California Food & Justice Coalition

:: March 2010 Newsletter ::
IN THIS ISSUE: :: CFJC News :: Events and Announcements :: In the News :: Take Action :: Jobs & Internships ___________________________________________________________ CFJC News :: CFJC has launched its totally revamped and stylized website! We'd love for you to check it out. You can find it at: ____________________________________________________________ Events and Announcements :: Head to ENACT 2010: Nutrition and Activity Day in Sacramento, Tuesday, April 20th, where you can learn about the bills before the California Legislature that aim to create healthy environments and then take action by meeting with legislators. To register, go to: :: CUBA: Sustainable Agriculture Conference and Research Tour, hosted by the Latin American Agroecological Movement (MAELA), the Latin American Scientific Society of Agroecology (SOCLA), and the Cuban Association of Agriculture and Forest Technicians (ACTAF), will allow for unprecedented access to

Cuban agriculturalists and in depth site visits. If you are interested, go to for more information. :: Call for Writing: The Stowe Prize for Excellence in Writing to Advance Social Justice. The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, Conn., has established The Stowe Prize, a $10,000 award to recognize a United States author whose written work makes a tangible impact on a social-justice issue critical to contemporary society. The inaugural prize will be awarded in 2011, and honors the 200th anniversary of Stowe's birth. Submission must be postmarked by June 1, 2010. For more information: :: 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: :: Data found in The Grocery Gap, a newly released review of 132 studies by Policy Link and The Food Trust, is an excellent resource for anyone trying to influence policy. To read the study, go to: :: Janet Poppendieck, author of Free for All: Fixing School Food in America will speak in Oakland on April 5 from 12-2pm at The California Endowment. Her presentation will include a focus on school lunch, a book presentation and a panel discussion. Please RSVP at :: Head to an early Earth Day Celebration in Richmond on April 10 from 10am-2pm at the Richmond Greenway, on 6th St. between Ohio and Chancellor. There will be free music, entertainment, volunteer projects, fresh tomato starts hosted by Urban Tilth. The City of Richmond/Bay Worms will also host a composting workshop. _______________________________________________________________ ____________________ Take Action :: 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 information on the history of the movement and ideas of how you can take action, visit: ________________________________________________________________ _____________________ In the News :: Solar Project Plan Threatens Small Farm Owners in the Hollister Area. A proposal for millions of solar panels to cover thousands of acres of land in the Panoche Valley has been made, and transmission lines exist to carry the power to the Bay Area. County officials are set to vote on the proposal this fall. To read the article, go to: :: The March 2010 issue of the American Planning Association’s Zoning Practice focuses on urban agriculture. To check it out, go to: :: In Richmond, two high schools built urban school farms at their two respective school sites as part of the second year of a class entitled Urban Agriculture and Food Systems. The Urban Tilth supported program will produce thousands of pounds of produce for families who participate in the CSA that is part of this class. For more information, go to: :: Another example of a school that is approaching school gardens out of the box is Princeton Public High School in New Jersey. Gym class has been merged with gardening. To read more about it in the New York Times blog, go to: :: The Senate Agricultural Committee unanimously approved the child nutrition reauthorization bill, increasing spending on nutrition over the next 10 years by $4.5 billion. For a more complete report, visit:

:: Major League Baseball recently announced a marketing partnership with Scotts Miracle-Gro. 28 different environmental and health organizations are demanding that MLB denounce this partnership. To read more about this, go to: :: An opinion piece on the advantages of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Individual Development Account Program run in the SF Gate and written by fledgling dairy farmer and cheese maker in Watsonville is excellent food for thought. Check it out at: ________________________________________________________________ ____________________ Jobs and Internships :: The Real Food Challenge is seeking a Real Food Challenge Regional Field Organizer. Applications are due by April 4th. If you are interested, check out the position at: :: The Real Food Challenge is also seeking members for the National Team. You should be a student who is ready to develop skills as a leader, student organizer and social movement driver. The experience combines hands-on action and decision-making, mentorship from veterans in the field, and a lot of fun! Applications are due by April 4th. If you are interested, check out the position at: :: Public Health Law & Policy in Oakland is seeking a summer researcher/intern to work with their Planning for Healthy Places team. For more information about the position and to apply, visit: :: Roots of Change in San Francisco is seeking an Administrative Coordinator. For more information on the position, visit: :: Roots of Change in San Francisco is also seeking a

Communications Manager. For more information on the position, visit: :: Frog Hollow Farm in Brentwood is seeking an Administrative Assistant to support eCommerce, Mail Order, and Order Fulfillment divisions. To apply, email resume and cover letter to In the cover letter, please answer the following questions: 1) What is your favorite stone fruit? 2) Do you personally shop for organic produce? If so, why? 3) Do you have an attachment to local farms? If so, please explain. 4) Are you a regular at your farmer’s market? 5) What are three of your favorite restaurants? :: FRESH, the movie, is looking for 2 interns to coordinate food bloggers to cover FRESH's Farm to Table Dinners in cities all across the U.S. (from April through June). This position starts immediately and lasts for at least 3 months, possibly longer. Intern should be interested in and knowledgeable of their local restaurant landscape, particularly those restaurants that use locally-sourced and sustainably-produced ingredients. The Intern should also be enthusiastic about reading food blogs and reaching out to writers/photographers/tweeters about the opportunity to attend FRESH dinner events. An ideal candidate is extremely well-organized, time-line oriented, has good communication and research skills, is enthusiastic, and loves food. To Apply: Send a PDF version of your resume, along with a statement of interest and examples of previous work to Nicole Potenec at ************************************************ 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 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 <> <> email:
CFJC is a fiscally-sponsored project of the Ecology Center.

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