Racial Equity Co-Learning Community
PV Grows
June 15, 2017, 6:30PM

The PV Grows Racial Equity & Food System Working Group is calling together workers and professionals within the local food system to form a committed learning and practice community to illuminate and eradicate racism and shift white cultural dominance to build more effective anti-racist multicultural organizations and institutions. Please join if you are interested in: Addressing racial inequity in the food system such as food access, land access, jobs, wages, and policy; Giving input into the group’s focal areas, caucus work and strategic organizing; Want to learn more, even if you’re unsure of whether you can commit to future meetings. At the initial gathering, we will assess where we are as a group and what capacity-building is needed to support our engagement in and advancement of racial equity work.  For those unable to attend our first gathering, we still welcome your participation and will include you in scheduling future gatherings.

Location: United Church of Christ, Holyoke (300 Appleton Street), Free parking available in adjacent lot. Potluck vegetarian dinner and childcare will be provided. Supported with funding from PV Grows
Register Here (even if you are unable to attend the first gathering)

Webinar: Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) Application Process
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
June 20, 2017, 1PM EST

Led by New Entry and our partner, Allison Goin, this webinar will address various aspects of project development for potential BFRDP applicants. Topics covered include: understanding required BFRDP components, a brief intro to logic models, how to make your design competitive, ensuring your organization is meeting farmers’ needs, integrating your program design with the broader mission of your organization, and more. If your organization is considering applying for a BFRDP grant for the first time or if you are considering reapplying after an unsuccessful application, we encourage you to attend this webinar on June 20th,  2017.  Click here to register!

John Dewey Kitchen Institute
University of Vermont
June 25-27, 2017

Are you a teacher, instructor, or faculty member looking for a unique, hands-on summer workshop that will offer a new approach to teaching? Or, have you ever been curious about the intersection of food, philosophy and teaching, and are interested in exploring a new approach to experiential learning?

The University of Vermont offers a 3-day, on-campus workshop – the John Dewey Kitchen Institute – applies John Dewey’s philosophy into our kitchen lab, as a way to emphasize experiential education, as an important pedagogical approach for teaching any subject.  We draw from John Dewey’s philosophy of education and epistemology (theory of knowing) to inspire and guide our work together. The in-kitchen workshop includes hands on cooking and enjoying 3 meals, beer and wine tasting.  Prior to the start of the workshop, you will gain access to online resources where you can connect with fellow participants and review Dewey’s tenets, philosophy, and practices. Click here for more information. 

Day of Dairy Workshop
Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom
June 27, 2017, 9:00AM – 3:00PM

Bring your ideas for a “dairy quote”, try out some new lessons, “Build a Bovine”, get close and personal with the cows, and learn how milk moves from farm to table at Cooper’s Hilltop Farm in Rochdale. Cooper’s has been a family enterprise for generations and processes their milk on-site. Cost –  $50 includes a breakfast snack and locally sourced lunch (yes, with flavored milk)! Earn 10 PDP’s for the day.

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Gardens: For You & Others
Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom
Wrentham Development Center
June 29, 2017

Register for “Gardens – for You and Others” at the Wrentham Developmental Center.  What have you planned for your school garden during the summer months?  What shall you plant for the fall?  Spend the day at a Food Pantry Garden learning more about curriculum connections to the garden, improving the soil, extending the season, and making plant choices.  Enjoy the breezy fields of this former farmland as you eat a locally sourced lunch and see how some of this land is back in food production. Register here.

Webinar Series: Center for Regional Food Systems’ Presents Farm to Early Child Care 
(Available to stream now)

Introducing healthy foods into a child’s life as early as possible creates healthy habits for a lifetime. In celebration of National CACFP Week, learn about how to incorporate local foods into early child care programs by watching the Center for Regional Food Systems’ Farm to Early Child Care Mini Webinar Series. This series contains 12 webinars on various topics including strategies for introducing new foods, local procurement, and purchasing from farmers. Each webinar is only 15 minutes! So enjoy in the celebration of bringing healthy, local food to our nation’s youngest.