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As part of our Southeastern MA Food Security Network – New Bedford City Fruit initiative, we have been posting regular tips from the City of New Bedford’s Arborist Chancery Perks.

BioBlog: Building a Healthy Child

Did you know that food allergies in children have increased by 50 percent over the last decade? It’s true. According to Food Allergy Research and Education, 1 in 13 children has a food allergy, which can lead to chronic diseases later in life.

March 2024 MI Newsletter

Lots of news to share in our March Newsletter! Our Connector Series event, A Conversation with Tracy Kidder and Dr. Jim O’Connell, that was originally scheduled for last November is now slated for May 2nd! – a must attend event. We also have big news to share on the progress happening at our newest program, Frogfoot Farm, with soil berms being completed and full fencing being installed around the perimeter. It won’t be long now! In addition we’ve announced the Grow Education program is now looking to hire 5(!) new FoodCorps members to keep up with its expansion. Enjoy!

BioBlog: Did You Know Blood and Cells Gossip?

Throughout the history of medicine, blood has been extracted, examined, and tested as a barometer of health. The main difference between a medical blood test and Live Blood Analysis lies in the process and purpose of the test.

Job Posting: Food Corps Educators with Grow Education 24-25 Season

Join our Team! We are looking for Five Food Corps Educators with Grow Education!

Ithaca (NY) Rotary Awards Grant to Rancho Mastatal of Costa Rica, an MI Greenhouse Initiative

The Ithaca Rotary Club has awarded two $5,000 grants to nonprofit groups in Kenya and Costa Rica for projects that will tackle climate change. In Costa Rica, the Mastate Charitable Foundation is developing a family-run fruit tree and vegetable farm that demonstrates a new model for food production, which reduces the reliance on agricultural chemicals while drawing carbon from the atmosphere.

February 2024 MI Newsletter

Our February Newsletter is jam-packed with news! We feature our new Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction training course starting up in March. There’s also an update on Grow Education’s progress with their “virtual Filed trip” series with the introduction of the Seed Saving Video. We show highlights from our successful Wim Hof cold plunge event as well as details on the very well attended Legislative Breakfast hosted by our Southcoast Food Policy Council, The Greater New Bedford Youth Alliance, and the Women’s Alliance of Southeastern MA. Dive in!

BioBlog: Nourishing Your Smile – The Holistic Approach to Oral Health Through Diet


The hardest part to fathom is that losing weight isn’t about a pill you’re not taking or the diet you couldn’t follow through with. Your body’s composition is a reflection of your values and more generally your identity. If you want to lose weight for long periods of time, you have to become a different person.

Marion Institute receives $20,000 in state grants

The Marion Institute was granted $20,000 in state funding for its South Coast Food Policy Council initiative, a program that brings together food pantries, farms, foundations, and social service agencies to promote food security.

BioBlog: Keep the Long View and Maintain Health for Life

The hardest part to fathom is that losing weight isn’t about a pill you’re not taking or the diet you couldn’t follow through with. Your body’s composition is a reflection of your values and more generally your identity. If you want to lose weight for long periods of time, you have to become a different person.

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