EcoAgriculture Partners, a pioneering non-profit organization that works to reduce hunger, increase agricultural production, improve rural people’s lives and conserve biodiversity using an innovative whole landscape approach, is hiring for 2 International Development positions for people who are interested in sustainability and agriculture. One position is full-time for a recent grad; the other is a stipend internship that could be for a J-term experience, perhaps. Read more
The 3rd Annual Yale Food Systems Symposium will be held this October 30-31 and the theme for this year’s conference is “New Alliances That Shape a Food Movement.” The keynote speaker will be Olivier De Schutter, former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, and the keynote panel will include Robert Lustig, Dorceta Taylor, and Ricardo Salvador.
People in food movements around the world envision a future where the world’s food systems restore degraded ecosystems, mitigate and adapt to climate change, improve community health, and facilitate more equitable economic exchange. To realize this ambitious vision this world must encourage and support novel, collaborative, and holistic problem-solving approaches. This symposium want to bring a diverse group of people and approaches together at this Food Systems Symposium such as those in the public health community who seek to increase access to fresh vegetables in urban centers; land conservationists who wish to preserve farmland; legal scholars who identify avenues of policy change; and immigration reformers who advocate for farm workers.
This year’s conference seeks to foster new alliances that will encourage crosscutting conversations, innovative thinking, and actionable strategies. Eaters across the nation struggle to find wholesome food choices that nourish their bodies without endangering important environmental and social resources. A true coalition will bring expertise across disciplines to creatively solve the otherwise intractable problems of food security and access, social justice, public health, environmental stewardship, and safety. These alliances and the common goal of an improved food system will serve as the guiding focus for the 2015 Yale Food Systems Symposium.
Please consider submitting an abstract and find out more information following this link: http://yalefoodsymposium.org/submit-an-abstract/
The Vermont Community Foundation was established in 1986 as a permanent source of support for the state. They are a family of hundreds of funds and foundations created by Vermonters to serve their charitable goals. They provide the advice, investment vehicles, and back-office expertise to making your giving easy and inspiring. Together, our funds and programs provide more than $12 million a year in grants in Vermont and beyond.
Community foundations in the United States are public charities serving people who share a common interest—improving the quality of life in their area. Individuals, families, businesses, and organizations create permanent charitable funds that help their region meet the challenges of changing times. Community foundations invest and administer these funds.
Several Middlebury alumni are currently part of the Vermont Community Foundation team. Apply now for a job as a Community Philanthropist Associate! This is a 2 year PAID position! More information on how to apply on MOJO!
About the position:
The fellow works with the Foundation’s communications, grantmaking, and asset development teams to build the public profile of philanthropy in Vermont.
Included in this work is helping our giving partners, including donors and grantee organizations, understand community needs and the role of philanthropy in addressing those needs. Issues supported by our grantmaking include: food and farms, affordable housing, healthcare, the arts, education, homelessness and hunger, and drug and alcohol abuse.
For the past 30 years Rural Vermont has worked to create economic justice for Vermont farmers through education, grassroots organizing and advocacy for the past 30 years. Join their team and help fulfill their vision for a community- based food system which sustains our farmers, our communities, and our lands.
The two summer internship opportunities, as a Grassroots Organizing intern and an Outreach Intern have deadlines on April 1st (but it is rolling admissions so apply ASAP)!!
To find out more information about the position(s) and how to apply please check out this poster: Rural vermont poster
Without a significant, serious and immediate increase in diversity and inclusion, the conservation community will become a movement of the past instead of a guiding principle of the future. The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington is a multi-summer, undergraduate experiential-learning program focused on the themes of biodiversity, food, climate, and water across urban and wild spaces.
Last summer, two dozen stellar freshmen and sophomores from all over the country — and diverse along all axes: race, ethnicity, socio-economics, area of study — gathered in WA for this immersion/field-based course. They traveled all over the state and addressed a range of conservation issues through a variety of ecological and social science lenses. The overarching theme? How we can best grow an inclusive and diverse conservation movement.
To find out more information please check out this pdf file: doris duke conservation
The deadline is January 29th! Make haste!
Wondering what you’ll be doing after graduation?…Fret not—distract yourself —and come to this Monday’s information session on Jan. 12th in LaForce Hall Seminar Room at 7:00PM to hear first-hand from Middlebury alum, Stu Fram ’13, who is the current 2-year Fellow working on issues important to the sustainable development of Vermont’s future. THIS IS AN AMAZING FELLOWSHIP! Email me if you have any questions; the instructions for applying to this job are on MOJO, use keyword “High Meadows”. This is an amazing experience to apply your know-how by working in the fields of renewable energy, transportation, food systems, and land use.
http://www.orionmagazine.org/ – Connect now to gain access to thousands of opportunities ranging from environmental education, organic farming to advocacy and management!
ACORN and the Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) are pleased to announce a local money conference for networking food, agriculture, and forestry businesses. Entrepreneurs, regional capital providers and business service providers come together at this annual event in Middlebury. On Nov 6 from 8:30-2:30 Financing the Working Landscape aims to:
- Introduce entrepreneurs to local capital providers and business service providers
- Educate business owners and entrepreneurs about how to prepare for capitalization
- Catalyze opportunities for all participants through networking and “elevator” pitches
The conference will include keynote speaker Mike Pieciak, Deputy Commissioner of the VT Department of Financial Regulation, an Entrepreneurs Showcase, a Challenge Presentation (expert feedback on a specific business challenge presented by a business owner), numerous business experts, and networking opportunities throughout the day. This is our 4th year and each year presents new insights for small business development.
To learn more and register please visit: http://acornvt.org/
Interested in creating economic justice for Vermont farmers through education, grassroots organizing and advocacy? Apply now to work with Rural Vermont, a team of advocators with a vision for a community-based food system which sustains Vermont farmers, communities and lands. There are SEVERAL positions available as Legislative/Policy Interns, Legal Research and Legislative Writing Interns, and Outreach/Membership Development Interns for Winter Term internships!! Check out this link for internship descriptions: WINTER 2015 INTERNSHIPS-rural vermont or visit ruralvermont.org!
Join Real Food Week for an exciting line-up of great talent from our local food sector organized by EatReal. The weeklong symposium of events focused on sustainable food will discuss the realities of our current food system and propose future solutions all while investigating the complexities of food sourcing at Middlebury.
Don’t forget to check out Friday’s event with a panel of Midd alumni who have figured out how to insert themselves into the local food system sector.
What is our role in creating a more resilient, ecologically sound, and just food system? Visit go/rfw for more information.
In 1977 Wendell Berry published The Unsettling of America, Culture and Agriculture, which launched the national and international conversation about the state of agriculture and food. A newly posted Middlebury FoodWorks position is at the Berry Center, where his legacy continues, archiving Wendell’s personal papers and articles and working for A Place on Earth CSA, named after one of his books. Other FoodWorks positions remain available – and some original positions reopened – where you can get paid to help develop critical local food infrastructure in Louisville and Vermont.
Program dates: June 1- August 1. Housing provided. Apply through MOJO.
Questions: contact Amy McGlashan, firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-443-5103.
There are four days left to register for the Northeast Farm to Preschool Forum in Dublin, NH!
Discover new strategies for bringing joy and wonder to early childhood through food and farm education! Attend workshops, network, take a field trip and discuss the exciting intersection where seed to table meets preschool.
Field trips will be hands-on and activity-based and are designed to provide you with ideas for bringing farm and food-based education to your students!
Cost: $20/person, includes lunch. A limited number of scholarships are available. Registration will close at the end of the day on September 30!
More info, workshop descriptions & schedule:
Farm-Based Education Network
Farm Fresh RI
Happy Valley School
MA Farm to School Project
NH Department of Education
NH Farm to School
Northeast Steering Committee of the National Farm to School Network
Otter Brook Farm
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
USDA Food & Nutrition Service
Vermont Food Education Every Day (VT FEED)
On Saturday, October 5, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., undergraduates, graduate students, K-12 teachers and their students, as well as faculty and staff who are supporting their efforts, will come together at Middlebury College in the McCullough Social Space for an extraordinary symposium. Our purpose is to explore the ways that food studies can foster uniquely transformative educational experiences and build unusually powerful and connected communities of learning and practice, especially in under-served areas.
The symposium will feature a remarkable group of educators, students, and community leaders who are working to create an institutional framework for sustaining food education in several regions of our country and Canada. Read more
Here is a wonderful resource compilation of the best of The New York Times related to food (http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/23/all-about-food/) – compliments of the FBEA.
They note: “Food is a wide-ranging topic, and we’ve assembled here resources along the wide spectrum, in four categories: nutrition, hunger and food insecurity, preparation and culture, and, finally, fun with food.” It includes lesson plans and other materials published on The Learning Network, along with related Times articles and multimedia.
It starts with a collection of all the Student Opinion questions we’ve asked about food over the years. Enjoy this amazing resource!
Here is a great blog post from Cynthia Belliveau, Dean of University of Vermont Continuing Education and professor in UVM’s Department of Nutrition and Food Science, about her Dewey-ian approach to using food preparation and communal eating as a means to learn about our troubled food system, the environment, economics and society.