Unite Here: Real Food, Real Jobs at AU August 8th

The Real Food, Real Jobs campaign is a campaign run by Unite Here which is the largest food service workers union in North America. The campaign focuses on making food service jobs sustainable through a livable wage, healthcare, job and retirement security and respect on the job. As students on campus, we can help to ensure that the workers who provide us with healthy food options in our cafeterias are able to do the same for their families and for themselves during their breaks by helping to learn more about what exactly their role is in bringing us local, fresh, healthy options to our cafeteria.
Join us at 5pm on Wednesday August 8th in the Kay Spiritual Center for a locally grown, produced and cooked meal to be shared with food workers and students from all of DC’s universities.

La Grange Local Food Intern

La Grange is a modern general store in Oakland with a focus on urban agriculture and local organic food. The business is in the planning phase, with launch targeted for September 2013. The intern is responsible for research, operations and marketing support, and project management.
This is a 3 month position, $15/hour, 16 hours per week.
– Research. Initial projects include customer interviews, research into permits and the regulatory environment for the proposed business, costs, and competitive research. More will arise as the research plan is fully fleshed out.
– Operations and marketing support. Participation in planning and execution of beta projects to test the concept(s), community building through social media, website updates, etc.
– Project management: meeting notes, milestone tracking, decision log, and contact database.
– Additional support for the business planning process, including the creation of exhibits.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
– BA required
– Experience with community building, food systems, and/or social entrepreneurship
– Fantastic communication skills
– Highly organized and able to help others be organized
– Able to solve complex problems
– Analytical
– Tolerant of ambiguities
– Flexible, creative, and fun
I’m looking for an intern to join a team of creative, successful food entrepreneurs to bring a new sustainable ag and food project in Oakland to life. Further information below. If interested, please send your resume to me at shivaniganguly@gmail.com.


Tuesday at 1:30: Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food 2.0

UPDATED: Media Advisory: USDA Deputy Secretary Merrigan to Host #ASKUSDA Virtual Office Hours on Local Food

Focus on 2.0 version of USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2012—On Tuesday, July 24, at 1:30 pm EDT, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan will host a live Twitter chat focusing on the Department’s support for local and regional food systems and the recent release of the 2.0 version of the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass. Deputy Secretary Merrigan will answer your questions about the Department’s work related to local food and ways the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass can assist your community.

This Twitter chat is a follow-up to last week’s Google+ Hangout hosted by the White House and USDA on the same topic.

The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass is a digital guide to USDA resources that support of regional food production. Originally released in February 2012, the 2.0 version of the Compass guide contains new case studies of successful regional food projects, while the interactive map feature now includes data on food hubs, farmers markets, meat processing facilities and more, as well as data on USDA-supported projects in all fifty states. The map is also searchable by key word and zip code, enabling users to zero in on the topics or regions that interest them most and see how USDA can help.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012
1:30 p.m. EDT

WHAT:         USDA Deputy Secretary Merrigan will answer questions about USDA’s support for local and regional food systems and the 2.0 version of the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass.

WHERE:       Follow the @USDA Twitter account. Use hashtags #askUSDA and #KYF2 to submit questions in advance and during the live Twitter chat.

USDA Virtual Office Hours, a monthly live question and answer series, allows stakeholders to directly engage with USDA leadership and subject matter expertsthrough Twitter. Sessions are focused on a specific mission, issue or program as aligned with the Department’s strategic goals and based on stakeholder interests.

It’s Eat Local First Week in DC!


AND Farm-to-Table Week!  Learn more about this week’s events (like this evening’s Edible Urban Garden Tour) here, and come on out!


You can also check out USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass 2.0, released today, at the following link: http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=KYF_COMPASS

E-event on Local Food and Women tomorrow!

USDA and White House Office of Public Engagement to Host Google+ Hangout to Highlight Local Food Initiatives

WASHINGTON, July 13, 2012— On Tuesday, July 17, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan and Jon Carson, White House Director of Public Engagement, will host a Local Foods in Our Community As Told By Women Google + Hangout to highlight efforts to strengthen local and regional food systems.

Tuesday’s event will be an opportunity to talk about local food with inspiring women from around the country, including:

  • Cory Carman of Carman Ranch in Oregon, a fourth-generation farmer who works closely with local processors and distributors to sell her beef directly to customers and to local universities, colleges, and restaurants;
  • Susan Noble, Executive Director of the Vernon Economic Development Association (VEDA) in Wisconsin, who spearheaded revitalizing an abandoned factory into a successful food businesses incubator;
  • Chris Kirby, who coordinates a Farm to School program on behalf of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture and connects local producers with hundreds of local schools across the state;
  • Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore, MD, who created the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative, an inter-governmental collaboration aiming to increase access to healthy affordable food across the city;
  • Pamela Roy, Executive Director of Farm to Table in Albuquerque, NM and Director of the New Mexico Food and Agriculture Policy Council, which advocates the connection between local food systems, health, nutrition, hunger and stewardship;
  • Valerie Segrest of the Muckelshoot Indian Tribe near Seattle, WA, who works as the Community Nutritionist and Native Foods Educator for the Northwest Indian College’s Cooperative Extension Department and sees local and traditional foods as a way to preserve her heritage.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
3 p.m. EDT


WHAT:  Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan and Jon Carson, White House Director of Public Engagement, will host a Local Foods in Our Community As Told By Women Google + Hangout

WHERE: Watch on WhiteHouse.gov/live, or on the White House Google+ page
Participants can ask questions on the White House Google+ Page, or on Twitter using the hashtag #WHHangout.