Youth in Agriculture

Roots of Change is delighted to share this three part series of “Youth in Agriculture”. Our high school student intern, Justin Schmidt writes about his experiences farming and shares his perspective on the future of agriculture. My interest in agriculture developed two years ago when I worked on a farm in Washington State for a … Continue reading Youth in Agriculture

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Senate Agriculture Committee Passes 2012 Food and Farm Bill

Roots of Change (ROC) is very grateful for all the phone calls made by our allies up and down the State who sought to motivate our Senators to craft a better Food and Farm Bill. As we announced yesterday the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee approved a five-year Food and Farm Bill with a final vote … Continue reading Senate Agriculture Committee Passes 2012 Food and Farm Bill

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It’s Time for a Better Farm Bill

             Action Alert   The opportunity to transform federal food and farm policy only comes once every five years. We’ll need every voice to achieve what we want: farm policy that helps family farmers produce healthy food, builds vibrant communities, and sustains the environment. Our 2012 Farm Bill campaign calls … Continue reading It’s Time for a Better Farm Bill

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Ensuring Healthy Food Access To All

Congress is hard at work on the reauthorization of a U.S Farm Bill. The Senate Agriculture Committee has completed four Congressional hearings and reports indicate the Senate would like to have a bill ready to present by the end of April. Michigan Senator and Chairwoman of the Committee on Agriculture, Debbie Stabenow, has included a … Continue reading Ensuring Healthy Food Access To All

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Support Local Food Today

The Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act is gaining momentum in Congress. This act is being led by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, an ally of Roots of Change (ROC) that is focused on federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture and food systems. This bill creates jobs and spurs economic growth through … Continue reading Support Local Food Today

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Big City Mayors Unite and Send Important Message to Congress about 2012 Farm Bill

Tweet On March 6, 2012 an important breakthrough occurred as 10 mayors of key metropolitan cities cosigned a letter in support of important programs funded by the Federal Farm Bill. In this letter mayors focused on the importance of funding nutrition programs, which are vital to the health and well being of their inhabitants. Roots … Continue reading Big City Mayors Unite and Send Important Message to Congress about 2012 Farm Bill

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Creative Work Fund

The Creative Work Fund (CWF) supports new works by artists that are developed through collaborations with nonprofit organizations. Artists and nonprofits in 14 San Francisco Bay Area counties are eligible to apply. With ArtPlace funding, in June 2012 the CWF will award four grants (from among 21) for artists’ collaborations focused on creative placemaking. In … Continue reading Creative Work Fund

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It’s Not That It’s Broken

I often hear that our food system is broken. I disagree. It is working the way it was intended, only better. In fact, it is working so well that it has itself become the problem. Our system of subsidies and incentives in food production evolved over decades, but it did so with a very clear … Continue reading It’s Not That It’s Broken

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Update: The Food Commons 2.0 lifts off the drawing board

After two years of conceptual designing and planning, the Food Commons has recently published its 2.0 version of its original and boldly ambitious concept paper that was first issued in March of 2010. In the 2.0’s Foreword, Fred Kirschenmann, a member of the Food Commons Coordinating Committee and a Distinguished Fellow of the Iowa State … Continue reading Update: The Food Commons 2.0 lifts off the drawing board

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Invest In Today and Tomorrow’s Food and Farms

What a year! Occupiers across the nation are finally challenging the corporate lock on our governance, a lock that is fully apparent in our food system. We are facing the reality that corporatism has supplanted democracy on the national level. So it is a serious and historic moment. I honestly believe that lobbyists are the … Continue reading Invest In Today and Tomorrow’s Food and Farms

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