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November, 2014 E-NewsletterLike us on Facebook 
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From Seedling to Fruit:

How you can Help Grow the Food and Health Network of South Central New York

Since 2005, The Food and Health Network of S.C.N.Y has worked towards creating a more vital, healthy, and just regional food system. As the network has grown so have our goals, and we need your help this year to reach our $10,000 membership and sponsorship campaign goal. 
In the upcoming year we are excited to increase our work around policy and advocacy, improved communications, and collaborative resource development. FaHN will work to improve summer food access for kids, continue to support Farm to Institution in SCNY, host educational programming, and release new updates to sections of the Regional Food System Assessment. 
Everyone is a food system stakeholder, and we invite you to join FaHN as a 2015 member or sponsor. Become a member or sponsor at the BITE into Our Region event on Friday, November 7th and you will also receive your choice of seeds or handmade local beeswax candles. Learn more and join here!

This year we have a special new addition to the campaign, thanks to four local food businesses. As a reward for your help, we are offering unique prizes for the top two member and top two sponsor recruiters!  


Black Bear Winery: A four person tour and tasting at the unique Black Bear Winery, a fruit winery nestled in a warm cabin in a beautiful part of Broome County. The types of wine change by the month and there is always a new taste to discover with owners Sandy and Mark Stacey.   
Finger Lakes Distilling: A four person tour and tasting at the one and only Finger Lakes  Distillery, a NYS Farm Distilling. Brian McKenzie and Earl McKenzie both share a passion for spirits and decided to work  together to create a distillery on the shores of Seneca Lake.   

Brewery Ommegang: A four person tour and tasting at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, the town that once was the king of hop production. The brewery was built back in 1997 on 136 acres of land that once was a hop farm. It was actually the first farmstead brewery to be built in the United States in over 100 years!


Finger Lakes Tea: A four person tour and tasting at the only tea farm in the Finger Lakes. Mark and Lily are passionate about tea and are excited to share it with all those folks who are also curious about the production and art of tea.  


      We would like to thank all those organizations who have been kind enough to offer these prizes to the Food and Health Network. We are truly grateful for your contributions! Contact [email protected] to learn more. 

Farm to School and Institution Survey for NYS Producers
Growing Food Connections Policy Database
The "Sustaining Farm to School in New York State" pilot program is administering a survey to New York State produce growers to learn more about producers' participation in farm to school and other institutions. The survey will also gauge current needs, interests, opportunities, and barriers associated with participating in farm to school and farm to institution in New York State. The results from this survey will inform our projects and ultimately assist interested growers to take advantage of institutional market demand.

If you are a produce farmer in NYS, we would greatly appreciate your time in completing this 15-minute survey. If you are an agricultural service provider, we would greatly appreciate your time in distributing this survey to produce farmers in your area. Take the survey here:
The deadline is Wednesday, November 19, 2014. Please contact Rose Zonetti with questions. 
The database is a searchable collection of local public policies that explicitly support community food systems. This database provides concrete examples of local public policies that have been adopted to address a range of food systems issues. Search the database.

Students and Community Leaders talk Farm to Institution at Binghamton University on National Food Day  

On October 24th, the Food and Health Network hosted a panel at Binghamton University as part of "Food Week 2014." The focus was on Farm to Institution, emphasizing efforts to bring locally grown food to larger institutions such as schools, prisons, hospitals, and colleges. Read the full article here to learn more. 
News and Events
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 BITE into Our Region! FaHN Film Premier and Pie Contest
Friday, November 7th from 6:00 - 9:00PM
RiverRead Books, 5 Court Street, Binghamton, NY

To celebrate the release of a new short video on the Food and Health Network, FaHN is hosting a pie contest and tasting event at RiverRead Books during Binghamton's First Friday. In addition to lots of tasty pie to eat, The North Brewery will be on site offering samples of their beer, and there will be mulled wine and apple cider. The video will be shown at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30PM, and there will be food and agriculture related artwork on display by Binghamton University students.

Each pie slice is 1 ticket to sample. Tickets are one (1) for $1 or six (6) for $5 and will be sold at the door. All proceeds will support FaHN's work to support a thriving regional food system. Love Baking? It's not too late to submit a pie to the contest! Learn more about the event and how to submit a pie here.

Save the Date: Food and Health Network Annual Planning Meeting 
Thursday, December 11th, 3-6PM with a potluck dinner to follow at 6:00PM
Broome County Council of Churches, 3 Otseningo St, Binghamton
2014 NESAWG It Takes a Region Conference 
Nov 11 & 12th 
Saratoga Springs, NY 
Cornell Agribusiness Strategic Marketing Conference 
Nov 11 & 12 
Canandaigua, NY 
VINES Annual Fall Fundraiser 
November 15th, 3 - 5:30PM  
97-101 Court St, Binghamton

"Understanding Hunger in Tompkins County" A FeedingOurFuture Network Session 

Nov 18, 6-9PM

GreenStar's "The Space," Ithaca

Email here for more info. 

Agricultural Funding Opportunities Forum
Nov 21, 9:30AM - 1:00PM
CCE-Broome, 840 Upper Front St, Binghamton
Dairy Value-Added Production Meeting 
December 8th, 11:00AM 
CADE Office, 5 Elm St, Oneonta
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. 

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

Share Our Strength - No Kid Hungry Social Innovation Fund Campaign, Letter of Intent Due December 1, 2014. Read the RFP here.
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.

Food Safety Modernization Act, Deadline for public comment on the revised Produce Safety Rule and Preventive Controls Rule is December 15, 2014. Visit the FDA or National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition to learn more.

Program Educator (Horticulture) - CCE Broome,
view the position here.

4-H Lead/ Youth Environment Coordinator - CCE Broome,
view the position here.
Dairy / Livestock Resource Educator - CCE Delaware, view the position here. 

Groundswell Education Program Manager, view the position here.

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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