Events calendar

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
9:30 am ET

Farm Food Safety and Purchasing Locally Grown Produce - What’s it all Mean?

Location: Jordon Hall, NY State Agriculture Experiment Station, 630 West North Street, Geneva, NY (Ontario County).



This is a great opportunity for locally-grown food buyers, purchasers, distributors, farm-to-school or institution programs, chefs, and healthy eating programmers to learn about the farm food safety alphabet of programs and what they might mean. Whether it’s GAPs, HGAPs, or FSMA, farm food safety will be impacting the local food movement across the state and country. What do Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), Harmonized GAPs (HGAPs), or the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) mean and how will these initiatives impact the locally grown food you want to purchase? Presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension through the Cornell Vegetable Program, the Lake Ontario Fruit Team, and NOFA-NY.



Preregistration required by 10/13/17. Registration is through the Cornell Vegetable Program. Register online here:  The cost is $25 including lunch. For more information, contact Robert Hadad, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (585) 739-4065



For further information, visit or call (585) 271-1979. Please note pre-registration deadline of October 13 for the October 17 field day.
12:00 pm ET

Food Sovereignty Prize Live



The US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA) is pleased to announce the honorees of the ninth annual Food Sovereignty Prize: Zimbabwe Small Holder Organic Farmers’ Forum (ZIMSOFF) and the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA). The honorees will be awarded the prize on October 17, 2017, at the Food Sovereignty Prize Live ceremony, streamed online at 12PM EDST. The ceremony can be viewed by RSVPing online at



This year’s honorees were selected for their success in promoting food sovereignty, agroecology, and social justice to ensure that all people have access to fresh, nutritious food produced in harmony with the planet. Lauded as an alternative to the World Food Prize, the Food Sovereignty Prize champions real solutions to hunger and is recognized by social movements, activists, and community-based organizations around the world. This year’s honorees are tenacious in their resistance to the corporate control of our food system, including false solutions of biotechnology that damage the planet while exacerbating poverty and hunger.



Zimbabwe Smallholder Organic Farmers Forum: (ZIMSOFF), is the voice of over 10,500 peasants struggling for social justice across Zimbabwe. ZIMSOFF organizes and empowers smallholder farmers practicing sustainable agriculture to improve their livelihoods, and influences policies and public awareness on agroecology and farmers rights. They pay particular attention to the participation and leadership of rural women and youth. ZIMSOFF has a special focus on seeds, promoting seed saving, breeding of locally-adapted varieties, and farmer-to-farmer seed exchanges, including through national and southern Africa regional seed sovereignty networks.



Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance: (NAMA) is a fishermen-led organization working at the intersection of marine conservation and social, economic, and environmental justice. NAMA works to build a movement for a healthy ocean, a just seafood system, and community-based fisheries that are diverse, fair, and equitable for all. NAMA’s mission is to enhance and maintain healthy marine ecosystems by organizing a decentralized network of community-based fishermen, fishworkers, and allies, with the understanding that no one entity can solve the complex environmental-social-economic problems faced by our fishing communities and those whose lives depend on a healthy ocean.




CONTACT: Ahna Kruzic, Director of Publications & Communications, Food First This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.(510) 927-5379



Other Events

Join in the Food Week of Action and World Food Day with Solidarity Actions

  1. Boycott Wendy’s, tweet, and deliver manager letters in solidarity with farmworkers.
  2. Support family farmers by pushing for transparency around land investments by pension funds, starting with TIAA-CREF at
  3. Raise your voice to push for justice and good stewardship in the next Farm Bill.


Co-sponsor the Food Week as a congregation or organization by calling or emailing me.

12:00 pm ET

SNEB Webinar: National Farm to School Month: Early Care Education Edition



October is National Farm to School Month! Join the National Farm to School Network and thousands of schools, early care and education sites, farms, communities and organizations across the country as we celebrate food education, school gardens and lunch tray’s filled with healthy, local ingredients. Everyone can celebrate! 
Here are four free upcoming webinars that you're invited to join to learn more about the farm to school movement and its positive impacts. Find more Farm to School Month opportunities (and sign our Take Action Pledge!) at



Join speakers from the National Farm to School Network and Arizona State University to learn about opportunities to celebrate National Farm to School Month and discover the vast array of benefits of farm to early care and education for children, families and communities. This webinar, hosted by the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB), is free and open to the public. Register here

12:30 pm ET

Farmers as Lobbyists: Tactics for Farmers, Coalitions, and Councils with Policies to Pitch

Join us! Co-hosted by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and featuring the West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition and Rural Vermont. 

This webinar focuses on the power of the individual voice of farmers telling their stories in support of food and farm policy change. Join us for a conversation with farmers about the value of farmers as members of food and farm coalitions, what motivates farmers to engage in local and state level policy advocacy, what to consider to engage farmers in long-term, policy advocacy, and how to successfully build the capacity of farmers to be advocates.
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