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Bridging The Gap
An interactive site on the state by state laws regarding food snacks and beverage rules.
Farm Bill Primer
Maps, resources, and links for understanding the Farm Bill and who influences how it’s written.
LA Food Policy Council’s Good Food Purchasing and Procurement Pledge
LA becomes the first city to sign a Good Food Purchasing and Procurement Motion Pledge. The LA Food Policy Council’s Good Food Purchasing and Procurement Pledge addresses support for the local economy, sustainable production, a valued workforce, animal welfare, and nutrition. The Motion passed unanimously with 14 ayes on Food Day (October 24, 2012).
National Farmland Trust’s Key Studies and Reports
National and regional reports on agriculture, urbanization, legislation, and the economy
Farm Bill 101
Quick overview from Northwest Farm Bill Action Group
Farm Bill Budget Visualizer
This project of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future uses interactive “treemap” technology to share information about the budget of the 2008 Farm Bill.
How the Farm Bill Affects More Than Just Farms
Web diagram from the Center for American ProgressThe Farm Bill and Communities of Color Webinar Archive
Farm subsidies 101
Factsheet from Food and Water Watch
United States Farm Bills – National Agricultural Law Center
Full text for all US Farm Bills from 1933 to Present
How GIPSA’s Competition Rule Disrupts Packers’ Plan to Control the Cattle Supply Chain (Part I) and (Part II)
By the President of Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America
State and Local Food Policy Councils
No longer updated, but still a good resource
Planning to Eat?
Innovative Local Government Plans & Policies to Build Healthy Food Systems in the US
CFJC’s Evaluation Process
CFJC’s Rationale for a Community-Based Participatory Research and Participatory Evaluation Approach (CBPR/PE)
CFJC first adapted a CBPR/PE approach to better communicate and support how we create and hold a space for transformational change. CBPR/PE is a strengths-based approach that is grounded in shared work and ownership, by which individual and systemic change can take place. The approach emphasizes meeting people where they’re at, co-learning, sharing in decision making, and engaging stakeholders at every step of the collaborative process, most importantly local communities. As well, this is an iterative approach that helps to bring an understanding to how processes and collaboration can create the changes we want to see in our communities. The following highlights the benefits of using CBPR/PE as opposed to other more traditional research and evaluation approaches:
Traditional research and evaluation approaches have failed to solve the complex health disparities and inequities communities face. Many research models fail to identify the multiple determinants of health and disease because researchers see communities as the object of research as opposed to working with and in communities and seeing them as partners. As a result, researchers often enter a community with predetermined questions or with a specific research topic in mind and, consequently, may not share the same goals or interests as the community. CBPR/PE, on the other hand, is a collaborative approach to research and evaluation that equitably involves community members in all aspects of the process. CBPR/PE identifies community members as co-authors of the research and evaluation process. It begins with a research topic of importance to the community with the aim of combining dialogue, learning, action, and reflection for social change to improve community health and eliminate health disparities. Because evaluation should be a component throughout the entire process, one way to achieve this is by using survey tools with activities at each step of the collaborative effort.
Traditional research and evaluation approaches are less likely to lead to significant changes in the health and well-being of communities. Many research models lack a social change component because community is seen as an object instead of a partner of the study. There are often no mechanisms in place for continuing to work with community and develop relationships once research funding expires. As a result, trust between the researcher and the community rarely develops. Furthermore, there is no incentive for the community to become involved in the research process, which may lead to the development of policies and/or actions that are supposed to improve the health and well-being of the community. By contrast, CBPR/PE involves a long-term process and commitment that continues after the research project or funding ends. Unlike other research approaches, CBPR/PE is a social and/or policy change strategy that involves linking applied science to social activism. CBPR/PE includes three components –research, action and education– where action and education hold equal weight with research.
Traditional research and evaluation approaches have failed to build community capacity and strengthen existing community resources. This is not surprising as the ultimate goal of a traditional research approach is to collect data and build the capacity and knowledge of the researcher and affiliated institution(s), not the community. CBPR/PE, on the other hand, is an iterative process, based on dialogue, action and reflection. The CBPR/PE approach builds the self-sufficiency of community members and identifies and builds upon resources the community already has. CBPR/PE also employs the community in the development process of new policies and changes to public systems that strengthen existing community resources. Research gathered using the CBPR/PE approach is owned and disseminated by the community, in addition to the researcher.
CFJC’s CBPR/PE Principles*
1. CBPR/PE recognizes and uplifts communities’ unique identity.
Community may include a defined geographic area or a group with a common sense of identity. Members share values and norms, similar goals and interests, and a desire to collectively meet shared needs. Our CBPR/PE partnerships seek to work with existing self-identified communities, and/or to enhance or to foster a sense of community through our collaborative approach.
2. CBPR/PE facilitates equitable and collaborative partnerships in all of our work.
In CBPR/PE, partners participate in transparent, honest, and open communication. CBPR/PE partnerships emphasize shared control and decision making power in identifying the problem. Partners collect information, interpret and share the information, and jointly develop solutions to address the identified problem.
3. CBPR/PE builds on the strengths and resources within the community.
Community already has the ability to address the problems they face. This strength-based approach focuses on cultivating diverse relationships that leverage resources in a way that is mutually beneficial for all partners. A goal of these partnerships is to bring about social and systemic change.
4. CBPR/PE facilitates co-learning and capacity building among all partners.
CBPR/PE facilitates the reciprocal transfer of knowledge and skills. CBPR/PE strengthens on-going collaboration with a focus on ensuring the sustainability of partnerships and their work by creating a culture of sharing/shared responsibility and information.
5. CBPR/PE for equity and social justice focuses on problems relevant to the community using a socio-ecological frame.
A socio-ecological approach examines the dynamic interrelations and interconnectedness of individual, community, society, and structural factors. By meeting people where they are at, we ensure that our work is relevant to the community.
6. CFJC’s CBPR/PE approach openly addresses issues of race, gender, class, power, oppression and embodies cultural humility.
Building equity, justice, liberation, and respect requires open and honest discussions about individuals and communities in partnerships. A cultural humility approach embodies life-long learning and critical reflection, recognition and a challenge of power imbalances, and institutional accountability to model cultural humility.
7. CBPR/PE involves an iterative process to develop systems that integrate knowledge, action and reflection for the mutual benefit of all partners.
Information and knowledge are dynamic. CBPR/PE is an iterative approach that seeks to build a body of collective knowledge that informs community and social change actions. Ongoing reflections of actions taken and knowledge gathered provides a mechanism to evaluate how community concerns are being addressed.
8. CBPR/PE disseminates findings and knowledge gained to the broader community and involves all partners in the dissemination process.
CBPR/PE disseminates findings in a manner that is respectful and relevant to the community, and facilitates development of action plans for social and systemic change. The dissemination of findings extends beyond the partnership itself, and gives opportunity to all partners as reviewers, co-authors, and co-presenters of findings.
*Guidelines are adapted from the Detroit Urban Research Center, http://www.detroiturc.org/about-CBPR/PE/CBPR/PE-principles.html, and from Chávez, V. (2012, April 9). Cultural Humility [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaSHLbS1V4w
Growing Solutions: Climate Change And Agriculture To The California Governor
The report recommends twenty-eight ways Governor Brown’s Administration can support agriculture in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, while building more resilience to drought and extreme weather.
Grassroots Guide to Federal Farm and Food Programs
The comprehensive guide offers plain-language explanations of dozens of federal programs and policies most important to sustainable agriculture and how farmers, ranchers and grassroots organizations nationwide can access them.
Deepening Food Democracy
Another world is possible, and as the report points out, is already here. Read about stories and examples of people in the U.S. and around the world creating a better food system through democratic approaches.
A Farmer’s Guide To Working With Land Trusts
The guidebook illustrates the possibilities for potential partnership with a land trust and offers practical information and tools for approaching your land trust and building the relationship.
Edible Parks Oakland
The Edible Parks Task Force aims to complement and amplify the important work of the OPR Community Garden Coordinator while supporting OPR’s “efforts to promote health, stem obesity, and encourage civic participation, personal development, and empowerment” through an Edible Parks Community Stewardship Program.
Community Food Systems Bibliography
This bibliography documents the growing interest in community food systems, focusing mostly on analyses of food-related activities and trends within the United States.
SF Urban Ag Toolkit
Starting a garden or urban farm can be difficult in SF. The SFUAA guide Starting a Garden or Urban Farm in San Francisco can help you get started.
East Bay Urban Ag Toolkit
Everything from soil basics to site testing!
The Interactive Oakland Urban Agriculture Map
Project led by Nathan McClintock, UC Berkeley Dept. of Geography
Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture Resources List
Extensive website list from Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security
Resources by Planting Justice
The Status of Farm Labor Housing And the Health of Workers
This report is intended to provide an overview of the scientific literature concerning housing occupied by hired farm workers, and possible associations of exposures of risks to worker health with their place of residence.
The National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association
The mission of the organization is to engage and empower Latino farmer advocacy groups throughout the United States and beyond to protect and promote sustainable farm policy issues for quality and safe food systems for the future.
Inventory of Farmworker Issues and Protections in the United States
Collaborative report by United Farm Workers and Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation with support from Oxfam America
The Color of Food Report
Maps out how race, gender, and class affect labor in food production
Pigford Lawsuit Settlement
From the Federation of Southern Cooperatives Land Assistance Fund
Fields of Peril: Child Labor in US Agriculture
Extensive report from Human Rights Watch
Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Florida-based farmworker rights organization
Injustice on Our Plates: Immigrant Women in the US Food Industry
Southern Poverty Law Center report
Food Politics Blogs
Farm to Table
A community blog chronicling the people, places and ideas shaping the local food movement
Obama Foodorama Blog
Covering Obama Administration food and nutrition initiatives
Blog written by professor and author Marion Nestle
Politics of the Plate
Written by James Beard Award winner Barry Estabrook
Health, Nutrition, & Food Safety
Bringing Community Voices to the Table
The report discusses the unequal access to healthy foods that exist in communities of color and for low-income communities in San Jose.
Good and Cheap
A cookbook by Leanne Brown, is a collection of recipes for people with limited incomes, particularly those on a $4/day food stamps budget.
A Guide to Promoting Asian Specialty Produce
This Guide was developed for distribution to growers, inspectors, and consumers. It lists vegetables and other specialty crops commonly grown in different Asian regions, codifies names for each product, and provides short recipes.
Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate
A guide that focuses on the types and quality of food consumers should choose to ensure a healthy diet
The Impact of Farm Bill Policies on Public Health
A report from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future that analyzes 18 policies in the 2008 Farm Bill and how they affect the health of our communities.
Portion Distortion Interactive Quiz – National Institutes of Health
Compares contemporary meal portions to the portions available 20 years ago
PBS Frontline Guide to Industrial Beef Production
Exhaustive site with interviews and reports on food safety, inspections, and farm conditions from 2002
Food Safety News
Daily updates on food safety stories.
The Food Revolution Network
John and Ocean Robbins keep you informed about your food.
The Cornucopia Institute
The Cornucopia Institute, through research and investigations on agricultural and food issues, provides needed information to family farmers, consumers and other stakeholders in the good food movement and to the media.
GMO Myths and Truths
An evidence-based examination of the claims made for the safety and efficacy of genetically modified crops.
Communities Creating Healthy Environments Resource Library
Reports on health and diet in communities of color
Rethink the Food Label Competition
Collaboration between GOOD Magazine and UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism’s News21
The Health of Alameda County Cities and Places
Report from Alameda County Public Health Department containing demographic and health information
Cultural and Ethnic Food and Nutrition Education Materials
Extensive resource list from USDA
California AgVision 2030
Over the last two years, the CA State Board of Food and Agriculture has been working on the California Agricultural Vision (Ag Vision) — a process to result in a strategic plan for the future of the state’s agriculture and food system
Food & Gardens in Institutions
Extensive history of gardens in prisons and during war
Rethinking School Lunch
A program of the Center for Ecoliteracy
Food Access: Farmers’ Markets, CSAs, etc.
The Ecology Center
Inspiring and building a sustainable, healthy, and just future for the East Bay, California, and beyond.
The Drought and Food Insecurity
The report highlights possible impacts, discusses what food security-related actions have been taken to date, and recommends additional steps to ensure food security.
Taking part in the CropMobster™ community is a great way to help local farms, food sellers and producers AND create affordable access to fresh food, free donations and other items of surplus and excess that may be at risk of going to waste.
Resource for finding local farmers’ markets, CSAs, family farms, etc.
WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program
Overview from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Learn about SNAP Benefits at Farmers’ Markets
From the USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Farmers Market Coalition – Resource Library
Extensive resource database developed by a wide spectrum of organizations, agencies, and academic institutions
Climate Change, Health, and Equity: Opportunities for Action
This report presents a conceptual framework to help demonstrate how these issues are linked, and to identify opportunities and recommendations for action.
Are You a Climate Change Survivor? Activity Workbook
A fun new activity workbook and game with handy fact sheets from the Pacific Institute and Oakland Climate Action Coalition (OCAC) that provide engaging activities to raise awareness about climate change impacts like heat waves, flooding, and poor air quality – and the tools that community members can use to build safety and resilience.
Maps, Guides, Etc.
Interactive Map of Food Price Pressure Points
Oxfam America map of food price spikes
Fair Food List
List of orgs working for just and sustainable food compiled by Fair Food Network
The Color of Food Directory
Worldwide directory and map for food leaders, farmers, and initiatives led by people of color
Resource written by young farmers, for young farmers
Youth Food Bill of Rights
Youth at the Rooted in Community Leadership Summit came up with this list of demands for a just food system
Principles of a Healthy, Sustainable Food System
Released by a coalition of the American Planning Association, American Dietetic Association, American Public Health Association and American Nurses Association
Earth Amplified and New Message Media’s Food Fight Curriculum
A comedic musical video with an accompanying school curriculum. The Food Fight team combined music and film with a school curriculum, to help teachers engage students on the most pressing issues we face. Food Fight follows a kid on a journey through his homicidal food reality. The local corner store is killing his neighborhood — literally. From a Morpheus-like guide, he learns the reality behind the food he’s buying, and must decide to take the Orange Carrot Pill or the Red Bull Pill.
PhD’s Education Index
The Education Index at PhDs.org is the Internet’s premier source of updated, clear educational data about undergraduate and graduate programs in the United States. We use publicly available numbers from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and strive to present them in a simple and easy-to-digest way. Our desire is to make it easy for you to pick the best college you possibly can with this index: a college that fits your financial, social and educational interests and goals.
United States Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture New Farmers
Information on low-interest loans, crop insurance, conservation programs and more
U.S Department of Agriculture MarketLink
Provides farmers’ markets and direct-marketing farmers with a new, streamlined process for becoming an authorized Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) vendor.
Department of Defense Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
The Department of Defense (DoD) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program allows schools to use USDA Foods entitlement dollars to buy fresh produce. The program is operated by the Defense Logistics Agency at the Department of Defense.
FNCS Recipe Box
The Recipe Box consolidates the nutritious know-how of USDA’s Food Nutrition and Consumer Services agencies, Food and Nutrition Service, and the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion into a collection of quick, delicious, cost-effective recipes for every type of cook.
USDA’s Food Environment Atlas
Tracks statistics on food access, community health and socioeconomic status