In The Meat Racket, investigative reporter Christopher Leonard delivers the first-ever account of how a handful of companies have seized the nation’s meat supply. He shows how they built a system that puts farmers on the edge of bankruptcy, charges high prices to consumers, and returns the industry to the shape it had in the 1900s before the meat monopolists were broken up. At the dawn of the twenty-first century, the greatest capitalist country in the world has an oligarchy controlling much of the food we eat and a high-tech sharecropping system to make that possible.
by May Nguyen of Planting Justice
I’ve been working on behalf of Planting Justice with a project called the Indigenous Farming Project (IFP), a tribal agriculture & nutrition pilot program in collaboration with San Francisco artist collective Future Farmers. Inspired by his train travels through the reservation lands, EPA Region 9 director Jared Blumenfeld recognized a common desire for developing food sovereignty projects within native communities and asked Amy Francheschini of Future Farmers to start up a program that would help tribes gain access to the resources they need to build resilient foodsystems on their lands.
Many tribal reservations are geographically isolated and are “food deserts” in which there is very little or no access to healthy fresh foods, (www.ers.usda.gov/data/fooddesert/fooddesert.html). In order to combat this health related epidemic, there has been a resurgence in the number of American Indians and their allies championing a revitalization of traditional food knowledge and ritual farming-and-gardening.
In spring 2012, Anya Kamenskaya, the IFP project manager, started the first IFP-sponsored site with the Environmental Department of the Big Pine Paiute of the Owens Valley. Over the course of the year, as I joined on as a co-project manager and permaculture designer, we were able to work with Alan Bacock, Tony Karl & Sally Manning of the Environmental Department to design & plan an active demonstration community garden on the land of the Big Pine Paiute Tribal Headquarters.
Thank you for standing up. !
Farm Labor Reality Tour Hits the Road to Demand Change
Thank you all for your participation and making this happen. If there
is anyone you know who has been sitting on the sidelines, waiting to
see if OCUPPY THE FARM would reach the goal, tell them to jump on now!
We’ve only got three more days until Monday.
No Issue in New York State has created as much controversy and public debate as hydraulic Fracturing – or Fracking.
On May 15, 2012, a disparate group of N.Y. scientists, musicians and activists gathered in Albany on the governor’s doorstep to convince him to join the anti-fracking majority.
The resulting film – a cross between “The Last Waltz” & “An Inconvenient Truth” – blends music with a powerful message:
The Red Shed Produce garden, a program of Room One, in conjunction with the Valley Teen Center is accepting applications for the AMERICORPS position of “Teens Growing Healthy Futures Program Coordinator.”
The core mission of the Americorps member will be growing and harvesting vegetables in the Red Shed garden and creating access to healthy meals for Methow Valley teens. This position will provide an opportunity for someone with a passion for local, organic foods to work with teenagers; member will help Red Shed establish an additional garden space and help the Valley Teen Center facilitate programs in their new building, both located on the TwispWorks campus.
Major Responsibilities include:
- working in the existing Red shed garden
- harvesting crops in September and October for fresh eating as well as storage crops to be consumed throughout the winter months
- continuing work towards the establishment of a new garden location at the TwispWorks campus
- involving teens in the process of planting and irrigating cover crops
- erecting a deer fence, creating paths and interpretive signs, creating compost bins
- establishing a gardening program for teen center participants
- establishing and teaching a cooking program for teen center participants;
- working with existing Independent Learning Center students to prep weekly meal for Teen Center
- soliciting in-kind donations for supplemental food (in addition to Red Shed produce)
- providing mentoring and tutoring support during teen center hours
- coordinating volunteer chaperones and mentors for teens at the Teen Cente
- conducting workshops with teens to develop further programming.
- Experience in large-scale gardening or farming
- Experience and interest in child and youth development
The Methow Valley, a small rural community in Eastern WA, sits in the foothills of the beautiful North Cascade Mountains and boasts a plethora of hiking, biking, and ski trails. The town of Twisp offers opportunities and classes in yoga, music, dance, theatre, and the arts, as well as a natural foods store, a bakery and brew pub.
Room One is a social service agency promoting health and wellness through consolidation of county outstations and generation of innovative programming. Room One’s Red Shed program provides access to fresh, organic produce to low-income families through produce distribution and education. The Valley Teen Center is a youth-driven organization dedicated to fostering connections to a better present and future for all teens and our community, through personal growth, entrepreneurial opportunities, community leadership, and connection to the broader Methow Valley community. The “Teens Growing Healthy Futures” project will be a collaboration between these entities built to foster healthy eating behaviors early in life and provide a healthy meal during the week for Methow Valley youth. The core of the program will be the provision of a weekly dinner at the teen center, and nutrition, cooking and gardening instruction through Red Shed.
For more information, please contact Kelleigh McMillan at firstname.lastname@example.org
To submit an application, please find us on www.americorps.com
Applications accepted until August 1st, 2012.
Position term: September 1st,2012 though July 15, 2013.
The Boston Tree Party is an urban agriculture project, a performative re-imagining of American political expression, and a participatory public art project. At its core, the Party is a diverse coalition of organizations, institutions, and communities from across the Greater Boston Area coming together in support of Civic Fruit. We call for the planting of fruit trees in civic space and promote the fruits of civic engagement. Each community has committed to planting and caring for a pair of heirloom apple trees.
- With only three weeks left until March 27, when the FDA must respond publicly to the petition calling for GE-foods labeling, the national Just Label It campaign is launching a major push to flood the FDA with an unprecedented one million comments. As of today, the petition has already generated a record 900,000 comments, the most comments generated on a food petition in FDA history.
- The three-week March push kicks off today with the launch of Just Label It’s “Right to Know” Infographic. Designed to explain GE foods and the need for labeling, the educational tool includes a link to the Just Label It website where consumers can submit a comment to the FDA. Convenient for sharing on-line and via social media, the infographic is being distributed nationally by Just Label It’s 500 diverse partner organizations. Please help us share this graphic online, via Facebook/Twitter. (Sample tweet here: NEW @JustLabelIt #infographic on the right to know how food is produced & why we need to label #GMOs http://bit.ly/wixAic)
- On March 27, Just Label It will announce the final comments total, as well as the findings of a national public opinion survey on GE food labeling, and its plans for the next phase of the campaign.
By Jane Ayers
* We remove fruit before it falls in your yard and makes a mess.
* We give you 10% of whatever product we make from your fruit.
* We schedule the exact time of the harvest in advance.
* We bring a small team of no more than three experienced harvesters.
* We use all our own tools.
* We clean up after ourselves.
* We do not charge.
If you own a fruit tree or arbor and are interested, or if you know of a fruit tree or arbor that is not being harvested, please contact us at email@example.com
reconnected to the world of agriculture, a world he was introduced to as a child. Currently, Brotha’ P is working with New Orleans Food and Farm Network and others local organizations such as the Backyard Gardener’s Network to create sustainable green spaces throughout the city of New Orleans.
FoodCorps Opens Applications for its Next Class of School Food Changemakers
New York, NY – January 10, 2012- Today, FoodCorps, a national organization that addresses childhood obesity and food insecurity in underserved communities, opens applications for its second annual class of service members. The selected emerging leaders will dedicate one year of full-time public service in school food systems – expanding hands-on nutrition education programs, building and tending school gardens, and sourcing fresh, healthy, local food for school cafeterias. Continue reading