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🌿Massachusetts Farm to School🌿: Pioneer Valley Grows Forum💚 – Saturday, April 7 🌷

Blast from the past: REC crew, outside their Castle Street headquarters in Main South. Miss you, Josie🌱🌿🌾🌾!!

Farmers Market 1-1-2-1
Here in Worcester: The ONLY inclusive, diverse farmers markets are REC markets! ALL REC FARMERS MARKETS – Mobile/Blue Van, Crystal Park and Beaver Brook Park – accept SNAP/EBT cards, enabling working poor folks/families (many of whom are Hispanic, Vietnamese and African American) to stretch their dollar and buy even MORE nutritious veggies and fruits for their dinner tables! Yay!!💚🌽🍓🍅🍆🍎


2018 Pioneer Valley Grows Forum

Saturday, April 7

9:15 am – 4:15 pm

🎨Gateway City Arts!! – Holyoke

Immigration, Food Access, Land Access:

Attendees will dig deep on the urgent and timely topics of immigration, food access and land access through a series of speakers and discussions.

Join the PVGrows Network to learn from local and regional efforts and craft strategies for action.

Keynote speakers from Vermont’s Migrant Justice will discuss their work, which builds the voice, capacity and power of the farmworker community.

Migrant Justice’s Milk with Dignity Campaign calls on corporations to take responsibility for the farm worker rights abuses in their supply chains.


Launched in 2014, the Milk with Dignity Campaign achieved a major success after years of effort when Ben and Jerry’s signed the first Milk with Dignity agreement in 2017.

💜💜To learn more about Migrant Justice’s work CLICK HERE.

In addition to their keynote address, Migrant Justice will join a workshop with local workers, advocates and PVGrows participants to discuss approaches to supporting food system workers in the Pioneer Valley during this time of heightened stress and fear for foreign-born residents.


The PVGrows Forum will also feature a workshop and discussion on food access, with an emphasis on community responses to the suspension of the Healthy Incentives Program and the threats to SNAP in the Farm Bill reauthorization process.


A third workshop will address the challenges of land access for urban, rural and immigrant farmers – recognizing the long history of enslavement and racial discrimination that created and maintain patterns of land and wealth ownership.


Register today to join this conversation about challenges facing the local food system, to broaden and deepen your relationships with others in the field, and to identify ways to take collaborative action for a more just, equitable food system.

Note: We want the PVGrows Forum to be accessible to everyone regardless of financial standing or institutional support. For this reason, there are six different fee level options, ranging from FREE to $75. These options exist to give attendees the opportunity to select a fee level that fits within their budget. Attendees will not receive additional benefits for paying a higher fee.

Live Spanish language interpretation services will be available. To register for the Forum in Spanish, please call CISA at (413) 665-7100 and ask for Mia.

CLICK HERE to register for the 2018 PVGrows Forum!💜💜💜

Today! Yay! … and flower power!

Farmers Market 1-1-2


At Crystal Park (aka University Park) 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

REC farmers markets – the most diverse farmers markets in the city!

SNAP/EBT Cards, WIC, Senior coupons accepted at all REC FARMERS MARKETS!






And … Worcester, we are doing it! Revitalizing our downtown!

Why, just look at the pretty grounds of the Mercantile Center (the old Worcester Galleria)! Yesterday, I saw flowers galore outside their building, across the street from City Hall. And their flowers cascaded, sprouted and bloomed all through our downtown, all the way to St. Vincent’s. Lovely!







The DCU Center could learn a few things from their across-the-way neighbor! The sparsely planted DCU trees don’t soften their big, harsh building. Don’t make it look inviting! And where are all the colors! No pretty flowers!!! Damn!!!!



Jim parked in A.I! … Congressman McGovern Calls for Action to Solve Senior Hunger


5 Million American Seniors Struggle with Hunger

Many Forced to Choose Between Paying for Prescriptions and Having Enough to Eat

Photo by Chef Joey
Congressman Jim McGovern, a senior House Democrat and leading voice in the fight against hunger, spoke on the House Floor today to recognize Older Americans Month and to help raise awareness about senior hunger and the ways we can better address it.
Full Text of Congressman McGovern’s Speech, as prepared for delivery:

“As we celebrate the contributions of our seniors during Older Americans Month this month, I rise to draw attention to an issue that often goes overlooked in our communities – the terrible problem of hunger among aging adults. 
“Food insecurity among seniors has doubled since 2001 and is expected to increase significantly as the Baby Boomer generation ages. 
“Today, food insecurity impacts five million seniors across the country, forcing them to make impossible decisions between food, medical care, home heating, and other necessities.
“We know that hunger is a health issue, and that is especially true among seniors over the age of 60.

Photo by Chef Joey
“Research from Feeding America suggests that compared to their food secure neighbors, seniors suffering from hunger are 60 percent more likely to experience depression, 53 percent more likely to report a heart attack, 52 percent more likely to develop asthma, and 40 percent more likely to report an experience of congestive heart failure.
“Baby Boomers spend twice as much on health care as young adults do, and ensuring seniors have access to nutritious food will help to improve the health of our seniors and ultimately reduce medical costs.     
“We also know that seniors have unique nutritional needs, and I’m pleased to see scientists collaborating to create nutritional guidance for seniors. 
“Researchers at the Jean Mayer U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, with support from the AARP Foundation, recently unveiled an updated MyPlate for Older Adults graphic to help seniors visualize what foods cover the nutritional needs that make up a healthy plate for adults their age.  The new icon also encourages them to follow healthy eating patterns. 
“I was pleased to join scientists from Tufts, as well as representatives of AARP, last week at a briefing on Capitol Hill to unveil the new MyPlate icon and educate Congressional staff on the importance of senior nutrition.
“But if we want to ensure seniors have access to nutritious foods, we must also ensure they have the ability to afford fruits, vegetables, and other healthy options.
“One critical step we can take toward the goal of ending senior hunger is closing what’s referred to as the ‘senior SNAP gap.’ 
“While millions of our parents, grandparents, teachers, and friends are facing hunger, only a fraction of low-income seniors eligible for food assistance through SNAP are accessing the benefits, presumably because of the stigma associated with assistance or because seniors are unaware they qualify for benefits.
“Many seniors also suffer from limited mobility, or may have issues completing benefit applications which can be complex and time consuming.
“In fact, seniors are more likely than any other age group to be eligible for SNAP but not enrolled to receive benefits.

Photo: R.T.
“That’s why I’m pleased to see so many advocacy organizations using Older Americans Month to call attention to the issue of senior hunger.
“Through their #SolveSeniorHunger campaign, Feeding America and other anti-hunger and aging organizations across the country are reaching out to seniors and their loved ones to raise awareness and ensure that those seniors who are eligible to receive SNAP benefits are connected to the appropriate resources.
“We should all do our part to help solve senior hunger by talking to our family members and friends about senior hunger and partnering with leaders in our communities working to improve access to nutritious food for senior populations.
“During my years in Congress, I have had the opportunity to visit food banks and other organizations in my district working to end hunger among seniors.   
“Last year, I had the privilege of spending a day with a Meals on Wheels program based in Northampton, Massachusetts – part of my Congressional district.  I helped to prepare and deliver meals, and had the opportunity to speak with the seniors who are served through this incredible program. 
“Members of Congress have an important role in ensuring that our nation’s seniors don’t go hungry, and I encourage all of my colleagues to spend time with similar programs in their districts. 
“Congress must adequately fund programs like Meals on Wheels that provide nutritious food to seniors, and reject harmful cuts to SNAP that will disproportionately harm the most vulnerable among us – children, seniors and the disabled. 
“Working together, we have the power to end hunger now, especially among our senior population.”