Would you like to help set up an aquaponics facility in the McCardell Bicentennial Hall (MBH) Greenhouse? Send a note to Bea Kuijpers (bkuijpers at middlebury.edu), if so — she and Catherine Pollack developed a great plan for raising fish sustainably last year, but didn’t have the Institutional Review to handle live animals finished in time to actually install the tank. It’s basically ready to roll, with some student energy. Reach out to her today!
Articles tagged: Sustainable Food Systems
WhyHunger’s US Programs team is excited to bring on a new member to help support their work in partnering with US-based movements for food justice and food sovereignty. WhyHunger’s US Programs partners with grassroots-led networks and alliances, across the United States and Canada, implementing community-led and sustainable solutions that move us forward from exploitative and extractive social, political and economic systems to ones that are life affirming, restorative, resilient and value human dignity and the lives of all living beings and our planet. You can learn more about the entry-level position HERE on Idealist.org.
Interested candidates should submit a resume and brief cover letter, where they learned of the position, and any informational questions to email@example.com by the deadline of May 16.
For more information about WhyHunger visit our website at https://www.whyHunger.org
The Animal Rights Activism Committee (ARAC) is proud to host this public webinar with our co-founder Bina Ahmad and founder and Executive Director of Food Empowerment Project (FEP) lauren Ornelas!
Please RSVP on Facebook to get updates, including the webinar link which will be made available closer to the date.
This webinar will highlight FEP’s groundbreaking work and activism in food justice, FEP’s focus on cross movement solidarity, and how lauren Ornelas inspired much of ARAC’s politics viewing food justice through an intersectional lens, including ARAC’s Food Justice Guidelines.
lauren Ornelas is the founder/director of Food Empowerment Project (FEP), a vegan food justice nonprofit seeking to create a more just world by helping consumers recognize the power of their food choices. lauren has been active in the animal rights movement for more than 30 years. She is the former executive director of Viva!USA, a national nonprofit vegan advocacy organization that Viva!UK asked her to start in 1999 and for which she investigated factory farms and ran consumer campaigns. In cooperation with activists across the country, she persuaded Trader Joe’s to stop selling all duck meat and achieved corporate changes within Whole Foods Market, Pier 1 Imports, and others, and she helped halt the construction of an industrial dairy operation in California. She was also the spark that got the founder of Whole Foods Market to become a vegan. In addition, lauren served as campaign director with the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition for six years. Watch her TEDx talk on “The Power of Our Food Choices.” Learn more about FEP’s work at foodispower.org and veganmexicanfood.com.
Bina Ahmad is a social justice attorney, and has worked with numerous animal rights and human rights organizations. She lived and worked in Palestine with Al-Haq, served on the legal team for the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, was a legal consultant to Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights as well as the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Palestine Division. She currently serves on the Steering Committee of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, as well the advisory board of the Food Empowerment Project, and the ARAC advisory board, which she co founded. She conducts Know Your Rights trainings for radical left movements and state targeted communities. She currently works as a public defender in Manhattan, New York.
Alumni will be on campus to share their path and professional life with students to help them think broadly about their Biology major and a variety of different career paths during the Field Guide to Biology Majors on Thursday, April 18th.
On Friday, April 19th from 9:00AM – Noon, you can sign up for a one-on-one chat with the alumni who have offered to stay this extra day so you can get more personal with them.
I want to bring to your attention 2 of the alumni you might want to chat with. Below are their names and brief Bios to get a sense of the work they do. If you are interested in talking with them, you must sign up through Handshake here:
Alumni 1:1 Chats, 9:00 a.m.-noon in Adirondack House
Click the alumni names below to SELECT A SLOT for a 1:1 conversation. You don’t have to be a Biology major or minor to meet with these alumni.
- Annalise Carington ’15 – Riparian Restoration & Monitoring Specialist, Intervale Center
- Annalise joined the Intervale Center in Burlington, VT through a partnership with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. With the USFWS, Annalise works with the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program on habitat restoration and other land management projects statewide. She brings that expertise to the Intervale Center’s Agricultural Services team, helping farmers navigate Vermont’s new water quality regulations, assess land management concerns on their properties, and find the technical and financial resources they need to implement conservation practices.
- Gillian Lui ’13 – Supply Chain Sustainability Consultant, Ceres, Inc
- Gillian is a San Francisco-based sustainability professional who has advanced climate change mitigation strategies across the academic, philanthropic, and non-profit sectors. She currently works as a Sustainability Consultant with Ceres, a non-profit that mobilizes Fortune 500 companies and global investors around climate leadership and advocacy. Prior to Ceres, Gillian was a Climate Research Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, conducting research and analysis to develop The Packard Foundation’s US$50 million annual grantmaking portfolio on climate solutions in land use, innovations, and energy. At Middlebury, Gillian was a joint major in Environmental Studies and Conservation Biology, and minored in Mathematics. She also holds a research Master’s degree in Plant Sciences from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Keasbey Scholar and published research at the intersection of tropical deforestation and emerging remote sensing technologies.
This is a unique opportunity for current students to hear from Middlebury alumni at the top of their fields about how to build a successful and gratifying career.
The application for applying for funding for an unpaid internship is this Sunday, April 14th. Check out the many internship and job opportunities in Handshake with applications due this week in sectors such as the environment, nonprofits, international affairs and development, local and state governments, agriculture and energy. The listing in Handshake is HERE.
STILL LOOKING FOR A PAID SUMMER INTERNSHIP? There are 9 funded CCI internships that I want to draw your attention to. They are really diverse: the arts, international social impact, climate change, food systems, etc. These come with funding so you do not need to go through the application process that you would to apply for funding with the April 14th deadline, but you still need to meet the deadlines and submit the required paperwork. Check them out in handshake HERE.
Farm-Based Education Summer Fellowship, Shelburne Farms, Seasonal Full-Time Internship, Shelburne, VT, Apply by Sun, Mar 31 – Housing included
Middlebury Foods Summer Manager Internship, Middlebury Foods, Seasonal Full-Time Internship, Middlebury, VT, Apply by Fri, Apr 5
FoodWorks Internship Program, Middlebury College FoodWorks Fellowship Program, Seasonal Part-Time Internship, Middlebury, VT, Apply by Wed, May 1
The Middlebury Social Impact Corps program connects students to social change with unique global internship opportunities. A select cohort of Middlebury College and MIIS graduate students are chosen and matched with a social enterprise or NGO for a fully funded* eight-week summer internship in the Bahamas (Cape Eleuthera Institute), Peru (Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development), or the United States (Impact Monterey County).
APPLICATIONS DUE FEBRUARY 20, 2019
Middlebury student applications and detailed internship descriptions can be found on Handshake at the links below:
Questions? Contact Dana Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org
*MSIC is a fully -funded internship program. Participants are responsible for travel expenses and any other in-country expenses.
Funding assistance is available for eligible students.
You are invited to join an Information Session to learn more about the High Meadows Fund 2-year post-graduate Fellowship offered exclusively to Princeton and Middlebury seniors graduating between December 2018-May 2019. Tomorrow’s event, Tuesday, December 4th, is at 4:30 in The Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest (Room 103). Hear from current fellow, Will Lathrop, Environmental Philanthropy Associate and a Princeton graduate. He will discuss his day-to-day work on sustainability issues throughout the state of Vermont and in particular how a community’s values inform their land use.
Here is a description from the the High Meadows Fund of the issues they work on:
Climate disruption threatens Vermont’s communities and working landscape. It is urgent Vermonters address it head-on by both lowering their contribution to a warming planet and adapting to the changes already underway. High Meadows applies this sense of urgency in three areas of focus:
- Land Use: Encouraging working farms and forests, compact settlements, and watershed land use that protects communities, soil, and water quality.
- Clean and Efficient Energy: Lowering fossil fuel use, especially in homes of low income Vermonters.
- Farm, Food and Forest Enterprises: Promoting vibrant enterprises as well as healthy ecosystems.
We do our work through charitable grantmaking, research, convenings, direct engagement of our staff, and investing for mission impact. We particularly value social and marketplace innovation and collaboration.
Please see our website, www.highmeadowsfund.org, for more information and join the event tomorrow to learn more about the position or contact thimmeli[at]middlebury.edu if you cannot attend.
After screening at the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival this summer, the award-winning documentary film “Modified” returns to the Marquis Theatre for a special one-night only screening in company of the filmmaker and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont. The special screening is being held to mark World Food Day. Please help us spread the word by forwarding this invitation to friends & colleagues who may be interested in attending!
WORLD FOOD DAY SPECIAL SCREENING OF “MODIFIED”
Tuesday, October 16 at 6:30 pm
The Marquis Theatre, Middlebury
Q & A with the filmmaker and NOFA-VT will follow
“Modified” tells the story of a very personal mother-daughter investigative journey into the complex world of genetically modified foods (GMOs). The film, which has received 10 awards since its release, was partially filmed in Vermont and highlights the state’s historic fight for GMO labelling, as well as Vermont’s short-lived GMO labelling law which was overturned by federal legislation in 2016.
The film is also a visual celebration of food and the love of cooking, highlighting recipes and cooking vignettes from the filmmaker’s farm-to-table cooking show on PBS Food. World-renowned chef Jacques Pépin calls the film “a very personal, tender, touching tribute to a great mom, and a well-researched, enlightening and powerful documentary”.
The film is also being shown in Burlington at Vermont International Film Festival on October 19th, and at Montpelier’s Savoy Theater on October 17th.
For a full list of screenings and to watch the film’s trailer, please visit: www.modifiedthefilm.com
We look forward to seeing you in Vermont!
Calling all food systems thinkers, doers, leaders, and advocates! Registration is now open https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nesawgs-25th-annual-it-takes-a-region-conference-tickets-47719297704 for the 25th annual It Takes a Region conference, hosted by the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group in Philadelphia this October 24-26. Come be part of the 500+ person community of food systems leaders, practitioners and advocates working to change the food system. NESAWG’s gathering is an opportunity for building skills, analysis, and networks that move our work out of silos and inboxes and into living connection and tangible food systems change. Whether you’re a farmer or researcher, a young person or an elder, a nonprofit or a small business, this conference has something for you. Scholarships are available for underrepresented groups and those with financial need. Follow this link to the scholarship page.
This year’s theme is Cultivating a Transformative Food System. Together with some of our region’s most compelling leaders we’ll be discussing what it means for our food system to be in right relationship to people, place, and planet. It’s a conversation you won’t hear anywhere else in the food movement, and you won’t want to miss it. Head on over to http://nesawg.org/conference to learn more.
**Youth Registration Policy
Youth are welcome at the conference and we encourage organizations working with youth to consider bringing them to participate. This year, we will have programming at the conference developed by youth for youth. We also prioritize youth applicants in our scholarship process.