Job Opportunity: Manager, Donor Communications for Freedom from Hunger

Position Announcement

Title/Status: Manager, Donor Communications
Reports to: Director, Development and Communications
Location: Davis, California

Position Summary

The Manager, Donor Communications is responsible for building and maintaining communications with individual donors. He/she implements approved strategies to meet revenue goals of the annual giving program, administers the gift acknowledgement program for all levels of individual giving, and coordinates solicitor acknowledgments for higher-end donors. He/she manages the vendor relationship for direct mail and online fundraising and oversees the execution of campaigns. The manager also analyzes giving patterns and levels of the individual donor base for appropriate placement in the annual, renewal and major gifts programs. Continue reading

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Job Opportunity: Eden Hall Farm Assistant

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On-line applications must be received by August 1, 2014

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New “Food for Thought”

The University of Illinois College of ACES recently released the second installment of its publication “Food for Thought.” The magazine focuses on the research conducted and solutions found by the scientists within the college. It can be read and/or downloaded here. The first issue (published in 2012) can be found here.

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Thoughts from “Growing Cities”

Photo courtesy of Prosperity Gardens

Last night, the Prosperity Gardens held a fundraiser at the Art Theater in downtown Champaign, with refreshments, t-shirts, the first public appearance of their new bus (still without a name, but I hear that they’re taking suggestions), and a screening of the new documentary “Growing Cities,” about the current state of urban agriculture in the United States. The Urbana Park District screened the film earlier in the summer, and there may be further opportunities to see it during the coming year. Continue reading

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Farm Foundation Forum: The Soil Renaissance

Healthy soil is key to maintaining vibrant, profitable and sustainable natural resource systems. Without healthy soils the challenge of feeding the world’s population becomes more daunting.

The July 16 Farm Fouforumlogondation Forum will examine the Soil Renaissance, an initiative by Farm Foundation, NFP and the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation to make improving soil health the cornerstone of land use management decisions. Continue reading

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Woody Perennial Polyculture Site: Summer 2014 Update

Photo Credit: Rob Kanter

Earlier this summer, I went out with Rob Kanter (writer of Environmental Almanac, instructor in by the School of Earth, Society, and Environment, and also my dad) to the Woody Perennial Polyculture site. The trees were just beginning to bud, and the bushes stretching out green growth.

It’s quite a place: The Woody Perennial Polyculture site stands south of the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Windsor Road in Urbana, right next to the Sustainable Student farms and University Fruit Research farm. Its two founders, Kevin Wolz and Ron Revord, greeted us out by the fields.

This year is their third planting season, and the first year that they are expecting yield from nearly all of their crops – hazelnuts, currants, grapes, raspberries, and chestnuts, with only the apple trees not yet producing. Continue reading

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NSAC Policy Intern Position

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is currently seeking a Policy Intern for the fall term beginning in mid August to early September, and lasting until December.  This position is full time and is located at NSAC’s DC office on Capitol Hill.

NSAC is the leading advocacy organization for federal policy that supports sustainable agriculture and food systems.  We work towards the vision of creating a safe, nutritious, and affordable food supply produced by a legion of diverse family farmers who make a decent living pursuing their trade, while sustaining the environment and contributing to the strength of their communities.  NSAC’s collaborative work environment offers a unique career opportunity to advance federal sustainable agriculture policy as part of a dedicated and effective team. Continue reading

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ASAP Board Member Update: Richard Weinzierl

Last week, I sat down with ASAP board member Dr. Richard Weinzierl, professor of entomology employed by University of Illinois Extension. He began his description of his work by saying it has  two sides: entomology and non-entomology. The entomology side is easy to understand; that’s the field that he earned his master’s and  PhD in 30 years ago. And as he said,

“When you travel and work with the horticulture guys and the plant pathologists, you begin to sort of build a broader knowledge of what we’re all doing.” Continue reading

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Kanter’s Index

20140606_105917Today, I drove out to central Illinois with three U of I research employees (who, when I asked, said they preferred to remain nameless in this post). I went to interview soil scientist Bill Becker, they to take samples from fields he has been treating. I ended up helping to take the samples, and as I’m now a bit too tuckered out to write a proper post today, I thought that a simple list of our day (à la Harper’s Index) would suffice. Continue reading

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Ceres Trust 2014 Organic Research Initiative Request for Applications

Ceres Trust, a privately administered charitable trust based in the Midwest, announces that our Request for Applications is open for the 2014 Organic Research Initiative (ORI) grant program.

Grants of up to $60,000 per year for up to three years will be awarded. The Trust anticipates that up to ten grants will be made to universities and other nonprofit applicants in the North Central Region. Applicants must be based in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, or Wisconsin to be eligible.

Applications must be entered on the Ceres Trust website and mailed or sent by Federal Express or similar delivery service on or before September 25, 2014.

To view the RFA, visit:

Applicants may either apply directly online or download the application, fill it out, and upload it to our online grant management system. All necessary attachments must be uploaded and submitted for applications to be considered. All applicants must also submit six paper copies of their complete applications to:  Ceres Trust, PMB 125, 479 Mankato Avenue, Winona, MN 55987.

Requests for information should be emailed to:


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