Category Archives: Food Sustainability

Join us: Faith, Family Farms, & Food Access Conference

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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.  

Go to www.interfaithfood.org or call (707) 634-4672 for more information.

The conference is supported with key funding from: California Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops Block Grant Program and the Presbyterian Hunger Program.

Change Food celebrates Brooklyn during fundraisier

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Brooklyn:  once known as a lowly New York City borough, is now a vibrant foodie community of its own.

And that’s why Change Food is celebrating with a special fundraising dinner and auction.

On March 27 at 6:00 PM, the Lighthouse in Brooklyn will be offering a four-course vegetarian/pescetarian dinner to benefit Change Food.

Change Food creates programs, events and resources for individuals and groups changing the food system from the ground up.

Can’t make it? You can still help by checking out the online auction.

For more information, go to: http://www.changefood.org/events/lighthouse-dinner/

Ag Stats: What You Probably Don’t Know

Consider this: just about everything we eat, wear and use comes from American agriculture.

It’s an entire industry dedicated to providing plentiful and safe food for consumption, as well as a wide range of comfortable, fashionable clothing choices. From beef and pork to cotton and corn, agriculture is working harder than ever to meet the needs of Americans and others around the world. (Agriculture is this nation’s #1 export.)

At T4CI, we focus on supporting sustainable agriculture initiatives which do so much for a healthy economy.

What’s sustainable agriculture? In simplest terms, it’s the production of food, fiber, or other plant or animal products using farming techniques that protect the environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare.

In honor of National Agriculture Month, we are sharing some stats you might not know about agriculture in general.

Want to learn more about a few of our agriculture initiatives which are helping to create a sustainable and just food system? Check out :

  • 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.
  • Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative – connects faith congregations in Sonoma and Marin counties with local farmers and gardeners to increase community access to healthy food produced in a sustainable, socially just manner.
  • 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.

Hungry? Join Piggy Bank for #PigDayOut

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Restaurants across North America today are supporting diners to have a safer, more honest food system in honor of National Pig Day and  “Pig Day Out”.  The event aims to raise awareness about heritage breed pork produced by family farmers, while providing diners with an inspirational night of eating with a purpose.

The proceeds benefit Piggy Bank, a Missouri farm-in-the-making that will help launch new family farms by providing heritage breed piglets and access to business plans. The goal is simple: to ensure family farmers have resources to run successful businesses which raise safe and honest food for generations of children and cooks to come.

“Delicious materials and products from family farms are the building blocks of the dinner table in the future. We must cherish our diversity of species – whether heritage breed animals or heirloom vegetables; they must be preserved,” says Piggy Bank founder Brady Lowe. “‘Pig Day Out’ gives everyone the opportunity to take a break from their busy schedules and celebrate the farmers, chefs and butchers who work to protect our foodways and keep them safe.”

Restaurants include:

  • Blackbelly – Boulder, CO
  • The Blind Pig Supper Club – Spruce Pine, NC
  • Estrella – West Hollywood, CA
  • Haven Gastropub – Orange, CA
  • Hock Farm Craft & Provisions – Sacramento, CA
  • il Porcellino Salumi – Denver, CO
  • Kettner Exchange – San Diego, CA
  • Salt & Time Butcher Shop and Salumeri – Austin, TX
  • Union Restaurant – Pasadena, CA

Launched in 2015, Piggy Bank is creating a farming sanctuary for heritage breed pigs, many of which are endangered. It aims to change the future of food by creating a community in which small farmers can learn about safer, more responsible practices and share genetics, livestock, and the very information needed to thrive as small businesses. Piggy Bank proudly operates as a project of the Trust for Conservation Innovation, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization which accelerates impact for initiatives focused on protecting and fostering a healthy, sustainable, resilient, and equitable world. For more information or to donate, visit www.piggy-bank.org or follow @PiggyBankOrg on Twitter. 

Black History Month: Honoring Robert Bullard

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T4CI is saluting some of the most influential African-American environmentalists and sustainability professionals during Black History Month.

Today we honor Robert Bullard.

Robert D. Bullard is Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy in the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas.

He is often described as the father of environmental justice. Professor Bullard received his Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University.

He is the author of seventeen books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, climate justice, emergency response, smart growth, and regional equity.

Professor Bullard was featured in the July 2007 CNN People You Should Know, Bullard: Green Issue is Black and White. In 2008, Newsweek named him one of 13 Environmental Leaders of the Century. And that same year, Co-op America honored him with its Building Economic Alternatives Award (BEA).

Black History Month: Honoring Lisa Jackson

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T4CI is saluting some of the most influential African-American environmentalists and sustainability professionals during Black History Month.

Today we honor Lisa Jackson.

Jackson is Head of Environmental Affairs for Apple. In this role, Jackson oversees Apple’s environmental issues globally. Jackson was the Former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Chief Lisa Jackson. Jackson was the first African-American to serve as the chief of EPA. She left the EPA in 2013, after serving the Obama administration for four years. During her time with the Obama administration, Jackson oversaw the implementation and proposal of several politically divisive air- and water-pollution rules.

 

Black History Month: Will Allen

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T4CI is saluting some of the most influential African-American environmentalists and sustainability professionals during Black History Month.

Today we honor Will Allen.

Will Allen created Growing Power to develop community food systems. He was named a McArthur Fellow — only the second farmer to be honored. Allen was also named one of Time Magazine’s 100 World’s Most Influential People.

Send a card to a friend day – T4CI green version

Did you know the earliest known greeting card was created this month in honor of Valentine’s Day back in 1415?  Yes, cards have a come a long way since then.

It’s such a small gesture: a card telling someone you are thinking of her or that he is special to you. Yet that small gesture can make a huge difference to your besties.

And while there are many card companies who are now eco-friendly, here’s a better way to celebrate Send a Card to a Friend Day today: send this e-card we created for you.

Here’s how to share it with a friend:

  1. Right click on the e-card image below.
  2. Choose “Copy Image”.
  3. Open your email program and choose who you want to send it to.
  4.  Paste into your email text area, and add some of your own sentiments.
  5. Send it off.

Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions – Hiring an Alliance ED

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iStock_000028045480_DoubleThe Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions (the “Alliance”) welcomes applications for  the new position of Alliance Executive Director, available immediately.

About The Alliance
The Conservation Alliance connects leading conservation organizations with businesses that together represent over 80% of the North American grocery and food service markets. Members and collaborators work together to solve sustainable seafood’s biggest  challenges so that oceans and the businesses that depend on them can thrive while advancing vibrant and resilient ocean and freshwater ecosystems that contribute to improved livelihoods and food security.

The Alliance Executive Director position is newly-created and is a critical next step in an Alliance-wide capacity-building initiative. With community energy, a robust and challenging work plan, and a growing pipeline of interested potential new member organizations, the Alliance is at an important inflection point in its programs and services. The Alliance seek an entrepreneurial and well-connected Executive Director with a track record of experience in the conservation community. The Executive Director, alongside the Steering Committee and its contractors, will capitalize on this growing momentum by strategically leading the Alliance in weaving together the strategies of member organizations, incubating new ideas and elevating the Alliance as a key leader within the sustainable seafood movement.

To learn more or express interest, view the full announcement here.