$2.5M for Nutrition Incentives Chopped from State Budget, but AB 1321 is Still in Play

$2.5M for Nutrition Incentives Chopped from State Budget, but AB 1321 is Still in Play
Last week in Sacramento, the $2.5 million in nutrition incentives that we’ve been lobbying for was dropped during the 2015-2016 budget negotiation between the legislature and the governor. However, AB 1321 is still in play- the bill would set up the infrastructure necessary to administer a nutrition incentive grant program, once funding is secured. The… Read more »

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 »

Market Match Program Grows with the Power of Partnerships and a New Website

Market Match Program Grows with the Power of Partnerships and a New Website
Today, the Ecology Center is launching our new Market Match website, MarketMatch.org. This new mobile compatible website informs shoppers, funders, partners, and the general public about the Market Match program. It builds support for the program, and it assists shoppers in locating the nearest CalFresh-accessible farmers’ market, including those that offer Market Match. Established in… Read more »

New California Law Elevates Farmers’ Markets – Part of Behind-the-Scenes Work of the Ecology Center

New California Law Elevates Farmers' Markets - Part of Behind-the-Scenes Work of the Ecology Center
The Ecology Center’s weekly farmers’ markets are how we got our start building an alternative food system. Recently, our work in that realm has expanded, but less visibly to our local supporters and farmers’ market customers. That’s because we’re working behind the scenes statewide with other farmers’ market managers and partners, to replicate programs that… Read more »

Proposed Bills to Take Action on for Health and Environment

Proposed Bills to Take Action on for Health and Environment
Ah, spring in Sacramento: an abundance of Assembly Bills and Senate Bills, young pieces of policy that could become important state laws. This is the time of year that proposed bills make their way through various committees, each committee holding a vote before the bill can go to the next step. As a bill comes… Read more »