California Food & Justice Coalition

:: August 2009 Newsletter ::

IN THIS ISSUE: :: CFJC News & Events :: Member of the Month: Community Services Unlimited :: Events and Announcements :: In the News :: Grants & Fundraising Opportunities :: Jobs & Internships ____________________________________________________________ CFJC News & Events ::Savor Summer with CFJC -- Fundraising Soiree is this Saturday! CFJC is pleased to partner with Bocanova restaurant to host a dinner featuring local, organic ingredients and a talk by Laura Stec, chef and author of Cool Cuisine: Taking the Bite Out of Global Warming. All proceeds from the dinner benefit CFJC's newest campaign, Grow Local, focused on rebuilding local food systems. We hope you can join us. Buy your ticket at :: Find the California Food and Justice Coalition on Facebook and become a fan! This is a great way to get the latest updates on

Grow Local events and trainings as well as the latest food policy news. Just click here <> . ____________________________________________________________ Member of the Month This month, we profile Community Services Unlimited Community Services Unlimited is a 501c(3) non-profit that is working in South Central Los Angeles to rebuild a local food system in South Central Los Angeles “from the ground up”. Since its establishment in 1977 as the non-profit arm of the Southern California Chapter of the Black Panther Party, CSU has worked with the community to address the inequities and systemic barriers that make self-reliant life-styles unobtainable in their community. Today CSU uses food as a tool to engage community residents, especially youth, in building a healthy and sustainable community. Two local schools, Normandie Avenue Elementary and John Muir Middle School, and the EXPO Center, a multi-faceted recreation facility, have been the sites for many training programs. CSU’s Growing Healthy program teaches school age children about nutrition, farming, and the environment through learning that emphasizes the cultural histories and traditions of the students and community. Teens and young adults deepen their knowledge and build critical skills for rebuilding their community through the From the Ground Up program. Young adults focus on research and projects that help them understand the local food environment and learn how to address the problems of accessibility to fresh and healthy local food in their schools and community. CSU maintains four mini-urban farm sites and a weekly community

farm stand. These sites provide fresh beyond organic produce to the community, and also serve as a training site for at-risk youth who learn farming, gardening, entrepreneurial and leadership skills. These youth learn the multiple elements of running a farm related business, from harvesting, to packaging and to distributing of product. CSU markets its fresh produce, produce from local farmers and processed products (like dried herbs, jams and sauces) through the Village Marketplace. They also operate a produce bag subscription program that provides subscribers with a weekly delivery of fresh local produce. In 2006, Community Services Unlimited acquired a bus, which was used to train community members on how to convert diesel engine’s to run on recycled veggie oil. The bus is now used to support CSU’s programs and can be hired by organizations for their field trips. Today CSU hosts a Sustainable Transport Collective that maintains the bus, a fleet of bicycles, and soon, a work truck that will be converted to run on veggie oil. To learn more about Community Services Unlimited, visit If your organization is a CFJC member and would like to be profiled in a future newsletter, send us a message at ____________________________________________________________ Events and Announcements :: Eat Real Festival - Street food, fresh summer fruits and veggies, live music, handcrafted local beers, ice cream sold from the back of a bicycle. Come find it all and more at Eat Real, a free festival, taking place August 28-30 at Jack London Square. Buy from your favorite street food vendors, pick up a ticket for the Beer Shed and sample from among the 40-something microbrews, or shop in the market for local produce and artisanal snacks. In between the good eats, enjoy the non-stop entertainment and activities that

include chef demonstrations, dance performances, bands, films, food competitions, and lots more, for free. All Street Eats are $1-$5! More information at :: Global Women's Project and Ecology and Development have released a new report, Seeding Justice: A New Value System for Food and Agriculture. Abiosseh Davis and Theresa Polk contend that the global food crisis cannot be addressed by a mere tweaking of our current model of agriculture; a system that has driven many into poverty and hunger while devastating Earth's natural resources. The authors argue that the most effective way to address the unequal power, wealth and access that underscore poverty and hunger is through the creation of a new food system; one based on values that promote the global common good. Read the analysis and recommendations here: :: School Garden Sustainability Summit- Life Lab is hosting a summit in Santa Cruz on September 10 and 11, 2009. This summit of school garden leaders will focus on documenting successes and challenges of school based garden programs. At the summit leaders will help create regional support models and empower others to lay the foundations for long-term sustainability. Leaders will also have the opportunity to share experiences, learn from others in the field, and visit a local school garden. Early registration ends 8/24. To register go to ____________________________________________________________ In the News :: Illinois – Local Food, Farms & Jobs Legislation. Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn recently signed landmark legislation that will pave the way for Illinois residents to have more access to locally grown food. A small fraction of the $48 billion a year spent on food by Illinoisans goes towards produce grown within the state’s borders. The signed legislation creates incentives for farmers to grow for local markets and provides a system for processing and

distribution for Illinois markets. For more information: :: TIME Magazine’s recent coverage of the food system in “America’s Food Crisis and How to Fix It” by Bryan Walsh is not news to CFJC members and allies. However, its concise and clear explanation of the major issues and their solutions is an excellent primer for the person who is less familiar or comfortable with the information. Additionally, the solutions, such as the need to focus on a distribution system that encourages local production, fit CFJC’s mission. You can check out the here,8599,1917458-1,00.html, and if you’re interested in further discussion, click here ____________________________________________________________ Grants and Fundraising Opportunities ::National Gardening Association Announces 2009 Healthy Sprouts Awards Program Deadline: October 17, 2009 The awards support school and youth garden programs that teach about nutrition and hunger issues. For more info: :: National Gardening Association Announces Continuation of Youth Garden Grants Program Deadline: November 2, 2009 NGA annually awards Youth Garden Grants to schools and community organizations with child-centered garden programs across the United States. 100 grants, paid as gift cards to Home Depot and Gardening with Kids Catalog, are available. For more info: ::National Gardening Association Invites Applications for 2009 Hooked on Hydroponics Education Grants Deadline: September 18, 2009

The program will provide thirty-six schools with equipment and learning materials for hydroponics projects that involve at least fifteen children between the ages of 6 and 18 during the 2010 school year. For more info: ___________________________________________________________ Jobs and Internships :: The Community Food Security Coalition is looking for a new Policy Director- CFSC is a national organization promoting local food systems and access to healthy food for everyone. The Policy Director will work full time to coordinate the CFSC’s federal policy program from the Washington, DC office. Applications are due September 17, 2009. Applicants should send resume, cover letter, salary history and contact information for three references to Andy Fisher at To see the ob description, visit :: Redwood Heights Elementary School in Oakland is looking for a Garden Instructor- The Garden Instructor will be responsible for creating a curriculum, maintaining the garden and coordinating with the Green Lunch Program. If you have knowledge of organic farming practices, enjoy working with kids, and have previous teaching experience then this may be the job for you! For more information contact Mary Dalzin at ::Small Organic Farm near Santa Cruz seeks Farmer – The Linden Croft Farm is looking for someone who wants to learn all aspects of no-till farming on a small farm which caters to two of the best Santa Cruz restaurants. Applicants must be willing to work around 25 -40 hours a week. Interested individuals should call Linda Butler at 831-206-7126. For more information about the farm, visit ::TLC Ranch is looking to hire a Live Stock and Poultry Assistant-

Key responsibilities include providing water and feed to all animals, set-up fencing and moving animals. Please send a resume and cover letter to TLC Ranch, 2598 San Juan Rd., Aromas, CA 95004 or email it to Applications will be received until September 19, 2009. ************************************************ Did you get this message forwarded to you? email to join our list and receive our alerts and monthly e-newsletter directly

Want to be removed? email: The California Food and Justice Coalition is a statewide membership coalition committed to the basic human right to healthy food while advancing social, agricultural and environmental justice. We collaborate with community-based efforts in California working to create a socially just, ecologically and economically sustainable food supply. We envision a California food system in which all activities, from farm to table, are equitable, healthful, regenerative, and community-driven. California Food and Justice Coalition 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Suite F, Berkeley, CA 94702 Phone: 510-704-0245 FAX: 510-548-8896 <> <> email:

CFJC is a fiscally-sponsored project of the Ecology Center

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