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CCFSA Newsletter- Fall 2021 Update
Welcome to the Cumberland County Food System Alliance (CCFSA) newsletter! Read on for partner highlights and to learn about upcoming events.
CCFSA Strategic Vision and Work Plan

Building off our purpose and guiding principles, the CCFSA Leadership Council has developed a strategic vision and work plan for 2021-2022. The work plan identifies long range objectives for the alliance, outlining four objectives as well as steps to achieve these objectives. Find more information and documents on the resources page of our website.

As a first step in implementing the work plan, the council has been reconnecting with all of our partner organizations. By attending your meetings and learning more about your experiences over the past year, we hope to better serve you and act as a regional resource.

This October, we are facilitating a discussion about Data and Assessment needs in our region, with the goal of forming the first of three work groups. Please join us to share your thoughts, and consider participating in the upcoming Data and Assessment Work Group if this area is of interest to you or your organization. Save the Date: Friday, October 22, 3:00-4:30 pm on Zoom. Registration information coming soon!
Partner Profile: The LEAF Project

Leadership Education and Farming, also known as The LEAF Project, "cultivates youth leaders from diverse backgrounds through meaningful work in the food system."

Christina Nguyen is a local incoming college freshman who has spent two summers working at the LEAF farm in Landisburg, PA. She got involved with the summer internship through her high school counselor. With interests in sustainable agriculture and medicine she was excited for the opportunities that LEAF provided. Christina talked about the confidence that this program gave her through learning new sets of skills such as farming techniques and public speaking. She described the farm as a “safe space” and as a student, loved to interact with others on the farm while growing and learning together. “LEAF is a community” who gave Christina a life changing experience by giving back.
Christina Nguyen at work on the farm in Landisburg, PA
COVID-19 has impacted organizations all over the world and The LEAF Project is no exception. Christina joined last summer in the midst of the pandemic and saw first-hand the adaptations made to follow CDC guidelines. These changes included pushing post-harvest outdoors to decrease the spread of the virus and moving internship days to Zoom when people could not be on the farm. Christina stated that even with the new guidelines, LEAF was able to keep her safe and still give her a meaningful experience.
LEAF thrives on youth development, using agriculture as a form of community development to give students from 12 surrounding school districts the opportunity to do meaningful work. Every year, 25 youth are involved in "core" programming. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, LEAF provided food for 91 households per week with produce from the farm and created an outdoor kitchen to meet growing hunger needs in our community.

Learn more on their website and in the 2020 annual report.
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CLUS "Backbone" Support

With funding from the Partnership for Better Health, the Center for Land Use and Sustainability (CLUS) at Shippensburg University provides administrative support to the CCFSA. The CLUS recently applied for funding through the USDA to further support the CCFSA and add capacity to support regional collaborations- if awarded, projects would begin October 31, 2021.

We are pleased to introduce Mary Ann Leidigh (left) as the temporary CLUS Project Manager and CCFSA Facilitator. Mary Ann will be with us through March 2022 and will be adding capacity to the alliance and our activities.

Student Fellow Kelsey Bortner (right) is supporting outreach and communication efforts of the CCFSA through Fall 2022.

Contact Mary Ann:; 717-477-1519
Upcoming Events

Please let us know about your organization's events to be featured in this section!
CCFSA Data and Assessment Meeting:
October 22 from 3:00-4:30 pm on Zoom

Help us as we work to develop a Data and Assessment work group, in support of our 2021-2022 Work Plan. We will be discussing data needs in the region and current efforts. The final 30 minutes of the meeting will be focused on logistics for those interested in participating on a future work group! More information coming soon!

Shippensburg Community Conference Call
1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 11:00 AM
Zoom or call-in: 646-558-8656, then enter Meeting ID: 110 872 762 #
SCRC facilitates a community conference call to address changes to programs, gaps in services, and problem-solving as a community to fill in those gaps. If you are a human service provider, teacher/professor, concerned community member, religious organization, or just curious, please join us! If you have issues with the phone call, you can join on your computer using this link:

2021 Savor Event- The LEAF Project
Saturday September 18th from 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Location: LEAF Farm, 554 Warm Springs Road, Landisburg PA 17040
At our annual signature event, participants enjoy a unique on-farm food experience featuring some of our region's most celebrated chefs designing small plates that highlight the best farm products our region has to offer. Guests stroll around various stations that each feature a small plate and paired beverage. The CCFSA is a proud sponsor this year- Learn more on the LEAF website or Buy tickets today!

Shippensburg Beer & Wine Festival 
Saturday September 25th 1:00pm-5:00pm
Location: Shippensburg Fair Grounds, 10131 Possum Hollow Road, Shippensburg PA 17257
Enjoy samplings/tastings from a variety of breweries & wineries, food trucks, games of chance, live music and cornhole. 
Buy Tickets: $25 General Admissions and $35 VIP, $30 at the gate, $10 for Designated Drivers. 
Learn more about the resources and community support offered by our partner organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stay Connected

Many thanks to our partners for helping build a local food system that supports healthy and resilient communities. Please let us know if you have project highlights, updates, or resources to share!

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Phone: 717-477-1509
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