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Grossnickle Church of the Brethren to bless seeds, raise funds for food program

Members of Myersville's Grossnickle Church of the Brethren is undertaken its Growing Project to raise funds for the Christian organization Foods Resource Bank. On May 19 Grossnickle will partner with eight other churches to hold it's Blessing of the Seeds event at the farm of Grossnickle members Jeff and Patty Hurwitz.

05/13/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

g.r.o.w in Ohio

An update from one of FRB's newest growing projects in Ohio!

Here at g.r.o.w. (Gardens Reaching Others Worldwide) we are planning to show love through a harvest. Spring is finally here and we are excited to get on with our start-up year.

We currently have three group locations and possibly input from several home gardens. The group locations can be found at a school campus, a church, and a farmstead.

05/10/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Promoting land rights and conflict resolution in Tanzania

To educate farmers about land rights and land conflict resolution, FRB’s Tanzania - Sengerema program has produced two training manuals in Swahili on the topics. Land rights and legal title to land are critical to food security: 75% of the population of 650,000 in Sengerema District alone depends on agriculture as the primary source of income and food.

05/09/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

In Kenya, the lives of women, girls and communities improve with earth dams

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“Tukiwa na maji, tutakuwa kama ulaya” (“If we have water, we shall be like the developed countries”) – Kitui program participant

In the Kitui region of Kenya, community-built water ponds, closer to home, collect seasonal rains and free women and girls from the drudgery of searching for water, waiting for hours in queues to collect it, and carrying it home, all of which can take up to 120 hours a month. Even in the face of the 3-year drought affecting the area, these earth dams are full for about half the year.

04/26/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Guatemalan Pollo Con Coca Cola Recipe

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Here is a recipe for Chicken with Coca Cola that a recent FRB group traveling in Guatemala enjoyed quite a lot.

04/24/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Healing Comes Full Circle

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More than thirty years ago, in my early days of overseas development work, I would often attend worship in Haitian batey churches in the Dominican Republic.  (“Batey” is the Caribbean name for a residential area for workers on a plantation.) My children’s memories of this time include the anxiety of being asked to sit on the platform at the front of the church because we were one of the missionary families.  This was often uncomfortable for us, but at the time we had little command of the language to express how we felt.

04/22/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Norm Braksick Receives MI Rotary Award

Norm Braksick, shown in this photo from 2004, worked for 30 years at The Upjohn Co. and was president of the Asgrow Seed Co. before retiring in 1997. In late 1998, he agreed to help form the Foods Resource Bank, a nonprofit international organization involving faith, agriculture and world hunger.

The Portage Rotary Club honored retired corporate executive and ongoing volunteer services leader Norman Braksick with its 22nd Annual Community Service Award last Wednesday.

04/19/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Gaza: A land of Contrast (Part 2)

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I recently returned from a trip to the Middle East to visit the Foods Resource Bank (FRB) programs that we have in the region one of which, is located in the Gaza Strip. Since my return home I’ve been struggling to find the best way to describe my experiences and to share the stories of those we visited.  As I think through all that happened in the short 1-day visit to Gaza I keep coming back to the idea that there were many “opposites” existing at once. These opposites occurred in many different forms and I will continue to try to explain them in more details in part 2 of the blog post.

04/17/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Gaza: A land of Contrast (Part 1)

I recently returned from a trip to the Middle East to visit the Foods Resource Bank (FRB) programs that we have in the region one of which, is located in the Gaza Strip.  Since my return home I’ve been struggling to find the best way to describe my experiences and to share the stories of those we visited.  As I think through all that happened in the short 1-day visit to Gaza I keep coming back to the idea that there were many “opposites” existing at once.   These opposites occurred in many different forms and I will try to explain them in more details as I write this.

Is Gaza Palestinian or is it Israeli?

According to Wikipedia, the Palestinian National Authority is the interim self-government body established to govern the West Bank and the Gaza Strip

04/15/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Mariam’s work and ingenuity improve household income in Jordan

Mariam and fifteen other Bedouin women who received food security training through FRB’s Jordan-Greigra program are now successfully growing crops in plastic greenhouses.

Mariam's husband has a second wife, and among them they have 10 children to feed and nurture. After the training, Mariam took out a loan from the program’s small revolving loan project in order buy the materials needed to build and maintain a plastic hoop house near her home.

04/03/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More
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