Category Archives: Local food

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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New Source for Vegetables and Fruits

Plant It Forward FarmsWe’ve added a new source of local Houston vegetables and fruits to our Local Food & Milk page!

Plant It Forward Farms is a co-op of Houston area farms that employ refugees to grow vegetables and fruits without chemicals and GMOs.  The produce is sold at Farmers Markets, through Farm Share subscriptions, at farm stands, and to chefs throughout the Houston area.  They are certified sustainable by Urban Harvest.

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Farm & Food Leadership Conference: Don’t miss early registration, program lineup

FARFA_wilderness_logoAnnouncement from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

We hope you will join us for this year’s Farm & Food Leadership Conference on September 15-16 in Bastrop, Texas. Hear the latest news on the laws and regulations that govern our food supply, connect with others who are passionate about our food system, and get the tools you need to make a difference in the coming year!

CLICK HERE FOR EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION

Registration fees will go up on August 1, so register today to save money!

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Protecting Local Foods – Food Rights Hour Episode 16

Announcement from the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund:

Food Rights Hour

Episode 16: Protecting Local Foods

With guest host Michelle Ray    

In this episode, Michelle Ray interviews traditional foods teaching chef, Monica Corrado; Farmageddon filmmaker, Kristin Canty; and FTCLDF President and attorney, Pete Kennedy, Esq.

You’ll hear…

  • How FTCLDF helps local food communities, including chefs, farmers, and consumers
  • Why chefs like Monica support FTCLDF’s work
  • Why Kristin made the FTCLDF-inspired film, Farmageddon
  • How FTCLDF helps make the regulatory climate as favorable as possible for local food
  • Legislative updates in Virginia, Michigan, and Illinois
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Buy a Mother’s Day Gift and Benefit the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund

Announcement from the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund:

FTCLDF Mothers Day Fundraiser April 2014Who’s a farmer’s best friend, next to a loyal consumer?

You got it! The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund!

We defend your family farmer; stand up for your food rights; set up nifty buying clubs; craft farmer-friendly legislation; guide your cow-share, goat-share or camel-share; advise your awesome artisan producers; answer the farmer 911 emergency hotline night and day…and more!

We do it all to protect your plate.

Pamper your mom and help us protect your plate–Shop Pampered Chef Now through April 25 to get great gifts just in time for Mother’s Day! FTCLDF receives 15% of sales!

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Green Gate Farms CSA Winter Shares Begins

Green Gate Farms logoIf you live in the Austin, Texas area, here’s news from Green Gate Farms:

Winter Shares Begin Next Week – Join Us

January 2014

After the holiday season of sweets and feasts, we are ready for something different. Here at the farm, our bodies are craving things that crunch and have a bite — sharp arugula, tangy broccoli, crisp white turnips, bright carrots, crunchy lettuce, shredded cabbage. Bring on the flavors of winter in Central Texas!

If you’re ready for a change too, we’re here to help. Our organic Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program begins next week. This means 75* lucky members will receive a small share of what our fields produce each week until mid-March.

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Friday, November 15th is the Deadline for Comments on FDA Food Safety Bill

Action Alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

There are only a few days are left to speak up for our farmers and food hubs! Help keep local food available and affordable.

During the last several weeks, people have been submitting their comments to the FDA regarding the proposed food safety regulations. But we need more voices if we’re going to win this battle!

  • Are you a farmer worried about losing your ability to farm sustainably?
  • Are you a consumer concerned that healthy fresh fruits and vegetables could disappear from your local co-ops and farmers market?
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FDA’s proposed food safety regulations pose significant problems for sustainable farmers

Action alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

The FDA’s proposed food safety regulations pose significant problems for sustainable farmers, food producers, and food hubs across the country.

Under the proposed regulations, many farmers will be forced to comply with high-cost, industrial-scale regulations, and they will be unable to use traditional, sustainable growing practices. Food hubs and local food businesses will be forced to deal with costly and burdensome paperwork. Ultimately, consumers will face increased food prices and reduced availability of locally and sustainably produced foods.

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Tell the FDA to treat small farmers fairly

Action alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

We fought hard for the Tester-Hagan amendment to exempt small-scale, direct-marketing farms from the most burdensome aspects of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  This exemption is essential to the continued vitality of the local foods movement.

Now the FDA is proposing rules that make it very easy for the agency to force even small-scale farmers to comply with the extensive, burdensome FSMA regulations, and all but impossible for such farmers to protect themselves.

Under the proposed rules, if the FDA decides to revoke the Tester-Hagan exemption and force a small-scale, direct-marketing farmer to comply with the new federal requirements:

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Calls needed for Animal ID bill in Texas Senate!

FARFA_wilderness_logoAlert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

The Animal ID bill has been scheduled for a vote by the Texas Senate tomorrow, Thursday, April 25.  Please help us fight back!

This bill — SB 1233 / HB 2311 — would authorize the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) to adopt federal animal ID requirements, including that all poultry be individually tagged with permanent leg bands unless they are from a commercial hatchery or a confinement operation. The bill would also authorize TAHC to adopt future federal regulations whenever it wants, which could mean new regulations on sheep, goats, pigs, cattle, and horses.

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