5 Micronutrients That Are Essential For A Child’s Overall Health & Well-Being

5 Micronutrients That Are Essential For A Child’s Overall Health & Well-Being

Micronutrients — which consist of vitamins and minerals — are essential for “development, disease prevention and the overall well-being of children.” According to the CDC, in fact, “at least half of children worldwide ages 6 months to 5 years” suffer from at least one micronutrient deficiency, if not more. By RYOT Studio… Read more

New York City Parks Were Once Teaching Farms

New York City Parks Were Once Teaching Farms

Throughout city parks, children once learned to grow corn, beets, beans, peas, turnips, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, celery and radishes among other plants. 1908 Parks Annual Report image of children tending the De Witt Clinton Park Farm Garden. By New York City Department of Parks & Recreation Originally Published in Edible Manhattan… Read more

TFFJ Launches new Collaboration with American Heart Association

TFFJ Launches new Collaboration with American Heart Association

TFFJ is launching a new collaboration with the American Heart Association for a Comprehensive “Healthy Kids Meal Youth Advocacy” Campaign. It’s a new year and TFFJ’s urban farming and nutrition education programming is back up and running at the Urban Assembly Unison School in Brooklyn and DeWitt Clinton High School… Read more

When urban agriculture meets food justice…

When urban agriculture meets food justice…

For urban agriculture to yield positive outcomes, it needs to be part of a wider array of policies that enable disadvantaged people to access land and find the time to cultivate it. By Albane Gaspard Originally Published in Urban Food Futures   Urban agriculture is fashionable in developed countries and it boasts… Read more

Why Urban Farming Is Key in the Fight Against Hunger and Climate Change

Why Urban Farming Is Key in the Fight Against Hunger and Climate Change

Video posted by The Good Stuff about Ken Dunn’s crusade to turn food waste into productive farmland in Chicago: A new study finds that urban farms are critical to survival in a changing climate. By Lorraine Chow Originally Published in Alternet   The urban farms sprouting up and across cities around the world aren’t just feeding… Read more

Farm to Every Table

Farm to Every Table

There is still untapped potential for the farm to table movement when it comes to addressing some of the most pressing food issues in our communities.   I love walking up and down the stalls at the farmers’ market on west 97th street. I usually spend more than I typically… Read more

One community garden at a time: how New Yorkers are fighting for food justice

One community garden at a time: how New Yorkers are fighting for food justice

 ‘We didn’t call it food justice before – we called it survival’: Tanya Fields founded Libertad Urban Farm in the Bronx to challenge systemic inequality in her community. Photograph: Edward Helmore for the Guardian Tanya Fields’ Libertad Urban Farm joins a city-wide movement to redistribute resources to poor communities that… Read more

Food Justice is a Passion and a Calling

Food Justice is a Passion and a Calling

Today marks the beginning of our Breaking Barriers Series. The food policy industry is buzzing with professionals who care deeply about academia, food activism and reducing inequality. But in order to fully advance the food justice agenda, we must break down the barrier of seemingly exclusive language. How else can… Read more

Money, Not Access, Key to Resident Food Choices in ‘Food Deserts’

Money, Not Access, Key to Resident Food Choices in ‘Food Deserts’

Photo credit: rick A new study from North Carolina State University and Campbell University finds that, while access to healthy foods is a significant challenge, the biggest variable limiting diet choices in so-called “food deserts” is limited financial resources. By Sarah Bowen, Lillian MacNell and Matt Shipman Originally Published in News – NC State… Read more

Staff Spotlight: Harrison Hillier, Hydroponics Manager

Staff Spotlight: Harrison Hillier, Hydroponics Manager

Harrison Hillier was an ordinary farmer who spent his time in grad school breeding sweet potatoes until two years ago when he made the unconventional decision to leave rural North Carolina to be a farmer in New York City. Although the Big Apple lacks the space for traditional agriculture, Harrison’s… Read more

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