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From small plots… big rewards.

Farmers’ Market News
January 17, 2017 – Vol. 9 Issue 3

Aloha FarmLovers!

We are inspired by the passion and commitment of farmers all over the globe!  Meet this farmer from Georgia who took a small space and a lot of love, and now feeds beautiful organic produce to her community.
Meet the Modern Farmer: Jamila Norman
By Jessica Leigh Hester, for Modern Farmer Magazine

Patchwork City Farms
Atlanta, Georgia
Her initial plan for this acre in the predominantly African-American West End neighborhood-leased from the city’s public school system-involved supplying students with fresh-grown produce. But, says Norman, “I wasn’t able to get food into the cafeterias because of bureaucracy and red tape.” Continue reading this Modern Farmer article.
 
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Bringing local produce into public schools

Farmers’ Market News

January 10, 2017 – Vol. 9 Issue 2

Aloha FarmLovers!    

Here in Hawaii, we have many advocates for sourcing local food in our public schools including the Farm to School Program. With Program Coordinator Robyn Pfahl at the helm, this initiative is dedicated to student health, an educated agricultural workforce, local food procurement, garden and farm-based education, and expanding relationships between public schools and agricultural communities. We have a long way to go… but each step forward is a step closer to the goal. Read below about a very successful program in Brazil.
The World’s Biggest School Meal Program Is Keeping Local Farmers in Business
Emphasizing local food under a radical policy of “zero hunger,” Brazil’s school lunch initiative helps small farmers buy the land they’ve been farming for generations

by Chris Arsenault, for YES! Magazine

At an elementary school in Brazil’s capital, students are not too concerned about who has produced their food as they bite into an afternoon snack of pineapple and watermelon.

Nevertheless, they are among 45 million students benefiting from the world’s biggest universal school feeding program, whose meals are helping keep Brazil’s small farmers on their land.

Family farmers and cooperatives have seen their fortunes rise as a result of the program, which guarantees them a local market and has helped to expand formal land rights nationwide. continue to Yes! article

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How you help local farmers

Farmers’ Market News

January 3, 2017 – Vol. 9 Issue 1

Aloha FarmLovers!    

Small farmers are our primary source of local food for local consumption on our islands. Due to the high price of land and water, farm operations can be a challenge. When you buy directly from the farmer at our markets, you are making it possible for farmers to sustain themselves… and continue to feed us. It’s a win-win!

Meet the Modern Farmer: Rand Rasheed
By Audra Mulkern, for Modern Farmers Magazine

Snohomish, Washington
Although Rand Rasheed comes by her green thumb naturally-her dad grew wheat and legumes in Iraq before immigrating to the United States in the late ’90s-the first-generation American obviously didn’t stand to inherit land. “I wasn’t taking over an old family business or leaving a lucrative job for agriculture,” says Rasheed, a mere 23 years old when she started farming. Continue reading this Modern Farmer article. 

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