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Cleveland Metropolitan School District and Detroit Public Schools Explore Opportunities to Purchase More Local Produce

Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the Food Policy Coalition have been continuing their work with School Food FOCUS and the six other large, urban school districts in the Upper Midwest Regional Learning Lab.  FOCUS just released a new report, Eating Our Peas and Carrots: Strategies for Expanding K-12 Access to Fruits and Vegetables through Supply Chain Innovation and Investment.... Read more »

Working Group(s): 
Local Purchasing

USDA partners with Market Link to make SNAP acceptance an easier process for farmers and farmers' markets!

May 1st, 2014 marks the start of another season of Produce Perks at Cuyahoga County farmers' markets. We are currently planning to reach out to markets in Cuyahoga that do not already accept SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance - food stamps) to offer them the technical assistance to do so. For any markets that are interested in SNAP, we are happy to assist in the process in order to participate in Perks this 2014 season.... Read more »

Agriculture Sustainability Institute at UC Davis releases resources for urban ag impacts

 The UC Sustainable Agriculture and Education Program and UC Agriculture and Natural Resource Division (UC ANR) are embarking on efforts to build capacity within UC ANR’s programs to serve urban farmers and urban agriculture policy makers.  Through a UC ANR competitive grant, UC SAREP created several resources to make current research on impacts accessible to urban agriculture practitioners.... Read more »

Strategic Planning Update – Check Out Data About The FPC!

Above see an image from the FPC Strategic Planning Retreat, as well as a graphic of the most popular terms that came up when FPC strategic planning retreat attendees were asked to define FPC’s values, and core attributes.... Read more »

Farm Bill Update - Will Be Pushed Back Until 2014

In another twist of Farm Bill fate, the bill remains un-passed as congress adjourns for their holiday break. Although the bill is more than 1 year over-due, the Senate and House were still unable to reach a compromise on the Farm Bill by the 2013 year’s end. Hanging in the balance are crop subsidy programs, land conservation programs, as well as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), whose funding has been strung along with a series of extensions and emergency funding streams.... Read more »

FPC's Morgan Taggart accepts ODA's Women of the year Award 2013!

Last week FPC's Morgan Taggart accepted Ohio Department of Ag's Women of the Year in Ag Award in Columbus. 

Congratulations, Morgan! Truly deserved.

A copy of the Farm and Dairy coverage can be seen below or accessed here

Public Comment Closes on the Food Safety and Modernization Act

On Friday, November 22, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) closed public comments on a portion of the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) known as the produce and preventive-control rules. These rules aim to reduce the risks of food borne illnesses in produce, and serve as the first regulations on raw unprocessed produce, as well as the first update of any kind to food safety regulations in 70 years. The FSMA was signed into law in January of 2011, and the produce and preventative-control rules are likely to take effect in 2015.... Read more »

A Thanksgiving Federal Food Policy Update

Amidst the party-planning hustle and the turkey-shopping bustle, millions of Americans are struggling to feed their families. Thanksgiving is a natural time to take stock of the things in life you are grateful for, like your family, your health, and the food on your table. It is a natural time to have conversations about where this food comes from, about the systems that allowed you to purchase these foods and about the network of people, animals, businesses, and environmental ecosystems that made your meal possible.... Read more »

City of Cleveland Community Garden program, Summer Sprout, releases 2012 report

Cleveland’s Community Gardening Program, Summer Sprout, is a partnership between the City of Cleveland and Ohio State University Extension, Cuyahoga County (OSUECC). Cleveland has historically supported community gardens through Summer Sprout by providing soil testing, seeds, starter plants, soil amendments, tilling services, and raised bed materials. OSUECC began supporting community gardens in Cleveland in 1977 through its Urban Community Gardening Program. This program was funded by the USDA through the early 1990’s to provide education and technical assistance to community gardens.... Read more »

Congratulations to South Euclid School District, 2014 USDA F2S Grant recipients!

Yesterday, the USDA shared a press release detailing the recipients of the 2014 Farm to School grants provided to districts across the US. In Cuyahoga County, South Euclid recieved a large implementation grant that will help them build on their current efforts to source locally grown food for their students' meals. Last year, Cleveland Metropolitan School District received the Farm to School grant from USDA for a planning grant that established OSUE and FPC as partners.

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Working Group(s): 
Health & Nutrition