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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

February 16: "Food is Medicine" with Shane Bernardo

 

 

Please join us! Food is Medicine, a talk by Shane Bernardo - Storyteller, Healing Practitioner, Anti-Oppression & Food Justice Organizer

 

February 16, 2018

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

MSU International Center, Room 115

 

View and share the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/303119306878288/

 

Shane Bernardo is a life-long Detroit resident active within the grassroots food justice movement in Detroit. He is a facilitator for Uprooting Racism Planting Justice, a board member for the Michigan Farmers Market Association, and a founding member of Swimming in the Detroit River, an environmental justice storytelling collective. Shane has also been awarded fellowships with the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, the Detroit Equity Action Lab, and Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture.

 

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is proud to co-sponsor this event with:

MSU Asian Pacific American Studies Program

MSU Residential College in the Arts and Humanities

Asian Pacific American Student Organization

 

 

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Andrea Weiss

Communications Director

Center for Regional Food Systems | Michigan State University

480 Wilson Road, Room 309 | Natural Resources Building | East Lansing, MI 48824

(517) 432-0283

 

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JOB OPENING: Groundwork Center Seeks Communications Manager (Traverse City, MI)

Are you passionate about building strong communities around local food, clean energy and transportation?

Groundwork is looking for a Communications Manager to help us advance our program goals. If you or someone you know lives and breaths our mission, is a talented writer and editor, has experience managing content across various platforms, and knows how to move a message - then consider applying here.  Applications will be accepted until noon on February 16th.


Groundwork is seeking a passionate communications professional to move our program and organizational messages to multiple audiences using all relevant tools – social media, print products, journalism, video and more. The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of Groundwork's mission and programs, and a proven ability to manage multiple organizational priorities and large amounts of content, while effectively targeting messages to key audiences.

Groundwork's Communications Manager will:

  • Work with the program director, development director and staff to develop communications strategies, messages, and tactics to advance multiple projects and organizational activities;
  • Edit content (writing, graphics, video) for accuracy, readability, and message frame;
  • Disseminate program content into appropriate media venues (local, state, and national) to reach target audiences and elevate Groundwork's profile;
  • Grow Groundwork's social media presence and engage our audiences to interact with our work;
  • Direct the overall calendar of Groundwork communications tools (website, social media, print and e-newsletter) and other program content to hit necessary deadlines and meet organizational goals;
  • Manage a lean communications budget that includes contracts with outside vendors (designers, video production, photography, website development, etc.) for maximum effectiveness;
  • Provide communications support and training for program staff, including writing, editorial and social media support;
  • Oversee scheduling, design, production and mailing of print materials including fact sheets, event invitations, special reports, and donor mailings, other key organizational materials;
  • Manage press releases and media contacts, as necessary.
PROFESSIONAL REQUIREMENTS

The candidate must demonstrate:

  • Strong management skills to prioritize multiple projects, budgets, and deadlines;
  • Excellent editorial skills to shape content for appropriate audiences and media;
  • Ability to work effectively with a team of content-producing policy specialists;
  • Knowledge of various media tools, especially social media;
  • Experience shaping public relations strategies and campaigns;
  • And, contract management experience.

A bachelors degree and at least three years experience are required.

PERSONAL QUALIFICATIONS

Groundwork seeks the following qualities in successful candidates:

  • Strong commitment to Groundwork's mission and programs, including an appreciation for advancing complex systems change;
  • Strong interpersonal communication and teamwork skills;
  • Self-directed working approach and initiative;
  • Professional and pleasant demeanor;
  • Appreciation for small-town, rural living in a magnificent natural surrounding;
  • And, a sense of humor and positive outlook.
COMPENSATION, BENEFITS, AND APPLICATION PROCEDURE

This is a full-time position with a competitive salary range, depending on experience. Full-time employees and their families qualify for Groundwork's health insurance coverage. They also receive retirement benefits, ample vacation, and schedules flexible enough to enjoy the wondrous forests, clean rivers, and the magnificent Great Lakes shoreline that distinguish our region.

To apply, click on the link below to submit a one-page cover letter, resume and references. Applications will be directed to Program Director Jim Lively. For any questions or correspondence about this job, please email  jim@groundworkcenter.org and include "Communications" in the subject line. We are extending the deadline to accept applications until noon on Friday, February 16th.

Click here to apply.

Complete job description available at groundworkcenter.org/jobs


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Meghan McDermott | Food & Farming Program Director


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 148 E Front St, Suite 301  |  Traverse City, MI 49684

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Job Posting: Part-time data management and data analysis support

Greetings! The MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is hiring part-time support for the creation and maintenance of data management systems and data analysis and reporting.

 

This position will support multiple research projects, including the Farm to Early Care and Education national survey and the National Food Hub Survey. The application deadline is February 16, 2018.

 

Full description is below. Please help spread the word!

 

Professional Aide
MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

The Michigan State University (MSU) Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) is seeking a part-time hourly professional aide to support the creation and maintenance of data management systems and data analysis and reporting for multiple research projects including the Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE) national survey and the National Food Hub Survey.

The Farm to ECE survey, in partnership with the National Farm to School Network is in its third iteration, and is intended to estimate the number of children reached by farm to ECE activities and determine trends in growth from the previous survey iterations for the general public and key stakeholders. The National Food Hub Survey, conducted in 2013, 2015, and 2017, in collaboration with the Wallace Center, represents one of the most comprehensive data sets on food hub operations to date.

Status: Part-time hourly at $20 per hour, up to 20 hours per week, as needed

Available: March 1, 2018, or as soon as possible after that date, with continuation dependent upon performance and program funding

Application Deadline: February 16, 2018 or until suitable candidate is identified

Reporting and location: Position reports to Colleen Matts, Farm to Institution Specialist, and successful candidate will work as a team with additional CRFS staff depending on the research project. Work will be conducted primarily at CRFS offices on MSU main campus in East Lansing, MI.

Job Summary

  • Develop data collection tools, including surveys, and assist with dissemination and distribution
  • Perform data collection using survey software, online dashboards, and other platforms as needed
  • Maintain integrity of data collected, including troubleshooting and communication with participants and project partners through direct phone and email communication and follow up with users
  • Complete required Institutional Review Board training for data management, and maintain high ethical standards and confidentiality in researching and reporting information
  • Analyze, interpret, and report data collected through online dashboards, surveys, and other data collection efforts through written and online reports on a regular basis, as needed, including manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications and shorter summaries for general audiences
  • Attend regularly scheduled project and team meetings, and regular check-ins with supervisor and/or project team members to develop and/or refine data collection, analysis and reporting plans and timelines
  • Represent projects and CRFS in a professional manner in all forms of engagement and communication; and
  • Help to foster, facilitate, and maintain the CRFS culture of anti-racism, trust, support and accountability.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree preferred
  • Experience with quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting
  • High degree of knowledge and proficiency with technology to complete job requirements including:
    • Excel, SPSS and/ or other statistical analysis software
    • Electronic survey software (Qualtrics preferred)
    • MS Office Suite
    • Online search, file sharing and collaboration platforms
    • Phone/web conferencing systems
  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communications skills, and experience using a broad range of communications tactics
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze data and communicate findings to general public and academic audiences
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well in teams and effectively and diplomatically engage and collaborate with diverse stakeholder groups
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness, self-motivation and ability to problem-solve and think critically
  • Ability to self-direct and balance multiple projects simultaneously and to easily shift between working independently and as part of a team
  • Content knowledge of and experience with food systems, including farm to school and/or farm to institution programs is preferred
  • Available to travel occasionally within the state, as needed

To apply, please submit by email (with subject heading Professional Aide) a cover letter with your availability, resume or CV, and contact information for two references to:

Meagan Shedd, PhD
Farm to ECE and K-12 Specialist
MSU Center for Regional Food Systems
mshedd@msu.edu
517.432.4525

 

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems Mission
CRFS engages the people of Michigan, the United States and the world in applied research, education and outreach to develop regionally integrated, sustainable food systems.

Michigan State University
MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. Michigan State University employment opportunities are open to eligible/qualified persons without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, or family status.

 

 

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Andrea Weiss

Communications Director

Center for Regional Food Systems | Michigan State University

480 Wilson Road, Room 309 | Natural Resources Building | East Lansing, MI 48824

(517) 432-0283

 

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2018 Michigan Good Food Summit - Save the Date!

 

SAVE THE DATE!

2018 MICHIGAN GOOD FOOD SUMMIT

AMPLIFYING VOICES FOR EQUITY

 

October 22, 2018 - East Lansing, MI

 

 

 

 

 

This October, the Michigan Good Food Summit will amplify under-represented voices across the food system as we continue advancing the Good Food Charter's vision of equity, sustainability and a thriving economy for all of Michigan and its people. 

 

Whether you're a food consumer, grower or buyer; line cook, server or chef; advocate, educator or policymaker - join us in East Lansing to connect with others advancing good food and equity in Michigan! 


Breakout session proposals will be accepted through www.michiganfood.org/summits.

 

For questions on registration and sponsor/exhibitor information, contact 

Diane Drago at ddrago@dmsevents.com or (734) 747-2746.



WWW.MICHIGANFOOD.ORG/SUMMITS

 

 

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Groundwork ISO FoodCorps Service Member

Applications are due March 15, 2018. FoodCorps.org/apply

Groundwork is seeking a FoodCorps Service Member with the following qualifications:


 Must have experience working with children, experience in a school setting is a plus.

• Must be able to relate well to youth, teachers, administrators, parents, and other youth facilitators.

• Possess some knowledge of and experience with the food system and/or agriculture.

• Must have excellent organizational and communication skills.

• Must be reliable, accountable, and a team player.

• Must have access to reliable transportation.

• Passionate about strategic systems change, and interested in all of Groundwork's programs. 

• Knowledge of indigenous history and culture is a bonus.


In exchange for your service, you'll receive:

 $18,250 living stipend paid out in biweekly increments over your 11-month term

 $5,920 AmeriCorps Segal education award upon successful completion of your term of service, which can be used for additional schooling or to pay off student loans

• Student loan deferral or forbearance upon approval from your lender

• Health insurance if you aren't already covered

• If you have children, you might be eligible for childcare reimbursements

• Numerous training and professional development opportunities

• The experience of a lifetime!


Media Advisory

Contact: Jennifer Schaap, Groundwork local food policy specialist

Jen@groundworkcenter.org231-941-6584 x 708

 

FoodCorps, a national organization that connects children in limited resource communities to healthy food in school, is accepting applications until March 15for its seventh annual class of AmeriCorps service members. The selected community leaders will dedicate one year of full-time, paid public service in school food systems—teaching hands-on lessons in growing, cooking and tasting food, collaborating with food service staff to steer students toward the healthiest options in the cafeteria, and working alongside school administrators and teachers to foster a schoolwide culture of health.

"What we feed our children in school—and what we teach them about food there—shapes their health and success over a lifetime," said Curt Ellis,FoodCorps co-founder and CEO. "By joining FoodCorps, you will have a chance to do something incredibly important: connect children in your community to healthy food, and give them the opportunity to grow, learn and thrive."

FoodCorps addresses the root causes—access and connection to healthy food—by partnering with schools and communities to address these issues in the place where our country's most vulnerable children eat the majority of their calories. School food programs provide a significant portion—in some cases up to half—of a student's daily calories. The 2014 "Framework for Healthy Communities in Northwest Michigan" prepared by Networks Northwest, reports that "about a third of residents living in the region are obese (Body Mass Index greater than 30) and another one-third are overweight", and those conditions are even higher for those in poverty. The prevalence of diagnosed diabetes in our region is higher than the state level, and particularly for those in poverty.

Boyne Falls Public Schools is among the schools in northwest Michigan that have teamed with the Groundwork Center to host FoodCorps service members over the past two school years.

"Boyne Falls Public Schools food service has a strong commitment to offering healthy, local food to our students," said superintendent Cynthia Pineda. "Our partnership with the Groundwork Center has helped our food service program reach new heights by supporting our school cafeteria, in-class lessons on healthful foods, and even revising our district wellness policy."

Current FoodCorps service member Lindsay Hall has worked at Boyne Falls over the past two school years and at Pellston Public Schools in 2017-18.

"Serving for FoodCorps has been an incredible experience," said Hall. "I've grown personally and professionally, but more importantly, I've grown with the people, students and community I serve. I am proud to have promoted positive change through education and hands on experience in the place I call home, and feel connected and engaged in a completely new way."

In its first seven years, FoodCorps has brought important progress to the schools it serves, demonstrating measurable change to children's eating habits and helping the schools it partners with become healthier environments. Hundreds of AmeriCorps service members have introduced new healthy recipes into cafeterias, built and taught in hundreds of school gardens from New Mexico to Connecticut, and engaged thousands of volunteers and parents in their efforts. In addition, FoodCorps provides valuable skills and training to the service members who go through the program, setting them up for careers in school food, public health and education. The benefits of AmeriCorps service include a $18,250 stipend, health care, training, and a $5,920 education award.

This year FoodCorps seeks up to 230 men and women, nationwide, with a passion for serving their communities, a commitment to social justice and an interest in jumpstarting their careers. Applications are due March 15. Emerging leaders interested in getting more information should visit FoodCorps.org/apply.

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JEN SCHAAP  |  Local Food Policy Specialist
Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities

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MIFARMTOSCHOOL is a listserv that links farm-to-school stakeholders and practitioners in Michigan, from school food service directors and school administrators to growers and distributors. Content posted to MIFARMTOSCHOOL does not necessarily reflect the views of Michigan State University or the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Part-Time Urban Farm Job Opportunity in Muskegon

Good morning. My name is Laurie Wieschowski, and I am the farm manager for McLaughlin Grows Urban Farm, a small non-profit farm in core-city Muskegon.

McLaughlin Grows Urban Farm is looking for a part-time member to add to our team as we expand. We are looking for someone with experience or an aptitude for community building and  sustainable urban farm practices. I am including the web site link here, which has a path to the full description. 

http://www.communityencompass.org/jobs/ 

Feel free to email me if you have any questions!

Laurie Wieschowski
McLaughlin Grows Farm Manager
farmmanager@communityencompass.org
MIFARMTOSCHOOL is a listserv that links farm-to-school stakeholders and practitioners in Michigan, from school food service directors and school administrators to growers and distributors. Content posted to MIFARMTOSCHOOL does not necessarily reflect the views of Michigan State University or the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Job Posting: Michigan Good Food Academic Specialist, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2018!

 

Greetings! The MSU Center for Regional Food Systems and MSU Product Center are seeking a Michigan Good Food Outreach Specialist.

 

This position will lead MSU's contribution as a Michigan Good Food Fund core partner and contribute directly toward the goals of the Michigan Good Food Charter, particularly on healthy food access and economic impact for food businesses and Michigan communities

 

Full description is below. Please help spread the word!

 

 

Michigan Good Food Academic Specialist – Position #485535
MSU Center for Regional Food Systems & MSU Product Center

 

The Michigan State University (MSU) Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) in partnership with the MSU Product Center is seeking an Academic Specialist to support outreach and business assistance efforts that will allow Michigan food production, processing and distribution businesses to build capacity and increase healthy food access in low-income urban and rural communities. The position will provide leadership for MSU's contribution as a Michigan Good Food Fund core partner and contribute directly toward the goals of the Michigan Good Food Charter, particularly on healthy food access and economic impact for food businesses and Michigan communities.

 

Status
This is a full-time, annual year, temporary position. Initial appointment will be for one year with reappointment contingent upon funding and performance.  

 
Available
March 1, 2018 or when suitable candidate is identified.

 

Application Deadline
February 5, 2018 or until suitable candidate is identified. 

 

Starting Salary
Commensurate with education and experience up to $66,000 annually.

 

Reporting and location
Reports to Director, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems.  Annual review conducted with leadership of the Center for Regional Food Systems and MSU Product Center. Housed at the Center for Regional Food Systems offices in Natural Resources Building, MSU campus

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in business or agribusiness with significant experience in financial management and business planning required. Master of business administration degree and emphasis in agribusiness and/or the food industry preferred
  • Knowledge of Michigan agribusiness, food production, distribution and/or processing is required
  • Ability to write, read, and analyze food business plans and financial statements
  • Familiarity with business lending procedures and various forms of food business financing
  • Ability to effectively engage with and facilitate meetings with diverse stakeholder groups (in Michigan and nationally), especially food businesses, nonprofit organizations, and financial institutions
  • Demonstrated project leadership, report-writing skills, and consistency in being on-time in meeting deadlines
  • Ability to self-direct and balance multiple simultaneous projects and to shift easily between working independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to think and act creatively in providing business development and technical assistance to businesses so they may become loan-ready
  • Thorough understanding of healthy food access and poverty challenges affecting Michigan communities
  • Experience and willingness to work with food businesses in Michigan's underserved communities
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills and experience using a broad range of communications tactics.
  • Ability to use and communicate the use of business analytic tools
  • High degree of knowledge of and comfort with using technology in completing job requirements including Microsoft Office suite, web-based search and information systems, electronic survey software and phone/web conferencing systems
  • High level of organization and ability to manage small contracts and budgets
  • Available to travel occasionally throughout the state and within the U.S. Possession of a valid, current state driver's license required
  • Understanding of and commitment to equal opportunity/affirmative action and diversity/pluralism
     

Job Summary

  • Provide and/or coordinate appropriate business and technical assistance to Michigan food production, processing, and distribution businesses that seek assistance through the Michigan Good Food Fund;
  • Work with local and state partners to recruit and develop a pipeline of viable candidates for loans and business assistance through the Michigan Good Food Fund;
  • Manage professional service contracts with consultants and other service providers delivering assistance to Michigan food businesses;
  • Convene and/or seek creative collaborations with statewide project partners virtually and in person to enhance collective understanding and accelerate Michigan's healthy food financing efforts. This will include core-partners of the Michigan Good Food Fund and partners from organizations working towards a good food system in Michigan;
  • Develop tools and resources that support efforts for education and business assistance for the Michigan Good Food Fund loan participants. Such tools and resources may include reports, factsheets, business management spreadsheets, videos, webinars, and presentations;
  • Contribute, as needed and where appropriate, to completion to other goals and objectives of the Michigan Good Food Charter initiative;
  • Document and share project work and accomplishments; maintain regular internal and external communication about project activities; facilitate regular meetings with stakeholders; develop and report on an annual plan of work;
  • Develop and submit funding proposals and fulfill project objectives, manage project budgets, assist with developing evaluation plans and tools, and write grant reports of grants awarded;
  • Actively participate in CRFS staff meetings and stay current on CRFS projects, activities, resources and publications;
  • Participate in required MSU Product Center meetings and professional development and technical training as offered by Center for Regional Food Systems and MSU Product Center;
  • Professionally represent CRFS and MSU Product Center in various forms of engagement and communication as related to healthy food financing and healthy food business assistance;
  • Report to and collaborate with project principal investigators as funding requires; and
  • Help to foster, facilitate and maintain culture of anti-racism, trust, support and accountability.

 

Application Procedure
You must apply online to MSU Human Resources.

 

Visit http://careers.msu.edu/ and look for job posting #485535 under faculty/academic staff.

 

A cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position, and an updated Curriculum Vita or resume needs to be submitted as a part of the application process.

 

If you have questions about the application process, contact:
Jessica Dunkel, Search Committee Chair:  
dunkelje@anr.msu.edu 

 

If you have questions about the position, contact:
Rich Pirog, Director – MSU Center for Regional Food Systems:  
rspirog@msu.edu

 

Please do not send application materials directly to Jessica Dunkel or Rich Pirog.

 

 

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems Mission
CRFS works to engage the people of Michigan, the United States and the world in applied research, education and outreach to develop regionally integrated, sustainable food systems.

 

 

MSU Product Center Mission
The Product Center stimulates and develops business innovation and economic growth through business counseling, in-depth market analysis and technical assistance for new entrepreneurs and existing businesses. The use of best practices, knowledge and experience along with collaboration from internal MSU and external partners supports clients in the creation of successful ventures.

 

 

Michigan State University
MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. Michigan State University employment opportunities are open to eligible/qualified persons without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, or family status. 

 

 

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Andrea Weiss

Communications Director

Center for Regional Food Systems | Michigan State University

480 Wilson Road, Room 309 | Natural Resources Building | East Lansing, MI 48824

(517) 432-0283

 

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