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"CHESTER — A federal official toured the nation’s only non-profit grocery store Friday morning, calling it a successful example of improving food access to low-income communities.
Fare and Square is a 16,000 square foot non-profit grocery store owned and operated by Philabundance. Constructed in a vacant store at 9th and Trainer streets in Chester, the store has been in operation for about four months with 69 employees, 82 percent of which are Chester residents. Undersecretary of Agriculture Kevin Concannon toured the facility Friday, eager to learn about the store’s operations."
Read the full article on Fare and Square's Website here.
"While important work is being funded through the agency’s local foods grants, it’s important to note that $34.3 million for local food is only a drop in the bucket of the USDA’s overall 2016 budget of $156 billion. Allocations for commodity crops will be $14.2 billion next year, plus $8.2 billion in crop insurance, both programs favoring conventional, industrial agriculture."
By: Leah Penniman, for YES! Magazine. Read the full article here.
Clare Hintz of Elsewhere Farm in Herbster, Wisconsin, has compiled research of women farmers in the Midwest. Visit the Women Farmers Practicing Regenerative Agriculture website to hear their stories and view galleries of their farms.
"Women farmers in the U.S. are more likely than men to adopt more ecologically-based practices on their farms. How do these farmers learn the values and skills that shape their work? Despite decades of scientific work on agroecosystems, very little research includes the farmer as a part of the system and even less research describes the experiences of women farmers. That means that the bulk of women’s experiences are missing from programs to train new farmers. Yet women farmers are on the leading edge of innovation in agriculture."
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