The Power of Action, Your Vote Counts!

The freedom to vote is the hallmark of our democracy. It is both a privilege and a civic duty. Yet, in the 2008 elections, only 64 percent of voting-age citizens voted.

Con Edison’s 2012 Get Out the Vote Poster Design Content was designed to encourage civic engagement and voter participation.

We asked teens from New York City and Westchester County to design posters illustrating the importance and privilege of voting. We received more than 60 eye-popping entries, inspired by everything from iconic elephants and donkeys to rock music and traffic signals.

Three winners will be selected, but all of the posters are on exhibit at Federal Hall in Lower Manhattan from October 25 through November 7, 2012.

Check out the Get Out the Vote Poster Contest sponsored by ConEdison

Greenhorns: 50 Dispatches from the New Farmers’ Movement

A community of more than 5000 young farmers and activists, the Greenhorns are committed to producing and advocating for food grown with vision and respect for the earth. This book, edited by three of the group’s leading members, comprises 50 original essays by new farmers who write about their experiences in the field from a wide range of angles, both practical and inspirational. Funny, sad, serious, and light-hearted, these essays touch on everything from financing and machinery to family, community building, and social change.

Greenhorns: 50 Dispatches from the New Farmers’ Movement edited by Paula Manalo, Severine von Tscharner Fleming, and Zoe Ida Bradbury

National Family Farm Coalition

The National Family Farm Coalition represents family farm and rural groups whose members face the challenge of the deepening economic recession in rural communities. The NFFC was founded in 1986.

The combination of our member groups’ grassroots strength and NFFC’s experience working on the national level enables us to play a unique role in securing a sustainable, economically just, healthy, safe and secure food and farm system. Additional power comes from collaborative work with a carefully built network of domestic and international organizations that share similar goals.

NFFC chooses its projects based on the potential to empower family farmers by reducing the corporate control of agriculture and promoting a more socially just farm and food policy. NFFC.net

Farm Together Now recently teamed up with the National Family Farm Coalition to make a video about Via Campesina’s seven principles of food sovereignty. The video features members of the NFFC from across the country:

  • Margot McMillen, Missouri Rural Crisis Center
  • Bob St. Peter, Food for Maine’s Future
  • Daniel Teague, Mississippi Association of Cooperatives/Federation of Southern Cooperatives
  • John Peck, Family Farm Defenders, Wisconsin
  • Dena Hoff, Northern Plains Resource Council, Montana
  • John Kinsman, Family Farm Defenders, Wisconsin
  • Ben Burkett, Mississippi Association of Cooperatives/Federation of Southern Cooperatives

WHAT IS A COMMUNITY GARDEN?

Any piece of land gardened by a group of people.


We at the ACGA have a broad definition of what a community garden entails. It can be urban, suburban, or rural. It can grow flowers, vegetables or community. It can be one community plot, or can be many individual plots. It can be at a school, hospital, or in a neighborhood. It can also be a series of plots dedicated to “urban agriculture” where the produce is grown for a market.

Benefits of Community Gardens:

  • Improves the quality of life for people in the garden
  • Provides a catalyst for neighborhood and community development
  • Stimulates Social Interaction
  • Encourages Self-Reliance
  • Beautifies Neighborhoods
  • Produces Nutritious Food
  • Reduces Family Food Budgets
  • Conserves Resources
  • Creates opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education
  • Reduces Crime
  • Preserves Green Space
  • Creates income opportunities and economic development
  • Reduces city heat from streets and parking lots

Provides opportunities for intergenerational and cross-cultural connections.

Check them out, they do good work.

Farm To Fork Across America: Julie’s Adventures With Bio-Nutrient Soil, A Sea-Crop Story

Julie Brothers shares her personal story of using Sea-Crop®.

So now, six months later, study complete, results tabulated, what did this bio-nutrient density study reveal, and what exactly does bio-nutrient dense soil imply?

Paradoxically, the health of just two feet of soil largely determines the quality of the world’s food. A hot new scientific frontier, the study of bio-nutrient dense soils is modeling this two feet and its impact on nutrient uptake. The premise is that a rich, healthy soil dramatically increases a crop’s nutrient content, while sustaining soil quality. That being said, the study results where astonishing.

The amendment used, Sea-Crop®, is a microbial stimulant derived from the mineral density flowing from mountain streams into oceans. Sea-Crop® is mined from this flow and from underwater volcanic sources rich in minerals and the basic elements for plant life. After desalinization, it is ready for use.

To note just a few of the significant increases found in all six crops: cauliflower, swiss chard, carrots, beets, fennel and spinach, the average increase in crop yield was 62%, protein increased 13%, Brix test increased 35% and Phenolics 10%.

Try Sea-Crop® today!

The Good Food Revolution, Growing Healthy Food, People and Communities – Will Allen

When you work in agriculture and with young people, it makes you think quite a bit about the future. You have to imagine the world you want to create before there is any evidence you can bring it into being. I see people who are growing fresh vegetables intensively in their backyards. I drive past waste trucks that are in the business of composting, a practice that has become mandatory for urban residents along with recycling. These companies collect organics and paper, and they sell the soil they create to farmers. I see fifteen-acre for-profit farms that are zoned into cities. They are considered as necessary a part of urban infrastructure as the sewer and water systems. These farms have cafes and cooperative grocery stores where people can buy locally grow food at affordable prices. “We Say Amen.” Check out Growing Power!

“From the plots of his Milwaukee urban farm to low-income communities across America. Will Allen has shown us a new type of heroism. Through The Good Food Revolution, Allen recounts his effort to reclaim his family’s heritage and, in doing so, confronts lingering disparities in racial and economic justice. As the champion of a new and promising movement, Allen is skillfully leading Americans to face one of our greatest domestic issues-our health”. President William Jefferson Clinton

 

American Farmland Trust, Saving the land that sustains us.

American Farmland Trust, is the leading national organization dedicated to saving America’s farm and ranch land,promoting healthy farming practices and supporting farms and farmers. There staff of farmers, policy experts, re-searchers and scientists knows the issues from the ground up – how communities can be strengthened by protecting  farmland and supporting local farmers,  and how farmers and ranchers can best be engaged to conserve the land and protect our natural resources. http://www.farmland.org/,

AMERICAN FARMLAND TRUST, VIDEO

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fYCrEE4pb8M

Growing in Circles

Plantagon International’s new technology will provide enough water & food for everyone? Their proposed vertical farm in Sweden grows food on a moving spiral. By the time the plants get to the top, your produce is ready for picking. http://plantagon.com

Plantagon International is active in the sector urban agriculture and is a global innovation leader in vertical farming. Plantagon’s vertical greenhouse minimizes the need for energy, water and pesticides. The negative environmental impact of the greenhouses is very low, and since the products are delivered directly to consumers in the city, the transportation costs are also minimized. The concept is simple and appealing: daily fresh organic vegetables delivered daily directly to consumers. No middle hands, no yesterday’s food.