• 15Dec

    Future Harvest CASA 13th ANNUAL CONFERENCE Farm to Institution: Making Local Food Economies a Reality January 13-14, 2012 – National Conference Center – Lansdowne, Virginia

    The Future Harvest CASA 13th Annual Conference is one of the most important gatherings of the sustainable agriculture community in the Chesapeake region. Join them for a two-day lineup of keynote speakers and workshop presenters including innovative farmers and experts from Maryland,  Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC and West Virginia. Many bring particular expertise to our conference theme “Farm to Institution: Making Local Food Economies a Reality.”

    Keynote Speakers

    Friday, January 13: Anthony Flaccavento, founder of Appalachian Sustainable Development and SCALE

    Saturday, January 14: Mike Curtin, CEO of DC Central Kitchen
    Visit the Future Harvest – Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture website for conference details and registration. Email futureharvestcasa@gmail.com to be added to their email list for conference updates.

  • 15Apr

    Building a Sustainable Agriculture Educational Program at Your Institution

    By Allison Jack, Amber Anderson Mba and Rebekah Ritson

    Workshop Abstract:

    Are you involved in curriculum development around sustainable agriculture at your institution? Do you want to be and don’t know where to start? The Sustainable Agriculture Education Association would like to remind you that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel! Students, faculty, staff and community stakeholders all have a role in developing the educational programs that will shape the next generation of agricultural professionals. Come join us to learn about effective existing programs and the resources and networks available for building new programs from the ground up. The SAEA’s resources include an online database of curricula, directories of student farms and official sustainable agriculture educational programs, national participatory conferences for educators and learners and a lively online discussion group.

    Workshop Follow Up:

    We gave a short presentation on the history of the SAEA and what the organization has to offer, and then facilitated short world cafe and open space sessions using pre-formulated topics with about 50 workshop participants. Participants were a nice mix of faculty, students, growers and sustainable agriculture advocates from all over the country, so it really was like a mini SAEA conference. We received great feedback on the workshop and feel that doing outreach at the major organic farming conferences would be a great recruiting tool for the SAEA. We were able to add around 30 new people to the SAEA google group. So, if you are attending or speaking at organic / sustainable agriculture – focused conferences in the future, consider contacting the organizers about hosting an SAEA workshop. This workshop was organized entirely over Skype by participants who had not all previously met in person, so it is also a great way to network with your fellow SAEA members.

    To watch a video presentation go to: http://sustainableaged.org/Conferences/2010SAEAatMOSES/tabid/114/Default.aspx

    For more information, or if you’re interested in taking this show on the road, contact Allison Jack.

  • 22Sep

    Fair Food’s Farm to Institution Program (FTI) seeks to connect our region’s farmers with schools, universities, hospitals, and eldercare communities in order to bring more healthy local food to the marketplace and to better support our region’s growers and producers.  FTI seeks a 20-hour per week Program Associate to assist with implementation of our Farm to School initiatives in the Philadelphia area.  The Program Associate will be integral to supporting the ongoing work with public schools across the city and region as they bring fresh, locally grown foods to their students and school communities. Read more »

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