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February, 2014 E-Newsletter
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2014 Membership, Sponsorship and The Future of the Food & Health Network of South Central NY 

Jack Salo, FaHN Member and Sponsor 

Since 2005, The Food & Health Network of S.C.N.Y. has been guided by a diverse group of stakeholders who believe that together we can create a more vital, healthy and just regional food system. The members of FaHN, supported for the past five years by talented AmeriCorps members, have worked hard to create a thoughtful forum for collective action.


While FaHN may continue to benefit from the service of VISTA members in the future, AmeriCorps participation in FaHN will end in November 2014, when Erin Summerlee, FaHN Education Coordinator, completes her second term of service. Loss of AmeriCorps member support will leave FaHN without staff resources, other than Rose Zonetti who is working part time to lead the "Sustaining Farm to School in New York State" pilot program which also ends this year.


The FaHN Facilitation Team is having discussions with several potential investors (foundations, etc.) to provide start-up funding for a full time FaHN Coordinator staff position. Our goal is to have the funding in place by the end of 2014 and for the coordinator position to be filled by early 2015. It is clear from preliminary conversations with potential investors that in order for us to secure start-up resources, it is critical that we meet or exceed our 2014 Membership and Sponsorship goal of $5,000 by the end of March 2014. We need your support and investment in FaHN this year to demonstrate the viability of FaHN and member and stakeholder commitment. If you haven't submitted your 2014 Membership and/or Sponsorship contribution, please do so today. Pledge forms can be found on our website by clicking here, and you can use Paypal to easily submit your Membership or Sponsorship online.


Please contact Erin Summerleee at [email protected], or Jack Salo at [email protected], if you have questions about FaHN membership or sponsorship, or if you have suggestions for others to include in the 2014 membership and sponsorship campaign. Thank you to the following organizations and individuals who have submitted their 2014 membership and/or sponsorship contributions:

Broome-Tioga BOCES Food Service
Chenango County Health Department
Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Rural Health Network of South Central NY
Seven Valleys Health Coalition
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County
Tioga County Hunger Coalition
Susan Adair
Diane Albrecht
Richard Andrus
Karen Bayer
Mark Bordeau
Nancy Eckstrom
Matthew Griffin
Sonia Janiszewski
Susan Paredez
Tony Preus
Jack Salo
Diane Albrecht
Beth Bossong
Glenda Neff
Charles Place   

Jack Salo  

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Farm Labor Survey
NOFA-NY is seeking feedback on farm labor policy.
Cabbage slaw from the JSY to Fruits & Vegetables program

If you have a farm or work on a farm, consider filling
FBST Venison Donation Program

out their survey on the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Bill. Take the survey here,  

FaHN Visit to the Food Bank   
A very big thank you to our friends at the
Food Bank of the Southern Tier for hosting
our January gathering! Keep a look out
for more pictures from the meeting on the blog
News and Events 
February Monthly FaHN Gathering

WHEN: Thursday, February 27
TIME: 2:00pm-4:00pm 
LOCATION: Broome County Health Department, 225 Front Street, Binghamton 
Join us for a joint gathering with Healthy Lifestyles Coalition! We will spend a portion of the meeting with the Food Access Committee and learn more about the innovative Farm Share program. RSVP to [email protected] or 607-697-7669 by Tuesday, Feb. 25th.

Mark your calendars! Check here regularly for details and documents for upcoming events.

 "Growing Markets 2014" Conference and Annual Hobart Farmers' Lunch
When: Saturday, March 1, 2014
Where: Hobart Community Center, 80 Cornell Ave, Hobart NY 
Farm Planning Workshop for New Americans  
February 8 & 15, 10am-3pm
CADE, 5 Elm Street, Oneonta 

"Grassfed Rising"- Promoting Health from the Soil Up
February 11th &  25th, 6-8pm 
Tioga County Cooperative Extension, Owego
To RSVP contact Sharon VanDeuson at 607-753-5078 or [email protected] 
"A Place at the Table" Screening and Panel
February 12, 7pm
Beecher Hall at Park Church, 208 West Gray Street, Elmira
Regional Small Farms Conference: Farm Business Essentials 
February 15, 9am - 4pm
CCE Schuyler County 
Farm Days at the Mall
March 7th & 8th
Oakdale Mall, Johnson City  
Meet the Farmer Dinner 
March 10, 6-9pm 
Water Street Brewery, 168 Water Street, Binghamton
Get tickets here.  
Grants and Other Opportunities

USDA Value-Added Producer Grants 
Deadline, February 24, 2014. Learn more.

Growing Food Connections - Community Partnerships
Nominations accepted from Feb. 1 - April 30, 2014. Learn more.

NY Farm Viability Institute
Agriculture Innovation Center Grants, Deadline April 27, 2014. Learn more.
Outreach & Applied Research Grants, Deadline April 27, 2014. Learn more.
Wholeshare Community Outreach Coordinator
View the position description here.

2014 Rural Health Service Corps Positions Available
View the positions here.

Food and Health Network, Food Policy Volunteer 
FaHN is seeking an enthusiastic volunteer for a new Food Policy Committee. Interested individuals should contact r[email protected] or call 607-692-7669.
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