Local Food News — World

Women’s Institute is waving the flag for homegrown food

The Women’s Institute may be nearly 100 years old, but it is alive and growing all over the country. Even in the capital, groups such as the Borough Belles, the Shoreditch Sisters and the Dalston Darlings are meeting, gardening and enjoying themselves. Set up in 1915 to produce and preserve food during the First World War, the WI’s rallying cry was: ‘Though the boys and men are gone, the furrows shan’t be fallow, while the women carry on’. Telegraph.co.uk story.

Growers key to food bowl plan

A new logo and branding strategy aimed at positioning and showcasing the Macleay Valley as a source of high quality food produce was launched this week. The launch was at the Mid North Coast Food Forum, held at Bonville Golf Course on Monday. The ‘Macleay Valley Food Bowl’ logo is a registered trademark and was commissioned by Kempsey Shire Council as part of its Agribusiness Project. It is one of 10 strategies aimed at strengthening high-value agriculture in the Macleay. The Macleay Argus story.

From farm to school at Springfield Public School District

Out with the canned food, and in with fresh garden produce. That’s one change the Springfield Public School District is trying to make in its cafeterias. This month Springfield Public Schools is bringing fresh, local produce into three of its schools. The goal is to see what kids like, and what they don’t. So far kids have been fed corn, peaches, cucumber salad and fresh cantaloupe, all grown right here in the Ozarks. The trial run is paid for by a USDA grant that gives the district a chance to test the food. KSPR News story.

Temple University student study: Norristown needs a food policy council, community gardens

An urban planning class presented the results of a study of food availability in Norristown to council July 1 that included targeted recommendations. A resident group helped the students shape the food study during a task force meeting in January, Krouchick said. A community workshop was held in April allowing residents to explain what food issues were important to them. The group suggested community gardens on vacant Norristown lots, a “backpack” program that would allow children in the free and reduced price lunch program to bring canned foods home and a more vigorous emergency food access program. “There is a great potential for edible fruit trees in the community,” said David Swedkoski, a member of the class. “The Norristown Farm Park and Bartash Park are very underused for gardening but there is potential for improvement.” Montgomery Newspapers story. Norristown Food System Assessment.

Mendocino County Food Action Plan: local food system goals, actions

The Mendocino County Food Action Plan, a comprehensive document authored by Ukiah resident Carole Brodsky, is the output of the Food Policy Council, an organization created and endorsed in 2011 by the Board of Supervisors at the behest of the county health department. County supervisor Dan Hamburg, a member of the policy council, in referencing the plan, says that 98 percent of our food comes from outside the county, and if consumers purchased only 15 percent of the food they need for home use directly from local farmers, this would produce $20 million of new farm income in Mendocino County. Ukiah Daily Journal story. Mendocino County Food Action Plan.

A winter’s garden tale

It may be mid-November, but Dublin-based gardener Nicky Kyle’s produce-filled polytunnel is remarkable proof that with a bit of forward planning, it’s possible to continue to enjoy an impressive variety of freshly-harvested homegrown food throughout the autumn and winter months. Handfuls of marble-sized, golden Cape gooseberries, for example, their sharp, sweet flavour reminiscent of fizzy sherbet fountains. Or dark scarlet Albion strawberries, each fragrant fruit the size of a walnut, as well as succulent-fleshed, sooty skinned figs. Irish Times story.

A Conservatory in the Kitchen

I, for one, have daydreamed about owning a conservatory: a bright, climate-controlled growing space with windows, supplemental lights and a handy watering source. And here was Ms. Millard to tell me that I already possessed such a space, and it was called my condo. You don’t have to be a plant whisperer to enjoy success in this endeavor. Although, occasionally, you do have to be the bee. In a quest for bug-less indoor pollination, Ms. Millard stimulated the tomato’s reproductive parts with her electric toothbrush. The New York Times story.

A ‘Big Bite’ of a giant sisig and more: The Northern Food Festival

A sizzling pan 11 feet in diameter and filled with sisig prepared by Kapampangan chef Sau Del Rosario launched Big Bite! The Northern Festival last Friday at the MarQuee Mall in Angeles City, Pampanga. An event highlighting the cultural traditions of Northern Luzon, Big Bite! was held by the private sector in cooperation with government bodies such as the Department of Tourism and the Department of Trade and Industry. GMA (Phillipines) News story.

Slice of Haven: A champion of food

RDA has just launched a new publication called “Our Champions of Food” that showcases stories from some of the most innovative food producers and agribusinesses across the Mid North Coast – and the Camden Haven’s own Slice of Haven food and wine festival was chosen as one of these stories! The purpose of Our Champions of Food is to promote our regional food industry. It’s also to inspire local food producers with stories of what can be achieved and to promote the benefits of choosing local produce among our regional community. Camden Haven Courier story.

Love Local Irish Food – Become an Urban Community Keeper

A Keeper is someone who sets up a local food community where they live. They support local producers, boost local economies and earn an income doing something they believe in. By becoming a Keeper you’re helping local producers to get the best deal possible for their produce, providing fresh food for your local community and making good money for yourself at the same time. It is possible depending on your ambition to take on north of 500 customers, each receiving deliveries from us twice a week, for which you will receive a portion of the total weekly spend. Sales Jobs Ireland post.

AND IF YOU HAVE TIME

Here’s how much each country spends on food

When droughts or crop failures cause food prices to spike, many Americans barely notice. The average American, after all, spends just 6.6 percent of his or her household budget on food consumed at home. (If you include eating out, that rises to around 11 percent.) The US Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service keeps tabs on household expenditures for food, alcohol, and tobacco around the world. USDA Economic Research Service map.

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