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EBT Access at Farmers’ Markets

Posted by on Apr 17, 2016 in Featured | 0 comments

EBT Access at Farmers’ Markets

To join this Action Group, sign up for the EBT at Farmers’ Markets email list. Recipients of public food support often find it difficult to access fresh, healthy produce options, especially if they live in a food desert, and even more so at farmers’ markets, where systems are not in place to comply with Federal regulations. HFPW believes this is a problem the Houston region should solve. We can optimize the benefits of public funds for these families while also supporting local farms. Across the country, local governments or nonprofit entities have simplified the process for recipients of...

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Traveling Meetings

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Featured | 0 comments

Traveling Meetings

Facilitating a growing local food system Houston Food Policy Workgroup Quarterly Traveling Meetings HFPW hosts quarterly traveling meetings, in which we meet at different locations around the region to expose members to the agricultural and food assets of the region, as well as make it occasionally easier for members around the region to attend. These meetings are usually on Fridays. Sign up for our newsletter to get announcements and details for each field trip.   The Houston Food Policy Workgroup, hosted by Houston Tomorrow, is dedicated to nurturing the growth of a sustainable local...

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Action Groups

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Action Groups

Each year, the Houston Food Policy Workgroup develops a set of Action Groups based on our strategic aims and goals. These Action Groups meet throughout the year to further progress on their specific agendas. Our overarching aims are to support and promote local foods, support and promote local food distribution, and to increase access to healthy foods. Below find our Action Groups for 2016 as well as our past initiatives. Click on either of our current Action Groups to join. 2016 Action Groups EBT Access at Farmers’ Markets Agricultural Valuation: Fair property tax valuation for small, urban...

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Agricultural Valuation: Fair property tax assessments for small, urban, and diversified farms

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 in Featured | 0 comments

Agricultural Valuation: Fair property tax assessments for small, urban, and diversified farms

To join this Action Group, sign up for the Ag Valuation email list. As the local food movement gains momentum, many Houstonians want to make their own meaningful contributions to the Houston region’s food supply, providing fresh, healthy produce and humanely raised meats and dairy products for themselves and others. The State of Texas has long held the principle that agricultural land should not be taxed the same as other land uses, but newer smaller operations are cropping up that do not fit neatly within existing law, leading them to often miss out on these tax benefits. Removing this...

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