Virginia Food System Leadership Institute
June 3-29, 2018
Conducted by 4-VA: GMU, JMU, VT, UVA
Hosted by: George Mason University
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation
CONS 497 & CONS 597: Virginia Food Systems Leadership Institute (VFSLI)
The Virginia Food Systems Leadership Institute (VFSLI) fosters rising leaders in the area of sustainable food systems by combining pertinent content knowledge in food systems, competency development in leadership, and a means for students to gain practical skills and hands-on experience related to job opportunities and infrastructure improvement in local and regional food systems. The course is aimed at graduate students, advanced undergraduate students, and food system practitioners looking for a professional development opportunity.
VFSLI is an interdisciplinary program delivered by a faculty team representing four public universities in Virginia: George Mason, James Madison, the University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech. The course is a project of the Virginia Sustainable Food Coalition (VSFC), whose mission is to harness the intellectual, human, and economic capital of colleges and universities to foster the emerging local food economy in the Commonwealth.
For more info, please see flyer. Only six students from each university can enroll. Please let Mike Ellerbrock (email@example.com) know if you are interested.
See AAEC VFSLI GMU Info for more info.
Interested in Agronomy and gardening? Enjoy helping your community and gaining knowledge and experience relevant to crop and soil sciences? If so you may be interested in the Smithfield Plantation Internship Program.
Located on Smithfield Plantation Road in Blacksburg, Smithfield Plantation is a Historic example of a pre-revolutionary plantation. In conjunction with the Sustainable Food Corps at Virginia Tech, Smithfield hosts a community garden with 10×10 plots offered at $10. The focus of this internship will be care and maintenance of the gardens.
Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
-working with a team of volunteers, museum staff, and independent gardeners in the community plots
-engaging and communicating with staff and guests
-engaging in manual labor in the gardens
-managing the garden effectively through direct, electronic, or other means
-helping to develop and improve outreach programs and create presentations
-being able to manage the unique needs associated with the protected historic property while performing the duties of a garden intern
-being a steward of the property with respect to policies and historic standards
-recruiting, training, and supervising gardeners and volunteers
Criteria for consideration:
-knowledge or interest in garden plants and identification (preferred but not required)
-flexible schedule that can merge with the growing season
-has skill sets and has taken classes related to gardening, landscaping, soil sciences, or agriculture (preferred but not required)
-has an understanding of the history of Smithfield
-must be willing to sign a liability waiver
-must not have any felony convictions or misdemeanors
If this sounds like an internship you would be interested in, please complete the Smithfield Plantation Internship Application and return it to April Danner of Smithfield Plantation, 1000 Smithfield Plantation Road, Blacksburg, VA 24060, or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A course you might consider registering for this Spring 2018:
ALS 4204 Concepts in Community Food Systems (3 cr): A comprehensive examination of the economic, political, socio-cultural, health and environmental issues related to community food systems and agricultural practices. Topics include: local, regional, and global food systems development and sustainability, food production and biotechnology, food sovereignty and security, and population and environmental health. Analyze models, strategies, and policies within local, national, and global food systems.
See flyer here:
ALS_4204-5234G S18 Flyer
It’s that time of year again, the Agronomy Club Peanut Sale! Help support our students and Virginia Agriculture! The attached order form with payment is due to me by November 1, 2017.
If paying by check, please make checks payable to “Agronomy Club at Virginia Tech”. If paying by credit card via PayPal, contact Jamie Hodnett at email@example.com.
Your support is greatly appreciated! It helps this student organization to provide professional and personal development for its members.
Agronomy Club Peanut Sale order form 2017
Internship: 2 weeks in July 2017
We are willing to work with you if you need more time in order to receive school credit.
We are accepting 2 interns.
Interns will receive housing plus a stipend.
- Gain experience with both management of grass-fed beef and commercial beef
- Gain an understanding of maternal herd management, terminal herd management, bull herd management, and heifer development
- Responsible for care and maintenance of farm including barns, riding arenas, cattle working facilities, and equipment
- Assist in record keeping of cattle herds and horses
- Market grass-fed beef directly to customers
- Gain experience and knowledge of Federal, State, and Non-Profit Programs overlaying the agricultural industry; EQUIP, CREP, NRCS and TNC, etc.
Sinking Creek Land and Cattle’s requirements:
- Must be currently involved in a college or university to be considered
- Write a one page essay during your internship
- Bring new ideas to our organization
- Create a presentation about what you learned, what you enjoyed, and what you would change about the farm and internship program
Application deadline: April 14th.
Sinking Creek Internship Application
Undergraduate students at Virginia Tech in all fields are invited to submit a poem to The Steger Poetry Prize contest, established by President Emeritus Charles W. Steger and University Distinguished Professor Nikki Giovanni. The first place prize is $1,100. The second place prize is $500 and third place is $300. The prize is administered by Professor Giovanni and judged by a committee of faculty from various disciplines at the university.
Please read these instructions carefully. Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered for the Steger Poetry Prize.
Deadline: Friday, March 17th (by 11:59 pm).
Scholarship funding is available for CALS students planning a Virginia Tech-sponsored study abroad experience for summer and fall 17. To receive a scholarship, students must be enrolled at Virginia Tech during time of travel.
To apply, please submit:
The program/class you plan to participate in
- A brief statement (250 words or less) relating the trip to your program of study
- A breakdown of expenses and other sources of funding
- A brief statement (250 words or less) explaining the long-term value of travel to your career goals
- Application cover sheet (download here: call-for-study-abroad-summer-17)
ALL MATERIALS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TOGETHER AND SENT TO:
Dr. Susan Sumner, Associate Dean and Director
Office of Academic Programs
1060 Litton-Reaves Hall (0334)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Priority Review Deadline is March 1, but we will accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the semester.
Study Abroad, Fall Semester ‘17
Among the many challenges facing humanity is developing the food, energy, and water systems needed to sustain those who are leaving poverty, enjoying better health, and joining the global economy over the next several decades.
This increasing global affluence, combined with increasing population, presents great challenges in meeting global demands for food, energy and water resources. This study abroad program invites VT’s brightest minds to tackle those challenges.
For more info, click here.
The University Libraries is hiring two student positions to support research, planning, and development of a pilot Master Health Literacy program*:
*NOTE: If you meet the requirements for both positions and are available for 16-24 hours per week January – June 15, 2017, then you may apply for and be considered for both positions.
Project Research Assistant – 8-12 hours per week, $20/hour, 5-Month Temporary, January – June 15, 2017. (Required Qualifications: VT student standing; Excellent communication skills (oral and written); Knowledge of and demonstrated experience in library research skills, including using research databases and other searching methods; Demonstrated experience in conducting a literature review)
Instruction and Program Development Assistant – 8-12 hours per week, $20/hour, 5-Month Temporary, January – June 15, 2017. (Required: VT graduate student standing; Excellent communication skills (oral and written); Teaching experience)
Full position descriptions with additional Preferred Qualifications and application information are in the attached PDFs.
The Campus Kitchen Project is a national organization that promotes student involvement in combating food waste and hunger. The Campus Kitchen at Virginia Tech works to collect surplus food from on-campus dining halls and help transform it into healthy meals that are distributed to food insecure individuals throughout the NRV.
A new opportunity is opening up on the Leadership Team for The Campus Kitchen at Virginia Tech. We would like to extend the invitation to any interested students within your department to apply for the position!
We are currently seeking an individual to fill the role of Kitchen Coordinator for the Spring 2017 semester. The Kitchen Coordinator is in charge of running weekly cooking shifts, leading student volunteers though meal preparation, and planning nutritious and delicious recipes!
Below is the application with position details and requirements. The deadline for submission is December 2nd. Please send your application and any questions to the current Kitchen Coordinator, Erica Hess, at firstname.lastname@example.org.