September 2015 Update

Check out FPAC’s bi-monthly newsletter here, or read on for updates.

FPAC September 2015 Newsletter

Welcome FPAC Class of 2018!

Follow the links to learn more about new members Dominique AubryAllison BlansfieldLeah LazerGeorge Matysik, and Jimmy Wilson.

Next FPAC General Meeting: October 7th

FPAC’s next general meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 7 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Please note we will be meeting at a different location, Aramark Building’s Bar Association Conference Room (11th floor of 1101 Market St). Keep an eye out for an email requesting your RSVP in a few weeks.

Register Now: Grounded In Philly Train the Trainers 

FPAC members and supporters are invited to attend this two day train the trainers workshop about accessing vacant land. Participants will leave understanding how to obtain legal access to vacant lots for gardening or farming through various means and how to translate this knowledge to others. Grounded in Philly’s wish is that participants also leave understanding the history of gardening, development and displacement in Philadelphia, and the role that community members play toward self-determination.

Learn more and register.

Stay in Touch

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Subcommittee Updates

Anti-Hunger

The Anti-Hunger Subcommittee’s Philly Food Finder website, a resource for finding affordable and healthy food in the city, was recently featured by Generocity!

The subcommittee continues to work on hard-copy resource guides, which will be tailored to each councilmatic district. Subcommittee members are developing a distribution matrix with the goal of getting the guide into the hands of people who need it, given limited printing resources.

Chair: Steveanna Wynn.

Vacant Land

FPAC was one of 30 signatories to a letter urging the state Department of Agriculture to declare seed libraries exempt from the requirements of PA’s 2004 Seed Act. As a result of the letter, the PA Department of Agriculture recently reversed its position on seed libraries!

Vacant Land Subcommittee members involved in administering the EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant awarded in May attended the 2015 EPA Brownfields conference last week. They bring back with them new research and ideas on how to implement this grant to support urban agriculture and green stormwater infrastructure.

Chair: Amy Laura Cahn.

Local Food Procurement

The Local Food Procurement Subcommittee is generating a list and educational materials for “Good Food Catering” to provide to City departments for food (under $500) for meetings, events, concessions, and parties. The subcommittee is developing an open application process, including criteria for healthy, sustainable, local, and fair. The subcommittee hopes to disseminate a call for applications from food businesses later this fall, and will consider hosting a “good food showcase” in the spring.

The subcommittee is considering a name change to reflect its broadened mission, so look for a new name in our next newsletter!.

Chair: Amanda Wagner.

Zero Waste

Subcommittee Chair Linda Knapp and John Christopher, Penn Summer 2014 Intern, have been invited to present the Zero Waste White Paper draft at UPenn.  The report is being finalized and will be sent to FPAC members for review prior to the October 7 FPAC meeting.  Linda has also been asked by the Solid Waste and Recycling Advisory Council (SWRAC) to provide the group with an overview of the Zero Waste White Paper and subcommittee activities.

Sign up to volunteer for Waste Watchers at the 2015 Philadelphia Marathon is now live.

Chair: Linda Knapp.

Communications & Outreach

At the August meeting the subcommittee reviewed a draft report of recommendations for increasing inclusion and diversity among FPAC’s membership, meetings, and programmatic work. This research is ongoing; contact Madeline if you have ideas or resources.

Chair: Madeline Smith-Gibbs.

Governance & Membership

In October FPAC members will elect a new co-chair, as Diane Cornman-Levy is finishing her two-year term. Nominations, including self-nominations, can be made by emailing Governance & Membership chair Alison Hastings.

The subcommittee is also seeking membership nominations to fill a projected four to ten openings on FPAC. Nominations are open year-round and the nomination form can be found on FPAC’s website.

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