Community Food News

Farmers and Schools Unite for Better Health

Just east of York, Nebraska, at Prairie Pride Poultry pastures, over 500 chickens are clucking through greening grass, clambering for spring bugs. With over 450 eggs collected a day, chicken farmer Dan Hromas is pleased and expanding his markets. In the fall of 2013, Dan sought out Marcia Erdkamp, food service director at York Public Schools. As both tell the story, a mutually beneficial relationship began.

Community Gardens and Farmers Markets Help Restore Healthy Food Traditions

How ‘accessible’ is food to you? I mean this not only in the sense of how far must you walk or drive  to get to some fresh snap peas, for instance, but also in the sense of ‘food literacy.’

When are carrots the sweetest, and why? What exactly is gravy? How exactly does one ‘dry’ a tomato? Which vegetables have the most protein? Are all calories created equal?

Do you know how or when you gained this knowledge?

Food Safety Rules Go Back to the Drawing Board for Improvement

Several months ago, we reported that the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) had written rules as a result of the Food Safety Modernization Act. We also reported the rules were potentially hurtful to small, diverse, organic, or sustainable family farmers.

In response, we submitted comments to FDA on how the rules must be better. Without improvements, many farms and food entrepreneurs may have gone out of business.


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