Obamas Plant Vegetable Garden at White House

From the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/20/dining/20garden.html?_r=1 “WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama will begin digging up a patch of the South Lawn on Friday to plant a vegetable garden, the first at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden in World War II. There will be no beets — the president does not like them — […]

Say Yes to Food Safety – No to Taylor & Olsterholm

Currently America is in the middle of a record food safety crisis and it could get a whole lot worse.   Former Monsanto executive Michael Taylor and irradiation proponent Dr. Michael Osterholm could be named to top food safety spots in the new Administration. Ask Secretary Vilsack to say no to Taylor and Osterholm. 1. Michael […]

Thanks for making the March 1 Benefit a success!

Thank you to everyone who made our March 1 Benefit a great success – especially Nectar Lounge, Ruby Shuz and Supersones.  We also want to thank Corrugated Films and Moving Images for donating their films to the raffle!  Everyone had a blast and we raised much-needed funds to prepare for Spring and Summer organizing! Ruby […]

Are USDA and White House “Moving on Progressive Food Agenda”?

The food blogosphere is all a-twitter: According to Jim Slama of familyfarmed.org, “Local and sustainable food advocates are smiling these days as signals out of Washington indicate major new support for their efforts. The biggest news was the announcement that long-time organic advocate Kathleen Merrigan had been tapped to become the Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, […]

More Notes from CAGJ December Teach-in

New notes are available now for this Teach-in session: How to Grow your Own Food in an Apartment and Feed Your Worms Too. Thank you to Seattle Tilth for providing these two hand-outs at the session, which have great information on how to do container gardening and growing vegetables without much available space. Click on […]

Urban Farmer Will Allen Wins 2008 MacArthur Fellowship

Will Allen, an urban farmer and the founder of Growing Power in Milwaukee, was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2008. The Fellowship is a $500,000 unrestricted grant for individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. For more information about Will Allen’s work see the […]

2009 Farmer Chef Connection

On Monday February 9, 2009, two CAGJ-ers attended the Seattle Chef’s Collaborative Farmer Chef Connection event, held at Herban Feast in SODO. The Farmer Chef Connection was an all-day conference, bringing together regional food producers and buyers for business-to-business networking, presentations & workshops. The event featured talks by chef and restaurateur Tom Douglas and culinary consultant and chef instructor, Greg Atkinson, […]

Confronting the Food Crisis Teach-in Session Notes

We are very excited to post notes from many of the sessions during our Teach-in, which happened this past December. Thank you to all the volunteer note-takers who compiled this information for us! Click here to view the session notes in a PDF document. Please feel free to browse these notes to get a feel […]

Tacoma Farmer places 2nd in White House Farmer Nominations

The site http://www.whitehousefarmer.com/ was launched in November 2008 as a forum to follow up on Michael Pollan’s call for a White House Farmer. Pollan suggested the farmer be charged with transforming “five prime south-facing acres of the White House lawn and plant[ing] in their place an organic fruit and vegetable garden” whose produce will be […]

Structural Racism and Our Food: Webinar

The Center for Social Inclusion has now made available the “Structural Racism and the Food Systems” presentation from a webinar held in March 2008. Please click here to visit their website and find out more about these discussions around structural racism and our food communities. The Center for Social Inclusion (CSI) was founded in New […]