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Food Project's e-BLAST Bulletin #2

  • Subject: [cg] Food Project's e-BLAST Bulletin #2
  • From: Amanda Blaine ablaine@thefoodproject.org
  • Date: Thu, 08 Jan 2004 13:31:54 -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:
<www.thefoodproject.org <http://www.thefoodproject.org/> >.
 
We hope you enjoy The Food Project's second BLAST Bulletin, the e-BLAST.  As
we hear about useful and exciting happenings in our field, we share them
every six weeks or so. We apologize for cross-postings. Please forward this
to others!
 
If you have questions, comments or items you want included in a future
e-BLAST, please contact Anim Steel at 617-442-1322 or
asteel@thefoodproject.org.
 
*****IN THIS ISSUE (for complete descriptions, please scroll down)*****
 
-NEWS ARTICLE-
 
1. Community gardens and crime:
<http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/06/science/06PROF.html?8hpib>
 
-CONFERENCES/TRAININGS/COURSES-
 
2. PASAıs Annual  Farming for the Future Conf. ­ Pathways to Prosperity: The
New Face of Agriculture
3. International Youth Parliament 2004
4. The Food Projectıs 2nd Annual Urban Agriculture Conference
5. The 20th Annual COOL Idealist National Conference
6. BLAST at the W.K. Kellogg Foundationıs Food and Society (FAS) Conference
7. Online Food Security Courses from Ryerson University
 
-FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES/AWARDS-
 
8. National Research Initiative Grants ­ Sustaining agriculture
9. Outreach & Assist. for Disadvantaged Farmers/Ranchers
10. Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (Fiscal Year 04)
11. Hometown Hero ­ Volvo for Life Awards
12. Youth Service ­ Harris Wofford Awards
 
-RESOURCES-
 
13. BioInspire issue featuring youth working for a sustainable future
14. Millennial Manifesto ­ new book on youth activism by two young leaders
15. SuperMarket Coop ­ web-based marketing for small farmers and rural
businesses
 
-JOB POSTINGS/FELLOWSHIPS-
 
16. Chef Intern Position at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (WI)
17. CSA Farmer and Youth Garden Coordinator (MN)
18. Director of Health Education and Communications at The Food Trust (PA)
19. Summer Internships & Seasonal Farm Assistant ­ Growing Power (WI and IL)
20. GROW Hartford Education Internship at the Hartford Food System (CT)
21. Heifer Project ­ 2 positions: Garden Volunteer & Culinary Coord. (MA)
22. Food And Society Policy Fellowships (National)
 
-CALL TO ACTION-
 
23. Register voters while benefiting the National Campaign for Sustainable
Agriculture
24. Earth Force seeks Community and Youth Advisory Board Members
 
-QUOTE-
 
³Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe
that something inside them was superior to circumstance.² ­ Bruce Barton

----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
****MORE DETAILS****
 
-ARTICLE-
 
1. A Harvard scientist shows that the best indicator of crime is the level
of community action, such as the management of a community garden. He shows
that engaging a community in cooperative action is the best way to ensure
healthy youth and safer neighborhoods. New York Times article:
<http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/06/science/06PROF.html?8hpib
<http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/06/science/06PROF.html?8hpib> >
 
**
 
-CONFERENCES-
 
2. PASAıs Annual  Farming for the Future Conf. ­ Pathways to Prosperity: The
New Face of Agriculture
 
Feb 5 ­ 7, 2004, State College, PA
 
The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agricultureıs 13th Annual
Farming for the Future  Conference ­ Pathways to Prosperity: The New Face of
Agriculture will feature an opening keynote address by Paul Hawken, over 50
workshops, youth programs, special new farmer track, a 50-vendor Tradeshow &
Marketplace, silent auction, meals & banquet featuring local foods, and
closing keynote by Anuradha Mittal of Food First. Find out more at
<www.pasafarming.org <http://www.pasafarming.org/> >.
 
**
 
3. International Youth Parliament 2004
July 5 ­ 12, 2004 Sydney, Australia


Applications due by 15 January 2004.

Run by and for young people, the International Youth Parliament is a dynamic
global network of
creative young people working to build a peaceful, sustainable and equitable
world.

Delegates selected to attend IYP 2004 will receive a unique
opportunity to exchange their experiences and the strategies they
employ to confront local and universal challenges. They will leave
with skills, networks, inspiration and an international context to
assist them with their endeavours in their own organisations and
countries.

The Parliament agenda will focus on twelve major areas; education,
HIV/AIDS, labor and employment; indigenous rights, migration,
trafficking and displacement, agriculture and sustainability, peace
building, human rights, health and clean water; youth culture,
technology, and global trading systems. Across these areas special
attention will be paid to the themes of diversity, equity, governance
and basic social services.

We are seeking applications from people aged 18-25 who are passionate
about and have been actively involved in projects aiming at positive
social change in the above areas.

Please forward this message to other organisations and individuals
you believe might be interested.

International Youth Parliament 2004
info@iyp.oxfam.org 
www.iyp.oxfam.org <http://www.iyp.oxfam.org>
 
**
 
4. The Food Projectıs 2nd Annual Urban Agriculture Conference
 
Growing Possibilities: Agriculture in the City
April 16 - 17, 2004 Boston, Massachusetts
 
Day 1: Attend 2 half-day intensive, hands-on workshops on urban agricultural
techniques, soil remediation in the city, instituting and running successful
community gardens, vermiculture and more!
 
Day 2: Full day conference with keynote speakers and over 20 workshops
focused on urban agriculture and its relation to ecology, food security,
city farm enterprise, urban planning, community development, youth work, and
environmental and social health.
 
For information, contact Kristin Brennan <kbrennan@thefoodproject.org>;
617-442-1322 x12. The cost for each day $50, for both days $80. Both days
include muffins, locally-produced lunches, and all conference materials.
Limited scholarships available if needed. (Please contact us early!)
 
**
 
5. The 20th Annual COOL Idealist National Conference
March 12-14, 2004 at The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
 
COOL and Action Without Borders ­ Idealist.org are excited to announce that
the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) will host the 2004 COOL
Idealist National Conference, to be held March                 12-14, 2004.
The COOL Idealist Conference is the largest gathering in the nation of
college students, campus administrators, and nonprofit organizations engaged
in making a positive impact through civic engagement. We expect to convene
2,000 students and participants this March, also marking the 20th annual
event. With a dynamic focus on student leadership through service, activism,
and politics                 and the intersections of student engagement
with the broader nonprofit community and avenues for making a lifelong
contribution to our world, this conference will surely not be one to miss.
For more information: <http://www.cool2serve.org/>.
 
**
 
6. BLAST at the W.K. Kellogg Foundationıs 2004 Food and Society (FAS)
Conference
April 19 -  22, 2004 in Reno, Nevada
 
The Food Project is once again partnering with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
to bring a significant youth presence to the 2004 FAS Conference. If
selected, your team would join others from around the country for four days
of conference activities, including a Pre-Conference Planning & Training Day
and special programming for youth and young adults throughout the
conference.  All lodging, meal and local transportation costs will be
covered in full. Airfare or other travel costs to Reno may be subsidized by
scholarships as needed.  Applications will be available on The Food
Projectıs website by mid-January. <www.thefoodproject.org>
 
**
 
7. Online Food Security Courses from Ryerson University
Starting January 12, 2004

Introduction to Food Security CFNY403. Instructor: Dr. Rod MacRae
Applied Research Methods and Evaluation in Food Security
CFNY405.  Instructor: Dr. Reg Noble
Economics of Food Security CFNY 406.  Instructor: Dr. Cecilia Rocha

For details and links to registration information, see
http://www.ryerson.ca/foodsecurity and click on the certificate button.  We
encourage those wishing to take courses to register as soon as possible as
registration becomes more difficult closer to course start times.  Contact
Rod MacRae (rmacrae@ican.net) for further information.  Apologies for
cross-postings.Forwarded by Rod MacRae, Ph.D <rmacrae@ican.net>.
 
**
 
-FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES/AWARDS-
 
***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 weıd love to
celebrate you if your application is successful!***
 
 
8. National Research Initiative Grants ­ Sustaining agriculture

The National Research Initiative (NRI) program of the Cooperative State
Research, Education, and Extension Service issued a request for applications
to support research  on key problems in sustaining agriculture – including
farming, ranching, forestry, aquaculture, rural communities, nutrition, and
processing.  In FY 2004 the NRI will accept applications for fundamental
research, mission-linked research, and integrated research, extension, and
education projects. NRI advances fundamental sciences in support of
agriculture and helps deliver scientific knowledge to the public for use in
practical decision-making.  NRI anticipates from $120 to 150 million will be
available for new awards in fiscal 2004, depending on appropriations.
Deadlines for submitting applications for various program areas range from
January 9 to June 15.  For more info, see:
<http://www.reeusda.gov/1700/funding/04/rfa_nri_04.htm>
 (From Northeast Food System Partnership nefood-l@listproc.tufts.edu Potluck
News: Jan. 2004)
 
**
 
9. Outreach & Assist. for Disadvantaged Farmers/Ranchers
CSREES/USDA has released a request for applications (RFA) to open the
solicitation for the 2004 Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantage
Farmers and Ranchers (OASDFR) competitive grant program.  This program funds
universities and non-profit organizations that assist disadvantaged farmers
and ranchers to acquire, own, operate and retain farms and ranches by
delivering a wide range of outreach and assistance activities including farm
management, financial management and marketing.  The OASDFR program is also
referred to as the 2501 program.
A socially disadvantaged farmer or rancher is one of a group whose members
have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice. The appropriation is
estimated to be $5.9 million in 2004.  Deadline for submission of proposals
is February 12, 2004.  To submit a "Request for Determination" to get a
group not named in the RFA designated as a target group for the OASDFR
program, Requests for Determination are due December 9, 2003.  The URL for
the RFA is: http://www.reeusda.gov/1700/funding/04/rfa_outreach_04.htm. For
more information contact: Elizabeth Tuckermanty at 202-205-0241 or
etuckermanty@csrees.usda.gov <mailto:etuckermanty@csrees.usda.gov> .
(Forwarded by Heidi Mouillesseaux-Kunzman <hmm1@cornell.edu
<mailto:hmm1@cornell.edu> > to <CFAP-L@cornell.edu
<mailto:CFAP-L@cornell.edu> >)
**
 
10. Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (Fiscal Year 04)
 
The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is accepting grant applications for the
Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP). These grants will be used
to provide coupons to low-income seniors that may be exchanged for eligible
foods at farmers' markets, roadside stands, and community supported
agriculture programs.  Eligible foods are fresh, nutritious, unprepared,
locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs.  The grant funds may be used
only to support the costs of the foods that are provided under the program;
no administrative funding is available for FY 2004. A total of $15 million
for the SFMNP is available for the FY 2004 SFMNP, contingent upon the
availability of funds.
 
ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS - States, including territories and federally recognized
Indian Tribal governments.  Each State may submit only one application on
behalf of all interested State agencies, local governments, and non-profit
organizations in that State. Indian tribal governments may apply directly OR
as part of a State application.
 
Agency Mailing Address for Additional Information
Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Grants Management
Division, Park Office Center 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 738, Alexandria,
VA, 22302 
Agency Contact Person for Electronic Access Problem
Rodgers, Lynn, Grants Management Specialist, Phone 703-305-2760, Fax
703-605-0363, Email lynn.rodgers@fns.usda.gov Rodgers, Lynn
<mailto:lynn.rodgers@fns.usda.gov>
Link to Full Announcement
Specific information regarding the submission of grant applications may be
obtained by clicking here
<http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/seniorfmnp/sfmnp04.htm>   (forwarded to
'comfood-l@listproc.tufts.edu' by Reza Ahmadi, who notes that the Letter of
Intent was not a requirement, and will have no impact on the actual
application due on 1/16/04)
 
**
 
11. Hometown Hero ­ Volvo for Life Awards
  
 Do you know a hero someone in your community seeking to improve the quality
of life, safety and/or environment of others?  If you do, you have about one
month to nominate your hero for the Volvo for Life Awards the nation's
largest annual search and celebration of everyday heroes.  Led by Volvo Cars
of North America, the annual national public service program celebrates and
rewards local heroes with $1 million in financial contributions.  One
hometown hero will win a Volvo car for life.  To nominate someone you know,
visit: www.volvoforlifeawards.com <http://www.volvoforlifeawards.com>.
During the nomination period, Volvo will profile select nominees on its
website and in the media.  Volvo is conducting the program in an effort to
inspire people nationwide to make outstanding contributions in their own
communities. (from Youth Service America's National Service Briefing -
Volume 10, Number 48 on SERVEnet.org, Tues., Dec. 16, 2003)
 
**
 
12. Youth Service ­ Harris Wofford Awards
            
Youth Service America and State Farm Companies Foundation are pleased to
present the Harris Wofford Awards, a recognition program for the youth
service movement to honor the life work of Harris Wofford in "Making service
to others the common expectation and common experience of every young person
in America." Harris Wofford is a driving force in the power of mobilizing
people, particularly youth, to change the world for the better. The Harris
Wofford Awards provide recognition to two individuals in the following
categories: 
1.            Individual: An individual between the ages of 5 and 25 who has
demonstrated exemplary commitment and action to involve themselves and other
peers in service, youth voice, service-learning, and civic engagement
activities. 
2.            Institution: Institutions can be a national, state, or local
nonprofit organization, a Foundation, or a Corporation with demonstrated
record of activity and impact devoted to youth service, youth voice,
service-learning, and civic engagement.
 
The Harris Wofford Awards will be given out at the 15th Annual National
Service-Learning Conference in Orlando, Florida in March 2004. The two
winners of the Harris Wofford Awards will be recognized at a luncheon in
Orlando during the National Service-Learning Conference. Winners will
receive a plaque commemorating their achievement and the individual award
recipient will be awarded $1,000 and half of the award will be designated to
the nonprofit service organization of their choice to support program
activities. To apply, simply follow the applications guidelines and submit a
complete application by February 9, 2004. To obtain an application and to
learn more about other resources, please visit our website www.YSA.org/nysd.
(from Youth Service America's National Service Briefing - Volume 10, Number
48 on SERVEnet.org, Tues., Dec. 16, 2003)
 
 
**
 
-RESOURCES-
 
13. BioInspire issue featuring youth working for a sustainable future
 
Read about programs that work with youth to build a sustainable future in
the November edition of BioInspire, a monthly publication addressing the
interface of human design, nature and technology.
http://thinkcycle.media.mit.edu/thinkcycle/main/biomimicry_for_sustainable_i
nnovation/thinkspace__bioinspire_monthly_publication/resource___november_200
3_newsletter___bioneers_youth_initiative_overview_/
<http://thinkcycle.media.mit.edu/thinkcycle/main/biomimicry_for_sustainable_
innovation/thinkspace__bioinspire_monthly_publication/resource___november_20
03_newsletter___bioneers_youth_initiative_overview_/> (From John Mlade)
 
**
 
14. Millennial Manifesto ­ new book on youth activism by two young leaders
 
Millennial Manifesto tells the untold story of youth activism, generational
politics, and student service in America examining the issues, individuals,
and organizations that are shaping the modern youth movement. Written by
experienced youth activists Scott Beale and Abeer Abdalla, this is the first
book to identify a youth political agenda and to provide the tools for
people to get involved. The foreword is written by generational experts Bill
Strauss and Neil Howe, best-selling authors of Fourth Turning and
Millennials Rising. According to Hans Riemer, Washington Director for Rock
the Vote, "Millennial Manifesto is an outstanding tool for both students and
young professionals who want to get involved and make a difference as well
as for older people who want to understand this activist generation." For
more information, check out http://www.millennialpolitics.com or go to
Amazon.com.
(From Youth Service America's National Service Briefing - Volume 10, Number
47 on SERVEnet.org
Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2003 11:57 PM)
 
**
 
15. SuperMarket Coop ­ web-based marketing for small farmers and rural
businesses
 
SuperMarket Coop provides previously excluded farmers and rural businesses
access to markets and tools essential to business growth. Its on-line retail
storefront, subscription-based food of the month program and online product
availability database allow rural, community-based agricultural cooperatives
to employ technology in the preservation of their communities, cultures and
farming professions.
 
For more information or to buy products, go to
http://www.SuperMarketCoop.com <http://www.SuperMarketCoop.com/> .
 
 
**
 
-JOB POSTINGS/FELLOWSHIPS-
 
 

**

 

16. Chef Intern Position at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute

 
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute is committed to using local, organic
food in the seasonal meals it offers on-site to its students and event
participants. It is known for this effort and as a leader in the local food
systems movement, tries to maintain high standards in this regard. In order
to support & expand its food service function and fulfill its goal in
developing chefs as well as a public versed in seasonally, locally produced
foods; MFAI is seeking to fill a chef intern position for 2004. The chef
intern will: 
-       Coordinate and carry-out the MFAI Lunch Program.
-       Take responsibility for the cleanliness and organization of the
kitchen, pantry, walk-in cooler and dining area. Adhere to safe food
handling procedures during food preparation and storage that is required of
a commercial kitchen that serves the public.
-       Be responsible for all food and supply ordering
-       Take responsibility for the freezing of vegetables for winter use.
-       Provide catering service to events held at MFAI (both internal and
external) (25-75 people per event)
-       Conduct a series of seasonal, local foods cooking classes for the
general public.
-       Help to organize a series of monthly dinners in spring and Fall that
highlight a prominent chef and a farmer in the region whose produce is being
featured at the dinner.
-       Develop a brochure listing regional producers that individuals,
institutions and restaurants can buy direct from.
-       Coordinate the meals for the MFAI food system conference held the
first weekend in November.
-       Participation in educational component of program.
 
For more info:
Gail Kahovic, Food Systems Program Coordinator
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
W2493 County Road ES
East Troy, WI 53120
(262) 642-3303 phone Ext. 100
(262) 642-4028 fax
<gkahovic@michaelfieldsaginst.org <mailto:gkahovic@michaelfieldsaginst.org>
>
 
**
 
17. CSA Farmer and Youth Garden Coordinator (Minnesota)
 
GALE WOODS FARM PARK ­ Three Rivers Park District, a regional park district
in the Twin Cities, manages this new farm park located 25 miles west of
Minneapolis, MN.  

Job description: Coordinate the grant-funded Gale Woods Community Farm
Project. In 2004 this project will be a 15-share community supported
agriculture garden that involves 12 youth farmers and provides additional
food to low income families through the local food shelf and emergency
shelters.  
 
For further information:
Tim Reese, Farm Supervisor at Gale Woods
Three Rivers Park District
Human Resources Assistant
952 472-9203
treese@threeriversparkdistrict.org
<http://www.threeriversparkdistrict.org/3R_jobs/Jobs_listing.cfm?CAT_ID=1&am
p;job_id=33>
(Forwarded to comfood-l@listproc.tufts.edu)
 
**
 
18. Director of Health Education and Communications at The Food Trust
(Pennsylvania)
 
The Food Trust is responding to the contemporary epidemic of diet-related
disease and malnutrition, by working to increase access to affordable and
nutritious food and helping people to improve their diets. Founded in 1992,
the Trust's mission is to ensure that everyone has access to affordable,
nutritious food.
 
The Director of Health Education and Communications will play a critical
role in building agency capacity to educate the public about nutrition and
food. In addition, he or she will represent the agency in meetings with
external partners. 

For additional information, please contact:
Cynthia Barth, Managing Director
Diversified Search
2005 Market Street, Suite 3300, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Fax: 215-568-8399 or e-mail to <cynthia.barth@divsearch.com>
<http://www.TheFoodTrust.org>
 
**
 
19. Summer Internships and Seasonal Farm Assistant ­ Growing Power (WI and
IL)
 
a. Chicago Urban Agriculture Summer internships

Work Description: To assist manager and staff in all aspects of community
food systems, urban agriculture, small farmer outreach and youth development
via innovative sustainable approaches

We are offering several summer 2004 internships. Both stipended and unpaid
positions available. Training and supervision provided.
 
b. Seasonal Farm Assistant

Work Description: To assist farmer in all aspects of small farm management.
Farm is 120 acres farmed without the use of chemicals, using raised beds.
2nd year intern would be suitable. Working with area immigrant farmers in
urban agriculture setting will also be a strong element of this position
 
For more info:
Email: erika@growingpower.org
773.324-7924
Mail: Growing Power, Inc.  Att: Will Allen
5500 W. Silver Spring Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53218

Applications will be accepted through April 15, 2004.
 
**
 
20. GROW Hartford Education Internship at the Hartford Food System
(Connecticut)
 
Grow Hartford, a new project of the Hartford Food System, promotes a
sustainable and equitable food system in Hartford by cultivating youth
leadership and civic participation through agriculture. We work toward this
goal by operating an urban youth farming enterprise that encourages active
lifestyles and fosters community action related to food security,
sustainable agriculture, and the environment. In 2004 youth and staff will
convert a half-acre lot in Hartford into an organic vegetable operation that
will serve as an outdoor classroom for more than one-hundred young people
and families in Hartford to learn about healthy food choices and how food is
grown. Staff includes a Program Coordinator, a full-time Education Intern,
eight Hartford young people ages 12-15 participating in a long-term
training, and two youth educators ages 15-18 who assist with the management
of the program. Youth in the long-term program will participate in daily
farm work, market produce at farmers markets, plan a community lunch, host
tours, and teach simple lessons to visiting community service groups. In
exchange, youth will receive a daily stipend and experiential training in
civic leadership development, sustainable agriculture, and culinary skills.

Grow Hartford seeks a responsible, energetic full-season intern to assist
the program coordinator with agriculture based educational programming and
crop management from April through October. Responsibilities include
assisting with crop decisions and management, teaching agricultural and
environmental curricula to at-risk youth, coordinating volunteer groups,
overseeing a youth run farmers market, and maintaining records for program
evaluation. Opportunities exist for additional training and experience at
the Holcomb Farm Community Supported Agriculture Project, a 19-acre organic
vegetable operation located 40 minutes north of Hartford. Hours will vary
between 40-50 per week and will involve some Saturdays during market season.
Compensation includes a stipend if $700/month and assistance with housing.
Fluency in Spanish and experience in farming and gardening with at-risk
youth desirable. 
 
Please send a letter of interest, three references, and resume by January
30, 2003 to Laura Brown, 191 Franklin Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut 06114.
Ph: 860.296.9325. Email: <outreach@hartfordfood.org
<mailto:outreach@hartfordfood.org> >
(Forwarded to <nefood-l@listproc.tufts.edu>)
 
**
 
21. Heifer Project ­ 2 stipended positions: Garden Volunteer and Culinary
Coordinator (MA)
 
Overlook Farm is one of three learning and education centers for Heifer
Project International.  The organic vegetable operation at Overlook Farm
helps the farm to model sustainability by providing food for farm volunteers
and visitors, for the local community through a small CSA, and to support
local food pantries through donations.  The gardens and CSA are important
tools for educating visitors about sustainable food systems and responsible
lifestyle choices.
 
Positions available:
Garden Volunteer
Culinary Coordinator
General agriculture/education positions also open
 
All full-time volunteers are given housing. Typically they would share a
room in a homey 3-bedroom house.  Lots of food is available (for free to
them) here at the farm.  The monthly stipend starts at $250.00/month and
increases by $50.00 after every three months, maxing out at $450.00/month.
Please note that the culinary and garden interns receive and additional
bonus if they stay for six full months. Americorps rewards (towards
education) may also be available.
 
Please feel free to call or email us with any questions.
Dave and Carolyn Llewellyn, Organic Growers/Garden Educators
Overlook Farm
(508) 886-2221
Carolyn.llewellyn@heifer.org <mailto:Carolyn.llewellyn@heifer.org>
 
**
 
22. Food And Society Policy Fellowships (National)

The Thomas Jefferson Agricultural Institute is pleased to announce a request
for applications for the 2004-2005 class of Food and Society Policy Fellows.
This is a national program of part-time, one-year professional fellowships
offered to improve communications about food and agriculture issues in the
U.S.  
Three classes of fellowship awards have previously been made, with the
fourth 
class of fellows to begin their duties on September 1, 2004.  Primary
fellowship support comes from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Program Overview:
The Food and Society Policy Fellows program addresses the need for consumers
and society leaders to better understand the issues and challenges
associated 
with sustaining family farms and food production in the U.S. today.  Fellows
use media, scholarship, public education and outreach to promote change in
the 
policies and structures that shape the U.S. food system. With our fourth
fellowship class, we are seeking fellows who can develop communication
pieces that 
address the connections between youth, diet, health, and how our food is
produced.  Within this fellowship theme, examples of relevant topics include
farm-to-school programs, community food systems, and the role of food
choices in 
youth obesity.  For more information on the program visit the website:
 <http://www.foodandsocietyfellows.org/>. Application deadline: Feb 25,
2004.


For more information, please contact the program coordinator:
Kristen Corselius, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Email: <kcorselius@iatp.org>
(Forwarded to <comfood-l@listproc.tufts.edu>)


**
 
-CALL TO ACTION-
 
23. Register voters while benefiting the National Campaign for Sustainable
Agriculture
 
From the national Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture:
 
Make Your Voter Registration Count Twice!

We are pleased to announce that we have accepted an invitation from Working
Assets to participate in a non-partisan voter registration campaign.  The
goal is to REGISTER ONE MILLION VOTERS by November 2004.  We have posted a
link on our website that allows on-line voter registration.

An additional benefit is that the National Campaign will receive a grant
from Working Assets that works out roughly to $1 for every registration once
a qualifying threshold is reached.  You can help us publicize this effort by
inviting folks in your network to visit our website
(www.sustainableagriculture.net <http://www.sustainableagriculture.net/> )
and click on the "Register to Vote" button at the bottom of the home page.
 
**
 
24. Earth Force seeks Community and Youth Advisory Board Members
 
Earth Force is currently in the process of recruiting members for their
boards and networks. Community Advisory Board (CAB) members will help their
office build successful partnerships and grow the number of educators
involved in their local programs. Youth Advisory Board (YAB) members are
teen leaders who take active roles in the environment. Local nonprofits,
experts, community leaders, and others will be brought into the network that
Earth Force participants can access to help them with their projects. If you
know anyone who wants to be part of their CAB, YAB, or network, please
contact Kris Maccubbin, Capital Region Executive Director, at 703-519-6861
or at kmaccubbin@earthforce.org. For more information about Earth Force,
visit: www.earthforce.org
(From Youth Service America's National Service Briefing - Volume 10, Number
46 on SERVEnet.org, Tues., Dec. 9, 2003)
 
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