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American food writer/gardener, Nancy Singleton Hachisu, at Japan’s “Farming Frontier 2012”

Author of ‘Japanese Farm Food’, Nancy Singleton Hachisu moved from California to Japan in 1988, with the intention to stay for a year, learn Japanese, and return to the United States. Instead, she fell in love with a farmer, the culture, and the food, and has made the country her home. Nancy has taught cooking classes for nearly 20 years, and also runs a children’s English immersion program that prepares home-cooked meals with local ingredients.

Japan Ministry of Agriculture “Farming Frontier 2012″ – December 1 and 2, 2012, in Tokyo

Excerpt from Nancy’s book:

I realized it wasn’t enough just to cook for them, so a few years ago, we started a kitchen garden. Now even the little ones have jumped into the fray. In the morning, when I call out, “Who wants to help cook?” I get about ten miniature assistants climbing up on the stools around the table anxious to help peel potatoes or smash organic canned tomatoes.

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Yoko Ono tweets for charity – ‘$10 helps start a family food garden’

Yoko has 3,145,542 followers.

‘Imagine There’s No Hunger’ Charity

Donate at your local cafe or online and receive the imagine bracelet.

$1 feeds a child for one day
$5 feeds a child for one week
$10 helps start a family food garden

“This is beautiful step towards world peace. By imagining there’s no hunger, like what John sang in his song, we express our strong desire to bring a world in which children will never again suffer from hunger or poverty. Let’s come together and help spread this message around the world.” Yoko Ono Lennon

Link to ‘Imagine’ charity here.

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USDA Announces First-Ever Round of Farm to School Grants – 68 projects!

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USDA Awards First Grants to Increase Local Foods in Eligible Schools 68 Projects Support Nearly 2 Million Students

USDA Press Release
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2012

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan today announced more than $4.5 million in grants for 68 projects, spanning 37 states and the District of Columbia, to connect school cafeterias with local agricultural producers.

“When schools buy food from nearby producers, their purchasing power helps create local jobs and economic benefits, particularly in rural agricultural communities,” Merrigan said. “Evidence also suggests that when kids understand more about where food comes from and how it is produced, they are more likely to make healthy eating choices.”

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