Catastrophes – Natural or Otherwise

Catastrophes – Natural or Otherwise When I first created AmpleHarvest.org, a New Jersey state official suggested I try it out in New Jersey first and then, if it worked, roll it out nationwide. I countered that New Jersey and New Mexico had the exact same problem, and […]

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Doing the right thing for the wrong reason.

As the Grower Outreach Coordinator at AmpleHarvest.org I spend my days reaching out to gardeners across the country, asking them do donate their extra garden bounty to their local food pantry. But how do you convince someone to be altruistic? How do you convince someone to share […]

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Here’s why people experiencing homelessness are eating a better breakfast than you are.

Here’s why people experiencing homelessness are eating better breakfast than you are… What do most of you eat for breakfast? I know for me it’s typically a bowl of cereal or its adulterated version the breakfast bar… if that. But I think I can safely say it […]

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Food Waste – A Missed Opportunity – Part I

When I created AmpleHarvest.org in 2009, I was not thinking about nutrition, the environment, community building, food systems or even hunger.  I was thinking about waste. I hate waste. Wasted time, energy, emotions, money, food, you name it.  As an almost 61 year old long distance cyclist, […]

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Top-ten reasons why every food pantry should register at AmpleHarvest.org

It may not be as clever as a David Letterman top-ten list, but here’s my top-ten list as to why every food pantry, food shelf, food cupboard, food closet, food bank and soup kitchen in the United States should be registered on AmpleHarvest.org and how YOU can […]

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Two day work week and not a care in the world: an introduction to first world problems.

Something special happened this week. Something rare and exciting, almost like a white Christmas in September. Like finding $100 in the pocket of the coat you were about to give away. Like finding a unicorn. I’m going to stop with the unicorns. This is the last time. […]

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Unfit to Serve: America’s Health as a Matter of National Security

Unfit To Serve This past Labor Day weekend, my family and I made a long overdue visit to West Point – the Army’s military academy overlooking the Hudson River about 50 miles north of New York City. Part college, part army base, the campus is stunningly beautiful. […]

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Healthy Eating Adventures: NOT So Exotic Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Healthy Eating Adventures: NOT So Exotic Fresh Fruits and Vegetables. My sister came to visit me in DC after a trip to the NYC Chinatown where she bought a bag of lychees, a summer fruit that is very popular in Hong Kong.  I was born in California, […]

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Farmer or Superhero? Steven Miles of Shalom Farms

I am not a farmer I just play one on TV. Okay, that’s not even close to true. I WISH I was a farmer, but I’m not. I’m just a girl trying to grow food in my back yard. I brag like crazy about the things that […]

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Food Waste in Europe: Bicycles and Broodbeleg

Many of you who read my blog (shameless plug) know that I’ve spent a large part of the past three years living in a small handful of countries in Western Europe, partially in search of unicorns, but also because people on the streets sound smarter when I […]

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