Gov. Brown Weighs $5M for Nutrition Incentive Program That is Helping Farm Economies & Boosting Health

Gov. Brown Weighs $5M for Nutrition Incentive Program That is Helping Farm Economies & Boosting Health
[Press Release] BERKELEY, June 13, 2016 – The healthy food incentive program Market Match is increasing access to fresh produce among Californians who are struggling to feed their families, while giving an economic boost to the state’s embattled farm communities. Any day, Governor Jerry Brown is expected to decide whether to take advantage of federal… Read more »

Watch Mark Bittman’s Video “The Changing Faces of California Agriculture,” featuring Vang Family Farm from our Farmers’ Market

Watch Mark Bittman's Video "The Changing Faces of California Agriculture," featuring Vang Family Farm from our Farmers' Market
Eggplants, lemongrass and herbs, onion and garlic, and many kinds of greens are a small sample of the abundance added to California’s agriculture by Hmong farmers in the Central Valley. Shoppers at our Saturday farmers’ market know one of these farms, Vang Family Farm, for their huge variety of delicious and unique produce. The Vang’s… Read more »

View from the Farmers’ Market: Farming Through the Drought

View from the Farmers' Market: Farming Through the Drought
This year, the hills by my house didn’t turn green until late February. Although big drops of hope fall outside my window as I write, it gives me a false sense that everything will be okay, that perhaps we are not facing the biggest drought in many people’s lifetimes. I say this because this system… Read more »

Farm Bill Passes Senate, Moves to House

Farm Bill Passes Senate, Moves to House
Last week the Senate passed their version of the 2012 Farm Bill, and the House Agricultural Committee will take up their version of the bill on July 11th. From GE foods to SNAP benefits, the Senate debated many critical issues in our food system. For a quick listing of the important provisions that made it… Read more »