Since posting my latest list of upcoming sustainability classes and events, a few more have appeared in my inbox. So here’s part 2 of what will probably become an ongoing series:
Locally-Grown Foods Festival
Friday, February 10th 4:00-8:00 PM
Union Hall, 100 Civic Center Plaza, Corning
– Meet farmers – Taste samples – Learn about local farms – Purchase local products – Recipies & Demonstrations –
The public is cordially invited to a unique tasting experience. Sample locally produced meats, vegetables, fruits, cheeses, wines, and other farm products!
Meet dozens of Finger Lakes farmers! Learn how and where to buy fresh, healthy, local foods.
Visit and learn about more about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).
The event will feature several different CSAs that offer a variety of shares for sale.
$5.00 per person $10.00 per family
Register at the door or in advance at: https://secure.qgiv.com/for/cornellce/event/4188/
Cornell University Cooperative Extension Steuben County Recipes and Demonstrations Contact 607-664-2300 for more information
*JUST FOOD CONFERENCE 2012: EAT • WORK • GROW THE MOVEMENT*
On February 24th and 25th, Just Food will convene over 1,000 local food lovers and advocates, CSA members, community gardeners, urban and rural farmers, food professionals and entrepreneurs to participate in two days of hands-on workshops, discussions, skills-building sessions, and good food.
*Just Food Conference 2012: Eat • Work • Grow the Movement* will be held at the Food and Finance High School (525 West 50th Street) and will provide attendees with opportunities to learn about cooking and food preservation techniques, CSA trends, and local and national farm and food issues, along with ways to mobilize communities in order to increase access to farm-fresh, locally grown food.
On Friday evening, Just Food and Good Food Jobs will co-host a Good Food Jobs Fair. On Saturday, we’ll conclude the conference with an EXPO and celebration featuring exemplary local food artisans, sustainable businesses, and organizations.
The conference will include over 100 workshops, covering a range of topics including:
*Food Education*: Seasonal eating tips and tricks, featuring demonstrations on enjoying and preserving your local bounty through simple home cooking, canning, and food preservation techniques.
*Food Policy*: Trends, issues and legislation impacting New York City consumers and local farmers, getting local food to the NYC market, labor issues in the food movement, the 2012 (Food and) Farm Bill, and New York State land management and access policies.
*Community Organizing*: Increasing access to healthy food in New York City, including CSA and farmers’ market management, urban agriculture and community advocacy and outreach.
*Career and Entrepreneurialism*: Launching your own business, becoming a farmer, breaking into the food field, and career paths panel.
*Industry:* Local purchasing and sourcing, regional and local distribution systems, and sustainable food production.
*Farmer Q&A*: Meet some of the local farmers who grow food for New York City. The panel will include farmers involved in Just Food’s CSA, farmers’ market, and farm-to-food pantry programs.
*What:* *JUST FOOD CONFERENCE 2012: EAT • WORK • GROW THE MOVEMENT*
*Organized by:* Just Food
*Sponsored by:* Kashi; other sponsors to be announced
*When:* Friday, February 24 (8:30am–7pm), and Saturday, February 25 (8am–6pm)
*Where:* Food & Finance High School
525 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019 (between 10th and 11th Avenues)
*Cost:* Tickets are $30 per day or $50 for both days. Discounted rates of $15 (for one day) and $30 (for both days) are available for students, farmers and low-income community members.
Tickets to the Job Fair only will cost $15.
*Registration and Ticket Info:* http://jfconference2012.eventbrite.com/
*General conference info:* Jessica Gaffney at 212-645-9880 x232 or
*Press inquiries:* Amy Blankstein at 212-645-9880 x243 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Groundswell’s Sustainable Farming Certificate Program
now accepting applications
New Farmers: Apply online for the 100-hour, April-November program
Ithaca, NY – This spring, the Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming willagain offer its full-season training program for aspiring andbeginning farmers and market gardeners. Running April 18 to November 14, the Sustainable Farming Certificate Program provides 124 hours of classroom training, hands-on workshops, farm visits, and supervised work experience on sustainable farms.
Trainees can choose to concentrate their studies on the management of vegetables and fruits, livestock and poultry, or pursue a diversified curriculum. Each trainee will have an individualized Learning Contract, and will be evaluated on the basis of that contract before being awarded Groundswell’s Sustainable Farming Certificate.Instruction will be provided by experienced farmer mentors, as well as subject matter experts from our partner institutions such as Cornell University, USDA, and Cornell Cooperative Extension. Trainees who complete 100 hours of training or more are eligible to receive Groundswell’s Sustainable Farming Certificate.
Groundswell is committed to the vision of a regionally self-reliant food system that provides good food and economic opportunities for everyone. The Sustainable Farming Certificate Program, like each of Groundswell’s New Farmer Training Programs, seeks to engage trainees from diverse cultural, racial, and economic backgrounds to participate in a supportive, trainee-driven learning environment. People of color, new immigrant and limited resource trainees are especially encouraged to apply. Tuition for the Sustainable Farming Certificate Program is on a sliding scale and ranges from $125 to $800, with substantialsupport offered to people of color, new immigrant andlimited-resource trainees.
Applications for the Sustainable Farming Certificate Program are now online. Visit http://www.groundswellcenter.orgto learn more and apply today.
The Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming is an initiative ofthe EcoVillage Center for Sustainability Education/Center forTransformative Action. Support for Groundswell comes fromindividuals and businesses who believe in the importance of strong local food systems, and from the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute for Food andAgriculture-USDA, Grant #2010-49400-21799.Formore information, visit www.groundswellcenter.org.
Photo from OM Valley Permaculture