Urban farms in the Steel City

While some rural Pennsylvanians are weathering the rise in food prices by buying cheap, expired food from Amish shops, Pittsburghers are likelier to enjoy a more sustainable bounty from urban farms. According to this Post-Gazette story, urban farm sites now include the North Side, Lemington, Garfield, and the Hill District. This is good news for […]

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Pity leads to charity; dignity, to entitlement

How hard have rising food prices and economic recession hit Pittsburgh? A recent Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article compares numbers of people served by one food pantry in South Hills in February 2007 — 276 — to February 2008 — 425, an increase of 64 percent. The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank distributes food to this and […]

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Grassroots recipe #2: Fat Nic’s Vegan Friendly Beans

From Nic Romano, a social worker friend and guitar hero fan from Baltimore: Fat Nic’s Vegan Friendly Beans & (rice, cornbread, whatever…) Here’s a good cheap recipe that always serves me well. It’s cheap, simple, and very adaptable to anyone’s tastes. Fresh herbs and veggies really make it good, but a little goes a long […]

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food crisis and free markets

Scary. Transnational corporate agribusiness has managed to create a global food crisis. Readers of Naomi Klein’s Shock Doctrine will be unsurprised at how Cargill, Monsanto, etc. are profiting from the crisis (not unlike how oil companies are reaping windfall profits) — thus offering little financial incentive to stave of the “social uprisings” that rightly make […]

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Grassroots recipe #1

Child nutrition advocate DeShauna Ponton was kind enough to share this delicious summertime combination of fresh vegetables and pasta. Zucchini Spaghetti 1 large zucchini (cut into 1/2-1 inch pieces)2-3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil1 large onion, diced1 chopped green pepper1 box angel hair pasta1 can stewed or diced tomatoes, drained (save juice)1 1/2 Tablespoons chopped […]

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Grassroots cooking

With a national economic woes, a global food crisis pushing prices higher and higher, and apparently never-ending foot-dragging on the farm bill, it’s not hard to feel anxious about the future of food in our communities. But daily meals continue bringing people together. Nothing like sharing meals and sharing recipes bridges generations and cultures — […]

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Our tenacious Congressional Hunger Fellow, Corey Yarbrough, produced this video on issues surrounding the National Food Stamp Program in Allegheny County. It features interviews with food stamp consumers and advocates, and dispells many myths about the program. Yarbrough is currently completing his Hunger Fellowship in Washington, D.C., where he will screen the video at FRAC […]

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Food Stamps make a Difference

Did you know that only about two thirds of Allegheny County residents who are eligible for food stamps actually receive them? Since August, Just Harvest has been working on our Food Stamps Make a Difference Campaign in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare to increase participation in the National Food Stamp Program. With […]

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