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October, 2014 E-NewsletterLike us on Facebook 
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October is National Farm to School Month! 

NYS Farm to School Highlight: Wood's Earth Living Classroom

Wood's Earth (WE) Living Classroom, launched in 2012, is a farm to school organization in Ithaca, NY focused on a systemic approach to engaging youth and community in school food.


WE is supporting the farm to school movement in Ithaca, NY with a diversified approach that encompasses procuring food from local producers, growing school food on its own two-acre farm, and engaging youth in food production and processing.  Since January 2012, WE has been working to integrate organic community gardening and education for all ages and levels of experience. WE grew to include school food production, cultivating land, resources, and support from school food program and nonprofit leaders. Eventually WE began engaging other local producers in moving homegrown food into local schools.


WE is truly cooperative in its aim to strengthen farm to school on both a procurement and educational level. In addition to its partnerships with area farmers, WE builds community through its youth activities and fundraising efforts. Their innovative youth programming offers hands-on ways to learn about food production and even processing. In 2013, youth interns had the chance to learn about value-added products and season extension by helping to make and freeze pesto and tomato sauce for use in school meals.  The community garden located on WE's two-acre farm is a built-in funding mechanism for WE programming that also encourages and provides education for individual food production.


To learn more about Wood's Earth, check out their organization profile and visit their website.


Want to know what's new with the "Sustaining Farm to School in NYS" program? Check out this article to learn more about all of the awesome farm to school activity in Broome and Tioga schools! 

Farm to School Resources: 

Take a look at these sites for more farm to school news and resources:

"Slow Medicine, in many ways, represents the changes that must take place in the healthcare world if we are to live both healthier and more fulfilling lives. It recognizes the interdisciplinary nature of health and encourages that which we at the Food and Health Network strive to achieve: knowledge, networks and collaboration.

If we continue walking down a road in which each sector is isolated, making meaningful changes will be difficult if not impossible. Chronic diseases and conditions, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke and obesity, are serious problems that will continue to devastate our communities if we do not fill in the gaps between what we know and what our neighbors may know." Read the full article here.

Food Safety Modernization Act: FDA Releases Revised Rules

In October 2013, FaHN hosted a forum on the Food Safety Modernization Act. Many in attendance voiced concern about potential unintended impacts on mid-sized farms, on-farm conservation, food hubs and the growing regional food economy. On September 19th, the FDA released revised language for the two proposed rules detailing standards for farms that grow fresh produce (fruits and vegetables) and for facilities that process food for people to eatRead the proposed rules here, public comments are due by December 15th.  

News and Events
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National Food Day: October 24th
In leiu of our regular monthly meeting, we enourage everyone to check out the Food Day website and attend an event in your community, or join FaHN at the Tioga County Food Day Festival in Owego, NY where we will be demonstrating how to cook a varierty of delicious winter squash recipies! The free event will feature food demos, lots of tastings, activities for familes, free grocery raffles and much more. 

2014 Tioga County Food Day Festival
Time: Oct. 24th, 3:30 - 6:30PM
Location: Owego Elks Lodge, 223 Front Street, Owego, NY 
13th Annual Taste of Tioga 
October 10th, 2014
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Owego Treadway Inn, 1100 New York 17C, Owego, NY 
CHOW Hunger Walk 2014 
October 19, 2014
Registration at 1:00PM 
Binghamton University 
Farm Catskills Harvest Days  

October 22
Delaware Academy & Central School, 2 Sheldon Drive, Delhi
Produce Safety Alliance Webinar on the Proposed Produce Rule Supplemental
October 23rd, 2:00-3:00PM 
2014 NESAWG It Takes a Region Conference
Nov. 11 &12 (pre-conference session Nov 10th) 
Saratoga Springs, NY
Cornell Agribusiness Strategic Marketing Conference  
November 11 & 12 
Canandaigua, NY 
Grants, Opportunities, and Resources

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. 

Beginning Women Farmers: Whole Farm Planning Program with CADE and Central NY RC&D, Applications are due October 15, 2014. Learn more here.

Rodale Institute - Your 2 Cents Fund
Grant applications accepted August 1 - December 31, 2014. View the RFP here.

Organic Certification Cost Reimbursement Funds,
Applications should be submitted as soon as possible, but no later than October 31, 2014. Learn more.

Whole Kids Foundation, School Garden Grants. Application open September 1- October 31, 2014. Learn more.

2015 Northeast SARE Partnership Grants, Application due November 4, 2014. Learn more.

USDA Rural Community Development Initiative Grants, Application due November 12, 2014. Learn more.

Farm Credit East AgEnhancement Grant, Applications due December 1, 2014. Learn more.

2015 Northeast SARE Farmer Grants, Applications due December 2, 2014. Learn more.

USDA Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant Program, Applications due December 15, 2014. Learn more

EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Program, Applications due December 15, 2014. Learn more.

Rural Health Service Corps - Full and part time opportunities, 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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