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Valley Verde - Cultivating Organic Home Gardens ...

Valley Verde – Cultivating Organic Home Gardens with Low-Income Families
Many thanks to Raffaella for today's guest post about Valley Verde, a non-profit in San Jose dedicated to helping low-income families grow organic gardens. [caption id="attachment_5479" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Growing food and eating well"][/caption] When I moved to California four years ago from Italy, I was excited to move to the birthplace of the organic food movement, and to raise my child in a place that is considered the fruit basket of the world. I was not expecting...

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The Weight of the Nation - Challenges for Famili...

We are in the midst of a unit on food and food systems ecology in my  high school biology class, so I couldn't think of a better time for the HBO series Weight of the Nation to air.  Even better is the fact that HBO is generously sharing this show with everyone, even if you aren't a subscriber. I found this portion of the show especially compelling - it focuses on our  nation's children and the obesity crisis we are currently in.  Things definitely  need to change around here.  Maybe one...

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Adapting Recipes for Fussy Families (Cabbage + C...

Adapting Recipes for Fussy Families (Cabbage + Carrot Slaw Recipe)
First, I should say that I'm not the biggest fan of the term "picky eater." And neither is my friend Christina, who explains the objection more eloquently than I can...But some families are plagued with a plethora of food preferences.  And while I don't always cater to a finicky child, I do make accommodations sometimes. Dinnertime has been challenging at our house lately. Our daughter has always had a very sensitive palate, and lately, our son is copying her resistance to the foods on the...

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Cooking Teacher Confession: My Own Kids Don't Li...

Cooking Teacher Confession: My Own Kids Don’t Like Vegetables
[caption id="attachment_3336" align="aligncenter" width="512" caption="Photo Shoot for The Whole Family Cookbook - Kale Chips"][/caption] I was giving a talk to a group of preschool parents last night about family mealtimes and the challenges that we all face when trying to do what's best for our families.  As I was answering one mom's question, I made a confession.  Even though I know what I am supposed to do to avoid power struggles, I still have a hard time keeping my mouth shut and...

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