Spectrum News: Meet the New Generation of Farmers Tackling “Food Apartheid”

Spectrum News: Meet the New Generation of Farmers Tackling “Food Apartheid” . “Soul Fire Farm manger and founding co-director Leah Penniman’s harvest is enough to provide food to over 50 families throughout the Capital Region weekly…. The organization built an online database of BIPOC, short for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, farmers which anyone can use to donate tools, funds or even land to support urban farm initiatives.”

New York Times: Migrant Workers Restricted to Farms Under One Grower’s Virus Lockdown

New York Times: Migrant Workers Restricted to Farms Under One Grower’s Virus Lockdown. “In Virginia, gone are the weekly outings to Walmart to stock up on provisions; to El Ranchito, the Mexican convenience store, to buy shell-shaped concha pastries; and to the laundromat to machine wash heavily soiled garments. ‘You put up with a lot already. I never expected to lose my freedom,’ said Martinez, 39, who is in his third year working in the tomato fields along the East Coast. He said workers spent months on end without interacting with anyone at all outside the farms, though Lipman eventually relented and organized a carefully controlled trip for groceries each week.”

Radio New Zealand: More farmers say Google Maps sending drivers over tracks

Radio New Zealand: More farmers say Google Maps sending drivers over tracks. “In a Google Maps update rolled out in July, it concedes a number of driveways and private tracks have been listed in ‘error’, despite not appearing on council or LINZ records. Whangarei farmer James Buckland said he had made many attempts to get his 2 kilometre driveway removed from the app with Google’s Report a Problem tool. He said it was disconcerting not knowing who might be up the back of his property with guns, or bringing dogs near his livestock.”

USDA: USDA Now Accepting Applications for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

USDA: USDA Now Accepting Applications for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. “You can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which provides direct payments to farmers and ranchers to offset impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. Applications will be accepted through August 28, 2020. We now have the application form and a payment calculator available on farmers.gov/cfap. And we have a call center (877-508-8364) set up to help you with your questions.”

WHEC: NY Farm Bureau launches job database to help farmers, workers

WHEC: NY Farm Bureau launches job database to help farmers, workers. “An online database is helping farms hit hard by the pandemic connect with people looking for temporary work. The New York Farm Bureau launched the Farmworker Relief Program on Tuesday. The bureau hopes it will serve as a resource to farms and farmers in order to keep staff on hand.”

WROK: Skip The Store, Local Farms Will Deliver To Your Door

WROK: Skip The Store, Local Farms Will Deliver To Your Door. “I literally had no idea you could just go to farms and buy stuff or order online and have it shipped to your door. This is a great way to directly support local farmers and avoid going to crowded grocery stores during the pandemic. I poked around the website a little and found a handful of farms about 30 minutes away that would make a nice weekend trip.”

TimesDaily: Sweet Grown Alabama launches searchable database for products

TimesDaily: Sweet Grown Alabama launches searchable database for products. “Consumers looking to buy locally grown products are encouraged to visit the website and search for farmers in their area. Each farmer profile features products grown, location, social media links, website links and how to purchase products.”

SunHerald: Mississippians can now buy meat, produce directly from farms amid COVID-19. Here’s how.

SunHerald: Mississippians can now buy meat, produce directly from farms amid COVID-19. Here’s how.. “Mississippi has a new website where people can buy a side of beef, a basket of blueberries or a jar of honey direct from the rancher, farmer or beekeeper. Department of Agriculture Commissioner Andy Gipson announced Thursday the Mississippi Farm Marketplace website and two other initiatives to make sure people in Mississippi can get fresh food during the coronavirus pandemic. He signed an order during the morning press conference that immediately allows farmers to sell a portion of an animal, such as a side of beef, directly to consumers.”

Pacific Business Journal: Restaurant database now includes new section for farmers markets, local food producers

Pacific Business Journal: Restaurant database now includes new section for farmers markets, local food producers. “Hawaii Agricultural Foundation continues to expand its efforts to support the food industry during the Covid-19 pandemic. Earlier this week, the nonprofit launched a new addition to its Food-A-Go-Go platform, Food-A-Go-Go Farms, in an effort to help local farmers, ranchers and fishermen. Just as Food-A-Go-Go lists restaurants that are open for take-out, delivery and pickup, the new database compiles info on farmers markets and local growers. Food-A-Go-Go Farms also features other food producers in two categories — Aloha Inside for food products made in Hawaii, and Local Inside, which refers to products made with local ingredients.”

WBRZ: Ag Center creates tool to safely connect community with local farmers amid COVID-19 crisis

WBRZ (Louisiana): Ag Center creates tool to safely connect community with local farmers amid COVID-19 crisis. “Supporting your local farmers during the shutdown is just a click away with a new brand new tool. ‘Farms especially have lost a lot of their market, restaurants especially, even those that are open have very limited capacity and schools are a big one as well,’ Johannah Frelier with the LSU Ag. Center said. Frelier has compiled a state-wide list of local farms, butchers, and distributors providing farm-fresh food.”

Politico: USDA let millions of pounds of food rot while food-bank demand soared

Politico: USDA let millions of pounds of food rot while food-bank demand soared. “Tens of millions of pounds of American-grown produce is rotting in fields as food banks across the country scramble to meet a massive surge in demand, a two-pronged disaster that has deprived farmers of billions of dollars in revenue while millions of newly jobless Americans struggle to feed their families. While other federal agencies quickly adapted their programs to the coronavirus crisis, the Agriculture Department took more than a month to make its first significant move to buy up surplus fruits and vegetables — despite repeated entreaties.”

Coronavirus: Database helps small-scale farmers deliver to public (FarmingUK)

FarmingUK: Coronavirus: Database helps small-scale farmers deliver to public. “Hundreds of small-scale farmers across the UK have joined a new initiative to help connect the public with food producers who many be suffering as a result of Covid-19. Farms to Feed Us, a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers, aims to help link consumers with farmers and food producers during the pandemic. The ambition of the initiative is to provide an online database highlighting the location of farms and where they can deliver.”

Daily Coffee News: MarginalisedFarmers. Org Connects Consumers to Beans Grown On Farms in Need

Daily Coffee News: MarginalisedFarmers. Org Connects Consumers to Beans Grown On Farms in Need. “In a perfect world, prices paid for all green coffee would meet or exceed costs of production and premiums would always be awarded for quality, yet in reality not all farms suffer equally in a grossly imbalanced, neocolonial trading system that leaves most struggling to stay afloat from year to year. So, if a consumer wants to spend money specifically in support of smaller farms on the brink of collapse, where can they shop?”

9 News Australia: New map shows impact of fires on fruit and nut farms

9 News Australia: New map shows impact of fires on fruit and nut farms. “A new map shows how fires have impacted some of Australia’s fruit and nut industry. Scientists have released the map, which shows avocado, mango, olive, banana, macadamia and citrus orchards that have been hit by the bushfire crisis, and those which have been spared.”

Patch: Farm Bureau Creates Online Database For Local Agriculture Sales

Patch: Farm Bureau Creates Online Database For Local Agriculture Sales. “Oregon’s Bounty is a searchable directory of nearly 300 family farms and ranches that sell food and foliage directly to the public. Oregon’s Bounty allows visitors to do keyword searches for specific agriculture products — such as berries, cauliflower, honey, or eggs — and/or search for farms within a specific region of the state. Visitors can also do a keyword search for ‘u-pick’ or ‘events’ to find farms that offer those activities.”