[montanafood_ag] Updates from the National Farm to School Network, . Part 2

Stein, Mary mstein at montana.edu
Fri Oct 7 12:20:48 MDT 2011

More Updates from the National Farm to School Network,. Part 2 of 2:

A few more assorted updates from the NFSN...

1.    Letter to Kathleen Merrigan re. MI and FL Fresh Produce Pilots - for your information, attached is a copy

2.       Webinar, "What You Need to Know about the Farm Bill---Important Updates and Information Related to Community and Regional Food Systems," to be held Monday, October 10, at 3:00 p.m. central time. To connect to the webinar, simply click here<http://www.community-food.org/archives/farm-bill-webinar/> on the day of the presentation prior to the webinar start time of 3:00 p.m. CST. Speakers include:

Margaret Krome, Policy Program Director with the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in Wisconsin, will describe the Farm Bill's structure, relevance, and timeline.
Helen Dombalis, Policy Associate with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, will lay out provisions in a bill addressing local and regional food systems that Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) will introduce next month.
John Latini, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)'s Legislative Director, will share provisions of a forthcoming bill on community agriculture.

3.    Call for workshop proposals: The American Community Gardening Association's 33rd Annual Conference, "Community Gardening on the Cutting Edge!" will be held in San Francisco, CA, August 9 - 12, 2012.  We are now accepting proposals for presentations.  Please review the attached Call for Presentations (or go to our website to download, www.communitygarden.org<http://www.communitygarden.org/>) and return your proposal by November 1, 2011.

4.    Media re. major school food changes in the Los Angeles Unified School District. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-gottlieb-los-angeles-schools-healthy-food-ca-20111002,0,2982666.story

*October is National Farm to School Month! Find great resources at: www.farmtoschoolmonth.org
Stacey A. Sobell, MPH
Farm to School Program Manager, Food & Farms
721 NW Ninth Avenue, Suite 200
Portland, OR 97209
ssobell at ecotrust.org<mailto:ssobell at ecotrust.org>

*Western Regional Lead for the National Farm to School Network: http://www.farmtoschool.org/regional.php?area=west

FoodHub membership is now FREE: www.food-hub.org<http://www.food-hub.org/>

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