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  1. #1
    modom (palindrome guy) Guest

    Default USDA local food memo 8-27-09

    Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan issued a memo
    yesterday that read in part:

    "Imagine an NGO receiving USDA grant money to construct a community
    kitchen where farmers drop off produce and families join cooking
    classes that teach about healthy eating while everyone prepares fresh
    nutritious meals to bring home...Imagine a community using USDA money
    to construct an open-sided structure to house a farmers
    market...Imagine a school using USDA loan money to set up cold storage
    as part of a larger effort to retrofit the school cafeteria to buy
    produce directly from farmers and return cooking capacity for school
    lunch...Imagine..."

    Are we about to see a real change in USDA policy, a change that favors
    farmers and cooks and eaters over ag corporations?

    Full memo is here:
    http://civileats.com/wp-content/uplo...d-memo.doc.pdf
    --

    modom

  2. #2
    Pete C. Guest

    Default Re: USDA local food memo 8-27-09


    "modom (palindrome guy)" wrote:
    >
    > Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan issued a memo
    > yesterday that read in part:
    >
    > "Imagine an NGO receiving USDA grant money to construct a community
    > kitchen where farmers drop off produce and families join cooking
    > classes that teach about healthy eating while everyone prepares fresh
    > nutritious meals to bring home...Imagine a community using USDA money
    > to construct an open-sided structure to house a farmers
    > market...Imagine a school using USDA loan money to set up cold storage
    > as part of a larger effort to retrofit the school cafeteria to buy
    > produce directly from farmers and return cooking capacity for school
    > lunch...Imagine..."
    >
    > Are we about to see a real change in USDA policy, a change that favors
    > farmers and cooks and eaters over ag corporations?
    >
    > Full memo is here:
    > http://civileats.com/wp-content/uplo...d-memo.doc.pdf
    > --
    >
    > modom


    Imagine public schools teaching a composite nutrition / basic cooking
    type class so people have the knowledge and skills to purchase healthy
    foods regardless of whether their lettuce comes from a small farm in the
    same state, or one of those evil aq corporation hydroponic greenhouses
    in Canada. Imagine local school boards spending the funds they receive
    wisely upgrading their cafeteria instead of hiring more administrators.

  3. #3
    maxine Guest

    Default Re: USDA local food memo 8-27-09

    On Aug 28, 8:48*am, "Pete C." <aux3.DO...@snet.net> wrote:
    > "modom (palindrome guy)" wrote:
    >
    > > Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan issued a memo
    > > yesterday that read in part:

    >
    > > "Imagine an NGO receiving USDA grant money to construct a community
    > > kitchen where farmers drop off produce and families join cooking
    > > classes that teach about healthy eating while everyone prepares fresh
    > > nutritious meals to bring home...Imagine a community using USDA money
    > > to construct an open-sided structure to house a farmers
    > > market...Imagine a school using USDA loan money to set up cold storage
    > > as part of a larger effort to retrofit the school cafeteria to buy
    > > produce directly from farmers and return cooking capacity for school
    > > lunch...Imagine..."

    >
    > > Are we about to see a real change in USDA policy, a change that favors
    > > farmers and cooks and eaters over ag corporations?

    >
    > > Full memo is here:
    > >http://civileats.com/wp-content/uplo...d-memo.doc.pdf
    > > --

    >
    > > modom

    >
    > Imagine public schools teaching a composite nutrition / basic cooking
    > type class so people have the knowledge and skills to purchase healthy
    > foods regardless of whether their lettuce comes from a small farm in the
    > same state, or one of those evil aq corporation hydroponic greenhouses
    > in Canada. Imagine local school boards spending the funds they receive
    > wisely upgrading their cafeteria instead of hiring more administrators.


    Might as well imagine whirled peas. I can hear the opposition
    screaming that you'll take their bacon double cheeseburger out of
    their cold dead hands before you'll shove healthy eating down their
    throats.

    maxine in ri
    who might be depressed again

  4. #4
    Christopher Helms Guest

    Default Re: USDA local food memo 8-27-09

    On Aug 28, 8:37*am, maxine <weed...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > On Aug 28, 8:48*am, "Pete C." <aux3.DO...@snet.net> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    > > "modom (palindrome guy)" wrote:

    >
    > > > Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan issued a memo
    > > > yesterday that read in part:

    >
    > > > "Imagine an NGO receiving USDA grant money to construct a community
    > > > kitchen where farmers drop off produce and families join cooking
    > > > classes that teach about healthy eating while everyone prepares fresh
    > > > nutritious meals to bring home...Imagine a community using USDA money
    > > > to construct an open-sided structure to house a farmers
    > > > market...Imagine a school using USDA loan money to set up cold storage
    > > > as part of a larger effort to retrofit the school cafeteria to buy
    > > > produce directly from farmers and return cooking capacity for school
    > > > lunch...Imagine..."

    >
    > > > Are we about to see a real change in USDA policy, a change that favors
    > > > farmers and cooks and eaters over ag corporations?

    >
    > > > Full memo is here:
    > > >http://civileats.com/wp-content/uplo...d-memo.doc.pdf
    > > > --

    >
    > > > modom

    >
    > > Imagine public schools teaching a composite nutrition / basic cooking
    > > type class so people have the knowledge and skills to purchase healthy
    > > foods regardless of whether their lettuce comes from a small farm in the
    > > same state, or one of those evil aq corporation hydroponic greenhouses
    > > in Canada. Imagine local school boards spending the funds they receive
    > > wisely upgrading their cafeteria instead of hiring more administrators.

    >
    > Might as well imagine whirled *peas. *I can hear the opposition
    > screaming that you'll take their bacon double cheeseburger out of
    > their cold dead hands before you'll shove healthy eating down their
    > throats.
    >
    > maxine in ri
    > who might be depressed again



    This is Socialism! The teabaggers and the birthers aren't going to
    like this one little bit. They'll be showing up in front of Merrigan's
    office with guns and carrying pictures of her with a Hitler mustache
    before you know it. "Keep your hands off my jumbo Milky Way!"

  5. #5
    =?ISO-8859-1?Q?Bobo_Bonobo=AE?= Guest

    Default Re: Imagine my son's elementary school (was:USDA local food memo8-27-09)

    On Aug 28, 8:37*am, maxine <weed...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > On Aug 28, 8:48*am, "Pete C." <aux3.DO...@snet.net> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    > > "modom (palindrome guy)" wrote:

    >
    > > > Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan issued a memo
    > > > yesterday that read in part:

    >
    > > > "Imagine an NGO receiving USDA grant money to construct a community
    > > > kitchen where farmers drop off produce and families join cooking
    > > > classes that teach about healthy eating while everyone prepares fresh
    > > > nutritious meals to bring home...Imagine a community using USDA money
    > > > to construct an open-sided structure to house a farmers
    > > > market...Imagine a school using USDA loan money to set up cold storage
    > > > as part of a larger effort to retrofit the school cafeteria to buy
    > > > produce directly from farmers and return cooking capacity for school
    > > > lunch...Imagine..."

    >
    > > > Are we about to see a real change in USDA policy, a change that favors
    > > > farmers and cooks and eaters over ag corporations?

    >
    > > > Full memo is here:
    > > >http://civileats.com/wp-content/uplo...d-memo.doc.pdf
    > > > --

    >
    > > > modom

    >
    > > Imagine public schools teaching a composite nutrition / basic cooking
    > > type class so people have the knowledge and skills to purchase healthy
    > > foods regardless of whether their lettuce comes from a small farm in the
    > > same state, or one of those evil aq corporation hydroponic greenhouses
    > > in Canada. Imagine local school boards spending the funds they receive
    > > wisely upgrading their cafeteria instead of hiring more administrators.

    >
    > Might as well imagine whirled *peas. *I can hear the opposition
    > screaming that you'll take their bacon double cheeseburger out of
    > their cold dead hands before you'll shove healthy eating down their
    > throats.


    Our school district is doing it!

    Look:
    http://www.mrhsd.org/pdfs/Menus/2009...9lunchElem.PDF
    http://www.fox2now.com/news/mornings...,3818562.story
    http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/lif...2?OpenDocument
    http://food-management.com/fm_innova...709/index.html
    http://suburbanjournals.stltoday.com...tinschool0.txt
    http://stlouis.bizjournals.com/stlou...6/daily31.html

    We are not a high per capita income district. Far from it.
    "Percentage of students with free/reduced lunch: 52.9%"
    source-- http://www.city-data.com/school/mrh-elem-mo.html

    The whole thing is really inspiring to me. Maplewood and Richmond
    Heights are also starting a community garden, which I'm involved with,
    and when my son is a little older, I want to start informal cooking
    lessons for our neighborhood, utilizing produce from both my back yard
    and my community garden plot.

    So, Maxine. If you want to see those peas a-whirling, I guess you
    need to come to Richmond Heights, Missouri.
    >
    > maxine in ri
    > who might be depressed again


    --Bryan

  6. #6
    notbob Guest

    Default Re: USDA local food memo 8-27-09

    On 2009-08-28, Christopher Helms <[email protected]> wrote:

    > This is Socialism! The teabaggers and the birthers aren't going to
    > like this one little bit. They'll be showing up in front of Merrigan's
    > office with guns and carrying pictures of her with a Hitler mustache
    > before you know it. "Keep your hands off my jumbo Milky Way!"


    .....and you speak for who? The whackos and the nutbags?

    nb

  7. #7
    modom (palindrome guy) Guest

    Default Re: USDA local food memo 8-27-09

    On Fri, 28 Aug 2009 06:37:15 -0700 (PDT), maxine <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >On Aug 28, 8:48*am, "Pete C." <aux3.DO...@snet.net> wrote:
    >> "modom (palindrome guy)" wrote:
    >>
    >> > Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan issued a memo
    >> > yesterday that read in part:

    >>
    >> > "Imagine an NGO receiving USDA grant money to construct a community
    >> > kitchen where farmers drop off produce and families join cooking
    >> > classes that teach about healthy eating while everyone prepares fresh
    >> > nutritious meals to bring home...Imagine a community using USDA money
    >> > to construct an open-sided structure to house a farmers
    >> > market...Imagine a school using USDA loan money to set up cold storage
    >> > as part of a larger effort to retrofit the school cafeteria to buy
    >> > produce directly from farmers and return cooking capacity for school
    >> > lunch...Imagine..."

    >>
    >> > Are we about to see a real change in USDA policy, a change that favors
    >> > farmers and cooks and eaters over ag corporations?

    >>
    >> > Full memo is here:
    >> >http://civileats.com/wp-content/uplo...d-memo.doc.pdf
    >> > --

    >>
    >> > modom

    >>
    >> Imagine public schools teaching a composite nutrition / basic cooking
    >> type class so people have the knowledge and skills to purchase healthy
    >> foods regardless of whether their lettuce comes from a small farm in the
    >> same state, or one of those evil aq corporation hydroponic greenhouses
    >> in Canada. Imagine local school boards spending the funds they receive
    >> wisely upgrading their cafeteria instead of hiring more administrators.

    >
    >Might as well imagine whirled peas. I can hear the opposition
    >screaming that you'll take their bacon double cheeseburger out of
    >their cold dead hands before you'll shove healthy eating down their
    >throats.
    >
    >maxine in ri
    >who might be depressed again


    Aww...cheer up Maxine! Take a look at these guys:
    http://www.growingpower.org/

    Will Allen is a real hero.
    --

    modom

  8. #8
    =?ISO-8859-1?Q?Bobo_Bonobo=AE?= Guest

    Default Re: USDA local food memo 8-27-09

    On Aug 28, 10:26*am, "modom (palindrome guy)" <use...@michaelodom.net>
    wrote:
    > On Fri, 28 Aug 2009 06:37:15 -0700 (PDT), maxine <weed...@gmail.com>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    > >On Aug 28, 8:48*am, "Pete C." <aux3.DO...@snet.net> wrote:
    > >> "modom (palindrome guy)" wrote:

    >
    > >> > Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan issued a memo
    > >> > yesterday that read in part:

    >
    > >> > "Imagine an NGO receiving USDA grant money to construct a community
    > >> > kitchen where farmers drop off produce and families join cooking
    > >> > classes that teach about healthy eating while everyone prepares fresh
    > >> > nutritious meals to bring home...Imagine a community using USDA money
    > >> > to construct an open-sided structure to house a farmers
    > >> > market...Imagine a school using USDA loan money to set up cold storage
    > >> > as part of a larger effort to retrofit the school cafeteria to buy
    > >> > produce directly from farmers and return cooking capacity for school
    > >> > lunch...Imagine..."

    >
    > >> > Are we about to see a real change in USDA policy, a change that favors
    > >> > farmers and cooks and eaters over ag corporations?

    >
    > >> > Full memo is here:
    > >> >http://civileats.com/wp-content/uplo...d-memo.doc.pdf
    > >> > --

    >
    > >> > modom

    >
    > >> Imagine public schools teaching a composite nutrition / basic cooking
    > >> type class so people have the knowledge and skills to purchase healthy
    > >> foods regardless of whether their lettuce comes from a small farm in the
    > >> same state, or one of those evil aq corporation hydroponic greenhouses
    > >> in Canada. Imagine local school boards spending the funds they receive
    > >> wisely upgrading their cafeteria instead of hiring more administrators..

    >
    > >Might as well imagine whirled *peas. *I can hear the opposition
    > >screaming that you'll take their bacon double cheeseburger out of
    > >their cold dead hands before you'll shove healthy eating down their
    > >throats.

    >
    > >maxine in ri
    > >who might be depressed again

    >
    > Aww...cheer up Maxine! Take a look at these guys:


    > http://www.growingpower.org/
    >
    > Will Allen is a real hero.


    Thanks for the link. I'm going to send it to the city person who is
    coordinating our community garden.
    > --
    >
    > modom


    --Bryan

  9. #9
    blake murphy Guest

    Default Re: USDA local food memo 8-27-09

    On Fri, 28 Aug 2009 15:14:13 GMT, notbob wrote:

    > On 2009-08-28, Christopher Helms <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> This is Socialism! The teabaggers and the birthers aren't going to
    >> like this one little bit. They'll be showing up in front of Merrigan's
    >> office with guns and carrying pictures of her with a Hitler mustache
    >> before you know it. "Keep your hands off my jumbo Milky Way!"

    >
    > ....and you speak for who? The whackos and the nutbags?
    >
    > nb


    no. that would be the teabaggers and birthers.

    blake

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