July Updates and Opportunities

Conferences and Events

  • Fruit Drying Workshop, July 8, 2014, Kearneysville, WV. WVU Jefferson County Extension is hosting a fruit drying workshop that will explore topics including product and process development, ingredients, product safety, and storage and handling. The workshop costs $15.00 and will be held at the Jefferson Co. Public Services Center in Kearneysville from 8:30am- 3:30 pm on Tuesday July 8. For more information or to register by July 3, contact April Blaker by phone at 304-728-7413 ext. 0, or by email at alblaker@mail.wvu.edu.
  • Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Conference, August 3-4, 2014, Raleigh, NC. Registration begins May 1st for the Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Conference. Registration and more information will be available here.
  • UALE Southern Women’s Worker School, August 14-17, 2014, New Market, TN. Join women from across the South and Appalachia, from labor unions and non-traditional worker organizing groups, to develop leadership skills and share strategies to strengthen worker organizing. For more information click here.
  • ASAP’s 2014 Farm Tour, September 20-21, 2014, western North Carolina.  Visit over 30 Appalachian Grown certified farms in Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, McDowell, Rutherford, and Yancey Counties of Western North Carolina on a self-guided driving tour.  Find more information and purchase tickets here.
  • American Farmland Trust’s National Conference, Oct 20-22, Lexington, KY, The Farmland, Food and Livable Communities conference focuses on farming, land use, and food policy. If you have an interest in the impact that land use has on food systems, economic development, job creation, and agricultural viability, visit the conference website here. 


  • Everyone Plays a Part! Exploring the New Standards of Professional Performance in Sustainable, Resilient, and Healthy Food and Water Systems, July 10, 2014, 3-4pm. The Academy recently adopted new Standards of Professional Performance (SOPP) in Sustainable, Resilient, and Healthy Food and Water Systems. Issues of sustainability and resilience apply to all aspects of nutrition and dietetics practice, can be practiced at both the program and systems level, and are broader than any one specific practice setting or individual intervention. This webinar explores the new SOPP, how Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) in different areas of practice are applying the SOPP to their work, and resources available to support applying the SOPP to your practice. Register here: http://www.eatright.org/dpgevents
  • Food Hubs, July 31, 2014, 12-1pm.  Ohio State University is hosting a free webinar titled “Food Hubs” led by Tom Snyder, manager of OSU South Center’s Ohio Cooperative Development Center. Pre-registration is not necessary.  Participate in the webinar at this link.

Internships and Jobs

  • Alderson Community Food Hub Americorps Position, Greenbrier Valley, WV.  The Alderson Community Food Hub is a grass-roots organization that strives to connect food producers and consumers in West Virginia’s Greenbrier Valley, provide access to nutritious food, and cultivate awareness of sustainable food systems.The AmeriCorps volunteer will serve to build the Food Hub’s capacity and to meet the needs of local producers and consumers. For more information or to apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Fritz Boettner at fritzboettner@gmail.com.

Funding Opportunities

  • Grant for Impacting Food Deserts: Deadline: July 21.  The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS) will award up to $9.5 million in grants for community-based efforts to improve health and economic well being for people who live in food deserts. Awards range from $100,000-$800,000 per grant period. Non-profits with projects focused on improving access to and purchase of healthy foods or the creation of employment and food-related business opportunities in low-income communities are encouraged to apply.  Click here for the RFA.