Join NOFA-NJ and Professor Joseph Heckman from Rutgers Department of Plant Biology and Pathology for an evening of “Urban Agriculture and Organic Homesteading” followed by a screening of the just released movie “FARMEGEDDON , The Unseen War on American Family Farms”. “American’s right to access fresh healthy foods of their choice is under attack. Farmageddon tells the story of small family farms that were providing safe healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent action by government agents, and seeks to figure out why.” Click here: Farmageddon, The Film for more information.
Farmers Fight is a student-led initiative to reconnect American society to the world of agriculture. Beginning with university students, Farmers Fight encourages consumers to ask where their food comes from, and give students, faculty, public officials, and farmers and ranchers an opportunity to become “agvocates” for the agriculture community.
Save the Date! Whole Earth Celebrates 42nd Earth Day-Birthday
April 11, 2012 by nyadin | 0 comments
On Earth Day 1970, a group of Princeton environmental activists began dreaming up a plan to create a natural foods store in town. Their goal was to give area residents a place to act on environmentally friendly ideas such as buying unprocessed foods with little or no packaging and to create a place where environmental activists could meet to discuss projects and concerns. The store, which opened in October 1970, was structured so that the profits are used to fund environmental projects.
I am reaching out in hopes of spreading the word and helping Raíces Cultural Center meet its Spring Fundraising goal of $3,000, to help us continue on our mission of cultural preservation through the art and our vision of providing a home for culture and artistic expression in our community and beyond through our upcoming online archive. You can help support Raices whether you are a local community member or located far away but like the work that we do.
We are hard at work running programs, writing grants and seeking performance contracts to keep the center going, but we need the help of our friends and family too! Every bit helps keep us alive and growing.
April 21, 8pm-midnight we are throwing a FUNdraiser party and silent art auction. All friends, family and community members are invited to attend and asked to spread the word. Admission is $5 and it is BYOB. DeeJay Kava will be spinning and there will be art, handcrafts and jewelry by local and international artists for auction to raise additional funds. If you want a ticket in advance, let me know. Here is a link to the FB event:
Even if you can’t make it or live far away, but you want to help, please contribute by making a donation online. These can be one time donations or set up to be monthly. As a non-profit organization we rely on the support of the public and thank you for your consideration.
The Food and Farm Bill is the single greatest influence on what we eat. It determines how billions are spent shaping our food system, from producer to eater. And, while we spend those billions, we know that diet-related diseases, obesity and diabetes, are at an all‐time high, and, in a seeming paradox, hunger persists in our nation. And, we know that our food system is dominated by a handful of large corporations that put our family farmers and ranchers, our health and well-being, and our environment at risk. Attached is an important letter from Josh and all of our Regional Governors to the leaders of the House and Senate Ag Committees about the new Food and Farm Bill. In the letter, Josh, on behalf of our 225,000 supporters, nation-wide, states, “We believe that everyone, every day, should be able to eat food that is good for them, good for producers, and good for the planet. The next Food and Farm Bill has the potential to make that vision a reality, and, as leaders of the Senate and House agriculture committees, you have the opportunity to help move national farm and food policies in the right direction.” Josh continues, ”We urge you to consider…(our) principles and supporting actions that, when enacted, will: ‘promote a health-focused food system, help end hunger, and provide all with access to healthy food; create a level plowing field for family farmers and ranchers and help create vibrant, regionalfarm and food economies; and promote good environmental stewardship, preserving our agriculturalland and water resources for future generations.’“ I am proud that Josh and all the Governors signed this letter. In the coming weeks, the House and Senate will be working on the next Food and Farm Bill. I believe that our voices can help make our food system better, cleaner, and fairer. I will keep you all posted as events unfold, letting you know when your chapter’s members and supporters might weigh in.
-Edwin Yowell NY/NJ Regional Governor at Slow Food
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