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January 2022 Newsletter

2022 Leadership Team Members

We are excited to share with the network our newly elected Leadership Team members! Please join us in welcoming and congratulating the following people joining* and/or staying on the team:

  • Alice Morrison, Friends of Family Farmers*

  • Chantel Welch, High Desert Food and Farm Alliance 

  • Eddie Benote Hill (Vice Chair), Black Food Sovereignty Coalition

  • Greg Holmes, 1000 Friends of Oregon

  • Jessika Tantisook, North Coast Food Web*

  • Jason Skipton, Growing Gardens*

  • Katy Giombolini, Oregon Food Bank

  • Lauren Gwin, Oregon State University Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems

  • Sara Miller, Northeast Oregon Economic Development District

  • Sarah Sullivan, Gorge Grown Food Network

We also want to extend a huge THANK YOU to Nora Frank (NPAIHB), Aaron Vargas (Ecotrust), and Venus Barnes (Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon) for serving on the Leadership Team and for your contributions to this Network.

OCFSN has Two Open Staff Positions

The Oregon Community Food Systems Network (OCFSN) is hiring for two positions to support the network: OCFSN Network Coordinator and a Farming for the Future Working Group Coordinator.

The OCFSN Network Coordinator is a part-time (0.75 FTE) position that would support OCFSN's 57+ member organizations through coordinating communication, administrative, organizing, and fundraising goals and tasks. Full position description here.

The Farming for the Future Working Group Coordinator is a full-time (1.0 FTE) position that would provide coordination and project management support to the working group and its four subgroups. The position has initial funding for one year, with the potential to become a multi-year position. Full position description here.

Applications are requested and strongly encouraged by February 11, 2022 but will remain open until the positions are filled. Please help us share these two opportunities with your extended networks! Any questions can be directed to ocfsn.info@gmail.com.

OCFSN to Seek a Leadership Team Equity Advisor

The DEI Committee and the Leadership Team of OCFSN are collaborating to create a new "Leadership Team Equity Advisor" who will be part of the Leadership Team and support the formation of a BIPOC affinity group and a Food Justice and Racial Equity Working Group. This reflects our intentional evolution as a network in putting our DEI commitments into practice. Stay tuned for an email with more details.

Stay Updated with OCFSN's Events Calendar

Miss an invitation? Keep up to date on all the conversations and events hosted by OCFSN through our Google Calendar. You can subscribe to this calendar by clicking the blue [+] button on the bottom right of the page.

Working Group & Committee Updates

DEI Committee

The DEI Committee for the Oregon Community Food System Network (OCFSN) is currently accepting applications for new members. If you are interested in engaging with a group of people committed to furthering equity and racial justice within the food system, please consider applying. The group currently meets monthly and is working on a new group structure. Learn more about the committee by reading our updated committee charter. To apply to join the committee, fill out the application form here. If you have any questions please contact ocfsn.info@gmail.com.

Farming for the Future

We are excited to be hiring for a full-time Farming for the Future Working Group Coordinator! Please share with your networks.

We invite you to look at the Farming for the Future notes and ideas document, which was started at the Beginner Farmer Rancher Convening back in Fall 2021 and will continue to evolve. We will be setting up meetings for each of the sub-groups very soon, so If you have not done so already, please SIGN UP for one (or more) of the sub-groups and we will include you in the scheduling and communications.

Policy Committee

OK, folks, the 2022 Oregon Legislature is (almost) upon us, and many OCFSN member organizations are in the thick of legislative days this week. By early next week, we should know what bills OCFSN members and their allies will be working on. 

We'll get that info out to you -- what the bills are, who is working on them, and how you can support that work – asap and before the Legislative session starts on Feb. 1.

Watch the OCFSN listserv that info AND updates directly from OCFSN member organizations leading on high priority bills that will shape our food system. Tie your shoes for the sprint: the Legislative session ends March 7.

Questions? Info to share? Email OCFSN Policy Committee Intern Shahinur Bashar: shahinurbashar07@gmail.com.

Food Hub

Our USDA Regional Food Systems Partnership Program planning grant is underway. The 8-hub cohort is heading into a "season of learning" together, on three big topics: climate change resilience, good jobs and fair working conditions, and equitable food oriented development. What do these look like in the big picture? And what do they look like for our food hubs, individually and as a statewide collaborative?

The larger "food hub club" - which includes not only operating hubs but folks with hub ideas - will be meeting monthly in 2022, covering a wide variety of topics, learning from each other. Want to join us? Email Sydney DeLuna: delunasydney@gmail.com.

Veggie Rx

We are going to postpone the "Healthy Food Access: Thinking Beyond Current Nutrition Incentives" conversation previously mentioned in the Dec newsletter to Spring 2022. Look out for more information or reach out if you are interested in helping to facilitate this conversation. 

The Veggie RX working group monthly meetings for 2022 will take place the second Thursday of each month from 12:00-1:15pm. The first meeting for the year will be February 10th from 12:00-1:15pm. Email ocfsn.info@gmail.com if you'd like to join us.

Resources & Job Opportunities
Events on Our Radar: Opportunities:
  • 2022 Ecotrust Community Grant Program centering communities of color are open. Apply now.
  • 2022 ODA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program application is open! This is a reimbursement grant available to specialty crop growers or organizations (including non-profits, private companies/firms, producer groups, commissions, and higher education) working to enhance the promotion, consumption and purchasing of Oregon specialty crops in local, domestic and international markets. Funding is also available for specialty crop research & field technology, and nutrition and food access projects.
  • Small-Scale, Local Producers Get Improved Insurance Coverage through New Micro Farm Policy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) developed the new Micro Farm policy, which simplifies recordkeeping and covers post-production costs like washing and value-added products. Micro Farm is available for the 2022 crop year. Sales closing dates are Jan. 31, 2022, Feb. 28, 2022, or March 15, 2022, depending on the producer’s county. Read full report. 
  • USDA Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program (LFPA) applications due April 5, 2022. Read more here.
  • Oregon Health Authority funding opportunity for Community-Based Organizations applications due Jan 31, 2022. Read more here.

Job Opportunities:
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