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Food Project's e-BLAST Bulletin #5

  • Subject: [cg] Food Project's e-BLAST Bulletin #5
  • From: Amanda Blaine <ablaine@thefoodproject.org>
  • Date: Thu, 13 May 2004 16:24:31 -0400

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:
<http://www.thefoodproject.org/>. Please forward this e-BLAST 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
*****IN THIS ISSUE (for complete descriptions, please scroll down)*****
1. Farm to School Website: www.farmtoschool.org
2. The Food Project¹s Best Practices BLAST Teleconference Series: Youth
Development In Sustainable Food Systems - June 4
3. 2004 Healthy Communities, Healthy Youth Conference: Assets in
Action?Making a Difference ­ Minnesota, November 4-6
4. Moving Young People from Participants to Decision Makers: Kansas City,
MO, June 4 ­ 5
5. National Hunger Awareness Day ­ June 3
6. Indigenous Knowledges: Transforming the Academy ­ May 27-29

7. Community Food and Nutrition Program (CFNP)
8. Presidential Freedom Scholarships: High School Students With Outstanding
9. David Brower Youth Awards
10. Iowa 2004 Youth Sustainable Agriculture Program
11. Seed Initiative Awards

12. Online Courses in Ryerson University's Food Security Certificate program
13. Institute For Cultural Affairs: Youth Facilitation Trainings Across The
14. University of Montana¹s Program in Ecological Agriculture and Society

15. The Food Project¹s BLAST Youth Leadership Cadre (location: anywhere)
16. Farming Apprenticeships/Internships (all locations)
17. Internship: Economic Plant Conservation-Heirloom Seeds Horticultural
Assistant (Massachusetts)
18. Environmental Resource Center Information Technology Intern (California)
19. National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness interns
(Washington, DC)
20. Development Associate/Grantwriter Position ­ The Food Project

21. Register to Vote through the National Campaign for Sustainable
22. Urban Harvest ­ Research on urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA)
23. Video: The Global Banquet: The Politics of Food
24. Study: Rooting the Community, Growing the Future: Two Massachusetts
Urban Agriculture Organizations and their Social Impacts
--  JOIN BLAST! --
25. Find out how to join a global network of youth and adults working
together to build sustainable food systems.
-- QUOTE --
 We come and go but the land is always here and the people who love and
understand it are the people to whom it belongs for a little while.
- Willa Cather
1. Find tools, articles, and information about the growing movement to
provide youth with healthy lunches by connecting schools and farmers.
2. The Food Project¹s Best Practices BLAST Teleconference Series: Youth
Development In Sustainable Food Systems
Register by Tuesday June 1
3 PM EST, June 4
Join us and your colleagues for the BLAST TELECONFERENCE series beginning on
June 4. Call in from anywhere in North America! Our 1st topic will be: YOUTH
Learn strategies for:
*youth motivation 
*ongoing youth development over time
*team building exercises
*other issues on this topic
The leader for this 1-hr discussion will be Greg Gale, The Food Project's
Director of Programs.  Greg has over 12 years experience in youth
development work, and is the author of "Growing Together." Other
participants will include BLAST Network members, and you.  Bring your
experience and your questions.  For details, please contact Liz at
elucclowes@thefoodproject.org or call 781-259-8621 x26.  Cost: Free.
3. 2004 Healthy Communities, Healthy Youth Conference: Assets in Action ?
Making a Difference: Minnesota, November 4-6
Dates: November 4-6, 2004
Location: Radisson Riverfront and Radisson City Center Hotels in St. Paul,
The theme of Search Institute's 2004 Healthy Communities ? Healthy Youth
Conference ,Assets in Action ? Making a Difference , was chosen to showcase
the ways communities are making change, measuring change and creating tools
and processes to keep the asset-building momentum going.
4. Moving Young People from Participants to Decision Makers
June 4 ­ 5, Kansas City, MO
Assess your organization¹s readiness for involving young people as leaders
and develop an action plan to take back home:
Learn the basics of youth-adult partnerships and strategies for creating
organizational buy-in
Explore benefits and barriers to involving young people as leaders
Learn of concrete ways to support and  encourage young people in your
Learn models you can use to engage young people as leaders (including youth
on boards, youth advisory councils and youth summits)
This seminar is designed for Volunteer Centers, Community-Based
Organizations, Government Agencies,                      Nonprofit
Organizations and Schools with established youth programs seeking to engage
youth in more meaningful                      roles.
Course length: 1 1/2 days, 8:30 am ­ 5:00 pm
Registration fee: $119 for Points of Light members, $149 for nonmembers
(includes breakfast and lunch)
5. National Hunger Awareness Day ­ June 3rd
 On June 3rd , communities across the country will unite to focus attention
on the persistent problem of domestic hunger.  For the third consecutive
year, food banks and food-rescue organizations, soup kitchens and food
pantries, and countless individuals, faith-based organizations and
businesses will donate time, raise funds, and give food to help their
Unfortunately even more of our neighbors need help this year.  In December
2003, the number of unemployed persons was 8.4 million, or 5.7% of all
Americans.   Many of our neighbors have reached the end of their savings and
are stretching impossibly tight budgets to put food on their tables. The
fact is that the slow economy has only put added stress on what was already
a growing problem evidenced by the fact that the number of people living in
poverty in the suburbs alone rose from 12.1 million in 2001 to 13.3 million
in 2002.   
If we can all come together on one day, June 3rd, whether in person or
through our individual activities, our call for a hunger-free America might
be heard. Please use one of the toolkits provided on this site to get your
organization , your company , your family , and your friends involved!
6. May 27-29, 2004, Indigenous Knowledges: Transforming the Academy
Linking global and local knowledge systems to transform the academy will  be
the overarching theme of this conference. Sponsored by the
Interinstitutional  Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge (ICIK) and partners,
the conference will bring together scholars, educators, and practitioners
from universities, colleges, and  other institutions and organizations in
the United States and beyond.
The conference participants will explore ways of knowing that have developed
over  time in communities around the world that enable people to interact
with each other  and with their natural environment. Through this conference
we hope to initiate and  promote participatory research activities and
practices through which local  communities can engage with academics in
studies that enhance the involvement  of citizens in informing the decisions
that affect their lives. Scholars associated  with ICIK and other indigenous
knowledge centers worldwide are conscious that, in  the face of intense
globalization, the world's indigenous knowledge base is as threatened as its
plant and animal species.
The confernce is currently holding a call for proposals, which can be found
For more information, please visit:
Or contact:
Nancy Eckard, nzm1@outreach.psu.edu


***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!***
7. Community Food and Nutrition Program (CFNP)
Applications Due June 4

The Office of Community Services (OCS) within the Administration for
Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
released a funding announcement on the availability of FY 2004 Discretionary
Grants under the Community Food and Nutrition Program (CFNP).  The funding
announcement can be found in the Federal Register for Monday, April 5, 2004,
Volume 69, Number 65.   Go to Federal Register main page and type CFNP in
the search line. 
The main objective of the CFNP is to link low-income people to food and
nutrition programs.  The OCS views CFNP as a capacity-building program
rather than a food delivery program. The receipt deadline for applications
is 4:30pm EDT on June 4, 2004.

8. Presidential Freedom Scholarships: High School Students With Outstanding
Deadline: July 16
Two students from every high school in the country are eligible to receive
$1,000 Presidential Freedom Scholarships in recognition of their outstanding
service to the community. The annual college scholarship program, which will
award up to 8,000 scholarships, is administered by the Corporation for
National & Community Service's Learn and Serve America program. Nominations
are open to high school jumiors or seniors during the 2003-2004 academic
year. The scholarship program provides $500 of the award, which must be
matched with $500 from a community organization, civic group, or business
and secured for the student by their high school. Students who complete at
least 100 hours of community service, either through a school-based
service-learning program or independently through service at a nonprofit or
faith-based organization, are eligible to receive the scholarship.
Information and applications are available at:
9. David Brower Youth Awards
Deadline: Postmarked by June 1
EARTH ISLAND INSTITUTE is accepting applications through June 1, 2004,
for the fifth annual DAVID BROWER YOUTH AWARDS.  People age 13 to 22
who have demonstrated outstanding leadership with projects in environmental
Conservation, Preservation or Restoration are encouraged to apply.  Six
Winners from the U.S. and Puerto Rico will each receive a cash award of
ongoing support of their development as environmental leaders, and
attendance at the Bioneers conference.
Applications are online at http://www.earthisland.org/bya or request one at
788-3666, Ext. 160, or <bya@earthisland.org>.
10. Iowa 2004 Youth Sustainable Agriculture Program
Deadline: Postmarked by June 1
Young Iowans interested in sustainable agriculture can apply for funding
from the Iowa 2004 Youth Sustainable Agriculture Program. The program
provides opportunities for youth through 12th grade to increase their
knowledge of sustainable agriculture.
Each project chosen will be provided $250. Money can be used for program
materials, supplies, labor and reference materials. The completed four-page
application may be mailed, e-mailed, hand-delivered or faxed. All entries
received by 5 p.m., June 1 will qualify for the program. A committee of
judges from across the state will select 10 projects for funding. The
program is sponsored by the North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research
and Education Program and Iowa State University Extension.
For additional information,call Jerry DeWitt, state extension sustainable ag
coordinator, at (515) 294-7836.
11. Seed Initiative Awards

Deadline: August 15th (early submission recommended)

Do you have an innovative or entrepreneurial idea for a partnership project
that may contribute to sustainable development? A new concept that brings
together people and organisations from different backgrounds? A project that
enables partners to pool their human and financial resources, experience,
local knowledge and connections? That allows partners to meet goals they
could not reach working by themselves?
A new initiative is ready to help you implement your ideas and make them a
success. The Seed Initiative (Supporting Entrepreneurs for Environment and
Development) is a joint effort by a network of international organisations -
from global organisations such as IUCN, UNEP and UNDP to national
organisations such as Development Alternatives and LEAD Pakistan, who are
passionate about promoting the entrepreneurial spirit of partnerships for
sustainable development at grassroots level. They have launched the Seed
Initiative to recognise new partnership approaches and encourage
entrepreneurs to take action for environment and development.

Submissions are being accepted from May 1st 2004 with the final deadline of
August 15th 2004. Early submission is highly recommended as this may allow
initial feedback to be given to help you improve your application.
For full information about the Seed Awards, please see the Seed Website:
http://seedinit.org <http://seedinit.org/>

 12. Online Courses in Ryerson University's Food Security Certificate
May 8 (to August 14).
2 Courses are being offered:
CFNY404 Food Policy and Programs for Food Security Instructor: Dr. Rod
CFNN111 Nutrition  Instructor: Barb Wendland
For details and links to registration information, see
http://www.ryerson.ca/foodsecurity and click on the certificate
button.  Note that there are no additional fees for non-Canadian students
and that all fees listed are in Canadian funds. Contact Rod MacRae
(rmacrae@ican.net) for further information.  Apologies for cross-postings.
13. Institute For Cultural Affairs: Youth Facilitation Trainings Across The
Summertime is a time of year where young people have tons of time on their
hands to engage in constructive activities. It's a time when organizations
are preparing for large influxes of youth in need of the various services
they provide. The ICA, as a member of the Community and Youth Development
Movement, offers training designed to promote youth and adult cooperative
work, with an emphasis on shared work, responsibility and equal investment
in the outcomes. The Youth as Facilitative Leaders training is offered in
numerous cities throughout the United States including those listed below.
The training is focused around three transferable skill sets; the focused
conversation, consensus workshop and action planning. These trainings help
organizations and young people more effectively plan and lead projects.
Trainings will take place in: Atlanta, GA - June 17-18; Chicago, IL - July
13-14 & July 27-28; District of Columbia - May 25-26 & June 29-30 & July
13-14 & Aug 24-25; Denver,CO - July 20-21; Los Angeles, CA - June 10-11; New
York, NY - Aug 5-6; Oakland,CA - June 29-30; Philadelphia, PA - July 29-30;
Phoenix, AZ - May 27-28 & Aug 3-4; Sacramento, CA - June 22-23; San Diego,
CA - June 15-16; Taos, NM - July 16-17; Tucson, AZ - June 2-3. For
additional information or to register for a course, contact the ICA office
in your area. To obtain the numbers call: 800-742-4032 or Mazi Mutafa
202-828-1008 or visit: http://www.ica-usa.org/programs/yfl/yfl_home.html.
14. University of Montana¹s Program in Ecological Agriculture and Society
This program offers you the opportunity to earn college credit while
nourishing people, the land, and your soul. The program takes place at the
University of Montana?s organic farm, nestled in a beautiful mountain valley
by a rushing creek, just a short hike from a wilderness area.
Students learn how to grow food ecologically, help reconnect people to the
land through local food, and get a chance to visit other organic farms and
ranches and learn about local food processing and marketing. As a result,
the Montana food bank is provided with lots of food, an astounding diversity
of butterflies and birds is supported, and students? lives are transformed.
For more information about this unique program, visit
For enrollment info, contact Karen Hurd of the UM Environmental Studies
Program, 406-243-6273;  hurd@selway.umt.edu <mailto:hurd@selway.umt.edu>

15. The Food Project¹s BLAST Youth Leadership Cadre

Deadline: June 18th

BLAST (Building Local Agricultural Systems Today) is a global network of
youth and adults working together to build sustainable food systems. Through
BLAST, we will foster a new generation of leaders who create innovative
solutions to the problems we face in our existing food system.

A cadre is a select group of leaders who work together towards a common
goal. The BLAST cadre will bring together dynamic young people who want to
create sustainable food systems.
We believe that systemic change requires the broad participation of people
from every sector of society: producers and consumers, young and old,
marginalized and mainstream, policy-makers and constituents.  And we believe
that young people ­ by virtue of their natural creativity, energy, and age ­
are uniquely positioned to have a wide and long-lasting impact on the food
system. Members of the BLAST Cadre will work to broaden the message and
reach of community-based food systems. If you have demonstrated your
leadership and commitment to building sustainable food systems ­ and you are
within the ages of 16 to 24 ­ you are encouraged to apply.
Want to learn more? Go to: www.thefoodproject.org/newtfp/cadre.html

For more about The Food Project, see www.thefoodproject.org.

16. Farming Apprenticeships/Internships
It¹s a great time to find farming apprenticeships and internships! Some good
places to look:
www.organicvolunteers.com <http://www.organicvolunteers.com/>
www.attrainternships.ncat.org/ <http://www.attrainternships.ncat.org/>
www.tilthproducers.org <http://www.tilthproducers.org/>
17. Internship: Economic Plant Conservation-Heirloom Seeds Horticultural
No deadline. Applications accepted year round but best received by April 22
for summer position.
The Eastern Native Seed Conservancy is a plant conservation organization
based in western Massachusetts whose primary mission is the conservation of
cultivated food plants and other useful (economic) plants, particularly
heirloom and Native American varieties.
The Native Seeds Project, Diversity Seeds Project, and the Garlic Diversity
Project are current focus.  Projects will include growing, and seed saving
of heirloom, tomatoes;  peppers, kales, beets, carrots, squashes,  melons
other species, plus endangered  eastern Native American crops in order to
increase seed  stock for conservation and redistribution. This is an
opportunity for to assist and participate in the valuable field of germplasm
Some marketing of fresh vegetables will also occur.
For more info: www.enscseeds.org

 18. Environmental Resource Center Information Technology Intern ­ Berkeley,
DEADLINE: Resume must be received by May 17, 2004.
The Ecology Center is a non-profit environmental organization serving the
Bay Area since 1969. The Center runs the city of Berkeley's curbside
recycling program and weekly Farmers' Markets, the Farm Fresh Choice food
justice program, a quarterly magazine (Terrain), and an environmental
resource center with a bookstore, a library, and an information service.
The Information Technology Intern will assist the Information Services staff
in developing and implementing a publicly accessible
and searchable directory of green organizations and an FAQ database, while
helping to promote and increase use of the Ecology Center's web site in
general.  This is a great opportunity for someone interested in both
information technology and environmental community work to get some
real-world experience. There are real problems to be solved, real work to be
done, and a real audience who will benefit from the results!
For more info: send email to it@ecologycenter.org
19. National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness interns,
Washington, DC
The National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness seeks public
policy interns for during the Summer of 2004 in Washington, D.C. The
National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness is dedicated to
ending hunger and homelessness in America by mobilizing students to act
through community service, public education, and advocacy. Public policy
interns work closely with the National Student Campaign's Policy Advocate on
our Homes for All Project. As an intern you will work with the Policy
Advocate to: 
20. Development Associate/Grantwriter Position Available ­ The Food Project

Applications open until June 1st.  Position to start by June 15th if
Who We Are: The Food Project is a nationally-recognized youth and community
development organization with offices in Lincoln and Dorchester,
Massachusetts.  The Food Project works with urban and suburban communities
from the Greater Boston area to provide over 200,000 pounds of fresh produce
each year to shelters, soup kitchens, farmers¹ markets in a low-income
neighborhood, and a Community Supported Agriculture program.  Throughout the
year, teenagers take on a substantial amount of responsibility for growing
and distributing fresh, organic produce and, in the process, learn about
farming, local food systems, hunger, community building, and themselves.
Food Project teens are also engaged in food enterprise and nutrition and
culinary training through our commercial kitchen.  Each year The Food
Project shares its innovative model with an increasing number of communities
around the nation through conferences, manuals, and trainings.  To further
deepen our impact, we have recently launched a national network to engage
young people more fully in the food system movement. The Food Project is an
equal opportunity employer, and is committed to building a multicultural
staff community.
What we seek:  The Food Project seeks a bright, energetic individual with
top-notch communication skills, a passion for our issues, and the desire to
learn about the craft and art of fundraising at a collaborative, integrated
organization which is on the cutting edge of its field.  This position is a
great entry-level opportunity to gain valuable experience and knowledge in
best practices for individual and institutional fundraising.  The
Development Associate will have the opportunity to take on increasing
leadership on individual projects and within the Development Team and the
organization as a whole.  They will work closely with program staff and
senior leadership in strategic planning for program creation and
organizational growth.
For more info: jobs@thefoodproject.org <mailto:jobs@thefoodproject.org>
Visit our website at www.thefoodproject.org

21. A November to Remember: Your Vote Can Change History
We tend to think of national elections as remote affairs, immune to the
influence of an individual vote. But consider: the 2000 presidential
election was decided by a mere 537 votes -- that was the margin of victory
in the decisive Florida election. The final margin in New Mexico was a mere
366 votes. The 2004 presidential race is shaping up to be just as close--and
just as critical. Each and every vote will be vital in determining the
course this nation follows in the future.   If you want to help determine
that future, then you must register. And vote.
The National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture has partnered with Working
Assets to register voters for the 2004 election. To fill out a voter
registration form online, just go to
http://www.sustainableagriculture.net/index.php, and click on the
"Register to Vote" button at the bottom on the page.  There you can register
to vote or change your registration address. Just fill out the form, print
and mail. It?s easy and quick. If you?re already registered, please forward
the link to friends and family.
Install democracy. In Washington.
Register to vote at http://www.sustainableagriculture.net/index.php
Tell a friend!
22. Urban Harvest ­ Research on urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA).
Urban Harvest was launched in late 1999 by the Consultative Group on
International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) to coordinate and focus the
collective knowledge and technologies of its world-wide agricultural centres
on research related to urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA). This program
is an integrated agricultural research response to the challenges of
increasing food insecurity, impoverishment, environmental deterioration, and
unemployment facing the cities of the developing world, as urbanization
continues at an unrelenting pace in the new millennium.
Although UPA has been a vital livelihood option for many poor residents in
and around cities in Africa, Asia and Latin America, it has been largely
unrecognised and discriminated against in urban planning and policies.
Through exploratory and action-based research conducted in partnership with
local governments and regional and international research organizations in
cities in Sub-Saharan Africa, South-east Asia, and Latin America, Urban
Harvest aims to establish the perception of urban and peri-urban agriculture
as a productive, essential component of sustainable cities.
The program's research framework is founded on four "pillars": stakeholder
and policy dialogue, sustainable urban livelihoods, recognition and use of
un(der)utilized urban resources, and an integrated human-ecosystem health
For more information on our research activities and projects in Cameroon,
Kenya, Peru, Philippines, Uganda and Vietnam visit our homepage at
www.cipotato.org/urbanharvest ( for the Spanish version of our website
please go to http://www.cipotato.org/urbanharvest/spanish/home.htm ). Here
you can also read more about other partners initiatives in urban and
peri-urban agriculture and related issues such as community food security,
waste management, environment and health concerns, and policy planning.
If you are an organization involved in issues related to UPA and would like
to be kept up to date about the most recent activities and resources in this
area, we recommend joining the Urban Harvest listserv. For more information
on how to join our listserv please see
http://www.cipotato.org/urbanharvest/listserv.htm or send a mail requesting
listserv subscription to urbanharvest@cgiar.org
23. Curriculum: LiFE - Linking Food and the Environment.
The LiFE curriculum is an exciting venture -- providing science education
for students in the area of biology through inquiry-based investigations in
the domain of food! This domain engages students and makes science
investigations meaningful to them.
See more about the LiFE curriculum for 4-6th graders:
24. Study: Rooting the Community, Growing the Future: Two Massachusetts
Urban Agriculture Organizations and their Social Impacts
This project seeks to introduce urban agriculture to an academic field (and
broader public) that is largely unfamiliar with this little-known yet
burgeoning practice. Rather than focusing on its economic or environmental
impacts, the author elucidates urban agriculture¹s social effects, seeking
to spark greater interest in it among sociologists, anthropologists, and
other theorists and practitioners who tackle issues of community development
and social change in urban settings. This project is a senior thesis by Iris
Ahronowitz, who recently completed a bachelor¹s degree at Harvard
Read a summary or download the full text at:

--  JOIN BLAST! --
25. BLAST is a global network of youth and adults working together to build
sustainable food systems. Through BLAST, we will foster a new generation of
leaders who create innovative solutions to the problems we face in our
existing food system. Find out how to get involved at:

Amanda Blaine
Food Project Fellow
The Food Project
P.O. Box 256141/555 Dudley St.
Dorchester, MA 02125
Phone: 617-442-1322 x15
Fax: 617-442-7918

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