USDA Awards Nation’s Largest Grant to Expand California Healthy Eating Program to More Farmers’ MarketsAugust 8, 2017 | USDA
LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded the California Department of Agriculture (CDFA) and its partners a $3.9 million Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant – the largest in the country. FINI grants are designed to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income people participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (aka SNAP, formerly food stamps).
“We are thrilled to be selected for a federal FINI award,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. “The program is a triple win for California – it supports the health of our low-income shoppers, our farmers, and the local economy.”
Family farms remain an essential feature of agriculture in the United States. Family farms make up 99 percent of America’s 2.1 million farms and 89 percent of agricultural production. Most farms in the United States are small: 90 percent are …
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As word gets around that soil is alive, farmers have adopted a whole new attitude toward their land.
For three weeks every month, Ray Archuleta captivates audiences with a few handfuls of soil. He begins with two clumps, dropping them into water. The soil from a farm where the soil isn’t tilled holds together, while the tilled soil immediately disperses, indicating poor soil structure. Next, volunteers from the audience — mostly farmers and ranchers — pour water over a soil that grew a variety of crops, and it runs right through. A sample of tilled soil that grew only corn is like a brick, and the water sits on top. Water is the most precious resource for growing crops, and having a soil that is unable to absorb water is crippling for farmers.
Seedstock CEO Robert Puro to Discuss “The Future on Your Plate” at Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, CAMarch 29, 2017 | seedstock
If you’re going to be in the Los Angeles area on April 7, 2017, please join Robert Puro of Seedstock in a discussion of “The Future on Your Plate” as part of the First Fridays series at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.
Date: April 7, 2017
Location: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles – 900 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Discussion Topic: It’s unlikely we’d trade the allure of crunchy, salty, tasty food for a single, daily capsule. But with climate change and drought, what choices will we have? Can technology keep us fed, if farm-to-table becomes lab-to-table? If you know your sci-fi, you know the future of food is a little pill.