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  • Oct 23, 2014 Organic 101: “Organic” in the Brand Name…Organic in the Package
  • This is the nineteenth installment of the Organic 101 series that explores different aspects of the USDA organic regulations. When consumers see the word “organic” on a product package or label, they have expectations about what is inside the package.  The National Organic Program (NOP), part of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), protects the integrity of the organic label by [...]

  • Oct 22, 2014 U-ACRE Creates Food for Thought for Los Angeles Hispanic Community
  • Like a thirst-quenching watering hole in nearby Death Valley, the Fullerton Arboretum is an oasis in the Los Angeles metro area food desert. Located on the campus of California State University – Fullerton (CSUF), the arboretum is home to the Urban Agriculture Community-based Research Experience (U-ACRE).  U-ACRE gives hands-on, community-based research experience to 15 undergraduate [...]

  • Oct 21, 2014 Farm to School: The Taste of Washington State
  • Students at Conway Elementary School, in Mount Vernon, Wash., learned a few things about carrots last week. First, they don’t start out as “babies” in bags; they grow in the ground and have green tops. And second, as the third grade boys can attest, they’re good for an impromptu sword fight. Bugs Bunny likes them [...]

  • Oct 17, 2014 Field Day Supports Organic Dairy Producers
  • Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (NODPA) Field Days at Stonewall Farm in Keene, New Hampshire. The field days combine many activities for attending farmers, giving them the opportunity to learn from each other, speak with experts in the organic field, catch up with old friends and [...]

  • Oct 10, 2014 “True Food” and True Fun in Minneapolis
  • What a day! The Minneapolis Public Schools’ (MPS) third annual Farm to School Community BBQ took place under bright blue skies on a crisp early autumn day. Over 750 families and community members gathered with over 50 different organizational partners to celebrate MPS’ great work in getting local food into school cafeterias. I had the [...]

     

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