The days are getting shorter and we're finally experiencing cooler temperatures. We hope that this holiday season is filled with informational and inspiring food and farm conferences, winter harvests, and friends and family.  The Coalition is wrapping up the year and preparing for our annual board retreat. We are also excited to announce we have recently moved our office location from Fayetteville to Charleston this past week.  We hope this move will allow us to work more closely with state officials and other organizations, and work to improve local food throughout the state. 

The Coalition would like to give away a free ticket to the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference on January 27th and 28th. Check out the conference, here. We are offering this pass to a farmer or local food business owner.  If you or someone you know would like to attend this conference, email us at contest@wvfoodandfarm.org!  We'll select one random winner on December 14th! .

Happy Holidays,

West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition

We've Moved!
New Address:  3820 MacCorkle Avenue,
 Charleston, WV 25304
Phone Number:  (304) 926-0567
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!
"Developing a Qualitative Understanding of Nature"  February 12-17 in Ghent, NY

The Nature Institute in Ghent, NY is hosting a week-long winter course on how food, agriculture and the natural world interconnect and how we can understand these dynamic aspects of food and nature.  "Goethean phenomenology is a means to perceive and understand the qualitative and dynamic aspects of nature. It is an approach that is always grounded in concrete human experience. It strives, through practice, to intensify experience so that we can gain clearer and deeper
insights. Such insights can help us to interact with nature in more
responsible ways."  To learn more about this study, or to register, click here.
A Webinar:  "Growing For the Future, Beginning Farmer and Rancher Online Virtual Conference"  Dec. 5th-8th

"Growing for the Future is a unique online, interactive virtual conference focused on beginning farmer and rancher issues, including: mentorship, business planning, USDA programs women and veterans in farming, conservation and much more!
The conference is completely online, and features farmer-to-farmer webinars, live Q & A, a discussion board, a resource center and free giveaways! Register now for free to join us in December for this unique opportunity!"
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.

Community Night at Gertrudes:  Thursday, December 8 in Baltimore, MD

"In 2015, a Join Future Harvest CASA on Thursday, Dec. 8 for our community night at Gertrude's  Restaurant at The Baltimore Museum of Art beginning at 5 PM.  Gertrude will donate a portion of their evening sales to Future Harvest CASA to help build a sustainable Chesapeake Foodshed."  Click here to RSVP.

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
Organic Valley's Grant Program "Farmers Advocating For Organic" is accepting Grant applications for 2017, supporting research, education and advocacy


Deadline: February 1st, 2017


Deadline: Rolling Basis
Deadline: December 15, 2016 @ 5PM
Deadline: December 8, 2016
JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS
Open Until Filled
Review of Applications Begins January 3, 2017 
Potomac Highland Market is Hiring a Part-Time Assistant Manager in Davis, WV


No Deadline
Deadlines Vary
Appalachian Sustainable Development is seeking a Finance Director


Deadline: Unannounced

FOOD AND FARM RESOURCES
Visit our free library:  http://wvfoodandfarm.org/resources/
Food Chain Workers Alliance has compiled the findings of research all around the country concerning job quality and food equity throughout America.  "No Piece of the Pie:  U.S. Food Workers in 2016" is a detailed report on the current state of the food industry and what it means for workers across the nation.  There are many important findings in this report that could be helpful to people in all aspects of food industry.  To learn more, click here.
"Farmers sometimes deal with regulations that are difficult to interpret, hard to apply to diversified  farms, and enacted differently in different regions.   Farm   Commons ' new " Working with Regulators " guide gives  farmers  the legal perspective they need to manage these situations."  This guide explains how regulations are enforced and created, gives tips for how to speak with regulators, and discusses the roll of an attorney and how and when to use one effectively along with many other                        helpful resources.  To learn more Click here.
FOOD AND FARM POLICY CORNER
State and National Policy Page:  http://wvfoodandfarm.org/initiatives/policy/
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