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Farming Outside the Box: Veta La Palma

A Farm That Doesn’t Feed Its Animals

Veta La Palma is a fish farm, among other things, located on an island ten miles inland of the Atlantic Ocean on the Guadalquivir River. In the 1980’s, Argentine farmers failed to build a successful beef-cattle farm on its wetlands. They built a system of canals to drain the wetlands so the cattle could live off of the land, but the expenses were too great and the ecological effects were too devastating to control. Around ninety percent of the birds died and the ecosystem began to collapse.

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Supporting The Growing Connection One Search at a Time

Imagine that you could support your favorite cause simply by searching the internet. GoodSearch (powered by Yahoo!) offers one of the easiest ways to support The Growing Connection by letting you do just that.

Every time you use GoodSearch to search the internet, fifty percent of the ad revenue generated by your search results will be donated to the charity, school or nonprofit organization of your choice. All you have to do to support TGC’s work is to choose TGC (under the name “United States Committee for FAO”) as your favorite cause on the GoodSearch website and start searching. To make it even easier to support TGC initiatives through your internet searches you can download the GoodSearch toolbar here. The GoodSearch toolbar provides easy access to GoodSearch on your web browser.

GoodSearch also recently expanded to include GoodShop, an online shopping mall of established merchants dedicated to helping fund worthy causes across the country. Every time you purchase something through the GoodShop mall, a donation – averaging approximately 3% of the sale, but going up to 20% or even more – will be made to TGC.

Easy no? So what are you waiting for?  Get searching and shopping and feel good doing it!

The World Summit on Food Security

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is hosting the World Summit on Food Security November 16-18 in Rome, Italy.
Heads of state and government ministers from around the world have come together to discuss how the scourge of global chronic hunger can be eliminated. Even though we have the capacity and knowledge to produce more than enough food for everyone in the world, roughly one billion people – that’s one of every six people on the planet – suffer from chronic hunger. Amongst those that suffer the most from food insecurity are children. For example, one baby dies every six seconds due to hunger and nearly six million children die every year as a result of hunger.

2009 Summer Reading List!

All About Mexico
Recommended Stories
When choosing books to add to student summer reading lists, consider these three children’s books about Mexico.
The Tree is Older Than You Are: A Bilingual Gathering of Poems & Stories from Mex
by Naomi Shihab Nye
English translations appear alongside the Spanish poems and tales that explore everything from a table set for supper to a peach tree to a legend of rabbit’s long ears. The selections include writings by Rosario Castellanos, Jose Juan Tablada, Octavio Paz and many others.
Ages 8-up.

My Mexico / México mío
by Tony Johnston
Sway to the sounds, reach for the colors, dance to the rhythms, and you will find your own Mexico in these poems in both English and Spanish. Ages 4-8.

Salsa Stories

by Lulu Delacre
It is New Year’s Day, and friends and family from all over Latin America arrive at Carmen Teresa’s house for the festivities. When a neighbor gives her a gift of a blank notebook, everyone has an idea of how she should fill it. The discussion leads to an outpouring of stories by Carmen Teresa’s loved ones. The collection of seven tales featuring Latin American foods with recipes for the dishes mentioned.
Ages 9-12.

Welcome to our new TGC blog! We hope you’ll stay awhile, look around, post comments, and share your own experiences growing food. This online community is for us to share exciting TGC news with you and highlight the work of TGC members from around the world.

The ‘Spotlight On’ section will feature schools, community centers and others who are transforming the lives of those they work with both nutritionally and economically. This is our public way of applauding their efforts and encouraging everyone to continue cultivating food, connecting minds and harvesting hope.

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