WKKF News Archive July 2005
Chefs Collaborative Featured in Gourmet Magazine
Peter Hoffman, whose organization Chefs Collaborative works to promote connections between restaurants and small farmers, defines sustainable cuisine as "following practices and management techniques that don't take any more from the world than they put back." An umbrella concept that incorporates the best from a number of movements, this is the latest food-world trend, and it's poised to enter the mainstream. "There's a whole new level of awareness," says Hoffman. "People want to understand how they're participating in the global food supply." And if they can do it while eating dishes like roasted pork loin with black beans and baby ramps, served at Hoffman's Manhattan restaurant, Savoy, all the better.
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Value Chain Project Making a Difference
The Value Chain Partnerships for a Sustainable Agriculture (VCPSA) project supports a network of partners who work to address challenges found in sustainably-produced foods and fiber markets.
The partnership announced in May 2005 that the project has experienced several key accomplishments during the past year toward achieving its objectives. Those accomplishments include: (1) Developed and established the BioEconomy and Regional Food Systems working groups, which together involve more than 40 Iowa-based businesses, institutions, and organizations; (2) Awarded 10 new Regional Food systems grants to members of the Regional Food Systems Working group and six new grants to members of the BioEconomy Working Group; (3) Met with Iowa State University deans and faculty champions of the VCPSA project to create project awareness, to discuss the VCPSA project and to determine how to more effectively engage other deans and faculty; (4) Recruited a second student to take part in the new MBA with a minor in Sustainable Agriculture program; (5) Initiated a project to help producers of niche pork understand their production costs.
The VCPSA project is supported by a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Food and Society initiative grant. Its strategies involve engaging Iowa State University and its public and private partners in providing the producers, processors, distributors, and retailers of highly differentiated value chains with the tools they need to support existing or develop new value chains. For more information on the VCPSA project or to read more about project activities and accomplishments, visit www.valuechains.org.
W.K. Kellogg Foundation Announces Grants to Promote Rural Entrepreneurship Across America
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation announced June 27, 2005, that it is awarding $12 million in Rural Entrepreneurship Development Systems grants to six collaborative efforts in nine states. The grants will enable the six collaborations to promote entrepreneurial activity in their regions, showcase successful models of entrepreneurship activity to rural communities outside their area, leverage significant new investments, and stimulate state and national interest in rural entrepreneurship policies and strategies. The grant program is one of the Foundation’s special projects commemorating its 75th Anniversary. Each if the six collaborations will receive $2 million over three years — from June 2005 through spring 2007.
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Appalachian Sustainable Development Named Finalist in Center for Social Innovation and Amazon.com's Nonprofit Innovation Award
This award is designed to recognize and reward nonprofits whose innovative approaches and breakthrough solutions most effectively improve their communities or the world at large. Profiles of each of the ten nonprofit finalist organizations are available at www.amazon.com/nonprofitinnovation, where customers and visitors can make direct online contributions to their favorite organization(s). Donations will be accepted through September 30, 2005, and the organization with the largest total dollar amount of donations will be awarded the 2005 Amazon.com Nonprofit Innovation Award, along with a matching grant of up to $1 million from Amazon.com.