Food Fund Fridays

What We Talk About When We Talk About James Beard

What We Talk About When We Talk About James Beard

America’s First Foodie is an upcoming documentary that tells the story of James Beard’s impact on the culinary world. Today, the James Beard awards are the height of culinary or food-media achievement. Yet many of us only have a cursory understanding of the impact Beard himself had on food as we eat it. The filmmakers have this to say about him, “At a time of “all things French,” Beard appreciated what America had to bring to […]

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October 10, 2014 at 8:00 amColumns Culture Food Fund Fridays

This is the Technology Small Farms Have Been Waiting For

This is the Technology Small Farms Have Been Waiting For

Farm equipment is expensive. Large tractors, combines, and sprayers cost anywhere from $20,000 to hundreds of thousands of dollars. The only farmers who can feasibly work that kind of expense into their budget are the ones growing hundreds of acres of monoculture crops. This leaves a lot of small- and medium-sized farmers with a lot of hard labor to do by hand. Mechanical engineer and social entrepreneur Rory Aronson hadn’t thought much about agriculture or […]

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September 12, 2014 at 8:30 amAgriculture Columns Food Fund Fridays

The Oyster War: Shellfish and Controversy California-Style

The Oyster War: Shellfish and Controversy California-Style

According to an article in SFGate, the sound of bagpipes filled the air on July 31, 2014 – the final day of business for Drakes Bay Oyster Company. In most cases, people don’t know more about their oysters than the shellfish’s geographic origin. Yet Drakes Bay had been making headlines over their fight to extend a lease with the National Park Service. One of many writers covering this fight between food, environment, and legal technicalities […]

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September 5, 2014 at 8:00 amColumns Food Fund Fridays

Food Fund Friday: The Story of American Craft Beer

Food Fund Friday: The Story of American Craft Beer

Beer lovers unite! As the craft beer industry has exploded in popularity, so has the tension between the smallest breweries and big beer companies trying to get in on the game. How big can craft beer get before it no longer fits in the category? How can brewers keep their fans happy as their popularity rises? These are some of the questions that will be explored in Brewland, a documentary about the history and future of craft […]

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August 22, 2014 at 9:00 amColumns Food Fund Fridays

Food Fund Friday – Bring Growing Cities to PBS

Food Fund Friday – Bring Growing Cities to PBS

Growing Cities is an hour-long documentary about the urban farm movement popping up across the nation. I was lucky enough to watch a screener of the film which manages to cover a wide range of what urban farming means today. The director and producer Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette visit farms ranging from Growing Power in Milwaukee to Brooklyn Grange in NYC to Seattle’s P-Patch community gardens. Some of them are run as food justice organizations, […]

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June 27, 2014 at 10:42 amColumns Food Fund Fridays

Food Fund Friday – The Tales of 2 Urban Farms

Food Fund Friday – The Tales of 2 Urban Farms

This week’s Food Fund Friday is highlighting not one but two projects looking for some Kickstarter love. Though they’re both urban farms and both based in Brooklyn, they’re taking very different approaches to unused land and programming. Farm-in-the-Sky is a 10,000 foot farm in Bushwick, Brooklyn located on top of unused roof space. As part of EcoStation (you can read our past profile of the organization here), youth programming will be a primary focus. Fourteen young […]

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June 20, 2014 at 11:36 amColumns Food Fund Fridays

Food Fund Friday – Investigative Ag Journalism With Drones

Food Fund Friday – Investigative Ag Journalism With Drones

Will Potter, author of the excellent book Green is the New Red, has often focused his work on animal rights and the environment. Following his book about the heightened rate of prosecution and conviction for environmental “terrorists,” he’s started focusing on Ag-Gag laws. According to some, they’re a necessary way to keep farms safe and meant to stop animal abuse from happening. To others, they’re an affront to civil liberties and freedom of the press and stop […]

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June 13, 2014 at 11:32 amColumns Food Fund Fridays Policy

Food Fund Friday – Education and Nutrition for SF Youth

Food Fund Friday – Education and Nutrition for SF Youth

Moving out to the West Coast for this week’s Food Fund Friday, San Francisco-based Urban Sprouts is trying to raise funds to continue working at the Mission Community Market. Every Thursday, you can find their tent at the market where they offer nutrition education and youth programming to help build community and food knowledge. This is just one of the non-profit’s many programs (read: your donations to their Indiegogo campaign are tax-deductible). They partner with […]

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June 6, 2014 at 1:50 pmColumns Food Fund Fridays

Food Fund Friday – African Americans in the Presidents’ Kitchens

Food Fund Friday – African Americans in the Presidents’ Kitchens

In one of the most exciting projects we’ve featured on Food Fund Friday, Adrian Miller aka. “The Soul Food Scholar” is raising money to create a documentary about the African-Americans who have worked in presidential kitchens. The President’s Kitchen Cabinet will be an hour-long feature looking at the history of the chefs (many of them head chefs) and their personal and professional relationships with presidents, the first families, and – of course – the foods […]

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May 30, 2014 at 10:10 amColumns Food Fund Fridays

Food Fund Friday – Promoting Local Farms with Sticker Scavenger Hunts

Food Fund Friday – Promoting Local Farms with Sticker Scavenger Hunts

Stick to Local Food is a project to promote farms in the Rondout Valley of New York State. Organized by Maria Reidelbach, it’s a group effort by twenty-one farms in the area. Using a scavenger hunt theme, school children in various local schools will be given a copy of a blank map with places for stickers signifying each farm they’ve visited in the area. The back of the map will provide space for local businesses […]

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May 23, 2014 at 10:45 amColumns Food Fund Fridays