FEATURED ORGANIZATION: Organic Growers School
Organic Growers School (OGS) has unquestionably earned its reputation as the central resource for grassroots, organic agriculture education across the Southern Appalachians. During the early 1990s, farmers and extension specialists noticed a lack of information surrounding the nuts and bolts of farming techniques for the mountainous region. In 1993, members of the community came together to discuss the creation of a new organization that could fill this gap, and thus OGS was born. From that moment on, the members of the OGS declared their mission to provide growers with the resources needed to create thriving landscapes. The Executive Director of OGS, Lee Warren, has recognized that “as growers thrive, they care for the land, strengthen their communities, generate income for themselves and others, and produce food for their region.” In addition, they enhance their personal food security, self-reliance, and grow their capacity for environmental stewardship, ecological awareness, nature reverence, and best land use practices. OGS works to empower populations towards become nutritionally and financially secure so that they can take a seat at the political table and advocate for just, sustainable, and accessible food systems.
Since then, The Organic Growers School has continuously hosted their annual spring conference, allowing for the gathering of famers, chefs, gardeners, educators, consumers, and students. OGS aims to strengthen the sense of unity among food systems practitioners in the Appalachian region. Each conference offers a jam-packed schedule of cooking classes, sustainable technique demonstrations, homestead training, and several other workshops centered around agriculture education. In addition to education and support OGS provides an opportunity for networking and celebration of local wisdom and local food community.
2019 Food Systems Development Practitioners Survey
We welcome your participation in this Food Systems Development Practitioner survey!
COMPLETE THE SURVEY HERE: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NAFSN_201
Purpose and Survey Overview
One of the big questions relating to food systems development is what are the challenges and training needs of current and prospective food system development practitioners? We believe that improved knowledge and skills of practitioners are likely to lead to more effective and efficient programs, and ultimately to more viable and sustainable food systems. This survey was conducted in 2012, and this new survey will provide trends in the professional development needs of food systems practitioners.
FEATURED TOOL: Fellowships for Food Systems Professionals
Funding opportunities for professionals wishing to expand their horizons.
Applied Community & Economic Development (ACED) Fellows Program, Illinois State University
The Applied Community & Economic Development (ACED) Fellows Program at Illinois State University's Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development is a two-year fellowship program leading to a master's degree in Applied Economics, Political Science, or Sociology, each with an interdisciplinary sequence in Applied Community/Economic Development. Fellows complete one calendar year of on-campus study. During their professional practice internships in their second year, fellows receive community and economic development field experience in urban and rural communities. The ACED Fellows Program includes full tuition waivers, plus stipends for the graduate assistantship and internship.
BOOK REVIEW: Good Food, Strong Communities
Strong book on building community through food Review
by Amy Crone, Maryland Farmers Market Association
A Review of Good Food, Strong Communities: Promoting Social Justice through Local and Regional Food Systems, edited by Steve Ventura and Martin Bailkey. (2017).
Published by University of Iowa Press. Available as paperback and ebook; 304 pages. Publisher’s website: https://www.uipress.uiowa.edu/books/ 9781609385439/good-food-strong-communities
Good Food, Strong Communities: Promoting Social Justice through Local and Regional Food Systems is a book borne out of the Community and Regional Food Systems (CRFS) project, which began in response to a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) request for proposals regarding food insecurity. Guided by Wisconsin-based academic institutions, the CRFS has program participants in seven cities (Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Boston; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Chicago; Detroit; and Los Angeles). While the book contains examples from all seven cities, it is primarily focused on efforts in the Midwest. I have participated in a number of such regional efforts, including food policy councils, and have both responded to and reviewed USDA proposals focused on food insecurity.
Read full book review HERE.
NEW JOB OPP! Executive Director, Berkeley Food Institute
Executive Director, Berkeley Food Institute (BFI)
In consultation with the Faculty Director(s) of the Berkeley Food Institute (BFI), the Executive Director (ED) is charged with the development, administration, and management of an inter-departmental research Institute located on the UC Berkeley campus; The Berkeley Food Institute is an exciting program that connects seven academic units: College of Natural Resources, Graduate School of Journalism, Goldman School of Public Policy, School of Public Health, College of Environmental Design, Haas School of Business, and Berkeley Law.
For more information, visit the NAFSN job listing HERE.
New Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems Major Announced at NC State University
Events and News From NAFSN's National Founding Partners
NC State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has a new major program. The new Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems is a cross-departmental program offered through the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and Horticultural Science.