Monthly Archives: November 2011

Who owns our food system?

November 30, 2011
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There are a number of terrific infographics that are telling the story of our food system.  This one:  Who owns our holiday food?

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Something’s cooking in the Gem County food system

November 28, 2011
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Something’s cooking in the Gem County food system

Those folks in Emmett are bringing community members together to work on their local food system.  Today, they released a report of a gathering held in September.  Here’s the executive summary: In September 2011, the first adaptation of the FEAST model of community organizing was brought to Idaho’s Gem Community through a venue in Emmett, Idaho. According to the goals of the FEAST model, pioneered by the Oregon Food Bank, the event was, ―a community organizing process that allows participants to engage in an informed and facilitated discussion about food, education and agriculture in their community and begin to work toward solutions together to help build a healthier, more equitable, and more resilient local food system.  Forty-five individuals participated in this visioning and planning process to ultimately determine the ―next steps‖ for the community in its overall effort to achieve food security and sustainability. The FEAST organizing event was the culmination of six months of community assessment and interviews in the Gem Community. Read the full report:  Gem Community FEAST report Sept 2011  

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Goats?

November 27, 2011
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Goats?

The latest post from Northwest Food News: Say the word “goat” and most Americans picture a horned cartoon with a taste for tin cans. It started back in 1928, when a distasteful little goat ate Minnie Mouse’s ukulele in Steamboat Willie, the first animated cartoon to guarantee the goat its place in cartoon infamy. In 1943, a swastika-wearing Nazi goat did battle with Daffy Duck. Goats ticked off Robert Crumb’s Mr. Natural in the ’60s, and to this day, goats peeve Homer Simpson and piss off the boys of South Park (where, in one memorable episode, a goat was mistaken for Stevie Nicks). No wonder goats get a bad rap. Even the goat’s recent good press–its environmentally friendly knack for consuming acres of invasive weeds–is a mere variant on the goateed-devil-with-an-eating-disorder mythos that got the animal erroneously linked to tin cans and cartoons in the first place. What we Americans don’t get about goat–which the rest of the world does–is that goats are also delicious. At least that’s what Twin Falls chef Lynn Sheehan says. “I’m just turning over the goat loins here in the pan,” Sheehan explained as she took tongs to a sizzling cut of meat in the…

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Welcome to the Treasure Valley Food Coalition

November 21, 2011
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The Treasure Valley Food Coalition is a non-profit organization in support of a vibrant local food economy in the Treasure Valley Food Shed of Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon.  No other group is working in the food system connecting  what we eat and a myriad of issues like energy, transportation, health, nutrition, agriculture, education, culture, the economy, and jobs. We are currently operating as a small steering committee that works on raising awareness about our local food system and collaborating with other organizations to increase the amount of food grown and consumed locally. UPDATE:  We have kicked off our supporter campaign, allowing broader community involvement in our work.  Take a look at the short video that explains what we’re up to this year.    You’ll also see that we’ve added a  community resources page that will allow you to connect with organizations and activities that involved in some aspect of local food.  Help us build it by adding the organizations that are helping to build a local food system in our valley. We invite your comments, but please keep them constructive.  A vibrant local food system will take all of us working together. If you’d like to contact us, please…

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Supporting a Vibrant Local Food Economy

November 19, 2011
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Supporting a Vibrant Local Food Economy

Most of us want to make healthy choices when it comes to feeding ourselves and our families. We want to know how what we eat affects our local economy, the environment and our future. We are all familiar with food—-after all, we eat every single day.  Few know much about the system that grows,  processes, and delivers that food.  This global system brings us almost any food we want, any time we want, at a price most of us can afford.  It operates, for the most part, out of our sight and out of our control.  Such a system would be great, except that it operates almost totally on cheap fossil fuel, that food is implicated in the growing rates of diet-related diseases, and that farmers are finding it harder and harder to stay in business. The information we need to map our way to a new system that is sustainable,  healthy and robust isn’t readily available. That’s why the Treasure Valley Food Coalition is now gathering and analyzing data to help us make better decisions about what we eat and, in doing so, helping to chart a more sustainable community and food system for us all. The first analysis of our local food system was conducted…

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Stay tuned for a new and improved TVFC website

November 18, 2011
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Fall 2011 has been a season of change for the Treasure Valley Food Coalition.  Check back frequently as we create this new website with more comprehensive news of our local food system.  We hope you’ll offer your suggestions as we complete it.

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