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Food Project's e-BLAST Bulletin #3

  • Subject: [cg] Food Project's e-BLAST Bulletin #3
  • From: Amanda Blaine <ablaine@thefoodproject.org>
  • Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2004 18:09:57 -0500

BLAST (Building Local Agricultural Systems Today) is The Food Project's
national initiative to train the next generation of youth and adults working
together for sustainable food systems. More on The Food Project:
We hope you enjoy The Food Project's third BLAST Bulletin, the e-BLAST.  As
we hear about useful and exciting happenings in our field, we share them
every six weeks. Listings will not be re-posted, so each one has new
information that you won¹t see here again! Please forward this e-BLAST to
If you have questions, comments or items you want included in a future
e-BLAST, please contact Anim Steel at 617-442-1322 or
*****IN THIS ISSUE (for complete descriptions, please scroll down)*****
1. Farming for credit:
2. BLAST Network Northeast Regional Dinner and Meeting: 4/16 Boston MA
3. Eating As A Moral Act Symposium 4/25 ­ 4/27 University of NH
4. Call For Presentations - American Community Gardening Assoc Conference
5. "One-stop" shop for federal grant information
6. W.K. Kellogg Foundation¹s Food and Society Request for Pre-proposals
7. Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Prog: help available from CFSC
8. Young Eco-Hero Award
9. Yoshiyama Award for Community Service for High School Seniors
10. Oxfam: Food Systems Leadership Training for College Students
11. "Growing Your Food System From the Ground Up" Workshops at Growing Power
12. Direct Action & Research Training Center Organizers Institute
13. Community Food Assessment Prog. Coord. ­ CFSC (CA)
14. The Food Project: new positions available (MA)
15. Community Nutrition Coordinator - Food $ense (WA)
16. VISTA Volunteer - CARE Food Security Program (OR)
17. Sacramento Hunger Commission -  2 VISTA Positions (CA)
18. Shelburne Farms ­ multiple positions available (VT)
19. Agro-Ecology Educator & Program Facilitator ­ CSA Learning Center (IL)
20. Adamah: Jewish Organic Farming Fellowship (CT)

21. Urgent! Act now to save a vital govt program for sustainable ag!
22. Submit your Food/Garden/Agriculture Art
23. Academic credit for youth food systems work? Seeking examples or advice
24. Building a Sustainable Business Guide
25. E-newsletter on professional development in youth development field
26. Visions for a 21st Century Ag: Bioneers Food & Farming Interview Series
27. Local Food Toolkit

³Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power,
and magic in it.² - Goethe
1.Farming for Credit

At colleges and universities across  the country, students are finding--and
founding--opportunities to make sustainable agriculture part of a
well-rounded education. Many go on to farm organically in real life.

By Laura Sayre , New Farm senior writer

2. BLAST Northeast Regional Meeting and Dinner
April 16, 2004 (same day as The Food Project¹s Urban Agriculture Conference)
6 ­ 8 PM (Dinner will be provided)
Boston, MA (exact location TBA)
Share a fun and productive dinner with other people from the northeast
region working with youth and food systems. This is a chance for people from
groups that engage youth in food systems work, or are looking to engage
youth in their work, to get together, eat, and do some planning. We will
talk about a coordinated Action Day, a regional tour, site visits, and we
will plan the fall meeting (hosted by a different group in the network).
Youth, young adults, and adults are welcome.
Space is limited, so please RSVP to Anim at The Food Project at
asteel@thefoodproject.org <mailto:asteel@thefoodproject.org>  or
617-442-1322 ext. 17.
3. Eating As A Moral Act: Ethics And Power From Agrarianism To Consumerism
University of New Hampshire
April 25-27, 2004
Join us to explore the provocative connections among eating, ethics and the
ability of citizens and communities to shape a sustainable food system
through their food choices. This symposium will examine the underlying
questions of justice and morality within the food and farming system through
panel sessions and featured lectures.
The symposium will include: Interdisciplinary panel session that will span
topics ranging from "Corporate Imperialism: Eclipsingthe Family Farm" to
"Eating the Future? EducationalImplications" and "The Morality and Reform of
Food:Religious and Philosophical Issues"; featured lectures by Brother David
Andrews, Dana & LauraJackson, Sidney Mintz, Marion Nestle and Sandy
informal networking opportunities; and meals featuring locally and
organically producedfoods.
The symposium registration fee of $100 will include all symposium sessions
and some meals.
For more information and to register, visit our website
4. Call for Presentations - American Community Gardening Association
³Gardens of Diversity, Growing Across Cultures²
Friday October 1 - Sunday October 3, 2004
Toronto, Ontario
The American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) is a non-profit
organization of professionals and volunteers who seek to promote community
gardening and greening to improve the quality of life.
Each year, our conference gathers people from all over North America and
other parts of the world who are engaged in all aspects of gardening and
greening activities.  This conference offers a unique opportunity to share
challenges and solutions and to learn from each other.  The conference
includes panel discussions, keynote speakers, hands-on workshops, and visits
to botanical sites and community gardens.
This year¹s conference theme, ³Gardens of Diversity, Growing Across
Cultures² is especially significant for Toronto, one of the world¹s most
diverse cities. Join us in celebrating that diversity as we honour the
ACGA¹s  25 years of promoting community gardening. Your contribution will
help to create a future in which every community blooms!
 For additional conference information visit our website at
www.communitygarden.org <http://www.communitygarden.org/> .
(From: Laura Berman laura@foodshare.net <mailto:laura@foodshare.net> )

***Please contact us at The Food Project if you apply for one of these
grants or awards. We would love to know, and of course we¹d love to
celebrate you if your application is successful!***
5. "One-stop" shop for federal grant information

 Organizations interested in federal grants can now visit one Web site to
find application materials and other related information.

The Health and Human Services Department announced the
completion of Grants.gov, a site providing "one-stop" grants shopping.
The site includes information about more than 800 grant opportunities at
26 agencies, according to HHS. The site includes a feature for subscribing
to receive grant announcements.

<http://www.grants.gov/ <http://www.grants.gov/> >
(Forwarded by Frazier.Tasha@epamail.epa.gov
<mailto:Frazier.Tasha@epamail.epa.gov> )

6. W.K. Kellogg Foundation¹s Food and Society Policy Cluster Request for
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), requests pre-proposals for collaborative
public policy projects supportive of the broad goals and objectives of its
Food and Society (FAS) Initiative.  Prospective grantees should propose
innovative work plans and partnership structures designed to promote public
policies that will bring about a more sustainable and healthy future for the
United States agriculture and food system. A total of approximately $5
million will be granted over multiple years.
For more information: http://www.wkkf.org/Programming/NewsList.aspx?CID=4)
7. Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants Program ­ help available
from CFSC

Due April 14
Funding will support efforts to improve food access and build self reliance.
The Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants Program provides the
major funding source for community-based food and agriculture projects in
the U.S. Approximately $4.6 million in grant funds will be available in
The 2004 Request for Applications (RFA) available at:
The Community Food Projects website has more information and summaries of
funded projects: http://www.reeusda.gov/crgam/cfp/community.htm. For more
information on the program, contact Liz Tuckermanty at
etuckermanty@csrees.usda.gov or (202) 205-0241.
Help from CFSC - The Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) offers the
following free services to help you understand the Community Food Projects
(CFP) program and submit a strong proposal. Thanks to the CFP program for
supporting these services!
If you are considering submitting a proposal, we strongly recommend that you
start early, as collaborative proposals involving multiple stakeholders
require significant planning time.
1) One-on-One Assistance to CFP Grant Applicants
2) Community Food Projects Planning Guide and Other Information
Contact: Community Food Security Coalition, http://www.foodsecurity.org
<http://www.foodsecurity.org/> , cfsc@foodsecurity.org
<mailto:cfsc@foodsecurity.org> , (310) 822-5410.

8. Young Eco-Hero Award

Due February 29, 2004

Action for Nature (AFN) is seeking applications from students 8 to 16 for
its 2004 Eco-Hero Awards Program.  This program recognizes the individual
accomplishments of young people who have carried out environmental action
projects.  Projects must concern environmental action, advocacy, protection,
or research. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Last year¹s award winners include Lindsay Carlson and Brandee Von Donsel,
California girls who sat in their favorite tree to prevent the utility
company from cutting it down; Rafia Saleem, a Pakistani girl, who spoke out
and wrote about the dangers that Pakistani youth face due to the
contamination of drinking water; and Nathan Yaussy, an Ohio youth who
studied snakes.

Action for Nature is an environmental, education and advocacy non-profit
that encourages young people to take personal action to better the
environment, and to foster love and respect for nature.  Based in San
Francisco, California, the board and staff of Action for Nature believe that
the long-term health of our planet requires that young people learn the
importance of loving and respecting the natural world.

Go to http://www.actionfornature.org/eco-hero/index.html
<http://www.actionfornature.org/eco-hero/index.html> for guidelines
and an application form.

Contact information: Action For Nature, awards@actionfornature.org
<mailto:awards@actionfornature.org> , www.actionfornature.org
9. Yoshiyama Award for Community Service for High School Seniors

Due April 1
A program of the Hitachi Foundation, the Yoshiyama Award annually honors up
to twelve high school seniors from around the country for their
community-service activities. The award is accompanied by a gift of $5,000,
dispensed over two years. Recipients may use the award at their discretion.
The award is not a scholarship. Recipients are invited to participate in a
special award ceremony in Washington, D.C., and a retreat with other
awardees -- activities designed to allow recipients to exchange ideas and
strategies, develop a network, and increase their leadership skills and
knowledge of effective social change. High school seniors from the U.S. and
its territories are eligible to be nominated. Award selection is based on
the significance and extent of the nominee's service to the community, and
not on grade point averages, SAT scores, or school club memberships.
Nominees need not be college bound. Students must be nominated for the
award. The foundation accepts nominations on annual basis from people
directly familiar with the nominee's service, such as community leaders,
service providers, teachers, school principals, and/or members of the
clergy. Nominators are encouraged to keep the nominations confidential.
Self- and parental nominations are automatically disqualified. For more
information, visit: www.hitachi.org/yoshiyama/index.html.
(From Youth Service America's National Service Briefing on SERVEnet.org)
10. Oxfam: Food Systems Leadership Training for College Students
Applications due April 1
Oxfam America offers US college students entering their sophomore or junior
year leadership training and the opportunity to become agents of change.
Exposed to the international development issues that inform Oxfam's work,
CHANGE Leaders apply their skills and insights to run Oxfam campaigns on
their campuses and in their communities.

Today, people are beginning to ask difficult questions about where their
food comes from, how their food is grown, and who benefits from food sales.

Oxfam America is also asking these questions about the globalization of
agriculture, and is examining the effects that this transformation will have
on the world¹s poor and voiceless. Oxfam America is dedicated to finding
long-term solutions to poverty, hunger, and social injustice around the
world. We do this by supporting local organizations in countries around the
world including the US that understand the specific needs of their
communities. Eradicating poverty and hunger though involves a coherent
effort on many fronts, from grassroots work in local communities to bringing
informed influence to bear on global policies. The Oxfam CHANGE Initiative,
now entering its 5th year, engages college students and their campuses in
this exciting and important work.

The CHANGE Initiative aims to develop capable and confident young leaders,
who are informed and active voices for positive social change, and who
inspire greater global awareness in others. Oxfam America is looking for a
diverse group of undergraduate students, rising sophomores and juniors,
committed to global social justice issues.  The students must have an
interest in issues such as Fair Trade Coffee, global hunger, international
trade and the buy local movement, and be willing to work on their campuses
and in their communities to create campaigns and educational opportunities.

Selected students are required to participate in a training in Boston, July
23-July 30th and to communicate regularly with Oxfam staff and each other
about the work they are undertaking on their campus. All costs for travel
and the training will be covered in full by Oxfam.

For information and applications: http://www.oxfamamerica.org/change
<http://www.oxfamamerica.org/change> .
11. "Growing Your Food System From the Ground Up" Workshops at Growing Power

A Two Day, Hands-On, Training Weekend Workshop

Saturdays and Sundays
March 20-21, 2004
April 3-4, 2004
May 1-2, 2004

Today, the Growing Power Inc. Community Food Center is the oldest working
farm and greenhouse in the city of Milwaukee. Now expanded to six
greenhouses, the facility is used to teach environmentally safe growing
techniques and showcase a wide variety of unique and profitable sustainable
growing systems to help inspire and enlighten all who come and visit.

Will Allen and the Growing Power Team have trained thousands of people­
Farmers, Youth, Educators, Restaurateurs, Activists, Students, Government
Employees and business people. Born to a farming family, Allen went to
school and played professional basketball before returning to his roots 20
years ago. Will is a Nationally recognized leader in Community Farm Centers
and Urban Agriculture. He sits on many councils and boards that are bringing
this emerging technology to the forefront.

Registration Information:
Cost is $225 (including 5 meals) payable at the workshop. please choose the
date and RSVP as soon as possible. Workshop space is limited.
Contact us at:
Growing Power Community Food Center
5500 W. Silver Spring Dr. Milwaukee, WI 53218
(414) 527-1546
(414) 527-1908
12. Direct Action & Research Training Center Organizers Institute
Due March 9
The Direct Action & Research Training Center is currently accepting
applications from folks interested in social and economic justice issues for
their paid, four-month community organizing training program.
The DART Organizers Institute is a combined classroom and field training
covering such topics as:
· Identifying and training local leaders
· Strategic planning and issue cutting
· Researching and targeting decision makers
· One-on-One relationship building
· Developing and training leaders to take successful Direct Action on issues
· Fund Raising for the long-haul
The DART Center, has built coalitions throughout the country that have won
Important victories on a broad set of justice issues including education
reform in low-performing public schools and living Wage campaigns.

The DART Organizers Institute combines a 7-day classroom orientation with 15
weeks of infield training at a DART host organization. This is a paid
training program that includes: a $6,500 living stipend, all transportation
costs to the classroom orientation and host city, and mileage reimbursement
during the infield training. Room, board, and tuition will also be paid by
DART during the 7-day classroom training. After successful completion of the
program, DART will work to place graduates into fulltime salaried positions.
Graduates from the four month DART Organizers Institute have gone onto
accept Executive Director and Associate Community Organizing positions
throughout the country making between 27 - 34,000 in starting salaries. We
continue to train the best of those working to build the power of
low-moderate income communities to win victories on important issues in
their community.
The program starts June 14, 2004 and runs through the end of September. Host
organizations are located in several cities throughout Florida, Ohio,
Michigan, Virginia, Kentucky, and Indiana. Applications are being accepted
now. No experience necessary, only life experience, willingness to learn,
and commitment to a career in organizing. People of color and Spanish
speaking applicants are encouraged to apply.
Contact Ben MacConnell, the Recruitment Director at:
You can also call him with questions: (785) 841-2680. To download our
applications or find out more about the DART center, check out our website:
13. Community Food Assessment Prog. Coord. ­ Community Food Security
Coalition (CA)
Initial Application Deadline March 5, 2004?Position Open Until Filled.
The Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC)* is hiring a Program
Coordinator for its California Community Food Assessment Program. This
program provides outreach, education, and support to assist groups working
in low-income communities with conducting community food assessments.  These
assessments bring together diverse community members to evaluate local
food-related resources and needs and to develop community-based initiatives
to address these needs.
The Program Coordinator works collaboratively with existing groups that work
in low-income communities in California. S/he will be supervised by the
CFSC's Training and Technical Assistance Program Director, and will work
closely with assessment consultants to provide assistance to community
groups. Specifically, the Program Coordinator will be responsible for:
- Conducting outreach to diverse organizations to promote food assessments.
- Supervising a half-time Organizer who will conduct outreach to
African-American faith communities.
- Organizing and presenting trainings, targeting organizations working in
low-income communities who are interested in initiating assessments.
- Following up with workshop participants to encourage communities to
implement assessments.
- Providing ongoing support to communities that choose to implement
assessments. This will include facilitating connections with experienced
assessment consultants, who will handle more technical issues.
- Facilitating information sharing and networking between groups conducting
assessments, through a statewide meeting and other methods.
- Incorporating policy issues into assessment projects and developing
strategies for using assessments to leverage broader change in the food
- Helping promote and distribute a guidebook and other food assessment
- Assisting evaluation consultant with conducting program evaluation.
*The Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) is a national coalition of
diverse people and organizations working to make good food accessible to
all. CFSC provides a comprehensive blend of education, networking, and
advocacy to further the efforts of grassroots groups to create effective
solutions from the ground up.  We have a diverse membership with 250
organizations from social and economic justice, anti-hunger, environmental,
community development, sustainable agriculture, community gardening and
other constituencies. For more information, see www.foodsecurity.org.
For more information: Community Food Security Coalition www.foodsecurity.org
14. The Food Project in Boston and Lincoln, MA: multiple positions available
- Program Coordinator for our Summer and Academic Year youth programs
serving 82 urban and suburban youth- (full-time, yr. round)
- Crew Leaders for our Summer Program (seasonal)
- Public Education Associate to work on our service learning program for
community volunteers and our experiential education programs for elementary
schoolers  (full-time yr. round)
- Urban Education & Outreach Coordinator to partner with teens in a
community organizing, environmental justice campaign in Dorchester
(full-time yr. round)
- Grants Manager (full-time, yr. round)
- Public Relations Associate (full-time - full-time yr. round)
The Food Project is a nationally recognized organization that engages youth
from Greater Boston in structured learning and service through food system
creation, sustainable agriculture, and community service.  We have offices
in Lincoln and Dorchester, Massachusetts. The Food Project works with over
100 teenagers and 1,700 volunteers annually to provide over 200,000 pounds
of fresh produce each year to shelters, soup kitchens, low-income farmers¹
markets, and a CSA program throughout Greater Boston. The Food Project is an
equal opportunity employer, and is committed to building a multicultural
staff community.
See <http://www.thefoodproject.org/newtfp/involved/employment.shtml>
 for detailed job descriptions.
Contact Josh Solomon at (781) 259-8621 x12 or at jobs@thefoodproject.org.
www.thefoodproject.org <http://www.thefoodproject.org/>
15. Community Nutrition Coordinator - Food $ense (WA)
This position is with the Washington State University Extension Food $ense
Nutrition Education program, located King County, Renton WA.
The goal of Food $ense is to improve the nutritional value of low-income
participants' diets through nutrition, cooking demonstrations, and wellness
education. Food $ense serves food stamp-eligible individuals and families
living in King County including: food bank clients, low-income housing
communities and seniors. Food $ense is expanding its outreach to food banks
in South King County. The Community Nutrition Coordinator is responsible for
coordinating nutrition education and food stamp outreach for food banks in
South King County and providing leadership in the development of a nutrition
network within King County.
 For more info, email: susie.hauck@metrokc.gov
16. VISTA Volunteer - CARE Food Security Program (OR)
Applications due by February 20, 2004.
Project Description: The VISTA volunteer will help build the capacity of the
CARE Food Security Program and the CARE Regional Food Bank to better serve
the need in Tillamook County:
Organization Description: The CARE Food Security Program is committed to
addressing the root causes of hunger and food security in beautiful, coastal
Tillamook County.  Through wide community coalitions, community gardening
programs and economic development projects, CARE takes a creative approach
to helping families and communities become more self-sufficient regarding
their food needs.
 Benefits:  AmeriCorps provides a living stipend to their volunteers as well
as heath care and childcare and a choice of either a $1200 cash stipend or a
$4700 education award at the conclusion of service.
Contact Leah Horowitz at Community Action Resource Enterprises, Inc. (CARE)
 (503) 842-5261 lhorowitz@careinc.org
Also check out the AmeriCorps website at https://recruit.cns.gov/index.asp
17. Sacramento Hunger Commission -  2 VISTA Positions (CA)
Deadline:  February 23, 2004
2 new positions to establish a youth mentoring project based on an edible
landscaping plant
1) Partnership and fund development
2) Garden/nursery development
Purpose: To develop the groundwork for a multi-faceted educational
experience for at-risk high school students, which will eventually provide
training in urban agriculture, landscape design, and business management.
The VISTA project will also serve as a catalyst for an
after-school garden program for elementary students at the site.
Contact Peggy Roark, Sacramento Hunger Commission:
18. Shelburne Farms ­ multiple positions available (VT)
- Summer Camp Educator
- Farm Educator
- Various apprenticeship and internship positions
Background: Shelburne Farms¹ mission is to develop a conservation ethic in
students, teachers and the general public in Vermont and around the world.
The goal of Shelburne Farms' School Programs is to increase awareness and
appreciation of natural and agricultural resources through hands-on, real
world experiences on the farm and in the forest.
We offer several different work and learn opportunities. We have
apprenticeships that provide individuals with practical experience and skill
development in the fields of environmental and agricultural education and
organic gardening.  Apprentices work on a full time, temporary basis (one or
two seasons), receive a stipend and are provided housing on site.  We also
offer internships that are designed to allow an individual to receive
college credit through their institution while working and learning at
Shelburne Farms. An internship can be full or part time lasting for a
semester or part of a semester. Stipend and housing are not provided.

Seasonal Staff Position: Summer Camp Educator
Responsibilities:  Work with children ages three to thirteen, and
occasionally with the general public. Develop, prep and teach summer
camps beginning April 26 through August 2004, including pre-school and
elementary school programs through June.  Many opportunities also exist
in providing support for animal care/chores, special events, concerts,
and Family Programs. Qualifications: A degree in environmental studies,
education or related field, and 1 - 2 years work experience in
environmental and/or agricultural education required. Lifeguard
certification, First Aid, CPR and computer literacy preferred.  Salary
dependent on experience.
Seasonal Staff Position: Farm Educator
Responsibilities:  Teach hands-on formal and informal farm activities
offered to public program participants five days a week, including at
least one weekend day.  Additional job responsibilities include farm
chores, hay wagon tractor driving, gardening support, special event
support, visitor information and general guest services.
Qualifications: Applicants should be enthusiastic about education and
agriculture, should have good communication skills, have a valid
driver's license, be able to lift fifty pounds, and be able to work
weekends.  Education experience and/or interest preferred.  Job begins
April 26- October 22, 2004.
If you would like additional information on any of our programs, please
visit our website at www.shelburnefarms.org <http://www.shelburnefarms.org/>
.  To apply for an apprenticeship or internship, please send or email a
letter of interest and resume to: Christine Durant, Shelburne Farms, 1611
Harbor Road, Shelburne, VT  05482. (802) 985-8686
19. Agro-Ecology Educator & Program Facilitator ­ CSA Learning Center (IL)
We are looking for a responsible, highly organized individual to join
our team and facilitate the agro-ecology education and youth leadership
programs of the CSA Learning Center at Angelic Organics (CSA-LC). The
CSA Learning Center empowers people to create sustainable communities of
soils, plants, animals and people through educational, creative, and
experiential programs offered in partnership with Angelic Organics, a
vibrant Biodynamic community supported farm. This position begins
immediately and offers the candidate the added benefit of working for a
company that he/she believes in.
The main two responsibilities of this position include: 1. Coordinate
the Roots & Wings youth leaders program for at-risk youth ages 8-14 from
the greater Rockford and Chicago areas and 2. Develop and coordinate
educational, creative arts, and experiential learning programs that
empower more than 1,200 youth and adults to create sustainable
communities each season. These include agro-ecology education programs,
ecological building seminars, value added production workshops, cooking
and food preservation classes, and sustainability workshops among others.
For more info: www.CSALearningCenter.org <http://www.CSALearningCenter.org/>
. (from Tom Spaulding, Executive Director)

20. Adamah: Jewish Organic Farming Fellowship (CT)

Deadline for applications: March 15th, 2004
The ADAMAH: The Jewish Environmental Fellowship is a three or six month
leadership training program for Jewish young adults, ages 20-29, that
integrates organic farming, sustainable living, Jewish learning, leadership
development, and contemplative spiritual practice.
Adamah, Hebrew for land, will offer participants free room and board and a
weekly stipend to spend the summer learning and practicing sustainable
agriculture. When not planting, tilling or harvesting, the 20-somethings
study Jewish texts related to environmental and social justice.
. For more info, see:
21. Urgent! Act now to save a vital govt program for sustainable ag!
The Conservation Security Program (CSP) is one of the few government
programs around that really encourages farmers to take care of the
environment.  It works by rewarding them for good practices.
CSP is a new program, so before it can go into effect, "Rules" have to be
written that spell out exactly how the program will be run; basically, the
"Rules" turn the concept into a reality.  The Rules are created by the US
Dept. of Agriculture in Washington, DC.
Unfortunately, the Rules that they have proposed so far do not live up to
the concept.  For instance, the program was supposed to be open to all
farmers who want to participate, but the Rules restrict access.
Furthermore, the proposed rules set the rewards too low.  As a result of
these and other details, not enough farmers can or will participate.
Luckily, we can do something about it. Before they can be finalized, Rules
are open to public comment--and they can be changed if enough people speak
If you care about the environment and you care about sustainable
agriculture, please call or write the USDA before MARCH 2nd!!
It's easy--just go to the website for the National Campaign for Sustainable
Agriculture (www.sustainableagriculture.net/NCSACSPAction.php) OR contact
Cammy Watts at The Food Project for an Action Plan to involve young people
in this advocacy effort  (781-259-8621 x28; cwatts@thefoodproject.org).
22. Submit your Food/Garden/Agriculture Art
Deadline:  February 29, 2004
For a future online exhibition, greenmuseum.org is seeking artwork
related to ideas and concepts associated with the Slow Food movement,
agricultural land use, urban art gardens, and/or agricultural ecology.
Please submit no more than 10 images (in JPEG format on CD or slides)
and a project description (no more than 2 pages), along with a copy
of your resume or C.V. and statement via snail mail to the attention
GardenArtExhib, greenmuseum.org, 518 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera,
CA 94925, USA.
Please note: the submitted materials will not be returned and will be
kept at greenmuseum.org for future reference. If your work is
selected, copyright permission for publication in this online
exhibition will be requested.
Questions: info@greenmuseum.org

23.  Academic credit for youth food systems work? Seeking examples or advice
How can we secure academic credit for youth working to build sustainable
food systems?
The Food Project is researching models for providing young people involved
in food-system related work with academic credit on the high school or
college level. We are seeking your input as we go about that work. Helpful
resources you could provide include:
-- examples of existing youth programs (perhaps yours!) which provide
academic credit for their participants or are linked to credit-granting
 -- names and contact information for secondary or undergraduate
institutions which currently sponsor or arrange credit for service
learning, experiential learning, or community activism
 -- any other resources you think might be valuable.
 We look forward to any insight you have to offer. Please feel free to
forward this request to or otherwise link us up with colleagues who might
be helpful. Responses can be directed to Hannah Freedberg, Academic Credit
Project Intern at The Food Project, at hannah_freedberg@antiochne.edu


24. Building a Sustainable Business Guide
Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for
Farms and Rural Businesses brings the business planning process alive to
help today's alternative and sustainable agriculture entrepreneurs transform
farm-grown inspiration into profitable enterprises. Sample worksheets
illustrate how real farm families set goals, determined potential markets
and evaluated financing options - and help the reader develop a detailed
business plan. To order Building a Sustainable Business, send $14 plus $3.95
s/h to Sustainable Agriculture Publications, 210 Hills Building, University
of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405-0082. Credit card and discounted volume
orders may be placed by calling 802/656-0484. Preview it online at:
http://www.sare.org/publications <http://www.sare.org/publications> .  (280
pp, Wire-bound)
From Sean McGovern  http://www.sare.org <http://www.sare.org/>
outreach@sare.org <mailto:outreach@sare.org>
25. E-newsletter on professional development in youth development field ­
Nat¹l Collaboration for Youth
The National Collaboration for Youth offers the first in a 12 part
e-newsletter series on Professional Development in the Youth Development
field. This first e-newsletter focuses on Competencies and presents
snapshots of promising practices and lessons learned from the field. This
series is presented by the National Youth Development Learning Network, a
project designed to further attract, develop and retain high-quality youth
development workers by leveraging existing information, resources and
training to more youth workers in more communities. The National
Collaboration for Youth has more than 40 national, non-profit, youth
development organizations serving more than 40 million youth and is an
affinity group of the National Assembly of Health and Human Service
Organizations. To obtain a copy, visit:
(From Youth Service America's National Service Briefing - Volume 10, Number
46 on SERVEnet.org, Tues., Dec. 9, 2003)
26. Visions for a 21st Century Agriculture: A Bioneers Food and Farming
Interview Series
In the summer of 2002, Bioneers conducted a series of interviews with 25
leaders in the sustainable food and farming movement. We gathered their
collective wisdom about how to create a truly ecological and socially just
agriculture. They shared a wealth of ideas and strategies, such as
perennializing some of the major crops, creating grass-based meat and dairy
production, teaching food literacy, and creating new ownership or management
structures. We hope you find these interviews as informative and inspiring
as we do, and would like to thank the participants for their time and

Download the Booklet!
p%3A%2F%2Fwww.bioneers.org%2Frdi%2Fimages%2Fkellogg%2Fffvisions.pdf> >
(From Bioneers Buzz, 1/8/04)
27. Local Food Toolkit
The International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC)¹s Local Food
Toolkit is an education-for-action package designed to raise awareness about
local food issues and to encourage concrete responses. Using a narrated
slideshow (using either PowerPoint slide presentation or a set of standard
slides), an exhibition of eighteen color posters, and resource and action
packets, the Toolkit details the hidden costs of the global food system and
the many benefits of more diversified, localized food systems. It describes
how we have come to be dependent on global food and outlines the steps
needed to shift towards the local - at home as well as around the world.

Audiences with diverse interests and backgrounds in food issues have found
the Local Food Toolkit" informative and inspiring!" Toolkit materials have
been incorporated into classrooms and conferences; regular meetings of
community, policy-making, and faith-based groups; and the ongoing work of
environmental advocates and organizations involved with issues related to
food and agriculture
For more information: <http://www.isec.org.uk/ustoolkit.html>
The e-BLAST is just one benefit of joining The Food Project¹s BLAST Network.
To learn more about BLAST and find out how to join, please contact Anim
Steel at asteel@thefoodproject.org <mailto:asteel@thefoodproject.org> or
call 617-442-1322, ext. 17.

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