As the new director of the WV Food & Farm Coalition, I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude and excitement for this opportunity! I'm excited to continue long-time relationships with many of our partners and producers as we continue to convene and facilitate statewide conversations and start focusing on foodshed (regional) work. 

We are hard at work with our staff, board, partners, and constituents as we thoughtfully vision the role of the Coalition and projects that support viable farms and robust, resilient food systems. While we're visioning, we are continuing to actively engage in the New River Gorge Foodshed Pilot, 2017 policy platform, the statewide Local Food and Farms Directory, Farm Market Profitability Study, Working Groups, and WV Young & Beginning Farmer Programs. Please contact us if you'd like to be involved.

Until next time, 


Executive Director

FOOD AND FARM EVENTS
Visit our events calendar: http://wvfoodandfarm.org/news-media/events
Grant Info Session: USDA Rural Energy for America Program at WV HIVE in Beckley, West Virginia on September 8th at 1PM

Interested in applying for a grant through the USDA Rural Energy for America Program? Attend this info session to learn more. To register, visit here.

Free Webinar: "Farm to Institution: Focused on Equity and Impact" hosted by the Chesapeake Foodshed Network Coffee Talks on September 8th at 1PM

Hear from Common Market, Greener Pastures, and Guild House Farm about leveraging the purchasing power of food service operations, specific tools and initiatives to measure and promote local food procurement, and a case study about land-rich institutions partnering with farmers or farm organizations to raise food in collaboration with and in service of community. To learn more about the webinar and to register, click here.

Webinar: "Finding SNAP-Ed Materials the Easy Way" on September 15, 2016 @ 1PM EST

Attend this free webinar to learn how to navigate the SNAP-Ed library, find resources and relevant materials, and submit material to the Library. Register here.

3rd Annual Appalachian Food Summit at Berea College on September 16th and 17th

"The Appalachian Food Summit is a community of writers, chefs, farmers, scholars, community activists and traditional mountain food enthusiasts gathered around the table to honor the past, celebrate the present and support a sustainable future for Appalachian food and people." To learn more about the summit and to register, click here.

2016 Southeast Farm to School Conference on September 23-24, 2016 in Greenville, South Carolina

Hear from over 30 speakers, attend field trips, and participate in workshops on a wide variety of farm to school topics. For more information about the conference and to register, click here.

5th Annual NIFTI National Field School in Ann Arbor, MI on October 25th - 27th

Join Incubator Farm Program staff from across the country for "workshops, skills-based trainings, and discussions designed to critically examine the Incubator Farm as a model for beginning farmer training, and to grow the professional skills of IFP staff." The field school includes several incubator farm tours on the final day. To learn more and to register, click here.
Early Bird Registration is Now Open!: NESAWG It Takes a Region Conference on November 10th - 12th in Hartford, CT

"NESAWG's annual It Takes a Region  Conference brings together farm and food practitioners across the 12-state Northeast region to learn, debate, collaborate, and innovate ideas and solutions to critical food systems issues." "Tackle the wicked problems in food systems" here.

5th National Women in Sustainable Agriculture Conference: Building Connections Towards Resiliency in Portland, OR on November 30th - December 2nd

The conference "will bring together farmers, educators, technical assistance providers and activists engaged in healthy food and farming to share educational and organization strategies, build technical and business skills, and address policy issues aimed at expanding the success of women farmers and ranchers." To learn more and to register, click here.

GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
Deadline: September 15, 2016 @ 11:59PM EST
Proposal Deadline: October 1, 2016

Deadline: October 31, 2016 for projects < $80,000; Deadline March 31, 2017 for all project sizes


Deadline: October 6, 2016


Deadline: October 15, 2016

Online Submission System Opens: October 15, 2016; Deadline: November 29, 2016 @ 11:59PM EST
JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Deadline: September 15, 2016


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Deadline: September 12, 2016
FOOD AND FARM RESOURCES
Visit our free library: http://wvfoodandfarm.org/resources/

FARM COMMONS releases their new and improved CSA Member Agreement Workbook.

Registration is Open for Cornell Small Farms Program Online Courses: BF 101: Starting at Square One, BF 102: Markets and Profits, BF 204: QuickBooks for Farmers, BF 203: Holistic Financial Planning. Courses begin September 26th. Register here.

Kymm Mutch, a pioneer in farm-to-shool sourcing, discusses the challenges and opportunities in local procurement for K-12 Schools. Read the entire interview here.


The Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network (NMPAN) developed the "Beginners Guide to Local Meat Processing". The easy-to-read facts sheets are free to download here.
FOOD AND FARM POLICY CORNER
State and National Policy Page: http://wvfoodandfarm.org/initiatives/policy/
On Tuesday, August 16th, Secretary Vilsack announced the recipients of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP). The program awarded a total of $17.8 million for 37 projects to help sustain the next generation of farmers. Read the full announcement here.

USDA AMS announces the hiring of Tricia Kovacs as Local and Regional Food System Policy Advisor. Learn more about Ms. Kovacs here.
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