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The greatest of these is charity

by Jean Blish Siers *

For some reason, the question stumped me: “So, what you do is charity?” I had a table at an elementary school’s Earth Day celebration, and a little boy asked me that after I explained how Society of St. Andrew works. It’s odd, but no one has ever asked me that before. I know we’re a non-profit; I know we have the highest rating possible from Charity Navigator. We bring food to people who otherwise wouldn’t have ...

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How to Feed the 9 Billion

by Jean Blish Siers *

In a 2013 piece in the New York Times, one of my favorite food writers Mark Bittman wrote, “The world has long produced enough calories, around 2,700 per day per human, more than enough to meet the United Nations projection of a population of nine billion in 2050 … There are hungry people not because food is lacking, but because not all of those calories go to feed humans (a third go to feed animals, ...

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Easter: God’s Abundance

By Michael Binger *

Easter is probably my favorite holiday. I don’t like chocolate (crazy, I know!) so the Bunny really doesn’t do anything for me. Waking up Easter morning and going to church and hearing again that old, old story always thaws my heart after a cold winter. I am touched again by God’s love and I am thankful. I am always thankful for my family and my friends and for their patience with me! Memories of Easters ...

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Ag Day on the Hill

By Rich Peck *

For 15 years, Tennessee state legislators have celebrated “Ag Day on the Hill” – a day to shuck corn, visit farm animals, and celebrate all things agricultural. This year, the day included bagging and distributing 19,000 pounds of sweet potatoes to Nashville area churches and food kitchens, and to food pantries across a 12-county area of Middle Tennessee.

State Senator Andy Holt, vice-chair of the Tennessee Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, has chaired the annual event for the ...

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Spring has sprung!

by Jean Blish Siers *

peasLess than a week into official spring, my little backyard garden is in the full throes of new birth! Amidst the last of the fall leaves, shoots of fragile green plants push out of the soil: onions, arugula, lettuce, kale, peas! And perhaps most exciting: my first ever asparagus spears. In this case, gratification must be delayed for another year, as I let strong crowns develop that will hopefully produce for ...

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Happy National Nutrition Month!

by Jean Blish Siers *

Choose My Plate

March is National Nutrition Month, according to the US Department of Agriculture website, and a time to celebrate healthy eating! There should be much to celebrate. Most of us are familiar with the “My Plate” logo, adopted in 2010, which puts greater emphasis on vegetables and fruits, with smaller portions of grains, dairy, and proteins. And earlier this year, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released its report acknowledging ...

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