August is National Peach Month and we couldn’t be more excited.
That’s because our project, Piggy Bank, is celebrating the fuzzy stone fruit and the farmers across the nation who work so hard on August 13 with its first PeachFest in downtown Atlanta.
The festival, hosted by FlatironCity, highlights Georgia’s diverse agriculture, through cooking demonstrations and tastings, contests and barbecue.
“This has been a difficult year for our peach farmers,” says Brady Lowe, project director of Piggy Bank, a farm-in-the-making for heritage breed pigs, many of which are endangered. “Yet, it’s the ideal time to celebrate how important these farmers are to local and national agriculture, especially during National Peach Month. We’re looking forward to making PeachFest a recurring destination event filled with exciting competitions.”
Top Georgian farmers, chefs, distillers, and brewers will collaborate to give the state’s finest agricultural products flavor and form in this urban setting, including three distinct competitions:
The Peach Beer Tasting and Judging, which will select the best peach beer in the land.
The Breckenridge Bourbon Peach Punch, which features local barmasters to mix a signature peach cocktail for bragging rights.
The Gumcreek Farms Peach Grind, featuring local chefs inventing a peach-pork sausage.
Other events include a benefit silent auction, local chef demonstrations, local wine tastings, and music from the Packway Handle Band. To purchase tickets, visit www.peachfest.org.
We know you work hard. But do you work like a dog?
One of our projects, the Singita Grumeti Fund, is working to have man’s best friend to become the best friend to animals that are often poached for ivory or just game shooting.
The project currently has an effective law enforcement presence throughout the Tanzanian reserve and it has helped increase the population of animals including elephants, black rhinos and lions.
Now they are amplifying their impact by developing a dog detection unit to stay one step ahead of poachers. These highly skilled sniffer dogs will catch poachers before they have succeeded in killing wildlife, shifting to proactive law enforcement and saving the lives of many endangered animals.
During Work Like a Dog Day, won’t you consider helping support Singita Grumeti Fund’s work by making a donation today?
As farmers markets begin to bustle and produce stands pop-up along the roadside, celebrating National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable month presents a fresh and delectable invitation for a summer meal. Whether from a stand, you picked-it-yourself at a local farm, grew it in your backyard, or had a friendly neighbor knock on your door, ‘lettuce’ take a bite of all that is yummy.
Much of our work at T4CI lends itself to healthy, fresh produce that focuses on sustainability. One of our projects, The Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative, for example, is working to get fresh fruits and veggies in religious communities and their food pantries. And the central T4CI team in Oakland is always up to anything fresh and edible.
Here are the office favorite fruits and vegetables:
Ty: Mango and Chickpeas
Stephen: Mango and Sweet Potato
Carolyn: Opal Apples and Broccoli
Tenzin: Apples and Spinach
Jessica: Blueberries and Broccolini
Laura: Grapefruit and Celery
Kvetka: Apples and Peas
Kristin: Cherries and Brussels Sprouts
Shannon: Avocados and Jicama
We’re hungry for more, so please share your favorite fruits and veggies with us in the comment section.
You may not think much about it, but there are endangered breeds of livestock. More than 1,400 of them worldwide. And it’s time to start protecting them.
That’s what International Heritage Breeds Week is all about. After all, agriculture has dramatically changed over the past century in many parts of the world and is still rapidly evolving in favor of speed and efficiency.
Livestock domestication began around 12,000 years ago in southwestern Asia. For most of recorded history agriculture took place small-scale, and at the local level, but over the past century, the same efficiencies used in many other industries have been applied in farming to produce more food, in less time, at lower prices. This consolidation has led to the abandonment and extinction of at least 7% of the currently documented 8,774 breeds worldwide, with an additional 17% now at risk of extinction. The current extinction rate is higher than it has ever been, with at least 99 breeds having become extinct since the year 2000. That results in less genetically diverse livestock, which can lead to vulnerabilities in agriculture.
Our project, Piggy Bank is focusing on creating an open access agriculture with heritage pigs.
When we think of animal welfare, we often turn to our pets: mainly dogs or cats. But on National Farm Animal Day, it’s time to take a look at some of the other animals in our lives: the farm livestock, which includes 9 billion chickens, 244 million turkeys, 93 million cows, 65 million hogs and 6 million sheep, among others.
Yet billions are not being treated humanely. That’s why we are saluting some of our amazing projects working to help:
Animal Agriculture Reform Collaborative – brings together sustainable farmers, environmental, public health, social and economic justice, and animal welfare organizations to work on systemic change required to establish a sustainable and just animal agriculture system.
Change Food – helps individuals change the way they eat by raising public awareness and educating consumers about opportunities to shift the U.S. food supply to a sustainable food system where healthy, nutritious food is accessible by all.
Kitchen Table Advisors – provides farmers with business and financial advising and help farmers access the tools, knowledge and resources they need on their path to becoming resilient and viable businesses.
PiggyBank – provides an open forum, where the public will have access to information on all heritage breed pigs and access business plans written by other farmers.
The Global Cool Cities Alliance (GCCA) has established an award to honor the legacy and impact of Dr. Arthur Rosenfeld’s advocacy for cooler buildings, cooler cities, and a cooler planet. Dr. Rosenfeld was a founder of GCCA and a tireless advocate for building materials that improve thermal comfort and make a positive impact on global climate change. The Urban Cooling Achievement Award will recognize leaders who demonstrate Art’s drive, passion, and intelligence to overcome the challenges of excess urban heat.
“Everywhere we work, we meet people inspired by Art who are trying to make their communities cooler, more prosperous, and healthier. I am excited to launch an award to honor their efforts and to highlight Art’s enduring legacy of inspiring positive global change” said Kurt Shickman, Executive Director of the Global Cool Cities Alliance.
Please welcome the newest member of our T4CI team: Kristin Fischer, as the human resources director.
In this newly-created position, she not only fulfills the traditional HR role for the organization, but also works as T4CI’s talent developer, capacity-builder, and executive steward of our most important resources – our team members.
Kristin was formerly the director of people operations at Villarreal Hutner PC and oversaw human resources, and support staff management. Prior to this role, she was the director of implementation services at Eatec Corporation.
Kristin holds a Bachelors of Arts in History from Kenyon College as well as a Grande Diploma in Culinary Arts at Ecole Ritz Escoffier.
A self-proclaimed “Gilmore Girls “addict, she also enjoys hiking, travel, and Wii “Just Dance” competitions with her family.
T4CI program, The Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative, is hosting its fifth annual “Faith, Family Farms, & Food Access” conference on Tuesday, March 21st from 1:30 to 7:30 pm.
The conference features Muslim, Christian, Jewish, and secular speakers, including Bay Area and national innovators implementing sustainability and food access programs. Presenters also include farmers seeking to partner with local congregations to establish CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) drop sites and produce stands at faith-based sites.