Category Archives: News

Ecology of Food

In a recent article, the Hartman Group predicts future trends of how American will obtain and consume food. The study suggests a number of notions including the advent of private label foods, like Trader Joe’s, growth of Farmer’s Markets and … Continue reading

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Conservation and USDA Loan, Grant and Insurance Programs that can help your Small Farm or Acreage

Small agricultural producers have recently been given better access to federal programs through the 2008 Farm Bill and the long standing programs of the Spokane County Conservation District. This workshop will be a one stop information opportunity to explore grant, … Continue reading

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CSA Farmer-Trainees for 2010-Wanted

The Community Supported Agriculture Training Center at Historic Greenbank Farm on beautiful Whidbey Island, WA is seeking eight to ten new farmer-trainees for 2010.  The CSA Training Center will select new trainees on a rolling admission throughout November, December and … Continue reading

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Focus on Farming Photo Gallery

Thusday’s Focus on Farming was a riveting success for PSFN. We had a booth set up with the website running and staff on hand to take questions and help people sign up. Tim also put on a powerpoint presentation later … Continue reading

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PSFN goes live!

After many months of development, the Puget Sound Food Network has officially launched at agbizcenter.org.  Our official launch takes place at Focus on Farming VI conference in Tulalip, WA. NABC staff along with PSFN project coordinators will be on hand … Continue reading

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Vote Eat Local for Thanksgiving at Brighter Planet

Eat Local for Thanksgiving is a campaign led by the Cascade Harvest Coalition to drive local purchases and eating in Washington this Thanksgiving. Currently Eat Local for Thanksgiving is in the running for support from the Brighter Planet Project Fund … Continue reading

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Minnesota's Evolving Food Industry

A new study by the Crossroads Resource Center analyzes the importance of food relationships to Minnesota’s economy.  Here are some highlights from the press release: Emergent Food Businesses Build Trust A new study, “Mapping the Minnesota Food Industry,” concludes that … Continue reading

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Red Light Eating

The Food and Drug Administration is making efforts to remove leading labels from the front of food boxes in stores. More notably, the label “Smart Choice”, used by big name companies like Kellogg’s on cereal boxes like Froot Loops.

What’s more, according to an FDA announcement Americans could expect to see dramatically clarified front-box labeling in the form of a traffic light system. This system is currently used in Britain to show different content levels of salts, sugars and fats. Continue reading

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Value-Added Producer Grant: Application Workshop

(Mount Vernon, WA) The Northwest Agriculture Business Center in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture will host a half-day grant writing workshop to assist producers in applying for a USDA Value-Added Producer Grant. The class will be taught by Sharon Exley, USDA Business Programs Specialist, and will be held on October 20th from 8:30 am -12:00 pm at the Burlington Public Library located at 820 East Washington Avenue, Burlington. Continue reading

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America’s Fruit and Vegatable Deficiancy

A recent CDC report highlights the lack of fruits and vegetables in American diets. The report offers brand new data with State by State breakdown of fruit and vegetable consumption. Using a standard of 2+ fruits and 3+ vegetables daily, Washington State’s consumption for adults is at 15.1% meeting that requirement, compared to a national average of 14%. Washington State does not have data on adolescent fruit and vegetable consumption but national trends suggest that it is significantly lower in adolescent populations. Continue reading

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