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Public showing of FOOD CHAINS film documentary

April 7, 2015
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Public showing of FOOD CHAINS film documentary

  The event is free and open to the general public.  Doors open at 5:30 on April 21, 2015 with a performance by special guests, Mariachi Tleyotltzin;  the screening begins at 6 PM followed by a panel of six local experts on Idaho farmworkers, local farmworkers’ rights and conditions, immigration and other related topics who will take questions from the audience. “Food Chains” is a documentary about the fight for farmworkers basic rights, safety, and economic well-being.  The people who physically pick produce, the first step of the journey of fruits and vegetables to our dinner tables, are largely invisible to consumers, even those very interested in where their food comes from.  Yet this critical first step is where the worst US abuses of workers continues to happen, from stolen wages to actual slavery. “Food Chains” tells the story of a group of South Florida tomato pickers who organized themselves into the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to fight for improved working conditions.  It is a narrative of intrepid persistence, a moral fight against corporate greed.  Anyone who cares about where their food comes from needs to see this film. The event is sponsored by the Treasure Valley Food Coalition, The Community Council…

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Ton of Tomatoes

January 30, 2015
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Ton of Tomatoes

                    Local Tomatoes are now available for fabulous winter soups and sauces!!  The idea of eating tasty local frozen tomatoes in winter was inaugurated at a chef/farmer dinner at Richard’s Café Vicino in January 2014.  There, TVFC learned that both farmers and chefs (a few of each) had frozen some whole fresh tomatoes for winter use in 2014, and immediately we began strategizing to create a year-round supply of local tomatoes.  We did it!! Frozen Local Tomatoes * SPECIAL WINTER PRICES! Discount applies through February** 5# bag $20 20# case $68 (15% off) 25# case $85 (15% off) *Grown by Peaceful Belly, Next Generation Organics, and True Roots Organics ** Discount reduced to 10% on March 1st TO PURCHASE:   TVFC frozen tomatoes are on the wholesale frozen vegetable list on line from Idaho’s Bounty, www.idahosbounty.coop or contact area reps: Treasure Valley Katie Baker (208) 761-3059 Wood River Valley Carolyn Pace (208) 870-5505 Magic Valley John Klimes (208) 308-5332 They are also available direct from TVFC by ordering at treasurevalleyfoodcoalition@gmail.com

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TVFC Supporter Survey

January 30, 2015
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TVFC Supporter Survey

The Treasure Valley Food Coalition, a 501 (c) 3 corporation, works with diverse community partners to improve the resiliency, integrity, and economic vitality of the region’s food system. We’ve been bringing you events since 2010 and would like to find out more about you, our supporters, to help us chart our course into 2015. Thank you for participating in our survey; your feedback is important. The information provided will kept confidential, neither your name or any identifying information will be used with the data. At the end of the survey you will have an opportunity to provide contact information if you would like to be entered into a drawing for a gift package. Take the survey : TVFC Supporter Survey

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Dinner and a Movie Return

January 6, 2015
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Dinner and a Movie Return

Dinner and a Movie returns on January 29, 6pm at Red Feather Lounge Wine Cellar located at 246 N. 8th St. Boise Tickets are $31.00,  including gratuity.  To purchase your ticket today visit: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/908110 “Not all germs are created equal”.  Join us for a screening of Resistance, a film that explores the growing danger from antibiotic resistant bacteria. “Antibiotics were first massed-produced in the 1940s. Their ability to fight and kill bacter…ia revolutionized medicine and had profound effects on everything from agriculture to war. After less than 80 years, however, these miracle drugs are failing. Resistant infections kill hundreds of thousands of people around the world each year, and there are now dozens of so-called Superbugs each with its own challenges and costs. How did this happen? Using microscopic footage, harrowing personal stories and expert insights RESISTANCE clarifies the problem of antibiotic resistance, how we got to this point, and what we can do to turn the tide.” Watch the trailer visit:  http://www.resistancethefilm.com/#trailer

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Treasure Valley Food Coalition presents the Tomato Independence Project

December 19, 2014
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TIP“The tomato is a clear example of the benefits of locally grown food. When they’re grown for flavor, rather than travel, you can taste the difference,” as stated by producer Arlie Sommers.  Throughout the summer, Arlie has beautifully documented all the events hosted by the Treasure Valley Food Coalition’s Tomato Independence Project by photography and video productions.   We are proud to share this video Treasure Valley Food Coalition presents the Tomato Independence Project.  We would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s events and look forward to another great year in 2015!

 

Zone 4 article about our Tomato Independence Project.

December 16, 2014
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Zone 4 article about our Tomato Independence Project.

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Snake River Seeds Harvest Hoe Down

October 30, 2014
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Snake River Seeds Harvest Hoe Down

This is Snake River Seeds’ third annual Harvest Hoedown, and this year we are throwing the doors wide open, inviting everyone who cares about food, agriculture and culture to come celebrate with us! The Harvest Hoedown is when we literally put down our hoes and gather to bring in our harvests of seed crops, share stories about the season, and celebrate the bounty of our region. Come meet farmers who are producer members of our seed growing co-operative, and gardeners who are seed-savers and members of our seed library, and watch with wonder as the seeds they’ve grown pile up! Enjoy tasty finger-food, delicious Cinder wine, live music, and a special brief presentation about Culture in Agriculture. Also meet the artists behind our Seedy Art Project, see their works, and bid in the silent auction. About Snake River Seeds– We believe that growing our own food and saving our seeds is one of the most powerful contributions we can make to our regional culture as well as our food security. Rich, regional cultures create not only beauty and well-being, but also solutions to some of the biggest challenges we face. Our mission is to educate and inspire a generation of…

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Tomato Tuesday’s & More Announced

June 8, 2014
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Tomato Tuesday’s & More Announced

The Treasure Valley Food Coalition is excited to announce its partnerships with the Boise Farmers Market,North End Organic Nursery, Edwards Greenhouse, Franz Witte, and the Idaho Botanical Gardens with the Tomato Tuesday & More calendar of events.  Throughout the summer you will have the chance to enjoy tomato dishes and drinks, attend classes, and visit with local gardeners about tomatoes.  Some TIP events will include a tomato tasting; salsa festival; bloody mary tasting; and classes on seed saving, tomato preservation, and tomato sauce preparation.  We are excited about these upcoming events and hope you enjoy as we all  ”end the tyranny of the tasteless tomato”.  

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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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