GoodGreens Next Meeting Thursday January 26th Here’s the Agenda

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January 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm

For anyone who has the time, interest in grants available for farmers and non-profits and just a plain interest in good, clean, healthy food for all Chicagoans and the Midwest foodshed, might want to look at the agenda below for the GoodGreens.org meeting which is sponsored by the FNS division of the USDA. If you are interested in attending please contact Alan Shannon of the USDA first, his email address is on the GoodGreens.org website. There are a lot of meaty (no food pun intended) agenda items below!

Next Meeting Tentative Agenda:

1) Brief welcomes and explanation of GoodGreens.org for first-time attendees.

2) Discussion of draft 10% buy local initiative (Anton Seals & Julia Govis).

3) Presentation on the federal government’s Healthy Foods Financing Initiative (IFF President & CEO Trinita Logue).

4) Sharing by member organizations of recent news/developments (All).

News Items:

1) Meeting agenda and notes for the past several months have been posted here.

2) Wisconsin Farm to School Summit – January 25 Located at Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan. This summit will showcase current efforts across the state, feature new resources and highlight opportunities for farm to school programs and policy. Register here.

3) The United Fresh Foundation’s Produce Excellence in Foodservice Awards Program Recognizes the foodservice industry’s most innovative produce performers, is seeking nominations for 2012. Find more information here.

4) National Farmers Market Directory Improvement AMS has enhanced its National Farmers Market Directory to include data about consumers, business people and producers. Users can also now search the directory based on product availability: 7,175 Markets and Counting: Farmers Markets at your Fingertips.

5) USDA Showcases Midwest Schools USDA published a blog post about Midwest schools (Chicago, western Michigan and Minnesota) successfully bringing local foods into school lunches. Click here.

6) Story about USDA-funded Farm Project. USDA published a blog post about a grant-funded high tunnel helping family farmer expand growing season. Find it here.

7) Webinars for Specialty Crop Block Grants USDA Agriculture Marketing Service is offering Webinars for those interested in applying for USDA Specialty Crop Block Grants offered through local state departments of agriculture. The Webinar will help increase awareness of Specialty Crop Block Grants and show individuals how they can apply for grants. Learn more here.

8) Job Openings at the National Farm to School Network Communications & Outreach Manager – based anywhere in the continental US Program Assistant – based in the Chicago area,  Applications due January 13, 2012.

9) Growing Power’s School Garden Workshop – January 14 Register now for Growing Power’s School Garden ABCs workshop in Chicago! The workshop is designed for school garden educators or involved community members who want to learn more about designing, planning and sustaining school gardens. Cost to participate is $45 with lunch and CPDUs included. To register, click here.

10) GG.org’s website is:  www.goodgreens.org.

Grants:

1) ConAgra Food Foundation’s Community Impact Grants – LOIs accepted January 9 – January 24, 2012. Available to impactful, grassroots organizations that leverage innovation and creativity to address child hunger and nutrition needs in Arkansas, California, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington state.

2) Community Garden and Urban Agriculture Seed Grants – deadline January 27, 2012. A small number of seed grants for community garden and urban agriculture programs in the greater Chicago State University area are available. They are supported through a grant from the USDA. A total of $4,500 is available to support projects. The maximum per project is $1,000. They are to support work at South Side projects and to help build the South Side Urban Agriculture Network. For more information, contact CLOCC staff Felicia Beckett (fbeckett@csu.edu ) or Daniel Block (dblock@csu.edu).

3) Captain Planet Foundation Offers Grants for Hands-On Environmental Education Activities – deadlines January 15, May 31 and September 30. Seed grants of $500 or less are available to United States-based schools and nonprofit environmental and educational organizations for hands-on projects that engage children and youth in improving the environment.

4) Frontera Farmer Foundation – deadline February 28, 2012. The Frontera Farmer Foundation will award grants for capital improvements of up to $12,000 to individually owned small farms and medium-size farms that sell their local food products to customers in the Chicago area.

5) Ohio Scholarship Funds – deadline March 1, 2012. The Ohio Farm Bureau has put out scholarship announcements for those pursuing a farm-related career.

6) Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) Healthy & Humane Farm Funds – deadline April 1, 2012. FACT’s Healthy & Humane Farm Funds Project will provide small grants to qualifying humane farmers who need assistance in improving the welfare of their farm animals. They will award grants for projects that (1) help farms transition to pasture-based systems, (2) improve the marketing of their humane products, or (3) more generally enrich the conditions in which farm animals are raised.

7) USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Program grants and loans to upgrade community child nutrition facilities and purchase equipment that could improve access to healthy, locally, or regionally grown products.

8) The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) will provide funds to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements.

9) Growing Power’s School Garden Workshop – January 14 Register now for Growing Power’s School Garden ABCs workshop in Chicago! The workshop is designed for school garden educators or involved community members who want to learn more about designing, planning and sustaining school gardens. Cost to participate is $45 with lunch and CPDUs included. To register, click here.

10) GG.org’s website is:  www.goodgreens.org.

Grants:

1) ConAgra Food Foundation’s Community Impact Grants – LOIs accepted January 9 – January 24, 2012. Available to impactful, grassroots organizations that leverage innovation and creativity to address child hunger and nutrition needs in Arkansas, California, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington state.

2) Community Garden and Urban Agriculture Seed Grants – deadline January 27, 2012. A small number of seed grants for community garden and urban agriculture programs in the greater Chicago State University area are available. They are supported through a grant from the USDA. A total of $4,500 is available to support projects. The maximum per project is $1,000. They are to support work at South Side projects and to help build the South Side Urban Agriculture Network. For more information, contact CLOCC staff Felicia Beckett (fbeckett@csu.edu ) or Daniel Block (dblock@csu.edu).

3) Captain Planet Foundation Offers Grants for Hands-On Environmental Education Activities – deadlines January 15, May 31 and September 30. Seed grants of $500 or less are available to United States-based schools and nonprofit environmental and educational organizations for hands-on projects that engage children and youth in improving the environment.

4) Frontera Farmer Foundation – deadline February 28, 2012. The Frontera Farmer Foundation will award grants for capital improvements of up to $12,000 to individually owned small farms and medium-size farms that sell their local food products to customers in the Chicago area.

5) Ohio Scholarship Funds – deadline March 1, 2012. The Ohio Farm Bureau has put out scholarship announcements for those pursuing a farm-related career.

6) Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) Healthy & Humane Farm Funds – deadline April 1, 2012. FACT’s Healthy & Humane Farm Funds Project will provide small grants to qualifying humane farmers who need assistance in improving the welfare of their farm animals. They will award grants for projects that (1) help farms transition to pasture-based systems, (2) improve the marketing of their humane products, or (3) more generally enrich the conditions in which farm animals are raised.

7) USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Program grants and loans to upgrade community child nutrition facilities and purchase equipment that could improve access to healthy, locally, or regionally grown products.

8) The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) will provide funds to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements.

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