A Mom’s Shopping Confession

          I have to admit that I know very little when it comes to shopping for healthy foods.  It’s not easy with all this muddy water…it’s hard to tell what’s what. I have always been interested in health, though I haven’t always followed my conscience.  There have been times when I would blindly load my cart with choices of whatever the family would eat; price often determined the decision… and health was a close 3rd.  I didn’t think about food, it just “filled the void”.  In the past few years I have become willing to open my eyes and at least allow myself the awareness of some of the health issues with the foods that fill our grocery stores. The more I learn the more factors arise which influence all of those small decisions I make while shopping for groceries.  

          My purpose now is to be a good steward of all that I have been given in this life.  My family’s health is important to me– Especially important to me is the nutrition of my children, I don’t think that I am unique in this way.  I want to shop with a good conscience while putting good food on the table for our children and I think that an increasing number of people are looking for the labels: GMO-free project verified, Fair Trade, certified organic, sustainability certified …etc.

       Even though I do have strong convictions about the issues that effect the food system; Even though I know that every purchase made is a vote; I still find myself making some irresponsible decisions. I think that I am not alone in struggling with this dilemma–and I really want to make positive changes for my family.  I believe that the best way to do that (aside from growing my own) is to spend less at the grocery store and show up at local farmers markets to load up with as much as we can use. In addition, a local CSA will prove to be a wonderful resource for us all! So I know exactly what I should do next… jump in.  I am really a shy person, and I will need moral support as this is a difficult thing for me to do.

      So sometime over the next week or so I am inviting all and any of you to join me in the search for food freedomJoin millions around the world and March Against Monsanto on May 25! To find a location near you click here Visit a farmers market or CSA and tell us about your experience there. Take a few moments to hug a farmer and show them appreciation for what they do. Plant something edible such as herbs that are very useful in cooking and manageable indoors or outside. Please, if you are doing these things drop a line about it in the comments, I really want to hear from you!Gone to Bloom

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A Great Thing for California Farmers Markets!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tx-XWEewpo8&feature=player_embedded

“Special note to California Farmers’ Markets: California Department of Social Services will provide a free wireless POS terminal to process transactions at the markets. CDSS will provide and maintain free equipment and pay all fees associated with EBT transactions at farmers’ markets in most cases.”

http://www.ecologycenter.org/ebt/pdf/SimpleGuide2011.pdf

“The Ecology Center is coordinating the Farmers’ Market EBT Project to assist farmers’ markets and community partners in setting up and promoting SNAP EBT access to fresh fruits and vegetables at California farmers’ markets. The project is funded in part by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, through the Specialty Crops Block Grant Program. For more information about SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly the Food Stamp Program), call 1-877-847-3663.”

http://www.ecologycenter.org/ebt/

This is a fantastic opportunity for farmers markets to increase sales prospects and to increase accessability of local products. Without this major advantage, those of lower economic status have less of a consumer’s voice due to lack of choice. Please comment.

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Frack No

Food, Farms, Forests and Fracking: Connecting the Dots

By Zack Kaldveer and Ronnie Cummins – Organic Consumers Association, May 9, 2013

“Powerful, potentially world-changing grassroots movements are still for the most part working separately.”

via Frack No. MUST READ!

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Attention California Farmer’s Market Managers: Pick Up The Tools and Use Them

     Want a food system revolution? We have been given the tools to accomplish this task–it amounts to a process of finding and using the tools we have been given.  If you haven’t read a previous post of mine concerning what could be one of the biggest things to happen to the food system in California, click here–>A Great Thing For California Farmer’s Markets http://alturl.com/nrjvi  

     The EBT or Golden State Advantage card allows recipients to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from Farmer’s Market vendors through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

     At Our Growing Backyard we are looking forward to hearing from Farmer’s Market managers and community partners who want to get involved and get started offering EBT point of sale transactions at Farmer’s Markets. Maybe we are missing something and you already do~ if so give us a heads up and we will gladly seek your pardon=)

     We have been in correspondence with Carle Brinkman from the Ecology Center, who has been an incredible asset to Kern and San Diego counties in organizing workshops in order to educate farmer’s market managers and associations on the benefits and how-to’s of setting up an EBT program at the farmers’ market. But would there be enough demand in our area for a new source of revenue to flow into a more sustainable food system?

I hope so!

Let us know what you think! I just want to celebrate!

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How green is my pasta!

How green is my pasta!.

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Black and white woolies.

Black and white woolies..

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petition to ban dangerous hormone-disrupting BPA packaging

 “We need strong action from the FDA now to protect us, and our kids, from these dangerous chemicals.”

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