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Cover Crop News and More!
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 09:53:51 +0000

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Cover Crop News

This week's blog posts from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) feature Cover Crop News, Farm and Ranch Assistance Network News, NSAC Farmer Fly-In, and Opportunities with NSAC...

COVER CROP NEWS  

Cover Crop News - Good For Crop Yields, Soil Health, and Bottom Lines

Last month, USDA's SARE program released a new technical bulletin called “Cover Crop Economics: Opportunities to Improve Your Bottom Line in Row Crops.” The bulletin includes data from SARE’s National Cover Crop Survey and the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) from the 2012-2016 growing seasons, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) market information, and farmer testimonials. The message from the research is clear: When viewed holistically, cover crops pay for themselves – and then some. Check out the Cover Crop News here...READ MORE

FUNDING NEWS  

$2 Million Available To Ramp Up Farm Stress Response

USDA recently announced $2 million in funds to better support farmers in stress. In this initial year of funding, the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) seeks to establish a network of organizations to connect farmers and ranchers, along with farmworkers, to stress assistance programs and resources across the country. FRSAN is a competitive grant program and administered by NIFA.

NIFA is seeking applications from regional partnerships and collaborations that are led by or include nongovernmental organizations, state departments of agriculture, Cooperative Extension Services, and Indian tribes with expertise in providing professional agricultural behavioral health awareness, counseling as appropriate, education, training, and referral for other forms of assistance as necessary.READ MORE

NSAC NEWS 

From the Farm to the Hill: NSAC Hosts FY 2020 Farmer Fly-In 

Fly-in advocates from ten different states across the country came to DC to champion the federal programs important to them and their communities before congressional appropriators. As part of their “ag-vocacy,” NSAC staff and fly-in participants spent time thanking House appropriators for their hard work on delivering such a strong appropriations “minibus” and encouraged them to keep up their support for sustainable agriculture when the two chambers ultimately conference their draft bills. In the Senate, ag-vocates used NSAC’s FY 2020 appropriations recommendations to highlight for the Senators and their staff the food and farm programs that most deserve and need additional support in the coming year.

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 NSAC is seeking a Policy Director!

Are you deeply committed to sustainable agriculture and experienced in federal policy? Would you enjoy charting the next phase of NSAC's policy work and leading our passionate, high-performing, member-engaged, and collaborative policy team that is dedicated to working for racial equity? If so, please consider stepping up to be NSAC's new Policy Director! NSAC offers competitive non-profit salary and benefits and is an equal opportunity employer.READ MORE 

Apply to be NSAC's Fall Policy or Grassroots Fellow!

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is currently seeking a Policy and a Grassroots Fellow for the Fall/Winter term beginning in early September 2019 and lasting until mid-May 2020. Both positions are paid, full-time, include benefits, and are located at NSAC’s Washington, D.C. office on Capitol Hill.

 

Cover Crop News and More!
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Organic Research Grant Funding
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 09:54:01 +0000

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2020 Organic Research Grant Funding from OFRF

OFRF is pleased to announce the Fall 2019 Request for Letters of Intent is now open for 2020 grant funding. The program is open to all applicants residing and conducting research in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. The deadline to submit Letters of Intent (LOI) is Friday, August 16, 2019. Successful applicants will be notified in fall 2019 and invited to submit a full proposal.

OFRF is committed to supporting innovative research that meets the current challenges of organic farming, and fosters the adoption and improvement of organic farming systems. Since 2006, OFRF has invested over $3M in organic research grant support based on scientific merit, combined with the potential to address key grower challenges. Techniques and findings from OFRF-funded organic research grant projects have been widely implemented by organic farmers and ranchers, with information disseminated online, in publications, and at farming conferences and field days.

"In today's climate, organic farmers and ranchers must overcome more production risks than ever to remain competitive and sustain a livelihood," said Lauren Snyder, OFRF's Research Program Manager. "This year, we are excited to present an interdisciplinary set of special research topics in our request for LOI to reflect the diverse challenges organic producers face. Our goal is to encourage innovative research that identifies solutions to the environmental, economic, and social barriers to organic production systems."

Based on the OFRF report, 2016 National Organic Research Agenda (NORA), this year’s priority areas for organic research grant projects include soil health and weed management, organic pest management, climate change, and social science research on the barriers to organic transition. Submissions must meet one or more of the priority areas outlined in the request for LOI. We encourage applicants to download the report for more details.

The instructions and form for Organic Research Grant Project Applications are now available at ofrf.org. Project LOI are reviewed and approved by the OFRF Board of Directors, most of whom are certified organic producers. Applicants invited to submit full proposals will be notified in the fall. Grant funding will be announced in spring 2020.
 
We look forward to another year of outstanding project submissions!
 
View the Letter of Intent and instructions here.

 

Organic Research Grant Funding
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Slow Food USA – Slow Food Nations 2019
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:45:38 +0000

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Embrace Joy and Justice with Slow Food USA at Slow Food Nations 2019

Only Four Days Left! Embrace Joy + Justice at Slow Food Nations 2019!

“If you want to change the world, don’t do it with sadness, do it with joy!” – Carlo Petrini

Slow Food USA is ready to embark on their annual celebration of Good Clean and Fair food. For three days, starting on the 19th of July with their Leader Summit, Denver will be sending good vibrations all over the United States. This is the food festival for everyone, where tradition meets innovation, where food is the vector and justice the goal.

The United States of America face deep structural inequalities, where many voices in the food system, among producers and consumers alike, are systematically being marginalized. For the future of all, it is crucial that they be thoroughly heard: That’s why Slow Food USA’s Equity, Inclusion & Justice Working Group (EIJ), have dedicated their organization to advocate these voices and problematize a food system that eventually is bound to fall apart. In today’s western society, food is as ordinary as it is elitist, and by attacking these issues from a holistic and gastronomical point of view they can reach to sources of problems that often end up far down on the to-do-list of a country. EIJ understands the crucial role of good, clean and fair food for social, ecological and economic well-being. As they see it, their country faces a complex system of racial bias’, pollution and diet related health problems that are deeply rooted in its history, culture and institutions. Their method? Embracing food communities, including farming, harvesting, slaughtering, fishing and restaurant service workers: from the ground up, with joy!

At this year’s Slow Food Nations new conversations will pop up, and new relationships will be established. However, you will probably recognize some familiar faces and topics. To mention just two examples, school and community gardens will be discussed by Ron Finley, the gangsta gardener whom both young and old citizens of Los Angeles would describe as a local hero, and there will be Slow Food Turtle Island to show Indigenous lifeways. To use the words of Ron – beauty in, beauty out.

Slow Food USA Food Youth Network’s Lauren Nelson ended up back in States after an inspiring experience at University of Gastronomic Sciences and FAO, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations in Rome. Now she’s one of the young people behind the relaunch of SFYN, happening this year at Slow Food Nations. We asked her for a comment:

“We are overwhelmed with joy to launch (relaunch) the Slow Food Youth Network USA at Slow Food Nations 2019! Our dream is to create a network to empower, promote, and connect young people dedicated to building a good, clean, and fair future of food in North America. We are looking for new leaders to rise up and shape SFYN USA to reflect the changes we wish to see to make our food system truly equitable, accessible, and inclusive – as we grow, we hope to be led by First Nations youth and youth of color, and we hope to pay people for their time. Currently we are still building our leadership board and are welcoming donors to get in touch with us to fund scholarships, stipends, and SFYN USA campaigns and projects. We are so excited to bring more activism, thoughtfulness, and pleasure to the tables and fields of the United States. We crave greater connection – to our histories, to the earth, and to each other – and we believe that food has the power to unite us. SFYN USA is the future face of food in the United States; we cannot wait to show the world.”

Apart from Slow Food Nations’ more political engagements, a large space has been given to enjoy good clean and fair food in a variety of different ways! Local foodinnovative foodtraditional foodFirst Nation cuisinemoviesAfrican American foodways and storytelling and podcasting will be some of the highlights of the more than 100 featured events ranging from cooking demonstrations, food tastings, family activities, block parties and talks.

Most Slow Food USA events are for free; however, a ticket is needed to enjoy the Block Party Food over Fireon Saturday 20th, where you can sign up to cook with James Beard awarded chef’s, and the zero-waste community dinner on Sunday   21st.

There are several opportunities to get your hands dirty on farm visits, and more than 40 restaurantswill provide a special menu featuring Slow Food Ark of Taste products, all around the city!

So, if you are around, bring your joy to Denver on the 19th, and get involved for a more just, inclusive and equal future of North American food with Slow Food USA.

 

Play your part in reshaping the food system and help build a brighter future with Slow Food USA.

Join more than 1 million activists involved in more than 10,000 projects throughout 160 countries around the world, working to provide good, clean and fair food for all.

Latest Slow Food USA Articles

Embrace Joy + Justice at Slow Food Nations 2019

12 July 2019

Slow Food USA is ready to embark on their annual celebration of Good Clean and Fair food. For three days, starting on the 19th of July with their Leader Summit, Denver will be sending good vibrations all over the United States. This is the food festival for everyone, where tradition meets innovation, where food is the vector and justice the goal.

Slow Food and China: Together for Food Education

9 July 2019

“The goal is to use the values and strengths of Italian regional cuisines as a model of how local culture can be promoted. China is undergoing tremendous urbanization and we consume foreign products more than ever before. We want to explain that eating locally is both tasty and easy, and healthier both for our bodies and for our country”

Alarming Rates of Amazonian Deforestation

8 July 2019

Under right wing president Jair Bolsonaro, the rate of deforestation in the Amazons has skyrocketed. In the month of June this year, when compared with the same month in 2018, the country saw a deforestation increase of 88%.

Putting goat meat on the menu with James Whetlor: it’s ethical, sustainable and delicious!

5 July 2019

James Whetlor may seem like a man on a pretty unusual mission, but the more you hear about it, the more sense it makes.
Originally from the picturesque county of Devon in the southwest of England, he spent 15 years working as a chef in London before returning to his hometown of Axminster to take on some farmland.

Better Safe than Sorry: Austria Wants Ban on Glyphosate

5 July 2019

Austria’s parliament recently voted to prohibit all use of Glyphosate, an herbicide often referred to as Roundup. The ban is expected to take effect on the 1st of January 2020. While some cities and states of Europe have chosen to autonomously restricts its use, it is our hope that Austria’s full-fledged prohibition will serve as an example for other European governments.

Slow Food gratefully acknowledges funding support from European Union. All content and options expressed on this page are solely those of Slow Food.
 

Slow Food USA – Slow Food Nations 2019
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Organic Farm and Alpaca Internship
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:43:41 +0000

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Organic Farm and Alpaca Internship - Indiana, 2019

Do you like to dig in the dirt? Do you dream of befriending an alpaca? If so a farm internship at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice (WVC) is the place for you. Located at beautiful Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, WVC is 80 miles west of Indianapolis just a few miles from Illinois off of I-70. AS an intern you’ll get to work with and learn from the amazing people on our team. You’ll also work and live with other interns from all over the country, in this hands-on learning environment on our certified organic farm.

While you’re at WVC you’ll learn about the food supply chain, sustainability and eco-justice. Under the direction of our garden manager, you’ll see what it takes to run a small USDA certified organic farm - planning, planting, nurturing, harvesting, and selling. You’ll learn how we make value-added products in our commercial kitchen, where we use methods such as dehydrating, fermenting and pickling. You’ll also work with our alpacas and chickens. This includes feeding; gathering and processing eggs; cleaning the chicken coop and shoveling manure. In the Organic Farm and Alpaca Internship you’ll train how to handle and interact with our alpacas. Starting in the late fall and through the winter, when life on the farm naturally shifts away from the garden, you’ll get to work on the different aspects of fiber arts – skirting, weaving, spinning, dyeing and more.

Here’s what some of our past interns have said about their experience at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice:

“The five acres of organic garden is what I originally came here to focus on and it has exceeded my expectations. My passion for sustainable agriculture has grown and I know I want to do something in this field for my future career. Being here for a year I will get to see all four seasons on a farm and what each brings. I’ve learned so much about what goes in to making a successful garden and I have access to seemingly unending amounts of knowledge from people and resources around me.” ~ Liv C.

 “The atmosphere and the people I work around every day are so positive and uplifting. We’re constantly learning about the current trends in eco-justice and sustainability. While out here I’ve just kind of realized the importance of those things for the future. The people out here are who really make this place something special. The relationships I’ve built with countless interns, volunteers and staff I know will last a lifetime. This will always be my home.” ~Brandon Q.

“As I told some people that I was quitting my job so I could go work on an alpaca farm for three months I got a lot of confused looks and many, many questions. It’s hard not to doubt your own decisions in those moments, but since coming here to White Violet, my three-month internship has turned into five months, and I know now that coming here was absolutely the right decision for me.” ~Hannah G.

Organic Farm and Alpaca Internship Duration: A minimum commitment of 3 months with a maximum of one year. We will work with you to customize your internship. We accept applications year round.

Organic Farm and Alpaca Internship Duties: Specific duties vary depending on the time of the year, but will largely revolve around regular small farm operations. Think feeding and caring for animals, cleaning out barns and pastures, cleaning alpaca fiber, gathering and cleaning eggs, harvesting, cleaning and packing veggies for farmers market and our Farm Share Program, laying mulch, planting, weeding, seeding, and other garden tasks. You’ll also work in The Farm Store. You’ll be included in monthly staff meetings as well as participate in field trips, educational seminars, and extracurricular enrichment activities (e.g., regional farming conferences) that may arise. At the end of your internship you’ll present a project of your choice.

Organic Farm and Alpaca Internship Benefits: WVC interns are provided with a furnished, private room in a fully furnished house located steps away from White Violet Center, Farm Store, the barns and gardens. The house is shared with up to seven other interns. There is a fully outfitted kitchen, three bathrooms, living room, dining room, free Wi-Fi, washer, dryer, parking, heat and air conditioning. Household items such as laundry soap and cleaning supplies are included. Interns also receive one daily meal of their choice in Providence Hall Dining Room, seven days a week. Vegan and vegetarian options are available. Seasonal produce from the garden and eggs are provided. Interns will receive a monthly stipend of $150.

Qualifications: You must be 18 years old to apply. You should be physically fit, capable of lifting heavy items, and able to use basic tools such as a shovel and wheelbarrow. You should be prepared to work in a variety of weather conditions. You’ll also be working with animals so previous experience is helpful but not necessary to apply. Most importantly you must have a willingness to learn and the ability to self-direct. We welcome people of all faith traditions (or none!), ethnicities, backgrounds, socio-economic demographics, sexual and gender orientations.

How to apply for the Organic Farm and Alpaca Internship: Submit your application online at https://spsmw.org/get-involved/internships/application/. After completing the online application you’ll need to provide a cover letter and resume to Sr. Mary Montgomery, intern coordinator at internswvc@spsmw.org. If you have any questions please feel free to email her or call her at or 812-535-2932.

About White Violet Center for Eco-Justice

White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence since 1996, is teaching, caring, inspiring for all creation. The center provides opportunities for participating in creating systems that support justice and sustainability, locally and globally. Through organic agriculture, eco-justice education and social advocacy, White Violet Center strives to promote an awareness and way of living which support all life. At White Violet Center, you’ll find a farm store, alpacas, chickens, bees, USDA certified organic gardens with two high tunnels and two greenhouses, an orchard, a berry patch, and a classified forest.

 

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Opportunity Zone Fund for Sustainable Agriculture
Sun, 14 Jul 2019 09:48:53 +0000

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Harvest Returns Opportunity Zone Fund for Sustainable Agriculture
 
Harvest Returns, an investment platform for agriculture, has launched the Sustainable Agriculture Opportunity Zone Fund to create a positive impact for farmers in Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZs).

The federal government’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 established the QOZ provisions to stimulate economic development. These provisions provide potentially significant tax benefits to investors who re-invest capital gains into long-term investments in QOZs.

The Sustainable Agriculture Opportunity Zone Fund will invest in agriculture businesses across economically disadvantaged regions of the United States and provide investors with tax-favorable risk-adjusted returns in non-correlated assets. The fund’s investment objective is to achieve tax-advantaged capital appreciation in agricultural projects that are economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable.
 
“Investments in farming and agriculture are a natural fit for Opportunity Zone Funds,” said Chris Rawley, CEO of Harvest Returns. “Our Opportunity Zone Fund is unique in that it is one of the very few funds not focused on urban commercial real estate. Most of these investments are betting on gentrification of the surrounding neighborhood. Our fund is primarily focused on bringing capital to farmers in rural areas. About 40 percent of the designated opportunity zones are located in rural areas across the United States. These areas present an untapped opportunity for job creation and to strengthen the food system with investments in sustainable agriculture.”
 
Harvest Returns has assembled a highly experienced group of agriculturalists and investment professionals to manage the fund. The company has teamed with FoodFutureCo, a veteran food and agri-tech fund manager.

"We believe this is a critical step toward mainstreaming agriculture investment," said Shen Tong, Managing Director of FoodFutureCo. "Agriculture, especially sustainable and regenerative agriculture, is following innovations in good food trends to become the biggest opportunity since the Internet for investors. Harvest Returns' team knows how to work with farmers to produce superior investment outcomes. The combined team of Harvest Returns and the FoodFutureCo community will make the new QOZ fund a leading catalyst force in this emerging space."
 
Discussing the fund’s deal pipeline, Rawley comments that “we have spoken to dozens of farmers representing over $245 million in assets. Our experience conducting due diligence on agriculture projects will enable us to select only the highest quality businesses for this fund.”
 
About Harvest Returns
Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, Harvest Returns, LLC is a financial technology company created in 2016 by two military veterans to bring agricultural producers together with investors. By democratizing the agriculture investment process, the online platform provides curated, diversified offerings of farms, ranches, and timberland to qualified investors.

About FoodFutureCo
Based in New York City, FoodFutureCo is a scale-up accelerator program designed to support and fuel the growth of mission-driven food and agriculture companies. We recognize that while the task of launching a company is certainly not an easy one, the real challenge begins once some success is achieved, and having the right advisors and resources is even more critical. Our goal is to be a thought partner to companies during this “scary chasm” phase of its lifecycle. FoodFutureCo invests in portfolio companies of accelerator graduates from its own capital and managed pool of investment affiliates. Partners of FoodFutureCo & Fund have previous founded Food-X accelerator with multiple top tier fund management experiences, over 50 food agriculture investments, and multiple significant exits.
 
For more information, please visit harvestreturns.com/opportunity-zone-fund.

 

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Stone Barns Regenerative Farming Fellowship
Sat, 13 Jul 2019 09:17:16 +0000

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Stone Barns Regenerative Farming Fellowship

 
The Stone Barns Regenerative Farming Fellowship (RFF) provides medium-scale farmers seeking to transition to regenerative farming practices with education, a supportive peer network, and the inspiration, leadership and advocacy skills they need to bring about structural change.
 
The farmers who will benefit most from this program produce grains, oilseed, pulses, hay and/or grasses, vegetables, fruits, or livestock, and most likely live in the Midwest, Great Plains or Northern Plains.

The United States faces a farming crisis. More than half of our farmers are at retirement age. Farmers over the age of 65 outnumber those under 35 at a rate of more than 6:1. Farmers have been asked to produce more and more while facing a long and growing list of challenges, including low prices and tariffs, increasingly devastating and unpredictable weather events, decreased soil fertility, topsoil loss, and more.

Many next-generation farmers, including those working at medium scale, are looking for ways to secure their families’ future and ensure their land is productive for generations to come. But taking the first steps toward this goal requires answers to many challenging questions – what would it look like to implement regenerative practices? How much will it cost, and what are the economics? How can I engage others in my community to embrace similar practices, or convince federal or state leaders to update policies that are standing in the way? How do I stay on the right path?

As a nation we must empower a new generation of farmers to take the helm and embrace resilient practices that protect farmland and ecosystems while producing the food we rely upon. Rapid scaling of regenerative practices is critical to helping farmers improve their farm viability while caring for soils and farmland.

The Stone Barns Regenerative Farming Fellowship is geared specifically to meeting the needs of medium-scale farmers whose transition to regenerative practices would have significant impact on the health of farms and farmland. The Fellowship, which is being piloted in 2019, is developed and programmed by the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in partnership with the National Young Farmers Coalitionand Arizona State University, with generous support from the General Mills Foundation.

Applications for the Stone Barns Regenerative Farming Fellowship are due on August 7. Learn more and apply here.
 
 

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Cut Flowers Workshop in Delaware
Fri, 12 Jul 2019 13:04:56 +0000

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Cut Flowers Workshop in Delaware: Succession Planting, Harvesting Tips, and Pest Control

Sunday, July 21, 2019 1:00 - 4:00 pm 

Local, sustainable flowers are increasingly popular with farmers, at markets, and with florists! Join us at Hattie’s Garden (31341 Kendale Rd • Lewes DE 19958) to learn the following important cut flower production skills: succession planting, harvesting techniques, and organic pest control. All experience levels are welcome! (Rain Date: July 22nd, same time, same place.)

This cut flowers workshop will be led by farmer/owner Hattie Allen, who is deeply committed to growing flowers sustainably and organically. Thanks to Hattie and to the organizers of Future Harvest CASA and the University of Delaware.

REGISTER HERE FOR THE CUT FLOWERS WORKSHOP to spend the afternoon learning about succession planting, harvesting techniques, organic pest control and more. Hattie has been growing in Delaware for more than 15 years and is deeply committed to organic and sustainable practices. You will depart with ideas and tips that you can put to use right away.

$15/ members 
$20/ non-members
Co-organized with the University of Delaware. Free for BFTP.

(Cut Flowers Workshop Rain Date: July 22nd, same time, same place.)  

 

Upcoming Field Days & Workshops from Future Harvest CASA

8/15 Cultivate Baltimore: Small Farm Equipment: Hand Tools, 5:00 - 7:00 pm at Strength to Love II Farm, Baltimore, MD. Try different kinds of hand tools, decide for yourself what your favorite kind of hoe is, and learn about the pros and cons of gas-powered vs. electric hand tools. $10, scholarships available (email futureharvestcasa.org). Co-organized with UMD Extension and the Farm Alliance of Baltimore. Register HERE

9/28 Cut Flowers: Advanced Annuals, Post-Harvest Handling, and Season Extension  1:00 - 4:00 pm at Masterpiece Flower Farm, Whaleyville MD. Learn to grow advanced annuals such as Dahlias, Ranunculus, and Lisianthus. Special focus will be given to post-harvest handling practices. Will also discuss tips for season extension. $15 - $20. Register HERE.

 

Cut Flowers Workshop in Delaware
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Sustainability Teacher Job in the Bahamas
Thu, 11 Jul 2019 12:55:43 +0000

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Sustainability Teacher - Food Security Manager Job at the Center for Sustainable Development in the Bahamas - May 2019

Job Summary

The Center for Sustainable Development is actively seeking a Sustainability Teacher to manage the
Food Security Program, with a specialization in Permaculture and experience with Aquaponics.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities for the Sustainability Teacher and Food Security Manager

  • Develop and deliver lesson plans on permaculture, organic farming, aquaponics, and food
    security to students ranging from primary school to college level curriculum.
  • Co-advise the Island School research course.
  • Continually refine and implement the permaculture master plan for our 22-acre edible
    campus.
  • Manage and harvest rotational animals programs such as laying hens, pigs, and marine
    animals in Aquaponics.
  • Oversee the productive operation of the Aquaponics system, and plan for future expansion
    alongside the Aquaponics team.
  • Manage a team of educators and field staff.
  • Work with the Sustainability team on delivering internal projects.
  • Promote and develop local business connections and partnerships that lead to growth of
    sustainable industries on Eleuthera.

Other Duties 

Please note that this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of
activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the Sustainability Teacher and Food Security Manager. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with our without notice.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Every member of the team is an
    educator and a spokesperson for the Organization.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Agroecology, agricultural science, or demonstrated practical experience of equal value in a related field.
  • Permaculture Design Course (PDC) certificate required.
  • Aquaponics or Aquaculture training and experience preferred.
  • Landscaping experience preferred.
  • Ability to live in a small, remote location. Work and live in an intentional community.
  • Professional demeanor and desire to work on an ecologically friendly campus.

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required for the Sustainability Teacher and Food Security Manager positionReasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Experience: 5+ years of farm management experience.
  • Communication Skills: Strong verbal and written skills required.
  • Computer Skills: Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Work, PowerPoint required.
  • Other: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) required. OSHA or equivalent safety training preferred.
  • Adaptability – Able to survive and thrive in a small and tight-knit community located in a remote part of The Bahamas.
  • Commitment to Organizational Mission – this position requires commitment to the wider mission and values of The Cape Eleuthera Island School.

Compensation & Benefits

  • Salary commensurate with Experience and Qualifications
  • Accommodation, on-campus meals and individual medical insurance
  • 10 days of paid vacation per year, 5 sick/personal days, 11 Government Holidays
  • Eligibility for matching retirement plan after two years of service
  • Professional development opportunities

Schedule

This is a full-time position with annual review. The Cape Eleuthera Island School and its related
entities operate year round and working hours vary depending on needs but are typically MondayFriday (40 hours/week), however, evening and weekend work will be required from time to time.
Special events will require periods of time outside of normal working hours when staff must be on
site for extended periods. The successful candidate should expect, and desire to work a variable and
mission driven schedule.

Application for the Sustainability Teacher and Food Security Manager

Applicants should submit electronically in PDF format to the email address below:
1. Letter of application that states career interests, why you would like to work for the Cape Eleuthera
Island School/Center for Sustainable Development, and your relevant experience and qualifications
for the position.
2. Current resume.
3. Three references (to include name, address, telephone number and email address) familiar with the
applicant's work.

Submit all of these materials in PDF format detailing your interest and experience. Please send your
application to: https://ceis.bamboohr.com/jobs/. We are collecting applications until the position
is filled. The anticipated start date is: July 1 2019. We are a Bahamian equal opportunity employer.
Signatures
This job description has been approved by all levels of management:
Manager: _______________________________________
HR: ___________________________________________
Employee signature below constitutes employee’s understanding of the requirements, essential
functions and duties of the position.
Employee: _____________________________________ Date:________________________

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Rodale’s New Southeast Organic Center in GA
Tue, 09 Jul 2019 09:22:11 +0000

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Rodale Institute Launches New Organic Research and Training Center - The Southeast Organic Center - in Georgia

The Southeast Organic Center aims to innovate agriculture and increase healthy food access in the region

When Rebecca and Ross Williams shuttered their cheesehouse at Many Fold Farm, about an hour outside of Atlanta, in 2017, it was with a heavy heart but a determination to work towards a new agrarian economy in the south. One that allows farmers to prosper while supporting the good food movement and being responsible stewards of the soil and environment. A new partnership with Rodale Institute, a global leader in regenerative organic agriculture, is making that vision a reality.

This fall Rodale Institute will launch the Southeast Organic Center, a new regional resource center focused on the unique challenges of farmers in the southeast United States, at Many Fold Farm.

“Many Fold Farm, our staff, and Rodale Institute share a belief that healthy soil is the key to human health and our ability to survive on our planet,” said Rebecca Williams. “Strong scientific and economic models that allow regenerative organic farmers to compete with conventional agriculture are necessary to shift the paradigm of how we grow our food. Scientific research and high-quality farmer education conducted by the Southeast Organic Center will validate and expand truly sustainable agricultural practices in order to save our food system, our planet, and ourselves.”

 

 The Southeast Organic Center, which will be based on the 300-acre farm in the Chattahoochee Hills, will serve as a research and education hub focused on:

  • Increasing the # of farms and acres in organic production in the region
  • Establishing a long-term research trial to determine changes in soil health, yields, economic models, and more in this unique climate & soil type
  • Solving challenges for organic farmers in the region, including pests, disease, weed management
  • Farmer training and pathways to market

Despite organic having grown to a $50 billion industry annually in the United States, according to the 2017 Census of Agriculture, Georgia has only 88 certified organic farms, representing just 0.5% of organic farms in the United States. Historically, organic production has been low in southern states, where warm weather makes it harder to deal with pests, disease and weeds without synthetic chemicals like pesticides and herbicides.

However, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, the South saw the most growth in organic farming from 2011-2016. For example, Alabama and South Carolina both saw increases of more than 200% since 2011. And several other Southern states saw their certified organic farm count more than double in those five years.

“It’s time for us to invest in our southern farmers,” said Jeff Moyer, executive director of Rodale Institute. “This region is ripe for opportunities and explosive growth in organic agriculture. But organic farming is based on biology. It’s farming with nature. So, it’s unique in every community. You have to work with the soil, weather patterns, and seeds and breeds well suited to the region. We’re excited to roll up our sleeves and work on solutions that will improve the lives of real farmers and consumers in this part of the country.”

The Southeast Organic Center is Rodale Institute’s second regional resource center. They opened the Midwest Organic Center with partners Indian Creek Nature Center and Frontier Co-op in Marion, Iowa, earlier this year.

A key partner of the Southeast Organic Center will be nearby Serenbe, a wellness community that offers a unique opportunity for consumer education and community engagement. Serenbe will allow the Southeast Organic Center to connect farmers and eaters with educational programming, healthy eating events and more. Additional partners include Georgia Organics, Southern SARE, and The Conservation Fund.

"Rodale Institute has been the progressive voice for organic farming since the 1940's and we are delighted to join them with models and policy for saving farmland, training new farmers and creating a path to ownership for those farmers,” said Steve Nygren, founder and CEO of Serenbe.

Immediate next steps include hiring a research director for the site, forming an advisory committee, and designing the long-term research trial. They expect to break ground on the research trial this fall.

About Rodale Institute: Rodale Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach. For seventy years, the Institute has been researching the best practices of organic agriculture and sharing findings with farmers and scientists throughout the world, advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating consumers about how going organic is the healthiest option for people and the planet. Learn more at RodaleInstitute.org.

 

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Here are the very latest blog posts from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) include news about Corporate Concentration in Livestock and news about two open positions in the organization.

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USDA To Tackle Corporate Concentration in Livestock Sector 

Rising consolidation and corporate concentration among meatpacking and processing companies over the past few decades has steadily eroded fair competition within the poultry and livestock industries. USDA is now promulgating a proposed rule for comment focused on one specific undue preference provision, and NSAC is actively pursuing policy and grassroots advocacy opportunities to finally advance this important corporate concentration in livestock rule. We have already signed on to a petition, generated by NSAC members Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI-USA) and the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM), as well as the Government Accountability Project (GAP), which asks USDA for four specific principles to be included in the proposed corporate concentration in livestock rule.READ MORE  

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NSAC is seeking a Policy Director!

Are you deeply committed to sustainable agriculture and experienced in federal policy? Would you enjoy charting the next phase of NSAC's policy work and leading our passionate, high-performing, member-engaged, and collaborative policy team that is dedicated to working for racial equity? If so, please consider stepping up to be NSAC's new Policy Director! NSAC offers competitive non-profit salary and benefits and is an equal opportunity employer.READ MORE 

Apply to be NSAC's Fall Policy or Grassroots Fellow!

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is currently seeking a Policy Fellow and a Grassroots Fellow for the Fall/Winter term beginning in early September 2019 and lasting until mid-May 2020. Both positions are paid, full-time, include benefits, and are located at NSAC’s Washington, D.C. office on Capitol Hill. Apply today!READ MORE

 

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