Valley Priest Urges Community to Keep It Local

Father Noga of St. Patrick’s Church in Youngstown started buying local beef for the meatballs in their pasta dinners in the fall of 2013 and hasn’t stopped since. He tells us to “keep it simple and keep it local to help grow our communities. It takes a little bit more effort, but it makes a […]

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Film Director Visits Youngstown to Discuss His Film, Growing Cities and Promote Local Foods

Youngstown, OH – The Mahoning Valley Food Coalition (MVFC) is hosting two FREE screenings of the newly released film, Growing Cities, with Q&A sessions with Director, Dan Susman to follow each show. The events are scheduled for Thursday, April 17, 2014. The first show will take place 3:00PM at YSU Kilcalwey Center in Ohio Room (co-sponsored by YSU’s Grow Youngstown […]

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FEATURE: Local Restaurant to Begin Exclusive, Locally-Inspired, Seasonal Farm-to-Table and Locally Produced Food Menu

Magic Tree Pub & Eatery continues to grow its’ branches into the community! April 8, 2014- Boardman OH- Magic Tree Pub & Eatery is announcing the grand opening of their newly redesigned dining room, now named the Wine & Spirit Room, of which will have a creative locally sourced and/or locally produced food menu. The grand opening is scheduled for […]

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CARROTS: Nutritional Powerhouse

  © The Land Connection Foundation Red, black yellow, white, purple, green—these were the colors that wild carrots (also known as Queen Anne’s Lace) started out being – pretty much every color but orange! First cultivated in Afghanistan in the 7th century, the original domesticated carrot was purple outside and yellow inside, similar to the […]

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Nutritional Tips from the Intern: Three Foods Beneficial to an Active Lifestyle

By: Eric Vendemia With summer upon us, it is important to make sure your body can keep up with the heat and humidity. Living an active lifestyle demands a lot from your body and in the summer months that demand only increases. Our bodies, just like cars, need to be constantly fueled up and in […]

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EAT YOUR GREENS: ANY GREEN!

  © The Land Connection Foundation If you stroll through just about any farmers market, you’ll see signs announcing  leafy greens you’ve probably never heard of: Tuscan black kale, mizuna, komatsuna, mustard greens, turnip greens, even wrinkled, crinkled, crumpled cress. The odd names and odd look of these greens put some people off, but don’t […]

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Chard of Many Colors

  Chard will always be there for you. Like a reliable friend, it is one of the greatest, and often least appreciated, of all the gifts from your local farmer. Chard’s long, thick stalks have wide, glossy green leaves that may be smooth or curly, depending on the variety. The stalk comes in many colors, […]

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From Rust Belt to Local Food Mecca

By: Clay Graham As a kid growing up, I remember going to grocery stores or Sam’s Clubs and feeling not quite right. The blaring fluorescent bulbs, muzak and prolific food branding always left me feeling jumpy and out of sorts. If given the choice, I always preferred to stay in the car. However, things began […]

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BROCCOLI: The 007 Vegetable

  Broccoli. James Broccoli. Well, not quite. But it was a certain Italian American, Albert Broccoli, born into a family that worked in the vegetable business in Queens, who went on to produce all of the Bond films made during his life, and his heirs continue the legacy today. A couple hundred years earlier, in […]

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Benefits of Eating Local: A Consumer’s Guide

Alyssa D’Amico, Health Coach www.nichewellness.com It is sometimes hard to fathom the complex and industrialized food system we live in today.  Fortunately, you can simplify the system and improve your health at the same time by frequenting farmer’s markets, joining a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, or shopping at venues that stock local food.  Not […]

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