Market Match Update: Funding Secured! CA State Budget Funds Program Through 2028

Market Match Update: Funding Secured! CA State Budget Funds Program Through 2028
Thanks to the support of many organizations, elected officials, and individuals, Ecology Center’s Market Match program has secured funding through 2028. The California Nutrition Incentive Program (CNIP), which funds Market Match, received $35 million in the 2023 State Budget, thanks to the hard work of many supporters.  Market Match enables CalFresh shoppers to double their… Read more »

Berkeley Farmers’ Market Press Release

Berkeley Farmers' Market Press Release
City of Berkeley Proclaims Aug. 6-12 “Berkeley Farmers’ Market Week” to Celebrate and Support Local Agriculture Berkeley, CA – Mayor of Berkeley, Jesse Arreguín, alongside Berkeley City Council members, signed a proclamation on Tuesday declaring August 6-12 as Berkeley Farmers’ Market Week at the July 25th City Council meeting. Berkeley Farmers’ Market Week will be… Read more »

Together We Can—Create a Healthy, Sustainable, and Just Future

Together We Can—Create a Healthy, Sustainable, and Just Future
Dear Ecology Center Supporter, This spring, we were a cosponsor of the 34th Bioneers conference, hosted in Berkeley for the first time. The event brought together thought leaders in the environmental and social justice movements to discuss practical and visionary solutions. I was struck by how many of the hot topics being discussed there are… Read more »

CA Budget Cuts Endanger Market Match Program–Take Action Today

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CA Budget Cuts Endanger Market Match Program–Take Action Today
The well loved Market Match Program, led by the Ecology Center, which enables CalFresh shoppers to double their EBT food dollars for fruits and veggies at 270+ farmers’ markets (and other farm-direct sites), is at risk of losing funding. That’s why the Ecology Center, Roots of Change, and a coalition of supporters are working to… Read more »

Explore the Ecology Center’s Disposable Foodware Policy Toolkit

A large group of people standing together holding signs that read "Disposable Free Berkeley"
In the US we have been entrenched in a culture of consumption, with little consideration for what waste disposal entails, for decades. In fact, the convenience of disposable products and foodware has long been celebrated; in the 1950s a Time article coined the term “throwaway living,” naming that sentiment. But in recent years, cultural awareness… Read more »