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  • Garden Mosaics projects promote science education while connecting young and old people as they work together in local gardens.
  • Hope Meadows is a planned inter-generational community containing foster and adoptive parents, children, and senior citizens
  • In August 2002, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board voted to ban soft drinks from all of the district’s schools

urban agriculture / local food

Native Seeds/SEARCH

The USDA uses the phrase “food insecurity” to refer to a family’s inability to buy a balanced diet or to buy enough food to feed its children. By this definition, many Native American families are living in a state of food insecurity. Because of high rates of poverty, many Native Americans are reliant on government commodities: cheese, lard, powdered milk, and other processed, preserved, and packaged food. In addition, many American Indians live in remote areas and

Mercado Central, an Urban Business Incubator

Immigrant populations are increasing in number in cities throughout the United States. Newly settled immigrants face multiple challenges: making connections with long-time residents, finding rewarding work that will allow them to contribute their talents and skills to their new communities, and maintaining their cultural traditions. How can our newest community members be supported in overcoming each of these challenges? Through the establishment of an “urban business i

Lane County Food Coalition

In our major supermarkets we are able to purchase produce that used to be available only at certain times of the year in certain parts of the world. While this abundance might be convenient, it comes at a cost. Produce imported from long distances loses both flavor and nutrients by the time we eat it. When we rely upon imported produce, we lose out on genetic diversity; in modern industrial agriculture, varieties of produce are chosen for their ability to withstand packing and shipping

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