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Happy Fall, Y'all! 
I hope your Halloween was spook-tacular! Keep on reading for updates on CAFN Circle projects, grant opportunities, where to find local Thanksgiving turkeys, and food system events & job opportunities.
The next Food Security Plan Progress Meeting is on January 15, 2020 from 8:30-11 am at the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. Be on the lookout for an RSVP invite!
Upcoming Circle Meetings & Recaps 
Missed a meeting? New to CAFN? Read the latest minutes on the Google Drive to get caught up before you go. Let us know if you need Drive access or info on the Circles.
Food Recovery: The Food Recovery Circle is currently working on a pilot concerning community composting at the Cary Downtown Farmers' Market.
Next Meeting: November 6, 1-3 pm at the Food Bank

Farm Advocacy: The Farm Advocacy Circle has goals to develop a database/online resource hub for farmers and promote the Piedmont Grown Label with Wake County Growers. Next Meeting: November 11, 1-3 pm at the Food Bank 

Communications: The Communications Circle is carrying out a strategic plan for improved internal & external communication and increased engagement. 
Next Meeting: November 14, 11 am- 12 pm at Cup A Joe

Economic Development: The Economic Development Circle is focusing on the living wage campaign and workforce development through food systems job training.
Next Meeting: November 15, 1-2:30 pm at the Food Bank 

Food Access & Security: The Food Access Circle is developing a strategic plan to prioritize action items in the Wake County Food Security Plan.
Next Meeting: November 20, 1-2 pm at 10 Sunnybrook Rd. Room 194

Coordinating: The Coordinating Circle is working through the strategic planning process. Next Meeting: November 21, 10 am - 12 pm at the Food Bank

Racial Equity Conversation: The Racial Equity Conversation Circle is beginning the process of embedding racial equity into our food systems work. Join the conversation! Contact Cindy Sink for more information. 
Next Meeting: November 22, 1-2:30 pm. Location TBD
Grant Opportunities
Food Animal Concerns Trust's Fund-a-Farmer Grants are available for livestock and poultry farmers.
Deadline: December 2, 2019.

2020 Farm to School Grant Program applications now open!
Support local this Thanksgiving! 

Enjoy a pasture-raised Thanksgiving turkey and support farmers this holiday season. Read this guide on where to find a local turkey in NC. 
Fertile Ground Food Cooperative
100 in 100 Campaign 

FGFC has launched the 100 Owners in 100 Days Campaign to increase their number of owners, strengthen volunteer infrastructure, and increase name recognition.
Learn how you can get involved! 
Check out our calendar for all CAFN and other food system events!
Scroll to the bottom of the Circles page on our website. 

If you'd like to share your event, job opening, or conference with CAFN, please send Alana Gilbert an email with details by mid-month prior to the event.

You can also find cool stuff on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Jobs & Internships
Looking for an opportunity to serve your community? Do you want to network and kickstart your career? Apply today to be one of Wake County's full-time AmeriCorps VISTAs! 
Opportunities are available around Summer Food, Community Gardens, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and Social & Economic Vitality. 
Learn more and apply here.

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