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In This Issue
Eastern WV Regional Farm Gathering, Dec 4
Appalachian Transition Fellowship Meetings, Nov 19
Webinar: Farmer Cooperatives, Nov 21
Webinar: Assessment Tools for Farm Finance, Nov 22
Virginia Farm-to-Table Conference, Dec 4-5
NFU Women's Conference, Jan 11-14
Virginia Biological Farming Conference, Jan 31-Feb 1
Food Hub Collaboration Conference, March 26-28 2014
JOB: Executive Director, Kanawha Valley Collective
JOB: Eastern KY Farm to Table Coordinator
Fairmont Community Garden Opens Doors For Kids
National Gardening Association Grants, December 6th
Captain Planet Foundation, Jan 31st 2014
American Honda Foundation, Feb 1st, 2014
Free Silvopasture Guide
 

The West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition is a statewide network of people involved in building West Virginia's food and farm sectors. Our interconnected goals are to improve access to healthy, locally-produced food for all West Virginians while helping viable food and farm businesses to grow.   The Coalition was launched in 2010 by the West Virginia Community Development Hub, but is on its way to becoming an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to food and agriculture issues. 

 

We believe that as West Virginia farmers and food producers become more directly connected to West Virginia consumers, the results include healthier people, greater business opportunities, stronger communities, and a unique economy reflecting our state's proud heritage of self-sufficient food production.

 

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This newsletter provides a biweekly selection of news, events, resources, and ideas that are helpful to farms and food access projects in West Virginia.  Whether you are a producer, consumer, nonprofit organization, educator, agency or food-related business, there may be something here to help you with your work.  The information in this newsletter is compiled by the West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition, which is an initiative of the West Virginia Community Development Hub.  In addition to this newsletter, we also offer updates on specific food and farm topics.  To subscribe to special updates, go here and enter your email address.

 

WVFFC News

 

WVFFC is hiring a program coordinator! 

The West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition seeks a dynamic and committed individual to help build and support West Virginia's rapidly growing local food system.  Since 2010, has supported a statewide network of West Virginians working to grow food and farm businesses while improving access to healthy local food.  The position of Program Coordinator requires a special individual who is willing to work hard, think outside the box, be an advocate for farmers and consumers, and build partnerships outside of traditional "silos" in order to continue the Coalition's success in promoting food and agriculture as a critical part of West Virginia's economy and well-being.  The West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition is currently located in Fayette County, WV, in the heart of Appalachia and site of the New River Gorge.

  

The full job description, including this announcement, can be downloaded here.

 

WVFFC is preparing for 2014!
2013 has seen the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition accomplish an incredible amount, and we're not done yet! Over the next several months, we will collaborate with our Working Groups to map out our 2014 Policy Agenda, meet with our Board of Directors to discuss our work for the upcoming year, and finally in late January will bring interested parties together to report on the West Virginia Roadmap for the Food Economy. Keep watching this space to learn more about our future projects. 

 

West Virginia Food News 

 

The West Virginia Warriors and Veterans to Agriculture Project in its beginning stages.

A new project by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture will provide opportunities for veterans to work together, enjoy camaraderie with fellow veterans and learn about agricultural practices that will help veterans harvest crops and grow food. James McCormick, a retired veteran who owns Raising Cane Farms in Mason County, planted the seeds for the project in a meeting with Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick. "There is tremendous therapeutic value with farming and agriculture," McCormick says. "Watching life blossom, seeing Mother Nature's work and getting hands in the soil are great for these veterans. It gets them out of their homes and agriculture-based therapy is really helping to heal these people." Read more here. 

 

Parkersburg Farm-to-Table mixer attended by 300.

The November 9th mixer was held as a benefit to Point Park Marketplace in Parkersburg, which is modeled after the Capitol Market in Charleston. The mixer was attended by Butch Antolini, director of communications for the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, who said that "There is a huge movement across the country promoting locally grown products...It's not only produce but livestock and other items people want fresh." More than 200 tickets were sold in advance and some tickets were purchased at the door, and attendees enjoyed hors d'oeuvres made from food from within the state as well as the mid-Ohio valley prepared by Chef Gene Evans, director of the Culinary Arts Academy at West Virginia University at Parkersburg and wine served at the benefit came from local wineries. Read more here.

 

Mountaineer Food Bank receives $10,000 award.

Mountaineer Food Bank, based in Braxton County, was awarded a $10,000 grant by Tom's of Maine, a natural personal-hygenics company. The grant will go towards supporting the Food Bank's Mobile Pantry Program, which serves 48 counties throughout the state with dairy, produce, and frozen meats. In 2013, they distributed over 450,000 pounds of food to over 17,000 people. Read more here.

 

Café Cimino Country Inn to host Farm-to-Table dinners on the third Thursday of each month, starting November 21st.

Chefs Tim Urbanic and Dale Hawkins are hoping to continue to grow support for the West Virginia local food movement by holding a series of locally-sourced dinners. Urbanic is the chef at Café Cimino Country Inn and Hawkins is the owner of Fish Hawk Acres in Upshur County, which provides community-supported agriculture shares off of 28 acres of land. Urbanic and Hawkins recently tied in WV Living Magazine's competition for best chef in the state. The menu for the Nov. 21 dinner, as designed by the chefs, features butternut squash bisque, pork and veal cabbage rolls in tomato broth, and puff pastry with apples, honey and cinnamon. The price of the 6 p.m. dinner (cocktails at 5:30 p.m.) is $75 per guest. To make a reservation, call Café Cimino at 304-765-2913. Rooms at the Country Inn for the night of the dinner are discounted for dinner guests. Read more here.

 

National Food News 

 

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) comment period extended to November 22nd.

FSMA is the first major update of federal food safety legislation since 1938--authorizing new regulations at the farm level for producers and certain facilities.  Specifically, it mandates establishing standards for produce production and food safety measures for food processors. To see our comments to the FDA, learn more about the rules, find links to analysis on the impact FSMA will have on farms and food businesses, and sound off to the FDA about how the law will affect food and farming, visit our new FSMA page here

  

Farm Bill News:

2013 Farm Bill Conference holds first public meeting.

The Farm Bill in currently in a House/Senate Conference Committee, where 41 members are tasked with negotiating the differences between the House and Senate versions of the Farm Bill. There are still more cuts expected to the SNAP program and possibly SNAP-Ed program as the Farm Bill process continues to unfold. The House version of the Farm Bill cuts the nutrition programs by 40 billion dollars over 10 years, and the Senate version cuts nutrition programs by 4.5 billion over 10 years. 
Upcoming Events in and near West Virginia
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WV Farmers Market Association Hosts Eastern Regional Farm Gathering

Dec 4th, 9am-4pm, South Branch Inn, Romney WV, 26757, FREE

 

You are invited to participate in the Eastern Regional Farm Gathering. Participants will network with peers, meet service providers, and have training opportunities in Farmers market vending, marketing, post-harvest handling and more! This event is hosted by the WV Farmers Market Association, Change the Future WV and the Farm-to-School program. Register for free here.

Appalachian Transition Fellowship Program Community Meetings

Nov. 19, Charleston WV, 1-3pm, South Charleston Public LIbrary

Nov. 19, Lewisburg WV, 6-8pm, Greenbrier Valley EDC

 

The Appalachian Transition Fellowship is a year-long, full-time, paid program designed for 15 emerging community leaders who are committed to working in Central Appalachia for the economic transition of the region. For more information on either becoming a fellow or an organization that would host a fellow, click here. 

Webinar: Cooperative Models for New Farmers and Local Food

Nov 21, 6pm, Online, FREE

 

Please join the National Young Farmers Coalition and the Democracy at Work Institute on November 21th at 6pm EST for a webinar on how cooperative businesses are helping to build local food economies and support young farmers in creating new markets, reaching new customers and building sustainable, rewarding farm-based enterprises. Register here.

Webinar: Assessment Tools for Improving Farmer Financial Skills 
Nov 22nd, 3:30-4:45
Online, FREE

Farming is a business, and the first crucial step to intelligent financial decisions is assessing your current situation, and understanding your historical trends. This webinar focuses on three assessment-centered tools and programs. First, we will learn about a tool for farmer trainers themselves - to assess the strengths of the trainer's knowledge as well as assess students' knowledge at the outset and their subsequent progress. Second, how Annie's Project, a highly successful program for women farmers, integrates such an assessment tool as a part of the curriculum. And third, an entry level training tool that walks farmers through farm business cash flow analysis in an approachable way. Register here.

2013 Virginia Farm-to-Table Conference: "Healthy Food and Vibrant Farms for the Common Wealth and Common Good" 

Dec. 4-5, Weyers Cave, VA. 

Blue Ridge Community College Plecker Workforce Center

 

This conference fosters collaboration, conservation and community in strengthening community, local and regional food systems. Producers, buyers, school and university officials, community and agricultural development officers, legislators, administrators, and other key food system stakeholders should plan to attend. Read more and register here

 National Farmers Union: Women's Conference

 Jan 11-14th, Holiday Inn Conference Center, Clearwater FL., $175

 

A variety of trained instructors will teach family farm finances, budgeting and cash flow, cooperatives, marketing, farm transfer and estate planning, business planning, leadership assessment and skills, generational issues, and action planning. Attendees will learn skills for women leading in agriculture and have peer-to-peer networking opportunities. For more information and registration, click here.

Virginia Biological Farming Conference 

Jan 31 - Feb 1, 2014

Richmond-Midlothian, VA

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel 

 

Join the Virginia Association for Biological Farming for a conference featuring keynote speakers Gunther Hauk, world-renowned biodynamic beekeeper and Ray Archuleta, conservation agronomist. Sessions will include Profitable Vegetable Farming on 1.5 Acres: BioIntesive Market Garden, Profitable Management of an Organic Vegetable and Flower Farm, The Small-Scale Poultry Flock: An All-Natural Approach to Raising Chickens and Other Fowl for Home and Markets Growers, Greenhouse Herb and Transplant Production for Profit, and $43,560 Project: Learn how to gross $1/sq foot, with 43,560 square feet per acre. For more information and registration, click here.

National Good Food Network: Food Hub Collaboration, Spring 2014 Conference

March 26-28, Raleigh, NC.  

 

This conference will feature multiple tracks for food hub managers and staff, networking and learning for support organizations, consultants and agencies, food hub and food business tours, opportunities to learn from your peers, network, and feel a part of an incredibly energetic community, and excellent local food from Eastern Carolina Organics, Firsthand Foods, and other local suppliers. For more information or to submit proposals for workshops and intensive trainings, click here.

Job Opportunities in and near West Virginia
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JOB: Executive Director, Kanawha Valley Collective

Charleston, WV

 

The Kanawha Valley Collective, inc. (KVC) is seeking to fill a new position of Executive Director.  This position is a contractual position.  Ideal applicants will possess a Bachelor's degree in a related field and have at least 5 years of experience in HUD homeless program management. For a full list of responsibilities and information on how to apply, click here.

JOB: Eastern Kentucky Farm to Table Coordinator at Community Farm Alliance

Frankfort, KY

 

The EKY F2T Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and integrating CFA's Program of Work in Eastern Kentucky that specifically a) builds CFA's EKY membership, b) identifies and develops EKY CFA Leadership, and c) helps to build regional and community food systems. Responsibilities include: facilitating and implementing CFA's Eastern Kentucky market development workplan by a) coordinating CFA's Farmer's Market Support Program (FMSP), b) facilitating the Eastern Kentucky Food System Collaborative (EKYFSC), and c) developing and implementing a program for institutional purchase of EKY produced food.

 

For more information or to apply, send resume, cover letter, along with two writing samples, 3 professional references and 2 personal references to Martin Richards, Executive Director, 119 ˝ West Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40601 or email martin@cfaky.org (preferred).

Opportunities
(grants, awards, partnership ideas)

* Find a full grants calendar here, on our website!

To use this calendar, scroll ahead to see what grant deadlines are coming up.  Also look back to see what grants came out last year, so you can anticipate the same grants coming out in the year ahead. 

Fairmont Community Garden

Plans Kids-Only Garden; Offers Space to Schools 

 

A portion of the Fairmont Community Garden will be designated to the younger generation in the Fairmont community. Teaching children to grow healthy food, in a fun environment and a creative way, will promote a future of nutritious food choices as well as cast a positive light on community involvement and volunteerism. Curriculum will include the Junior Master Gardener program and feature a "Pizza Garden" and all things kid approved! The community garden will also provide workshops in areas such as organic garden techniques, cooking, preserving, floral arranging, landscape gardening, composting, and/or any other of a myriad of connected interests.
 
For partnerships, find Fairmont Community Garden on Facebook or contact Christa at FairmontCommGarden@yahoo.com, or by phone at 304-816-1379

National Gardening Association Grants
Deadline: Dec. 6, 2013
 

The National Gardening Association is offering grants to schools and community organizations with child-centered garden programs. Click here to learn more about this program. 

Captain Planet Foundation Grants
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2014
 

The mission of the Captain Planet Foundation is to promote and support high-quality educational programs that enable children and youth to understand and appreciate our world through hands-on learning experiences that engage them in efforts to improve the environment in their schools and communities. For application information, look here.

American Honda Foundation Grants
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2014
 

The American Honda Foundation engages in grant making that reflects the basic tenets, beliefs and philosophies of Honda companies, which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative. We support youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment.

Funding Priorities: Youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy. Learn more here
Food for Thought
(fruitful reading, research & case studies)

Everything You Need to Know About Silvopasture

   

Silvopasture is an agroforestry practice that integrates livestock, 

forage production, and forestry on the same land management unit. Silvopasture systems are deliberately designed and managed to produce a high-value timber product (such as sawtimber) in the long term while providing short-term annual economic benefit from a livestock component through the management of forage or an annual crop component. The USDA provides a fascinating 70+ page guide for silvopasture which can be read here.

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