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North Carolina's 18th Annual Farmworker Festival

on September 26, 2008

From sun up to sun down, Sunday, September 21st, 6,000 farmworkers, students, and community organizations gathered for North Carolina’s 18th Annual Farmworker Festival. Every September, Father Tony and the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry organize the largest farmworker festival in the state to appreciate and celebrate with their Tar Heel neighbors.

UNC-CH student group Alianza traveled an hour to Newton Grove, NC, home of the festival, to celebrate and lend a hand.

Breaking ground and drinking rounds (of coffee) at Boston College

on September 17, 2008

From the new organic garden to the real food café, Boston College knows real food. Inspired by the Northeast Real Food Summit at Yale last year, grad student Michael Cermak and junior Sarah King founded Real Food BC - a student group whose goal is to educate the student body about the importance of local, sustainable food.

"Real Food has proved to be an important organizing frame to unite people on campus that care about environmental, health, and social justice," commented Cermak, who realized the importance of gathering wide student support.

Real Food Now!

on September 4, 2008

A National Month of Action for a Just and Sustainable Food System

September 21st-October 21st

Take action this fall for Real Food Now! Join thousands of students on hundreds of campuses across the country—including student farmers, fair trade and farmworker rights advocates, local food champions, and climate change activists—as we act for a more just and sustainable food system. Students—from Hawaii to New Hampshire—will organize protest potlucks, community teach-ins, and real food roundtables to highlight the need for real change in campus food.

Eat Well Guide Internship/Externship – Telecommute From Any College Campus in the US or Canada

on August 23, 2008

The Eat Well Guide is seeking college interns/externs throughout the United States and Canada who are interested in food issues and would like to increase their research and marketing skills by helping expand the Eat Well Guide, a free online directory of sustainable food sources. While most experiences will revolve around updating and promoting the Guide, this is an incredible opportunity for interns with a passion for food and health to learn more about the industry.

Eat Well Guide interns will work from our New York City office, and externs will telecommute from their home or campus to

Speaking Tour - Soybean Wars: Militarization, Agribusiness Exploitation and Community Resistance in Paraguay

on August 14, 2008

When: September 17th through October 9th 2008
Where: Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Vermont, New York City, Washington,
Guest Speaker: Leticia Galeano—Campesina and youth leader from Paraguay

In the midst of a global food, energy and climate crisis more and more people are challenging the destructive industrialized agricultural model by constructing local and regional alternatives with a vision for food sovereignty worldwide.

As momentum grows in the United States around truly local, sustainable and fair food systems, it is also crucial that we stand with the international movements

CIW launches national petition to end modern-day slavery

on April 3, 2008

The CIW is launching a national petition drive to demand that Burger King and other food industry leaders work with the CIW to improve the wages and working conditions of the workers who pick their tomatoes, and join with the CIW in an industry-wide effort to eliminate modern-day slavery and human rights abuses from Florida’s fields.

Web Conference: How to Set Up and Manage a Local Food Purchasing Program

on February 20, 2008

Buying, preparing, and eating locally grown food has positive effects on students, the campus, the environment, and the surrounding community. Local food purchasing is also an important part of creating a campus with a sustainable future, and dining services administrators can lead the way in campus sustainability by introducing locally grown foods into their services. Join us and learn what it takes to start a local food purchasing program.

This web conference is aimed at institutions exploring local food purchasing or

West Coast Convergence - Food, Justice, and Fair Trade

on January 28, 2008

USFT is joining forces with the California Student Sustainability Coalition to create a superconvergence! This President’s Day weekend, hundreds of youth and student leaders in the fair trade and sustainability movements will be joining us at UC Santa Cruz for a weekend of workshops, discussions, training, and fun. This conference will provide a means to:


  • Develop and strengthen inter-school connections and collaboration in order to deepen and expand the Sustainable Food & Fair Trade movement
  • Increase the number of skilled, knowledgeable and confident youth leaders throughout the Western

Apply to be a Regional Coordinator for the Real Food Challenge!

on January 16, 2008


The Real Food Challenge will employ a regional organizer at each of its 7 regional hubs, beginning with the Northeast and California in 2008 and extending to all regions by 2010. The Regional Organizer will play a critical role in the regional hub model of RFC, increasing RFC visibility and student participation and building the relationships that will be the core of our success.

We are seeking motivated individuals to become coordinators for the Southwest, Northwest, Midwest, and Southeast regions. It is a part-time, paid position.

Download the full job description
Application form


RIPE 2008: Harvest the Beauty

on December 20, 2007

From beets in January to chilies in December, this beautiful calendar wows with every month. Offering nude bodies dressed with seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables from the northeast, ripe 2008 celebrates the intimate and wondrous connection between our ourselves and our food. Produced with the firm conviction that a tastier, more sustainable future is possible, the calendar seeks to ignite your passion as well as your taste buds.

Ripe 2008 was produced by students volunteers from Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design and features photographs by Lucas Foglia and Kate