The Food and Farm Coalition is preparing for the holiday season and a move to Charleston, WV.  Staff members are attending several conferences leading up to the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Executive Director Spencer Moss is traveling to Connecticut for the Northeast SAWG conference.  Staff will also be traveling to the Agricultural Innovation Conference on November 18th.  AmeriCorps VISTA staff member, Evelyn Hartman is finishing her time with the Coalition.  We wish her the best of luck as she moves back to Virginia this week.  We hope everyone has a lovely transition into fall as the holiday season is rapidly approaching.

Happy Veterans Day,


West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition

FOOD AND FARM EVENTS
Visit our events calendar:  http://wvfoodandfarm.org/news-media/events
Future Harvest CASA is hosting a 3 day Farm and Food Conference, "Cultivate The Chesapeake Foodshed" January 12-14

Early registration for one of the biggest Farm and Food Conferences in the country is currently open.  This will be a 3 day conference in Hyattsville, MD that will include workshops, speakers, farm fresh meals, and some exciting networking opportunities.  Register here!
Sustainable Agriculture Conference in Durham, NC on November 4th - 6th, 2016

Join "over 1,200 beginning and experienced farmers, agripreneurs and ag-tivists, health advocates and gardeners, consumers and homesteaders- and everyone in -between- for workshops, hands-on intensives, farm tours, demonstrations, good food, great conversations and community-building. This is a once-a-year opportunity to celebrate and build a vibrant, sustainable food system." Current livestock and poultry farmers are eligible to apply for a conference scholarship. Info below in "Grant Opportunities". Otherwise, learn more and register here.

The Michigan Farmers Market Association will be hosting a webinar on navigating SNAP-Ed Programs and Partnerships

This Webinar will focus on the benefits of partnerships between Snap-Ed and Farmers Markets, "creating a win-win-win opportunity for the market, the Snap programs, and the health of the community.  For more information or to participate in this free webinar, look here.

A Webinar:  Colaborative Pathways to Change:  Tools for Just and Sustainable Food Systems Networks

This Webinar will be held by The North American Food Systems Network as part of their Good Food Talk series.  This webinar will focus on tools for designing and launching networks for just and sustainable food systems.  To join this webinar on November 16th, register here.

NESAWG It Takes a Region Conference on November 10th - 12th in Hartford, CT

"NESAWG's annual It Takes a Region   Conference brings together farm and food practitioners across the 12-state Northeast region to learn, debate, collaborate, and innovate ideas and solutions to critical food systems issues." "Tackle the wicked problems in food systems" here.

NESAWG It Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Hosting a 1.5 Day Conference on Student Farms:  Maximizing Learning Opportunities

"Are you considering starting a student farm or has your organization recently started a student farm?  If so, you cant afford to miss the special educational and networking opportunity planned this January in Lexington, Kentucky."  This event will be heald on January 25-26, 2017 at Barea College.  To register, click here.

Ohio and West Virginia Food Hub Network Meeting on Thursday, November 17th at 9:30AM - 3PM

Hear from Ohio State University, Bon App├ętit Management, and Farm 2 School about institutional markets in West Virginia and Ohio. Register here.

The How and Why of Local Government Support for Food Systems on 
Tuesday, November 1st from 1:00-2:30 PM Eastern Time

In 2015, a national survey was conducted of local government leaders and their policies, programs, plans and partnerships that support local food. The John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future is sharing the findings of this study in an in-depth, webinar discussion.  Register here.

National Farmer Veteran Coalition 3rd Annual Conference in East Lansing, Michigan November 30th - December 2nd

"The National Farmer Veteran Coalition will bring more than 500 farmer veterans and supporters to Michigan State University for a conference that will feature workshops on agriculture, business planning, and personal wellness.  Evenings will feature distinguished speakers from the military, government agencies and leaders in the                                                                                                             agricultural industry."

5th National Women in Sustainable Agriculture Conference: Building Connections Towards Resiliency in Portland, OR on November 30th - December 2nd

The conference " will bring together farmers, educators, technical assistance providers and activists engaged in healthy food and farming to share educational and organization strategies, build technical and business skills, and address policy issues aimed at expanding the success of women farmers and ranchers." To learn more and to register, click here.

National Farmers Union Free Online Conference for Beginning Farmers & Ranchers on December 5th - 8th, 5-8PM EST

The free, online conference for beginning farmers & ranchers will address the following issues: mentorship, business planning, USDA programs, student loans, land tenure, food safety, women and veterans in farming, conservation, and much more. Register here.

GRANT OPPORTUNITIES


Deadline: November 30th


Deadline: Rolling Basis
Deadline: December 15, 2016 @ 5PM
Deadline: December 8, 2016

Deadline:  November 12th.  Access to a facebook link for the grant can be found here.


Deadline: November 18, 2016

Online Submission System Opens: October 15, 2016; Deadline: November 29, 2016 @ 11:59PM EST

Deadline: November 30th, 2016
JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS
Potomac Highland Market is Hiring a Part-Time Assistant Manager in Davis, WV


No Deadline
Appalachian Sustainable Development is seeking a Finance Director


Deadline: Unannounced

FOOD AND FARM RESOURCES
Visit our free library:  http://wvfoodandfarm.org/resources/
Real Food Standards is a resource that compiles lists of businesses and farms that form a strong food system in a particular area.  Real Food Challenge defines a food system as "systems comprised of all of the processes involved in getting food from farm to table to disposal, including production, processing, distributing, marketing, accessing, consuming and disposing.  For more information and access, click  here.
Learn the benefits of a farm to school initiative in your community with farmtoschool.org's Benefit Fact Sheet compiled in October of this year.  This sheet breaks down how farm to school processes benefit the economy, environment, health and education within a community                                                                and within a school system.  To learn about these                                                                              benefits, click here.
FOOD AND FARM POLICY CORNER
State and National Policy Page:  http://wvfoodandfarm.org/initiatives/policy/
NSAC blog post on the New ACEP Rules for Long-Term Conservation of Farmland, Wetlands, and Grasslands. Read the full blog post here.


USDA NIFA Announces Grantees of Food Safety Outreach Program (FSOP). View the announcement here.

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