Ecology Center Partners with First 5 LA to Expand Market Match to 37 Farmers’ Markets with $2.5 Million Grant

Ecology Center Partners with First 5 LA to Expand Market Match to 37 Farmers’ Markets with $2.5 Million Grant
Our efforts to expand our healthy food program statewide celebrated a big success in LA County this past weekend. The press release that went out for the celebration provides a snapshot of the program, our partners, and what impact this collaboration is having for low-income families and farmers in the Los Angeles area. Read on… Read more »

SF Chronicle Covers our Work to Make Healthy Food Accessible

SF Chronicle Covers our Work to Make Healthy Food Accessible
One of the big areas where our work has been expanding is with Market Match, a program that allows people who receive food assistance to have their benefits doubled when they shop at Farmers’ Markets. This makes it easier for families to make healthy food choices, and it benefits the local farmers, who take home… Read more »

Farmers’ Market Finder Tool: Improving Access to Healthy, Affordable Food at Farmers’ Markets

Farmers’ Market Finder Tool: Improving Access to Healthy, Affordable Food at Farmers’ Markets
As the country waits for the Farm Bill to pass, and funding for food stamps remains in limbo, the Ecology Center is launching a tool that allows Californians on food assistance to easily find the healthiest, affordable food from a farmers’ market near them. The Farmers’ Market Finder displays all farmers’ markets that accept CalFresh… Read more »

What’s on Our Menu: Policies to Lead By

What's on Our Menu: Policies to Lead By
The Ecology Center is perhaps best known for our local, service-oriented work. But as we’ve created infrastructure and piloted projects, we have frequently found ourselves at government’s door, advocating for policy changes that would stop harmful practices and allow our positive, local solutions to scale up. Even in this jaded age of low government expectations,… Read more »

Farm Bill Passes Senate Agriculture Committee, Update from CFSC

Farm Bill Passes Senate Agriculture Committee, Update from CFSC
This message was sent from CFSC last week, we wanted to pass on the good news! The next step will be a hearing of the bill on the Senate floor. Stay tuned… “Yesterday afternoon, the Senate Agriculture Committee approved the Agricultural Reform, Food and Jobs Act (Farm Bill) in a bipartisan 16-5 vote. The bill… Read more »