August Updates & Opportunities

Conferences and Events

  • 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.
  • West Virginia Organic Agriculture Research Farm Field Day, August 7, 2014, Morgantown, West Virginia. West Virginia University’s Organic Agriculture Research Farm is among the largest certified organic research farms dedicated to teaching, research, and outreach. Find out more here.
  • Organic Seed Field Day and Training, Waynesville, North Carolina, August 12, 2014. Join Organic Seed Alliance, Cornell University, and North Carolina State University for an organic seed field day and training at the Mountain Research Station. The day-long field day will include results from cucurbit variety trials that are helping researchers identify Downy Mildew resistance. Click here to find out more.
  • 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.
  • Harvest Conference, September 5-6, 2014, Asheville, North Carolina. Organic Growers School presents the Harvest Conference, an event with a focus on the fall growing season, harvesting, canning, growing, gardening, energy, cooking, and more. Presentations are offered in six tracks, and there are whole-day and half-day preconference workshops offered. Find out more 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. 

 

Webinars

  • Regional Food Hubs: Strengthening Farm to School Procurement, August 12, 2014, 1pm. Presented by the Wallace Center, this webinar will focus on regional food hubs and their ability to bridge the gap between local farms and school systems. The presentation will include a discussion of food hub characteristics and their role in the farm-to-school supply chain; a closer look at how one food hub is successfully connecting small farmers to their local public school system; and an overview of resources to help you locate food hubs in your area and strategies for engaging them with school food service programs. Click here to register.
  • 

Introduction to MarketLink: Are you eligible to receive a free SNAP/EBT system for your market? 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 

3-4:30 pm. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) launched MarketLink, a website that provides farmers markets and direct-marketing farmers with a one-stop-shop to become an authorized SNAP vendor and take advantage of USDA funding to obtain free or low-cost equipment and wireless services. Up to $4 million in grants for SNAP/EBT technology solutions will be available through this program for eligible markets through September 30, 2014. Wholesome Wave and Farmers Market Coalition are co-hosting this free webinar to address your unanswered questions about MarketLink. Click here to register. Please contact Liz at FMC at liz@farmersmarketcoalition.org, with any questions on the webinar.
  • Growing and Funding Equitable Food Hubs, August 14, 2014, 2-3 pm. Healthy Food Access Portal will host an interactive webinar on how you can develop an equitable food hub in your own community. Presenters will highlight how their food hub operations are creating a more equitable and inclusive food system and discuss lessons learned and strategies for success. Click here to register.
  • Food Hubs as Strategies For Improving Food Access, August 14, 2pm. Food hubs have gained momentum as an innovative retail strategy to expand healthy food access in low income communities by creating direct linkages between food growers and producers to consumers. This webinar will explore the experiences of three organizations involved in the work of creating equitable food hubs in California, North Carolina, and the Delaware Valley region. Speakers will discuss lessons learned, strategies for success, resources, and important considerations for establishing an equitable food hub in your community. Register here.

 

Funding Opportunities

  • Food and Farm Communications Fund is accepting letters of inquiry from U.S. nonprofit organizations for grants from $10,000 to $100,000 for projects that expand the good food movement’s communications capacity. Proposals are evaluated against a set of specific goals and outcomes. Find out more hereLetters of inquiry are due by September 1, 2014.