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Wordpress Blog/Website: http://occupyfarms.nycga.net
Twitter: @occupyfarms ; @occupyfarmsnyc
Your Inbox: Well-Fed, 05.07.12
As of 5.19.12, OccupyFarms uses two farms forms, both found in the Occupy.net_CRM:
 Literature for Outreach
Page with outreach materials
As we build, we need to determine how we are going to move ourselves and our food between the city and the farms.
How to purchase a van--some resources:
- From eHow
- When you buy a car for a nonprofit group, the state records the title under the name of the entity rather than an individual. You must ensure that you have clear association rules in place that detail the purpose of the vehicle and the people entitled to use it. You must have registered your nonprofit with the state where you operate and have a tax identification number for the organization from the Internal Revenue Service before buying the vehicle
- Amend your organization's operating agreement to specify by job title who can use the car. Do not mention individuals' names because nonprofit members often change.
- From another eHow page
- Take your proof of tax exempt status with you when you buy the car. This will prevent you from having to pay sales tax on the purchase of the vehicle. If you are buying the car directly from an individual, then you will show this proof when you go to register the car. If you are buying from a dealer, you will show the salesperson the proof before you sign any paperwork. Remember to bring the tax ID number for the organization and proof of your authority to act on behalf of the nonprofit organization, such as something on letterhead stating your authority.
IOBY has voiced a distinct interest in helping us set up a network; they fund small-scale projects and could probably help us out with a couple hundred dollars
BeeX is a challenge-based fundraising platform that could be useful to us in our fundraising efforts.
 Short Term
One option is for occupiers, where possible, to take public transportation to and from farms. Once a week or every two weeks a vehicle could head up and make rounds to all the farms where we've banked some food hours to pick up food to bring back to the city.
 Long Term
We need to be headed towards a sustainable transportation system.
I'd like to see us all talking to each other and coordinating our efforts. Here are a few areas to consider:
- Having a schedule of drivers
- Getting a map and a route designed based on the locations and needs of farms
- Securing the vehicles themselves
- A timetable for getting this all squared away
 Liability Forms
We need to figure out how we're going to deal with the question of liability. This could maybe be solved with some general forms. Still, we're going to have to figure out how to deploy them: maybe a universal waiver signed by anyone opting in to our network? Or, each farm could figure out how they want to deal with liability in a decentralized way. We could provide a template. Here are some potential Farm Liability Forms.
 External Resources
Notepad for aggregating event curation resources.
- ComFood is a listserv focusing on community food security. Includes a lot of useful events, resources. Busy listserv, but very useful for event curation & staying on top of the food scene.
 Educational Opportunities
Create wiki pages for each of the following links. To create a page, search for the name of the page. The results page will say:
"There were no results matching the query. Create the page "x" on this wiki!"
Click the page name and then a new page will be created. Go to the website, copy and paste the "about" section of the page, add a link to their website and categorise the page appropriately. Category:Food, Category:Farms, Category:Organizations, etc etc. Check out the harmonized groupings page to see recommended categories. For a sample page, check out Beginningfarmers.org.
Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference
Brooklyn Food Coalition "Changing the food system in Brooklyn, neighborhood by neighborhood"
Design Trust for Public Space
Food Stamps Grow Gardens
Food Systems Network NYC
Get Dirty NYC!
NYC Parks GreenThumb
Urban Food Policy
What's on the Table?
Fuel for food — energy use in the U.S. food system
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is a non-profit farm and education center located just 25 miles north of Manhattan in Pocantico Hills, New York. Stone Barns operates an 80-acre four-season farm and is working on broader initiatives to create a healthy and sustainable food system. Through our Growing Farmers Initiative, children’s education programs, and diverse public awareness programs, we aim to improve the way America eats and farms.
Garden Sharing: Farming Meets Social Networks
2010 NYC Urban Agriculture Roundup from The Greenest. Events at Farm City new visions for urban agriculture 2010.
Landshare connects growers to people with land to share.
We Patch connects people looking for gardening space with those who have space to offer.
The New York City Regional Foodshed Initiative expands the preliminary analysis of the regional capacity to produce food and involves an in-depth examination of the local food production capacity of the New York City Metropolitan Region.
Food Systems NYC is a membership based organization designed to foster communication and cultivate community amongst various stake holders and professionals working across the food system.
Food Systems Network NYC has compiled a list of online resources for finding quality local cooking ingredients, eating out at local, farmer-friendly restaurants, getting involved in community gardening, and finding tools, resources, and support for becoming involved in food systems work.
North East Ohio Food Web is a local food action group in NE Ohio.
Holton Farms is a CSA aggregator that delivers Vermont produce to consumers in New York City.
Long Island Small Farm Summit
Eggzy "manage your backyard chickens online."