Act Now to Support AB 1321 in California’s Budget: Nutrition Incentives Act Is Win-Win for Low-Income Families & Small Farmers

Act Now to Support AB 1321 in California's Budget: Nutrition Incentives Act Is Win-Win for Low-Income Families & Small Farmers
Last week Governor Brown released his revised budget for the state. In response to the Governor’s proposal, the California state Assembly and Senate are in the process of preparing their counter-proposal. Now is the time to ask California’s Budget leaders to Fund Nutrition Incentives Act, AB 1321. For background on AB 1321, click here. How… Read more »

Changing Farming, One Lentil at a Time: “Lentil Underground” Book Event & Seed Swap, 5/23/15

Changing Farming, One Lentil at a Time: "Lentil Underground" Book Event & Seed Swap, 5/23/15
Lentil Underground by Berkeley author Liz Carlisle is the true story of a group of Montana farmers who launch a farm-to-table movement, developing lentil farming as a strategy to restore depleted soils while creating a market for an unlikely cash crop. By collectively sharing their skills, experiences, and resources, this diverse group of farmers venture… Read more »

Ecology Center Members’ Farm Tour: Beginning Farmers, 4/26/15

Ecology Center Members’ Farm Tour: Beginning Farmers, 4/26/15
Join us as we turn our focus to the people who grow the food we eat, ​and ​social justice issues connected with training, start up costs, and access to land for beginning farmers. We will travel to Hollister, CA to visit with Oya Organics, Golden Rule Organics, and Avalos Organic Farm to discuss challenges and… Read more »

Ecology Center Awarded $3.7 Million Grant from USDA to Expand Statewide Program That Supports Farmers & Feeds Families

Ecology Center Awarded $3.7 Million Grant from USDA to Expand  Statewide Program That Supports Farmers & Feeds Families
[Press Release] Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the Ecology Center in Berkeley, California will receive one of the USDA’s first ever Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grants, totaling $3.7 million over two years. The grant will help to expand Market Match, California’s healthy food incentive program to additional farmers’ markets and other outlets… Read more »

Top Herbicide Roundup Could Cause Cancer, Says Study from World Health Organization

Top Herbicide Roundup Could Cause Cancer, Says Study from World Health Organization
A new study published this week draws the conclusion that glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, is a likely carcinogen. This study has quickly caught media attention in part because it is coming from a well-respected, international group of scientists connected to the World Health Organization. Categorizing glyphosate as a probable carcinogen is a strong… Read more »