Showing posts with label farmer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label farmer. Show all posts

Saturday, July 17, 2021

"The total health and climate consequences of the American food system cost three times as much as the food itself"

"The true cost of food is even higher than you think, a new report out Thursday says.

The U.S. spends $1.1 trillion a year on food. But when the impacts of the food system on different parts of our society — including rising health care costs, climate change and biodiversity loss — are factored in, the bill is around three times that, according to a report by the Rockefeller Foundation, a private charity that funds medical and agricultural research.

Using government statistics, scientific literature and insights from experts across the food system, the researchers quantified things like the share of direct medical costs attributable to diet and food, as well as the productivity loss associated with those health problems. They also looked at how crop cultivation and ranching, and other aspects of U.S. food production impacted the environment. Focusing on the production, processing, distribution, retail and consumption stages of the food system (not including food service), they evaluated what it would cost to restore people’s health, wealth or environment back to an undamaged state, as well as the cost of preventing a recurrence of the problems."
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The Rockefeller Foundation report can be downloaded 

The Rockefeller Foundation report
The Rockefeller Foundation report

Thursday, August 30, 2018

“Farmers are one percent of the population feeding the other 99 percent"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Organic Italian wine pouring, fresh microbrews, locally churned ice cream, and everything else grown by local farmers, all in one place. 
That will be the scene at the second annual FUNdraiser, hosted by Franklin’s Pour Richard’s Wine and Spirits on 14 Grove St. and the Norfolk County Farm Bureau. Tickets will be sold for $10 at the door, and the event is open from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8. 
Chef Daniele Baliani, of La Campania in Waltham, will be making various dishes from the donated, locally grown materials, including a full pig roast. 
Jay Needleman, owner of Ipswich-based Privateer Rum, will tend bar. He’ll be shaking up cocktail samples spiced with locally sourced vegetables, fruits, honeys and herbs."
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Additional information can be found on Pour Richard's page
No farms, no food
No farms, no food

Monday, May 29, 2017

“We’re really excited to get going"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"The Town Council has given its approval to a measure that would give local farmers a voice and promote efforts to “buy local” produce. 
At its March 24 meeting, the council unanimously agreed to establish an agricultural commission. The council would now petition the Legislature to allow for such a group. 
Deputy Town Administrator Jamie Hellen said the idea came from a citizen. He said the hope was that the commission would encourage “buy local” efforts, educate residents about farms and provide a perspective on conflicts between farmers and neighbors. 
“There are some wonderful resources we have here,” he said. “(Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting) and I have met with proponents several times.”

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Find out more about the Franklin Agriculture Commission on their Facebook page

Franklin Agriculture Commission looking for your help (Facebook photo)
Franklin Agriculture Commission looking for your help (Facebook photo)

Friday, May 12, 2017

In the News: drought conditions easing; Sons of Italy May breakfast

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"We’re pretty happy,” said Charlie Koshivas, owner of Fairmont Fruit Farm. “Last year was a poor year.” 
Those working the fields at the Franklin farm said in September that only 25 percent of their apples could be deemed “quality fruit,” - a sharp contrast to the 75 percent level the farm averages on regular years. 
“We didn’t have any peaches last year or any nectarines,” Koshivas said Thursday. “This year it looks like we could have a decent crop.”
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"The Order Sons of Italy in America, Quattro Eroi Lodge 1414, will hold the annual May Breakfast from 8-11 a.m. May 21 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 1034 Pond St. The menu will include scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage, ham, bacon Italian pancakes, juice and coffee. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for ages 10 and younger. Tickets are sold in advance via members and at the door. 
The March meeting of the Quattro Eroi Lodge was held at the Franklin cable TV station and featured a talk by local scholar and historian James Johnston. Johnston spoke about the immigration of Italians to Franklin. He placed the stories of local Franklin Italian families within the larger context of Italian immigrations to Canada, Australia and Brazil. 
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Friday, May 5, 2017

Mother's Day Local Food and Craft Fair - Saturday, May 6

Come join us for a celebration of Spring, Mother's Day and locally grown/made food and crafts!

An Unlikely Story
111 South St, Plainville, Massachusetts 02762

Saturday, May 6 at 10 AM - 3 PM

Mother's Day Local Food and Craft Fair - Saturday, May 6
Mother's Day Local Food and Craft Fair - Saturday, May 6

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

"the human cost of operating a farm in a culture of cheap food" (video)

There are three local farms in Franklin: Grateful Farms, Ak-Bak and Hoffman Farms. Scenes from their locations could fit in this film. #shopFranklin and shop local when you visit the Farmers Market on Friday!

Seedlight Pictures premieres a new film:

GROWING LOCAL—A mid-length film in three parts that explores the growing pains of the local food movement and the uncertain fate of the farmers and farmland that keep it alive.

The locavore movement is old news. Growing Local takes the conversation to the next level. While "buying local" is on the rise, these three poignant vignettes make clear that small farms and access to locally produced food is not a sure thing. 
In Growing Local, we meet father and son organic dairy farmers struggling with the realities of producing a commodity food product to keep their farm going and in the family, we follow an artisanal butcher who helps us understand how healthy, thoughtful meat production can be supported and sustained, and the series closes with the story of a young farm couple who, on risky sweat-equity, have revitalized a fertile piece of farmland into a thriving community food hub. These stories help us to better understand the interconnected fates of farmers and farmland, consumers and the local food movement.

Growing Local (Trailer) from Seedlight Pictures on Vimeo.

Artist Bridget Besaw talks about the Making of Growing Local
"We’ve made a series about small farms and the uncertain fate of the local food movement. The challenge of this series was weaving together three separate but connected stories to create a coherent narrative about local food and local farms. Our goal was to craft a project that will help fellow Mainers, and hopefully others around the country, better understand the agrarian landscape surrounding us and the important role it plays in growing community as well as food. We hope to inspire viewers to actively seek out local foods for their own health, the health of their communities and that of the planet."
Continue reading what Bridget says about the film here

For more about "Growing Local" check their webpage

hat tip to Sarah Mabadry for finding this piece to share

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Celebrate the Farmer at Farm to Table, Farm to Glass

Pour Richard's
Pour Richard's

Celebrate the Farmer
Farm to Table, Farm to Glass

Saturday, November 1, 1-4 PM

Pour Richard's Wine and Spirits 
14 Grove Street

Have you thanked a farmer today? You should. They feed us.

I grew up in farming country, and now spend a great deal of my time selling the produce of grape and grain farmers.

This Saturday, please join us for a very special event. We welcome back Akin Bak Farm, with all the flavors of fall, Incontro Restaurant, with Italian-inflected specialties, George Schwartz of Kimera Imports, and Corey Bunnewith of Inspired Beverages. Killer lineup, not to be missed!

Try something new. A spiadina. Or a calzone. Sip a little Amarone. Or maybe Nero d'Avola. Sample a Chai Toddy, Fig-Pumpkin Sour, or Orchard Cocktail.

Celebrate Farmers. Celebrate the Harvest. Celebrate Fun.

Free. Fun. See you Saturday.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Franklin Farmers Market: noon to 6:00 PM

The Farmers Market is open today on the Town Common from noon to 6:00 PM.

Franklin, MA: Farmers Market

Where in Franklin is the Town Common?

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