The Milkman Cometh
As operations manager for Local Farmers Delivery, McDonald dispatches trucks full of milk to homes throughout Portland, Oregon. The company also delivers a few staples, like bread and eggs, and is focused on milk delivery. Delivery persons even wear the traditional all-white uniforms of yore, with a neat bowtie and cap. Since milkmen started making door-to-door deliveries to local neighborhoods earlier this year, McDonald has raced to keep up with demand, which more than tripled in the first three months. Modern Farmer story.
Community Shops 2014
There were 309 community shops trading at the end of 2013 an increase of 6% over the year. Like for like sales growth was 1.9%. Most shops are in the south and southwest. 95% of shops which were open in 1992 are still in business. The majority of community shops have chosen to register as an Industrial and Provident Society (IPS) for the Benefit of the Community. Turnover ranged from £6,500 to £1,103, 653. Sales increased by 1.9% in 2013 – better than the supermarkets! 65% of shops were run both by paid staff and volunteers. 70% of shops had postal services. OpenFields Landbased Library Online Briefing paper 2001.
‘The Monitor’ announces ‘Por Vida Food Festival’
Media gathered at a news conference yesterday to nosh on healthy snacks and watch chefs demonstrate how to create them while they heard an announcement about “Por Vida Food Festival,” The Monitor’s upcoming inaugural food and wellness festival. The Monitor’s executive editor, Carlos Sanchez, announced the event at El Pastor Grill and differentiated it from other local food festivals like “Taste of the Valley” and “International Food Festival.” “There have been countless food festivals in the Rio Grande Valley, but we wanted this one to be different,” Sanchez said. “It’s based on the idea that healthy food and good tasting food are not mutually exclusive.” The Monitor story.
The Fabulous Beekman Boys Want to Pay Your Farm’s Mortgage — With Tomato Sauce
The Fabulous Beekman Boys, everyone’s favorite city boys-turned farmers-turned reality TV stars, just gave away over $13,000 to farms in need. But don’t call it charity. “This is not just a handout,” says Brent Ridge, one of the two boys. “We’re not trying to save a failing farm for the short-term only to see it go bankrupt next year.” With this newish venture, Ridge and his partner, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, are hoping to encourage success stories like their own. Modern Farmer story.
Experience the White House Kitchen Garden!
In keeping with the President and First Lady’s commitment to open the People’s House to as many people as possible, tours of the White House Kitchen Garden are back and now available to community organizations as well as school groups with an interest in gardening and healthy eating. Come smell the beautiful, brightly colored fruits and vegetables in the Kitchen Garden, including herbs grown from Thomas Jefferson’s garden at Monticello, see the vibrant flowers in the Pollinator Garden, and hear the bees buzzing around the White House Beehive. Let’s Move Blog post.
Top chefs help attract record turnout to food festival
More than 4,000 visitors sampled a diverse range of produce and gained cooking and growing tips at the biggest Northallerton Homegrown Food Festival yet. The cookery theatre had capacity audiences for four of the five demonstrations, with only the last show of the day having a few spare seats as visitors moved to the stage area for the live music, which included the Rhodes brothers from Northallerton and the Swale Valley Stompers. The Northern Echo story.
Penang to ban foreign cooks to preserve ‘local’ food heritage
Penang is set to implement a ban on foreign workers working as the main cook in the hawker food business in order to protect the state’s food heritage. Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said hawker licences were only given to locals but the local council had found out that there were a few hawkers who employed foreigners as their main cooks, according to Bernama news agency. It quoted Lim as saying the local council was currently gathering feedback from the public relating to the matter, adding that the implementation could take place as soon as early next year. The Straits Times story.
Food trucks draw Kankakee into national trend
Farm fresh food is in demand, and two local food trucks are putting it on wheels. Crème of the Crop and Dine and Dash seemed to have appeared around the same time, drawing Kankakee County into a nationwide phenomenon that has become synonymous with bourgeois convenience. “I’ve seen the popular food trucks in Chicago, California and Denver, and I’ve been wanting to do this for years,” said Grant Glessner, 40, who runs Dine and Dash with his wife, Ronda. Kankakee Daily Journal story.
Fifth Season’s vegetable mixes help scale-up Wisconsin farm-to-school marketing program
Small and mid-sized vegetable growers are interested in diversifying their markets to include schools and other institutions, but the typical industrial supply chain infrastructure does not currently provide that connection. The article on the following pages describes how staff at the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems at the University of Wisconsin–Madison worked with the Fifth Season Cooperative to address this missing connection. The article describes how partners coordinated and cooperated to create new supply chain opportunities. Together, they created markets for cosmetically imperfect seconds to create affordable, healthful and locally grown school food options. Rural Cooperatives Magazine article(page 13).
Get ready for Foodstock, featuring local food trucks
Save the date for Foodstock, July 26 at One Summit Square, corner of Wayne and Calhoun streets downtown. Hosted by Fort Wayne Food Trucks, they will be there 11 a.m.-8 p.m., selling their goods, while local bands entertain. There also will be a beer garden. For more information follow them on Facebook at Fort Wayne Food Trucks. News Sentinel story.
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Confronting the Blue Revolution: Industrial Aquaculture and Sustainability in the Global South
Like the Green Revolution of the 1960s, a “Blue Revolution” has taken place in global aquaculture. Geared towards quenching the appetite of privileged consumers in the global North, it has come at a high price for the South: ecological devastation, displacement of rural subsistence farmers, and labour exploitation. The uncomfortable truth is that food security for affluent consumers depends on a foundation of social and ecological devastation in the producing countries. University of Toronto Press book announcement