Monthly Archives: January 2012

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Planting Seeds in Eastern NC

At the February 2011 Come to the Table Conference in Eastern NC, a group of volunteers gathered at the house of Guillermina Garcia to help plant seeds for her garden. The group included conference participants, youth from NC Dream Team and Poder Juvenil Campesino, members of Women Without Borders, and other people from the community. […]

Local Food Community: A Statewide Conversation

At each one of this year’s Come to the Table Conferences, attendees took part in facilitated discussions about how faith communities can support farms and build long-term food security in our state. Participants were asked to answer some core questions: “How can faith communities create transformative ministries that build long-term food security in both urban and rural […]

Remembering Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans

I am saddened this week by the loss of Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans. You only have to turn on the radio or open the paper this week in North Carolina to hear a flood of remembrances of her remarkable life. The Durham Herald Sun listed some of her contributions to the state: She was […]

Dudley Butler steps down from USDA

January 2012 – Dudley Butler, the Administrator of the USDA Grain Inspection and Packers and Stockyards Administration stepped down yesterday. Becky and I – and the rest of the folks at RAFI – wanted to take a moment to say “thank you.” Under Dudley’s administration, GIPSA released a rule that gives contract poultry farmers some […]

Wake County Nonprofit Donates Starter Plants to Local Gardeners and Ministries

NOTE: This is the first in a series of profiles by the Come to the Table Project of faith-led projects that are relieving hunger and supporting local farms in North Carolina. It’s that time of year when gardeners begin to plan their gardens and order seed for the growing season.  For some folks, the cost […]

GIPSA Fact Sheet

This fact sheet was produced by the RAFI in cooperation with the Campaign for Contract Agriculture Reform and Farmersʼ Legal Action Group