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IN THIS ISSUE: :: CFJC News :: Grants & Funding Opportunities :: Events and Announcements :: In the News :: Action Alerts :: Resources :: Jobs, Internships & Opportunities _________________________________________________________ CFJC NEWS Dear CFJC Member,
With this newsletter we begin a new era at CFJC. When you visit our
website at www.cafoodjustice.org you will notice many updates, made possible by new personnel including contract and volunteer staff.
We’ve been busy with our Peer 2 Peer Project trainings CFJC is conducting in Stockton and South Oxnard; a joint “Listening Session” with the Community Food Security Coalition that CFJC is organizing in Oakland on February 14th to solicit community input on Farm Bill 2012 priorities; an update on our January 26th Asilomar retreat with national agriculture and public health groups, plans for the CFSC 2011 Conference in Oakland that CFJC is co-hosting with Food First, and more. Once more, CFJC is able to engage in a wide variety of efforts on behalf of our California coalition because of member support that made possible a
move to offices in Oakland. Top on the priority list for 2011 is an outreach campaign to our entire mailing list, the purpose of which is to re-introduce CFJC and begin the process of scheduling regional meet-ups. These traditional gatherings provide an opportunity for local groups and communities to discuss and share their priorities with regard to local, regional, state and national food system issues. All CFJC activities in 2011 will be informed and guided by what is learned from our membership. If you are interested in co-hosting a “meet-up” in your area to address local concerns with your community’s access to food, please let us know by emailing email@example.com for details and materials. Big buyers, including meat companies like Tyson and Smithfield, are offering farmers shockingly low prices, forcing them to sign exploitative contracts, or giving preferential treatment to the biggest farms, shutting out small farmers. Congress finally did something about this in the 2008 Farm Bill, but big companies are pressuring the USDA not to implement the new law. On February 14th, tell Obama to have a heart for America's farmers and ranchers. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details and materials. Wherever possible, CFJC works in partnership with local and other organizations to further the goals of our membership. In Stockton and South Oxnard CFJC is partnering with local health departments, the Network for a Healthy California and Field Research to train SNAP eligible mothers as facilitators. In coming months trained facilitators will hold dialogue sessions with other SNAP eligible mothers, creating a safe space where the women share best practices on what each is doing to maintain and improve the health and nutrition of their families. The Peer 2 Peer Project is a model program that we believe is already showing progress. By maintaining a safe environment in which mothers talk about how they have nurtured families in spite of difficulties, a powerful synergy is emerging. Informed by the work of Paulo Freire, the Peer 2 Peer Project methodology is being incorporated into other aspects of CFJC activities.
CFJC work on Farm Bill 2012 is moving forward as well. Since Farm Bill 2007-2008 will ultimately include more than $300 billion in program expenses, California groups and communities must continue to participate in the process to ensure local priorities get a hearing in the process. Traditional CFJC Meetups will begin in earnest in 2011, where we partner with others to learn about local concerns. Specifically tailored to learn more about S.F. Bay area priorities related to Farm Bill 2012, a joint CFSC/CFJC “Listening Session” kicks off 2011 activities on February 14th at the California Endowment offices in Oakland. And while there is growing interest in the Farm Bill reauthorization process, ongoing CFJC meetup activities will have a broader agenda, to learn more about what other priorities member groups are working on, or what they are interested in learning more about. CFJC staff member Hai Vo is taking the lead with assistance from all volunteer and professional staff. The schedule for CFJC Members Public Policy calls is now set as well, with monthly webinars hosted by the Public Health Institute Dialogue4Health service resuming on the 4th Wednesday of the month beginning February 23rd. Farm Bill 2012 reauthorization will be a large portion of the hour long conversation, with the final fifteen minutes reserved for local updates. An email invitation for the webinar will be sent out by mid-February. To support the full scope of Farm Bill 2012 reauthorization activities CFJC is working with a national coalition of groups which includes the Public Health Institute, Public Health Law & Policy, the Institute for Agriculture Trade Policy, American Farmland Trust, and the Center for a Livable Future at John Hopkins University. On January 26, 2011 the groups co-hosted a retreat for national leaders from agriculture, public health and other food related organizations in Asilomar to explore potential areas of mutual concern in the Farm Bill reauthorization process. The one-day retreat will be followed by a larger summit in Washington, D.C. in April, 2011.
Meanwhile, CFJC has contracted with the Community Food Security Coalition to co-host along with Food First the 2011 CFSC Conference in Oakland, November 5-8, 2011. The 2010 CFSC Conference in New Orleans drew more than 1,000 attendees and local groups in the Bay Area have stepped forward to begin planning for a larger conference that celebrates food justice, food security, and food sovereignty from farm to table. CFJC Conference Coordinator Erin Middleton has taken the lead for conference planning. You can contact her at email@example.com (or Armando at firstname.lastname@example.org ) to learn more, or to get involved. Finally, you’ll notice a slightly different “look” to our monthly newsletter as we experiment with templates. Our goal is to maintain the simplicity of our communication to you via the most efficient means. Please feel free to let us know how we are doing—in this area, or wherever you think we can improve. Best regards,
Y. Armando Nieto
___________________________________________________________________________________ GRANTS & FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES :: The Sustainably Local Food Finance Group, a new angel investment group in the Chicago area, is inviting applicants to apply for available grants. For more information on the competition and for the application materials visit the Family Farmed website. :: NRCS Conservation Programs provide possible funding opportunities. ________________________________________________________ EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS :: Make Money as an Urban Farmer workshop will be presented by the Sustainable Commercial Urban Farm Incubator (SCUFI) Program on February 19th and 20th from 8am-6pm in Berkeley, CA.
:: California Small Farm Conference is taking place on March 6-8 in San
Jose. There will be a host of keynote speakers, workshops and field courses that focus on agricultural sustainability.
:: CalCAN Climate & Agriculture Summit at the UC Davis Conference Center on March 31st, 2011. :: The University of Oregon is hosting the Community, Equity and Sustainability Conference on February 19 to explore the history and future of our food sytem. :: Community Involved In Sustaining Agriculture will be holding Labor Management workshops starting in February.
CFJC is re-instituting monthly public policy calls beginning February
23rd, which will be hosted on the Public Health Institute’s Dialogue4Health Web Platform. Sessions are open to anyone working on food system and food justice issues. Details about registering for the event will be sent to those wanting in participate. ________________________________________________________ IN THE NEWS
:: USDA’s regulation of Monsanto’s genetically-engineered alfalfa sprouts
was challenged by organic farmers and consumer activists in a public forum held by the House Agriculture Committee on January 20. Karen Ross is California’s New Secretary for the Department of Food and Agriculture.
:: The California Board of Food and Agriculture approved their California Agricultural Vision for 2030 after a series of listening sessions hosted across the state.
:: The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry has a
new Chairperson. Read up on who has financially contributed to Debbie Stabenow.
:: California 6th District Court of Appeals ruled in favor of an organic farmer in Santa Cruz, making pesticide users liable for drift. :: Strawberry Pesticides could cause cancer. Consequently, California farmworkers are going to court to push for a ban on these chemicals.
:: Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFed) recently hosted a 25youth-leader training in Northern California on organizing students for directing on-campus food cooperatives. UCSB students are now organizing a food co-op program to encourage a closer, healthier relationship with the food we eat. Organic, locally-grown food will be sold on campus from a solarpowered cart. :: Real Food Challenge West Coast Sustainable Foods Initiative’s 3rd Annual Convergence is in Santa Cruz mid-February and will be exploring the connections between food sustainability, food justice, and youth leadership :: JUST FOOD Program, an initiative by Ashoka Youth Ventures Bay Area and Earth Island Institute, are beginning their efforts to mentor youth-led teams in the bay area on food justice social entrepreneurial projects. :: 43 million American getting food stamps. Full article here. :: “The taxpayer money spent on health care, social security & food stamps in 2010 was less than 1/10 the taxpayer money spent on bailouts, quantitative easings & other core welfare programs.” More information here. :: Article alleges Cargill has already tripled their profits this year while relying on child labor. :: St. Paul schools instate "sugar free zones". _________________________________________________________ ACTION ALERTS :: Tell the President NO GE ALFALFA! The USDA is about to approve genetically engineered alfalfa. Write or call the president to voice your protest. More information at the National Organic Coalition’s website.
________________________________________________________ RESOURCES :: Almost 9,000 farmer’s markets are open during the winter. Check out this site to find a stand near you and to check out photos, or add some of your own from your favorite winter farmers market. :: National Sustainable Action Coalition discusses the 2012 Farm Bill, the House Agriculture Committee, New School Lunch Nutrition Standards and more on their blog. :: From Poverty to Power has a new post up regarding the “upside of high food prices”. View post at Oxfam’s Blogs Page.
:: Greenbelt Alliance, American Farmland Trust and SAGE released a
report on the current climate of Bay Area ranchers and farmers. To read up on the challenges facing agricultural production in the 9 counties that make up the Bay Area, click here. :: Planting Justice, one of CFJC’s Organizational Members, released a video that outlines the work PJ is doing in our local communities, schools, and prisons to ensure food security. :: New Food Sleuth Radio Interviews have been posted to the KOPN and iTunes websites. Kathy Ozer and Mark Menjivar :: Informative conversation on the 2012 Farm Bill with founder of FGE Food and Nutrition Team, Fern Gale Estrow. Recording available here. JOBS, INTERNSHIPS & OPPORTUNITIES California :: Capacity Building Coordinator position available at National Hunger Clearing House, WhyHunger. Submit a cover letter and resume to NHC@whyhunger.org with NHC Capacity Building Coordinator in the subject line. :: CA Climate & Agriculture Network (CalCAN) is looking for an Outreach Director. Full announcement here.
:: Managing Editor for Bioneers. Bioneers seeks a managing editor/writer with substantial professional experience and broad generalist knowledge of the sustainability field. Part-time on contract for 20-25 hours/week. Send inquiries and resumes to Kenny@bioneers.org Outside California :: Policy Intern to support the Organic Farming Research Foundation in its policy program activities in Washington, D.C. OFRF is a farmer-directed, national non-profit organization dedicated to the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems. Interns receive modest stipend. For more information visit www.ofrf.org. :: Rural Enterprise Center in Northfield, MN is looking for an Agripreneur Training Program Manager. Contact email@example.com for more information. :: Farmer, Educator, Troy, NY. Send Resume To: Matt Schueler, Education Center Planner, Capital District Community Gardens, firstname.lastname@example.org, 518-274-8685. :: Just Food in New York City is looking for a Development Associate and an Events Manager. :: Paid summer environmental/farm educational internship in New Paltz, NY. Send letter, resume, and names and phone numbers of 3 references to: Amie Baracks, 45 Phillies Bridge Road, New Paltz, NY 12561 or email@example.com.
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 398 60th Street, Oakland, CA 94618 Phone: 510-704-0245 FAX: 510-654-4551 www.CAFoodJustice.org info@CAFoodJustice.org
CFJC is a fiscally-sponsored project of the Ecology Center.