June 2017

Grant Opportunity: Massachusetts Urban Agriculture Program
Deadline: June 30, 2017

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (“MDAR”) seeks proposals for funding projects that will commercial urban food production in the Commonwealth.

MDAR’s Urban Agriculture Program is seeking to award grants statewide to promote strategies addressing food insecurity, to expand and create new economic opportunities and to increase access to fresh, local produce in urban neighborhoods. Access the RFR here. 

2017 USDA Census of Agriculture

Are you a farmer or rancher? America’s farmers and ranchers have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census, to be mailed at the end of this year, is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them. To sign up to receive a census form, click here.

“The Census of Agriculture remains the only source of uniform, comprehensive, and impartial agriculture data for every county in the nation,” said NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer. “As such, census results are relied upon heavily by those who serve farmers and rural communities, including federal, state and local governments, agribusinesses, trade associations, extension educators, researchers, and farmers and ranchers themselves.”

For more information, visit https://www.agcensus.usda.gov/

Job Opening: Mill City Grows

Mill City Grows is looking for two candidates to join the team this coming August as TerraCorps Service-members (a branch of AmeriCorps). One position will focus on Land-stewardship and involves working with volunteers at our Urban farms, and the other will focus on Community engagement and will involve working on projects to expand MCG’s outreach capacity. More details can be found on the MCG website. Additionally, MCG is also hiring two Americorps VISTA positions.

Job Opening: Program Manager, Arlington EATS

Arlington EATS, a grass-roots program of the Arlington Food Pantry, works to ensure that Arlington students and their families have access to healthy, nutritious food when school is not in session. Specifically, EATS provides healthy snacks, vacation and summer lunch programs, and a monthly community meal. Since 2014, EATS provided approximately 18,000 snacks and 20,000 meals to students and their families.  

Summary of Duties: The Program Manager will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of Arlington EATS including ordering and managing food inventory, volunteer management, and managing food distributions. This is a part-time position (18 hours per week) that will report to and work collaboratively with the Executive Director to ensure Arlington EATS is operating in an effective and respectful manner to various stakeholder groups and to ensure all Arlington students who receive free and reduced price lunch, still have enough to eat when school isn’t in session. For more detailed information about the position and how to apply, please visit, http://www.arlington-eats.org/

Food Project Summer Institute
The Food Project
August 3-5, 2017

The Food Project’s summer Institute is right around the corner! Join us from August 3 to 5, 2017 to learn, grow, and connect with your peers from across the country and the world. The three-day Institute is packed with activities, workshops, and engaging conversation that will teach you about The Food Project’s youth development and sustainable agriculture models, food justice initiatives, and how to create more food secure communities. The Institute includes both engaging classroom training and on-farm learning during the dynamic summer season. Learn more and register.