Friday, March 11, 2011

Food Corps: Grow For It!

I first heard about Food Corps through a tweet from Mark Bittman back in the spring of 2010. Reading the article on Bittman's site from Paula Crossfield (of Civil Eats) I could tell Food Corps would develop into something amazing. Immediately I signed-up for their newsletter and started receiving information about the planning conference calls being held monthly. Unfortunately all the calls began at 5pm and I couldn't participate. I made sure to keep my eye out for and new information, hopeful to be a involved once the program was fully established. 

So what is Food Corps exactly? Paula Crossfield did a great job summarizing the program in the introductory article:
            [...] FoodCorps, an AmeriCorps program that would put service members to work     
            building school gardens and establishing farm-to-school relationships in towns across 
            the United States, specifically in places where people lack access to fresh produce. A 
            collaboration between the National Farm to School NetworkSlow Food USA and other  
            groups, the FoodCorps program could begin as early as 2011. (source)

Finally the time has come! Momentum for the program has been non-stop since this past fall: Food Corps announced its host sites on November 30th, began circulating their recruitment video the first week in February and finally went live with their member application on February 8th! Application deadline is April 10, 2011 at 5:00pm EST. 

Check out the Recruitment Video:

Food Corps is going to be great! Get involved! Apply! Let's start a strong and true food revolution all across America! 


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