A 2014 National Grocery Association consumer survey pretty much tells it all. “More locally grown foods” is the second most desired improvement among surveyed grocery shoppers. It was second to “Price/cost savings.” That sounds like we want our food to be grown locally, but it must be cheap. Read more.
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For the love of mother earth, we need a revolution.
At Fox Haven we are an alternative to industrial agriculture, we are teaching people how to grow their own food. Instead of chemicals, we are using crop rotation, grazing cows to build up nutritious soil, integrated pest management, appropriate technology, drip irrigation, and practicing permaculture. We are reducing waste, conserving energy, composting, recycling, restoring, and regenerating the health of the land.
It is time for us to reject corporate control of our food production; it is time to reject chemically intensive industrial agriculture and factory farms causing enormous suffering of animals. For the love of mother earth, we need a revolution challenging the corporate logic of empire and control.
It is time for us to see that this breakdown is leading to breakthrough, the emergence of new ways of doing things.
We need to challenge the conventional assumption that man can impose a mechanical model of business on living systems.
Revolving doors between the government agencies and private corporations have enabled corporations to capture and control the agencies that should be regulating the, and the health of the American people is suffering.
We need a revolution to shake up and root out corruption and make government work the way it was meant to work.
From Fox Haven’s Founder, Harriett
Around the nation there is a growing interest in eating local food. Two weeks ago Fox Haven held a meeting with local farmers and others interested in growing more, selling more and eating more local food. We released not only data from a local grower survey, but also heard from experts in the field about the local movement around the nation. See Will Gray’s presentation here to learn more.
While Earth doesn’t have a place to stick a tongue depressor, researchers still give it regular checkups.
Here are our planet’s vitals, according to NASA’s recent medical charts.
Five Stars. The Restorative Winter Retreat far exceeded my expectations. Foxhaven is truly a special place and the perfect setting for a day of relaxation. I left feeling completely restored and rejuvenated. I learned so much and felt a real connection with both the staff and the other guests. I will definitely be attending again in the future!
The Washington Regional Food Funders (WRFF) formed in 2011 to build/remove barriers to a more equitable food system in our region. That means increasing opportunities for small and medium-sized farmers within the communities of the broader Chesapeake Foodshed, and supplying that locally grown healthy food to the people living within it.
The Greater Washington area is the definition used by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG). [One MWCOG report found that] products grown in Greater Washington comprised little of the total food sold here.
To address that, the WRFF has the following goals:
Goal 1: Elevate policy solutions and opportunities for action and aligned investment in the supply side of our region’s food system – from production to aggregation and distribution – to advance equitable workforce solutions and sustainable practices.
Goal 2: Identify opportunities for action and investment to support increased demand for good food among regional consumers, particularly for those who do not currently have access to good food.
Goal 3: Maintain and expand a strong community of diverse funders with interdisciplinary interests to broaden the coalition committed to regional action to eliminate barriers to good food.
Every Tuesdays for 6 weeks – from 6 pm to 7:15 pm in the Dairy Parlor at Fox Haven! There’s still room for a few more.
Our first class started with six children (tonight we have eight); for some this was their first time on a yoga mat. A lot of excitement! The class started with a body scan a “tense and let go” activity to warm up our bodies and become aware and grounded. The children were taught breathing techniques useful for any situation when they need to calm themselves down or just take a moment.
The children engaged in belly breathing and ocean breath, which was the first part of going into our mindful movement practice. The most alivening part of the class was seeing the kids connect with each other during their first engagement with the mindfulness activities.
We ended our class with loving kindness meditation and the children added some parts to this, I am excited to see where this will lead over the next seven weeks. I felt the anxiety in the children when they first entered the parlor not knowing what this class was about and this dissipated during the hour. This was evident when they were engaging in the oil pastels activity at the end, making spirals to hang in their rooms to remind them of their practice. There was a lot of beauty and love in their drawings. We look forward to see what paintings they make next week.
– Jan Hummer, Open Minds Inc