Ask California’s Budget Leaders to Fund Nutrition Incentives Act, AB 1321

Ask California's Budget Leaders to Fund Nutrition Incentives Act, AB 1321
UPDATE: Thanks to all our emails and letters, the Senate Budget Committee included $2.5 million in their proposed budget for AB 1321! However, we need to continue to let a few key decision-makers know that this is a budget priority for our state. We need your help to make sure that the $2.5 million makes… 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 »

Ecology Center’s Food & Farming, Zero Waste Programs Are Now Hiring

Ecology Center's Food & Farming, Zero Waste Programs Are Now Hiring
These positions at the Ecology Center are now open: Farmers’ Market Access & Equity Program Coordinator, Farmers’ Market Program Manager, and On-Call Curbside Recycling Driver. We encourage you to visit ecologycenter.org/jobs for full descriptions, and details on how to apply. FARMERS’ MARKET ACCESS & EQUITY PROGRAM COORDINATOR The Farmers’ Markets Access & Equity (FMAE) Program… Read more »

California Bill Could Dramatically Increase Market Match’s Scope!

California Bill Could Dramatically Increase Market Match’s Scope!
Exciting developments are afoot in Sacramento: thanks to the advocacy efforts of the Ecology Center, Roots of Change, Public Health Institute, and Latino Coalition for a Health California, the California Nutrition Incentive Act (AB 1321) was introduced on Friday by Assemblymember Phil Ting. Coauthored by Rob Bonta, Lois Wolk, Marc Levine, and Henry Perea, the… Read more »