“The Conservation Innovation Grant program is an example of government at its best, providing seed money to help spur cutting-edge projects. This year’s competition resulted in an impressive array of proposals that will ultimately benefit the people who grow our food and fiber.” - NRCS Acting Chief Leonard Jordan
The Brownsville Independent School District joined forces last week with the Brownsville Wellness Coalition to bring locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables to elementary and middle school students. The second BISD Farmers Market took place Nov. 17 in the Vela Middle School gym. The event served as a pre-Thanksgiving shopping day for the students, who were given information about the produce on sale at the event so they could make shopping lists with their families and make informed purchases.
PPC Farms has created PPC Farms Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship Fund for the students pursuing the newly established Agroecology program at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. A check was signed Marcelino Garza, CEO of PPC Farms and was presented to Dr. Alexis Racelis, Agroecology Program Director and Roxanna Vasquez-Lucio from the College of Science Development Office. Also present were Isaac Kim, Patricia Garza, Anwar Garza and Lois Kim.
PPC Farms, a South Texas grower, shipper, packer, hosted USDA Cochran Fellowship participants for U.S. Food Safety System Policies and Functions Training Program designed to train government regulatory officials to learn about and ultimately incorporate into the draft Food Safety Law internationally-recognized food safety standards.
Dr. Eric Holt-Gimenez of Food First visited the Rio Grande Valley on September 15 & 16, 2016 at the invitation of University of Texas RGV to speak to the community about understanding the global food systems and the importance of building our local food movement. On September 15th, Dr. Holt-Gimenez addressed the community with a talk titled “Agroecology and Food Systems Transformation” at Quinta Mazatlan.