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From the January 9th, 2017, New Yorker
“No. 212 Rome Street, in Newark, New Jersey, used to be the address of Grammer, Dempsey & Hudson, a steel-supply company. It was like a lumberyard for steel, which it bought in bulk from distant mills and distributed in smaller amounts, mostly to customers within a hundred-mile radius of Newark. It sold off its assets in 2008 and later shut down. In 2015, a new indoor-agriculture company called AeroFarms leased the property. It had the rusting corrugated-steel exterior torn down and a new building erected on the old frame. Then it filled nearly seventy thousand square feet of floor space with what is called a vertical farm. The building’s ceiling allowed for grow tables to be stacked twelve layers tall, to a height of thirty-six feet, in rows eighty feet long. The vertical farm grows kale, bok choi, watercress, arugula, red-leaf lettuce, mizuna, and other baby salad greens.
Grammer, Dempsey & Hudson was founded in 1929. Its workers were members of the Teamsters Union, whose stance could be aggressive. Once, somebody fired shots into the company’s office, but didn’t hit anyone. Despite the union, the company and its employees got along amicably, and many of them worked there all their lives. Men moved steel plate and I-beams with cranes that ran on tracks in the floor. Trucks pulled up to the loading bays and loaded or unloaded, coming and going through the streets of Newark, past the scrap-metal yards and chemical plants and breweries. In an average year, Grammer, Dempsey & Hudson shipped about twenty thousand tons of steel. When the vertical farm is in full operation, as it expects to be soon, it hopes to ship, annually, more than a thousand tons of greens…”
I read this short article and it struck me as very thoughtful and right on the mark. Hope you appreciate it too. Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday break and see you on the other side!
This just in from Common Good Vermont, the “go-to” resource for all of Vermont’s mission-driven organizations to share resources, gain skills and build partnerships.
Advocacy During Transition: “Yesterday, we joined the National Council of Nonprofits and fellow nonprofit leaders on a call to discuss The 2016 Elections Impact on the Work of Charitable Nonprofits. Based on that conversation, it is clear that states will continue to bear the burden of funding and supporting the work of nonprofits.“
To get involved, follow the work of non-profits in Vermont and to watch for job and/or internship opportunities, visit Common Good Vermont.
In honor of Native American Heritage Month, learn how Native Americans are increasing physical activity and healthy eating.
Since 2002, First Nations has awarded 216 grants totaling over $5.6 million to Native organizations dedicated to increasing food access and improving the health and nutrition of Native children and families. The Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative (NAFSI) grants are intended to help tribes and Native communities build sustainable food systems such as community gardens, food banks, food pantries and/or other agricultural projects related to Native food-systems control.Learn more about the grants on their website here.
If you are followers of NPR, you have likely already seen this, but I found it fascinating to see how much has changed since (ahem) 1972 when I was born.
If I could pick when and where I was born, I’d choose 2016 and Hong Kong, instead of 1986 and the U.S.
That way, I’d have an extra seven years of life — the increase in life expectancy from then until now. As a Hong Konger, I’d have a good chance of living to 84 years old — that society has the highest life expectancy on record. And vaccines for deadly diseases like rotavirus and HPV would have already been invented.
Read the full NPR article by Malaka Gharib here and be sure to place yourself in the center of the data on the Global health Check website from MosaicScience.com and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation here.
Reclaim Childhood, a Jordanian non-profit that empowers girls and women through sport, is seeking interns for their summer operations. Each summer, Reclaim Childhood hosts a 4-week sports summer camp for Iraqi, Palestinian, and Syrian refugee girls. Interns will serve as camp counselors for 4-6 weeks. A limited number of 6-12 week internships will be offered where interns will have the opportunity to work on operations, fundraising, promotion and education, impact assessment, grant writing, and/or research in addition to being a counselor. This is a great opportunity for students looking to learn or work on Arabic skills and/or gain experience working for an international NGO.
Compensation: Internships are unpaid. Reclaim Childhood will provide housing, transportation to and from the airport and camp, and meals on-site.
Round 1: Submit by December 2nd, process completed by January 6th
Round 2: Submit by January 13th, process completed by February 17th
Round 3: Submit by February 24th, process completed by March 31st
Application requirements: resume, 4 500-word essays, names of 2 references.
Email Nadine for application materials and internship description.
From Triple Pundit:
7 Global Food Conglomerates Partner on Water Stewardship Commitments
A recent article from Triple Pundit highlights incredible partnerships working together to reduce industrial agriculture impact on water. Read the whole article here and do some digging to see what kind of opportunities may be created that could help you build your network.
A Burlington-based company working on climate change solutions has won a federal grant to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from Vermont farms.
NativeEnergy is trying an innovative approach using technology that will travel from farm to farm to tackle methane emissions from manure.
Read more of the VPR story by Kathleen Masterson here.
Interested in interning with NativeEnergy? Check out their internship program. NativeEnergy internships offer valuable educational experience in carbon accounting, marketing, sales, and project development. Their interns have moved on to careers in the energy sector, public policy, environmental advocacy, and other fields.
We’re so glad you are here. Please explore these pages as you uncover your passion for a career with “Social Impact.” Let us know if you have any questions on the information you find here.