“I care most about supporting people I know, keeping land undeveloped and letting young people —including urban kids who might otherwise never know — learn about farming through groups like [Boston’s] Food Project,” said Kummer, the author of “The Pleasures of Slow Food.I go out of my way to meet people who raise food near me and I’ll pay a bit more to support locally owned businesses in my part of Boston, because I know and care about them and want them to stay there.” Orlando Sentinel feature.
Governor Signs Byrnes’ Plan to Help Residents Sell Homemade Goods
At an urban farm known as the Growing Hope Center, Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today signed into law a plan sponsored by State Representative Pam Byrnes (D-Lyndon Township) to increase opportunities for Michigan residents and farmers to sell homemade food at farmers markets, roadside stands, county fairs and other events.Byrnes’ legislation allows certain foods that are made in home kitchens, rather than in commercial settings, to be sold as long as they are properly labeled. The plan covers foods such as pies, candy, jams and jellies, dry mixes, popcorn, coffee, nuts and nut mixes, flavored vinegar mixes, and other items. Michigan House Democrats story.
McDonald’s latest advertising push goes green, touts local ingredients
As popularity of the locavore movement continues to grow nationwide, folks here in Olympia are finding a new restaurant option from a surprising place: McDonald’s. The country’s largest fast-food chain is now using local ingredients in its Western Washington franchises. McDonald’s restaurants have embarked on a new marketing campaign — exclusive to Western Washington — touting local ingredients used in popular menu items. Potatoes, apples, and fish grown and farmed in Washington State are being used for the majority of the fast-food chain’s french fries, apple dippers, and Filet-o-Fish sandwiches. Examiner.com story.
Deadline nears for locavore golf
Only a week remains to sign up for the Victoria A. Simons Locavore Award Golf Tournament being held Monday, August 9 at Columbia Golf & Country Club. Golfers in all configurations–singles, pairs, foursomes–are welcome, and those who sign up are encouraged to bring friends. The tournament honors Vicki Simons’ commitment to supporting local agriculture. Simons, who died earlier this year, was most recently executive director of Columbia County Bounty. The tournament, which takes place on her birthday, occurs just one week after the Taste of Columbia County Bounty dinner at the Fairgrounds August 2. Colombia Paper story.
Students From Farming Communities Beware: America’s Elite Universities Have A Bias Against You
The admissions disadvantage was greatest for those in leadership positions in these activities or those winning honors and awards. “Being an officer or winning awards” for such career-oriented activities as junior ROTC, 4-H, or Future Farmers of America, say Espenshade and Radford, “has a significantly negative association with admission outcomes at highly selective institutions.” Excelling in these activities “is associated with 60 or 65 percent lower odds of admission.” Jin Pervor writes as Perishable Pundit.
Agricultural Reclamation Act (Oregon)
The Agricultural Reclamation Act strives to establish a future for food and agriculture in Oregon that is based on family-scale farms and ranches, food security, rural economic viability and cultural connectivity. With a strong and united voice of family farmers, ranchers, rural and urban residents, we can take our shared agricultural vision and translate it into decisive action. Oregon Friends of Family Farmers website. Agricultural Reclamation Act (1.4MB PDF).
Retailer supports sustainable farming
The Swiss are proud of their mountains and their pristine Alpine countryside. They’re also pretty serious about promoting homegrown food products. One of the country’s leading supermarket chains, Co-op, sells a line of branded Swiss food products – milk, yogurts, meats, cheeses and more – that promotes sustainable mountain farming. A portion of the sale of every container of mountain milk goes to fund a program called “Pro Montagna”, a not-for-profit foundation run by the retail chain that supports sustainable farming projects in these regions. Food and Farming Canada blog. Pro Montagna website.
The Center for an Agricultural Economy!
The Center for an Agricultural Economy is a non-profit organization located in Hardwick, Vermont. Our work focuses on supporting and guiding the Northeast Kingdom and its Gateway Towns toward a sustainable, economical and ecological food system. Website.
Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture and Education Project
Soil Born Farms has assisted in the development of new urban growing sites including small farms and community gardens. These food-producing resources provide healthy produce to areas in Sacramento with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Through the replication of gardens and small farms throughout the county we hope to slowly assist in the creation of a truly “local” food system using sustainable food production practices. Website.
The Future of Agriculture
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The Road to Wellness: a Hartman Group Infographic
The Hartman Group has trekked through the annals of health and wellness to bring you vital dates & fascinating developments. From peanut butter & jelly (1901) to Viagra (1997) —explore 200 years of health and wellness! Full Size