Nominate an Agricultural Leader in Your Community to be one of the “Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives”!

Honorees will have the opportunity to share their stories and inspire us with their vision throughout the Farm Credit centennial year in 2016 and beyond. Ten distinguished honorees — one from each nomination category — will receive a $10,000 award to help further their contributions to rural communities and agriculture. These ten honorees and a guest also will be invited to Washington, D.C. to participate in a special recognition event in 2016. Nominations are accepted through December 18, 2015, with the winners announced in March 2016. To learn more, click here.

More Buzz on Keeping and Saving Bees!

Pollinators like Honeybees are responsible for a lot more than just honey, they are vital to sustainable agriculture, and pollinate at least 90 different crops in North America. It’s estimated that they directly impact 35% of the world’s agriculture. To find lots of resources on beekeeping, including links and videos, check out America’s Heartland, on television or on the web. To learn more, click here.

Just Eat It! A documentary

We all love food and it shows in the way we devour cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm to retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. “Just Eat It” looks at our obsession with expiration dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the consequences of those choices around the globe. Bringing together farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers in a story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment. To learn more, click here.

USDA and EPA Set Historic Goal to Cut U.S. Food Waste

The Obama administration recently announced the Country’s first-ever food waste reduction goal: to reduce food waste in America by 50 percent by 2030. To reach this goal, the USDA and EPA will be leading a new partnership with the private sector; charitable and faith-based organizations; and local, state and tribal governments. To learn more, click here.

Can We Learn to Love Ugly Vegetables?

Did you know at least a third of our food in the U.S. is wasted, either on the farm, at the grocery store, or in our homes? From redirecting food supplies to reduce hunger and poverty, helping save money, reducing climate emissions from agriculture, and stopping food waste, we can take huge steps toward building a more sustainable food system. There are three groups to focus on when trying to reduce our food waste: Regular folks like us, the big businesses we buy from, and institutions like schools and hospitals. To learn more, click here.

Food Day 2015

Food Day PosterNAPA COUNTY CELEBRATES FOOD DAY— THE NATIONWIDE CELEBRATION THAT INSPIRES AMERICANS TO CHANGE THEIR DIETS AND OUR FOOD POLICIES. THIS YEAR WE FOCUS ON GREENER DIETS AS A WAY TO ADDRESS HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES.

8 AM-12:30 PM – The celebration kicks off at the Napa Farmers’ Market (8 am-12:30 pm) with a health and wellness fair showcasing the importance of fresh, local and sustainable eating; local resources related to health and wellness; and information on sustainable farming.

4-7 PM – THE CELEBRATION CONTINUES AT THE LITTLE THEATER AT NAPA VALLEY COLLEGE.

4 PM – Local food purveyor fair with vendors who source regionally, sharing information about what they do to support healthy eating and our food system, and providing samples for guests to enjoy.

5 PM – Special presentation by Darrin Nordahl, the author of Eating Appalachia and Public Produce. He has written for CNN, the Huffington Post, and Grist.org, and worked for municipal government for many years, planting public spaces with fruits and vegetables, and championing an ethic of fresh produce by the people, for the people. Darrin is a native of California, lived in the Heartland for six long winters, and has traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada, speaking to audiences on the joys (and benefits) of eating local food.

6 PM – Screening of the film, Ingredients. At the focal point of the local food movement, and of this documentary, are the farmers and chefs who are creating a truly sustainable food system. Narrated by Bebe Neuwirth, Ingredients is a journey that reveals the people behind the movement to bring good food back to the table and health back to our communities.

Special thanks to Napa Food Day 2015 partners: County of Napa, Napa County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office, Napa County Local Food Advisory Council, Napa Valley College, and Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention – Healthy Cooking with Kids, Inc.