Focused on improving agricultural production; enhancing the quality of food and feed; ensuring an adequate, affordable, and safe food supply; and maintaining agrosecurity to ensure food security and the basics of nutritional health for a growing global population.
Eighteen active duty military veterans recently graduated from a five month farming and gardening training program called the Heroes Garden. The project was a collaboration between the Franklin County Office of OSU Extension and the Central Ohio Veterans Administration Healthcare System. Veterans participated in classroom sessions on urban farming and gardening topics in the early spring and then planted and maintained a vegetable garden at the new Extension Teaching and Learning Gardens at Waterman Farm on campus. Follow this link to learn more.
Join Ohio Food Policy Network for the 9th Annual Ohio Food Policy Summit on Monday, October 28, 2019 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, hosted by the Ohio Food Policy Network and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. The Summit will kick-off with a morning workshop “Redesigning the Table: Using Equity and Systems for Collective Action,” which will be led by Johns Hopkins University’s Food Policy Network that is intended to strengthen and equip Ohio’s local food policy councils. This workshop is designed for members of local food policy councils, but anyone interested is welcome to register and attend. Follow this link to learn more.
Join the Racial Equity in Food Systems Working Group Monday, September 16, 2019 from 3 – 4 p.m. EST, to learn about “Food Sovereignty and the Role of Extension.” This webinar will provide an introduction to sovereignty, looking at how and why this principle is used in different First Nations communities. Following this introduction, two partners (one from the community and one from Extension) will describe how they have worked together on food sovereignty projects. They will describe how the partnership developed and key elements of a partnership that promotes food sovereignty. There will be time in the webinar for questions, comments, and suggestions of related resources. Presenters include: Janie Simms Hipp, Jennifer K. Gauthier, and Brian Kowalkowski. Follow this link to register.
The Ohio State University Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT), the Sustainability Institute (SI), University Libraries, and the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) are hosting Food Flash Talks on October 17, 2019, as a part of a series of events for World Food Day. In keeping with World Food Day’s aim to promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all, they are looking for speakers who are currently doing research or programming on the environmental, social, political, and/or economic components of food production, access, and distribution. Each flash talk presenter will have 7 minutes to provide a compelling overview of their work to an audience of students, fellow researchers and members of the general public. Open for students, staff, and faculty to submit a proposal until September 20. Follow this link to submit a proposal.
The USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced a new pair of administrative flexibilities that enable states to leverage modern technologies in their efforts to deliver Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits with improved customer service and integrity. “By utilizing modern technology, our state partners can continue to advance innovation in the administration of SNAP,” said Brandon Lipps, USDA’s Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services. “These flexibilities allow states to employ new solutions to run their programs in ways that are more effective, efficient, and accurate.” Follow link to learn more.
The mission of Fresh Fest Cleveland is to celebrate the arts and urban agriculture, promote health and wellness, showcase fresh and local food, all while breaking down the barriers of this unified and fertile neighborhood and emphasizing cultural unity. Fresh Fest will be hosted on one of the largest and most popular urban farms in Cleveland – Rid-All Farm and Otter Park which occupy 26.5 acres of previously vacant and re-purposed land in Cleveland’s Kinsman neighborhood. The event will take place on Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 12 – 9 p.m. Follow this link to learn more.
The National League of Cities (NLC) launched Cities of Opportunity to strengthen city leader’s capacity to work in a more holistic way to address root causes of poor health. City leaders are uniquely positioned to advance cross-cutting approaches that address issues that affect the health of their residents and the vibrancy of their city. With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NLC recruited 12 cities in a competitive application process to pilot the initiative. Participating cities included: Atlanta; Birmingham, Alabama; Charlotte, North Carolina; East Point, Georgia; Fort Collins, Colorado; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Hopewell, Virginia; Huntington, West Virginia; Lansing, Michigan; New Orleans; Rancho Cucamonga, California; and Roanoke, Virginia. Follow this link to learn more.
The American Farm Bureau Federation’s grassroots organization is looking for urban farmers to support agriculture and help reduce the rural-urban divide. To that end, the federation last week hosted the second annual meeting of its Urban County Farm Bureau Coalition. Coalition steering committee member Heidi Quinn is also the Rhode Island Farm Bureau executive director. She says her state may be urban and small, but agriculture is still a big part of its economy. Follow this link to listen to the podcast.