Welcome to the website of the Houston-Galveston chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation!

Our website provides information about local food sources, farmer’s markets, and health practitioners.

If you are looking for raw milk, pastured meats or other nutritious food, go to our Local Food & Milk page.

If you need a health practitioner, go to our Health Practitioners page.

For farmer’s markets in the greater Houston area, go to our Farmer’s market page.

To be informed of our meetings and other activities, please sign up for our newsletter (sign up form is in the right sidebar).  We produce a joint newsletter with Real Food Houston.   In addition to Houston area chapter activities, the newsletter will include WAPF news and announcements, plus local and national food, health, and nutrition information. For a recent example of our newsletter, click here.

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Call Now to Support Fair Taxes for Small Farmers

Action alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

Small FarmProperty taxes are a critical issue for many farmers. Small farmers who have been denied agricultural valuation of their land face thousands of dollars in extra taxes — a cost that they cannot readily absorb with their narrow profit margins.

The Texas Legislature is considering multiple bills relating to property taxes right now,  including HB 92 by Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, which would help small farmers across the state.  This was a bill we worked on during the regular session, but which was one of the thousands of bills that never made it out of committee — this time, it was approved by the House Ag Committee on Friday and has a chance to move forward!

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Help protect our win on Animal ID

Action Alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

The deadline to submit comments is Monday, July 31, 2017

Animal Disease Traceability (ADT)

Between 2006 and 2010, FARFA helped lead a national grassroots coalition to fight a massive, over-reaching industry-government program called the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). NAIS would have required everyone who owned any livestock to register their property, tag their animal (in most cases using electronic forms of ID), and register their movements with a database.

There were fees and costs associated with every step. The combination of expense and time burdens would have driven many independent livestock producers out of business, and would have burdened people who keep small numbers of livestock at home.

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A Good Legislative Session for Texas’ Groundwater

News from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

Water Bill 2017While we succeeded in stopping most of the bad groundwater bills this session, one of them did pass. As we reported in our legislative wrap-up , HB 2378 provided that permits to transport groundwater out of the district will be automatically renewed, just as operating permits already are.

While groundwater conservation districts (GCDs) would retain the ability to review the permits, this automatic renewal of transport permits would have further greased the wheels for big water marketing projects to be established and continued even if the impacts to the aquifer proved to be greater than anticipated.

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Raw milk supporters help achieve victory in Harris County trial

Announcement from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

Houston and Brazoria County chapter leaders were present at the trial.

Supporters at Raw Milk Trial June 2017

Some of the supporters who appeared in court gathered for a group photo

We have great news! Negotiations yesterday afternoon with the Harris County, Texas, District Attorney’s Office resulted in dropping all of the raw milk-related charges against the Houston-area courier.

We have great news! Negotiations yesterday afternoon with the Harris County, Texas, District Attorney’s Office resulted in dropping all of the raw milk-related charges against the Houston-area courier.

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Harris County raw milk case goes to trial Wednesday, June 14, 2017!

Action alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

Grade A Raw Milk For SaleAfter several delays, Harris County is pressing forward with the prosecution of a woman who picks up raw milk from a licensed farm for herself and others.

We ask that if you are in or near Harris County, please support this woman & local food consumers by appearing at the trial in Pasadena next Wednesday, June 14. Details are below.

While the Texas Department of State Health Services initiated the harassment of raw milk farmers and consumers last summer, it later stated that it will not pursue customers who are making legal purchases, nor the people they hire as agents to pick up milk for them. (Read more here.)

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Registration Now Open for Farm & Food Leadership Conference

Farm and Food Leadership Conference 2017Announcement from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

Find out how YOU can make a difference for the future of local agriculture.

Join us at the 11th Annual Farm & Food Leadership Conference, September 24-26, in McKinney, Texas!

Get the latest news about sustainable farming and local foods while you connect with others who are as passionate as you are about these issues.

Take advantage of Early Bird rates

by registering now! 

Don’t miss the keynote address by international leader in sustainable agriculture Fred Kirschenmann!

Hear other top speakers on important issues, including:

  • On-farm food safety.
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Registration Now Open for Wise Traditions 2017

Wise Traditions 2017

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

Register by June 15 to enter your name in a drawing to win a Wise Traditions alpaca vest.

Click Here for Conference Details

Featuring 30 Speakers–New and Returning Experts–

Providing In-Depth Information on a Variety of Topics

You will experience:

Cutting-Edge Information on Diet and Health

75 Exhibitors  •  Five Nutrient-Dense Meals, including Awards Banquet

Network with Over One Thousand Fellow Attendees 

New Registration Options to Save Money

Member Discounts • Weekend-Only, No-Meal and Day Tickets • Saturday-Only Beginner Track

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Texas Legislative Update as of February 6, 2017 (FARFA)

News from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

Texas Legislative Update as of  February 6, 2017

A fifth bill that we’ve been working on has been filed by Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo). The Agriculture & Rural Ombudsman Bill provides assistance with the maze of regulations from multiple agencies that small-scale farmers must navigate.

SB 656 would establish an office of agriculture & rural ombudsman within the Department of Economic Development & Tourism, to help farmers and food producers understand what is required of them and to communicate with the agencies when there are conflicting interpretations.

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Local Foods Awareness Day at the Capitol on Thursday, March 9

News from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

Local Foods Awareness Day at the Capitol on Thursday, March 9

Texas CapitolPlease help us promote the passage of bills that will enhance the ability of small farmers to make a living … and that increase consumer access to local foods! Join us for our Local Foods Awareness Day at the Capitol on Thursday, March 9.

Together with farmers and local food consumers from around the state, you’ll be on the front lines educating legislators about the issues important to our movement.

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VAXXED – the film they don’t want you to see! Now you can see it in Houston!

Vaxxed the Movie

You have probably heard of the movie VAXXED.  Houston officials banned the movie from being shown at the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival in April.  It was also banned at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

It is now being shown in theaters around the country, often to sell-out crowds.  It has widely been called “anti-vaccine” by the mainstream media; however, that is not the message of the film.  VAXXED is primarily about the coverup at the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) of a significant study of a potential link between the MMR vaccine combination and autism.

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