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For your Food Studies library: Eating Asian America

Food Politics - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 5:10am
Robert Ji-Song Ku, Martin F. Manalansan IV, Anita Mannur, editors.  Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader.   New York University Press, 2014.

This book was a most welcome gift from the author of one of its chapters, Nina Ichikawa (thanks, Nina).  Her chapter is about how Asian farmers and retailers became food system pioneers.

Others reflect on the Asian-American food experience from the perspective of, to give just a sample, Cambodian donut shops and taco trucks in Los Angeles, Chinese restaurant workers in New York, the incarcerated Japanese mess hall experience during the Second World War, the Filipino culinary diaspora, and the Asian Queer kitchen.

The chapters cover a century of Asian food work in America, necessarily getting into deep issues of culture and politics.

The book ought to stimulate plenty of conversation and argument—perfect for a course in food and culture.

Enjoy the weekend!

Featured Fellow Series: My Path To Localism

BALLE Living Economy Blog - Fri, 11/22/2013 - 10:05am
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BALLE Local Economy Fellow D’Artagnan Scorza shares his personal path to Localism and what drives him to provide opportunity for youth of color in his hometown of Inglewood, California.  

BALLE Local Economy Fellow D’Artagnan Scorza shares his personal path to Localism and what drives him to provide opportunity for youth of color in his hometown of Inglewood, California.  

This year, people throughout our nation celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and commemorated the progress we’ve made since that historic occasion.  The irony is that Dr. King’s speech and many other speakers that day, focused on the fight for economic justice.  Still, some fifty years later, we find ourselves living with an increasing racial wealth gap, high unemployment for Blacks and Latinos, a thriving school to prison pipeline and stifled educational opportunity for the vast majority of youth of color.  As I reflect on the idea that our country promises prosperity - the opportunity to live in a state of flourishing – to those who truly work to achieve it, I am brought back to memories of my childhood. 

I grew up in Watts and Inglewood in California with little to no access to the experience of flourishing.  While my family struggled to make ends meet and I faced the many challenges of growing up around gangs, drugs and violence, I remained unaware of the vast amounts of wealth that existed in our society.  I quickly learned that a solid education would be one of the primary tools needed to achieve prosperity.  As I made my way through undergrad at UCLA, nearly 5 years of service in the US Navy and eventually a Ph.D., I came to recognize the value and power of information in a world where the language of money has to be learned (and taught).  

I know a young man, Darrell (pseudonym) who wanted to start his own business and because his mother was unemployed and unable to feed him everyday, he sought out opportunities to make money to help support his family.  First, he applied at the big chain game store and next at the big-chain restaurant.  Application after application, he was consistently rejected.  Finally, one day he felt exhausted and having run out of options, went to steal a phone from a stranger, was quickly caught and eventually sent to juvenile camp.  His story is the story of so many youth of color — life with much promise and very little opportunity.  Conversely, if there were mechanisms in communities that opened doors for these young men and thriving local businesses who understand the value of hiring locally, investing in the communities in which they live and supporting pathways to ownership, we may have seen this story turn out very differently.  This is what motivates my work at the Social Justice Learning Institute and why I’ve decided to pursue localism as a strategy to achieve equity.

To achieve Prosperity for All, we must evaluate the causes behind our overcrowded jails and invest in strategies that create economic opportunity. We can support local leaders utilizing creative approaches to finance local development and teach ownership.  Further, we can track, analyze and share our progress by collecting data where these leaders experience success and learn falling forward.  In early September 2013, BALLE Fellows Nikki Henderson, Malik Yakini and I brought together our three organizations People’s Grocery, Detroit Black Community Food Security and the Social Justice Learning Institute respectively to lay the foundation for a national collaborative to advance food justice and build local economies.  Our goals are to build local leaders in our communities, generate community capital for local businesses and advance evidence-based solutions that promote equity.  This collaboration represents the type of work that must take place in order to build a prosperous future within communities of color. 

We owe it to ourselves to stand on the shoulders of those who fought hard to make life better for all and not just for a few. This is something I know my ancestors would be proud of.  As a BALLE Fellow, I believe in advancing Localism because I know that the pathway to ownership has the potential to change lives and communities. 

D'Artagnan is one of 16 current BALLE Local Economy Fellows who are reshaping economic development and social justice across North America.  Learn about becoming part of the 2014-2015 BALLE Local Economy Fellowship; applications are due December 15, 2013.

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What's In A Name? Naming Your Farm Or Ranch.

PlacerGrown Blog - Thu, 11/21/2013 - 6:40pm
Arguably the most important marketing decision that you will make is to come up with a name for your farm or ranch. The name of your business will set the tone for every future communication and will have to be written or printed on everything associated with your business. EVERYTHING. There is no getting around it. It is like naming a child: you can’t change it once you choose and you are going to have to say it and write it A LOT. I would suggest choosing a name that you like A...
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Generate Positive: Help BALLE Score a $20K Grant to Build Localism

BALLE Living Economy Blog - Fri, 11/15/2013 - 8:17am
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BALLE is a finalist in Sungevity’s Give Back Contest. Your vote could help is win a $20,000 grant from our friends at Sugevity. Between November 11 and December 11, BALLE is vying for the most votes to help us achieve our mission of building real local prosperity for everyone.

BALLE is a finalist in the Sungevity Gives Back contest. Your vote could help is win a $20,000 grant from our friends at Sugevity. Between November 11 and December 11, BALLE is vying for the most votes to help us achieve our mission of building real local prosperity for everyone. Go here to vote for BALLE, and then tell 10 of your friends!

Really want to help us (and the planet) out? Sign up for a solar power quote from Sugevity and BALLE gets 10 votes and you can start powering your life with the most local power possible!

Why solar? Why Sungevity? Sungevity is an innovator is solar power, and is working to empower locals to power local. We know that solar energy generates power locally, but many new, innovative businesses have been building the capacity of locals to power themselves through innovative business structures, community capital financing, and cooperation!

Here are three great examples of Localist solar power innovations:

  1. Mosaic: Founder Billy Parish spoke in Buffalo at the 11th annual BALLE conference about how Solar Mosaic allows the average investor to invest in solar projects around the country. Watch Billy’s inspiring keynote presentation at the 2013 BALLE Conference, and learn how you can invest in solar right now.
  2. Co-op Power: Co-op power is a consumer owned sustainable energy cooperative. Not only do they build local self-reliance through green energy, but their mission is to create a “multi-class, multi-race movement for sustainable and just energy future.” Talk about empowering! Learn more about Co-op Power by downloading our webinar on their innovative organization.
  3. Ohio Cooperative Solar: One of the Evergreen Cooperatives businesses in Cleveland, Ohio that trains residents of Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood to install solar panels. Watch this great video about their innovative employee-owned business building sustainable real prosperity for these Buckeyes.

But most importantly, go HERE to vote for BALLE so that we can generate real prosperity for all!

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FDA Comment Period Now Open: Impact on Local Food with New Food Safety Modernization Act Rules

BALLE Living Economy Blog - Tue, 11/12/2013 - 12:41pm
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Please join BALLE Fellow Anthony Flaccavento and thousands of other local food advocates – farmers, chefs, market managers and consumers – in helping to ensure that FDA’s rules don’t pull the rug out from under a healthier local food system.

UPDATE: The comment period for the Food Safety Modernization act rules has been extended to Friday, Novebmer 22nd.

It may sometimes seem futile, but public comments do make a difference!  We know this because thousands of comments a couple of years back changed the Food Safety Modernization Act for the better, particularly in regards to small farmers, organic producers and other elements of the “local food system.”  The Bill that was passed into law in 2011 mandated that when FDA wrote the rules, they would not threaten small farmers or undermine sustainable production practices.

Unfortunately, several key elements of FDA’s proposed rules threaten to do just that, potentially putting some of the most innovative, healthy and sustainable farms and local markets out of business.  But there are still four days left to comment – through this Friday, November 15th 22nd!  BALLE Local Economy Fellow and organic farmer, Anthony Flaccavento, has assembled a power point that concisely explains the key elements of the rules, highlighting the areas of concern and clearly describing how and where to submit comments.  Please join Anthony and thousands of other local food advocates – farmers, chefs, market managers and consumers – in helping to ensure that FDA’s rules don’t pull the rug out from under a healthier local food system.

Download Anthony's presentation here.

Go here to read more and to submit comments on the proposed rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act.

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Chasing the Zeitgeist: Behind the Conference Program

Bioneers Blog - Fri, 07/27/2012 - 12:02am
When people ask me what the Bioneers Conference is, I say it’s a natural anti-depressant. As someone all too well informed about the magnitude of the destruction and intractable predicaments our world uniquely faces today, I’m grateful I also have the privilege of a job that amounts to a kind of “star search” for the greatest social and scientific innovators of our time. When you’re immersed in the inspiration of BioneersWorld and constantly learning about breakthrough solutions for people and planet, it’s simply impossible not to have hope.
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Mapping the 2012 Beaming Bioneers Local Community Conferences

Bioneers Blog - Thu, 07/26/2012 - 11:57pm
Can’t make it to the national Bioneers conference, or want to go local? Our Beaming Bioneers local partners bring home the inspiring Bioneers plenaries plus a treasure trove of live local solutions and leaders to build community resilience and restoration nationwide. Join local allies to activate your region for transformation.
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Working Like An Ecosystem

Bioneers Blog - Thu, 07/26/2012 - 11:50pm
How do we train 100,000 new farmers and instill a larger land ethic modeled on nature’s wisdom? How can each of us apply these ecological design principles and practices in our own backyards and communities? Don’t miss the brilliant design science full-day Permaculture intensive at Bioneers 2012 with leading masters.
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In Praise of Mentoring - An Essay by Carolyn North

Bioneers Blog - Thu, 07/26/2012 - 11:47pm
Several years ago I had the opportunity to help a 21-year-old gardener realize her dream of creating a mandala garden on land I was stewarding. She was bright, visionary and strong, and could hardly believe her luck at being given the go-ahead to use one acre of a beautiful meadow for her project. And what a garden it was! Two weeks later on the other side of the country in a completely unrelated incident, my 21-year-old musician daughter was approached by a woman about my age who asked her to join the string quartet of her dreams. Unsolicited. She could hardly believe her luck.
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Inside Moonrise Cultivating Women’s Leadership Intensive Trainings

Bioneers Blog - Thu, 07/26/2012 - 11:36pm
Each Cultivating Women’s Leadership Training blows my heart wide open, as I am struck by the vision, dynamism and beauty of strong women stepping more fully into their wholeness on behalf of our ailing world. As we take stands on behalf of what we love, in alliance with women from all walks of life, ages, disciplines and ethnicities, it seems the world bends to meet us. As research reveals, as women’s equity improves, so too does the health of all the human and ecological communities around them.
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Education for Action in Action at the Bioneers Conference

Bioneers Blog - Thu, 07/26/2012 - 11:34pm
There’s no “summer break” for Bioneers’ Education for Action Program, where budding initiatives are in fast-paced development to serve our expanding educational community in deeper, more extensive capacities than ever before.
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Indigeneity 2012 | Traditional Ecological Knowledge: The Story of Salmon

Bioneers Blog - Thu, 07/26/2012 - 11:33pm
I am a member of the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe of California, raised in the heart of the Mojave Desert on our Indian Reservation along the shores of Havasu Lake, CA. My commitment and dedication to my people has afforded me tremendous opportunity to receive degrees in cultural anthropology and photography from Oklahoma State University and the Institute of American Indian Arts, and soon after serve as both a Chemehuevi Tribal Council member and Executive Director of the Chemehuevi Cultural Center. My path and purpose have led me to a life dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of indigenous culture, language, lifeways and landscapes.
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Building Resilience From the Ground Up

Bioneers Blog - Thu, 07/26/2012 - 11:31pm
Nature does not favor centralization. As climate change escalates and too-big-not-to-fail systems unravel, brilliant effective models of building local and regional resilience and economies are mushrooming. It’s time to create a national and globalocal network of resilient communities to build collective knowledge, transfer leading-edge models and tools, and catalyze collaborations.
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