The following was originally published at The Intertwine Alliance’s Outside Voice and was written by Mark Davison and Robin Craig.
Every October 24, thousands of events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy healthy food and to push for improved food policies. The 2014 Food Day will have a special focus on food access and justice for food and farm workers. Community Commons offers maps and data resources to help you highlight these issues in your area. Read more
This report was authored and published by Bridging the Gap – a nationally recognized research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation dedicated to improving the understanding of how policies and environmental factors affect diet, physical activity, obesity, and tobacco use among youth. Read more
For many farmers and gardeners, their communities are growing as fast as their crops thanks to a bevy of online tools. These systems are designed to foster a sustained connection between those who grow food and those who eat it. Read more
Presented by Georgia Farm to School Alliance, hosted by Georgia Organics, the 4th Annual Georgia Farm to School Summit will take place on Thursday, February 21 and Friday, February 22, 2013. The Summit is the largest convener of farm to school leaders in the state, and a fun, hands-on way to plug into this exciting movement.
This year’s Summit includes 16 workshops featuring experts and leaders across Georgia and 4 dynamic field trips. read more
Plans for an ambitious urban farming project have started on Chicago’s South Side, where organizers hope the efforts can produce jobs, healthier food and an economic boost. read more
Growing Urban Agriculture:Equitable Strategies and Policies for Improving Access to Healthy Food and Revitalizing Communities
A vibrant movement is changing the landscape, economic outlook, and vitality of cities across the country. The recent recession affected many low income communities—taking with it manufacturing centers, jobs, and people while leaving behind abandoned homes and vacant lots. Now a new crop of urban farmers, along with activists, and community organizations are turning that land into productive use and turning around their communities.
A new report released today (Wednesday, Oct. 24) in observation of national Food Day 2012 says that a proposal pending in U.S. Congress to raise the minimum wage would increase retail food prices for American consumers by at most 10 cents a day, while helping nearly 8 million food workers and 21 million workers in other industries.
On a rooftop farm in Brooklyn one sunny afternoon, dozens of tomato plants heavy with fruit swayed in the wind, a farmer stooped over rows of dandelion greens and the customers kept coming. They climbed through the door to the 65,000-sq.-foot roof of the Brooklyn Grange Farm, in the city’s navy yards, across the water from Manhattan, and without fail they exclaimed with delight. “I love it. This is beautiful!” said Giovanni Cipolla, a grey-haired man who bought a bunch of dandelion and remarked that the only other place he could buy greens this fresh was Italy.
Across the country, thousands of Americans are joining the movement for healthy, affordable, sustainable food. In 2011, the first year of the campaign, Food Day brought together food movement leaders, organizations, physicians, nutritionists, lab
or leaders, environmentalists, farmers, chefs, authors, and cookbook writers, as well as parents, children, teachers, and citizens from all walks of life, united by their belief in a better food system.
On October 24, 2012—and on the days and weeks before and after—thousands of Americans will gather in schools, college campuses, farmers markets, City Halls, and state capitals to celebrate Food Day. Will you join us? Whether you want to organize an event, stage a rally, attend a community activity, connect with your neighbors, teach your food passion, or simply learn to eat more healthfully, Food Day is for you.
How will Food Day look? It’s up to you. Find an event in your hometown. Get in touch with Food Day organizers in your area. Plan an event on your campus. Or download a Food Day organizing guide —and put your own Food Day event on the map.
Will Allen has gotten famous for raising vegetables in Milwaukee’s inner city, but he’s also growing another crop – more urban farmers.
Allen said Saturday he expected about 2,000 people from around the globe to show up for the Urban and Small Farm Conference at the Wisconsin Exposition Center over the weekend.
“We’ve got people from Africa, eastern Europe, South America, Mexico – people from all over,” the former European professional basketball player said as he lumbered across the acres of shiny, smooth concrete floor inside the conference center. Every 20 feet or so, the towering man in a knee brace and blue sleeveless sweat shirt was stopped by someone to shake hands. More…
If you’re interested in the future of the city, you could do worse than to look to New York City. Established as a trading post way back in 1624, it’s an urban center that’s been around awhile, and, as a consequence, has had some time to develop some familiar issues: food deserts in low-income neighborhoods, the Heat Island Effect associated with huge expanses ofhardscape, airborne pollution, old, inefficient buildings, and storm water runoff that contributes to the pollution of local waterways. It’s also the city that’s helping to pioneer a rooftop farming revolution with the potential to take a big bite out of all of these problems, while putting fresh, local foods on the plates of New Yorkers.
One organization helping to lead the charge is Brooklyn Grange. Started in 2010 by five friends with a vision of growing food on the rooftops and unused spaces of New York City, Brooklyn Grange currently has over two acres of rooftop farms under cultivation in Queens and Brooklyn. More…
Farms have sprouted in cities across the country over the past several years as activists and idealists pour their sweat into gritty soil. Now Paul Lightfoot wants to take urban agriculture beyond the dirt-under-your-nails labor of love. He wants to take it corporate.
In June, Lightfoot’s company, BrightFarms, announced a deal with The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co., or A&P, to provide New York City-grown vegetables to the local chain’s supermarkets year-round. The goods will grow in what the company says will be the country’s largest rooftop greenhouse farm, a high-tech hydroponic operation that will boost yields, allowing the company to face-off with organic vegetables trucked from California, cutting thousands of miles from the supply chain while aiming to provide a fresher product at a competitive price. More…