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UVa Student Applying Engineering Research to Agriculture

April 8, 2013

by: Allison Spain
Check out the interview with Rowan Sprague, a 4th year at UVa, about her research with honeybees and the small hive beetle. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mS_nAtNon-w

"Organic Food's Not Just For Snobs"

March 20, 2013

by: Allison Spain
Recently, Zester Daily published an opinion piece by Tanya Denckla Cobb, who is the Associate Director at the Institute for Environmental Negotiation, professor in the Urban and Environmental Planning Department, and steering committee member of the UVa Food Collaborative. In her piece she critiques Dr. Mehmet Oz's article, "What to Eat Now: The Anti-Food Snob Diet," published in Time magazine last year. According to Dr. Oz, "organic is great, it's just not very democratic." More and more studies, however, are showing that sales of organic foods is growing at retailers like Wal-Mart, and that farmers market produce can actually be less expensive. Read for yourself at: http://zesterdaily.com/agriculture/organic-food-is-not-just-for-snobs-dr-oz-ask-walmart/

Monsanto Supreme Court Case

February 18, 2013

by: Allison Spain
The case of Vernon Hugh Bowman, a 75 year old Indiana farmer, vs. Monsanto has been getting a lot of press recently as the Supreme Court prepares to hear the case. The UVa Food Collab is planning a forum to discuss GMOs the spring so this is a timely case. Read more at: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/02/18/171896311/farmers-fight-with-monsanto-reaches-the-supreme-court

USDA Seeks to Hire

February 11, 2013

by: Allison Spain
There are two postings on USA Jobs that may be of interest to graduates and students looking for a summer internship. One is for a Program Analyst (https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/337217000) and one is for a Food and Nutrition Service internship (https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/337217000). Candidates should have the following skills:

-Experience researching projects related to farm to school initiatives where you had primary responsibility for collecting and analyzing data related to farm to school programming;
-Working with programs or services directly relevant to local and regional food system theory and practice;
-Creating white papers or summary reports related to local or regional food systems;
-Researching regulations and policies related to local and regional food systems;
-Providing oral presentations to a large audience; and
-Managing large amounts of data; proficient with database management.

The deadline for applications is Friday, February 15.

Follow Up from American Meat Film Screening

January 6, 2013

by: Allison Spain
In case you missed it, the American Meat film screening on December 3rd was a big success! You can read about the American Meat team's visit to Virginia and UVa and a piece about why the Food Collaborative wanted to screen this film on their website:
http://www.americanmeatfilm.com/why_i_m_proud_to_have_organized_a_screening_of_american_meat

Local Farm Working With Prince Edward County School System

January 6, 2013

by: Allison Spain
Crumptown Farm, managed by Brad and Lyndsay Constable, is a small family farm located in Buckingham County. Their land is 100% chemical free and their produce is raised from non-GMO, chemical free seeds in our own greenhouse. All of the seeds that they begin with are either untreated or Certified Organic. They are passionate about bringing our customers Certified Naturally Grown vegetables of the highest quality possible. Their methods include soil enrichment by encouraging microbial life through Biodynamic preparations, Japanese Natural Farming techniques, cover cropping and providing beneficial insect habitat. Taste, freshness and nutritionally rich produce grown using natural methods are their main goals.

Currently, Crumptown Farm is a vendor at the South of the James Farmers Market in Richmond, VA. That is also one of the drop-off locations for the CSA. It has been an exciting development this past season as the Prince Edward County School system has become a regular purchaser. They are actively encouraging healthier eating for their students and Crumptown Farm feels very fortunate to be a part of that initiative. Additional CSA drop-off locations include the Southside Virginia Family YMCA in Farmville and Nirvana greenhouse at Yogaville. For more information about the Crumptown Farm CSA or contact us, visit their website at www.crumptownfarm.com or email them at crumptownfarm@yahoo.com

Screening of American Meat on Dec. 3

December 1, 2012

by: Allison Spain
The UVa Food Collaborative is hosting a screening of the film, American Meat, on Monday, December 3 at the Newcomb Hall Theater. Chipotle is providing free burritos and free burrito cards for attendees, and the Local Food Hub is donating apples. Following the film there will be a panel discussion featuring Joel Salatin from Polyface Farms. For more information, please see the article from UVa Today: http://news.virginia.edu/content/salatin-and-burritos-accompany-uva-screening-american-meat

New course on Food Justice!

November 19, 2012

by: Allison Spain
A new and unique food system planning course on food justice will be offered through the Urban and Environmental Planning department this spring. This course will build upon the previous 7 years of community food system class research, to conduct an assessment of food justice for the City of Charlottesville. Student findings will be submitted to the city for consideration in its new Comprehensive Plan and neighborhood plans. Students will learn and use best practices for community engagement while working with six selected Charlottesville neighborhoods to conduct (and test) a newly developed “food justice audit.” They will interview neighborhood leaders and community residents about their experiences with hunger, access to fresh, healthy food, their perception of food justice, impacts of local food initiatives, and ideas for advancing Charlottesville’s food justice. In addition to conducting research on food justice policies, students will do their field work at the grassroots level, gaining important skills in cultural diversity, observation, listening, and will synthesize their experiences in project papers and presentations of research findings to the city, as well as ethnographies guided by advisory faculty, Dr. Kendra Hamilton. By the end of the class, students will have gained important skills in community-based planning and policies, which are now considered essential for numerous professions.

Farm to School Week!

November 6, 2012

by: Allison Spain
November 12-16 is Farm to School Week in Virginia! The Farm to School program through VDACS seeks to source food from local farms in meals served at K-12 schools and universities throughout the Commonwealth. This year marks the 4th year of Farm to School week in Virginia, and to celebrate you can help the Local Food Hub by chipping in for healthy school lunches. They are partnering with several local farms to supply grass-fed beef in school lunches in Albemarle County, and they need to raise $500 by November 16! Visit their website at http://localfoodhub.org/chip-in-for-healthy-school-lunch/ and chip in a few dollars to their 2012 Farm to School Fund. For more information about Virginia Farm to School Week, please visit http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/marketing/farm.shtml.

Politics of Food and Proposition 37

October 24, 2012

by: Allison Spain
In a recent New York Times article, author Michael Pollan looks at the California\'s Proposition 37, the food movement, and the upcoming election. Proposition 37 would require that genetically modified food in California be labeled as such. Although more than 60 other countries label genetically modified food, this is being fought by \"big food\", such as Monsanto and Du Pont. Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/14/magazine/why-californias-proposition-37-should-matter-to-anyone-who-cares-about-food.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&

2nd Annual Community Food Awards

October 19, 2012

by: Allison Spain
On Thursday, October 25 the Local Food Hub will be recognizing businesses and local leaders who have made a commitment to local food in our area! The reception will be at 11 am at the Local Food Hub warehouse in Ivy, and there will be a reception featuring local foods following the awards. Please RSVP to Emily at info@localfoodhub.org or (434) 286-2176 if you are interested in attending!

Students Demand 'Real Food'

October 10, 2012

by: Allison Spain
In a recent article, "The Real Food Challenge," in the Journal of Sustainability Ted Maro reports of the Real Food Challenge (RFC), which is gaining traction among institutions and student organizations across the country. The RFC is a grassroots initiative that began at Brown University in 2008 and connects student activist groups that are interested in everything from local food to farm workers' rights. In 2011 they announced the Real Food Campus Commitment, a pledge institutions to purchase 20 percent of their food from local, humane, sustainable, ecologically sound sources by 2020. So far seven universities have signed the pledge and 30 more have begun to use the RFC to track their purchasing over time and determine how much is local. Read more at: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1089/SUS.2012.9952

Virginia Cider Week!

October 3, 2012

by: Allison Spain
The first ever VA Cider Week will be start on November 12. It will be a week-long event featuring tastings, dinners, workshops, and presentations. The week will begin with a visit from Gary Nabhan, Scholar in Residence, at Feast in Charlottesville on Friday, November 9 from 4-6 pm. There will be local cider and food pairings, and tickets for the event are $10. For more information, please visit http://ciderweekva.com/.

Position with the Local Food Hub

September 7, 2012

by: Allison Spain
The Local Food Hub is looking for an Executive Director! This person will be responsible for strategic management, fund development, community engagement, organizational leadership and Board relations. Applications are due by September 30, 2012. Please see the full posting for more information: http://localfoodhub.org/news/we-are-hiring/

 

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