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Light Up the Farm with New Haven Farms!

Light Up the Farm with New Haven Farms!

New Haven Farms is having a fundraiser!! This Saturday night, November 10th from 5-7pm at the Edgerton Park Carriage House. Please join us this weekend as we honor Harvey Koizem...

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Food Summit Success!

Food Summit Success!

New Haven, CT - Will Allen, CEO of Growing Power, has been to many a food summit. Many a local food conference, many small farm fundraisers. He travels around the...

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Chef Jenny Huston's Organic Food and Agr…

Chef Jenny Huston's Organic Food and Agriculture Update

Oakland, CA -  This week's highlights on organic food news include: US farmers turn to gummy worms, fruit loops to feed cows after corn shortage http://goo.gl/jhTqz Monsanto Seed Paten Case Gets US Supreme...

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Chef Jenny Huston's Organic Food and Agr…

Chef Jenny Huston's Organic Food and Agriculture Update

Oakland, CA - Get your news of our weird food world here! This week's highlights on organic food news include: Stay out of the water: A Toxic algae slideshow http://goo.gl/HyTmA The same...

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October 2012 is Food Month!!!

October 2012 is Food Month!!!

  New Haven, CT - October 24 is National Food Day but New Haven is taking it a big step further and is declaring October to be Food Month! Chairwoman Tagan...

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Chef Jenny Huston's Organic Food and Agr…

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Goat is the New Chicken

Goat is the New Chicken

Milwaukee, WI - When we sat down to lunch during last week’s Growing Power National and International Small Farm Conference, a woman with a plate of food in her hand...

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Eating Well After the Supermarket Runs O…

Eating Well After the Supermarket Runs Out of Food

Do you have a relationship with the farmer that grows your food? Currently, for most people, the answer to that question is no. They get their food from a supermarket....

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Chef Jenny Huston's Organic Food and Ag Updates!

Oakland, CA - This week highlights on Chef Jenny Huston's Organic Food and Agriculture Update: ‘Food Hubs’ Connect School Districts With Farmers, Why You Need to Eat More Lard, Factory...

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Does Your Community Make You Money? It S…

Does Your Community Make You Money? It Should

Does your community make you money? When I ask that question, almost everyone says no (not only no, but hell no!). In fact, most people make the assumption that communities shouldn't make...

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Chef Jenny Huston's Organic Food and Agriculture Update

Oakland, CA - This week on Chef Jenny Huston's Organic Food and Agriculture Update: Bhutan Goes 100% Organic, How 40% of Our Food Goes to Waste,and a Leaked Memo Shows EPA Doubts...

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Book Takes A New Look at Urban Farms Acr…

Book Takes A New Look at Urban Farms Across U.S.

It was an overcast but hot and humid Sunday July afternoon when 50 volunteers arrived to clear a sizable lot of land at Phoenix Press in New Haven, Connecticut, underneath...

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Chef Jenny Huston's Organic Food and Agriculture Update

Oakland, CA - This week on Chef Jenny Huston's Organic Food and Agriculture Update - Raj Patel's Summer Vacation, $600 a day fine against Philadelphia woman for feeding needy neighborhood kids,...

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The Cornucopia Institute Prop 37 Shopper’s Guide:

Agribusinesses Owning Natural/Organic Brands Betray Customers: Fund Attack on GMO Labeling Proposal in California. By using Cornucopia’s Proposition 37 funding guide, consumers can invest their food dollars in organic and non-GMO...

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Chef Jenny Huston's Organic Food and Agriculture Update

Oakland, CA - This week on Chef Jenny Huston's Organic Food and Agriculture Update - Jealous Bees, Melted Squirrels and Family Heirlooms! Get your news of our weird food world...

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Will Allen, CEO of Growing Power, to Vis…

Will Allen, CEO of Growing Power, to Visit New Haven

New Haven, CT - Will Allen, Founder and CEO of Growing Power and author of The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities, will be giving the keynote...

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America's Underground Economy

America's Underground Economy

Growing your own food is a good thing. Growing your own business for the sake of self-sufficiency is even better. Craig Ballantyne from Early to Rise tells you how to...

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Joel Salatin: We Are the Solution, as We…

Joel Salatin: We Are the Solution, as Well as the Problem

"There is nothing inherently environmentally damaging about human participation. Yes, I admit it and repent in sackcloth and ashes for all of the human devastation that has been caused throughout...

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Can a Major City Grow All Its Own Food?

Can a Major City Grow All Its Own Food?

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Here’s a little midweek pick me up. A reminder that the prevailing culture of dependency we find ourselves in, doesn’t always win. This little victory was won by Karl Tricamo of...

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Another reality check from Chef Jenny Huston, member of the Oakland Food Policy Council, who brings us the latest news on the world of organic food and agriculture. In the news this...

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My Backyard is My New Food Supply

My Backyard is My New Food Supply

I just recently closed on this house here in the lovely and quirky neighborhood of Fair Haven, located within the city of New Haven, just blocks from the Quinnipiac River....

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Your Organic Food and Ag Update is here! Chef Jenny Huston from Oakland, California brings you the latest news on the world of organic food and agriculture. This week's news includes:...

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Buy Compost and Get Free Hot Water?

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March 31, 2012 New Haven, CT -- “Most people would rather have a root canal than hear about the Farm Bill.” That’s what Annie Cheatham, Executive Director of New England Farmers Union [NEFU], said jokingly the other day when she visited folks at The Grove in New Haven, Connecticut to talk about the upcoming Farm Bill.

But Cheatham went on to explain why we should all listen up. “For the past 80 years, white men in a room about the size of this one have been making all the decisions. But now we are here. The urban agriculturalists are here. The women are here. The SNAP population is here. And believe me, the commodity guys don’t know what to do with us. They are struggling with us being in this room and would love us to just go away. But we’re not.”

And here’s why we shouldn’t go away. 75% of the Farm Bill is centered around nutrition issues, when translated, this means urban/suburban health issues like obesity and diabetes, hunger-alleviation, school lunch and SNAP expansion. Developing local food systems are getting a lot of attention these days as the antidote to these problems. Which is why, in early March the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee committee held a “Healthy Food Initiatives, Local Production and Nutrition" hearing where Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) announced that regional food hubs and local food systems were being considered in helping to create jobs and re-introduce agriculture to young and beginning farmers.

According to Agri-Pulse, Stabenow said that local food programs, while representing only a very small percentage of the Farm Bill, “make a very big impact in our communities, creating jobs and improving access to locally-grown foods.” 

NEFU also supports regional economic development -- community-supported agriculture, community supported fisheries, local feed supplies and farmers markets, just to name a few – and is also a big supporter of the Local Food, Farms and Jobs Act, introduced by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH). The Act will expand market opportunities for farmers, create new jobs and increase access to fresh and local fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy products for Northeast consumers. It is comprehensive legislation that includes many crucial reforms to federal food and farm policy necessary to strengthen local and regional food systems.

The perception for most people is that the Farm Bill is for all those subsidized, commodity farmers out there who want to play a part in the big business of feeding the world at large. But as Annie says, we are part of the big business of feeding the world. Our world. Our city, our neighbors, our children. We are just wanting to be in business of making food healthier and more accessible to all.

As Cheatham says, we don’t need to really understand all the intricacies of the Farm Bill, that’s what NEFU is for. “We have Annette Higby as our Policy Director and she is our trusted advisor. She understands all this so you don’t have to. What we really need you to do is to become a member and support our work.”

NEFU was founded in 2006 as a charter member of the National Farmers Union, an agricultural advocacy organization, and is growing strong in membership every day. NEFU is hard at work, strengthening New England’s agricultural communities by having impact on policies such in areas such as dairy, direct sales, sustainability, conservation, energy and food security.

JOIN NEW ENGLAND FARMERS UNION NOW 

But for us masochists out there who like to dig knee-deep into Farm Bill details [and I am one of those people], you can read Daniel Imhoff’s super helpful and easy to understand new book, "FOOD FIGHT: The Citizen’s Guide to the NEXT Food and Farm Bill," published by Watershed Media, a non-profit based in Healdsburg, California. 

Imhoff writes: “This book is specifically designed to demystify the incredibly complex Farm Bill into easily digestible chapters. It is a view of the Bill from 10,000 feet. Hopefully it will inspire citizens to take back programs that are so essential for public health, job creation, land stewardship, and even national security.” A nifty activist tool kit included in the book simplifes for the process for all people who want to have a voice in the next go around. 

And Imhoff, in his chapter on Pubic Health and Nutrition, also advocates for a local food perspective on this upcoming bill as an antidote to better health of citizens throughout the country: "There is no reason a healthy food movement could not radiate through all levels of society. Farmers markets could serve as hubs of nutrition and culinary education and healthy food distribution."

LEARN MORE ABOUT FOOD FIGHT AND WATERSHED MEDIA HERE

And for those Northeasterners who really want to get down and dirty, the American Farmland Trust, Wholesome Wave, Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group and New England Farmers Union have put together the Northeast Farm Bill Agenda that explains the need to know facts about what’s at stake for USDA programs that protect farmland, address environmental challenges, improve food access, and revitalize local and regional food systems in the Northeast.

READ NORTHEAST FARM BILL AGENDA HERE

“North Dakota may have the Chair and the Vice Chair and the Vice Vice Chair of the Agriculture Committee in Congress,” says Cheatham, “but they only have 3 members of Congress! 3! The Northeast has 35 members of Congress, we have tremendous energy here in the Northeast, a lot of will power. A lot of people care about this here. Let’s make it a People’s Food Bill!”

To read more about NEFU's priorities for the Farm Bill, visit their website.

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