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Category: Food Systems

Community Video Can Build Capacity in Extension

This article was written by Jennifer Cook, Digital Green fellow for eXtension Digital Green is a global non-profit development organization that empowers smallholder farmers to lift themselves out of poverty by harnessing the collective power of technology and grassroots-level partnerships. They partner with extension actors in developing countries to solve problems like market access, farmer […]

The Business of Farming

This article was written by Jennifer Cook, Digital Green Fellow for eXtension.  For the past nine months, I served as the Digital Green eXtension fellow, interviewing many small and beginning farmers, farm groups, and farm partners from across the US, to understand the challenges small farmers face. Representing Digital Green, a global non-profit development organization, […]

Digital Green Helps Solve Food System Challenges with Digital Technology

Digital Green is a global non-profit development organization that empowers smallholder farmers to lift themselves out of poverty by harnessing the collective power of technology and grassroots-level partnerships. They partner with extension actors in developing countries to solve problems like market access, farmer training, and rural nutrition education using digital technology. Digital Green developers build […]

Solving for Pattern: Reimagining our Land Grant System as Networked Knowledge Commons, Part 5

Optimizing for Health: Linking Land Grant Knowledge Assets in Support of Healthy People, Food Systems and Communities. When a living system is suffering from ill health, the remedy is found by connecting with more of itself. – Francisco Varela Village rice fields, Shirakawa-go, Gifu-ken Japan (photo by Joel Abroad, https://www.flickr.com/photos/40295335@N00/4888037629/). The scene above is an example […]

Solving for Pattern: Reimagining our Land Grant System as Networked Knowledge Commons, Part 4

Andaman Islands coral reef. Photograph by Ritiks, distributed under CC BY-SA 3.0 license @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Coral_Reef_at_the_Andaman_Islands.jpg Emergent by Design: Solutions Creating More Solutions Over several previous posts1 I’ve written about why Cooperative Extension and the Land Grant system as a whole might (and in some cases already has begun to) embrace a more network-centric approach, enabling it […]

Solving for Pattern: Reimagining our Land Grant System as Networked Knowledge Commons, Part 3

Cultivating Solutions in Place through a Network-Centric Approach The Death of Expertise? Many would agree our recent elections have revealed deep and troubling divides in our country. Though there are certainly several contributing factors some have framed and perhaps foretold this as part of a larger global populist wave rejecting what many perceive as elitist experts and […]

i-Three Issue Corps- E3 Garden Project

The E3 Garden Project was the brain child born through the i-Three Issue Corps by Alabama Extension Specialists, Dr. Rudy Pacumbaba and Dr. Andrea Morris.  The project seeks to Engage, Educate and Empower communities on topics surrounding nutrition, physical activity, conservation, and of course gardening!  Utilizing Alabama A&M University Freshman students, enrolled in the Service […]

i-Three Issue Corps – Got Pests? Critter-Proofing School Gardens and Buildings to Safeguard Children

School gardens and food service areas can have a tremendous impact on kids’ nutrition education and provide an excellent environment for experiential learning. Schools across the US have embraced school gardening and increasingly incorporate their garden veggies into school lunches and classroom snacks. While getting kids involved in growing and choosing healthy food has many […]

i-Three Issue Corps – Blog Focuses on Beginning Local Food Producers

My Issue Corps Project is an effort to bring awareness to local food and beginning local food producers, ultimately improving the profitability of their enterprises. I have initiated a blog to address this issue. I have interviewed the farmers when possible and posted photo blog posts with highlights and captions describing the different farmers’ operations. […]