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Prof Noliwe Rooks on food justice and Michelle Obama

From the Cornell Chronicle: “At first glance, obesity and hunger are the complete opposite of each other. One involves an excess of food; the other, a lack. However, in the talk ‘Michelle Obama, Food Justice and the Big Business of Poverty in the South Bronx’ on April 10 on campus, Noliwe Rooks, associate professor of […]

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Welcome to Hot Potato Press!

Dear neighbors, Welcome to Hot Potato Press! I’d like to take a moment to share a bit about why I’m working on this news and networking resource. Before moving to Ithaca, I was living in Berkeley, California, surrounded by local food culture. I read Omnivore’s Dilemma, joined a CSA, cooked with fava beans, and squirmed […]

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Feeding Our Future Network: GreenStar Community Projects supports network-building

There are so many amazing food-related initiatives in our community it’s almost impossible to keep track of them.  Everywhere you look – in downtown Ithaca, in our rural towns, our schools and colleges, cafeterias and classrooms, on farms and in kitchens – people are doing great things to help build a better food system. The trouble […]

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Festival Features Food Films

Food waste. Factory farming. Urban farming in Brazil. This year’s Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (April 6-12) will explore these food stories and more, under the broad “Habitats” theme. For a complete listing of films, showtimes, and locations, see the FLEFF website. Below, are a few of the food films in the lineup. At Cinemapolis in downtown Ithaca: Just Eat It […]

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A Moving Feast

Something is simmering in The Finger Lakes. The region has slowly and steadily become one of the country’s premier areas for wine, agritourism and farm-to-table dining. If you live here, you’ve likely tasted bread from Wide Awake Bakery, doused pancakes with Sapsquatch Pure Maple Syrup, sipped wine from Heron Hill or Damiani. Restaurateurs, cider-, wine- […]

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Networking for Food Systems Change

In their recent book Connecting to Change the World, authors Peter Plastrik, Madeleine Taylors and John Cleveland highlight the transformative potential of what they call generative social-impact networks in affecting systems change. They define these as “networks of individuals or organizations that aim to solve a difficult problem in… society by working together, adapting over […]

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Grants To Support Local Food Systems, Specialty Crop Producers and Farm to School Efforts

Announcement from the USDA: Grants Will Support Local Food Systems, Specialty Crop Producers and Farm to School Efforts; Expands Risk Protection for Specialty Crop Producers (deadline: May 14, 2015)Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the availability of $96.8 million in grants to fund innovative projects designed to support specialty crop producers, local food entrepreneurs, and […]