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Contest: Human Rights Arts Competition

“We have a right to food, housing, clothing, and medical care.” This is Article 25 in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Here in Tompkins County, the Dorothy Cotton Institute is partnering with the Office of Human Rights to co-sponsor the Human Rights Arts Competition, open to all K-12 students in Tompkins County, […]

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Community Dinner conversation highlights challenges

On Sunday, September 20, 2015 hundreds of people attended the Food Justice Fair, hosted by GreenStar Community Projects, at Streets Alive. About 60 people attended a the keynote address by Natasha Bowens, who shared stories of farmers featured in her book The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience and Farming (see previous Hot Potato […]

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“The Color of Food” author to share insights with Ithaca audience

On Sept 20, 2015 at 2pm, farmer and author Natasha Bowens will share insights from her life and her book, The Color of Food, at the Food Justice Summit at Ithaca’s Southside Community Center. Bowens, born in Newark, New Jersey and raised in south Florida, didn’t grow up farming. And she says, like so many […]

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2015 Food Justice Fair in Ithaca will examine “The Color of Food”

Press release from Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming: Keynote speaker Natasha Bowens explains how – and why – farmers of color are leading the Good Food Movement Groundswell is pleased to be a cosponsor of the Food Justice Fair in Ithaca, which is organized each year by GreenStar Community Projects. This year the […]

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Coming Soon: A Food Policy Council for Tompkins County

Citizens are encouraged to help shape local food policy We all eat. A lot of us love to eat local. We care deeply about the food we eat and the farmers who grow it. But most of us tend to ignore an important piece of our food system – the policy piece. That’s in spite […]

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Woods Earth Living Classroom grows more than food

Often, the most meaningful places can be discovered off the beaten path. One such place is Wood’s Earth, a hidden gem in Ithaca, NY. At Wood’s Earth, 2.5 acres of land are designed to facilitate organic gardening, offer learning opportunities for kids, and provide community garden plots, with the added benefits of a drip irrigation […]

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New Roots Charter School Announces Sustainable Agriculture & Food Certificate Program

Press release from New Roots Charter School: New Roots is excited to announce an opportunity unlike no other for our current and prospective high school students interested in sustainable food systems — to enroll in a distinctive certificate program that will prepare them for a college degree and career in the growing Farm-to-Table field. Students […]

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Tasting event benefits Healthy Food for All

From Healthy Food For All: Whether you’re a Foodie, a Locavore, or someone who believes in healthy food as a basic human right — or all of the above — this event was created for you! You can sip and taste for a great cause. On Thursday, September 3, 2015, the Ithaca Farmers Market will […]

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What’s the role of public parks?

One group of Ithacans believes “the role of public parks includes supporting community and ecosystem needs simultaneously including food, medicine, and connection to each other and the natural world. We also believe that food insecurity can be addressed when there is a culture of sharing to support people in need.” To put these beliefs into action, a group coordinated […]