After a long deliberation between the Conference Committee leadership, the Farm Bill passed in both chambers of Congress this week and awaits the President’s signature. In a historic vote, the House broke the record for the most number of “yes” votes on a Farm Bill, ever. It seems as though the sweeping wins for Democrats… Read more »
One in six American children and teens is obese, which brings a range of other health risks, like diabetes, into their lives at an early age. A new study shows a link between phthalates and insulin resistance (which leads to diabetes), and BPA and obesity in adolescents.
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A familiar sight to anyone who attends Farmers’ Market events, Kirk Lumpkin’s collection of vintage Ecology Center t-shirts are now a part of Berkeley history. The Berkeley Historical Society has included them in an exhibit “Berkeley: From Farm to Urban Farming 1850 – 2013.” Here’s a description of the exhibit from Berkeley Historical Society: “The… Read more »
Beginning this May, fermented apple cider, or “hard cider” will be available at the Ecology Center Saturday Farmers’ Market, as we welcome Devoto Gardens. Here is a snapshot of the past, present, and future of hard cider and apple farms, as told by fermenting enthusiast Dylan Cardiff, our Farmers’ Market Operations Manager.
Hard cider is… Read more »
A new food sovereignty project led by Phat Beets and partnering organizations is connecting internationally and internally displaced farmers living in Oakland to peri-urban public land. The Pinole Creek Incubator Farm, located 20 minutes outside of Oakland nestled in the beautiful hills between the city of Pinole and Briones, will be celebrating its Grand Opening… Read more »