Sarah McColl

This Food Truck Wants to Serve Up Dinner and Social Justice

When Carolina Abolio was developing a menu for her restaurant, she knew she wanted to cook and serve something from Venezuela, where she grew up, that was healthy, that was affordable, that kids would like. Today, many of her fans know her as Miss Arepita, the name both she and her food cart have taken from the arepas—thick, griddle-browned corn cakes that are a Venezuelan staple—the menu is built around. Whether they’re stuffed with pabellón (black beans and beef braised in tomato sauce) or reina pepiada (chicken with avocado), the arepas are loaded with veggies from Phat Beets Produce, a nonprofit food justice collective based in North Oakland, California.

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A New Food Co-op Offers an Oasis in a Southern Town Food Desert

One of the weekly specials at the soft opening of the Renaissance Community Co-op in Greensboro, North Carolina, was on whole chicken—68 cents a pound. The distributor hooked up the fledgling store with what it considered a sufficient number of birds.

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Are Your Summer Berries Being Picked by Abused Farmworkers?

When representatives of Familias Unidas por la Justicia (Families United for Justice), an independent farmworkers union, spoke at Seattle University last year, filmmaking student José Chalit Hernandez wasn’t particularly familiar with the ongoing conflict between seasonal farmworkers and management at Washington state’s Sakuma Brothers Farms. Since at least 2013, farmworkers and the union have alleged poor treatment and unfair wages at the 1,000-acre farm and processing plant in Burlington, which grows fruit for Driscoll’s, the world’s largest distributor of berries.

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This Is the County With the Worst Childhood Hunger in America

David Martinez vividly remembers a boy who visited a mobile food pantry in Apache County, Arizona, where fresh fruits and vegetables were available for free to those who needed them.

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Activist Farmers Are Telling Corporate Food Industry That Black Lives Matter

The teens who work at Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York, aren’t your typical field hands. They aren’t just there for a paycheck or because they love working the land—but to avoid incarceration. As part of Soul Fire’s restorative justice program, Project Growth, juvenile offenders work with the farm and other area nonprofits, learning marketable skills and earning money to pay restitution for their crimes.

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Meet the Eco-Conscious Farmers Behind Beloved Holiday Treats and Decorations

Should no one be on-site at the Pieropan Christmas Tree Farm when you stop to select your tree, it’s fine to leave $25 in the box by the You-Cut Hut. Personal checks are fine. Consider this as close to stepping into the pages of Little House in the Big Woods a family can get, and a moving reminder about how to pare down this holiday season. 

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Tribes Earn New Grants to Support Local Food and Farming

At the edge of the South Dakota Badlands, a few miles short of the geographic center of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, lies Thunder Valley. It’s a physical location — set between Sharps Corner and Rockyford in the northern part of one of the U.S.’s 325 federally recognized reservations — but with the community development projects being undertaken there, including a series of public gardens, it’s also a way of thinking about life as a Lakota.

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