Happy Farm to School Month!

We hope you enjoyed lots of local foods at school and at home this month, and encourage you to sign up for the Feed our Future newsletter at https://feedourfuture.org/cincinnati to keep up on all the ways you can eat local year-round and support schools and farmers.

We are looking forward to seeing you IN PERSON on November 10th at our GATHER at Gorman Heritage Farm from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Thanks to our sponsors, Gorman Heritage Farm and La Soupe, we will be able to gather in person, outside, under a roof, and enjoy warming soup and toasty fire – rain or shine. But we need you to register in advance. The GATHER is free, but if you donate $40 or more we will have a special Food Policy Council mug for you to enjoy your soup (and future warming liquids) out of. If you can't join us but want to support our work, we invite you to make an end of year contribution to the Food Policy Council.

November 10th is also our last full council meeting of 2021, and will be in-person from 2:30-4:30 at Gorman Heritage Farm.

In 2022, we will be transitioning to a new meeting structure. We will have quarterly full council convenings, with project teams meeting as needed to collaborate on projects and a council steering team(s) meeting monthly to keep projects in alignment. If you were at our October meetings, you got an overview of what the project teams are. Missed the meetings? Click on the chart below to see a working draft of our 2022 impact agenda and how the project teams fit in:

Want to learn more? Check out my presentation to Green Umbrella's board from 10/26.

If you need guidance on getting involved, or are not receiving communications about a project you want to be part of, please reach out to me at michaela@greenumbrella.org.

We have a lot of projects on our plates, but we need to be thinking to the future as well. We’ll be kicking off a strategic planning process in January 2022, so stay tuned for our November and December newsletters for info on how you can be involved.

And keep an eye on our website and blog and Green Umbrella's social media (links in footer below) for more real-time updates on what’s happening in our regional food system and how the GCRFPC is driving collaboration and impact!

Cheers!

Michaela Oldfield, Director
Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council

City of Cincinnati Urban Agriculture Grants

For fiscal year 2022 the City is offering mini-grants to support urban agriculture. Funds are available for agricultural production and growing sites as well as aggregation distribution sites. To qualify for funding, the location of the growing site or distribution site must be within the City of Cincinnati. Applicants can be non-profit or for-profit corporations and other entities may be considered. Grants are not made to individuals. Applications are due Monday, November 15, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. For more information please contact Robin Henderson at robin.henderson@cincinnati-oh.gov or at 513-352-5340.

Turkey Tuesday Thanksgiving Harvest Celebration

Hyde Park Farmers' Market is hosting it's annual Turkey Tuesday on 11/23 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. In celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday HPFM vendors will offer fresh produce, meats, cheeses and prepared foods at a pop-up market on Hyde Park Square. Pre-order your local pasture-raised turkey and knock out your weekend food shopping while supporting regional farmers and food artisans!

The mission of the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council is to create a
healthy, equitable, sustainable food system for all in our ten-county region.

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