Browsing the "local" Tag

OlyKraut Wins Another Good Food Award in 2014

February 13th, 2014 | by Rhonda Winter

OlyKraut has just won another Good Food Award, which honors the very best of all the delicious local food products that are produced across our nation. The small company's delicious sea vegetable and curry ferments took the prize this year


Neighbors for Neighbors: Building Community through Service

December 20th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Neighbors for Neighbors is a community forum where locals can engage and help out one another; the Boston centered online social network allows people to meet and assist residents who live nearby. The free online platform allows people to connect with others and share information, resources and services, ranging from helping a disabled resident to shovel out snow from their driveway, to organizing a festive community block party


Bayview’s Local Latona Community Garden Continues to Flourish

April 18th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Last month we returned to our beloved Latona Community Garden in San Francisco's Bayview District for a spring party, which was attended by scores of local families. Years ago my spouse and I helped to transform this former dump, and create this shared neighborhood space, so it was especially gratifying to see that the urban garden is continuing to thrive


Food Activist Valerie Segrest Helps Transform Chehalis Oakville Community

March 16th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Muckleshoot Tribe member and author, Valerie Segrest, was the keynote speaker at an educational event hosted by the Chehalis Tribe and Oakville High School this week. Segrest has been working to promote food sovereignty, the use of traditional foods, plant medicines and better nutrition, to help create a more sustainable and culturally appropriate local food system. She explained that what we eat is not just a commodity, but that we must value where our food comes from, and that plants can become our greatest teachers


San Francisco’s Adobe Books Must Not Die

March 13th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

There are only two days left to help save one of the Mission District's most beloved and inspiring institutions, Adobe Books. Only a few more thousand dollars are needed to help keep this vital space from shuttering its doors forever. This shop is a cornerstone of artistic and cultural life in the neighborhood, as well as throughout the entire Bay Area — please don't let it die.


Is Food Chemistry Poisoning America?

February 14th, 2013 | by Brett Gustafson

Although I have been personally steering away from processed foods ever since my grandmother taught me to be wary of any foods that required hazmat suits to produce, I recently viewed a report on food additives that stunned me.


Growing Our Local Food Infrastructure: Urban Farm School Opens in Asheville NC

February 11th, 2013 | by Brett Gustafson

Though it sometimes seems like our evil frankenfood corporate overlords, such as Monsanto and Dow, have completely hi-jacked our food system, many people around the nation are actually creating more sustainable and viable alternatives. A few good folks in Asheville, NC are bringing agriculture back to the people, empowering urbanites to gain more food independence, while learning to grow healthier fresh local food for their own communities


Asheville City Council Tackles Food Insecurity and Approves Food Action Plan

January 27th, 2013 | by Brett Gustafson

North Carolina's city of Asheville is the most recent town in our nation to create a Food Action Plan. These sensible strategies address difficult issues, such as food deserts, community health, food insecurity, nutrition knowledge deficits, barriers to local food production and distribution, as well as food sovereignty. The plan was approved 6-0 on January 21, 2013 by the city council; this legislation will play an active role in improving healthy food access, and will also help to build a more sustainable local food infrastructure


What Exactly is This Kwanzaa Thing That You Keep Talking About?

December 25th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Tomorrow is the beginning of Kwanzaa, a seven-day celebration of shared values, in which we all strive to become better people and work to build a stronger local community. The holiday has African harvest festival roots; the name is derived from the Swahili phrase "matunda ya kwanza", meaning "first fruits", and lasts from December 26th through January 1st. Each new day highlights a different principle upon which we concentrate, such as sustaining our collective Umoja (Unity) and Imani (Faith)


Top 10 Trends in Sustainable Investing: Local Dollars, Local Sense

November 20th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

We are in the middle of an economic revolution toward much more local investing. The collapse of mammoth Wall Street banks, the LIBOR scandal and corrupt corporate malfeasance have given rise to growing support for regional credit unions, cooperatives and time banks, as well as increasing interest in loaning money to small independent neighborhood businesses. Michael Shuman, the director of research and economic development at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), has written about this expanding money revolution in his recent book, Local Dollars Local Sense



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