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Students make plans for real change at West Coast Leadership Training

on August 26, 2009

On August 13-16, over thirty students from five different states gathered in Santa Cruz, California, for the Real Food Challenge West Coast Leadership Training. During this training, students discussed issues around sustainable agriculture and social justice, enhanced their leadership skills, and made new friends and allies. Most importantly, these students developed plans to revolutionize their campus food systems by launching real food campaigns this fall.

The training participants spent four days learning, cooking, eating, and dancing together in the Santa Cruz Live Oak Grange, the first

Meet the 2009-2010 Regional Field Organizers!

on August 13, 2009

Katelyn Hale

Lewis & Clark, '09

Katelyn pioneered RFC on her campus in September 2008 by launching a student group that negotiated a contract between dining services and a local, organic- and union-certified farm.  Alongside her successes on campus, Katelyn served as a member of the 2009 Northwest Real Food Summit organizing team, where she applied her expertise in event planning and student engagement toward an outstanding conference.  Katelyn is ready to hit the ground running this fall.

Lyra Leigh-Nedbor
Montana State University, G '11

After serving as Montana State's Farm to

Partnering for Real Change

on July 28, 2009

While school may be out for the summer, the Real Food Challenge hasn't taken a break.  We're gearing up for an intense fall campaign.  We're offering trainings across the country where students can make connections to strengthen the campaign.  We're working with other leaders in the food movement for meaningful change.

In June, the Real Food Challenge joined a litany of individuals and organizations leading the charge for real food by signing a letter that calls on Chipotle to reverse gross injustices suffered by farmworkers in the tomato fields of Immokalee, FL.  Check out the letter here. 

Midwest Training is a Success!

on July 20, 2009

From July 11th-14th, a group of students gathered in Ames, Iowa, for several days of powerful workshops and discussion at the Real Food Challenge’s Midwest Leadership Retreat. The training brought together students from Portland, OR to Jacksonville, FL (and plenty from the heartland!) to learn and share skills for launching real food campaigns on their campuses this fall.

For four days the team camped out in a Unitarian Church, cooking, eating, learning, and sleeping together.

Job Openings: Green Mountain Farm-to-School

on July 8, 2009

About Green Mountain Farm-to-School
Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) is a nonprofit organization promoting the health and wellbeing of Vermont's children, farms and communities by providing programs to connect schools and farms through food and education. In 2009-2010, GMFTS aims to serve 15 schools in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont with school gardens, educational programming and fresh local farm foods, benefiting over 2,000 students. For more information about GMFTS, please visit

The primary respsonsbilities of the Farm-to-School

Real Food Summer Leadership Trainings

on June 15, 2009

This summer, the Real Food Challenge invites all young activists concerned with agriculture, nutrition, social justice, climate change, sustainability, and the health of our communities and economy - to join us at a Real Food Student Leadership Training. Former participants will tell you that this is an incredible opportunity to get recharged with amazing new skills, friends, and resources--everything you need to make real change in your community.

This summer, close to 100 students from all parts of the country will attend one of three RFC Leadership Trainings.

Job Posting: Operations Coordinator for Farm-Based Education Association

on June 8, 2009

The Farm-Based Education Association (FBEA) was established in 2006 to support the professional needs of the fast-growing farm-based education community. Through professional development events, support materials, and online resources, we inspire, nurture, and promote the individuals and organizations committed to this very important work. The FBEA was founded by an enthusiastic group of experienced farm-based education organizations who continue to support the organization.

Position Summary: The demand for the work of FBEA has grown rapidly over the past three years.

Register for the Midwest Real Food Training!

on May 29, 2009

The Real Food Midwest Training will be for students who are working (or intend to work) with their dining services to increase the percentage of money spent on real food (fair, ecologically-sound, humane, & community-based).  The training will take place in Ames, Iowa from July 11- 13.  The cost of the training will be $25 (housing and food will be provided). Scholarships are available on a need basis.

Space is limited for the training, and we are encouraging pairs of students to come from each university.

If you are interested in attending the training, please contact Sue DeBlieck at

Summer Farm Internships on the Rise

on May 29, 2009

This summer, many students are turning to internships on the farm as a way to live out their values. As one student says, “By actually waking up every day and working in the field and putting my principles into action, I am making a conscious political decision."

Check out the article from the New York Times:

Apply to be RFC Field Organizer

on May 22, 2009


The Real Food Challenge is seeking up to 10 committed and enthusiastic student leaders and campus organizers for a position as a Real Food Challenge Regional Field Organizer.  Student leaders ready to expand their skill base and take on a new leadership role in the growing Real Food Movement are encouraged to apply. 

Through this opportunity, Field Organizers will have the chance to:

  • Connect with inspiring young leaders around the country
  • Get an inside perspective on food justice and sustainable agriculture work being done in the nation
  • Provide the