1. Recent media of interest:
Written by a recent Columbia graduate who's now a farmer:http://columbiaspectator.com/2009/03/03/small-farming-and-ivy-leagueA Food Policy for New Yorkers
, from the Gothan Gazette
And what is the federal government up to in the food realm these days? Food safety
2. Enlighten members of the UN about agriculture in NYC and beyond
Last week, I went to the UN IPM 17 of the CSD meeting (Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting for the seventeenth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development ) and I joined the UN major group meeting on Saturday at Columbia University. For what I know, there will be another big UN meeting regarding sustainable development in May. Between now and May, the UN major group (formed by a few big non-profits organizations) is trying to get more youth and students to participate. They are looking for youth and student volunteers to take the government delegates to visit local community gardens in NYC, and they also want to train youth and students to speak to the government delegates. I guess, the UN youth Caucus is searching for students to draft and revise documents online. If you are interested any of these events or want to learn more, you can contact Thomas Forster at email@example.com or Ryan Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Tour Food and Agriculture Sites in NYC with other College Students
Dearest Friends, Radishes and Rubbish
is back!! We know it's what you've all been waiting for....
Our schedule is yet subject to change. There will be more trips added in the next few weeks, and we will let you know when this happens. But we have several adventures ready and planned. and needing to be put in your calendars! The adventures of this Spring will be ever more complex and revealing than those of the past. We'll be visiting a fish market by night with a chef and a monger, baking bread, making pizza, venturing upstate (maybe overnight!), visiting pigs, seeing a slaughterhouse (another!), and near the end of this little series, rather appropriately, yes of course, we will take ourselves to the landfill. And that's probably not all! Please check out the Calendar for further updates. We are, as we write, making plans with the brewers and the chocolatiers, the bakers, and the bee keepers....
Please RSVP for the trips of your choice!! Just write us at email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing you in the weekends to come.
Yours among the radishes and rubbishes,
Annie and Carla
4. Environmental Education Internship Opportunities
Non-profit administrative interns
The STAR (StudenT AmbassadoR) Program is a youth leadership program focused on environmental stewardship and engineering. Middle School students from schools in the Harlem/Morningside neighborhoods are selected to participate in a two-week summer youth leadership summit during which they engage in lessons centered around building leadership skills, targeting environmental issues in the community, and creating action plans for positive environmental change. We are looking for Barnard administrative interns to work on the program design, curriculum development, and non-profit business. Interns will work closely with STAR Program directors to learn the ins and outs of the non-profit business world and will gain excellent experience in curriculum development. Interns will also work closely with STAR middle school students during the program. Internship runs June-July. For further information, or to apply, please send resume and letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline to apply: March 20, 2009.
Environmental Education Teaching Interns
The STAR (StudenT AmbassadoR) Program is a youth leadership program focused on environmental stewardship and engineering. Middle School students from schools in the Harlem/Morningside neighborhoods are selected to participate in a two-week summer youth leadership summit during which they engage in lessons centered around building leadership skills, targeting environmental issues in the community, and creating action plans for positive environmental change. We are looking for Barnard Environmental Education teaching interns to work with our team to develop curriculum that helps students to learn about and take action in environmental issues in their communities. Interns should be well-educated about environmental issues, interested in working with children, and willing to take on new challenges! Interns will work closely with STAR Program directors and will gain excellent experience in curriculum development. Internship runs June-July. For further information, or to apply, please send resume and letter of interest to email@example.com. Deadline to apply: March 20, 2009.
Environmental Science Teaching Interns Needed!
Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science, and Engineering (CSS-MSE) is a new public middle school, currently serving 6th and 7th graders from the Harlem community. In June, CSS-MSE ends its core courses and students participate in a month of experiential learning based around particular scientific topics. Students explore their topic from a variety of perspectives and through many disciplines. Students and teachers work closely together to investigate the topic at hand, go on field trips throughout New York City, and, in some cases, take part in overnight camping field experiences and trips. This year, topics include "Water," "Energy," "Ecology," and "Architecture," among others. CSS-MSE seeks interns interested in working on curriculum development and implementation for our June semesters. Interns should be interested in teaching, have some previous experience in working with students, and have an enthusiasm for science education. Outdoor skills and lifeguard certification are a plus, but not necessary. Internship runs June 1-29, 2009. For further information, please contact Meredith at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline to apply: March 20, 2009.