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“Being the Change”

Emma Frisch, Executive Director of Peaks Over Poverty, aired on An Organic Conversation’s radio show “Being the Change.” An Organic Conversation focuses on organic food, healthy living and sustainable choices, and discusses innovative solutions to today’s environmental and social challenges. “Being the Change” is a show about people making a difference in their community. On [...]

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Breaking News: From Ecuador to Ithaca

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Food Movements Unite!

Groundswell International, the Canastas Comunitarias and EkoRural, and the Partnership for Local Development in Haiti (a member of Groundswell) will appear in Eric Holt-Gimenez’s next book Food Movements Unite! Food Movements Unite! from Food First on Vimeo. (Excerpt from “In the first half of Eric Holt-Gimenez, Raj Patel and Annie Shattuck’s Food Rebellions: Crisis [...]

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EkoRural: Stories from the Farmers

Maria Bertha Elena Alfonso Luis Maria Maria Presentación, CHIMBORAZO, Ecuador September 10, 2010 – Reported by Emma Frisch Maria Presentación is the president of a farming cooperative of nearly 90 indigenous women in Galtes, a rural village located at 11,500 ft. A ten-month period of drought has devastated families’ food supplies and income. Peaks Over Poverty´s [...]

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Trekking Nepal’s Hidden “Kingdom”

As a road snakes its way into Mustang, a hidden patch of Nepal that adjoins Tibet, the local culture is on the brink of imminent change. Read about Amar Grover’s epic trek, where his physical journey mingled with the scents, sights, traditions, philosophies, and gestures of Mustang’s native hosts.

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Gloomy Forecast for Land Grabs in Ethiopia

A recent conversation with my uncle (East African Regional Director for Unicef) about “feeding the world’s growing population” quickly forayed into “land grabs” in Africa. In December of 2010, I wrote a troubling response on our blog to a New York Times article that first publicized the displacement of African farmers by foreign investments in [...]

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Inti Raymi: Incan Harvest Festival of the Andes

Written by Luis Herrera, Ecuador Translated by Emma Frisch Inti Raymi is one of four ancient Incan celebrations created to honor the solstices and equinoxes. The Inti Raymi festival is the most important for the Andean pueblos because it marks the start of the harvest season, and represents the strong, cultural link between humans (Runa) and [...]

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A day in the life of co-founder Emma Frisch.

We were ecstatic to win a grant from theJones New York Empowerment Fund, and even more delighted to discover that we would be featured in a short documentary about the nitty gritty of running a start-up non-profit organization. See for yourself!

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Fish and Warm Water

By Emma Frisch My new landlord just taught me a fascinating historical tidbit about the early indigenous communities that inhabited the banks of Lake Titicaca in Peru (the highest commercially navigable lake in the world). To overcome the challenges of growing food at extremely high altitude (12,507 ft), farmers dug trenches along the edges of their [...]

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Joining Wilton’s GO GREEN Movement

By Jackie Sherman Started in 2010, the Wilton Go Green Festival was created by a group of citizens eager to engage and educate the community of Wilton, Connecticut in sustainable initiatives. It was an absolutely beautiful Spring day with nearly 1,000 local residents in attendance, and Peaks Over Poverty felt honored to be among the [...]

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