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.

Napa County U.C. Master Gardeners offer Drought Tips for “Gardening in Harmony with our Climate”

Always a great source of advice for planning and maintaining sustainable and enjoyable landscapes, the master gardeners also offer great tips for getting your plants through the drought, in addition to the normal “stresses” of a Mediterranean climate. Native plants are best adapted to the rhythms of the seasons, so it’s important to garden in harmony with our climate, using water efficiently and applying wise gardening practices. Get information on planting strategies and how different types of plants cope with less water. To learn more, click here.

Recycling or Composting – Which One Should I Choose?

When faced with the choice of recycling or composting something that could go either way, what’s the best choice to make? Well, anything that can be recycled, should be, but once it’s all used up, put in it the compost bin. Recycling is valuable because it saves precious resources like energy and trees and composting helps enrich the soil, so they both support a healthy environment. Napa Waste and Recycling turns your food scraps, yardwaste and other organic material into compost and with their upgraded composting technology, they’re diverting stuff from the landfill and creating renewable fuel for their trucks! Their goal is to create a Zero-Waste Napa. To learn more, click here.

Time for a Pantry Makeover?

Karen Schuppert is a natural chef and certified nutritionist who helps people put a healthy spin on what’s in the kitchen pantry. She loves to share her tips for healthy eating and cooking through weekly classes and individual consultations with people who need support for special diets, like gluten-free and vegan alternatives. Karen also hosts private classes, in homes and corporate settings, for groups or spouses. You can sign up for her mailing list to get the latest info on her classes and events or check her out around town at places like Hurley Farms, Whole Foods and Silverado Cooking School. To learn more, click here.