition to our team! Amelia Martin started as our new AmeriCorps Member/Program Assistant in the beginning of August. You can reach her at We'd also like to welcome Tom Lewis to the FaHN staff as our new Community Food Coordinator! Tom previously served the last two year as our AmeriCorps VISTA member.

From Amelia: 
I  recently graduated from Binghamton University with my bachelor’s degree in Biology. Throughout undergrad, I performed research in neuroscience and ecology, however I decided to change my path and started working with Dr. Yvonne Johnston at Binghamton University this summer. Dr. Johnston’s research includes working closely with initiatives, such as Healthy Lifestyle Coalition at the Lee Barta Center, on projects to improve food security and health for residents of Binghamton.

In addition to research I have always enjoyed community service, and in high school would work at the community gardens in my neighborhood to improve access to fresh produce. I really enjoyed this work and was happy to discover this AmeriCorps opportunity with FaHN through my research work this summer.

I am excited to get to know this passionate group and work with all of you over the next few months!"

From Tom: “It was a privilege to serve the last two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with the Food and Health Network. I was able to meet and work with a number of incredibly knowledgeable and talented individuals from across the region. In my new role I’m excited to continue to contribute towards fighting food insecurity and poverty in South Central New York. As the Community Food Coordinator, I’ll be responsible for implementing community food projects through our Food and Health Volunteer Corps initiative. I’ll be working with partners to build capacity and increase impact through volunteer projects to improve food security and support a strong regional food system. Feel free to contact me at if you are interested in collaborating or have any questions!”

September is Hunger Action Month! 

From the Food Bank of the Southern Tier: Hunger Action Month is an opportunity for community members, businesses, civic organizations, elected officials, and congregations to get involved and take action in their local communities to help end hunger. Learn more about way's you can get involved during the month by visiting the Food Bank of the Southern Tier's website! 

Produced by WSKG, Chasing the Dream is a comprehensive three-year poverty awareness campaign centered on the Southern Tier region of New York. Incorporating television, radio and digital media, this project sheds light on the root causes of local poverty, the reality of what poverty looks like in our region and the successes and challenges of poverty-reduction efforts taking place in our communities. Food Bank President & CEO Natasha R. Thompson hosts the eight-week series with appearances being made by Jack Salo, Executive Director of Rural Health Network and Erin Summerlee, Director of the Food & Health Network The series premiers at 8:30 pm on Friday, September 14th. Learn more here.

From the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition: Both the House and the Senate have now passed their own versions of the 2018 Farm Bill, and now we’re entering the final phase: a conference committee is working to negotiate one final combined bill. The choice is stark: a farm bill that supports family farmers, sustainable agriculture, and a more equitable future, or one that harms farmers and communities and strips away investments from conservation, local food systems, food assistance, and more. Learn more about the 2018 Farm Bill here.

On August 24th, FaHN partnered with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, CCE Tompkins County, Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming, National Young Farmers Coalition Central NY Chapter, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, and Southside Community Center to host It's Your Farm Bill Too! in Ithaca, NY. Over 40 students, farmers, and community members met to learn about and discuss the Farm Bill.
After a year of planning and fundraising, our Farm to School Coordinator Jess Barbini had the opportunity to perform in Maui, Hawai'i as a member of the Cornell Chamber Singers with the Maui Chamber Orchestra and Chorus. In addition to a collaborative performance at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, they also performed solo in more casual settings, including at the historic Keawala'i Church. Please enjoy these recordings of their combined and solo performances.
Farm to School is expanding! From an original pilot in five school districts, the collaborative farm to school network implementing NY Thursdays has grown to a total of 26 school districts in Broome, Tioga, Delaware, Chenango, and Otsego counties for the 2018-2019 school year! Some of the new districts will begin New York Thursdays starting this September, while the rest will join in a second wave this January. 

Check out the September NY Thursday menu by clicking on the logo below! 

Are you interested in teaching children about where food comes from? In addition to conversations at the grocery store, planting a garden and eating seasonal meals once a week are some of the great teaching examples in
this article published by Bright Horizons. 

New York State State Education Department: Child Nutrition Updates Webinar: Wednesday, September 12th at 1:30pm. This session will cover the most recent changes to the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. Learn more and register here.
Volunteer Opportunities:

Please join VINES in growing food and growing community! Help build VINES' first garden in Endwell at 1605 Davis Ave. Garden plots will be available for rent during Spring 2019. VINES has two volunteer opportunities with two shifts per day on September 15th and 22nd. Volunteer do not need any experience and instruction will be provided on site! Learn more here. 

Volunteer with Groundswell on Volunteer Nights at their Incubator Farm! Just a few miles from Ithaca, the Incubator Farm provides affordable farmland access and business development support. Email to learn more! Look for more volunteer opportunities at their website. 

Community News:
Seven Valleys Health Coalition was recently the recipient of a Local Foods, Local Places (LFLP) grant from the EPA to help Cortland, NY reinvest in its neighborhoods and improve quality of life as they develop the local food economy. EPA officials hosted workshops over two days in Cortland for community members to come together and develop a community action plan. Darlene Byrd, an Environmental Protection Specialist with the EPA was quoted in the Cortland Standard as saying, "Cortland's plan was selected from 80 applicants because it had three qualities the EPA looks for; It is seeking to revitalize its downtown area; it has access to healthy foods; and it has new opportunities for business."
September 19, 2018
Wednesday, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
9th Annual Fresh Food Face Off
CCE Broome, 840 Upper Front Street, Binghamton, NY.
Learn more.
September 21, 2018
Friday, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm 

Sunset Soiree 
Groundswell, Incubator Farm, Ithaca, NY.
Learn more.
September 26, 2018
Wednesday, 7:00 pm - 5:00 pm 
Farmers Can Help Cool the Planet
Tompkins County Public Library, Ag Development Center Atrium, 101 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY. 
Learn more.
September 29, 2018
September 30, 2018

Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 

2018 Fall Farm Trail
CCE Broome, Broome County, NY. Learn more.
October 6-7, 2018
Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Sunday, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm 
The Great Cortland PumpkinFest
CCE Cortland, Courthouse Park, Cortland, NY.
Learn more.

Save the Date!

It Takes a Region Conference
October 25-27, 2018

NESAWG, Downtown Sheridan, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
Learn more.

NYS Farm to School 
Deadline for applications: October 1, 2018.
Learn more here.

NYS Health Foundation
Special Projects Fund: Online inquiry form due by October 3, 2018
Learn more here.

The Nature Conservancy - Nature Works Everywhere 
Grant applications for K-12 Schools: Application closes October 5, 2018.
Learn more here.

Conrad & Virginia Klee Foundation
Deadline for proposals: October 5, 2018. 
Learn more here.

Whole Kids Foundation
Garden Grants: Applications open until October 15, 2018. Learn more here.

Community Foundation of Tompkins County: General Letter of Inquiry due: October 25, 2018. Learn more here.

Decker Foundation
Application deadline: November 1, 2018. 
Learn more here.

Annie's Grants for Gardens
Education and School Garden Grants: Applications closes November 1, 2018.
Learn more here.

AmeriCorps Opportunities with the Rural Health Network! The Farm to School Corps is a part of the Food and Health Network’s (FaHN) regional Farm to School work in collaboration with BOCES and 26 school districts. Farm to School Corps members will work as part of an expanding regional team to develop, implement, grow, and evaluate programs to bring healthy, local food to students. Members will work with staff, students, parents, farms, and community partners to increase capacity for hands-on learning, local procurement, and creating a school-wide culture of health. Learn more and apply!


Diane & Jerry Albrecht 
Richard Andrus
Susan Beaudoin
Linda Biemer
Mark Bordeau
Elizabeth Bossong
Christina Boyd 
Diane Campbell
Nikki & Tom Corgel
Gail & Cameron Covert
Diane Crews
Jeanne Darling
Ray & Ann Denniston
Nancy Eckstrom
David & Elizabeth Engle 
Katelyn Gascon
Rebecca Gennett
Matthew Griffin
Alison Handy-Twang
Dick & Nancy Kuehnemund
Suzanne Lewis
Amelia LoDolce  
Katelyn Marsh 
Phil & Tami Metzger
Kate Miller-Corcoran
Larry & Denise Moore
Glenda Neff
Molly Nelson 
Salvador & Susan Paradez

Janice Parker
Jeffrey Piestrak
Tony Preus and Meredith Pell-Preus

Maggie Reeger
Jack Salo
Bob & Linda Seeger
Doris Summerlee 
Greg Summerlee
Paul & Marianne Taylor 
Natalie Thompson 
Lauren Tonti
Susan Williams
Jennifer Wilkins
Joseph & Maureen Wilson
Victoria Zeppelin & Greg Albrecht
Rose Zonetti
Apple Travel
Bohemian Moon 
Care Manage for All, LLC in honor of George Yonemura's 90th birthday
Engelbert Farms, LLC
Leatherstocking Collaborative Health Partners
The Owego Kitchen
Peaceful by Nature Farm
Shared Roots Farm 
Stone Horse Farm 


Broome County Council of Churches
Broome-Tioga BOCES Food Service
Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE) 
Chenango County Health Department
Cooperstown Farmers' Market 
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cortland County
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schoharie and Otsego Counties
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County

Food Bank of the Southern Tier

Rural Health Network of South Central New York
Seven Valleys Health Coalition 
Tioga County United Way, Inc.
Tioga Opportunities
United Health Services (UHS)
VINES: Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments

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