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The Counter

Katarina Zimmer

18 February 2021

United States

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To weather the uncertainties of the pandemic and geopolitical trade disputes, many small, locally-operated fisheries in the United States have upended the way they do business by selling their catches directly to cons...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Agostino Petroni

1 February 2021

Bianco, Calabria, Italy

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Italy's first tuition-free cooking school gives unemployed young people in the economically challenged region of Calabria a career path – and a culturally resonant alternative to working for the region's organized cri...

Life & Thyme

Annelise Jolley

Greta Rybus

19 January 2021

Santa Barbara, California, United States

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After restaurants closed due to COVID-19 and tariffs were implemented on exports to China, fishermen and women in the United States had to shift their business model to sell directly to consumers. For example, Get Hoo...

Goodnet

Bonnie Riva Ras

1 January 2021

United States

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Catch Together is supporting both fishermen and food banks by buying catch that would typically be sold to the restaurant industry. Fisheries were hit hard when the pandemic resulted in an economic slowdown and food b...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Katherine Sypher

Luke Simmons

29 December 2020

Ajo, Arizona, United States

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The Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture has helped the town of Ajo in Arizona distribute affordable and nutrient-dense food to the community after the coronavirus pandemic created a significant financial strain on ...

The Counter

Colleen Hagerty

17 December 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Yard sharing is the latest urban agriculture trend enabling city dwellers to enjoy home-grown produce whether or not they have the space, time, or expertise to grow everything they want. Crop Swap LA is also starting ...

Stateline

Matt Vasilogambros

16 December 2020

Alaska, United States

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Thirty states including Alaska, Oregon, Montana, and California legalized "the salvaging of roadkill" as a means of reducing food waste and supplying food-insecure families with meat. The coronavirus pandemic has hamp...

Civil Eats

Hannah Ricker

14 December 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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The coronavirus pandemic highlighted the ways in which the food system is broken, but governments, NGOs, and philanthropists are working to address the discrepancies by connecting small-scale farmers of color with bus...

Civil Eats

Jake Price

8 December 2020

Ithaca, New York, United States

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Small businesses, such as Lively Run Goat Dairy, were able to quickly pivot during the initial chaos in the aftermath of pandemic shutdowns. The small dairy farm was able to salvage hundreds of pounds of milk that was...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Allan Parachini

4 December 2020

Moloaa, Hawaii, United States

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Food hub projects are gaining momentum in Hawaii as a means to connect farmers with customers. The projects go against the narrative that produce should be sold to big-box supermarkets, and instead focuses on "allowin...

Middlebury Magazine

Jessie Raymond

3 December 2020

Vermont, United States

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When the coronavirus pandemic forced a restaurant in Vermont to close its doors and lay off hundreds of employees, the owner worked with investors to shift his business model so that he could provide meals for those n...

The Huffington Post

Debbie Weingarten

1 December 2020

Virginia, United States

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The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the fragility of the U.S. food supply chain, yet for indigenous led-operations there has been little interruption thanks to practices that rely on shorter supply chains that "work ...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Hannah Wallace

26 November 2020

Quapaw, Oklahoma, United States

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The Quapaw tribe runs the Downstream Casino Resort in Oklahoma where they apply combine Indigenous food and farming knowledge with modern hotel operations. They have seven greenhouses and two gardens with 20 varieties...

Atlas Obscura

Chris Malloy

24 November 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Nigerian Dwarf goats can be a viable livestock option for people who want to engage in urban farming. Cities across the United States — like Phoenix, Austin, Pittsburgh, and San Diego — are making it easier to keep go...

South Dakota News Watch

Mark Andersen

24 November 2020

South Dakota, United States

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A band of farmers in South Dakota are reviving “heritage turkeys,” an ancient breed of turkeys that went nearly extinct in the 1990s. There can be a learning curve and upfront costs when working with heritage turkeys,...

The Hechinger Report

Levi Pulkkinen

24 November 2020

Yakima, Washington, United States

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A no-cost meal program allows high-poverty schools to offer all enrolled students free lunch, which consequently addresses child nutrition problems and meal debt. The program, however, has pivoted and expanded during ...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Alfred Lubrano

24 November 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Life Do Grow Farm in Philadelphia, run by the nonprofit Urban Creators, is a two-acre plot that yields food needed to feed the community who might not be able to make ends meet. Since June, the farm has distribute...

The New York Times

Ezra Marcus

23 November 2020

United States

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Students across the country are dealing with food and housing insecurity, and financial loss, conditions that have been exacerbated because since the pandemic. In response, students in some colleges and universities c...

Civil Eats

Judy Bankman

19 November 2020

Hood River, Oregon, United States

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The Raíces Cooperative Farm in Hood River, Oregon provides Spanish-speaking community members "a place to grow food," learn from one another about farming practices and develop leadership skills. “Through Raíces, I be...

Crosscut

Hannah Weinberger

17 November 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Seattle’s urban agriculture community saw a boom during the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests. BIPOC-led urban farms — like YES Farm and Black Star Farmers — had an increase in volunteers and people wa...

Scalawag

Kyesha Jennings

16 November 2020

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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A newsletter that began in hopes to help stir up business for local restaurants in the Black community grew into a food subscription box that connects farmers, restaurants, and consumers. Tall Grass Food Box has put m...

The Seattle Times

Joy Resmovits

14 November 2020

Langley, Washington, United States

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Students in South Whidbey Island, off the west coast of Washington State, are getting to know first-hand the process of farm to table meals. During "farm school" kids get a break from e-learning and help tend to the l...

Civil Eats

Ray Levy-Uyeda

10 November 2020

New York, United States

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The Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance organized a seed drive to distribute thousands of seeds to 270 different tribes. The indigenous seed exchange led to the creation of an intertribal cooperative to share tr...

Planet Detroit

Rhonda J. Smith

6 November 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Two urban farmers launched a GoFundMe and raised $55,000 to help provide land security to Black farmers in Detroit. Through the Detroit Black Farmer Land Fund, they will select applicants to grow crops for five years ...

Richmond Confidential

Cameron Nielsen

5 November 2020

Richmond, California, United States

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Urban Tilth, an urban farm in California, is providing food directly to communities in need and upending the traditional food supply chain so they can help people access healthy and sustainably-grown food. They have b...

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