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Grow $700 of Food in 100 Square Feet!

In 2007, I began to get lots of questions about growing food to help save money. Then, while working on my new book, Edible Landscaping, I had an aha! moment. As I was assembling statistics to show the wastefulness of…

City urged to lift St. Francis meal limit

Gainesville planning board cites number of hungry residents in advising commissioners It is time for Gainesville to eliminate the restrictions on how many meals a day the St. Francis House homeless shelter and soup kitchen may serve, a city advisory…

Walmart turns over a new leaf as it embraces local produce

MANCHESTER — Inside the cavernous new Walmart on Highlands Boulevard Drive, grocery manager Russell Davis stands with a gleaming bounty behind him. Lettuce from California, blueberries from Michigan and grapes from South America. Then there’s the store’s hottest grocery commodity these…

Michelle Obama and Child Obesity

Her daughters were 6 and 9, and Michelle Obama was like any other working mom — struggling to juggle office hours, school pick-ups and mealtimes. By the end of the day, she was often too tired to make dinner, so…

USDA Grant Panelist

This has been a busy week here in Washington DC. I was flown up here as a Grant Review Panelist for USDA and NIFA’s Community Food Project grant program.  What a great learning experience to be involved in and responsible…

SNAP cardholders can now buy fresh farm products

Local farmers’ markets will soon have another payment option: SNAP benefit cards. The program, paid for by a Florida Organic Growers grant, will allow low-income county residents to use their SNAP cards, formerly food stamps, to buy fresh and locally…

Wal-Mart Goes Local: Good or Bad for Small Farmers?

The nation’s largest retailer announced last week that it’s going local through its Heritage Agriculture program. Wal-Mart plans to double its sale of “locally grown food” by 2015 in all of its U.S. stores and also support small and mid-sized farmers in…

Wal-Mart to Buy More Local Produce

The local-and-sustainable food movement has spread to the nation’s largest retailer. Wal-Mart Stores announced a program on Thursday that focuses on sustainable agriculture among its suppliers as it tries to reduce its overall environmental impact. The program is intended to…

Florida Organic Growers

Florida Organic Growers (FOG) is pleased to distribute the publication Community Vision for Food System Development in Gainesville-Alachua County: A Local Food Action Plan, available for download as a PDF on the FOG website. FOG began this project in March 2009 with…

Senate stall to blame for slow egg recall?

The Senate’s yearlong failure to pass a food safety overhaul has hampered the ability of Obama administration to quickly recall the 600 million eggs connected to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened nearly 2,000 people, experts and lawmakers say. The…