Statement on Fossil Fuels, Petrochemicals, and a Just Recovery from Hurricane Harvey

Statement on Fossil Fuels, Petrochemicals, and a Just Recovery from Hurricane Harvey
We, the undersigned organizations stand in support and solidarity with the thousands of Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey and the hazardous chemical releases that followed. While the full extent of the damage to these communities will not be known for weeks or months, one troubling trend is clear: the dense concentration of oil, gas, and… Read more »

Rooted In Community: Youth Leaders Report Back

Rooted In Community: Youth Leaders Report Back
The Rooted in Community National Youth Leadership Summit is a conference for high school aged young people involved in the food justice movement. Every summer, the summit attracts over 100 young people from throughout the United States and Canada. Youth from across the country convene for five days to cultivate grassroots leadership, and strengthen the… Read more »

USDA Awards Nation’s Largest Grant to Expand California Healthy Eating Program to More Farmers’ Markets

USDA Awards Nation's Largest Grant to Expand California Healthy Eating Program to More Farmers’ Markets
[PRESS RELEASE] – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded the California Department of Agriculture (CDFA) and its partners a $3.9 million Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant – the largest in the country. FINI grants are designed to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income people participating in the Supplemental Nutrition… Read more »

Berkeley Declares July Plastic Free – Responding to Urgent Need to Reduce Plastics

Berkeley Declares July Plastic Free - Responding to Urgent Need to Reduce Plastics
At City Council meeting on July 25, the City of Berkeley declared July Plastic Free Month. The Ecology Center has advocated and led events for Plastic Free July for several years, as part of a growing, international effort to reduce plastic. We strongly support and commend the city for being a pioneer in addressing the… Read more »

For CalFresh Awareness Month, Our Staffer Leah Ricci Is Helping Make Farmers’ Markets More Affordable

For CalFresh Awareness Month, Our Staffer Leah Ricci Is Helping Make Farmers' Markets More Affordable
When she’s not visiting farmers’ markets or presenting to county social service agencies around the state, Leah Ricci, Farmers’ Market Access & Equity Program Manager is often leading calls, webinars, or hiring to expand our work to make farmers’ markets more affordable. We caught up with this busy woman to hear how our Market Match Read more »