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La Cocina's Food and Entrepreneurship Conference 2012

La Cocina is a is a business incubator designed to reduce the obstacles that often prevent entrepreneurs from creating successful and sustainable small businesses.  By providing shared resources and an array of industry-specific services, business incubators ensure small businesses can succeed. La Cocina follows this model by providing commercial kitchen space and technical assistance focusing on low-income women and immigrant entrepreneurs who are launching, growing and formalizing food businesses.ting diversity and building community spaces.  La Cocina is hosting its annual conference in San Francisco, CA. This year's conference will be  promoting diversity and building community spaces through the shared experience of food; creating jobs and developing our economy in a sustainable, sound manner.  It will emphasize supporting women and immigrant-run and owned businesses, and the  leveraging of  technology to do all of the above. Click here for more info.

 

American Farmland Trust
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American Farmland Trust is a national organization dedicated to saving America’s farm and ranch land, promoting healthy farming practices, and supporting farms and farmers. Since its founding in 1980 by a group of farmers and citizens concerned about the rapid loss of farmland to development, it has helped save millions of acres of farmland from development and led the way for establishing sound environmental practices. Linking farmers, conservationists, and policy-makers, it is focused on ensuring the availability of fresh food, a healthy environment and strong local economies across the nation. American Farmland Trust has offices serving California, New York, Connecticut, the Pacific Northwest, New England, the Mid-Atlantic, and all other states.

Center for Agriculture in the Environment
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The Center for Agriculture in the Environment (CAE) was jointly created by American Farmland Trust and Northern Illinois University in 1991 to help protect America's agricultural lands and to encourage healthy farming practices. CAE os a  public policy research center with roots in both the private, nonprofit world and the academic community. CAE works closely with the academic, environmental and agricultural communities to raise awareness of issues by providing research and strong academic arguments for wise public policy. In addition to its research, CAE's oversees and provides support for its affiliated centers and organizes workshops and symposia.

Community Food Security Coalition
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The Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to building strong, sustainable, local and regional food systems that ensure access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food for all people at all times. CFSC seeks to develop self-reliance among all communities in obtaining their food and to create a system of growing, manufacturing, processing, making available, and selling food that is regionally based and grounded in the principles of justice, democracy, and sustainability.  The Coalition achieves its goals through a comprehensive blend of training, networking, and advocacy to further the efforts of grassroots groups to create effective solutions from the ground up. CFSC provides a variety of training and technical assistance programs for community food projects; supports the development of farm to school and farm to college initiatives; advocates for federal policies to support community food security initiatives; and provides networking and educational resources.

Farmland Information Center
http://www.farmlandinfo.org
The FIC is a clearinghouse for information about farmland protection and stewardship. It is a partnership between the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and American Farmland Trust. The FIC provides an online collection of laws, literature and technical resources on farmland protection and stewardship. In addition to this Web site, information specialists provide reference materials and basic technical assistance by phone, fax and email free of charge. Extended research services are available for a fee. In addition to responding to requests for information, FIC staff monitor and report on farmland protection activities, and identify, acquire and develop materials for the FIC.

Federation of Southern Cooperatives Land Assistance Fund
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The Federation of Southern Cooperatives Land Assistance Fund (FSC) strives toward the development of self-supporting communities with programs that increase income and enhance other opportunities. FSC assists in land retention and development, especially for African Americans, but essentially for all family farmers. This is achieved through active and democratic involvement in poor areas across the South, through education and outreach strategies which support low-income people in molding their communities to become more humane and livable. FSC also assists in the development of cooperatives and credit unions as a strategy to create economic self-sufficiency. FSC also works with handicraft producers, fishermen, consumers, people who need housing and other rural residents interested in developing self-help cooperatives as a solution to their problems.  FSC assists groups beyond its membership through various coalitions and partnerships designed to advance rural development needs, issues and concerns.

Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy
http://www.foodfirst.org
The purpose of the Institute for Food and Development Policy - Food First - is to eliminate the injustices that cause hunger, poverty and environmental degradation throughout the world.  Food First conducts research, analysis, advocacy and education for informed citizen engagement with the institutions and policies that control production, distribution and access to food.  Its work informs and amplifies the voices of social movements fighting for food sovereignty: people’s right to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems.  Food First’s activities are a mix of research, publication, training and organizing.

Growing Power
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Growing Power is a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. Growing Power inspires communities to build sustainable food systems that are equitable and ecologically sound by providing hands-on training, on-the-ground demonstration, outreach, and technical assistance. Training areas include the following: acid-digestion, anaerobic digestion for food waste, bio-phyto remediation and soil health, aquaculture closed-loop systems, vermiculture, small and large scale composting, urban agriculture, perma-culture, food distribution, marketing, value-added product development, youth development, community engagement, participatory leadership development, and project planning.

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
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The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) works locally and globally at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems. IATP programs work to revitalize the countryside through sustainable markets and production for the bioeconomy, community-based development strategies, and progressive rural leadership and policies. IATP also helps enhance the quality of life in rural agricultural communities by promoting conservation-based economic opportunities and encouraging agricultural diversification, value-added opportunities, regional food systems and effective farm, food and transportation policy. All of IATP programs, projects, and resource centers provide assistance and support to individuals and communities that are working towards a more sustainable economic model for society.

The National Center for Appropriate Technology
tel (985) 549-5134
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The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) helps people and communities adopt technologies that save energy and resources. NCAT helps family farmers, government agencies, small businesses, other nonprofits, and low income organizations learn about sustainable energy, agriculture and community development opportunities. NCAT provides trainings, publications, websites, personalized technical assistance, and telephone helplines along with hosting a number of different local, educational events throughout the country.

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