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Save the date! We will be participating in the second annual #NYGivesDay on November 28, 2017. #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!

Last year we raised $1,225 from our supporters! Will you help us reach a new goal this year? We will once again 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.    

Cortland Food Project
The Cortland Food Project (CFP) started as a collaborative effort among several stake holders in the Cortland area including Seven Valleys Health Coalition (SVHC), CCE Cortland, CAPCO, The TC3 Farm, Central New York Food Bank, SUNY Cortland, United Way of Cortland County, the Food & Health Network and Main Street Farms to promote a healthy and sustainable Cortland food system. In 2017 SVHC received their first round of funding through the USDA's Farmers' Market Promotion Program (FMPP) on behalf of the CFP. The following are updates on their progress as well as additional initiatives taking place in Cortland County:
Cortland's Downtown Farmers' Market celebrated their 45th anniversary this year.
A CSA from Shared Roots Farm located in McGraw, NY 
  • FMPP  farmers' market analysis study completed; results show Cortland County has the capacity to sustain a year-round, indoor market and commercial kitchen
  • A group of Cortland area non-profits (SVHC, CCE Cortland, YWCA and Cortland Historical Society) are collaborating to rehabilitate an old shopping center in in Cortland to house the nonprofits and the new year-round farmer's market and commercial kitchen
  • Local food promotion throughout the growing season, including promotion of the Cortland Downtown Farmers’ Market’s  45th anniversary, and development of a Cortland County Food Trail map in coordination with the Cortland County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau
  • SUNY Cortland, TC3, Cornell Law, Ithacash, and SVHC are working in coordination with several community partners in both Cortland and Tompkins Counties on a large, NSF research grant due next month which will study the relationship between environmental and human systems, with a focus on the local food system. This proposal will be written and led by SUNY Cortland, with Ben Wilson of the SUNY Cortland Economics Dept spearheading.

Check out the November NY Thursday menu by clicking on the image below! 



Farm to School Resources:

National Farm to School Network Webinars: 1st Thursday of every month, 2-3pm
States across the country are developing Harvest of the Month programs including curriculum and resources to make it easier for schools, teachers, students and families to join in on farm to school fun. Though different from state to state, Harvest of the Month programs generally highlight a new seasonal product each month with activities, recipes, growing tips and many more resources designed to engage stakeholders and celebrate seasonal, local food. 
Register here.

USDA Farm to School Grant RFA Webinar: This webinar will provide an overview of the Farm to School Grant FY 2018 Request for Applications. Learn about the goal of this funding opportunity, eligibility requirements, the application process and how to set you and your team up for grant application success!. Watch here.

In collaboration with Rock on Cafe in the last year we have hosted 19 different taste tests throughout Broome & Tioga Counties. Over 4,500 students have sampled food sourced from local farms and prepared with local ingredients. Our last taste test in October at Brookeside Elementary School in the SV school district featured an apple pear cabbage salad. 
Farm to school is expanding beyond NY Thursdays! Binghamton and Johnson City Central School Districts have been adding more local food into their lunch menus each week. Both districts have been purchasing romaine lettuce heads from our partners at Lone Maple Farm in Binghamton to serve in salads and in other menu features. 

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball has been attending listening sessions on the 2018 Farm Bill. His tour has taken him into the Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes, New York City and Western New York regions. The Farm Bill Listening Tour provides an opportunity to engage with and hear from constituents about the importance of the 2018 Farm Bill to New York State.  It is hosted jointly by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA). 

Check out his upcoming stop: 

Western NY, November 9, 1 p.m
Alfred State College

10 Upper College Drive
Student Leadership Center
Alfred, NY 14802 RSVP 

Food Policy Resources:

Getting Down to Details: How to Use Velocity Reports to Up Your Game on Sourcing Local Food: November 15, 2-3pm 
Looking to increase your local purchases but not sure where to start? Join Michael Webster, the general manger of dining at the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, and Rachel Harb, the training coordinator at Massachusetts Farm to School, for a one-hour webinar focusing on velocity reports for campus dining service. 
Register here.

National Young Farmers Coaliton: This month the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture hosted a listening session in Cobleskill, NY, to gather input from farmers, ranchers, and stakeholders ahead of the upcoming farm bill. National Young Farmers Coalition made sure young farmer voices were heard loud and clear, bringing members from three of our New York chapters to testify. Watch their testimonies here.

November 9-11th,  2017
Thursday - Saturday 
It Takes a Region Conference  
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, Lord Baltimore Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland. 
Register Here.
November 18, 2017
Saturday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm 
Building Permanent Raised Beds with Hand Tool 
Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming, Incubator Farm, 101 Rachel Carson Drive, Ithaca, NY.
Register here.
December 5-7, 2017
Tuesday - Thursday
Community Food Systems Conference
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, MA. 

Register here.
Save the Date!
NOFA-NY 2018 Winter Conference 
January 19-21, 2018

Saratoga Hilton & City Center, Saratoga Springs, New York.
Learn more.

Annie's Grants for Gardens
Application deadline closes November 11, 2017. 
Learn more here.

Community Foundation of South Central New York
Application deadline: November 15, 2017.
Learn more here.

Farm Credit East
Northeast AgEnhancement Grant: Proposal deadlines December 1, 2017. 
Learn more here. 

USDA Community Food Projects
Application deadline December 4, 2017. 
Learn more here.

USDA Farm to School Grant Program 
Application deadline December 8, 2017.
Learn more here.

USDA FINI Grant Program 
Application deadline December 13, 2017.
Learn more here.

George A. and Margaret Mee Charitable Foundation 
Quarterly application deadline December 31, 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
Bohemian Moon 
Chobani, LLC
Closer to the Heart Farms
Engelbert Farms, LLC
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
Farm House Brewery
Fidelis Care New York
Leatherstocking Collaborative Health Partners
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
Kevin Millar
Peaceful By Nature Farm
Jeffrey Piestrak
Tony Preus
Amy Shapiro
Lauren Tonti
Rose Zonetti
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Food & Health Network Website
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