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Eating Local: Find a Farmers Market!

Do you know where to find your local farmers market?

You can find names and locations — both of markets and the farms themselves — at Even if you live in an urban area, you might be pleasantly surprised by your local food options.

Different vegetables have different growing seasons … what’s your favorite vegetable of June? Take our poll below!


Farming Outside the Box: Growing Power Thrives in Milwaukee

In 1993, Will Allen purchased an abandoned nursery on the north side of Milwaukee. Hoping to employ local teenagers and grow fresh food for his community, he transformed two acres into a productive, sustainable farm named Growing Power. Fifteen years later, Allen became the second farmer ever to receive a McArthur Genius Grant, honored for his innovative work in sustainable food systems and agricultural education.

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Gardening Workshop Opportunity

Do you live near Philadelphia and have an interest in improving your gardening skills? Check out this exciting kitchen gardening workshop…

This Spring and Fall, a long time friend of The Growing Connection and a world-renowned expert on growing heirloom vegetables, William Woys Weaver, is holding a series of gardening workshops at his Devon, Pennsylvania kitchen plot.

Dr. Weaver is the Director of the Keystone Center for the Study of Regional Foods and Food Tourism and a Contributing Editor at Mother Earth News. His book Heirloom Vegetable Gardening is considered a classic on this subject.

We thought you might be interested in this unique opportunity. Dr. Weaver nurtures and propagates over 3000 heirloom variety vegetables in his garden every year, and has a wealth of knowledge to impart.

The three part class series (mix and match class dates available May through October) will cover “Everything You Will Need to Know to Launch Your Own Kitchen Garden”. For more information on this opportunity, click here.


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.

Healthy Living In The City

 Will you be in Chicago, IL this Friday, July 17? If yes, you’re invited to the 3rd annual Garden Walk at the Dorothy Bradley Atkins Medicinal Plant Garden at UIC from 11 am to 4 pm. It’s all free and this years Garden Walk theme is “Healthy Living in the City.” 

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