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July 2011: Shenandoah Valley Produce Auction

Shenandoah Valley Produce Auction

Eating fresh, locally grown food has become a bit of a healthy obsession in the United States. One small slice of this eat-local movement is the Shenandoah Valley Produce Auction, which started seven years ago because growers wanted a central, local place to sell their produce. Buyers drive from as far as four hours away to purchase just-harvested squash, cucumbers, tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables. Buyers get fresh produce and growers — most of whom are Mennonite — get a guaranteed market that helps sustain their family-oriented life.

This month's music is from david.

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June 2011: Fighting Food Insecurity and Malnutrition in Uganda

Over two-thirds of the population in Uganda works in agriculture, according to the OECD. Yet this East African nation still has high rates of malnutrition and food insecurity: one out of five people is undernourished and two out of five children are malnourished, according to a recent USAID report. Dr. Dorothy Nakimbugwe, a food technology and nutrition professor at Makerere University in Kampala, recently talked with us about Uganda’s situation and what is being done. Makerere University teams up with Iowa State University and VEDCO, a Ugandan NGO, on agriculture projects around Uganda. You can learn more about the three groups' work at www.vedcouganda.org.

This month's music is by Bravadúnia.

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May 2011: On Being a Small Farmer (And the Magic of Potatoes)

More than half of American farmers work other jobs to make ends meet, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These farmers enjoy raising animals or growing food. Denise and Tom Peterson are two such people. They run Blue Door Garden, a fruit, vegetable, and flower farm in southwestern Virginia, near the border with North Carolina and Tennessee. They also work for Appalachian Sustainable Development, a nonprofit that helps small farmers and educates the community about farming and local foods. In this Breadcast episode, Denise and Tom talk about why they farm (they find potatoes particularly magical) and how they help small farmers.

Music by Josh Woodward.

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April 2011: Breadcast Extra: David Beckmann on The Kojo Nnamdi Show

What are the nation's leaders doing to help hungry and poor people in the U.S. and abroad? Earlier today David Beckmann appeared on The Kojo Nnamdi Show, where he discussed this issue in relation to global food security, his recent fast and the implications of the potential budget cuts. Also on the show: Dan Glickman, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

All the programs that help hungry and poor people - if you include the programs that help poor people in our country or hungry people in other countries, it's still not a big part of the federal budget. They did not cause this deficit. -David Beckmann

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April 2011: Fasting to Advocate for Poor and Hungry People

Fasting is a spiritual discipline mentioned frequently in the Bible. Ambassador Tony Hall, head of the Alliance to End Hunger, is fasting to focus attention on Congress's plan to cut federal programs that reduce poverty and hunger in the United States and around the world. He is joined in his fast by Bread for the World's David Beckmann, New York Times columnist Mark Bittman, and Women Thrive Worldwide founder Ritu Sharma. We spoke with Tony about 24 hours after his fast began.

Also in this episode: An interview with Father Peter Henriot, a priest who has worked in Zambia since 1989. He talked with us about advocacy and how people can get involved with issues they care about. Do you want to become a stronger advocate for hungry and poor people? Join us at our biennial Gathering this June, where hundreds of people from across the United States will learn about advocacy.

Music this month is courtesy of Deo Gratias.

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