Category Archives: Food Activist

What impact does local food have on society and local economy?

For Wednesday, December 22 2010

What impact does local food have on society and local economy?

Join us in conversation with Ray Sher, Urban Farmer, Educator, Food Activist for OUR future.
Urban Harvest’s 11th Annual Fruit Tree Sale is January 15th, from 9a.m. to 1p.m. or until sold out, at the University of Houston Robertson Football Stadium.

…and find out about Urban Harvest fruit tree classes…

Prepare for the Fruit Tree Sale Talk Tue, Jan 4, 7:00 – 9:30 pm, Sat, Jan 8, 2:00 – 4:30 pm

High Density Home Orchard Tue, Jan 11, 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Backyard Orchard Series

Fruit Tree Care Tue, Jan 18, 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Apples, Pears & Pomegranates Sat, Jan 22, 9:30 am – noon

Tropical Fruits Tue, Jan 25, 6:30 – 9:00 pm


Music from a gardening heart, Peter Alsop, an educational psychologist who writes great songs for kids and winner of eight Best Children’s Album awards.

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Robyn O’Brien

9th Jun 2010

Join us in conversation with Robyn O’Brien, author of THE UNHEALTHY TRUTH. Robyn is an “Unlikely Crusader for cleaning up our nation’s food supply”. Today, the American population suffers from a list of chronic health conditions, from asthma to cancer to diabetes. Every family has been impacted on every rung of our socio-economic ladder, creating a tremendous burden on our healthcare system, while countries around the world barely seem to sniffle. Have you ever wondered why? As highlighted in The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It, using resources and skills that she developed as an equity analyst on billions in assets, Robyn diagnoses the recent deregulation of the American food system that allowed chemicals and additives into the American food supply in order to enhance profitability for the food industry – chemicals that have either been banned or labeled from foods around the world. The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It is an inspiring story of honesty, diligence, and tenacity in the face of humbling odds. Robyn’s gift for communication have made her a sought-after motivational speaker, as she educates and inspires hope, shedding light on how, together, we can affect remarkable change. “Together, just as citizens around the world already have done , we have an incredible ability to leverage our collective talents, improve our food system and affect remarkable change, for our health and the health of our children. And though we can’t change the beginning of our stories, we can change the end.” “Hope is the knowledge that change is possible, even when it seems hard to imagine. ” – Robyn O’Brien “In the absence of the truth, all of us stand helpless to defend ourselves, our families and our health, which is the greatest gift we have. Robyn O’Brien’s courageous pursuit of THE UNHEALTHY TRUTH is an example of how we can all do our parts to protect the health of our families.” —Erin Brockovich

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C. J. Claverie, Mickey Morales, Kathy Sullivan and Lisa Seger

10th Feb 2010

From the World Health Organization “Food security is built on three pillars: Food availability: sufficient quantities of food available on a consistent basis. Food access: having sufficient resources to obtain appropriate foods for a nutritious diet. Food use: appropriate use based on knowledge of basic nutrition and care, as well as adequate water and sanitation.” Join us in conversation with: C. J. Claverie, Manager of Houston Farmers Market at Rice University Mickey Morales, Manager of Highland Village Farmers Market AND purveyor of coffees from Katz Coffee Kathy Sullivan, Local Farmer, Naturopath, and long time supporter of organic and sustainable farming practice Lisa Seger, Blue Heron Farm – spoiled goats, fresh cheese!
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Frank Duffy, Mother Jones and Michael Pollan

23rd Sep 2009

Penny for peace

Interview with Frank Duffy, Texans Pennies for Peace and Mother Jones and Michael Pollan on food and climate change.

How can a penny make a difference? Education is a given in Our culture, a privilege in other cultures. A penny buys a pencil, $600 pays a teacher’s salary for a year. Where? In Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Join us for a conversation with Frank Duffy and Texans Pennies for Peace, An organization based on the book and principals of Greg Mortenson and his book, Three Cups of Tea, whose journey is changing the world, one child at a time. The non-profit Central Asia Institute promotes and supports community-based education, especially for girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. >From the beginning, Greg’s efforts have been supported by school children in the United States (and now around the world) through his Pennies for Peace program. This international service-learning program is designed to broaden student’s cultural horizons and teach them about their capacities as philanthropists – one penny at a time.

Frank read Three Cups of Tea and wondered how he could be involved. Talking to schools, libraries, friends, and family, he got involved. Pennies are showing up everywhere and ARE making a difference.


We also have an interview segment with Mother Jones and Michael Pollan on food and climate change, democratization, and what we can do today to have the affect we want to see on Our food supply. Choices!

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Sonal Nandanwar, activist and Gracie Cavnar

Sep 16th 2009

Interview with Sonal Nandanwar, activist and Gracie Cavnar, founder and president of Recipe for Success.

JClimate change, global change. Sonal Nandanwar, a 17 year old student from England has a concern, a passion brewing. How can she affect a change on a global issue? How can she be a part of the solution?

Sonal took a holiday in Houston several weeks ago and decided she wanted to be an intern in a project surrounding climate change. The word went out through the CEC network and she came to us through Nan Hildreth, Nancy Edwards, and Bob Randall. Sonal had a palate of issues to choose from and opted for the changes in the gulf coast region and related that to the changes in the Maldives, islands in the Indian Ocean. She interviewed a number of people including Jim Blackburn to learn more about Our gulf coast region.

Sonal produced her report as a segment to air on Our program, Eco-Ology. Join us.


Gracie Cavnar, founder and president of Recipe for Success a Houston based organization with a non-profit 501C3 status as a charity dedicated to combating childhood obesity by changing the way children understand, appreciate and eat their food.

Recipe for Success partners with HISD, the City of Houston, local chefs, and a host of volunteers to Houston and the nation, eating is fun and healthy eating is REALLY fun.

Programs include: Chefs in Schools in which a Houston chef visits a local school and teaches monthly classes on how to cook healthy and delicious snacks and meals.

Recipe Garden in which participating elementary schools plant, tend, and harvest their own produce from gardens created on school grounds. The produce is then used in recipes for “seed-to-plate” school lunches and snacks. Eat it! Food Adventures a cookbook for kids.
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