Monday, 17 December 2012 01:56
Seventh Annual Black History Month International Poetry Contest
Sponsored by GreenStar Co-op Market and GreenStar Community Projects, The Moonlighter Press, Alternatives Federal Credit Union, Sustainable Tompkins and Rainbow Healing Dance Center Inc.
How to promote food justice and healthy eating in impoverished communities. What has to change?
Deadline February 25, 2013
Friday, 30 November 2012 14:47
I liked gravy poured on top of a big glob of mashed potatoes, I liked biscuits a lot, and a lot of them. I liked going to the state fair and having a fried Twinkie. They were my choices. They were bad choices.
— Mike Huckabee, presidential candidate
By Joe Romano,
Just recently, a great victory for the natural foods movement was announced. "We ceased baking this morning," said Anita-Marie Laurie, a Hostess spokeswoman. And with those words, Ms. Laurie signaled the death knell for what had long been a very guilty American pleasure: the Twinkie.
While we can expect at least a black market resurrection, namely that everyone who had a Twinkie sitting on their dashboard for the past twenty years could now post it in "mint condition" on eBay for a king's ransom, this also means the demise of Ho-Hos, Ring Dings, Sno Balls, Ding Dongs, Suzy Qs, Raspberry Zingers, Funny Bones, Yodels, and both Yankee and Sunny Doodles.
Thursday, 01 November 2012 14:05
By Dan Hoffman,
GreenStar Councilmember and GSCP Board Member
On Saturday, Sept. 22, the second annual Food Justice Summit, sponsored by GreenStar Co-op's tax-exempt affiliate GreenStar Community Projects (GSCP) in partnership with several other community organizations, kicked off for 2012. In the morning, a walkathon fundraiser found dozens of walkers setting out on a five-mile route through Ithaca's West End and downtown, notwithstanding a steady rain. Eventually the sun broke through, and the walkers finished their route in good spirits, arriving at a lively and informative community celebration that went on all afternoon in the parking lot of the future Neighborhood Pride grocery store in Ithaca's Northside neighborhood. That event featured Charity Hicks, an activist from Detroit, who inspired her listeners with her clear and holistic vision of a food system based on health, equity, and self-determination, rather than one driven by corporate profits and control, and unsustainable practices.
Walkers solicited pledges, and, when all was said and done, they had raised over $10,000. When two small grants received by GSCP to support the Summit (totaling $4,500) are added in, as well as donations from a number of local businesses, and revenue from the celebration (for food, T-shirts, etc.), the grand total is over $20,000. As promised, GSCP donated $500 from its proceeds to the Congo Square Market, a grassroots effort bringing food, crafts, and entertainment to Ithaca's Southside neighborhood each week during the summer.
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By Laura Buttenbaum,
What is a co-op? This seemingly straightforward question can elicit a wide range of responses, from visceral and intrinsic to completely organizational and economic. According to the International Cooperative Association, "A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons unite...