Local food in the news and on the ‘net!

Check out the beautiful video done by Phase 4 Media about Fair Food Network’s Double Up Food Bucks – this project has been taking up the bulk of my time at FFN since I started there almost a year ago: http://www.youtube.com/fairfoodnetwork#p/a/u/0/aoHM11PGPKg.

And “follow your food from farm to fork” with Real Time Farms new website. Here’s your chance to get involved: add your own local food finds, farms, farmers’ markets, and restaurants or just learn from your neighbors.

Visit my new blog!

I’m probably asking for trouble, trying to keep up with 2 blogs and 2 kids, but… you can now join me at Simply: Home Cooking for cooking from scratch and adventures in SOLE food.

Just Desserts to the Tune of $500,000

Check out one of the newest MacArthur Fellows, agriculturalist Will Allen: the New York Times ran a story on him today, and the MacArthur Foundation has posted a video on YouTube.

In this time of economic crisis, it’s hard to imagine any work more worthy of recognition and investment than that of ensuring that everyone on the planet has “equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food.” I can’t wait to see how Mr. Allen invests his “no-strings attached” $500K.

For more on Mr. Allen’s foundation, visit the Growing Power website.

Chef’s Vacation…

I’ll be taking a break from cooking the next few days – in my “real job” I help to organize events, and we’re in the midst of 2 conferences over 4 days – so my sous chef/husband will be taking over the kitchen in my absence. I’ll be back with more recipes in a few days but want to add a few quick posts in the meantime.

At Tuesday’s farmers’ market I was fortunate to make the acquaintance of Peggy Curry, who is a nutrition and conscious cooking educator and works with Growing Great, whose mission reads as follows: “GrowingGreat is a non-profit garden and nutrition education organization dedicated to inspiring children and adults to adopt healthy eating habits through classroom nutrition lessons, school gardens and community events.”

I urge you to visit their site (get involved as a volunteer if you live in the South Bay area of Los Angeles!) and particularly check out the “Scary Statistics” on their About page. In this time of federal and state budget cuts to our public school system, we as the village cannot afford to stand by as nutrition education disappears entirely from the classroom.