COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine (AP) — A tiny town in Down East Maine will once again welcome hundreds of people this year to celebrate a little fish and the arrival of spring.
10 Kentucky agribusinesses awarded grants for marketing
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Ten Kentucky agribusinesses have been awarded grants to enhance farm-to-school marketing.
Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced the recipients in a statement Monday, saying the funding will help farmers improve marketing to schools across the state. The farm-to-school program helps Kentucky schools serve local food to students.
New food and beverage incubator opens in East Garfield Park
CHICAGO (AP) — A $34 million food and beverage incubator has opened in Chicago's East Garfield Park neighborhood.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, neighborhood leaders and members of the business community attended Thursday's official opening of The Hatchery which will provide affordable space to help local food entrepreneurs launch and develop their businesses.
In La Plata, hundreds commit to eating locally produced food
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — About 500 residents in eastern La Plata County have made a commitment to ensure 10 percent of their food comes from local sources.
"It's a little bit of a challenge, but it's not intimidating," said Kami Larson, a Bayfield resident.
Residents from Vallecito to Sambrito, New Mexico, have pledged to raise, buy or trade for 10 percent of their food, including meat, dairy, fruits and vegetables, said Pam Willhoite, coordinator of Pine River Shares, a nonprofit.
Illinois organic farmers adapt as industry changes
ATLANTA, Ill. (AP) — Organic farmers in Illinois are adapting their business practices due to a shift in the local market prompted in part by large grocers offering organic produce and meal-kit startups gaining popularity.
Fairbanks commission calls for more sustainable practices
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A draft proposal outlines plans for the Fairbanks North Star Borough to become more sustainable by boosting food security, reducing energy consumption and minimizing waste.
The borough is taking public comment on the Sustainability Commission's plan through Wednesday, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported .
Oxfam America, Boston chef team up for World Food Day event
BOSTON (AP) — Oxfam America is teaming up with a popular chef to teach consumers how to fight hunger starting right at their kitchen tables.
Chef Jennifer Heilig of the restaurant For the Table will be on hand starting at noon Tuesday at The Kitchen in the Boston Public Market. She'll demonstrate how to buy and cook local food that's in season, and how that can make a global impact.
Oxfam America says the event is being held to mark World Food Day.
Program harvests thousands of pounds for needy families
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Millions of pounds of produce are ripening in the fields this fall across Montezuma and La Plata counties, and The Good Food Collective wants to make sure the nutritious harvest is delivered to those who need it.
The collective is in its first year, and it is focused on reducing food waste, eliminating fruit that will attract bears, bolstering the local food economy and providing fresh food to residents in need, said Rachel Landis, director of the collective.
New York schools can apply for $1.5M in farm-to-school funds
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Schools in New York state can apply for grants of up to $100,000 to help increase the amount of locally grown food on school menus this year.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the $1.5 million available statewide for farm-to-school programs will help both students and farmers. Eligible schools serving kindergartners through high school students can apply for grants of up to $100,000 per project.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The LSU AgCenter will host the third annual Louisiana farm to school conference in October.
Auburn researchers work to make buying local food safer
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The local foods movement is continuing to grow in the U.S., and consumers want to know more about where their food is coming from.
Auburn University researchers are beginning to address how to educate and train local and regional meat farmers on ways to ensure a more secure food chain.
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)
Joshua T. Beck, University of Oregon and Brandon Reich, University of Oregon
KEARSARGE, N.H. (AP) — Sitting on a box in the middle of a dusty floor surrounded by unfinished counters, paint supplies and boxes, Hanna Flanders, 29, of Sunapee summed up a guiding philosophy behind the Kearsarge Food Hub.
"We really think that every town and community needs a heart where food is purchased or consumed or made in some way including local ingredients," she said.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Agriculture Department has unveiled an interactive web-based map to help consumers more easily find local foods in the state.
The map contains layers for farmers markets, on-farm sales, roadside stands, community supported agriculture programs, u-pick operations and vineyards.
Farmington looks to propel local food market
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Community agencies and the city of Farmington are looking for ways to boost the market for local food while revitalizing downtown.
BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — The federal government is providing technical support to a nonprofit group in Biddeford, Maine, that wants to help grow local food infrastructure.
Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree says the nonprofit group, Engine, is receiving the support through Local Food, Local Places, a federal initiative designed to bring reinvestment to neighborhoods and their food economies.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Agriculture and seafood businesses throughout Rhode Island have been awarded grants to help them start or expand their operations.
The state Department of Environmental Management says 21 local food businesses will be awarded a total of about $210,000.
The Local Agriculture and Seafood Act grant program is funded by the state and charitable foundations.
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Food hub opens in North Dakota
ANAMOOSE, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota now has a center of production, distribution and marketing services for local food growers.
The FARMtastic Heritage Food Hub in Anamoose has been open for about a month, The Bismarck Tribune reported .
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — As farmers toil with crops, chickens and hogs at Raisin Roots Farm, cars whiz by at the nearby intersection of Vine Drive and North Taft Hill Road.
A housing development borders the Fort Collins property, with eight fenced-in backyards directly facing the farm. The 3-acre space could likely fetch a hefty payday from a housing developer, but landowner Dennis Vanderheiden is committed to keeping it urban agriculture.
Local food trucks will be a first this year at the Parkwood Church Strawberry Festival on June 2, from noon to 6 p.m., in Allison Park.
As the name suggests, plenty of strawberry-flavored food will be featured, including desserts, fruit dishes and ice cream. In addition, the festival will feature local food trucks including Vagabond Tacos, Gyros-N-At, Blowfish BBQ, and Pasquale Pizza.
Katelyn and Laurie Shook have been harmonizing together since they were 2 years old. “Mom and Dad tell stories about us making up songs in the back of the car on the way to Grandma’s when we were that young,” Laurie Shook said. “And we just never stopped.”
Those interested in the future of local produce may consider stopping by the Rockmart Farmers Market Stakeholders Meeting. Slated for May 24 at 6:30 p.m., Farmers Market Executive Director Shonna Kirkpatrick will be detailing her plans for 2018 and recapping on the success of last year’s market.
Cleveland featured in premiere of Travel Channel’s ‘Eat, Drink, Haggle’ with Lara Spencer
Cleveland featured in premiere of Travel Channel's 'Eat, Drink, Haggle' with Lara Spencer
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- We now know what "Flea Market Flip" and "Good Morning America" host Lara Spencer was up to when she was spotted in Cleveland last October.
Rachel Kingsbury of The Grocery helps locals eat well and feel well: My Cleveland (photos)
Rachel Kingsbury of The Grocery helps locals eat well and feel well: My Cleveland (photos)
Rachel Kingsbury offers healthy, mostly local food at The Grocery at on Lorain. She'll have a second, bigger branch at the Quarter complex at West 25th and Detroit, which is scheduled to open in early July.
Cleveland creds: Nearly lifelong local, raised in Lakewood
Currently lives: West Side
Schooling: Lakewood High, University of South Carolina
Household: partner, dog, cat, hamster, three chickens
Garden Fresh Gourmet founders launch processing center
TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) — The founders of Garden Fresh Gourmet, the makers of salsa, chips and hummus who sold the company to Campbell Soup Co., have launched their next big project.
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. — Sprout Growers and Makers Marketplace wants to create a legion of locavores.
And no, that's not a type of dinosaur.
A locavore is a person whose diet primarily consists of locally grown, raised or produced food. But to eat local, you first must learn how to cook local.
Innovation festival to feature John Cleese, Dan Rather
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Comedian John Cleese and former CBS news anchor Dan Rather are among the speakers to be featured at the seventh annual Tom Tom Founders Festival this week.
The festival includes more than 200 events, ranging from public policy discussions to local food sampling to open-air block parties.
The weeklong festival began Monday and is scheduled to run through Sunday in Charlottesville.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Steve Censky recently announced two new efforts to provide states and school districts with additional flexibility and support to operate more efficient school meal programs.
Censky made the announcement during a speech at the School Nutrition Association Legislative Action Conference in Washington, D.C.
Amidst the heaps of snow covering the Flathead Valley, a reminder of the coming spring returns to Flathead Valley Community College March 3 for the third annual Free the Seeds! event.
A project of Farm Hands: Nourish the Flathead, Free the Seeds! offers everyone from new gardeners to experienced farmers the opportunity to learn more about the many aspects of homegrown food and receive or trade seeds to get started.
Sioux Falls officials defend boozy cupcake business
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls officials are looking into local food laws after an online business selling alcohol-infused cupcakes closed amid legal uncertainty.
14th annual Local Foods Conference being held in Minot
MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Food growers, processors, marketers and others are gathering in Minot for a two-day conference.
The Local Foods Conference on Friday and Saturday at the Grand Hotel in Minot is sponsored by the state Agriculture Department and the North Dakota Farmers Market and Growers Association.
The conference is in its 14th year. Topics this year include food safety, livestock management, business planning and specialty crops.
Annual Vermont Farm Show returns to Essex Junction this week
ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) — The annual Vermont Farm Show takes place this week with exhibits, equipment, animals, and Vermont foods and products.
The three-day event opens Tuesday at the Champlain Valley Exposition.
A lot is cooking and brewing in Lane County’s food and beverage industry.
The industry, which includes such well-known brands as Cafe Yumm!, Ninkasi, Nancy’s Yogurt and Yogi Tea, has long helped define Lane County and contributed steadily to the local economy.
Someone new has recently started working in Lane County’s kitchen.
UMaine system exceeds goal of buying a fifth of food locally
ORONO, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine System says it has met its goal of purchasing more than 20 percent of its food locally.
The university system and food services company Sodexo set a goal of exceeding 20 percent local food by 2020 and say they've already reached 23 percent. The system says it's on pace to spend about $1.5 million this fiscal year on purchases from local food vendors.
MAYVILLE -- The Rotary Club of Mayville is sponsoring its third annual Rock River Bierfest on Jan. 27, 2018, at the Mayville Park Pavilion. The event features beer from regional and statewide big name and craft breweries, local food and music. Tickets are available from Mountin's Piggly Wiggly in Mayville and on Eventbrite.com.
Wisconsin program hopes to spark interest in hunting
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials hope the hunting tradition can get new life from the local food movement.
SPEARFISH — In two years, one of the main lessons learned was the time it takes to ramp up operations: The two-year grant cycle of the $100,000 USDA Local Food Promotion Program grant used to create the Black Hills Food Hub concluded Sept. 30, with Black Hills State University taking over the funding and operation of the program meant to meet the distribution gap between local producers and cafeterias.
Yuba-Sutter food distribution program ending Dec. 31
Local food distribution programs, which have served hundreds of households, are being cut back due to lack of funding.
The Yuba and Sutter Brown Bag program, serving low-income residents and coordinated through the Yuba-Sutter Food Bank is ending Dec. 31.
Feds giving Maine nutrition center $400K to grow local food
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Maine's U.S. senators say the federal government is awarding $400,000 to a Lewiston nutrition center to develop local food systems.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King say the grant is going to St. Mary's Regional Nutrition Center. It's coming from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
Farm-to-table celebration kicks off local food festival
For the past three years, Mayo Civic Center has hosted Feast! Local Foods Marketplace—the region’s largest local food festival, showcasing growers and artisans from all over Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. On Saturday, Dec. 2, Feast! returns to the Civic Center, bringing more food makers, chef demos, kids activities and hundreds of delectable samples. Unlike past day-long events, Feast! 2017 caps off a week of gourmet adventures.
Where to buy a fresh, locally raised Thanksgiving turkey -- supplies limited
Where to buy a fresh, locally raised Thanksgiving turkey -- supplies limited
If you're thinking about buying a locally raised turkey for Thanksgiving, there's some good news to be had. Several Northeast Ohio farms and local food-buying clubs still have them available. Consult our updated list below, and be quick about ordering. Supplies are limited. Deliveries are usually a few days before Thanksgiving, which falls on Nov. 23 this year.
Female hunters increase in Minnesota as overall numbers drop
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the number of female hunters is on the rise despite an overall decrease in hunting interest.
Nearly 70,000 of Minnesota's 550,000 hunters are women, compared to 55,000 female hunters in 2010, Minnesota Public Radio reported .
KINGSTON — The Luzerne County Transportation Authority is collecting donations to benefit a local food bank.
The “Stuff the Bus Thanksgiving Food Drive” will send donations to the Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank’s Thanksgiving Project.
The food bank is part of the Commission on Economic Opportunity, and it helps community organizations in Luzerne, Lackawanna, Susquehanna and Wyoming counties distribute food to needy families and the elderly.
3 Hawaii schools to begin serving more fresh, local food
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Three Hawaii schools are beginning to serve fresh local food as part of a new program that aims to gradually incorporate more fresh and locally produced food into school meals.
Keaau High School, Kalanianaole Elementary School and Keaukaha Elementary School are piloting the new farm-to-table program.
Snyder signs bill to prohibit local food, beverage taxes
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Municipalities in Michigan will be prohibited from levying local taxes on food and beverages under a bill signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.
The Republican governor OK'd the measure Thursday after it recently won overwhelming legislative approval.
Local food writer Beth Dooley was attending a meeting on food and nutrition in St. Paul schools about 20 years ago when a burly, bearded man in overalls hijacked the confab.
The man “kind of barged in and said how we’re feeding the kids crap, and they don’t understand where the food comes from,” Dooley recalled recently. “He was a pioneer, and he was incredibly radical.”
We had been standing in line at the cruise terminal for nearly two hours. I had eaten my way through my protein-bar stash, and my shoulders were aching from the weight of my backpack. “Why are we doing this again?” I asked my husband, Mike.
“Don’t look at me,” he replied, looking up from the book he was trying to read over the din of 2,400 fellow passengers. “You’re the one who wanted to see the fjords.”
College receives $1.9 million grant for local food project
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Department of Commerce says a local foods initiative at a Maine college is receiving a nearly $2 million grant.
St. Joseph's College says it will use the grant to create about 88 jobs and support local farms, food and beverage producers.