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April 26, 2016 - On March 29, I was honored to be among the 250 people gathered at the Hall of Laureates in Des Moines, Iowa for “Women and Agriculture: The Road to Global Security”. Organized by the Foods Resource Bank, Oxfam America, and the World Food Prize Foundation, the event celebrated the critical leadership of women and the importance of ensuring human rights and eliminating hunger in order to achieve global peace and security.

Iowa’s Senator Joni Ernst shared a particularly powerful source of inspiration. While in college, she had the opportunity, through a government exchange program, to work alongside peasant farmers on a collective farm in then communist Ukraine. After a full day of manual labor, there were no tractors available on the collective farm, the Ukrainians and Americans would eat supper together. These conversations often included questions about agriculture in the United States, but the Ukrainians were even more interested in what it was like to be free.

What is it like to be free?

05/10/2016 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Growing Project hosts Nativity Display for FRB

Friendship Christian Reformed Church in Byron Center ushered in December with a display of Nativity sets from 29 different countries during a "Come to Bethlehem" ladies dinner and Saturday Open House. More than 350 people enjoyed the display.

12/15/2015 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

You're Invited! Enabling a Well-Fed World Event this Sunday in IA

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Enabling a Well-Fed World: Building Networks, Empowering People, Nurturing the Earth

Whether in Iowa or Ethiopia, farmers face many of the same challenges – climate change, access to land, rising costs of production, and the ability to provide a safe and healthy food to a growing population.

10/10/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

2014 Tour de Farms is a Grand Success!

On Sunday August 31, 150 bikers of all ages participated in the first FRB Tour de Farms hosted by the Western Springs/Mazon Growing Project. Biking about 12 miles total, participants toured the fields and farms of several Mazon farmers

09/02/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Corn Planting with the Davis CA Growing Project this Saturday!

Greetings from the DCC Growing Project!

We have some corn to plant and we hope you'll join us Saturday morning!! This winter's dry weather delayed the decision about whether to plant at all this year, but we're happy to report that the project is on and we will once again plant, grow and sell sweet corn to raise funds for the Foods Resource Bank. We apologize for the late notice about planting, but ask for your understanding; in farming, decisions sometimes need to be made at the last minute and there isn't much we can do about it.

It's FUN, appropriate for all ages, and doesn't take that long when there's a big crowd. Plus, the weather should be absolutely gorgeous,

03/18/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More
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