Category: The Big Picture

5 facts about hunger in Tompkins County

In Tompkins County, about 20% of the ~100,000 residents are living below the poverty level. 1) 13,280 people do not have regular access to enough food for an active, healthy life. 2) 3,040 of those without regular access to enough food are children. 3) 28 % of students are eligible for the free lunch program 4) […]

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Young Women Build a Mobile Market Stand

Written by the Youth Farm Project and Hammerstone School Carpentry for Women: Young Women Build a Mobile Market Stand- Bringing Vegetables to Ithaca Neighborhoods LACS Senior Rayna Joyce is spearheading a project for young women to learn carpentry skills while building a mobile vegetable market stand for the Youth Farm Project. This June, 8-12 young women […]

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How the Great Food War Will Be Won

Written by Jonathan Latham, Editor of Independent Science News and Executive Director of the BioScience Resource Project: By conventional wisdom it is excellent news. Researchers from Iowa have shown that organic farming methods can yield almost as highly as pesticide-intensive methods. Other researchers, from Berkeley, California, have reached a similar conclusion. Indeed, both findings met with a very enthusiastic reception. The enthusiasm […]

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City resident cited for raising backyard chickens

Ithaca City Resident Amanda Zerilli received a notice of arraignment on pending charges for “Keeping of animals prohibited” and was scheduled to appear in court April 29, 2015. The City of Ithaca does not allow the keeping of chickens, except under specific circumstances. “Like many of the other ‘illegal’ chicken keepers in Ithaca, we were under the false impression that, […]

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The Co-op Opportunity: Everybody’s Business!

 Join us for an exciting Feeding Our Future Network program on the opportunity that the cooperative business form holds for our food system, our local economy, and YOU! Register here. On Wednesday, May 13, the Feeding Our Future Network will proudly host a community conversation on “The Cooperative Opportunity: Everybody’s Business.” The event is from 6-9PM at the GreenStar Space, […]

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Are schools becoming the “last frontier” for hungry kids?

In anger, a student knocks over a chair, then tells his teacher he didn’t have dinner last night because his mom was working late. Another student begs her teacher not to tell anyone that she snuck an extra lunch from the cafeteria staff. Yet another shares that he has a secret food tree: a place where he […]