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Farm to Food Bank Month – Big increase in fresh produce donations to Central Valley food bank

“Feeding people is what Ag does.” -California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross. Feeding people is also what local food banks do. So it should be no surprise that agriculture is an essential and enthusiastic partner in the … Continue reading

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Farm to Food Bank Month – Secretary Ross joins State Board of Food and Agriculture for visit to Northern California food bank

In recognition of December as Farm to Food Bank Month, CDFA Secretary Karen Ross today joined the California State Board of Food and Agriculture at California Emergency Foodlink, the nation’s largest food bank. The event highlighted food donation by farmers … Continue reading

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Farm to Food Bank Month – Central Coast Farmers Give in Partnership with Ag Against Hunger

It is ironic that California produces the largest bounty of agricultural products consumed in the US, and yet, 4.7 million of our residents live in poverty and often don’t have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. A solution to this … Continue reading

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Giving so much more than thanks

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American invention, and I think it must be one of our finest. The celebrations, the food, the parades and pronouncements give us an annual reminder of all that we are so thankful for – and also … Continue reading

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December is Farm to Food Bank Month – Pushing for 200 Million Pounds of Food Annually by 2015

It is believed that more than 49 million people are food insecure in our nation – one in every six Americans.  In California, almost 4 million people are food insecure, which means they could not afford enough food at least … Continue reading

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USDA Releases Farm to School Census – California’s profile is encouraging

In celebration of National Farm to School Month, the USDA has released the first ever Farm to School Census – capturing the survey results from more than 13,000 public school districts nationwide. Check out how California and your local school district … Continue reading

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Hackers, food access and government – an unlikely partnership – from the Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/local/columnone/la-me-c1-code-for-america-20130826-dto,0,400145.htmlstory On a recent day at work in a San Francisco loft, Moncef Belyamani was sporting a hipster “LOVE” T-shirt and riffing, with obsessive detail, on the evolution of vinyl record production. The Android coder and sometime dance-club DJ wrapped … Continue reading

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Hunger and Food Access in the Central Valley

Yesterday, the California State Board of Food and Agriculture convened in Fresno to discuss the issue of hunger and food access in the Central Valley. It’s shocking, that the most productive agricultural region in the United States also has one … Continue reading

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State Fair Farm a valued partner in ag education, food bank support

I was pleased this week to make a return visit to the California State Fair, which is now 160 years old and still going strong as a vibrant destination and showplace for the best that California has to offer. From the very beginning, … Continue reading

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Farmers’ Markets Credited in Fitness Survey – California Cities Place High

Four California communities have placed in the Top-15 fittest cities in the country, according to the 2013 American Fitness Index. The Bay Area, defined as San Francisco, Oakland and Fremont, placed fourth; the Sacramento area was seventh; the greater San … Continue reading

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