Healthy Food Should Not Be a Privilege

Screen Shot 2013-11-06 at 7.59.11 AMThe Sustainable Life Project “partners with local organizations to recruit young adults transitioning out of the foster care system to participate in a 12-week culinary arts and agriculture internship program. Youth transitioning out of foster care face unique challenges that make them especially vulnerable. Distrust, abuse, neglect and general lack of access to resources and guidance often make navigating adulthood difficult. Without primary needs like housing, vocational training and legal support, these youth frequently don’t have the luxury of dreaming beyond finding a home and employment.”

Located out in Cali and run by the Tender Greens Restaurant Group, it’s an incredible initiative bringing teens out of inner-city LA, teaching them about food and training them with the skills necessary to enter the restaurant business.

Click here to see an amazing (and inspirational!) short clip of this project and how you can help fund the next steps of a documentary on it.

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2014 – The International Year of Family Farming

imagesDid you know that the UN General Assembly named 2014 the International Year of Family Farming?

According to International Year of Family Farming Campaign’s website, it “aims to become a tool to stimulate active policies for sustainable development of agricultural systems based farmer families, communal units, indigenous groups, cooperatives and fishing families. All this work is being made from the perspective of effectively combating poverty and hunger and the search for a rural development based on the respect for environment and biodiversity.”

Learn more on by clicking here.

15 Great Websites to Learn about Our Food System

Ever wonder where you can find the best sources of information on food issues and basically everything wrong with our food system? Well, Food Tank has made it easy by compiling their favorite 15 websites. (which includes one of the authors we’ve read! I guess we’re doing something right! 😉 )

Click here to learn more about what they consider to be great resources for “knowledge of how food choices impact the environment”.

Food & Water Watch NJ’s Hudson River Group Kickoff Meeting

Our friends at Food & Water Watch NJ reached out to invite us to learn about their legislative campaign to require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods in New Jersey. It’ll take place right here in Jersey City, so hope you can make it!

images (1)Get together with your Jersey City community for an exciting discussion on how we can empower the movement for clean drinking water and healthy, sustainable food!

Food & Water Watch New Jersey’s
Hudson River Group Kickoff Meeting!

May 16th from 6:30 to 8:00pm

Barrow Mansion (83 Wayne Street, Jersey City)

 Organic snacks and refreshments will be served!

Sign up for the event by clicking here. For more information or to get involved email msmith@fwwatch.org

Chapter 4: “Slow Food for Cultural Survival”

imagesSlow Food (the topic of Chapter 4 of our current read, Sandor Ellix Katz’s The Revolution will not be Microwaved: Inside America’s Underground Food Movements) is a movement that started out in Italy in the late 1980’s and has spread worldwide. Not only the antithesis of fast food, the slow food movement “advocates for food and farming policy that is good for the public, good for the planet, and good for farmers and workers.”

The closest chapter is Slow Food NYC, although there are a few around the garden state. Interested in learning more? Check out their website, where they have some interesting events and programs going on, by clicking here.