Internship Opportunities: NYC Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene, Brooklyn DPHO

Request for Interns Spring 2013

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene,

Brooklyn District Public Health Office


Background:  The Brooklyn DPHO is a community-based arm of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene that targets resources and programs to neighborhoods in North and Central Brooklyn of high public health need, including Bedford Stuyvesant, Brownsville, Bushwick, and East New York.  In September 2010, the DPHO launched Healthy Schools - Brooklyn to assist public schools in in developing and implementing school wellness policies to promote nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco control.


Internship Project:  Work with 3 schools on comprehensive wellness policies by identifying a school wellness or partnership committee and assist schools in developing monthly committee meetings to launch school wellness policy work.  The intern will assist team and school stakeholders in completing assessment tools to identify current practices and policies around nutrition and physical activity.  Following completion of assessment, the intern will work with schools to implement NYC DOE Wellness Policies and assist schools in pursuing resources that will increase physical activity time and opportunities for health eating.   


Job Opportunity, New Paltz: Farm Manager, Huguenot Street Farm

Huguenot Street Farm is an innovative small scale farm in the heart of the New Paltz historic district. We grow 10+ acres of mixed vegetables for a 200+ member CSA and restaurant accounts.
We are in search of a Farm Manager to work closely with the Head Grower to manage our diversified, non-certified organic, vegetable operation. The position will begin February 17, 2014 and is a year round position. Compensation based on experience, starting at $30K plus health insurance and vegetables. There is no housing available for this position, but there are plenty of rentals in the area.

Learn about "Lunch 4 Learning" - a campagin for universal free and healthy school meals

October marked the official launch of the Lunch 4 Learning Campaign.  Lunch 4 Learning is a broad, diverse, coalition-based campaign that is working to make free and healthy school meals available to all New York City public school students, regardless of income.  Over 80 organizations have joined

Talking Transition - upcoming interactive discussions about food and the future of the city

Talking Transition is an open conversation about the future of New York City.


Join the Talking Transition team at upcoming events and activities to share your questions, stories, and ideas for the city's future. Visit the Talking Transition tent (open from 9-5 daily through November 23) on Canal Street and Sixth Avenue, stop by their mobile tents as they make their way across the city, meet their street teams in all five boroughs, and discuss neighborhood issues at your local library. Events in the tent cover a broad range of issues from disaster recovery, health, housing, education, culture, poverty, and much more. For the full schedule of discussion happening at the tent, visit


Food-focused events happening in the Talking Transition tent are listed below:

Location: Talking Transition tent, Duarte Square, corner of Canal Street & 6th Avenue, NYC

  • Monday, November 11, 4:00 pm: Food Justice - The Future of Food in NYC - Open Q&A on food justice and what it means for your community, including a moderated panel featuring food justice leaders from across NYC. Hosted by EcoStation: NY
  • Friday, November 15, 5:00 pm: Lunch 4 Learning - Students, educators, and community members are encourage to come to this interactive discussion about Lunch 4 Learning, a campaign for free and healthy school lunch for all. Download the event flyer here. Hosted by Community Food Advocates.
  • Sunday, November 17, 12:00 pm: Raise Your Voice - The Future of Food Policy in the Post-Bloomberg Era. Be heard! Join NYU Wagner Food Policy Alliance, Just Food, and Columbia's Food Policy and Obesity Prevention (FPOP), a team of policy experts, and your fellow farm and food justice advocates and activists to learn about the current state of the food system and share your hopes and priorities with the incoming administration. Whether your interest is local agriculture, school food, antihunger, farmers markets, urban agriculture, fracking, the cost of food, fair food jobs, all of the above, or another aspect of the food system - we want to hear from you! All eaters are welcome. Hosted by NYU Wagner Food Policy Alliance, Just Food, and Columbia's Food Policy and Obesity Prevention (FPOP). Check for more details. For questions about this event, contact Nadia Johnson at


Registration open: Frontiers in Agricultural Sustainability conference

Early bird Registration is now open until Nov. 27th  and by using the code PROTEIN5, you will receive $5 off.

Click here for more information.

Register Online: Harvesting Opportunities in New York Conference, November 20th, Albany


It is time to register for the Harvesting Opportunities in New York: Growing Local Food Economies & Protecting Farmland conference, to be held on Wednesday, November 20, in downtown Albany! 



Register Online:

11/19 Food Policy for Breakfast: The History & Politics of the SNAP program

New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College's Food Policy for Breakfast Series: The History & Politics of the SNAP Program: What can we Learn in 2013?

Date:  November 19, 2013, 8:30-10:00 am

Location: Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College  47-49 East 65th Street, between Madison and Park

RSVP in advance


About the program:

Major changes and cuts to the SNAP program have led to a near-crisis for our most vulnerable populations. Janet Poppendieck, Policy Director at the NYC Food Policy Center at Hunter College, leads a discussion focusing on the previous cycles of changes to the SNAP program and what we can learn moving forward.

Apply for a Grow to Learn Mini-Grant by November 1

Win up to $2,000 for your school garden!

When you register your school garden with Grow to Learn you become eligible to receive materials and expert assistance from GreenThumb, and can also apply for a Grow to Learn Mini-Grant of between $500 and $2,000 to start or expand your school garden.

For more information and application guidelines visit the grant website.

"The Garden" Screening and Panel Discussion at Hunter College

On November 1, Hunter College First Fridays in East Harlem presents The Garden by Scott Hamilton Kennedy followed by a panel discussion. This documentary centers on the fight of South Central Los Angeles residents to save their fourteen-acre community garden, the largest urban garden in the U.S. from being plowed under for development. 

4th Annual CUNY FoodFEST

Come celebrate the Food Justice Movement at the fourth annual CUNY FoodFEST! 
CUNY FoodFEST 2013 is scheduled for Sunday, November 3rd from 10:30 AM to 7 PM at Macaulay Honors College, located at 35 West 67th Steet, near Lincoln Center. The festival is FREE and open to the public! A light breakfast, lunch and communal dinner will be provided.