Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Community Development Resources

Choctaw Nation


Federal, State, and Nonprofit Opportunities:

Environmental Justice Small Grants Program

The Environmental Justice Small Grants Program supports and empowers communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues. The program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. More information... 

Location: Nationwide

Application Deadline: January 31, 2017

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


Paralyzed Veterans of America Education Foundation 

PVA's Education and Training Foundation is focused on funding educational projects that benefit and serve individuals with SCI/D, their families and caregivers. These projects should be designed to improve the quality of life for individuals with SCI/D, educate consumers about the consequences of and complications associated with SCI/D, improve the knowledge and skills of SCI/D health care professionals and to prevent the occurrence and complications of new SCI/D. More information... 

Location: Nationwide 

Application Deadline: February 1, 2017

Housing Projects Serving Rural Veterans

Supported by The Home Depot Foundation, grants will go to nonprofits, tribally designated housing entities, and housing authorities serving veterans at or below 80% of area median income in rural areas. Projects may be new construction or rehab, temporary or permanent housing, in progress or beginning within 12 months. More information...
Location: Nationwide
Application Deadline: February 3, 2017

Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program

The Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program provides funding directly to tribes, tribal organizations, and nonprofit tribal organizations to create, maintain, and expand sexual assault services within Indian country and Alaskan native villages. More information...
Location: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): February 2, 2017
Application Deadline: February 23, 2017

Conservation Stewardship Program Open for Applications 

CSP is for producers who are already established conservation stewards, helping them to deliver multiple conservation benefits on working lands, including improved water and soil quality and enhanced wildlife habitat. Through CSP, agricultural producers and forest landowners earn payments for actively managing, maintaining and expanding conservation activities like cover crops, ecologically-based pest management, buffer strips and pollinator and beneficial insect habitat-all while maintaining active agriculture production on their land. More information... 

Applications are available in local service centers.

Application Deadline: February 3, 2017

Source: USDA


FirstRisk Advisors Initiatives in College Mental/Behavioral Health 

This award is designed to fund the development of creative initiatives that address prevention, early intervention, and treatment for mental and behavioral health disorders among students. The goal of these initiatives is to reduce the risk of mental and behavioral illness and injury among college students and to enhance both individual and community health as a strategy to support student learning. More information... 

Location: Nationwide 

Application Deadline: February 3, 2017

Water and Waste Revolving Loan Fund Grants

This program helps qualified non-profits create a revolving loan fund (RLF) that can provide financing for the extension and improvement of water and waste disposal systems in rural areas. More information... 

Location: Nationwide
Application Deadline: February 6, 2017

Household Water Well System Grants
This program helps qualified non-profits and Tribes create a revolving loan fund (RLF) to extend access to clean, reliable water to households in eligible rural areas.
More information... 

Location: Nationwide
Application Deadline: February 6, 2017

Addiction Technology Transfer Centers Cooperative Agreement

The purpose of this program is to develop and strengthen the specialized behavioral healthcare and primary healthcare workforce that provides substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery support services. This is done by accelerating the adoption and implementation of evidence-based and promising SUD treatment and recovery-oriented practices and services; heightening the awareness, knowledge, and skills of the workforce that addresses the needs of people with substance use or other co-occurring health disorders; and fostering regional and national alliances among culturally diverse practitioners, researchers, policy makers, funders, and the recovery community. More information...
Location: Nationwide 

Application Deadline: February 9, 2017

Indian Health Service Dental Externships 

If you're a third-year dental student in search of a rewarding and unique training opportunity, the IHS Division of Oral Health (DOH) Dental Externship Program can provide you with the perfect opportunity. You will gain valuable clinical experience in an Indian health facility, develop your clinical skills under expert supervision, and contribute to an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals. More information...
Location: Nationwide 

Application Deadline: February 28, 2017

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part C Capacity Development Grants 

This program provides funding to assist public and nonprofit entities in their efforts to strengthen their organizational infrastructure and to increase their capacity to develop, enhance, or expand access to high quality HIV primary health care services for people living with HIV or who are at risk of infection in underserved or rural communities. More information...
Location: Nationwide
Application Deadline: February 28, 2017

Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer for Children

The President's FY 2017 Budget seeks to ensure all children have consistent and adequate access to nutritious food year round by proposing a permanent, nationwide expansion of the Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (Summer EBT) program. This program will provide families with children eligible for free and reduced price school meals access to additional food benefits during the summer. More information... 

Application Deadline: February 28, 2017 


Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program
The NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program seeks applications from eligible applicants for activities to accelerate research, development, production, and testing of key broadband technologies and capabilities for first responders.
More information...
Location: Nationwide 

Application Deadline: February 28, 2017

Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children's Health in American Indian and Alaskan Native Communities, U.S. Territories, and Pacific Jurisdictions Cooperative Agreements (Indigenous - Project LAUNCH) 

The purpose of this program is to promote the wellness of young children from birth to eight years within tribes, territories and Pacific Island jurisdictions by addressing the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and behavioral aspects of their development. The goal of Project LAUNCH is for children to be thriving in safe, supportive environments, and entering school ready to learn and able to succeed. More information...
Location: Nationwide
Application Deadline: March 1, 2017

Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Family Treatment Drug Courts 

The purpose of this program is to expand and/or enhance substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services in existing family treatment drug courts, which use the family treatment drug court model in order to provide alcohol and drug treatment (including recovery support services, screening, assessment, case management, and program coordination) to parents with a SUD and/or co-occurring SUD and mental disorders who have had a dependency petition filed against them or are at risk of such filing. More information...
Location: Nationwide
Application Deadline: March 3, 2017

Cooperative Agreements for Tribal Behavioral Health (Native Connections) 

The purpose of this program is to prevent and reduce suicidal behavior and substance use, reduce the impact of trauma, and promote mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) young people up to and including age 24. More information...
Location: Nationwide
Application Deadline: March 9, 2017

Community Connect Broadband Grant Program
This program helps fund broadband deployment into rural communities where it is not yet economically viable for private sector providers to deliver service.
More information... 

Location: Nationwide
Application Deadline: March 13, 2017

Telehealth Resource Center Grant Program 

The purpose of the Telehealth Resource Center Grant Program (TRCGP) is to support the establishment and development of Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs) that will provide technical assistance to healthcare organizations, healthcare networks, and healthcare providers in the implementation of cost-effective telehealth programs to serve rural and medically underserved areas and populations. More information...
Location: Nationwide
Application Deadline: March 16, 2017

Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program: Tribal Transit Program 

The primary purpose of these competitively selected grants is to support planning, capital, and operating assistance for tribal public transit services. More information...
Location: Nationwide
Application Deadline: March 20, 2017

Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans & Grants

This program provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. More information... 

Applications are accepted at your local office.

Application Deadline: March 31, 2017

Source: USDA


Economic Development Assistance Programs 

The Economic Development Administration's (EDA's) mission is to lead the Federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for economic growth and success in the worldwide economy. More information... 

Application Deadline: Rolling

Rural & Tribal Passenger Transportation Technical Assistance 

The rural program provides technical assistance for small communities of less than 50,000 people. The focus of the program is economic development: helping small and emerging businesses and stimulating economic development through new and improved public transportation.
The tribal program is designed to help Native American tribes enhance economic growth adn development by improving transportation services. Technical assistance is limited to planning and may support transit service improvements and expansion, system start-up, facility development, development of marketing plans and materials, transportation coordination, training and other public transit problem solving activities.
For more information and to register,
click here. 

Location: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Rolling
Source: Community Transportation Association of America

Homegrown By Heroes

The Homegrown By Heroes label is a key differentiation for farmer veteran products in competitive markets. The HBH label gives farmer veterans the point-of-sale visibility they need to be successful in the marketplace. The HBH label also affords consumers a tangible way to support veterans while providing an avenue to share the veteran's story. More information...

Dates: Annually renewable

Location: Nationwide


Rural Business Development Grant 

A competitive grant designed to support targeted technical assistance, training and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas that have fewer than 50 employees and less than $1 million in gross revenues. More information... 

Application Deadline: Applications are accepted through local or state Rural Development offices once every year. 



Helpful Tools and Internship Opportunities

Forest Service Releases 2016 Fall Tribal Relations Newsletter

Click here to access the newsletter


Find Your Town, a New Tool Promoting Small Towns from the White House Opportunity Project

December 1, 2016 -- Small towns and rural places hold a special place in our vision of America. They offer residents a unique and often genial place to live. Visitors and those just passing through come to enjoy distinct lifestyles, commerce, and countryside.  Yet, many rural towns have trouble promoting themselves and planning for a vibrant future. More information...

Source: USDA


Native American Congressional Internship

The Native American Congressional Internship Program provides American Indian and Alaska Native students with the opportunity to gain practical experience with the federal legislative process in order to understand first-hand the government-to-government relationship between Tribes and the federal government. More information... 

Application Deadline: January 31, 2017


The Office of Senator James Lankford Internship

The Office of Senator James Lankford is currently seeking applications for unpaid interns for the Spring 2017 semester in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa offices. Intern responsibilities may include but are not limited to: answering phones, performing administrative tasks, assisting with database management, contributing to the office correspondence process, supporting staff with projects, and conducting legislative research. Applicants should be highly organized and hardworking. They should also have strong written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment. More information... 

Interested candidates should apply by emailing a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to

Application Deadline: April 14, 2017


Chuuk Women's Council Empowers Micronesian Women to be Healthcare Leaders 

November 2, 2016 -- Although there is only one state hospital for the 50,000 residents that inhabit Chuuk, a group of women is making a difference for the state's healthcare system and for Chuuk society as a whole. Read more... 



Training Opportunities

Overtime Law Workshops

Hear up-to-date information about the Fair Labor Standards Act, and its impact upon the nonprofit sector. The changes to overtime laws go into effect December 1, 2016.

Pauls Valley - March 30, 2017 


Standards for Excellence

Standards for Excellence 2.0 includes expanded and enhanced benchmarks for nonprofit best practices, including 79 benchmarks for best practices; new sample policies in social media and information technologies all nonprofits need to know; and improved information on outcome based measurements and logic models to prove mission impact.  

Oklahoma CityFebruary 9-10, 2017 

StillwaterFebruary 21-22, 2017 

TahlequahMarch 28-29, 2017 

MuskogeeApril 18-19, 2017 


2017 Advocacy Forums

This will be an advocacy and public policy discussion about the specific messaging your nonprofit needs to engage policymakers and our legislators in a conversation about how nonprofits can only create community change with the right legislative environment. While your organization might not receive state or federal funds, support for our core services through the state government means that communities and our state are stronger and healthier.   

Oklahoma CityFebruary 2, 2017 


Training for Grant Writing and Grant Management 

The Seminole Tribe of Florida's Native Learning Center and The Cherokee Nation are pleased to announce training for two (2) full days of Grant Writing and two (2) full days of Grant Management. 

For employees new to grant management, you will learn the skills needed to successfully manage federal awards. Experienced grant professionals will keep up-to-date on changing regulations, increasing their expertise as well.

When the training is complete, attendees will have a deeper understanding of general and federal grant management requirements and gain a deeper expertise in the implementation of the new Super Circular 2 CRF Part 200.
Registration is FREE for Native Americans & those working within Indian Country! 

Tahlequah - February 6-9, 2017

Using Census Bureau Data for Economic Development 

This hands-on workshop will teach you how to obtain the newly released Economic Census data from the Census website. Economic Census data may be used in business planning, business peer comparisons and market analysis. This opportunity is free of charge.
When: February 16, 2017  1:00pm - 4:00pm
McAlester Registration
Enid Registration
Muskogee Registration
Ardmore Registration 

2017 Oklahoma Conference on Nonprofit Law & Finance

This two-day conference will feature local and regionally recognized speakers on topics including legal compliance, charitable giving, financial oversight, Oklahoma policy and advocacy, along with new horizons: cultural competency, cyber security, and the affects of immigration policy on the nonprofit sector. 

Oklahoma City University School of LawMarch 23-24, 2017 


Fundraising Summits

The Fundraising Summit provides nonprofit professionals an opportunity to gain extensive knowledge about fundraising in a short, 6-hour setting. Fundraising experts present in quick succession their knowledge about best practices on the many topics every nonprofit professional needs to know. Participants will learn insider-tips for applying for grants, tried-and-true tactics for making bold asks, and flawless management for annual fundraising plans. 

Oklahoma CityApril 6, 2017 


Other Opportunities

Leadership Native Oklahoma

Leadership Native Oklahoma (LNO) is a statewide organization encompassing Native American Citizens from every region of the state ensuring a diverse group of leaders.  LNO is a unique opportunity to foster cohesiveness from a group of tribal leaders and future tribal leaders from different backgrounds. The class will be from March through October 2017 with a cost of only $250. This year only 10 applicants will be selected so don't delay your application process. More information...

Application Deadline: January 31, 2017


NEA Foundation Invites Applications for Learning and Leadership Grants 

This program awards grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes, conferences, or action research. Also, grants to groups fund collegiate study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff. More information... 

Application Deadline: February 1, 2017

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

Each of the 12 award-winning programs will receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award at a ceremony at the White House. In addition, all of the winners will receive an award plaque; will have the opportunity to attend the Annual Awardee Conference in Washington, DC, in the summer of 2017; and will be featured on the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program website, as a 2017 Awardee. More information...

Application Deadline: February 8, 2017


Indian Health Service Health Professions Scholarship Program

The IHS Scholarship Program provides qualified American Indian and Alaska Native health professions students an opportunity to establish an educational foundation for each stage of your pre-professional careers. More information...

Location: Nationwide

Application Deadline: March 28, 2017

NOSORH Rural Health Grant Writing Institute

Don't miss this opportunity to learn how to write better grant proposals, turn rurality to your advantage, learn to connect with funders, and more. This web-based series is perfect for beginners seeking to gain the skills to research and draft winning proposals from various agencies. Class size is limited, so register today! More information...

Application Deadline: March 29, 2017

Runnerclick Accepting Submissions for Scholarship Program

Runnerclick feels that maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and remaining active in sports as well as other outdoor activities can be beneficial in building a strong mind and good charcacter sportsmanship. The Runnerclick scholarship is awarded to three winners with an amount of $2,000. More information...

Location: Nationwide

Application Deadline: April 20, 2017

Fifth and Eighth-Grade Teachers Encouraged to Apply

for Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute Fellowships

While at Colonial Williamsburg -- the world's largest living history museum -- Oklahoma teachers meet character interpreters of 18th-century people and are immersed in early American history through hands-on activities and reenactments of historic events. More information...
Application Deadline for 5th Grade Teachers: June 8-14, 2017
Application Deadline for 8th Grade Teachers: June 15-21, 2017 




Bringing Life Downtown After Hours: Arts, Shopping, Culture After 5

Being open evening hours is not just a matter of extending store hours. It is more like opening a whole different store with different customers. Becky McCray and Deb Brown be sharing ideas and examples from real small towns. Deb will share from her experience as a Chamber of Commerce director, and Becky will share from her perspective as a business owner in a small town. More information...

When: Webinar continually available.



Our next GoodGreens meeting is this Thursday, January 26th, from 10:00 to 12:00 Central Time in FNS’ offices on the 20th floor at 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, or via call-in (to listen) and Live Meeting (to see presentations). Please see below for a final meeting agenda, instructions on how to attend, and grants & funding, resources, news, events, and other opportunities. 

If you’re attending in person, please be aware that we are in a federal building and you’ll need to pass through security. After passing through security, head to the third bank of elevators on the left and proceed to the 20th floor. Once you arrive on the 20th floor, look for GoodGreens signs.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Alan Shannon or call 312-353-1044. We look forward to hearing from our speakers and talking with many of you on Thursday. –FNS MWRO Public Affairs



January 26th Meeting Agenda and
Attendance Options
10:00am - 12:00pm Central Time

1. Welcome and Introductions

2. Noel Bielaczyc, Food Hub & Meat Value Chain Specialist at Michigan State University, will talk about his work coordinating the Michigan Food Hub Network. 

3. Krista Kirkham, Assistant Aquatic Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy, will talk about the organization’s agricultural conservation work in central Illinois, focusing on cover crops, constructed wetlands, and habitat restoration on the Franklin Research and Demonstration Farm in Lexington, Illinois. The Conservancy also conducts outreach to the local agricultural community about opportunities and programs for farmers/landowners interested in conservation agriculture.

4. Michelle Horovitz, Executive Director, Appetite for Change, will talk about her organization’s work to build health, wealth, and social change in North Minneapolis using food. The organization works through multiple avenues, including sponsoring food-related workshops, urban agriculture, providing high-quality kitchen spaces, and training youth in a number of food-related skills. 

5. Alex Poltorak, Founder & CEO, Chicago’s Urban Canopy will share information on the business’ work to establish and grow farmers markets in food deserts in Chicago. During the past year, its efforts resulted in major increases in SNAP, Senior Farmers Market and Farmers Market Nutrition Program redemptions. 

6. Stephanie Folkens, Common Threads, will share tools and resources from her organization’s evidence based global cooking and nutrition programs for pre-K through 8th grade students. The featured resource, called Common Bytes, will be its newest interactive online learning platform for children to explore healthy recipes and behaviors. Common Threads provides cooking and nutrition education for schoolchildren, teachers, and families to cook healthy and economic meals.

7. Sherrie Tussler, Executive Director at Hunger Task Force, will share information about the partnership between her organization and Roundy’s on the Fresh Picks Mobile Market. The Market, which recently leveraged the USDA Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive grant program, sells 40+ seasonal fruits and vegetables and 10+ high-demand meat and dairy items (no canned items or processed foods) through a NASCAR trailer and fifth-wheel pickup truck styled as a grocery store to targeted low-income Milwaukee County neighborhoods with limited access to fresh and healthy foods. The Market is paired with the Commodity Supplemental Food Program and SNAP Outreach and accepts debit cards, credit cards, and SNAP benefits.

8. News and Announcements

Attending Remotely

If you are a remote attendee, you must call in via the number below (to listen) and use Live Meeting (to see presentations).  

Audio information: dial 1-888-844-9904, passcode 7734875
Live Meeting information:

  • First Time Users: To save time before the meeting, check your system to make sure it is ready to use Microsoft Office Live Meeting. 
  • Please download and install the Microsoft Live Meeting Client here.
  • Click: Join the meeting.
  • Launch.rtc should download. Click it. Live Meeting Client should start.
  • If prompted, Meeting ID: GGJanuary  Entry Code: Hotchocolate
  • If you still cannot enter the meeting, contact support

Notice: Microsoft Office Live Meeting can be used to record meetings. By participating in this meeting, you agree that your communications may be monitored or recorded at any time during the meeting.


What is GoodGreens? 

GoodGreens is a collaboration facilitated by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service Midwest Region to share resources and best practices that support sustainable local foods production and increase consumption of healthy, locally grown foods. GoodGreens meetings are held monthly in person at the USDA Midwest Regional Office in downtown Chicago and via conference call.

Interested in a specific topic or speaker at a future GoodGreens meeting? Please email Alan Shannon to let us know!



News, Resources, Grants and More... 

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Resources, Tools & Technical Assistance


Grants & Funding


Data, Statistics & Reports


Food Waste




Employment Opportunities



National Good Food Network (NGFN)


Tap Your Community

You are connected to over 1,600 other people who work and think 'food hub'. Something on your mind? Got a question for your community? Post on the community of practice discussion board ( or email to! If you are having trouble connecting to the group, please email us at



National Young Farmer Survey
The National Young Farmers Coalition is hoping to get 5,000 young and aspiring farmers from all backgrounds to participate in their survey (5-20 minutes to complete). So that this organization can most accurately represent this sector, please encourage your
young farmers to participate in the survey.

Beginning Farmer Rancher Needs Survey
The Applicant Assistance Educational Enhancement Team (EET) project is conducting a survey to collect feedback about and training needs regarding the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) application process. If you were the primary person who ensured completion of the BFRDP application and submitted, or attempted to submit it, your feedback is requested. One response per application submission.
The survey will take 10-25 minutes to complete. Individual responses are kept anonymous. For those willing to participate in a follow-up confidential interview, you may add your contact information within the survey. 


Funding and Business Opportunities
Local Food Promotion Program
The Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) offers grant funds with a 25% match to support the development and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets. Planning grant awards range from $25,000 to $100,000, and implementation grants range from $100,000 to $500,000. Application deadline is March 27, 2017. Visit the
LFPP page at USDA for more.

Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP)
FSMIP provides matching funds on a competitive basis to assist eligible entities explore new market opportunities and to encourage research and innovation aimed at improving the efficiency and performance of the U.S. agricultural marketing system. The 2017 allocation for grants is approximately $1 million; the maximum award is $200,000. Proposals may focus on addressing barriers, overcoming challenges or realizing opportunities manifesting at any stage of the marketing chain including direct, wholesale, and retail. Proposals must have a strong marketing focus, must involve research, and the primary beneficiaries must be agricultural producers and agribusinesses. Application deadline is March 27, 2017. Visit the
FSMIP page at USDA for more.

National Organic Certification Cost Share Program
The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program provides organic certification cost share assistance to certified organic operations (producers and handlers) located within the US. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) administers the program, awarding program funds to eligible State Agencies, which operate as a pass-through system. In FY 2017, approximately $10.7M is available. Certified organic operations may request reimbursement for specific certification costs incurred from October 1, 2016, through September 30, 2017. To receive NOCCSP cost share assistance, certified organic producers and handlers must contact their respective State Department of Agriculture.
Additional guidance for the Organic Cost Share Program.


Jobs and Professional Development

Think Inside the Box: Containerized Meat Processing Solutions - an NMPAN webinar
Thursday, Jan 26 12p ET / 9a PT for one hour
Building a meat processing plant can be tricky and expensive. What if there were models that were quicker to build, faster to get online, and required less capital, particularly for smaller-scale producers? In this webinar we will hear about two such shipping container meat plant models, one for red meat and the other for poultry. Dr. Michele Pfannestiel will discuss her
Locker model and David Schafer will share his Plant in the Box unit. Hear about the design, equipment, site requirements, costs, and economics.
All NMPAN webinars are open to the public and free of charge.

Mendo Lake Food Hub - Food Hub Project Manager
Ukiah, CA
World PEAS Food Hub - Food Hub Manager
Boston, MA
National Farm to School Network - Policy Director
Washington, DC


Share with the Community through the Google Group

The Food Hub CoP Google Group operates as an online forum or message board. Every submission is approved by one of the Food Hub Collaboration Team Members before being posted in order to maintain the integrity and purpose of the Group and to ensure that the posts stay on-topic.

To post, simply email your question to, or visit . Please use the subject line to articulate and distinguish your question.

We look forward to hearing from you!



Dave Shideler


Associate Professor and Community Development Specialist

Department of Agricultural Economics

Oklahoma State University

323 Agricultural Hall

Stillwater, OK 74078-6025


405-744-8210 – fax

Find grants and professional development resources on my blog


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