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GardenShare February 2024 eNews


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โ€ข ๐™‡๐™ค๐™˜๐™–๐™ก ๐™๐™ค๐™ค๐™™ ๐™‚๐™ช๐™ž๐™™๐™š 2024/25 ๐˜ผ๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™ž๐™˜๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™จ ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™Š๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ฃ!
Itโ€™s time to get in the guide! GardenShareโ€™s 2024/25 Local Food Guide is open to all farmers, restaurants, and retail locations that showcase locally produced food in St. Lawrence County.

This year we will be printing 22,000 copies through North Country This Week. 6,500+ of which will be mailed directly to food lovers throughout the county. Copies will also be distributed at local hospitals, restaurants, schools, human services agencies, local businesses, and more!

Physical forms are being mailed out in a few days, but if you donโ€™t receive one (or just canโ€™t wait!) you can find fillable PDF forms here.

Interested in listing or putting an ad in the guide? Email us at or call (315) 261-8054.

โ€ข ๐˜พ๐™Ž๐˜ผ ๐™’๐™š๐™š๐™ 
Did you know the last week of February is the week when most of the nationโ€™s CSA members sign up for their farm shares? Itโ€™s true! And because of this unusual fact, February 19th to 25th is this yearโ€™s CSA Week!

A CSA (community supported agriculture) is a farm membership system where consumers purchase a share of a farmโ€™s products including veggies, eggs, meat, fruit etc. and receive it over the course of the growing season. Not only is this a great way to enjoy fresh and delicious local food, but being a CSA member is a fantastic way [โ€ฆ]

Food Tank May Newsletter


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Itโ€™s time that food and agriculture systems get the attention they need. Across all industries, food can be the solution to our biggest social, environmental, and economic challenges.

With a new coalition called Forum for Farmers and Food Security, weโ€™re really proud of the way we can leverage financial partnerships to support producers; farmers; the folks who are doing the real work on the groundโ€”in the ground!โ€”every day.

Iโ€™ll repeat this as many times as I need to: We have to invest not only for profit but for people and the planet, too. We need to make sure that motto is central to how money is pledged, spent, and invested in the food systemโ€”a very literal sense of investing in our future.

The Forum for Farmers and Food Security is guided by several important principles that have long been central to Food Tankโ€™s work, too. First and foremost, we have to invest in women and youth, honor Indigenous and traditional knowledge systems, and support small-scale and family producers. True Cost Accounting, which calls for measuring not just the direct costs of food production but also its impact on communities and the environment, is also core to the Forumโ€™s work.

Because hereโ€™s the thing: In addition to making change in the investment and finance sectors, we also need corporate buyers and procurement managers to engage more directly in sustainable purchasing and supply chain [โ€ฆ]

Catskill Mountainkeeper Newsletter March 2023


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$๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ๐—  ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜€๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—”๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐˜€
This was a big week for Mountainkeeper in Albany, as both houses of the NY legislature proposed to fund the Catskills and Adirondack Forest Preserves stewardship work with $10 million. Both proposals included funding for our stewards program, and the Senate included the big policy pieceโ€“the Climate and Community Protection Fund (CCPF)โ€“that weโ€™ve been working on with our NY Renews coalition partners. The CCPF will establish fair, equitable, and transparent funding streams for climate solutions and itโ€™s an important piece of the puzzle needed to get NY State to a clean and just climate future. But thatโ€™s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of our recent progress.

This week, read on to:

โ€ข Add your voice to a campaign supporting access to healthy nutritional options for New Yorkers;

โ€ข Register for a webinar featuring Mountainkeeper Deputy Director Katherine Nadeau discussing everything we know and donโ€™t know about New Yorkโ€™s proposed Cap and Invest program;

โ€ข Read the latest media coverage of our ongoing work to oppose the transport of hazardous materials by train, and keep an eye out for irresponsible development projects in our region; and

โ€ข Get to know more about Ramsay Adamsโ€™ personal connection to the Catskills, learn about Mountainkeeperโ€™s origin story, and find out what you can do to get involved.

๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ก๐˜‚๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—”๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ก๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€
Weโ€™re so proud that [โ€ฆ]

The History of SNAP Benefits


From WNYC and Brian Lehrer:

This month, the size of millions of Americansโ€™ SNAP benefits will be shrinking as the federal government winds down its pandemic-era food assistance. Janet Poppendieck, Author, professor emerita of sociology at Hunter College, City University of New York, a co-founder of the New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College and a senior fellow at the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute at the CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy, discusses the history of SNAP, benefits that used to be known as โ€œfood stamps,โ€ which first began back in the 1930s.


The NEW East Harlem Restaurant Guide: 2022-2023 Edition

NYC Food Policy Center is proud to announce the 2022-2023 Edition of the East Harlem Restaurant Guide, complete with the Centerโ€™s Healthy Eating Index, which measures the nutritional quality of East Harlem restaurantsโ€™ offerings.

Download a PDF of the Restaurant Guide HERE!


Farm School NYC July Updates

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๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ข๐™ข๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐™๐™ค๐™ค๐™™ ๐˜ผ๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™๐™š๐™œ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™Š๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ฃ
Have you ever wanted to preserve your own food? Community Food Arts could be the course for you! Community Food Arts is a public course offering about processing food. Students learn about food science through canning, pickling, drying, fermenting, and freezing. Students will also develop their own market-ready value added products after learning about relevant licensing, and NYS health & food safety standards. Please review the class schedule, covid policy, and gift economy before signing up to ensure you can be a fully present participant. Register here.

๐˜พ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™™๐™š ๐™‹๐™ง๐™ค๐™œ๐™ง๐™–๐™ข ๐˜ผ๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™ž๐™˜๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™จ (๐™Š๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™Ž๐™ค๐™ค๐™ฃ!)
Our annual application for the Citywide Program opens next month! Keep an eye out for the application link in our next newsletter, and feel free to share this opportunity with your community. Do you know someone interested in urban agriculture, or building community around food and land justice? Send them our way!
While the information on applications is upcoming, general information on the Citywide Program can be found here.

๐™ƒ๐™ž๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™Ž๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™™๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™๐™š๐™–๐™˜๐™๐™š๐™ง ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ƒ๐™ž๐™œ๐™ ๐™๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ก ๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง๐™จ๐™š
We are excited to announce a temporary, paid opportunity for a High Tunnel Basics course student-teacher, sponsored by Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

This hands-on opportunity will provide a deeper understanding of the functions and variety of high tunnels. This position requires participating in our 5-week High Tunnel Basics course, building two [โ€ฆ]

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg (2016)


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White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
by Nancy Isenberg

โ€œFormidable and truth-dealing . . . necessary.โ€ โ€”The New York Times

โ€œThis eye-opening investigation into our countryโ€™s entrenched social hierarchy is acutely relevant.โ€ โ€”O Magazine

In her groundbreaking bestselling history of the class system in America, Nancy Isenberg upends history as we know it by taking on our comforting myths about equality and uncovering the crucial legacy of the ever-present, always embarrassingโ€”if occasionally entertainingโ€”poor white trash.

โ€œWhen you turn an election into a three-ring circus, thereโ€™s always a chance that the dancing bear will win,โ€ says Isenberg of the political climate surrounding Sarah Palin. And we recognize how right she is today. Yet the voters who boosted Trump all the way to the White House have been a permanent part of our American fabric, argues Isenberg.

The wretched and landless poor have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement to todayโ€™s hillbillies. They were alternately known as โ€œwaste people,โ€ โ€œoffals,โ€ โ€œrubbish,โ€ โ€œlazy lubbers,โ€ and โ€œcrackers.โ€ By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called โ€œclay eatersโ€ and โ€œsandhillers,โ€ known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds.

Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over four hundred years, Isenberg upends assumptions about Americaโ€™s supposedly class-free societyโ€“โ€“where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of [โ€ฆ]

January 14th, 2022|Categories: External posts, Recommended podcasts, books and blogs|

The Leading Voices in Food Podcast Series | Duke Sanford World Food Policy Center


Check out The Leading Voices in Food Podcast Series from the Duke Sanford World Food Policy Center

Our vision for The Leading Voices in Food podcast series is to offer wide-ranging perspectives and knowledge from researchers, community leaders, policymakers, farmers and more. We want to introduce new ideas and people, shift your thinking in topics you know well, and contribute to movement towards equity and resilience in the food system. Transcripts for each interview are also posted.

We feature topics across the food system spectrum such as food insecurity, obesity, agriculture, food access and equity, food safety, food defense, and food policy issues. The series is hosted by Dr. Kelly Brownell, director of the World Food Policy Center, and professor of public policy and psychology at Duke University. Guest hosts Sarah Zoubek and Jennifer Zuckerman also contribute to the series.

The Leading Voices in Food Podcast Series | Duke Sanford World Food Policy Center


December 10th, 2021|Categories: External posts, Recommended podcasts, books and blogs|

Find Your Own Food: An Introduction to Foraging – Heritage Radio


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The podcast from the โ€œnonprofit food radio station on a mission to make the world more equitable, sustainable, and delicious!โ€

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Find Your Own Food: An Introduction to Foraging