Category Archives: Agriculture & Food

Media Coverage on ACDI/VOCA volunteer placement in Jordan

The Mail Tribune and Daily Tidings ran articles on my volunteer placement in Jordan through ACDI/VOCA. Mail Tribune piece below. Ashland woman helps Jordanian farmers It’s a lesson in marketing and the possibility for growth  September 13, 2011 By John … Continue reading

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Harvesting Hops, Brewing Hope for Sustainable Agriculture

This Labor Day weekend, I worked, volunteering with the harvest at Alpha Beta Hops, an organic Cascade hops producer in Ashland, OR. What better way for a small-scale, sustainable, organic agriculture advocate to spend Labor Day than supporting family farmers who … Continue reading

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ACDI/VOCA Jordan Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer Assignment Recap

ACDI/VOCA sent me to Amman, Jordan for three weeks to work with the Jordan Exporters and Producers Association for Fruit and Vegetables (JEPA), a nonprofit association of producers, exporters and allied service providers that promotes the export of fruit, vegetables, … Continue reading

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Letter to the Editor: Food Insecurity is a Local Reality

My local newspaper recently ran an article questioning USDA’s classification of part of our municipality as a “food desert.” I wrote a letter to the editor which was published, and is below. A food desert is defined as an area … Continue reading

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Webinar Presentation: Measuring & Managing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

I coordinated and presented in another webinar for the Food Trade Sustainability Leadership Association, focused on “Managing GHG Emissions to Save Energy, Costs and the Environment.” My presentation focused on the issues analysis and business case, and slides are available as … Continue reading

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Article: Digging Around for Sustainable Food

My latest GreenBiz piece focuses on the food sector, particularly organic and natural products companies. The article centers on the lack of cohesion and clarity in characterizing ‘sustainable’ food, the gap between perception, marketing and demonstrated outcomes, and the unsustainable … Continue reading

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Conference Presentation: Responsible Packaging, FTC Green Guides & Greenwash

On behalf of the Food Trade Sustainability Leadership Association, I presented that the Responsible Packaging Forum at Natural Products Expo West. The focus was “FTC Environmental Marketing Guidelines and Responsible Packaging Principles.” My presentation focused on ensuring claims about sustainable packaging … Continue reading

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