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8th & Poplar potato harvest_7.8.2013

Farm Volunteers needed!

We just concluded an eventful summer program on our farms, and I have to say it was pretty amazing. Lots of planting and harvesting got completed, and the dedicated summer interns always showed up excited and ready to work till the very end of the summer program.

We are moving into a busy and fun-filled couple of months on our farms with lots of work but fewer hands. In order to help with this we will be doing a weekly rotation at each site where all the farmers will gather to help each other and we are inviting any helping hands we can get.

Below is a schedule of where we will be each week:

Friday 8/28 9:30am – 12:00pm Light house
Planting at Light House

152 West Lehigh Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19133.

Friday 9/4 9:30am – 12:00pm SCEE
Harvesting at Schuylkill

8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia, PA 19128. Click here for directions

Friday 9/11 9:30am – 12:00pm Carousel House
Raking at Carousel

4300 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131. Click here for directions

Please contact Drew at drewg@FNCphilly.org or 914-257-2735 if you are interested in volunteering on any of the dates/farms.
PS: Volunteers are also always welcome at our 8th and Poplar Farm every Thursdays from 2:00pm – 5:00pm.

Please feel to call Drew with any questions.

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New & Returning Board Members Join FNC Staff to Kick Off the New Fiscal Year!

Strangelove’s was the setting for an August 6th mixer bringing together our returning board members, our new members and our staff. Even with the busy summer in full swing, we found time to bring folks together for a chance to meet each other and set the tone for a new year of partnership!

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I hope you will head over to our board page and check out all of the people on our Board of Directors! We are especially happy to welcome our new members, Fred Bender, President/CEO of PFIT, Inc., David Dennis, Lead Instructor for the Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA), Michael Harbison, Executive Director of PEBA, Maribel Ojeda, Assistant Director of Program Operations for the Center of Literacy, Michele Raymond, Vice President of Philanthropy for CADES, Kim Still, Re-Entry Manager for JEVS Human Services, and Rodney Yancey, Corporate Communications Supervisor for Health Partners.

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Much of the conversation at our mixer centered on some new initiatives at FNC. There is a lot of excitement in the air as we kick off the year with a clear direction and with new, exciting programs! Much of the excitement is around our Teens 4 Good program. Teens 4 Good is a youth-focused urban agriculture program that operates four urban farms in Philadelphia. The farms serve as the foundation for our youth programming. Our farms provide a backdrop where youth learn excellent life skills while helping produce food and provide learning around food access and nutrition for the surrounding communities! This year, we are kicking off our Urban Sustainability Leadership Academy (USLA) 2.0! With funding from the Philadelphia Youth Network, USLA will provide after school, year-round programming for 59 Philadelphia high school students. FNC is partnering with our long-time partner, North Light Community Center and new partner Triskeles Programs for this two-year project. Also kicking off this school year will be a new youth programming partnership with the Philadelphia Housing Authority, providing after school programming to middle and high school youth from North Philadelphia! We are excited to welcome Drexel’s Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Center as one of our partners for this big new project!

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The event also gave us an opportunity to introduce everyone to our new logo! We are very pleased to roll out our new, colorful logo – the masterful work of Dwayne Booth (aka Mr. Fish). Probably the most exciting and edgy cartoonist and freelance writer in the business, he has contributed to some of the nation’s most prestigious magazines, journals and newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice, Vanity Fair, Mother Jones, the Advocate, Utne Reader, Slate.com, MSNBC and others! Check him out! We are honored to have a Mr. Fish creation as our new logo!

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Not only do we have a new logo, but we have a new domain! No more will you have to remember federationnc.org when you are trying to email us! All of our emails now are tied to our new domain (meet the staff and find our contact information here). And, our new website is found at fncphilly.org!

There is so much more happening – such as our new Emerging Partners Fiscal Sponsorship Initiative, our work with the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition and other initiatives! But, I will save that for another day . . . another blog post!

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And, don’t forget – your contributions are so important to us! Find out how to make a one-time or recurring donation via PayPal here (and find out about some other ways to contribute)!

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