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New FaHN Report on Regional Food Security: "Helping to Create Hunger Free Communities"   


Hunger is a reality for 1 in 5 children in South Central NY. Despite a decrease in overall rates of childhood food insecurity from 2009 to 2012, in many counties the percent of food insecure children is still nearly double the rate of all residents.


These and many more findings are presented in a new report on hunger released by FaHN. "Helping to Create Hunger Free Communities" highlights trends in each of the eight counties the Food and Health Network serves. It also highlights examples of organizations and individuals helping to create hunger free communities throughout the region.  


View the press release and download the full report here.  

Member Spotlight: VINES, Healthy Lifestyles Coalition & United Way of Broome County Partner to Offer Binghamton Farm Share


Do you like fresh, local produce at an affordable price? Are you interested in eating healthier? Binghamton Farm Share brings good, fresh food from local farms to locations throughout Binghamton! Subscribers pick up a weekly box of tasty, fresh vegetables from a local farmer at the same time and place every week. Prices range from $14 to $30 per week, flexible payment plans are available, and SNAP, cash, and check are accepted. Customers who receive SNAP, WIC, or are income eligible may qualify for a 50% discount on farm share prices.


Farm shares are on sale now and pick-ups begin Friday, June 20th. Quantities are limited, so reserve yours today! Learn more and sign up here or contact 607-238-3522 or [email protected] with any questions. Like us on facebook for updates. 


Binghamton Farm Share was launched in 2013 by VINES, Healthy Lifestyles Coalition, and United Way of Broome County to address needs surrounding food insecurity in Binghamton neighborhoods identified by the USDA as food deserts. Read the full blog post here to learn more!

News and Events 
June FaHN Gathering: Farm Tour
Grazing at Flaca Vaca Farm
& Discussion on Grazing, Health and a Vibrant Regional Food System

Date: Thursday, June 26th
Time: 2:00 - 4:00pm 
Location: Flaca Vaca Farm, 581 Odell Lake Road Stamford, NY

Interested in grazing, local grass-based beef, soil health or nutrition? Then join the Food & Health Network for a tour of Flaca Vaca Farm, a grass-based family farm in Delaware county, New York!


About Flaca Vaca Farm: "Our mission is to cultivate wholeness, health, and agricultural integrity through the essentials, through the most natural methods and materials, and through physical and emotional bonds with all aspects of farm production. The name: Flaca Vaca, skinny cow. It speaks of our desire to focus the way we raise animals and grow produce down to the elemental parts. We draw lessons from our ecological context to measure biological performance and guide the way we produce food." 


Please RSVP to [email protected] or 607-692-7669 by Tuesday, June 24th.  

"Growing a Sustainable Economy" Conference & Local Food and Drink Reception 
Join the New York State Sustainable Business Council for the first regional congress in Binghamton for a chance to take part in shaping the first ever sustainable policy agenda for New York State. 
The conference opens Thursday, June 19th with a Local Food and Drink Reception, featuring keynote speaker Rebecca Morgan, Executive Director, Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship on "The State of Sustainable Food."
Date: June 19, 6:00pm - 8:30pm  
Location: Center for Technology and Innovation, 321 Water Street, Binghamton, NY 


The June 20th conference will be held at Cornell Cooperative Extension Broome County from 10:30am - 4:30pm. Learn more and register here.
2014 Grasstravaganza: "Pasture Soil Health Creates Wealth"  
Date: July 17th - 19th    
Early bird registration: June 30th 
Location: Morrisville State College  

Are you a consumer, agricultural professional or aspiring or current farmer interested in soil health and grazing?

July  17-19 marks the return of Grasstravaganza last held in 2008 in New York, State. Morrisville State College and the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service will host the event.


The 2014 event theme is Pasture Soil Health Creates Wealth with presentations by three national grazing and soil health experts:

  • Certified Professional Soil Scientist Ray Archuleta
  • Jerry Brunetti, managing director of Agri-Dynamics
  • Jim Gerrish, former University of Missouri researcher and writer, who is currently a cattle rancher and co-owner of American GrazingLands Services LLC.

The three day conference will also feature a trade show and farm tours.  Learn more and register here!


Grants and Other Opportunities
Let us know if you are interested in applying for a food/health-related funding opportunity! The Food and Health Network is here to facilitate effective, regional collaboration. We'd love to assist in connecting you with other organizations in our region that can strengthen your application and build your project's capacity and resources. 

Regional Economic Development Council Consolidated Funding Application
Application Deadline, June 16, 2014. View the CFA here.

Northeast SARE Pre-proposals due for Research and Education Grants
Deadline, June 19th. View grant information here.

USDA Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP)  Deadline, June 20, 2014

USDA Rural Cooperative Development Grants
Application Deadline, June 24, 2014. View the full description here. 

Local Food, Local Places Program 
Deadline for Letter of Intent, July 15, 2014. Learn more about the program and how to apply here.

USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) View annoucement here. 
  • July 7, 2014 for renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement grant applications and combination grant and guaranteed loan applications
  • On a continuous basis until July 31, 2014 for renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement guaranteed loan only application
Rural Health Service Corps, View available positions here.

2014 Members and Sponsors

Organizational Members
Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition (BRSC)
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 Health Network
Cornell Cooperative Extension Broome County
Cornell Cooperative Extension Tioga County
Finger Lakes Fresh Food Hub & Challenge Workforce Solutions
Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Hatherleigh Foundation
Healthy Lifestyles Coalition (United Way)
Rural Health Network of South Central New York
Seven Valley's Health Coalition
Tioga County Farm Bureau
Tioga County Hunger Coalition
Tioga Opportunities, Inc.
Tompkins County Food Distribution Network
 TouchPoint Support Services at Lourdes Hospital
United Health Services (UHS)
 VINES: Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments

Individual Members
Susan Adair
Diane Albrecht
Richard Andrus
Karen Bayer
Mark Bordeau
Ray Denniston
Nancy Eckstrom
Matthew Griffin
Pamela Guth
Sonia Janiszewski
Susan Paredez
Jeffrey Piestrak
Tony Preus
Jack Salo
Lauren Tonti
Jennifer Wilkins

Diane Albrecht
Beth Bossong
Davidson Fox & Company
Finger Lakes Fresh Food Hub & Challenge Workforce Solutions
Sarah Manchester
NBT Bank
Glenda Neff
Charles Place
Jack Salo
Linda Seeger
Natalie Thompson
United Health Services (UHS)
Shawn Yetter
Victoria Zeppelin
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