Category: The Big Picture

Video: Food Justice Activist Jemila Sequeira Shares Her Story

Jemila Sequeira is a food justice activist in Ithaca, NY, who recently worked on the Food Dignity Project. In this video, she tells her story: This video was originally published on YouTube on May 21, 2015. Whole Community Project (WCP), based at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Ithaca, NY, is a collaborative effort of organizations and […]

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Video: Farmer tells his story from Bermuda to Ithaca

Damon Brangman is a Neighborhood Food Gardening Specialist at CCE-TC who teaches children gardening and also consults with area school teachers who are interested in starting gardening programs. This video was originally published on YouTube on Jul 8, 2015 Whole Community Project (WCP), based at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Ithaca, NY, is a collaborative effort […]

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USDA Women in Ag Roundtable

Last month, USDA Agriculture Marking Service Administrator Anne Alonzo joined USDA state colleagues and New York State Commissioner of Agriculture Richard Ball for a roundtable on Women in Agriculture and Local Foods at the Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (WISE) Center in Syracuse, N.Y. Read Alonzo’s recap of the event here. Image credit: USDA […]

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Food shopping on a strict budget, miles from a grocery store

What’s it like to shop for food on a strict budget, traveling by bus with kids along in Tompkins County? A local blogger explains her frustrations: “I hear the cries of the real foodies right now telling us poor people that ‘Yes, you CAN eat fresh produce on a budget!’ I swear, those people just […]

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Book talk: Altered Genes, Twisted Truth

Announcement from BioScience Resource Project: On Wednesday, September 30th from 7-9pm, the Bioscience Resource Project is hosting an event featuring lawyer Steven Druker from the Alliance for Bio-Integrity. Steven Druker will introduce and answer questions about his new book Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted […]

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Reminder: Food Policy Council Forming

Announcement from the Food Policy Planning Group: FOOD POLICY COUNCIL FORMING – for Tompkins County.  Many other communities have created a Food Policy Council – to advise local governments and promote the adoption of policies that will encourage a more locally-based, sustainable and equitable food system.  About a year ago, some citizens got together to […]

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4-H Dairy Club now enrolling members

Announcement from CCE-Tompkins: Over 5000 young people aged 5 to19 take part in 4-H activities in Tompkins County each year! Interested in Dairy? Join The Milk Duds 4-H Club WHAT:       Milk Duds is a 4-H group that focuses mainly on the dairy industry.  Youth will have the opportunity to have hands-on learning opportunities in the […]

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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 […]