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Pocono Organics Farm Breaks Ground

Rodale Institute

Third Generation Takes Farm Back to its Roots with Vision of Sustainability

2018.07.27-PoconoOrganicGroundbreaking

Sometimes the best way to create a brighter future is to go back to your roots. That’s the vision for Pocono Organics as its farmland, once a thriving spinach farm in the 1940s, is now poised to be one of the first and largest public-facing regenerative organic fruit and vegetable operations in North America.

The 50-acre organic farm is the vision of Ashley Walsh, a third-generation business leader in the Mattioli family who learned first-hand from her grandfather and Pocono Raceway founder, Dr. Joe Mattioli, that a big vision could create progress and progress could create change.

“What started out as a lifestyle and health choice for my family and I became a larger mission when I thought about how we could utilize our land to grow organic food to help others, create jobs in our community, and ultimately become an example of what a fully sustainable regenerative organic farm could be,” said Walsh, president of Pocono Organics.

Pocono Organics is designed to be self-sustainable in order to reduce its environmental footprint. Constructed to LEED standards, the farm will draw its power from the 3MW 25-acre solar farm that also powers Pocono Raceway. Organic crops, such as fruits, grains, herbs, vegetables and flowers will grow in both outdoor fields and in nearly 40,000-square-feet of greenhouses. Water for these crops will be reclaimed rainwater that will be collected and filtered through a living, vegetative roof atop the “State-of-the-Art Barn,” a nearly 30,000-square-foot processing and storage building attached to the greenhouses. Pocono Organics will also install its own septic and well water systems.

“We are committed to Regenerative Organic Agriculture and are launching innovative programs to create a closed-loop growing system,” Walsh continued. “For example, our Farm-to-Track program will supply our organic crops to Pocono Raceway for events and in turn, the track will supply us with compostable waste for our regenerative soil program needs. We couldn’t do this without partners like Rodale Institute. They bring us decades of experience and leadership that will accelerate our ability to serve our communities and help us become an incubator for organic research as well as a destination for agritourism.”

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Māori Public Health Org Wants Healthier Food Policies at Sports Clubs

RNZ
By Eden More

Lance Norman, Hapai Te Hauora Photo: SUPPLIED/Hāpai Te Hauora

Lance Norman, Hapai Te Hauora Photo: SUPPLIED/Hāpai Te Hauora

New Zealand’s largest Māori public health organisation is backing new research from the University of Otago to take bold action against the obesity crisis.

The research says two-thirds of food sold at rugby and netball games is considered unhealthy, undermining the positive impact of physical activity.

The research shows that sugary beverages, chocolate, potato crisps and fried food are the most commonly available at sporting venues.

Hāpai te Hauora chief executive officer, Lance Norman, said they’ve worked with community groups for a number of years on this kaupapa or issue.

Last year Hāpai partnered with Aotearoa Maori netball to go ‘fizz free’ to encourage no fizzy drinks which is now standard for their future tournaments across the country.

“Our focus has always been on community-led initiatives because in our experience these provide the greatest engagement, and the most sustainable change.

“There’s no point just riding in and telling communities they’re doing things wrong and then putting the burden of change on them alone. There has to be financial and educational support behind these policies,” Mr Norman said.

They’re calling on minister for sport and recreation Grant Robertson and the minster of health Dr David Clark to help sports clubs to implement healthier nutrition policies.

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Jim Spellos, Rock and Wrap It Up! Partner to Fight Food Waste

By Tyler Davidson, Meetings Today

Rock and Wrap It Up! Food Donations

Rock and Wrap It Up! Food Donations

While he’s known as one of the top meetings technology educators in the industry, a lesser-known aspect of Jim Spellos’ contribution to both the meetings industry and those with an acute need of nutrition is his efforts working with Rock and Wrap It Up!, an award-winning anti-poverty think tank.

Rock and Wrap It Up! started, as the name implies, as a charitable organization that primarily worked picking up leftover food from concerts and then delivering that food to the needy. The organization, now entering its 27th year, has since expanded the specialized services it offers to help those in need.

“I went there and I was a converted from that point,” said Spellos, who is the group’s director of digital media, about how he got involved with the organization founded by Syd Mandelbaum, its CEO.

Spellos has been working with the organization for 16 years.

Besides food donation, Rock and Wrap It Up! dedicates it efforts to the following projects:

  • The Mardi Bra Initiative, which raises awareness and encourages the collection of feminine hygiene products for at-risk teens and other women.
  • Feed the Veterans, which aims to get its databases of pantries and soup kitchens into the hands of caregivers and agencies that support at-risk veterans and their families.
  • Providing Whole Earth Calculator Climate Literacy Lesson Plans to its academic partners to enable students to undertake actions to reduce poverty and carbon footprints.

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