November Updates & Oppotunities

Conferences and Events 

  • ASAP’s 2014 Farm to School Conference. November 1, 2014. Asheville, North Carolina. The Farm to School Conference is designed to provide school staff and community members the training and resources needed to implement successful farm to school programs. This year’s conference will offer multiple workshop sessions geared specifically for teachers, early childhood educators, parents, community health professionals, and child nutrition staff. Tracks include gardening, community connections, preschool, and cafeteria. Click here to learn more.

 

  • VC2 West Virginia Wholesale Success Workshop. Nov 7 Beckley, Nov 8 Tygart Valley, Locations TBA. At the request of local organizations, VC2 is excited to host the seasoned trainer and wholesale farmer Atina Diffley from the organization familyfarmed.org, an initiative of the USDA. Diffley will present the acclaimed Wholesale Success training on Nov 7 in the Beckley region and on Nov. 8 in the Tygart Valley region. This training will support growers to be successful in wholesale through the following components: maintaining product quality and food safety through cooling, curing, and cleaning produce; packing shed design; grading and packaging; and more! Whether you are already selling to restaurants, schools, hospitals, or other wholesale channels, or just wanting to improve your practices to have better products for the farmers market, this nationally-known training is not one to miss! Exact locations TBA. For more information and to be included in future outreach, contact Mary Oldham at maryoldham@vc2.org.

 

  • Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Sustainable Agriculture Conference. November 10-12, Greenville, SC.The Sustainable Agriculture Conference brings together those new to the movement and experienced veterans to network and collaborate. There is no place like the Sustainable Agriculture Conference to learn from the experts about cutting-edge techniques and innovative programs and to connect with others who are just as passionate about rebuilding a healthy, local foodshed from seed to plate. This conference will feature opportunities to connect with sustainable ag farmers, non-profits, extension agents, higher ed. Experts, exhibitors, activists and more with 55 workshops, 3 pre-conference tours to innovative farms and restaurants, 9 hands-on intensives and 2 get-your-hands-dirty off-site learning opportunities. More information and registration details can be found here.

 

  • Slow Money National Gathering. Nov 10-12, Lexington, KY. Slow Money gatherings are a new venue for field building, investing, and social change. The event features food entrepreneurs who are leading the way rebuilding local food systems, along with many renowned thought leaders in agriculture, investing, and philanthropy. More information and registration information is available here.

 

  • Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Sustainable Agriculture Conference. November 10-12 – Greenville, SC. The Sustainable Agriculture Conference brings together those new to the movement and experienced veterans to network and collaborate. The Sustainable Agriculture Conference enables attendees to learn from the experts about cutting-edge techniques and innovative programs and to connect with others who are just as passionate about rebuilding a healthy, local foodshed from seed to plate. The conference will feature opportunities to connect with sustainable ag farmers, non-profits, extension agents, higher ed. experts, exhibitors, activists and more with 55 workshops, 3 pre-conference tours to innovative farms and restaurants, 9 hands-on intensives and 2 get-your-hands-dirty off-site learning opportunities. More information and registration details can be found on CFSA’s website.

 

  • 2014 Fuller Symposium. November 12, 2014. National Geographic Society’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Free & open to the public. The entire symposium will be live streamed on WWF’s website. The 2014 Fuller Symposium, Whole Planet, Full Plate: Finding ways to feed the world sustainably, will discuss how we can freeze the footprint of food while still nourishing billions. It will bring together thought leaders in science, policy, conservation, business and development to explore the challenges and opportunities for conservation with respect to our food systems. Find out more by clicking here.

 

  • Appalachian Farmers Market Association Annual Conference. November 15, 2014. Abingdon, Virginia. This event will combine a conference, seed swap, and winter market. The conference features a full day of informative workshops geared toward crop production, food preparation, and specialty crops. The keynote speaker is Tony Kleese. Click here for details.

 

  • Farm Dreams Workshop. November 22, 2014. Asheville, North Carolina. Farm Dreams is an entry level, five-hour, exploratory workshop designed to help people who are seeking practical, common sense information on whether sustainable farming is the next step for them, and how to move forward. This is a great workshop to attend if you are in the exploratory stages of getting started farming. Click here to learn more.

 

  • Virginia Farm-to-Table Conference. December 2-3 – Weyers Cave, VA. The theme for this year’s Virginia Farm-to-Table Conference is “Nutrition, Health and Sustainability from the Ground Up!” The conference will continue to encourage collaboration, conservation, and community in Virginia’s local food movement. Day one will focus on soil and community health and day two will focus on scale, ethics, and markets. An in-depth soil biology training will be offered concurrently with the conference track on scale, ethics, and markets. Learn more and register for the conference by clicking here. 

 

Webinars

  • Building Farm to Institution Markets Webinar. November 6, 2014. Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Renewing the Countryside, and Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota are presenting a one-hour webinar and survey to help Minnesota food producers grow. This webinar provides an introduction to farm to institution practices and benefits. It will focus on how the needs of the producer can be matched with the needs of the buyer, accessing the potential of this rapidly expanding market channel. Click here to learn more about this webinar.

 

Funding Opportunities

  • Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund—High School. Applications must be submitted by November 15, 2014. This program is offering ten grants of $1,000 each through a partnership with Future Farmers of America (FFA), for individuals to complete organic Supervised Agriculture Experience projects nationally. Applicants must currently be in grades 7-12, members of FFA, with demonstrated financial need. Click here for details.

 

  • First Nations Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship Program. Application deadline: November 17, 2014First Nations Development Institute launched a new scholarship program to encourage more Native American college students to enter the agricultural sector in Native communities. First Nations will award six $1,000 scholarships annually to Native American college students majoring in agriculture and related fields. Check out complete information and a link to the online application.

 

  • Southern SARE On-Farm Research Grants. Proposal submission deadline is November 17, 2014. Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) program has released a call for proposals for on-farm research grants, intended for agricultural professionals throughout the Southern region. Agriculture professionals in Cooperative Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service, universities, NGOs, and government and non-government organizations who regularly work with farmers/ranchers are invited to apply for a grant that affords them the opportunity to conduct on-farm research in sustainable agriculture. Applicants must work with at least one farmer/rancher on the project. On-Farm Research Grants may be funded up to two years for a project maximum of $15,000. Click here to learn more.

 

  • Southern SARE Producer Grants. Proposal submission deadline is November 17, 2014. Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education has issued a call for proposals for the 2014 Producer Grants, intended for farmers/ranchers and farmer/rancher organizations throughout the Southern region. Producer Grants are used to conduct sustainable agriculture research projects that solve agricultural production challenges farmers face and to develop information on what works and what doesn’t so that other farmers and ranchers facing those same challenges can benefit from the results of the funded project. Projects may be funded for up to two years for a project maximum of $10,000 for an individual producer or $15,000 for a producer organization. . Click here for more information.

 

  • Extension Risk Management Education Competitive Grants Program. Application deadline: November 17, 2014. The four regional Extension Risk Management Education (ERME) Centers (Southern, Western, Northeast and North Central) request applications for grants up to $50,000 through the Extension Risk Management Education Competitive Grants Program. The four regional Centers anticipate awarding a total of approximately 60 new grants from this announcement. The ERME program provides funding for results and outcome-based risk management education projects designed to help producers learn and use tools and approaches that can reduce the adverse effects of the uncertainties of weather, yields, prices, credit, government policies, global markets, and other factors, including human resources and legal issues. Click here to access the southern grant program.

 

  • American Pastured Poultry Producers Association Scholarship. Application deadline: December 15, 2014. The American Pastured Poultry Producers Association (APPPA) is now accepting applications for its annual $500 scholarship/gift. The scholarship will be awarded to an individual, farm, or organization that can demonstrate an educational need directly related to pastured poultry. Full details can be found here.

 

  • Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Program. Applications are due December 15, 2014.USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is making up to $31.5 million in funding available to help participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) more easily afford healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. The Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) program, a new Farm Bill program, brings together stakeholders from distinct parts of the food system and fosters understanding of how they might improve the nutrition and health status of SNAP households. Applications are requested in each of the following three categories: (1) FINI pilot projects (awards not to exceed $100,000 over one year); (2) multi-year, community-based FINI projects (awards not to exceed $500,000 over no more than four years); and (3) multi-year, FINI large-scale projects (awards of $500,000 or more over no more than four years). Click here to learn more.

 

  • Environmental Justice Small Grants Program. Application deadline: December 15, 2014. The Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program administered by the Environmental Protection Agency provides funding for eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and public health issues within an affected community. The EJSG Program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. The long-term goals of the EJSG Program are to help build the capacity of communities with environmental justice concerns and to create self-sustaining, community-based partnerships that will continue to improve local environments in the future. The fiscal year 2015 program will consider proposals supporting community-based preparedness and resilience efforts (community climate resiliency). The goal is to recognize the critical role of localized efforts in helping communities shape climate change strategies to avoid, lessen, or delay the risks and impacts associated with climate change. More information can be found here.

 

  • Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America Safety Grants Program. Application deadline: January 7, 2015. Grants up to $10,000 are being offered by the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA), a national coalition of agribusinesses, producer organizations, and safety professionals in order to foster new champions of agricultural safety and health. The purpose of the ASHCA Safety Grants Program is to provide financial support to promote evidence-based safety/health strategies addressing farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers. Full details can be found here.

 

  • Sow It Forward Garden Grants Program. Application deadline is January 9, 2015. Sow It Forward is the grants and partnership program of Kitchen Gardeners International. The grant is for nonprofit causes or organizations (schools, 501c3s, food banks, community gardens, colleges, libraries, prisons, senior programs, etc.) interested in starting or expanding food garden projects that are of general benefit to their community. The grants provide a combination of cash, supplies, and information resources. Click here for more information.

 

  • Ben & Jerry’s Foundation Grassroots Organizing for Social Change. Organizing for Social Change Program offers general or project support to non-profit organizations throughout the United States and is BJF’s most competitive grant program. BJF makes one-year grants for up to $20,000, to organizations with budgets under $500,000. Only organizations with 501(c)3 status, or who have a fiscal agent with this status are eligible to apply. Click here for more information.

 

  • Golden LEAF Foundation Open Grants Program. The Golden LEAF Foundation is committed to using the funds entrusted to it for projects that show the most potential for strengthening North Carolina’s long-term economy, especially in tobacco-dependent, economically distressed, and/or rural communities. In the Open Grants Program, Golden LEAF’s grantmaking is focused in the areas of Agriculture, Job Creation, and Retention and Workforce Preparedness. In agriculture, Golden LEAF sees particular promise in the areas of value-added processing, market expansion, and projects targeting alternative crops, livestock, and aquaculture. Eligible applicants are governmental entities and 501 (c)(3) non-profit organizations. First, applicants complete a letter of inquiry. Applications are reviewed on a bi-monthly basis. Click here for more information.

 

  • Cedar Tree Foundation. Letters of inquiry are accepted at any time. The Cedar Tree Foundation is a small family fund whose grant making focuses on sustainable agriculture, environmental education, and environmental health. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals, but welcomes letters of inquiry for U.S.-based work from non-profit organizations working within its program areas. Click here to learn more.