Ancient Grains, Modern Methods in Lebanon

USAID and partners are increasing the quality and competitiveness of Lebanese freekeh for Middle Eastern foodies.
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The Car: Giving Grocery Shopping Consumers Choice and Convenience… or Not?

PCC Natural Markets has jumped ahead of the competition by offering multiple online ordering and delivery choices: Amazon PrimeNOW and Instacart.
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Expanding Organic in Lebanon

For several years, Fady Daw has studied how foreign products beat out local products on Lebanon’s high-end, organic foods market. He suspected that much of it had to do with packaging. So he adopted a new strategy and ordered some bottles from Italy.
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How to Buy a Flour Mill: Check Craig's List

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Then one day, in June of 2007, Kevin was checking Craig’s List for bargains and came across this ad: “Fairhaven Organic Flour Mill for sale…” Kevin didn’t know a thing about flour or milling, but he was willing to learn and to work hard.
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Eat This, Not That: A Plant Tour with Arthur Lee Jacobson

Late September 2015, Arthur opened his garden for his fall tour (he offers from one to three “Open Gardens” each year) and then led a small group through Seattle’s International District (ID) to explore unique trees and plants and a visit to the Danny Woo Community Garden.
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Chia and Maya: Potential For a Nutritional Renewal In Guatemala

The beautiful children of Chajul

The conquistadores virtually erased chia from Mayan cultural awareness as part of their campaign to subjugate the Mesoamerican peoples to Church and King. But today, even as ordinary Guatemalans are engaged in a massive ongoing popular campaign to throw off the rule of a corrupt and brutal elite, chia may be ripe for rediscovery.
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Modern Hives Give Ethiopian Women Farmers New Vocation

Most of the Ethiopian farmers in the Lelistu Ogda farmer cooperative struggle with soil fertility. That’s why Ayelech Bekele and 19 other women now embrace beekeeping as an alternative method for increasing their incomes.
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It's a (Wo)man's World: Meet Carole Willis, Meat and Seafood Manager, PCC Columbia City

Carole Willis, Meat and Seafood Manager, PCC Columbia City

When someone says “journeyman meat cutter,” what image comes to mind? Probably a big burly guy in a bloody apron throwing a chunk of beef on a chopping block and wielding a cleaver… Today’s skilled and licensed meat cutter is miles from that stereotype. Stop at PCC’s full-service meat and seafood department in the center of the new Columbia City market, and you’re likely to be greeted by Carole Willis, a charming woman in a clean white jacket with a warm and friendly smile.
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Another One Bites the Dust: Wedge Co-op's Gardens of Egan Farm Auction

Gardens of Eagan, Northfield MN, 2010

As we face climate change and continuing issues of food security, how will natural food markets and co-ops source healthy local food and provide a living wage to farm and retail workers?

In 2007, the Wedge Co-op, Minneapolis MN, believed the simple answer was to buy the Gardens
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Loki Fish Company: Building a Brand, One Fish at a Time

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F/V Loki at sea

Starting, growing, and maintaining a small family business is tough, regardless of the industry you are in. Even the bravest and smartest entrepreneur is climbing a steep mountain: one-third of new ventures close within two years, half within five
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