Tag Archives: Sustainable Food Systems

Potential Project for Food Studies Students? Survey for Online Market

From Professor Molly Anderson: “If anybody is interested in this, please let me know (mollya[at]middlebury.edu)! No pay, but you might be able to turn it into a credit J-term internship.”

“Amanda Landry, who is the owner and farmer of Cream Hill Stock Farm, and a grad student at UNH in the Community Development Policy and Practice program is working on her community capstone project. As such, Amanda is working with ACORN on the logistical side of the second iteration of the online market for farmers and food producers. She is in the research phase of the project and was wondering if she could collaborate with Middlebury College students to implement a survey of local eaters/residents/students

For background info., Amanda was a participating producer in ACORN’s trial online market this spring so has some relevant hands-on insight into what works and what doesn’t from the producer’s perspective.

We’re hoping to launch the market in the spring, so this project could run through the fall and into the winter. We look forward to hearing from you, and if you think this is a good fit for any of your students.”

Middlebury students, if you’re interested in working with Amanda on this project, please reach out to Middlebury Food Studies Professor Molly Anderson. It could be a for-credit Winter Term internship.

Thanks!

Interested in Creating a Best-in-Class Model for What Healthy School Food Environments Look Like?

Today’s the day: Applications are open! Are you ready to serve up change? Applications are now open for our next class of FoodCorps AmeriCorps service members! As a service member, you’ll connect kids to healthy food in school, from the classroom to the garden to the cafeteria. We encourage you to apply early; we are reviewing applications on a rolling basis until the deadline, so early applicants will hear back sooner.
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What makes a great service member? A motivated leader who’s passionate about food education and eager to serve—especially in a community you call home. Your unique strengths will shape your service; you’ll use your interests and talents (plus our program resources!) to get kids excited about healthy food.You’ll grow through your service, too. In addition to a stipend, you’ll get access to dozens of resources and training opportunities and gain a network of inspired food education colleagues. After your service, our alumni program can help you make meaningful connections and build your career.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis through March 13, so apply early! If you need some inspiration to get started, check out last year’s Q&A with a few FoodCorps alums. We can’t wait to read your application! 

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VT Food System Jobs

Just a reminder that “Farm to Plate is Vermont’s food system plan being implemented statewide to increase economic development and jobs in the farm and food sector and improve access to healthy local food for all Vermonters.” They also have wonderful resources including a Vermont food systems job listing online HERE. For those of you looking to stay in Vermont after graduation, this is a great resource!

Down to Earth: Nourishing Change in the Champlain Valley

Friday, November 15, Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center, 9:00a – 12:30pm

Imagine a perennial future by joining the 2nd annual Conversations in Ag and Culture Conference on regeneration, reciprocity, relationship, and recovery in the Champlain Valley and beyond.  Down to Earth: Nourishing Change in the Champlain Valley will feature keynote speaker Dr. Aubrey Streit Krug, director of The Land Institute’s Ecosphere Studies Program, as well as a panel representing the five spheres of the New Perennials Project: Food & Agriculture, Creative Arts, Education, Faith, and Healing Arts. There will also be time during the program for attendees’ input – your creativity, stories, and ideas will be welcome.  

Sponsored by Franklin Environmental Center, New Perennials Project at Middlebury, and the Environmental Studies Program.

Looking for a cool environmental project here on campus? Try Aquaponics

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!

SENIORS: Help fuel solutions rooted in social, environmental, racial & economic justice with WhyHunger JOB

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 whyhungerjobs@gmail.com by the deadline of May 16.

For more information about WhyHunger visit our website at https://www.whyHunger.org

Midd Alum 1:1 Chats on Climate Risk (CERES) & Conservation Restoration (Intervale) on April 19

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 ’15Riparian 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 ’13Supply 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.