The Royal Oak – Huntington Woods TimeBank is moving from planning to action! Join just for an open house on Saturday April 6th from 2-4 p.m. at Wendy’s house (contact me for details). Frantz will be showing everyone how to collect a soil sample and you can grab information on how to get involved and reap the benefits of home-grown food and canning classes! Workdays will be held on site every Saturday in April (13th, 20th, 27th) with times to be announced.
This past summer I attended the University of Vermont’s Breakthrough Leaders Program for Sustainable Food Systems (a mouthful, figuratively and while there, literally). Their 2013 program has just opened up applications and you can check it out HERE. I would be happy to answer any questions that you might have about it (and you can check out a few testimonials by linking through their side bar).
I had an amazing time while I was there. In fact, this website is up and running right now because of the confidence and education that UVM’s program helped me develop. In addition to this site, I’ve focused the rest of my Master’s in Social Work program on studying community food systems, food and social justice, and food policy. I worked with some fantastic people from all across the US, Canada, and Mexico and learned about an amazing part of the country that is leading the way in changing our food system.
My old blog has detailed posts on my days at UVM and I won’t make you sit through all of that again, but below are some nostalgic pictures. I’ll be returning again this summer for their alumni event and to attend their Food [R]evolution conference. I hope to see some of you there!
If it interests you, check out the Midwest Organizer Bootcamp – it’s in Ann Arbor this year! (November 10-11). I’ve already signed up and would love some familiar company. Straight from their website:
Last year, students from 64 universities and colleges came together to sharpen our organizing skills and build a movement strong enough to fight the attack on students, workers, immigrants, and our democracy. Right now workers across the country are taking back power, from Chicago teachers to California Walmart warehouse workers, and it’s time for students to step up our game. While we face huge tuition hikes and frozen wages, our university administrators enjoy huge raises and corporations make record profits.
Join us, and together we’ll develop the skills we need to mobilize larger numbers of students, train new young organizers, and win campaigns for immigration justice, labor rights, education affordability and access, international solidarity, and more. Across all three regions of the US, we’ll spend two full days practicing one-on-one conversations to move our peers to action, swapping campaign skills, and learning from the recent student victories over tuition hikes, worker exploitation and corporate greed from New Jersey to Wisconsin to California.