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Washington Post

Jane Black

Brent Cunningham

10 April 2019

Huntington, West Virginia, United States

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After gaining attention in 2008 for having an obesity crisis, the city of Huntington, West Virginia started making slow and steady changes that have culminated into positive changes in the community's overall health. ...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Andrew J. Yawn

29 March 2019

Geiger, Alabama, United States

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In rural Alabama, where the nearest grocery store can be more than 20 miles, residents are finding that robust community gardens are helping to improve general wellness. Even beyond offering free and healthy meals to ...

Yes! Magazine

Lisa Beach

27 March 2019

Orlando, Florida, United States

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A teen-run farmer's market in Parramore, a low-income neighborhood of Orlando, gets children off the streets and into the garden. As a branch of the neighborhood's Kidz Zone program, the farmer's market brings fresh f...

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Eillie Anzilotti

6 March 2019

Brooklyn, New York, United States

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A direct line from local producer to consumer reduces carbon emissions and strengthens community food systems. A partnership between farming tech company Square Roots and Gordon Food Services aims to create local fo...

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Maria Esquinca

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25 February 2019

Miami, Florida, United States

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To cope with and combat gentrification, residents of Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood created a community garden called the Femme Fairy Garden, founded by Fempower. Community members come together every Sunday to ten...

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Ben Paynter

22 February 2019

New York, New York, United States

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In response to the government shutdown in December 2018, the Robin Hood Foundation pieced together a food-aid puzzle to provide food for low-income families that weren't receiving their monthly SNAP benefits. By re-st...

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Jared Brey

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7 February 2019

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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New grassroots efforts often struggle to get off the ground due to lack of funding. In Baltimore, a group called CLLCTIVLY aims to fix this problem for black-led non-profit organizations by offering a $1,000 prize eve...

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Emily Nonko

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29 January 2019

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States

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A nonprofit grocery store in Washington, D.C. brings fresh, affordable food to regional food deserts. Through community engagement, public partnerships, and the willingness to learn from failure, Good Food Markets bri...

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Kate Schimel

8 January 2019

Tauba, Papua New Guinea

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In northeastern Papua New Guinea, community leaders and the government set aside 360,000 hectares of the Managalas Plateau as a protected conservation area in 2017. The project has strong local support. But facing des...

New York Magazine

Emma Orlow

7 January 2019

Brooklyn, New York, United States

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In Bushwick, the grocery store Precycle is on the front lines of the battle against plastic pollution. Selling food in bulk, while inviting customers to bring their own containers, reduces not only plastic waste but f...

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Daniyar Serikov

2 January 2019

Isfara, Tajikistan

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Many farmers in Tajikistan are transitioning from Soviet-era monoculture to agroforestry, a method that more closely mimics natural ecosystems. While the farms are small, many payoffs--good income, diverse crops, robu...

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Ben Paynter

2 January 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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Renewal Mill, a food company based in Oakland, is taking on food waste in a big way. The company produces goods from previously wasted byproducts, such as a fiber-rich, gluten-free flour that was once a wasted tofu by...

Mongabay

Camilo Mejia Giraldo

19 December 2018

Lae, Morobe, Papua New Guinea

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Across Papua New Guinea, growers are turning to agroforestry, pairing crops like cocoa and nuts to closely mimic forest ecosystems. The benefits are numerous--diverse income streams for growers, new habitat for wildli...

Mongabay

Deusdedit Ruhangariyo

11 December 2018

Butanda, Uganda

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Communities across Uganda have been realizing the benefits of agroforestry, an old farming system that mimics natural ecosystems. Apart from creating a diverse, stable local food supply, the practice promotes soil hea...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

James E. Causey

7 December 2018

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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In the middle of Milwaukee's toughest neighborhood, an organization called We Got This helps kids get off the streets and into the garden. Each summer, teens spend Saturdays working in a community garden to produce fo...

Politico Magazine

Max Blau

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6 December 2018

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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An entrepreneur and activist in Atlanta, GA runs an urban farm and employees former prisoners in an attempt to tackle Georgia's incarceration and recidivism problems. The program, called Gangstas to Growers, employs f...

Culinary Backstreets

Jennifer Hattam

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5 December 2018

Istanbul, Turkey

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For refugees fleeing Syria, a new career path is possible: become a food entrepreneur. A program in Turkey provides Syrians and other refugee groups with basic entrepreneurial skills, as well as access to mentors and ...

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Tesfa-Alem Tekle

4 December 2018

Bule, Ethiopia

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Farmers in Bule, Ethiopia, are practicing agroforestry, a diverse cropping method that mimics natural ecosystems. A survey found a stunning average of 16 crop species, including 21 species of tree, on farms. The benef...

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Ankita Anand

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30 November 2018

Sunam, Punjab, India

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In Punjab's Sangrur district, some farmers are choosing to mulch rather than burn crop residue. The benefits of mulching are two-fold: increased soil health and reduced air pollution. But a lot of growers in the area ...

Mongabay

Sonali Prasad

30 November 2018

Rayagada, India

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The women of India's Dongria Kondhs, with some assistance from grassroots organizations, are leading an effort to move away from monoculture and back to lost seed varietals. A community can grow as many as 50 plant va...

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Lindsey Konkel

27 November 2018

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

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Integrated pest management, which uses ecological processes and natural chemicals to control crop-damaging pests, offers an eco-friendly alternative to toxic pesticides. For example, a company in Michigan has rolled o...

Mongabay

Camilo Mejia Giraldo

26 November 2018

Gildipasi, Madang, Papua New Guinea

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In Papua New Guinea, agroforestry--an old method of farming that more closely mimics natural ecosystems--has provided the Gildipasi community with diverse crops and greater food security. And in a boom for wildlife, t...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Jen Zettel

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20 November 2018

Seymour, Wisconsin, United States

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Organizations across Wisconsin work in tandem to combat widespread hunger using a combination of fundraising, nonprofit supply, and low cost food delivery services. While organizations use different methods to accompl...

The Christian Science Monitor

Stacey Knott

16 November 2018

Ghana

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High tech innovations are making agriculture more productive while creating skilled jobs. In Ghana, tech startups like Acquah Aviation and TROTRO Tractor offer technology-sharing services to farmers. With urbanization...

Mongabay

Daniyar Serikov

13 November 2018

Faizobod, Tajikistan

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To restore degraded lands in Tajikistan, farmers are turning to agroforestry, a traditional cropping method that more closely mimics natural systems. An estimated 45 gigatons of carbon is sequestered by agroforestry s...

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