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Academic Specialist -The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems

The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) is accepting applications for an Academic Specialist to support existing CRFS initiatives, including the Michigan Good Food Fund.  This position will provide outreach and business assistance to Michigan food businesses to increase good food access in low-income communities.  

Please click full position description for more details about the position and to submit an application on the MSU Jobs Website. 

This is a full-time, annual year position.  Applications will be accepted until Monday, August 10, 2015, or until a suitable candidate is identified.  To apply, visit the MSU Jobs Website and search for faculty/academic staff posting #1627.

Questions about the application process should be directed to Karen Sturdivant, CRFS Managing Associate Director,at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  .  Questions about the position should be directed to Rich Pirog, CRFS Senior Associate Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Please DO NOT APPLY directly to Karen Sturdivant or Rich Pirog; you must apply on-line to the MSU Jobs Website

2015 Soil Not Oil International Conference

Join the:
2015 Soil Not Oil
International Conference

Practicing Sustainable Agriculture to Restore Ecosystems and Mitigate Climate Change 
September 4th & 5th, at 8:30 AM
Richmond, California 

Richmond Memorial Convention Center 
403 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, California 94804
Inspired by Dr. Vandana Shiva’s book, "Soil Not Oil," the 2015 Soil Not Oil International Conference will examine the crisis on food security while highlighting the implications of oil-based agro-chemicals and fossil fuels in soil depletion and climate change. The first edition of this conference will focus on educating, through national and international experiences, about the multiple problems and possible practical solutions that surround the profound consequences resulting from synthetic enhanced agriculture in industrialized nations.

Keynote Speaker Dr. Vandana Shiva, will join international leaders, farmers, scientists, community members and environmental and food justice advocates for two days of plenary presentations, workshops, networking opportunities and classes on a variety of interrelated topics.  The conference is expected to be the largest environmental justice gathering in California.

The conference organizer, Soil Not Oil Coalition, is a cross-sector, multi-level and inter-ethnic alliance of over 50 organizations, scientists, farmers, businesses and individuals coordinated by the Biosafety Alliance.
Get the knowledge you need to support the movement and advocate for a sustainable future for all living beings.

For more information, registration or volunteering opportunities go to:                    

or contact them at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

FoodLab Membership Services Administrator

FoodLab Detroit is a community of good food businesses and partners who are committed to growing a just, green, healthy, and thriving “good food” economy in Detroit.

Position Summary:

This is an ideal role for someone who is dedicated, detail-driven, and looking to support a great organization working towards a more just, green, healthy, and delicious Detroit.


Have you been looking for a way to get more involved with the FoodLab community? Are you detail-oriented and organized? This position might be for you!


This is a part-time position paid hourly with a guaranteed 10 hours/week of work (up to 20 hours of work on busier weeks). There may be opportunities for increased hours or transition to a salaried role, dependent on performance and funding.


The Membership Services Administrator will report to and be coached by FoodLab’s Membership Director. We are looking for someone who can start work in August or September 2015.


Read more about this opportunity and how to apply here!

Nutrition/Gardening AmeriCorps Position

It is that time of year again, the Power of We Consortium is recruiting 8 new AmeriCorps members for the fall 2015!

Members will serve October 6, 2015-September 30, 2016 and receive training, a living allowance, an educational award at the completion of the service term, and loan forbearance for qualified student loans.

Commonly known as the “Domestic Peace Corps,” AmeriCorps is a national service program that offers paid positions with significant professional development opportunities to individuals of all ages looking to make a difference in our community. They spend their days face-to-face with community members and volunteers. The Power of We Consortium focuses on two goals to increase food security and reduce obesity and related chronic disease for Ingham County residents:

1) adult and youth nutrition education

2) food donation and gardening

Please check for position details and application instructions. Deadline to apply is August 3, 2015 by 5p.m.

For more information about the Power of We Consortium and the AmeriCorps State program, please go to or

If you have any questions, please contact AmeriCorps program director, Andrea Villanueva at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2015 Student/Farmworker Alliance Encuentro Application

On September 10-13, the Student/Farmworker Alliance is continuing the decade-long Encuentro tradition by bringing together brilliant SFAers – past, present and future – to lay down some solid groundwork for the upcoming year: finding new, creative ways to strengthen the SFA network and to continue fighting alongside farmworkers against corporations that continue thinking they have no responsibility in ensuring human rights for farmworkers in their supply chain. 


Here's an inside scoop of what to expect at this year's gathering:

•Launching back-to-school escalation plans around the Wendy’s student


•Strategizing new ways to continue building the Publix campaign 

•Building strength and solidarity across grassroots movements for justice

•Sustaining the future of SFA's organizing through skill-building workshops

                and other development tools


So with all that said, the application for this year's Encuentro is LIVE and waiting to be filled out by SFAers throughout the Fair Food Nation!  Apply to join us this September in iTown!


If you've got ideas or questions you'd like to share, just drop them a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or give them a ring at 239-657-8311

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