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what if you only ate the foods within your county lines?

“2 women, 365 days, 3,878 square miles,” is the title line on Bodnar’s and Gowan Batist’s blog, http://www.eatmendocino.com. The project began on Jan. 1, with these two young women emptying their cupboards of everything not created locally. Then, they began their year-long journey of eating food only grown, harvested and produced in Mendocino County, right down to the salt and pepper on their table.

Batist is a farmer; she manages the farm at the Noyo Food Forest in Fort Bragg. Bodnar runs the social media business called Social Media Sisters and has taken over as organizer of the Mendocino Farmers Market, held on Friday afternoons in the summer.

Their rules are fairly simple to understand, but hard to live by. They eat strictly locally produced food, which means all of the ingredients must be grown or harvested within the county. There are no exception for staples, such as seasoning, oils or grain. If they are traveling, they will eat food only locally grown in that area, or take their local food with them. Their top priority is to grow enough food for themselves, then supplement their diets with items from local farmers, ranchers and fishermen. Click HERE to read more about this amazing adventure!


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reminder: mendocino farm hack this weekend!

Here is the updated schedule: Mendocino Farm Hack

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Mendocino County will host its first FarmHack at the Little Lake Grange and Ridgewood Ranch in Willits, CA this December 6-7. This weekend long event will bring together business owners, engineers and mechanics, farmers and home-scale producers to learn about the possibilities of ethanol production and use. A series of workshops, panel discussions, and demonstrations will provide a comprehensive knowledge of this renewable, sustainable fuel source with an emphasis on how we as a community can collaborate and reduce our waste stream and our petroleum addiction.

For more information, contact:

Mendocino Alcohol Fuel Group at (707) 960-0717, mafginfo@gmail.com, mendocinodeb@gmail.com


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mendocino farm hack, dec 6-7.

When: 12/6/2014

Where: Grange Ag School. 16200 Willits Road. Willits, CA 95490

Mendocino County will host its first FarmHack at the Little Lake Grange and Ridgewood Ranch in Willits, CA this December 6-7. This weekend long event will bring together business owners, engineers and mechanics, farmers and home-scale producers to learn about the possibilities of ethanol production and use. A series of workshops, panel discussions, and demonstrations will provide a comprehensive knowledge of this renewable, sustainable fuel source with an emphasis on how we as a community can collaborate and reduce our waste stream and our petroleum addiction.

For more information, contact:

Mendocino Alcohol Fuel Group

(707) 960-0717

mafginfo@gmail.com, mendocinodeb@gmail.com

 


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prison dairies give inmates a sense of purpose

via NPR

Lisa Morehouse went to Corcoran state prison in California’s Central Valley to report on inmates who work in the dairy there. “I really enjoy what I do,” says Edward Wilson, who tests the milk for bacteria and is serving time for second-degree attempted murder. “I consume the milk, and I wouldn’t want to send out milk that’s not good for consumption. I take pride in what I do.”

You can read the whole article from NPR HERE.


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switzer fellowship app is open — let’s get a farm leader in there!

Every year the Switzer Foundation provides funding for 20 scholars and innovators in terminal graduate programs in New England and California. The scholarship is $15,000 for the course of a year for people doing work on sustainability, agriculture, urban development, and related fields/issues.

Their call of for applications says, “Candidates for the Fellowship should demonstrate outstanding leadership potential, be able to clearly communicate how they will apply their technical or professional expertise to environmental issues, and convey a clarity and sense of purpose about their work.  Leadership qualities valued by the Switzer Foundation include a desire to work collaboratively and across disciplines, a commitment to applied environmental work, interest in developing leadership skills and an appreciation of the importance of networks.  Candidates for the Switzer Fellowship are chosen not only for their excellence in academic and scientific or technical work, but also on their true dedication to aggressively pursue practical solutions to environmental problems.”

If this sounds like you or anyone your know, check out the application instructions HERE, and look at last year’s grantees HERE.

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