AUfoodies reborn!

Hi foodies!

After a bit of a hiatus, the blog will be coming back with a new look and fresh content very soon. Expect to see updates rolling out in the next few weeks.

Are you a leader passionate about healthy food, farms and kids?

Become a FoodCorps Service Member!

FoodCorps recruits talented leaders for a year of paid public service building healthy school food environments in high-obesity, limited-resource communities.

WHAT YOU’LL DO

FoodCorps service members implement a three-ingredient recipe for healthy kids:

  • TEACH children about what healthy food is and where it comes from
  • BUILD and tend school gardens 
  • BRING quality local food into public school cafeterias

  WHERE YOU’LL SERVE

As a service member, you will be placed with one service site for your year-long term. Service sites are community organizations that operate in partnership with one of our twelve to fifteen host sites, statewide organizations that help run FoodCorps in each of the places FoodCorps serves: Arizona, Arkansas, California (pending), Connecticut, Hawai’i (pending), Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey (pending), New Mexico, North Carolina and Oregon. 

Visit WHERE YOU’LL SERVE to learn more about our host sites, their work, the service sites they partner with, and what your service might look like in each location.

 

WHAT YOU’LL GET

For your year of full-time service, you are eligible to receive the following benefits:

  • A $15,000 living allowance
  • A $5,550 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award
  • Student loan forbearance
  • Health insurance
  • Partial childcare reimbursements
  • Training and mentorship
  • Alumni network
  • The experience of a lifetime

Explore what FoodCorps has to offer by visiting BENEFITS.

“It feels awesome to serve with a community that wants me to succeed and reach my goals. The connections I have made over the course of this year, nationally and locally, are invaluable – and I know these relationships and networks will guide me and support me in the future.” —Kirsten Gerbatsch, service member

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

Successful FoodCorps service members:

  • Are passionate about building a healthier future for school children
  • Are motivated to serve full-time in a limited resource community
  • Have experience working in or studying food systems, agriculture, public health, education, community organizing, or public service
  • Are seeking an opportunity to gain hands-in experience for their career
  • Are committed to working hard in order to make a difference

Additionally, in order to be considered for a FoodCorps service member position, you must:

  • Be 18 years or older by the start of service (August 13, 2013)
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident of the United States
  • Hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent

To learn more about other qualifications, visit WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR.

 

The 2013-2014 Service Member Application is now open. Applications will be due by 11:59 pm Eastern Time, March 24th 2013. late applications will not be accepted.

You can read more about our application process here. Please read all of the information on all of these pages before completing your application. When you are ready, the application can be found here.

We will be hosting 3 informational open conference calls to address questions about the process. The dates of the calls are:

  • Thursday, January 24 at 2 pm PT / 5 pm ET
  • Wednesday, February 13 at 2 pm PT / 5 pm ET
  • Tuesday, March 12 at 2 pm PT / 5 pm ET

Dial-in info:

Number: (218) 936-4700

Participant access code: 7904113#

If you have any further questions about FoodCorps recruitment or the service member application process, please visit our FAQs page. If you have other questions not answered within our FAQs, please contactserve@foodcorps.org

Apply for second annual food, farm and sustainability institute

Interested in sustainable agriculture and food studies? Apply for the second annual Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute at Hampshire College, a six week summer academic program.


Overview: From June 3 to July 12, students, faculty, staff, and alumni will come together as a living and learning community at Hampshire College. Students will gain hands-on work experience with the guidance of the Hampshire College Farm Center staff, learn through inquiry-based projects mentored by faculty with a range of expertise, and acquire ownership of knowledge through independent research projects. The institute will follow food from its origin in the soil, through plant cultivation and animal management, address issues in public health and politics, and end up in the kitchen, breaking bread and assessing the character of the food we produce and eat. There will be numerous opportunities for community building through roundtable dinner discussions with local farmers and food producers, a weekly film series, and field trips to local farms emphasizing environmental and community sustainability.

Required costs to students include $3,100 for tuition and $400 for communal meals during program hours. Lodging is an additional $1,050 for students who wish to reside on campus. 

Hampshire recommends 8 academic credits for completion of the 6-week program. Students are encouraged to check with their home institutions for credit equivalent.

Online Application Deadline: March 1, 2013

For more detailed information about the Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute, please visit the website: ffs.hampshire.edu. If you have any questions, please contact ffs@hampshire.edu

New Job Link!

New Job Link!

Check out this facebook group that posts sustainable agriculture jobs, internships, and other opportunities

Policy Associate, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Posted: January 25, 2013
Position Announcement: Policy Associate (Conservation and Farm Programs)
Location: Washington, DC

Description
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities. NSAC is currently seeking a Policy Associate for conservation and farm program issues. This position is located at NSAC’s DC office on Capitol Hill.

NSAC’s Policy Associate will help to develop and implement policy and strategy focused on agricultural conservation, especially working lands programs, and on farm program reform, especially crop insurance programs. The Policy Associate will advocate before the US Congress and executive branch agencies, particularly the US Department of Agriculture. The Policy Associate will staff and help lead NSAC’s Conservation, Energy & Environment Issue Committee, and will also have assignments within NSAC’s Farming Opportunities and Fair Competition Committee. The associate will draft documents, including legislative language, policy papers, testimony, advocacy materials, and comments relating to USDA working lands conservation programs, climate change, crop insurance, and other issues. She or he will contribute to the organizations annual planning and priority setting, budgeting, and fundraising; participate in the planning and execution of coalition-wide meetings; assist with grassroots and grasstops outreach; write policy blogs; represent NSAC at Conservation Coalition and other similar DC partner meetings; and represent NSAC at events and to the media. The Policy Associate, one of four Policy Associates at NSAC, reports directly to NSAC’s Policy Director.

Qualifications
-An understanding and passion for sustainable agriculture, including farm conservation and environmental protection and family farm livelihood and opportunity
-Knowledge of the federal policy-making process
-A minimum of three years Hill/lobbying experience or other agricultural policy experience
-Experience advocating in support of conservation programs or farm program reform is preferred
-Background with grassroots advocacy campaigns
-Excellent written and verbal communications and public speaking skills
-Experience with print, radio, and online media
-Experience with large, multi-organization grassroots coalitions
-Ability to both work independently and be a good team player
-Willingness to work around a demanding congressional schedule and administrative deadlines
-Willingness to travel domestically several times a year

Compensation and Benefits
Salary is on a non-profit scale and will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. NSAC offers an excellent employer paid benefits package and a lively and collaborative work environment.

Application
Please send resume, cover letter including an explanation of your interests in sustainable agriculture, salary history, and the names of three references to Emily Gilbert at egilbert@sustainableagriculture.net.

NSAC is an equal opportunity employer. We actively encourage people of color to apply for this position and all positions at NSAC.

Discussion with Author Wenonah Hauter about her book Foodpoly

Foodopoly Book Tour Event in Washington, DC 
Busboys and Poets

 

FoodopolyJoin Food & Water Watch’s Executive Director Wenonah Hauter as she discusses her new book, Foodopoly.

Foodopoly exposes the real culprits threatening our food system — consolidation and corporate control — which are preventing farmers from raising healthy crops and limiting the choices people can make in the grocery store.

After the discussion, Wenonah will be available to sign copies of the book for anyone in attendance. 

Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM 
Address:
2021 14th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

Executive Director Wenonah Hauter will be in your community taking about her new book FoodopolyJoin us at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC for a discussion about the book, the problems facing our food system and what we can do about it.

Besides being the Executive Director of Food & Water Watch, Wenonah grew up on a family farm that her husband runs today as a Community Supported Agriculture project (CSA). The farm provides healthy vegetables to over 500 families in the Washington, D.C. area.

Wenonah’s time on the farm and working in Washington, D.C. as an advocate has helped her see first hand how agricultural policy has been hijacked by lobbyists, driving out independent farmers and food processors in favor of the likes of Cargill, Tyson, Kraft and ConAgra. Let’s talk about how to create a better food system, not one dominated by profits and exploitation. 

Sign up today: 
http://act.foodandwaterwatch.org/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=101723

Promoting Responsible Agricultural Investments in Africa

The Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars invite you to a dialogue on:

Promoting Responsible Agricultural Investments in Africa

Monday, October 22, 2012
2:00 – 4:00PM

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW – 6th Floor, Washington, D.C.


2:00PM     Welcome
• Steve McDonald, Director, Africa Program, Wilson Center

2:15PM     Panel I:  Perspectives from Mozambique on Responsible Investments in Agriculture. Moderator: Michele McNabb, President, Partnership to Cut Hunger & Poverty in Africa

• A Story of Two Contrasting Investments from  Mozambique – Dan Charles, NationalPublic Radio, Washington, D.C.

• Engaging Smallholder Farmers and Agribusinesses As Key Partners Along Value Chains –Carlos Moamba, USAID AgriFUTURO Project Mozambique

Question & Answer

3:00PM     Panel II:  Building Partnerships for Inclusive Investments. Moderator: Mima Nedelcovych, Partner, Schaffer Global Group

• Defining Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investments: Global Processes and Progress – Jordan Dey, Independent Consultant
• Forging Effective Public-Private Partnerships to Facilitate Responsible Agricultural Investments – Matthew Armah, COO, Millennium Development Authority (MiDA), Ghana
• Making New Private Sector Investments Work for African Agriculture – Njack Kane, CEO, Novel Commodities, Geneva
• Encouraging Responsible Private Sector Investments in the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition –Paul Weisenfeld, Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau for Food Security, USAID

Question & Answer

4:00PM  Coffee and informal networking

TO RSVP, PLEASE EMAIL Africa@wilsoncenter.org

The live webcast of the event will be available at:

http://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/promoting-responsible-agricultural-investments-africa