Saturday, October 13
Join us for an afternoon of autumn fun at the 2012 Enterprise Farm Harvest Picnic! Bring your friends, family, and a dish to share. We’ll provide the music, hay rides, a trip through the Maize Maze, and more!
Enterprise Farm is located at 72 River Rd, Whately, MA. For more detailed directions, see the Enterprise website’s directions page.
Future Energy is a series of events that connects entrepreneurs, researchers, and private investors in the energy and clean-tech industries to develop and commercialize radical solutions to the world’s energy challenges. Agenda 6:30pm – Pizza, networking and introduction. 6:45pm – Investor Feedback Forum. 8:00pm — energy and cleantech startups pitch to an investor panel; the panel provides actionable advice for each presentation. 8:15pm – Pitch Showdown – audience voting via Twitter; winners announced and prizes awarded. 8:30pm – Drinks at nearby location. Future Energy link: http://ultralightstartups.com/future-energy/ Ticket link: http://futureenergyboston.eventbrite.com/
Our festival mission is to generate increased demand for local and sustainably produced food through education and promotion, support the growth and development of local farms and locally owned food-related businesses, increase the availability and access of healthy local food to urban communities and to facilitate collaborations between local food farms, businesses, and public and non-profit organizations. For more about the festival including, sponsorships, becoming a vendor or volunteer, visit: http://bostonlocalfoodfestival.com/
August 19 to 25 is Massachusetts Farmers Market Week! There are now over 250 Farmers Markets across the Commonwealth, close to double the number from five years ago. Farmers Markets bring a host of important benefits to our communities:
- Boosting local farms through direct-to-consumer sales (more than 99% of farms in Massachusetts are local, family-owned businesses);
- Increasing access to fresh, healthy food for low-income families (over 100 Markets now participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program);
- Attracting new visitors to downtown areas and generating spin-off economic activity.
To celebrate Massachusetts Farmers Market Week, special activities are planned at more than twenty-five Markets, including chef’s demonstrations, live music, children’s activities, contests, free samples and more. Find a market near you, and enjoy your (locally grown) fruits and veggies!
Thanks for all you do for Massachusetts,
The Conservation Common and Urban Park Advocates Team
Help guide the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity’s rapidly-expanding work on food marketing to young people. Coordinate and lead the Rudd Center’s work to educate and inform community organizations about issues related to food marketing, and develop resources to help identify and implement appropriate strategies for intervention.
- Develop a comprehensive advocacy liaison strategy for the Rudd Center, focusing on food marketing to children and adolescents, and communities of color.
- Build and maintain advocacy relationships by identifying and serving as a liaison between community advocates and health- and child-related NGOs.
- Educate advocacy groups about food policy and obesity, marketing, and the food environment via briefings, webinars, conferences, presentations, and other methods as appropriate.
- Provide expert/technical assistance to advocates from community organizations pertaining to obesity and marketing issues, including creating strategic plans, agenda setting, message framing, policy options, etc.
- Produce fact sheets, reports, and other written materials for distribution on the website and/or in written form; work with Communications Director to ensure website is up-to-date.
- Represent the Rudd Center at meetings, conferences, and speaking engagements.
- Monitor and analyze local and state legislation, policymaking, and regulatory activity regarding food marketing.
- Work collaboratively with faculty and staff at the Rudd Center to carry out the Center’s mission.
Education and Experience
Master’s degree in a related field or law degree and two years of related work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Skills and Abilities
- Firsthand knowledge of advocacy processes.
- Experience working with a wide range of groups, including low-income people and communities of color.
- Familiarity with health care/nutrition issues.
- Experience in public speaking/presentations.
- Excellent writing skills.
- Excellent public speaking skills for multiple audiences.
- Ability to travel within and outside Connecticut.
To apply for this position, visit Yale’s job posting website. Search the position by the requisition number: 17643BR.
Curious about local food production here in Massachusetts? Interested in visiting a working farm? Join Friends of MetroFuture at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln! Explore the farm and field area and hear from a teacher naturalist about the challenges involved in growing and raising food locally and on a large scale. Learn about the energy, quality of life, and ecological issues surrounding the food industry, including genetically modified food, land use, and management. Make sure to dress appropriately as there will be some walking on dirt trails outdoors. This is an all-weather event and it requires a fee of $9.25 per person that goes to Mass Audubon. (Photo Credit: Drumlin Farm).
10a.m.-12p.m. on August 3.
Directions and Parking Information are here.
Apply by May 31, 2012. Seeking a Summer Food Policy and Advocacy Intern to work directly with our CEO and Advocacy Committee to lay the groundwork for Community Servings’ emerging policy and advocacy work. This position is an ideal opportunity for an individual wanting to gain solid professional skills and experience for a career in politics, public policy, nonprofit management or communications. For details, see here.
This internship will focus on Boston’s sustainable food community in the broadest sense, from production to waste management. The food systems intern will be tasked with conducting an assessment of the activities and actors that comprise Boston’s sustainable food system, identifying strengths and weakness, and most importantly, opportunities for impact. The Office of Food Initiatives will serve as a liaison and enable this intern to meet and interface with a diverse group, from the urban farmer to the small--scale food vendor to local representatives of national businesses. Specific projects include an assessment of Boston’s food landscape (from large scale groceries and corner stores to community gardens and public orchards) and advancing a conversation around subsidized Community Supported Agriculture models. Contact: Edith Murnane Food@cityofboston.gov
FEEDING 9 BILLION WHILE MAINTAINING THE PLANET
Tuesday, 3/6 @ 6:30 PM
OneWorld and The Poverty and Power Research Initiative (PPRI) invites you to a discussion with Jason Clay, senior V.P. of the World Wildlife Fund. on the topic. We invite the Tufts community think about how to transparently grow more food without turning over more land to agricultural production, thus tackling the first steps toward sustainability in food production and consumption.
For more information about Dr. Jason Clay and his work with WWF, see the website.