Posts Tagged ‘food security

Latino Community Farmers in Oregon Feasting on New Market: School lunch

Saturday, August 18th, 2012 by

This is a repost from the Ecotrust blog, which is designed to inspire fresh thinking, spark innovation, and encourage investment in natural economies. Read more stories about Ecotrust’s work, and that of our partners and friends, at blog.ecotrust.org.

La Esperanza farmer Araceli Roman and her daughters at the Forest Grove Farmers Market. Photo by Shawn Linehan.

In 2010, the nonprofit Adelante Mujeres saw a clear challenge when the Latino farmers on its 12-acre La Esperanza Farm in the city of Forest Grove, Ore. continued to struggle selling their abundant harvests. Adelante Mujeres provides courses in sustainable agriculture to low-income Latinos, and offers graduates small farm plots and a booth at the Forest Grove Farmers Market to sell their fresh produce. But daunting social, linguistic, and technological barriers were making it difficult for the La Esperanza farmers to find diverse buyers for their organic vegetables.

Over two years, Portland State University and Ecotrust worked in close partnership with Adelante Mujeres to pilot a program that connects La Esperanza farmers to local wholesale buyers seeking fresh, organic produce. In the process, they took a hard look at how these farmers could support greater community health among the low-income residents of Washington County. (more…)

News from the Hub – Week of June 11, 2012

Friday, June 15th, 2012 by

Fresh Picks – Top 5 Stories Worth Reading

Antibiotic-Free Meat Business Is Booming Thanks To Chipotle
NPR
It’s no longer just foodies at farm markets or Whole Foods buying antibiotic-free, pasture-raised meats. Demand from big players, including Hyatt Hotels; institutional food providers such as Bon Appetit Management Co., which caters to schools and companies; and the fast-food chain Chipotle Mexican Grill is changing the game.

Oregon food bank celebrates success with protein packed soup mix
KMTR NewsSource 16
Instead of focusing on protein rich donations of canned food, recently, Food for Lane County turned to a new idea: Put together a package of locally grown ingredients for a homemade soup that’s easy to make.

Bostonians testing Japanese composting system as new food waste solution
Wall Street Journal
A private country club in Massachusetts is trying bokashi, an obscure composting method it says will help it recycle 4 tons of food waste each year.

Sacramento food waste project awarded $6 million
Sacramento Bee
The California Energy Commission on Wednesday awarded $6 million to Sacramento’s Clean World Partners to help construct a facility in south Sacramento that will convert food waste into natural gas.

US farmer looks to China to market organic wheat
HeraldNet

This fall, China will start importing its first-ever shipments of organic millet and wheat from the United States. Their origin: Clint Jessen’s farm north of Pine Bluffs. (more…)

News from the Hub – Week of March 26, 2012

Saturday, March 31st, 2012 by

Fresh Picks – Top 5 Stories Worth Reading

Oregon food bank combats rising meat prices by turning to local lentil farmers for protein
The Republic
The food bank in Eugene says it’s facing a shortage of protein brought on by rising Asian demand for meat and domestic animal production squeezed by high feed costs. The solution? Local lentils. Food For Lane County has contracted with five farmers to enlarge the stock of high-protein lentils and barley soup mix it developed this year.

Food business training is hot commodity
New York Daily News
A variety of training programs are bubbling up in Queens to help the culinary entrepreneurs start up food businesses. The Queens Chamber of Commerce is offering a free Restaurant Boot Camp in Spanish on Monday in Astoria to help aspiring entrepreneurs navigate often confusing city regulations, secure funding and avoid costly fines.

Maryland hopes to win sales with sustainable crab
The Seattle Times
Competition is tough when it comes to the packaged blue crab meat many associate with the Chesapeake Bay but which often comes from the Gulf of Mexico, Venezuela and the Far East. That’s one reason Maryland fisheries officials hope to set their catch apart by touting the state’s sustainable fishing methods.

Alaska state Rep. Tammie Wilson sponsors bill to do away with most safe food regulations
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
A bill introduced by North Pole Republican Rep. Tammie Wilson would do away with much of the state’s safety regulations for food sold directly to consumers in an attempt to grow Alaska’s local food industry and farmers markets. Wilson’s bill would require sellers to provide a card that alerts the consumer that “This product has not been inspected by any governmental agency and may be harmful to your health.”

Black farmers file claims in USDA settlement
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The 1999 settlement of the Pigford v. Glickman lawsuit provided about $1 billion to 15,000 farmers who say the agency unfairly turned them down for loans because of their race between 1981 and 1996. A second settlement approved by a court in October 2011 is giving another chance to black farmers with discrimination claims from that era who were left out of the first Pigford settlement.

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Help End Hunger this Holiday Season

Friday, December 9th, 2011 by

This holiday season, perhaps more than others in recent memory, the foodosphere is filled to the brim with news stories about food banks and soup kitchens that just can’t seem to keep up with the demand. With emergency food assistance needs at their highest level in years (According to Feeding America more than 14 percent of homes nationwide were suffering from food insecurity in 2010), helping people to a warm meal is a great deal more challenging.

There are several organizations trying to change that. And this season, if you want to spend your Christmas cash on a gift that truly keeps on giving, download this gift certificate from Farmers Ending Hunger.

Through their Adopt-an-Acre program, Farmers Ending Hunger helps get fresh food from fields to the mouths of people who need it. The funds generated through the program cover the remaining costs associated with product sorting, canning and freezing to extend the life of fresh produce, processing wheat to make pancake mix, storing the food and delivering it to Oregon Food Bank.

Click here to donate or Adopt-an-Acre today.

Adopt-an-Acre levels of contribution include:

Two Acres $500 Feeds 1000 families of four fresh vegetables for one day
One Acre $250 Feeds one serving of pancakes to 2,300 families of four
One-Half Acre $100 Feeds one family of four the daily recommended allowance of vegetables for 250 days
One-Quarter Acre $50 Feeds one serving of corn, peas or green beans to 625 families of four
One Row $25 Feeds 190 families of four whole grains for one day
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