Community Food News

One Step at a Time

Getting a local food system into place doesn’t come overnight. It’s a one step at a time process. And that’s exactly what the “One Step” Garden at the Clarinda Regional Health Center in Clarinda, Iowa, is doing. 

Attracting Pollinators with a Pollinator Garden

Pollinators are insects and animals that transport pollen from plant to plant to fertilize the plant so it produces fruit or seeds. There are more than 1.000 different plants grown for spices, foods, beverages, and medicine that are dependent on pollinators. In fact, in the US alone, pollinators account for more than $40 billion worth of products annually.

Good News for Kids, Farmers, & Small Towns

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) along with Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH) have taken the lead in introducing the Farm to School Act of 2015, a bill that will expand the highly successful USDA Farm to School Grant Program. The bill increases children’s access to fresh foods in schools, supports family farmers, and helps to build strong local food economies. With support from more members of Congress hopefully this will become part of the Child Nutrition Act reauthorization later this year.

Rain Barrels: An Ancient Tool to Meet Today’s Needs

If you’ve been paying attention to the Center for Rural Affairs’ work with Native American communities, you know a grassroots movement for food sovereignty is underway.

Garden workshops in Macy and Santee are facilitating a garden revival via farmers markets. Programs at the Nebraska Indian Community College campuses introduce students to growing food. And innovative efforts like the Unci Maka (Grandmother Earth) Public Market are putting tribal food traditions back on the table.


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