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  • The Sankofa Initiative

                                            The word "Sankofa" can be translated to mean, "Go back to the past and bring forward that which is useful." The bird is rendered as twisting its beak behind itself, in order to bring forth an egg from its back. Connecting the past with the present allows us ...

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  • Six Lessons from Street Food Pioneer Roy Choi

    In Roy Choi's new memoir, L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food, the Kogi food truck impresario lovingly describes the role of food, traditions, taking risks, and exploring your city. Here are six lessons Choi learned on his way to becoming a leading chef on the streets. 1. Your city is a ...

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  • Operation Eastside Jacksonville

    Formerly Florida Avenue, A. Philip Randolph Boulevard (renamed in 1995) is the Eastside's historic commercial corridor.  During the 1960s, two major events negatively impacted businesses along the roadway: Hurrican Dora, in 1964, and the Race Riot of November 1969.  Hurricane Dora was a Category 2 hurricane with 110 mile per hour winds that evenutally caused 1.5 billion dollars worth ...

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  • Food Justice: End the Corporate Exploitation of ‘Food Deserts’

    There is no doubt that many impoverished communities need access to healthy, quality, culturally relevant food. But it ought to be fresh food that will support our local farmers who are also suffering from a broken food system and nourish the bellies of our babies while simultaneously stimulating economic and community development. If you have been following the conversation around the lack of fresh foods available in certain districts across the country, then you have probably heard ...

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  • Aquaponic Gardening

    Aquaponic gardening is a terrific way to grow your own organic veggies and chemical free fish.  Let's take a moment to  ponder the subject of what to feed your "wet" pets so that you can economically harvest the best. The subject of duckweed usually will come up in any conversation when folks passionate about aquaponics get together ... it seems that his tiny aquatic plant can make a big impact! Duckweed is a species ...

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