California Food & Justice Coalition

:: August 2010 Newsletter ::
IN THIS ISSUE: :: CFJC News :: Grants :: Events and Announcements :: In the News :: Action Alerts :: Resources :: Jobs, Internships & Opportunities ____________________________________________________________ CFJC News Executive Director Message :: One of the questions I get over and over is “can you send me data on how growing local helps with the challenges of climate change?” As you might expect, there is at once a plethora and a dearth of information. But we all need to understand the larger context of the question. In a March 2010 USDA Energy Use in the U.S. Food System Report researchers Canning, Charles, Huang, Polenske, and Waters discuss a piece of the puzzle supported by well organized data. However a study of energy use alone does not tell the whole story.

We exist with a food system that is broken in large measure, arguably, because to various degrees we have all fallen prey to a culture of the quick-fix, fear mongering, half-truths and in some cases outright lies. Efficiencies alone—whether of energy, economy or expediency and scale—will not sufficiently meet the challenges we face today. If you are reading this e-newsletter it is likely that you understand the predicament in which we find ourselves. What I have learned from interviews and countless email messages is that throughout the state, across the country and around the world people are grappling with the absurdities of our 21st century food system. Why is there hunger in the U.S. when nearly 40% of our food goes to waste? How can a farmer anywhere in the world be penalized—criminalized even—for collecting and sharing seeds from his/her own crops? Back to climate change. Let the pundits and individuals who have the wherewithal and time to argue and complain about the politics of climate change, food and economics have their final moment on stage. The future is with individuals, families, community groups, and local policy makers. They—you are the ones who by example prove that there is a fix for a system that seems to have forgotten that the primary purpose of food is to nourish people, and not to enrich a corporation. CFJC is the place you can look to that reminds you that in the face of the enormous challenges we face, you are not alone. At CFJC our role is to help connect the dots—to remind policymakers of the face of our communities, food workers, those on the front lines and in the fields, in food processing plants and restaurants, in grocery stores and at family dinner tables and in school yards.

Yes, we need national policy and hence our work on the Farm Bill 2012. But that effort is only as legitimate as it relates to families and communities that sit around a dinner table. By keeping it local we keep it real. And by keeping it real we bring to the effort of re-creating our food system the skills of mothers and families, of community and NGO workers, agency staff and farmers, entrepreneurs and urban gleaners, restaurant workers and store managers. Re-creating the food system will no doubt require the legions of individual stakeholders with their collective wealth of experience, wisdom and knowledge. This then is the face of food justice—a system that works for each of us. We’ve seen where the blind ambition of greed has taken us. Now then, it is our time and our turn. As we continue to create a just food system that works for everyone we will of necessity have to address the challenges of climate change, the economy and health in all its manifestations. That’s what grownups are supposed to do. And what better way to begin than by ensuring that our people are nourished by the bounty of the earth. Armando CFJC Member’s Public Policy Call :: The September CFJC Members’ monthly public policy is scheduled for September 28th from 9:00-10:00 am PDT, and will once again be hosted by the Public Health Institute’s Dialogue4Health Web Platform. Sessions are open to anyone working on food system and food justice issues, although we hope you will take a moment to join/renew your CFJC

membership as well. Details and reminders for registering for the webinar will be emailed over the next couple of weeks. (If you are interested in receiving a copy of the notes from the August 17th webinar please send your request to ____________________________________________________________ Grants

:: Community Food Projects (CFP)—Competitive Grants Program guidelines are available with a filing deadline of November 17, 2010. The RFA for this USDA funding opportunity for NGOs clearly articulates eligibility online. :: Peoples Garden School Pilot Project guidelines available for 2010. One organization will be selected for a cooperative effort funded by a $1 million grant award from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. Completed applications are due by November 8, 2010. ____________________________________________________________ Events and Announcements :: Watch for a Message about CFJC’s first Fundraiser of the Year when the Bocanova Restaurant hosts a Sunday Harvest Dinner in Oakland’s Jack London Square in late October/early November. Details forthcoming. :: World Food Day is October 16th—and what may be of special interest this year, World Egg Day is October 8th :: North Oakland Farmers' Markets workshop series beginning in August 2010 are co-sponsored by Oakland Local, East Bay Free Skool and the Arlington Medical Center. All workshops are free and run from 12:00-2:00 PM.

:: 2010 Growing Greener School Grounds Conference September 24th & 25th in San Francisco. :: Sol Food Festival invigorates the California Central Coast. The Sol Food Festival is a one day (10/2/10) community created festival to raise awareness of the Sustainable, Organic and Local food systems of Santa Barbara County. :: Webinar: Policy Approaches to Healthy Corner Stores registration open for September 14, 2010 event on Public Health Law & Policy website. :: Free Trainings for School Personnel & Community Partners are scheduled throughout California this fall. Register online for these Fresh Fruit and Vegetables: A Centerpiece for a Healthy School Environment trainings at a venue near you. :: Milwakee, WI joint conferences September 10-12—GFJI Gathering in conjunction with the Growing Power—Urban Agriculture and Small Farms conference. Pre-conference intensive leadership facilitator training September 8-9 registration also open. :: Women in Sustainable Agriculture conference November 1-3, 2010 at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont—setting the stage for future success. :: Healthy Food in Health Care Leader workshop September 2022, 2010 at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vermont includes farm tours and presentations in alliance with the University of Vermont. :: Online learning Opportunity from Cornell University for diversifying and beginning farmers. If you are comfortable with learning via computer this series may be of benefit. :: Online learning Opportunity Starting in the fall of 2010, Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education

will be offering a course series through online learning in urban agriculture as part the Certificate in Food Security. :: Farm & Food Leadership Conference in Austin, TX September 13-14th, 2010. The two-day event focuses on policy and regulatory issues affecting agriculture and our food supply, including the next Farm Bill, food safety issues, raw milk, Codex, NAIS, water use issues, Slow Money, and more. :: Food, Culture, & Justice: The Gumbo That Unites Us All, the conference that gives you the opportunity to see first-hand the unique regional and multi-cultural approach to food organizing taking place in New Orleans October 16-19th. :: Urban Aquaculture Track at Growing Power Farm ConferenceSept 10-12th in the Milwaukee State Fair Grounds. For more information and to register online:

________________________________________________________________ In the News With so much in the news we can only give a sample of what is arriving daily in our email inboxes: :: Action Alert or News? This story of heroism and despair has been floating around the internet for a couple of weeks. It reminds us that we all have a stake and a say in the future of our planet. :: GIPSA Hearing in Ft. Collins drew nearly 2,000 from across the country to hear from Attorney General Eric Holder, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and a panel of stakeholders about proposed Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration rules. :: Appreciate how much each of us can still learn, no matter how expert we are in our comfortable “silos” courtesy of this posting in Civil Eats by Elizabeth Snyder.

:: New Orleans is site of this year’s CFSC conference, and Judy Walker of the Times-Picayune gives her perspective on changes in cuisine since Hurricane Katrina, five years ago August 29th. :: Genetically Engineered Fish? There is a vigorous debate about why and how soon we can expect GE fish and animal products to show up on plates in the U.S. This article in the Guardian sets the table for discussion here. :: Some Positive News that’s come out of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move effort, and which it seems most communities could join; actually we could modify and adopt locally as our own. Our local chefs have a lot to offer and perhaps we should be asking and giving them a chance to help out. :: Walmart as the Future of Local Food? This Grist article also contains links to the Community Food Enterprise Report and other resources at Wallace Center Winrock International. :: Fair Food Network launches Double up Food Bucks in Detroit. When SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) eligible recipients use a SNAP Bridge Card to shop for food at a farmers' market, the amount of money that is spent is matched with Double Up Food Bucks bonus tokens which can then be exchanged for Michigan-grown fruits and vegetables. :: Every Small Victory should be celebrated on the road to a just food system. Read about what Ohio farmers have decided, perhaps after seeing how California has moved to ameliorate conditions in factory farms. :: In Case You Missed It, the Senate passed by unanimous consent a reauthorization of the child nutrition bill S3307. What you may not realize is that the legislation proposes to redirect funding from SNAP (foodstamp) programs. This is a must watch situation that may prove to be a bridge too far in relentless efforts to take away basic human necessities.

________________________________________________________________ Action Alerts :: Questions Abound Concerning the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009, S510. This may well be one to watch in process— reading the small print and discussing the ramifications. Be alert for ongoing discussions and amendments as they are proposed. :: CFJC Takes a Stand for the first time in memory against two ballot initiatives in California—Proposition 23 and Proposition 26. In the first, much of what was accomplished by AB 32 (California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006) would be undone. In the second, the definition of “taxes” would be amended to include many regulatory fees that pay for services we require. ________________________________________________________________ Resources :: Analysis by EWG on the proposed $1.5 billion giveaway in disaster relief provides a good example of one of the ways our current system is not working. :: Perhaps We Can Learn from our neighbors to the north, in this study of Food Justice by the BC Food Security Gateway in Canada. :: Appreciate The Effort put into this website to try and help our schools to offer what is better for our children. There many efforts and much research on how we can continue the change in our behavior patterns.

________________________________________________________________ Jobs, Internships & Opportunities California :: Membership and Communications Associate position open with National Farm to School Network. Located at Occidental

College with the option to work remotely, the position is open until September 3rd. :: Food Corps/Americorps positions open and the Letter of Inquiry period expires on Friday, September 17th for potential host sites. Follow the same link to learn about a conference call on September 2nd to pose questions and get answers. :: Paid Internship Opportunity with Old Grove Orange, in Redlands, CA. Email resume and cover letter to :: Full Circle Farms in Sunnyvale, located on Santa Clara Unified School District land, is recruiting for farm crew and educator (Americorps) positions as part of the Silicon Valley Health Corps partnership. :: California FarmLink seeks an Equity Building Programs Manager to work full-time at the organization’s headquarters in Sebastopol, CA. California FarmLink is a non-profit organization working to promote family farming and preserve. The EBPM is an exempt salaried position. :: Prevention Institute in Oakland has inter-disciplinary employment opportunities. Program Coordinator and Program Assistant positions are located in the Oakland office. :: Slide Ranch in Muir Beach is recruiting live-in environmental education interns. Slide Ranch teaches visitors the impact choices have on food, health, and the environment, through hands-on activities and independent exploration of the farm and coastal wild lands. :: Director for the Berkeley Edible Schoolyard position open with the Chez Panisse Foundation. The Edible Schoolyard is a program of the Chez Panisse Foundation. The ESYB Director is responsible for the leadership, development, and management of the ESYB program.

Job Opportunities Outside California :: Working Lands Alliance Project Director position open in New England with interviews beginning the week of September 20th. The American Farmland Trust (AFT), is looking for an energetic selfstarter to staff the WLA office in Connecticut. :: Capitol Hill Policy Analyst with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) position open in Washington, D.C. Minimum of three years Hill/lobbying or agricultural policy experience required. Winter internships also available. :: Outreach & Volunteerism Manager position open until filled at Growing Hope, a gardening, urban agriculture, farmers' market, and food access nonprofit in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Volunteer internship and Americorps positions available as well. :: Director, National Project on America’s Food System with the Center for Science in the Public interest position open until filled. This opportunity is located in Washington, D.C. :: UVM Extension .80 FTE Assistant Professor position to teach agricultural financial management subject matter to diverse audiences in a non-credit, informal and off campus setting that contributes to institutional investments in a transdisciplinary effort focused on Food Systems. Applications due by October 1, 2010. :: Food Policy Specialist- Multnomah County, Portland OR. Interested individuals should send their resume and a short statement of interest to: Sonia Manhas, Program Manager Community Wellness & Prevention / Office of Public Health Policy & Advocacy. :: Consultant Health Promotion position in Toronto open until September 13, 2010. Consultant works closely with Toronto Food Policy Council to develop and implement Toronto Food Strategy.

:: Farm to School Coordinator needed in Philadelphia. The Coordinator works with a program team to provide training and technical assistance, communications and outreach services, and an advocacy voice to promote and expand the farm to school movement in the six-state Mid-Atlantic region (Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania). :: Chef/Food Services Director available in New Orleans. Edible Schoolyard NOLA is a signature program of FirstLine Schools. The program is based on the highly successful original Edible Schoolyard program founded by Alice Waters in California.

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