Upcoming Regional Events and Resources: November

  1. Job Opportunities
    1. The West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition seeks a dynamic and committed individual to help build and support West Virginia’s rapidly growing local food system in the position of Program Coordinator. View the full job description.
    2. The NIFA funded, Appalachian Foodshed Project has a graduate research assistantship (Masters or PhD) position available beginning this January 2014 at VA Tech in Blacksburg, VA. This student will have the opportunity to work with community partners in southwest Virginia on issues of community food security. The deadline for letters of interest (with CV) is December 1st.  To be considered for the GRA students need to be accepted into the Graduate School; graduate school applications are due by January 1st. For more information about applying to graduate school click here. Please send a letter of interest with a resume or curriculum vita to Susan Clark (sfclark@vt.edu) by December 1, 2013. The review process will begin shortly thereafter and successful applications will be notified.
    3. The Organic Growers School in Asheville, NC seeks an Executive Director to start before December 1, 2013.  Responsibilities include program development and evaluation.  Click here for more information.
  2. Webinars
    1. a.      AFP Webinar: November 15, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Keeping Local Foods Affordable: An optional, open source farmers market lesson for SNAP-eligible populations by Meredith Ledlie Johnson, M.S.W and Sarah Misyak, M.S., Virginia Cooperative Extension and Virginia Tech
    2. November 4: A Qualitative Investigation of Teachers’ Information, Motivation, and Behavioral Skills for Increasing Fruits and Vegetables Consumption in Preschoolers by Suzie Goodell, PhD, RD, NC State University | Register
    3. November 11: Classroom Parties in United States Elementary Schools: The Potential for Policies to Reduce Student Exposure to Sugary Foods and Beverages by Lindsey Turner, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago | Register
    4. November 21, 2013: Assessment Tools for Improving Farmer Financial Skills – an NGFN webinar | Register
    5. December 12: Food Banks as Regional “Good Food” Partners – an NGFN Webinar | Register
  3. Conferences
    1. Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s: 28th Annual Sustainable Ag Conference. Nov. 15-17, 2013 in Durham, NC. Agenda and Registration
    2. Virginia Farm to Table Conference: Healthy Food and Vibrant Farms for the Common Wealth and Common Good. Dec. 4-5, 2013 in Weyers Cave, VA. Information and Registration
    3. NGFN Food Hub Collaboration National Food Hub Conference. March 26-28, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. Proceedings from the 2012 National Food Hub Conference.
  4. Other Opportunities
    1. Agriculture Innovation Prize Launched: Are you an undergraduate or graduate student in the United States with an idea that could improve the global food system? A 2-page business plan, and a presentation with up to 10 slides, could win you the first Agricultural Innovation Prize. Proposals are due 28 February. A first round of judging will select 25 teams, which will then be matched to mentors from academia, industry, or government to help them expand the pitch. On 25 April, five teams will be awarded prizes ranging from $15,000 to $100,000.
    2. WealthWorks Training for Coaches and Coordinators: WealthWorks is a systems approach to development that connects community assets to meet market demand in ways that build lasting livelihoods and upward mobility. Full Training: December 2013 to September 2014. View the training brochure or register now for the full training.
    3. Tell the FDA how you feel about the new Food Safety Modernization Act. The US Food and Drug Administration has proposed new rules this year that will impact how fresh fruits and vegetables are grown and processed in the US. As written the rules will directly impact family farmers and sustainable and organic farming. Use the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s FSMA website to learn more, and for templates for crafting your comments. The comment period deadline is November 15, 2013.