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Action alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:
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.)
Announcement 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.
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.
News from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:
Local Foods Awareness Day at the Capitol on Thursday, March 9
Please 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.
We’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.
Action alert from the Weston A. Price Foundation:
We have an exciting opportunity to expand access to locally produced meat for consumers around the country! U.S. Representatives Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Chellie Pingree (D-ME) have introduced legislation to make it easier for small farms and ranches to sell locally raised and processed meat to consumers.
H.R. 3187, the Processing Revival and Intrastate Meat Exemption (PRIME) Act, would give individual states the freedom to permit intra-state distribution of custom-slaughtered meat to individual consumers and to restaurants, hotels, and grocery stores that directly serve consumers. Custom-processed beef, pork, lamb, and goat are covered under the bill.
If your children seem to have more health problems than they should, join us to learn how you can help them to be healthier. Even if you don’t have children, the nutrition principles explained are the same for both adults and children. Come to the presentation to learn how you and your family can be healthier and better nourished.
The Nourishing Our Children series includes 12 sections plus an introduction.
Announcement from the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund:
A new prize has been added to this year’s Food Freedom Fest benefiting the FTCLDF. (See the previous post about the Fest.)
You can win a trip for two to the Shenandoah Valley
Entries due midnight Friday, August 15, 2014
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!
Registration fees will go up on August 1, so register today to save money!
The Last Organic Outpost is a hidden gem in the 5th ward of North Houston. As you drive into the small neighborhood there is nothing to prepare you as you turn into this 2 acre lot full of warm, healthy soil, budding plants, thriving bees and caring hands. Walking into this place is like walking into a different world leaving the hustle and bustle of the city on your heals, awaiting your return. But for at least a little while, you are a farmer. Caring for your crops, clearing weeds, tending to the bees, cleaning and organizing the property, and preparing for another harvest. You’re greeted with smiles and handshakes from Joe, the head farmer, and appreciation from all the other volunteers that keep this amazing place going.