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September 3 – Celebrate 30 Years of Farmers’ Markets in LA

Join us for 30 Years and Growing, a celebration of the 30th anniversary of Los Angeles’ first farmers’ market. The Gardena farmers’ market, which opened June 23, 1979, was the first of many great markets in Southern California. This milestone

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Design the Future of Farmers’ Markets!

For Immediate Release Contact: Vanessa Zajfen; / 323-341-5092 Design the Future of Farmers’ Markets! LOS ANGELES, CA: The Urban & Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI) at Occidental College is pleased to announce our partnership with GOOD for a design competition for

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Planning to Support Urban Agriculture

Urban agriculture is everywhere we turn these days. On rooftops, vacant lots, and school yards. As discussed on this blog before, Los Angeles was a city founded on agriculture. With an ideal growing climate, the city should lead the nation

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June 4: Free Screening of Food, Inc.

The California Farm to School Program, a project of the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI) is co-sponsoring a free screening of the new film, Food, Inc. Food, Inc. exposes America’s industrialized food system and its effect on our environment, health, economy and workers’ rights.

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new student garden @ oxy

A new student-run organic garden and composting program is getting underway in the lawn area below the UEP/UEPI building. Congrats to the FEAST club for working so hard to plan and build support for this project. Thanks to the President’s

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UPS Delivers Community Food Security

One of our project partners, the Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) has created a thriving national movement that has forged new alliances between diverse constituencies, including farmers, environmentalists, food bankers, anti-hunger advocates, community activists, and public health professionals. They have

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The Alice Waters 60 Minutes Interview Debate

Is Alice Waters an elitist? A visionary? A promoter of good food as a right and not a privilege? A mother of a movement or one who isolates it? Are those the right questions for food advocates, both those who

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Supermarket Pastoral: a review bite of Food Inc. The movie FOOD, INC. forces you to wonder: “How much do we really know about the food we buy at our local supermarkets and serve to our families?” The film begins by

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Kresge Grant to Fund Healthy Preschool Food Project

Re-posted from Occidental’s  Office of Communications: Building on previous success with schoolchildren nationwide, a $395,000 grant from The Kresge Foundation will make it possible for the Occidental College Urban & Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI) to extend healthy food and wellness

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two cities – food justice in los angeles

Two Cities This post is the second in a series on food & Los Angeles. The first was Land of Sunshine, focusing on urban agriculture. The last will be City without Borders, about the future of food in an L.A.

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