AU Garden Workday Tomorrow

This Wednesday we will have a workday from 12pm – 2pm.  This weekend we finished putting in the fence posts so our transition to the new garden is almost complete.  This means two things – it is time to start putting plants in the ground and a general garden meeting.  To all people who took seeds home please bring your plants to the workday Wednesday.  If you cannot make the workday you can leave the plants at the garden in the morning, they will be fine for the few hours they are alone. We would also like to have a general garden meeting this Thursday or Friday to discuss the structure of our organization now we will be growing plants.  Here is the link to the doodle quiz http://www.doodle.com/2dhak4sx9q293hn6 please fill it out by 3pm Wednesday.

This week is also Farmworkers Awareness at TDR. On Wednesday they will have a table inside TDR with a Farmworker Awareness Collage. They are inviting students to write a reason they support farmworkers’ rights or what you will do in honor of Farmworker’s Awareness Week.  As gardeners I think it is especially relevant we are conscious of the conditions our fellow farmers face. So as you eat your lunch Wednesday I encourage everyone to take a moment and acknowledge and appreciate the who grew and produced our food and the effort they put in. Also contribute to Bon Appitit’s event. 

Claire Williamson

The D.C. Farmers Market Collaborative asks that you please call Mayor Gray TODAY!

Mayor Gray is finalizing the budget for the 2013 fiscal year and needs to hear from D.C. farmers market supporters about making nutrition incentives a priority. Currently, the budget does not include any funding for farmers market incentive programs.

ACTION NEEDED: Call or e-mail the Mayor’s Office at 202-727-6263 or vincent.gray@dc.gov and relay the following message:

“My name is ____ and I run a farmers market (name) and/or am a supporter of D.C. farmers markets (name of markets you support). Please put $150,000 into the fiscal year 2013 budget for farmers market incentive programs for SNAP (formerly the Food Stamp Program), WIC, and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) recipients. This District support would help leverage additional investments from foundations and other donors. It would help low-income consumers double the amount of fruits and vegetables they can purchase at participating farmers markets and generate local economic activity.”  -end of message to mayor’s office –

Background:
By providing an incentive for SNAP, WIC, and FMNP shoppers, farmers market incentive programs benefit low-income consumers, bolster the local economy, and promote consumption of fruits and vegetables. For example, a SNAP recipient who redeems $5 of these federal benefits at a D.C. farmers market that operates a “Bonus Bucks” program would then receive $5 worth of those Bonus Bucks (matching incentives) to spend on healthful, locally grown food. This means that the SNAP recipient ended up with $10 to spend on produce that day. In D.C., such grant-funded pilot programs are working effectively at eight markets and are expanding to even more D.C. markets in the 2012 season.  These incentive programs benefit low-income consumers, but they also bolster the local economy and promote consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Please forward this message far and wide! We need your help!

Thanks,
Lauren Shweder Biel
Executive Director
DC Greens

Part-Time Policy Analyst for Amazon Environmental Research Institute International Program

The Amazon Environmental Research Institute International Program is seeking a part-time consultant for a 12-month term focused on agricultural, forestry, and forest carbon policy in Indonesia that could evolve into a permanent full-time position. The Policy Analyst will undertake targeted policy analysis to identify potential linkages between agricultural commodity production and REDD+ and other forest carbon/climate finance mechanisms under the auspices of a global program focusing on responsible commodity roundtables and forest carbon finance.

Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will:
– Conduct research on agricultural policy and credit mechanisms, including low emissions rural development initiatives, in Indonesia ;
– Conduct research on the opportunities for and barriers to addressing the agricultural drivers of deforestation and forest degradation;
– Contribute to comparative analysis of agricultural, agricultural finance, forestry, and climate policy for multiple tropical nations;
– Contribute to technical articles, fact sheets and policy briefs based on this research in support of IPAM’s overall communication strategy;

Qualifications and Experience:
– PhD or Master’s plus 2+ years experience in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Policy, Forest Policy or closely related field
– Experience in research on policy issues related to agricultural production, natural resources, rural development, climate change, forestry, and markets and trade
– Familiar with issues concerning Indonesian agriculture and land-use policy
– Familiarity with REDD and carbon markets and finance is a plus
– Ability to work across disciplines
– Excellent written and spoken Indonesian and English

Application deadline: April 7, 2012 or until filled
Desired start date: ASAP

Appointment, Location: This is a one-year, part-time consultancy appointment with the possibility to extend and increase to a full-time appointment. The consultant is expected to be based in Indonesia with some travel within Indonesia as well as to international meetings, as necessary. Compensation commensurate with experience.

Application Instructions: Please send cover letter referencing Job# 1302CDN, curriculum vitae, and contact information for 3 references to ip-jobs@ipam.org.br. Please reference Job# 1302CDN in the subject line of the email.

The Amazon Environmental Research Institute International Program (IPAM-IP) is a non-profit organization that conducts research, policy analysis, and capacity‐building in support of low-emission rural development and natural resource conservation in the developing world. With offices in San Francisco, IPAM-IP acts as the international arm of the Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amazônia (IPAM), a non-governmental organization headquartered in Brazil with a seventeen year history of ecological research and sustainable development initiatives in the Amazon. For more information on IPAM International Program, please visit http://www.ipam.org.br/programas/item/IPAM-IP-International-Program/8.

Green For All Event this Wednesday

Please join us on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 3:30pm on Capitol Hill in Longworth House Office Building 1300 for an exciting briefing to learn more about how expanding access to healthy food creates jobs and improves our communities’ health. Green For All Fellow, Zoe Hollomon, will join speakers from around the country who are in engaged in win-win food programs that are benefiting both farmers and consumers:

  • Case Visser, of Visser Farms will discuss the Double-Up Food Bucks program that connects SNAP families in Michigan with local farmers, increasing farmer sales income and incentivizing healthy eating habits.
  • Zoe Hollomon, Green for All Fellow and Enterprise Director at Buffalo’s Massachusetts Avenue Project, will discuss their Growing Green Works program, a youth urban agriculture program that provides healthy food access while also improving the local economy.
  • Jeff Cole, farmer and Executive Director of Mass Farmers Market will discuss Wholesome Wave’s Fruit and Vegetable Prescription (FVRx) program that links community members at-risk for diet-related diseases to farmers, through their local health clinics.
  • Robert Lazaro, Community Affairs Executive of INOVA Health System will explain how the “Buy Local, Buy Fresh” program uses the resources of a Northern Virginia healthcare company to encourage shopping at farmers markets to improve health and reduce costs.

We hope to see you on Wednesday! Space is limited, so RSVP today!

Communications Manager sought by EcoAgriculture Partners

EcoAgriculture Partners is an international non-profit organization that strives to bring about a world where rural landscapes are managed to improve rural livelihoods, conserve native ecosystems, and sustainably produce food and fiber (“ecoagriculture”). The organization does so by providing training, research, policy solutions, and support to farmers, communities, and organizations at the local, national and international levels. To learn more about EcoAgriculture Partners, please visit our website at www.ecoagriculture.org.

A centerpiece of EcoAgriculture Partners’ work from 2011-2014 is to facilitate and co-lead the Landscapes for People, Food, and Nature Initiative (LPFN)—a collaborative, international initiative to support the scaling-up of effective integrated agricultural landscape approaches worldwide. The Initiative is doing so by developing and communicating the evidence base related to such approaches, fostering cross-sectoral knowledge sharing and dialogue, and developing and implementing a global action agenda. In doing so, the Initiative will advance viable pathways for sustainable development in places where food production, ecosystem health and human well-being must be achieved simultaneously. For more information, please visit the Initiative website at www.landscapes.ecoagriculture.org.
Position Summary:
To support the above efforts, EcoAgriculture Partners is hiring a Communications Manager to join our committed team in Washington, DC, as soon as possible. The Communications Manager will conduct outreach and communications activities both for the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative and for EcoAgriculture Partners’ other projects and programs. We seek to hire a motivated individual who is creative, ambitious, and articulate. The successful candidate will be an effective team worker while simultaneously being adept at working independently to manage multiple, complex tasks. This position is a full-time salaried position with benefits.
For the full position announcement please click here.

Food & Culture Conference, Johnson & Wales, Denver

The focus of this conference is a moving target.  Food & Culture takes in disciplines ranging from science and the global effects of having a banana in your supermarket all year long to the local foodways of the Appalachian South.  We envision papers that are grounded in science, film studies, sociology, history, literature, economics, religious studies, drama, visual and performing arts, security, popular culture studies, culinary arts, the business of food, urban and community planning, nutrition, political science, and some combination of these and more.  More than an opportunity to present interdisciplinary work, we hope that the conference will foster new work that crosses and expands traditional disciplinary boundaries.  Food, we think, does just that.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
The Representation of Food in the Arts
The Rise of the Food Network
Impact of Agriculture on Ecosystems
Extinction and Exotic food
What we/they eat and why?
The science and ethics of Modified Food
Food as art
Water and the future of food
Globalization and eating habits
Religion and Food
Immigration and food exchange
Culinary Travel
How much and what does cheap food cost?
The collapse of subsistence farming
Local food traditions

Pat Guerra
Johnson & Wales University
7150 Montview Blvd.
Denver CO 80220
(303)256-9337
(303)256-9442
Email: patricia.guerra@jwu.edu

Academic Conference Call: Food Security in the Twenty-First Century

Professor Graddy will be hosting this “phone-in” in her office (SIS 306) on Wednesday, March 28, from 12-1 p.m.  We hope to see you there!

On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), I invite you and your students to participate in the next Academic Conference Call on Wednesday, March 28, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (ET). Catherine Bertini, professor of public administration and international affairs at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, will discuss food security.

Ms. Bertini currently serves as co-chair of the Chicago Council of Global Affairs’ global agricultural development initiative and chair of its girls in rural economies initiative. For two years, she was senior fellow, agricultural development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Ms. Bertini was the driving force behind reform of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), where she was the chief executive for ten years. She was named the 2003 World Food Prize Laureate for her leadership at WFP in ending famine and decreasing hunger. Ms. Bertini was appointed executive director of the WFP in 1992 upon the recommendation of President George H. W. Bush and was re-appointed with the support of the administration of President William J. Clinton.

We ask that professors convene students in a group to participate. Typically, professors have found it convenient to gather in a classroom or host students in their office around a speaker phone. Please reply to this email if you would like to make this call available to your students, and we will send you the toll-free dial-in number and password one day prior to the call.

We encourage questions from students during the call. As background for the discussion, you may wish to have your students review the following materials:
1) Catherine Bertini, “Girls Grow: A Vital Force in Rural Economies,” The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, 2011.
2) Catherine Bertini and Dan Glickman, “Object Lessons in the Value of Helping the World’s Poorest Farmers,” Huffington Post, October 31, 2011.
3) “World Disasters Report 2011- Focus on Hunger and Malnutrition,” International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, September 2011.
4) Toni Johnson, “Food Price Volatility and Insecurity,” Backgrounder, Council on Foreign Relations, August 9, 2011.
5) “Feed the Future Guide,” U.S. Government, May 2010.
6) “Renewing American Leadership in the Fight Against Hunger and Poverty,” The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, 2009.
7) Catherine Bertini and Dan Glickman, “Farm Futures: Bringing Agriculture Back to U.S. Foreign Policy,” Foreign Affairs, May/June 2009.