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Presidential Politics: Update for food & farm activists

This update contains 5 topics relevant to Food + Farms + Democracy as our work is reflected in the 2020 campaign for U.S. president: 1. IMPEACH & REMOVE RALLIES (tonight Dec. 17)2. DEMOCRATIC DEBATE: Threat of Sodexo strike3. FOOD & FARM PLATFORMS4. SECRETARIES OF AGRICULTURE (federal & state)5. ORDER OF PRIMARIES & CAUCUSES Sent to three […]

EVANSTON, ILLINOIS: 2019 climate action badge? Leave the Leaves

I’ve lived in Evanston, a Chicago suburb, for 43 years. I can confirm that for 43 years, most of the organic growth from Evanston’s soil—grass clippings, leaves, shrub prunings, tree branches—left the city limits. Almost none was returned to the soil. Yes, there was always the occasional composter or real gardener who kept that precious […]

Reinventing Cooperative Extension: Partner with Local Public Libraries

I recently sent a version of this blog to some food-and-farm colleagues as a possible idea for “big picture” system change, without reinventing the wheel. This is basically a re-purposing of two U.S. institutions, to the benefit of both and for the benefit of all Americans—rural, urban, suburban, including non-humans (soil, water, air, plants, animals, […]

REGENERATION MIDWEST: 25% of Land, People, and U.S. Political Power?

A slightly edited version of an announcement sent to three national food-and-farm listservs: COMFOOD (Tufts Univ.) Food Policy Networks – FPN (Johns Hopkins Univ.) North America Food Systems Network – NAFSN (Cornell Univ.) NEWS from REGENERATION MIDWEST — IL IN IA KS MI MN MO NE ND OH SD WI Here’s news from REGENERATION MIDWEST, the […]

2018 Elections: Food & Farm Platform for Candidates, Voters, Media

FOOD-AND-FARM PLATFORM for 2018 Elections Regenerating our Democracy, our Habitats, Ourselves  (PDF) A two-page platform for candidates, voters, and media. Federal: Page 1 Systemic policies and programs implementable at the federal level   State + Local: Page 2 Illinois-specific goals and strategies, most of which can easily apply to other states, as well as to other jurisdictions […]