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:: February 2010 Newsletter ::
IN THIS ISSUE: :: CFJC News :: Events and Announcements :: In the News :: Take Action :: Grants & Fundraising Opportunities :: Jobs & Internships ____________________________________________________________ CFJC News :: Check out our new site!! It’s been a long time coming: www.cafoodjustice.org :: Oakland’s Energy and Climate Action Plan (ECAP). CFJC, in collaboration with Movement Generation, recently sent a policy recommendation letter to the City of Oakland, urging the City to include food system localization and water security policies in the upcoming ECAP. Check out the letter here: www.cafoodjustice.org. The ECAP will be presented to City Council and the public on March 30, and the more food justice advocates present at the presentation, the better. More details on the meeting to follow. :: CFJC featured on The National Radio Project broadcast. Director Shereen D’Souza participated in a roundtable discussion
about access to food, housing and healthcare as human rights in the US, with Annie Flores of Women’s Economic Agenda Project and Max Rameau, founder of Take Back the Land. Listen here: http://tinyurl.com/redefhumrts ____________________________________________________________ Events and Announcements :: Free resources from The Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT) for organizations based in Spanish-speaking immigrant communities. For free copies of Cómo Recaudar Fondos en su Comunidad and/or a free one-year subscription to the Grassroots Fundraising Journal contact Monica by March 15 via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 510-4524520 x 304 with your contact information, and let her know how many copies of Como Recaudar Fondos you would like as well as if you would like the one-year subscription to the Grassroots Funding Journal. For more info on the sources, visit: http://tinyurl.com/giftsources :: “Food Hardship: A Closer Look at Hunger, Data for the Nation, States, 100 MSAs and Every Congressional District,” published by the Food Research and Action Center, reveals – for the first time – the extent to which Americans are struggling to afford enough food in every Congressional District and 100 of the country’s largest metropolitan areas. A summary of the report is available here: http://tinyurl.com/FHSprel. To read the report, go to: http://tinyurl.com/FHSpdf. :: Taking Root, 5th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference will take place from May 17-19 in Detroit, MI. For more information, or to register, go to: http://farmtocafeteriaconference.org/5/ :: Slow Food Bay Area will host a panel on how to make good, clean and fair food accessible to everyone on Thurs, March 11th from 6:30-8pm at the Glide Foundation in San Francisco. Panelists will include Martin Bourque of the Ecology Center, Annie Shattuck of Food First, Bruce McKinney of Glide, Nikki Henderson of People’s Grocery, Paul Ash of SF Food Bank, and Josh Viertel of Slow Food USA. For more information, see:
http://slowfoodpanel031110.eventbrite.com/ :: The Healthy Corner Stores Network is excited to announce the availability of a new resource, a Healthy Corner Stores Q & A that provides brief, practical answers to 20 frequently asked questions about corner store initiatives. You can find the resource at: http://healthycornerstores.org/faq/ _______________________________________________________________ ____________________ Take Action :: USDA recently released its draft Environmental Impact Statement on Genetically Engineered alfalfa and NOW is your chance to demand that USDA protect organic food from GE contamination. Tell the USDA in your own words or in the template provided how this affects you, your farm or your business: http://tinyurl.com/rejgealf. Last date for comment is March 3, 2010. :: Join the International Day of Peasant Struggle to commemorate the April 17, 1996, massacre of 19 landless Brazilian peasants. La Via Campesina calls upon member organizations, allies and supporters to unite against transnational corporations which seek complete control over food and agriculture systems around the world. For more info: http://tinyurl.com/viacampintlday. :: Calling anyone under the age of 18. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers announces their Campaign for Fair Food drawing contest. Use your imagination to draw what “Fair Food” means to you, and show how you can work together with farmworkers to make a fairer world for the people who pick our fruits and vegetables. Details here: http://tinyurl.com/drawcont :: Youth organizers for Our School at Blair Grocery in New Orleans and Youth Coalition for Community Action have created a small presentation about their experiences working to create food security in New Orleans. They want to share experiences with other food justice organizers in Southern California to dialogue about how they can work with the SoCal community. If
interested, contact Arthur Levine at email@example.com or 917-7348108. ________________________________________________________________ _____________________ In the News :: Now is the time to take action for better school lunches. Debra Eschmeyer delves into this issue in her Huffington Post article, “State of the Union’s School Lunch: Nutrition as National Defense and Fiscal Health.” You can read it at: http://tinyurl.com/sotusl :: Agriculture is essential for the rebuilding of Haiti. Cheryl Mills discusses this and much more in her article, “The Importance of Agriculture in Confronting Hunger, Poverty and Unemployment in Haiti.” To read the article, go to: http://tinyurl.com/aghaiti :: USDA and DOJ recently announced settlement of suit by African American farmers claiming discrimination by USDA. The settlement of the litigation, Pigford II, contingent on appropriation by Congress, could provide a total of $1.25 billion to African American farmers who suffered racial discrimination in USDA farm loan programs. To read more: http://tinyurl.com/blfarmerrest ________________________________________________________________ ____________________ Grants and Fundraising Opportunities :: The Healthy Urban Food Enterprise Development Center at the Wallace Center at Winrock International will provide grants and technical assistance for enterprise development and focus on getting more healthy food—including local food—into communities who have limited access. LOI due March 8. For more info: http://tinyurl.com/hufedgrant :: Create a short video that completes the phrase, “Real food is…” Created by the National Farm to School Network and sponsored by the Lunch Box, this contest is open to K-12 and college students and runs until March 29. The winners will receive $1,000. More info is available at www.video.farmtoschool.org. ________________________________________________________________
____________________ Jobs and Internships :: Hidden Villa, 1,600 acre organic farm and wilderness preserve near Santa Cruz, is hiring for summer camp. Positions include camp counselors, day camp and residential lifeguards, residential counselors, program heads, health care managers (nurses), kitchen assistants, cooks, and a food service manager. For more info: www.hiddenvilla.org/campstaff.php :: Ag Innovations in Sebastopol is hiring a Project Coordinator for Building Market Connections for Disadvantaged Farmers. For more info: http://aginnovations.org/ :: Heirloom Seed Operations in Petaluma has one apprenticeship position available. The apprentice will have the opportunity to learn about Heirloom Seed Operations, as well as homesteading and farming skills. For more information regarding this apprenticeship, visit http://tinyurl.com/heirlsdapp :: Living Lands Agrarian Network in Nevada City is seeking 3 interns for April through November, 2010. Interns can expect to learn about and participate in everything that happens on the six unique farm sites, from principles and techniques of organic farming to food preparation to marketing. Find the application at www.livinglandsagrariannetwork.org :: Roots of Change in San Francisco is seeking a part time contractor to serve as a Program Manager of the CDFA funded California Farmers Market Consortium. For more information: http://bit.ly/bsM2ho :: Riverhill Farm in Nevada City is seeking a full time, year-round Production Manager for its 10-acre organic farm. The applicant must be detail-oriented, hard working, energetic and enjoy working collaboratively with the farm owners and with interns. For more info: http://www.riverhillfarm.com/ and click on the link below the title “Employment Opportunities at Riverhill Farm.”
:: Pesticide Watch is seeking a Community Organizer for the Central Valley. Primary responsibilities would include outreach and public education, and developing and implementing a fundraising strategy. For more information: http://tinyurl.com/pestwtchco. :: The Environmental Working Group seeks a Legislative and Policy Analyst for its Washington DC office to support efforts to reform U.S. agricultural and environmental policy. A primary focus will be on implementation of the 2008 Farm Bill and advocacy around the 2012 Farm Bill. For more information regarding the position, go to http://www.ewg.org/jobs#legislative :: Life Lab in Santa Cruz is seeking a Garden Educator. This is an 18 hour per week position year round with 40 hours per week for nine weeks each summer (this year from June 7 through August 13). For more information, visit: http://tinyurl.com/lifelabgarded. Applications due by March 12. :: Life Lab in Santa Cruz is also seeking a Program Assistant. Candidate will coordinate with Life Lab staff to assist in many aspects of Life Lab’s diverse programs. The Program Assistant is the primary contact for general office managerial tasks such as database updates, maintaining inventory of office supplies and answering phones. For more information: http://tinyurl.com/lifelabprogasst. Applications by Mar 26. :: Rancho La Vina in Santa Barbara County is looking for an experienced Farm Operations Manager. The manager will supervise daily operations of a family-owned ranch that grows wine grapes, organic walnuts & tomatoes. Ag experience/degree is required. Bilingual preferred. Contact (805) 705-4707 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or resume submission. :: The San Francisco Foundation is accepting applications for its Multicultural Fellowship Program. The program aims to increase diversity in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. The Program provides young professionals of color with challenging work
experiences and leadership opportunities in the areas of grantmaking and community building. The Fellowship includes an intensive curriculum, individual coaching, mentorship, access to local service sector leaders, and countless opportunities to build a professional network. Applications due March 22nd. For more information, and to apply, go to: http://tinyurl.com/sffmfs <http://tinyurl.com/sffmfs> :: Veritable Vegetable in San Francisco is hiring a Purchaser for its organic produce distribution business. Requirements include 3 + years retail, sourcing or purchasing experience with proven success. For more info: www.veritablevegetable.com/Jobs/Opportunities/ :: Eco Farm in Watsonville is seeking an Executive Director. Responsibilites will include Planning, Fundraising, Program Direction, Financial Management, Staff Management, Board Support and Movmenent Building. For more info: www.ecofarm.org/about/jobs/ :: Eco Farm is also seeking a Communications Intern. The position offers a stipend. Applications due by March 19. For more info: www.eco-farm.org/about/jobs/communications_intern/ ************************************************ Did you get this message forwarded to you? email email@example.com to join our list and receive our alerts and monthly e-newsletter directly Want to be removed? email: firstname.lastname@example.org The California Food and Justice Coalition is a statewide membership coalition working to ensure 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 http://www.CAFoodJustice.org <http://www.cafoodjustice.org/> <http://www.cafoodjustice.org/> email: info@CAFoodJustice.org CFJC is a fiscally-sponsored project of the Ecology Center.
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