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FAO in Haiti: Donate a Fruit Tree

Fruit Trees for Haiti is an initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). A donation of five dollars can purchase an avocado, mango, or other fruit tree seedling for a Haitian school. The donation also covers a small amount of fertilizer, as well as watering and weeding costs for the first year. FAO hopes this project will improve children’s health and help restore the country’s degraded environment.

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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 http://www.localharvest.org. 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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Sign the Petition to End Hunger Now

FAO recently launched the 1 Billion Hungry online petition: http://www.1billionhungry.org/. The 1 Billion Hungry campaign aims to bring attention to the more than 1 billion people around the world who suffer from chronic hunger. Please join us in getting mad that 1 billion people in the world are hungry and sign the petition.

Photos from the worldwide campaign are available on the 1 Billion Hungry Flickr page.

You can also watch videos on the 1 Billion Hungry YouTube channel through this link.

Finally, you can read FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf’s Huffington Post blog on the campaign 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!

Moving towards Healthier School Lunches

The Child Nutrition Act (CNA) is due to be reauthorized this year by the United States Congress. The CNA includes the National School Lunch Program, which provides school lunches to some 31 million US children. Slow Food USA, a non-profit with the goal of creating a world in which everyone can enjoy food that is good, clean and fair, has organized a petition to urge members of Congress to invest more in school lunches and improve the nutritional value of school lunches. You can support Slow Food’s petition here.

First Lady Michelle Obama’s recently unveiled ‘Let’s Move’ initiative to counter childhood obesity in America also supports greater investment in school lunches to improve the health and well-being of school children. You can hear the First Lady talk about the program in the video below. You can also find out more about the Let’s Move initiative by following this link.

Recovery Efforts in Haiti

Haiti is struggling to recover from the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck near Port-Au-Prince on January 13. Recent estimates suggest the earthquake claimed more than 100,000 lives and left nearly a million Haitians homeless. Continue reading