Sowing Food Justice with the Community Gardens & Urban Agriculture

by Dave Aftandilian, Leader of the TCFPC's Community Gardens & Urban Agriculture Working Group and TCFP Board Member


If people in a community lack affordable access to healthy, nutritious produce, they can pursue a range of remedies: They might try to convince a full-service grocery store to locate in their community. They could work with the city to help local convenience stores stock more healthy produce, or to locate a farmers market in their community. Or they might decide to grow their own. That’s where Community Gardens & Urban Agriculture (CGUA), the Tarrant County Food Policy Council’s CGUA Working Group...Read more

The State of Our Local Food System: What Every Citizen Should Know About Food From North Texas

by Micheline Hynes, Chair, Tarrant County Food Policy Council


To improve access to healthy foods, you have to have a community that produces it. The North Texas region needs more farmers and gardeners to meet the needs of our community. Most local growers are family run small businesses. When you buy local, it can often mean fresher, more variety, and foods that are more nutritious than those that have been transported hundreds of miles, and your dollars stay in the community where you live...Read more

Local Partnership Reduces Food Waste

by Becca Knutson, TCFPC Board Member

MONDAY, JULY 2, 2018

Since January 2014, Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB) has operated their demonstration garden, The Learning Garden, on a residential lot owned by Ridglea Christian Church in the Ridglea North neighborhood. The garden serves the purpose of demonstrating several different types of growing methods, different materials that can be used and different watering techniques. From this garden, volunteers and staff work hard to grow fresh fruits and vegetables to donate to local food pantries...Read more

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Passionate about Child Health and Wellness

by Noah Drew, JD and Vahista Ussery, MS, MBA, RDN, Co-leaders of the TCFPC Children's Working Group

In the United States, the percentage of children and adolescents affected by obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s. Data from 2015-2016 shows that nearly 1 in 5 school-age children and young people (6 to 19 years) in the United States has obesity.  As of 2018, more than 44 percent of children in the Fort Worth Independent School District were overweight or obese.
While genetics and physical activity play a part, a healthy diet is the keystone for maintaining a healthy weight. More than 90 percent of American children have poor diets. Some children have it harder than others, living in food desserts...
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