• Thursday, October 22, 2020 8:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance Awarded $100,000 Grant to Expand Don’t Waste It! Curriculum Across the Southeast

    Don't Waste It! is a new educator guide to waste management. The guide includes 11 lessons covering five themes: municipal solid waste, recycling, plastics, composting, and landfills. Don't Waste It! Is designed for both formal and non-formal educators with lessons for pre-K to 12th graders that can easily be adapted for adult audiences. Each lesson includes a group activity, independent practice, extensions, and additional activities. 

    Developed by North Carolina’s Chatham County Solid Waste and Recycling, Don’t Waste It! Is going to be expanding through the southeast.  The Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance (SEEA) has been awarded a $100,000 environmental education grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Over the next two years, we’ll be creating new state-specific versions of the guide for Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida (LEEF) and then launch in-person and virtual training opportunities for educators in these states to learn the curriculum.  

    "The Don’t Waste It! project will help current and future educators across the southeast understand the systems for solid waste, recycling, and composting in their state.  We're excited to provide educators across our region with resources and lessons to share this knowledge with students, in order to inspire their local communities to get involved with composting, recycling, and other waste reduction activities," said Don’t Waste It! Project Coordinator, Lauren Pyle.  

    The Kentucky Association for Environmental Education (KAEE) is the fiscal agent for this project.  The project will be led by Lauren Pyle of the Environmental Educators of North Carolina and Shannon Culpepper of Chatham County Solid Waste and Recycling.  For more information, contact Lauren Pyle at director@eenc.org.

    LEEF is honored to be a part of this amazing project!

  • Thursday, October 22, 2020 8:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Pumpkin Carving Competition

    and Member Fundraising

    Show your LEEF spirit this fall!

    Get creative and help us raise $2000

    Apple cider and pumpkin spice, oh my! Show your fall spirit by carving or decorating a pumpkin for our first ever pumpkin competition. The theme is "Environmental Education." Members and non-members are invited to participate for a chance to win a FREE T-SHIRT donated by our wonderful board members.

    Last year we hired our first Executive Director. Terran is still part time, but we need to raise enough money to bring her on full-time. Having a full-time Executive Director has been a LEEF goal for years and it would be a game changer for growing our association. If we raised $10 for every member, we would have $2000 toward our goal. We are asking all members to either find a $10 sponsor (or many sponsors!) for their pumpkin or donate $10 themselves. https://www.leef-florida.org/Donate Post your pumpkins online and let your family and friends know how much environmental education means to you.


    1. Pumpkins should be carved or decorated in the spirit of the theme: Environmental Education.

    2. Pumpkins must be carved or decorated by YOU.

    3. Only one entry per person. You can apply as a team, but you only win one shirt.

    4. Contest is open to members and nonmembers! All ages welcome, but shirts come in adult sizes.

    5. Contestants will need to email a picture (small-medium JPEG files) of their pumpkin to LEEF’s Executive Director Terran McGinnis ( director@leef-florida.org ) by midnight on Oct. 31st.

    7. The pictures will then be posted on LEEF’s Facebook page for voting. https://www.facebook.com/LEEF.Florida

    8. By emailing your entry you are consenting to LEEF posting that photo on their social media. If you also choose to post on your own social media page, use hashtag #LEEF


    ● The public will vote by liking their favorite picture on LEEF’s Facebook page.

    ● 1 Like = 1 Vote

    ● The public may vote on as many pumpkins as they like.

    ● Voting ends at midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 4th.

    ● Winners will be announced the following Friday, Nov. 13th. Terran will contact you to get your size, style, and mailing address. 


     People’s Choice: most liked Facebook picture

     Best in Show: based on the entry that best fits the theme and shows creativity. Chosen by LEEF's Executive Team


    A LEEF shirt! Choose your style of shirt (excludes hoodie)


  • Thursday, October 15, 2020 8:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our annual conference that we were forced to cancel due to Covid-19 has been RESCHEDULED for April 22-25, 2021 at the Florida Elks Youth Camp in Umatilla.

    Stay tuned for more information coming soon about registration and presentations.

  • Thursday, October 15, 2020 8:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1. Two NSF-funded PhD Assistantships to study beaver dam analogues impacts on floodplain hydrology, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

    2. Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program, USGS, Gainesville, FL

    3. Post-doc: Fisheries Science, The University of Washington, Seattle, WA

    4. Repass-Rodgers Fellowship on Central Valley Salmon Restoration Policies, The Coastal Science and Policy (CSP), Santa Cruz, CA

    5. Fisheries researcher: 2 vacancies, Wageningen Marine Research, IJmuiden

    6. #106167 Science Communications Specialist, The University of California, Riverside, CA

    7. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Regional Planning and Environment Division North (RPEDN), DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island, IL

    8. Monitoring Program Performance Analyst (Salmon Scientist) / Exempt, Puget Sound Partnership, Pierce County – Tacoma, WA

    9. Supervisory Fish Biologist, ZP-0482-5 (Direct Hire), Department of Commerce: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Woods Hole, MA or Narragansett, RI.

    10. Marine Resources Management Specialist, ZP-0401-2 (DE/CR), Department of Commerce: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Woods Hole, MA

    11. Marine Resources Management Specialist, ZP-0401-2 (MAP), Department of Commerce: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Woods Hole, MA

    12. Emergency Management Specialist (Mitigation), Department of Homeland Security: Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, DC

    13. Education Coordinator, San Diego Coastkeeper, San Diego, CA

    14. Communications and Outreach Manager, San Diego Coastkeeper, San Diego, CA

    15. Staff Associate III, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, New York, NY

    16. Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, New York, NY

    17. Staff Associate I, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, New York, NY

    18. JIMAR PIFSC Oceanwatch Analyst, Joint Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR), Honolulu, HI

    19. Operations Coordinator – SLO, The Marine Mammal Center, Morro Bay, CA

    20. Postdoctoral Researcher in Management Strategy Evaluation, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland, ME

    21. Science Instruction Specialist, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland, ME

    22. APS 6 Senior Fisheries Officer, Australia Fisheries Management Authority, Canberra ACT, Australia

    23. Vice President of Institutional Giving, Oceana, Washington, DC

    24. Mongabay internship, Mongabay, TBD

    25. Special Activities Coordinator, Dept of Natural and Cultural Resources, Carteret County, NC

    26. Ocean Tech Internship, The Liquid Grid, Remote

    27. PhD Student Assistantship, The University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK

    28. Legal Research and Technical Assistant 2, IUCN, Bonn, Germany

    29. Fisheries Research Scientist, The Marine Stewardship Council, TBD

    30. Ocean Tech Intern, The Liquid Grid Energy. Ocean. Sustainability, Bay Area, CA or Remote

  • Thursday, October 08, 2020 3:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • Wednesday, October 07, 2020 6:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Louisiana Farm to School Conference: Virtually Everywhere

    October 8 // 11am ET
    The fifth annual Louisiana Farm to School Conference will be held entirely online, free of cost. The theme for the 2020 conference is “Virtually Everywhere,” and will occur in 2-hour sessions from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. CT on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 7 and 8. The event will emphasize the three main components of farm to school — education, school gardens and local food procurement. Hear from speakers, Helen Dombalis with the National Farm to School Network and Sunny Baker with the Mississippi Farm to School Network. Learn more and register. 


    Webinar Training: Make Yourself Obsolete: Shifting Power from Non-Profit Leadership to Community Leadership

    October 8 // 3-4:30pm ET

    Wondering what the right role for your community based nonprofit is? Or what it might look like to transfer power and ownership to the community you’re serving? Join the Wallace Center’s Food Systems Leadership Network and Kitchen Table Consulting, LLC for part two of this webinar series for an interactive training on strategies that non-profit leaders can use to transfer decision making power and sovereignty to the communities in which they work. Register here.

    Food Systems Friday Webinar Series: Addressing Poverty and the Designed Systemic Neglect of Agricultural Workers 

    October 9 // 3pm ET
    The marginalization of agricultural workers and its historical persistence has long been an elusive problem to ameliorate let alone to solve. Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) shares its vision why major efforts have failed and of how this marginalization is man-designed and driven by global supply-chains controlled by major manufacturers and retailers. Responding to major catastrophes, pandemics remain difficult unless workers have a semblance of self-determination and be able to address poverty and systemic neglect. FLOC takes a look what it might take to make this happen. Register here.

    Webinar: Indigenous Foodways Past & Present

    October 12 // 1pm ET
    In this virtual conversation moderated by the Newberry’s Rose Miron, chef Sean Sherman (Oglala Lakota) and anthropologists Elizabeth Hoover (Mohawk/Mi’kmaq) and Eli Suzukovich III (Little Shell Band of Chippewa-Cree/Krajina Serb) discuss how Indigenous foodways have been represented, appropriated, and misunderstood throughout history. Emphasizing the contemporary revitalization of traditional Indigenous foodways led by Native people, the panel will highlight efforts to protect Indigenous food sovereignty, resist centuries of environmental exploitation, and remove colonial influences from diets. Register here. 

    Latinx Leader Roundtable

    October 14 // 12pm ET
    In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, America’s Promise Alliance and Communities In Schools are co-hosting this virtual roundtable with Latinx young professionals and adult leaders at different levels of the youth development field, from community-based organizations to national nonprofits. The discussion will explore the top-of-mind issues for Latinx youth and communities such as the disparate effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on this population, injustice against immigrants, and efforts to combat racism in the U.S. This conversation is particularly timely in an election year, as voters of all backgrounds and ethnicities consider these issues and more. Register here.

    Food Justice is Racial Justice: National Farm to School Network Movement Meeting

    October 14, 1-3pm ET (Virtual)
    How can we shift power in our communities to create a more just food system? What community capital and resources can help us create systemic change in the ways we grow, prepare and eat food? Join National Farm to School Network for a virtual Movement Meeting on Wednesday, Oct.14 from 1-3pm ET, featuring Karen Washington, food justice activist, for deep conversation and action-oriented reflection on racial justice in the farm to school movement and wider food system. You’ll connect with fellow farm to school and food justice advocates from across the country, dig into conversations about what it means to shift power, and help shape the next steps of progress towards our vision of a just food system for all. This free, virtual Movement Meeting is open to everyone - no prior knowledge of farm to school needed. Register here.

  • Wednesday, October 07, 2020 6:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Grants & Funding

    1. 2021 Farm to School Grant Program Announcement Coming This Fall! USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) plans to release the Request for Applications (RFA) for the Fiscal Year 2021 Farm to School Grant Program in the fall.  The annual grant opportunity will help reach more communities seeking to incorporate local products into school meals, integrate agricultural education in the classroom, and cultivate and expand farm to school efforts. Stay tuned for the latest updates on the next Farm to School Grant RFA online via the USDA website.


    2. Local Food, Local Places 2020-2021 Application

    Deadline: October 30
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Agriculture invite communities to apply for technical assistance to help revitalize their economy, promote local foods, improve health, and protect the environment. Local Foods, Local Places helps communities revitalize neighborhoods through development of local food systems. Eligible applicants include local governments, Indian tribes, and nonprofit institutions and organizations proposing to work in a neighborhood, town, or city of any size anywhere in the United States. Special consideration will be given to communities with Opportunity Zone designations. Learn more and apply.


    3. Food Animal Concerns Trust Fund-A-Farmer Grant

    Deadline: December 1
    Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) is accepting grant applications for livestock and poultry farmers who wish to expand animal welfare, build capacity, and/or improve pasture for their animals. Grants of up to $2,500 are available for projects such as building mobile housing, constructing fences, laying water lines on pasture, and much more. Farmers located in the U.S. who raise beef cattle, bison, broiler chickens, dairy cows, goats, laying hens, pigs, turkeys, and/or sheep may be eligible to apply. Learn more and apply.

  • Wednesday, October 07, 2020 3:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AmazonSmile Org Central

    Hey Shoppers!

    Next time you place your order on Amazon, make sure to choose the option to use Amazon Smile and choose LEEF as the non profit you'd like to support. It's no cost to you but it's priceless to us!

    If you are an Amazon Prime member, hurry to get this done by Amazon Prime Days-October 13-14!

  • Sunday, October 04, 2020 4:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi! My name is Abby De la Rocha and I am the Volunteer Coordinator at the Sawgrass Nature Center and Wildlife Hospital in Coral Springs, Florida. I was born in Puerto Rico and lived there until my family moved to Botswana when I was 8 years old. I returned to Puerto Rico when I was 16 and finished high school in Ponce. I then moved to New Orleans where I studied at Loyola University. I have been in Florida since 2006. 

    In this post, I’m going to tell you about Hispanic Heritage month as well as some interesting facts about Puerto Rico’s agriculture and its most precious ecosystem El Yunque. 

    What is Hispanic Heritage Month?

    Each year, we observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

    This year’s Hispanic Heritage Month theme- Hispanics: Be Proud of Your Past, Embrace the Future – invites us to embrace our backgrounds, to be proud of who we are and where we came from.

    Embracing the Future

    The future of agriculture in Puerto Rico

    Currently, Puerto Rico imports 85% of its food. This is a huge vulnerability for an island with a population of 3.1 million. For several years, my family has been involved in the agroecological movement which seeks to increase the self-sufficiency of Puerto Rico through their agricultural project Finca El Reverdecer. This movement has been largely spearheaded by young people who are eager to make a difference. I believe that by looking at our past we can create a better future. 

    The present agricultural reality of Puerto Rico can be traced back to Puerto Rico’s history as a Spanish colony and later as a Commonwealth of the United States. The establishment of the monoculture of sugarcane meant that many Puerto Ricans worked on sugarcane plantations. My grandfather worked cutting cane during his youth. Later, he would go on to own land that he cultivated for his own consumption. At the age of 93 he continues to enjoy getting his hands dirty on my parents’ farm.

    Eventually, the sugarcane industry on the island collapsed. Its demise was due to various factors including hurricanes that decimated the island as well as policies imposed by the Federal Government. In particular, a land tax imposed in 1901 known as the Hollander Bill. As a result of this bill, many local farmers were forced to sell their land. This eventually led to mass migration from the island to the mainland. It also led to a decrease in farming in general as people did not have land to farm. Subsequently, attitudes towards farming became unfavorable, especially among young people. This is changing. Today, many small farms produce high-quality products that are sought out by individuals and restaurants alike. While still a work in progress, the path to agricultural self-sufficiency is being forged. 

    Celebrating the only U.S. National Forest located on an island

    The El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rainforest in the national forest system.  At nearly 29,000 acres, it is one of the smallest in size, yet one of the most biologically diverse. 

    Photo by United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service retrieved from https://www.fs.usda.gov

    The United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service. (2020) describes El Yunque, “Caressed by gentle easterly winds the forest has an average temperature of 73° F, and seasonal changes are almost imperceptible. It is the ideal climate for exuberant tropical vegetation. The rain forest is noted for its biodiversity; it is “home” to thousands of native plants including 150 fern species, 240 tree species (88 of these are endemic or rare and 23 are exclusively found in this forest). The El Yunque National Forest has no large wildlife species, but hundreds of smaller animals abound in this gentle forest, many of which exist nowhere else on the planet.”

    Image from United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, retrieved from https://www.fs.usda.gov

    To embrace the future, we must plan and prepare for it. Looking forwards requires us to look back at our history so that we can make sense of our present. Puerto Rico’s future is being planned by those who work the land in order to provide food for its people as well as those who work to preserve the natural wonder that is El Yunque National Forest. 

    If you’d like to learn more about some of the agricultural projects on the island check out the links below:

    Proyecto Agroecologico el Josco Bravo

    Organización Boricuá de Agricultura Ecológica de Puerto Rico

    El Departamento de la Comida

    Finca El Reverdecer

  • Friday, October 02, 2020 5:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


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    2. Head of Advocacy, Blue Ventures, Global, with a preference for nationals to apply from the countries in which we operate, and/or UK.

    3. Scientist – ESA Support, Ocean Associates, Inc., Portland, OR

    4. NEPA Specialist, Ocean Associates, Inc., Silver Spring, MD

    5. Engineering/Planning/Surveying Technician II, Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control, Delaware

    6. Digital Communications Specialist, Freestone Environmental Services, Inc., Silver Spring, MD

    7. Education Specialist, Freestone Environmental Services, Inc., Silver Spring, MD

    8. Campaign Financial and Administrative Coordinator, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Annapolis, MD

    9. Adjunct Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, Brown University's Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship, Providence, RI

    10. PhD position: “Sandeels and Seals”, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, 't Horntje, (Texel)

    11. Marine Geochemical Analyst/Lab Manager, Project Vesta, Caribbean Island

    12. Oceanographer – Geological, Physical and/or Chemical, Project Vesta, Remote

    13. Environmental Services Intern, California Coastal Commission, Santa Cruz, CA

    14. Aquatic Research Section Manager (RS2) – Permanent – *06570, Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Thurston County – Olympia, WA

    15. Executive Director, California Environmental Associates, Berkeley, CA

    16. Information, Education, Communication and Training Coordinator, WorldFish, Mandalay, Myanmar

    17. OPS Fish and Wildlife Biological Scientist I, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Webster, FL

    18. Lamont Assistant Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, New York, NY

    19. Port and Infrastructure Manager, Shipping Emissions Campaign, Ocean Conservancy, Washington, DC

    20. International Outreach Manager, Shipping Emissions Campaign, Ocean Conservancy, Washington, DC

    21. Response Dispatcher, The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito, CA

    22. Sponsored Programs Administrator, Virginia Institute Of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, VA

    23. Environmental Intelligence Data Scientist, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Devon, UK

    24. Education Coordinator, San Diego Coastkeeper, San Diego, CA

    25. Head, Science and Policy, IUCN, Gland, Switzerland

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