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  • FFC Recipes | Ecology Center
    the beet greens separate the leaves from the stems and chop the leaves coarsely Put on a pot of salted water to cook the pasta in Saute the onion and garlic over medium high heat in 1 4 cup of the oil for about 5 minutes until the onions are translucent Add the beet leaves and continue to cook 5 minutes more covered try adding one strip of lightly cooked and chopped bacon to the cooking greens for flavor Meanwhile after the water has come to a boil add the pasta and cook according to instrustions on the package around 12 minutes for al dente Uncover the beet greens season with salt and pepper add the optional chopped fresh herbs here When the pasta is cooked drain it and toss it with the sauce moistening it with a 1 4 cup of pasta water and the rest of the olive oil Serve immediately Cream of Fresh Green Bean Soup 1 1 2 pounds fresh green beans 2 cups milk hot but not scalded salt and fresh ground black pepper Wash the beans and remove the stems and the strings Steam them just until bright green and tender Puree them in a blender or food processor with the heated milk until very smooth Season to taste with the salt and pepper Heat just before serving don t boil Also try served cold Potato Cabbage Soup for 12 servings 1 4 cup olive oil 1 3 cup diced onions 2 cloves diced garlic 3 lbs chopped cabbage 1 lb diced potatoes 1 gallon water or vegetable stock sea salt to taste Saute onions garlic in olive oil unil tender and glazed Add potatoes and cook until tender Remove mixture from the pan Pour stock or water directly into the pan Pleace cabbage

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  • FFC Videos | Ecology Center
    PLASTICS ZERO WASTE RESOURCES PLASTIC FREE JULY Climate BERKELEY CLIMATE ACTION COALITION CLIMATE ACTION EVENTS CLIMATE CHANGE RESOURCES ECOHOUSE YOUTH YOUTH ENVIRONMENTAL ACADEMY FARM FRESH CHOICE Sustainable Living STORE HOTLINE HELP DESK ECOHOUSE CLASSES EVENTS FACT SHEETS LINKS ECODIRECTORY LIBRARY SEED LIBRARY FARMERS MARKET FINDER FFC Videos Coming Soon Inspiring and building a sustainable healthy and just future for the East Bay California and beyond Donate Subscribe Thanks for signing up Stay in the loop with our events news and alerts The Ecology Center will never sell or share your contact information Email Address First Name Last Name Get Email Updates By submitting this form you are granting Ecology Center 2530 San Pablo Avenue Berkeley California 94702 United States http ecologycenter org permission to email you You may unsubscribe via the link found at the bottom of every email See our Email Privacy Policy for details Emails are serviced by Constant Contact Get Involved Facebook Twitter RSS Farm Fresh Choice ABOUT FARM FRESH CHOICE FARM FRESH CHOICE EN ESPAÑOL FFC Recipes FFC Videos Food Farming News Video Undersecretary Concannon Visits Our Farmers Market Earlier this month a very special guest came to our Read more Special Holiday Schedules for our

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  • Accepting EBT at your Market | Ecology Center
    TO ACCEPT EBT AT YOUR FARMERS MARKET To learn how to accept EBT at your farmers market check out our new and improved Simple Guide for Market Managers It will walk you through the process step by step or contact us for further assistance The California Department of Social Services CDSS will provide a free wireless POS terminal to process CalFresh EBT at your farmers market CDSS will provide and maintain the equipment and pay all associated fees First apply online to be authorized by the USDA to accept EBT cards BACK TO FARMERS MARKET EBT PROJECT The Ecology Center s Farmers Market EBT Project assists farmers market operators and community partners in establishing implementing and promoting CalFresh EBT access formerly known as Food Stamps at farmers markets The project is funded in part by the California Department of Food and Agriculture through the Specialty Crops Block Grant Program For more information about SNAP Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program formerly the Food Stamp Program call 1 877 847 3663 Inspiring and building a sustainable healthy and just future for the East Bay California and beyond Donate Subscribe Thanks for signing up Stay in the loop with our events news and alerts

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  • EBT Resources | Ecology Center
    booth sign offers two options one with paper scrip vouchers and the other tokens Vendor Booth Sign BLEED Vendor Booth Sign NO BLEED FREE Pre printed banner old version pins and coupons for use at your market and in your community To request free materials by mail please contact ebtassist ecologycenter org This 2 x 5 bilingual English Spanish banner visually depicts the scrip central POS model using wooden tokens and is a great addition to your information booth or EBT station Banner English Spanish We Gladly Accept Your EBT pins can be worn by both vendors and market staff The pins which picture the CA EBT card are available in two versions 1 red heart shaped strawberry flesh background or 2 green background EBT Pin strawberry Customizable coupons for your market to hand out in your community as incentives If you print these on both sides of the page and cut them in half you will have half page handouts Customizable Coupon English Customizable Coupon Spanish These bilingual materials may be downloaded and printed for free but we do not have any to provide markets at this time This 11 x 17 bilingual English Spanish poster lets customers know that EBT is coming soon to your market EBT Coming Soon BLEED EBT Coming Soon NO BLEED This 2 x 5 bilingual English Spanish banner visually depicts the scrip central POS model and is a great addition to your information booth or EBT station There are two versions one depicting paper scrip vouchers and the other tokens Banner BLEED Banner NO BLEED This 11 x17 bilingual English Spanish poster is a great outreach tool in your community Simply add in your market s information Outreach Poster BLEED Outreach Poster NO BLEED These 8 5 x 5 5 half sheet bilingual

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  • Farmers’ Market Finder | Ecology Center
    markets nearest you that accept your CalFresh benefits by looking for the blue and green pins above in the map HOW DOES EBT AT FARMERS MARKETS WORK In order to accept CalFresh EBT cards farmers markets typically establish a central Point of Sale POS model allowing the market to sell EBT scrip to customers at a central point in the market usually an information booth The customer then spends their EBT scrip with any eligible food producer in the market Check out this video to see how CalFresh EBT works at the farmers market WHAT IS MARKET MATCH The Market Match program is California s largest statewide SNAP healthy food incentive program that offers additional currency to CalFresh EBT cardholders and sometimes those receiving WIC Senior FMNP and SSI benefits who use their card to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets and other participating sites See participating sites above in green for details WHAT ABOUT FIRST5 MARKET MATCH The Ecology Center and Los Angeles partners Hunger Action Los Angeles HALA and Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles SEE LA were awarded funding from First5 Los Angeles to expand the Market Match program in Los Angeles County serving more households with young kids This funding means that if your household includes kids 0 5 years of age you can stretch your food budget even farther With the First5 Market Match your family will receive a dollar for dollar match up to 10 when you spend your CalFresh or WIC Fruit Veggie Checks at participating farmers markets Use the finder above and look for the First5 Logo to find the markets nearest you that offer this great opportunity WHAT IS WIC WIC is a federally funded health and nutrition program for women infants and children WIC helps families by providing

    Original URL path: http://ecologycenter.org/fmfinder/ (2016-04-30)
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  • Zero Waste Week: Recycling Update, Local Tour on Unwanted & Imperfect Food, and Youth Convergence! | Ecology Center
    tour heads to Imperfect Produce an innovative C SA service that delivers discounted cosmetically challenged fruit and veggies to Bay Area homes and offices Space is very limited tour runs from 9 30 AM 2 PM on Wednesday March 23rd Contact NCRA to sign up The tour is part of NCRA s annual Zero Waste Week ZWW The flagship event NCRA s 21st Annual Recycling Update will be held on Tuesday March 22 and features 25 experts speaking on the latest and greatest in the world of Reduce Reuse Recycle and Rot This year s conference will feature speakers talking policy and technology innovations for many of the tough to dispose of materials such as mattresses pharmaceuticals carpet e waste tires and oil as well as what s happening on a statewide level to address our shaky recyclable commodities markets Among the highlights are presenters Jared Blumenfeld Director of EPA Region 9 Dana Franz Founder of Food Shift and Miguel Robles Project Coordinator for the Biosafety Alliance See NCRA s web site for a full list of all 25 speakers On Saturday March 26 Zero Waste Youth USA will host their 4th annual Zero Waste Youth Convergence at the City College of San Francisco Ocean Campus This event brings together high school and college students as well as young professionals in a full day dedicated to learning visioning organizing for Zero Waste and bringing this back to our schools and communities The convergence includes discussions on environmental entrepreneurship public policy and Individual actions as well as hands on workshops on DIY Zero Waste products and planning for campus wide initiatives Limited scholarships are available for Santa Clara County students sponsored by the Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission of Santa Clara County SCCRWRC Please visit www ZeroWasteYouthUSA org for more details

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  • Tonight: Plastic-Free July Founder Rebecca Prince-Ruiz Talks about International Zero Waste Movement | Ecology Center
    We welcome Rebecca Prince Ruiz visiting from Australia to discuss how Plastic Free July has grown into a world wide phenomenon The Ecology Center has been celebrating Plastic Free July since 2014 in collaboration with activist and author Beth Terry Berkeley s Shorebird Park Nature Center and other allies dedicated to pollution prevention Come learn about how the Plastic Free July challenge has grown to include over 36 000 people from 85 countries and how we can use these strategies to continue to strengthen the zero waste movement Rebecca s talk will be followed by Q A discussion Event runs from 6 7 30 PM Wednesday March 9th at the Berkeley Library s West Branch Community Meeting Room For more details click here you can RSVP or just show up to this free event We hope to see you there Photo credit Bo Eide on Flickr This entry was posted in Blog and tagged Beth Terry California bag ban plastic Plastic Free July Zero Waste by Ecology Center Bookmark the permalink Return to Blog Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Comment Name Email Website Inspiring and building a sustainable healthy

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  • Single Family Home Guide | Ecology Center
    through the week Once full roll your cart to the curb in front of your house by 7 AM the day your trash is collected Make sure your cart is in plain view To help discourage theft and litter problems put your carts out in the morning rather than at night Use the Blue Side For glass bottles and jars steel tin aerosol and aluminum cans clean rigid plastic containers aluminum foil and pie plates Please NO plastic bags straws Styrofoam window glass ceramics Pyrex or crystal Remove food and rinse containers before recycling Flatten plastic Caps and lids are allowed if attached to containers Use the Brown Side For newspapers and inserts office paper small cardboard pieces paperback books and phonebooks mail magazines and catalogs paperboard like cereal boxes or egg cartons Please NO food soiled paper or wax cartons tissue or paper towels soymilk or juice boxes or plastic or foil coated paper or cardboard Do not wedge large cardboard boxes in your cart Cut to fit in cart or flatten into a 3 x3 x1 bundle and place next to your cart for pick up BACK TO RECYCLING Inspiring and building a sustainable healthy and just future for the East Bay California and beyond Donate Subscribe Thanks for signing up Stay in the loop with our events news and alerts The Ecology Center will never sell or share your contact information Email Address First Name Last Name Get Email Updates By submitting this form you are granting Ecology Center 2530 San Pablo Avenue Berkeley California 94702 United States http ecologycenter org permission to email you You may unsubscribe via the link found at the bottom of every email See our Email Privacy Policy for details Emails are serviced by Constant Contact Get Involved Facebook Twitter RSS Berkeley

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