APIOPA Cycles for Change

By Scott Chan

With the help of over 40 people, we came up with 10,018 miles of our 10,000 goal. With the help of nearly 100 people, we fundraised an amazing $9,241 of our $10,000 goal. That is a lot of money raised in just 1 month to support the great programming we run!

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Workshop with Hmong Farmers

By Kyle Tsukahira

Continuing our work in Fresno, APIOPA as part of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farmers Market Promotion Program grant, was able to host a workshop helping Hmong farmers learn about the latest rules and regulations surrounding farmers market in California last week. In addition, we also had presentations on two innovative alternative markets (School Farm Stands & Community Supported Agriculture) that can help farmers grow their business  expand their distribution networks, and help ensure everyone has fresh fruits and vegetables to eat. This is a part of a series of workshops that we will be hosting this year! We are excited to continue these workshop later on throughout the year!

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Park It Right There

By Scott Chan

Scott attended his second Countywide Comprehensive Park Needs Assessment meeting last week as an official steering committee member. As one of the two Asian Americans present, he shared the need to not just look at how close people live to a park, but also to understand that the closest park isn’t always the safest/best park for our communities. More of what’s going on here: http://lacountyparkneeds.org/

This is a countywide parks assessment, quite possibility the only of its kind across the entire US. Check out how this is playing out and how it impacts parks in your own area. Let Scott know if there are issues you’d like to bring up by emailing schan@apiopa.org.

Bike Tour of Claremont Colleges!

By Scott Chan

To start off our Cycle for Change month, APIOPA took our bikes to the Claremont Colleges.  In partnership with Pitzer students from the Center for Asian Pacific American Students (CAPAS), APIOPA did a bike tour of the Claremont colleges to encourage a few Glen A. Wilson students to consider attending any one of the 5 Claremont colleges. The tour was lots of fun. Check out the pics from our tour by clicking here.

Kellogg Foundation Conference on Creating Food Hubs: Day 3

The final day of the Kellogg conference on food hubs concluded with a tour of Portland. Yes, Portland, Kentucky. It is a neighborhood northwest of Louisville. There was a lot of interesting things to see, including a small, formerly vacant lot of land that the city sold to a community member for $50, and she now uses that land to grow crops that she sells back to local markets.

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Kellogg Foundation Conference on Creating Food Hubs: Day 2

This week, Scott is out in Kentucky for the Kellogg Foundation Conference on Creating Food Hubs. He will be sharing tidbits he learns from each of the 3 days of this conference.
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Today was jam-packed with workshops on the logistics of how to start and run a food hub. They got to the nitty-gritty of it. From understanding how much it costs to deliver vegetables PER MILE, to understanding the break-even number for something like Roots CSA to stay alive. In case you are wondering, according to national numbers, 70% is really the max amount of income from CSA veggies that should go back to the producers/farmers. The other 30% needs to go to a LOT of different things, including things such as staff, supplies, and insurance. Liability is a very daunting thing, but as long as CSAs and food hubs are smart and pro-active, you’ll be fine.

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Kellogg Foundation Conference on Creating Food Hubs: Day 1

This week, Scott is out in Kentucky for the Kellogg Foundation Conference on Creating Food Hubs. He will be sharing tidbits he learns from each of the 3 days of this conference.

DAY 1:

Today was jam-packed with information. First off, let’s go over what a food hub is by definition. “A regional food hub is a business or org that actively manages the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of source-identified food products primarily from local and regional producers to strengthen their ability to satisfy wholesale, retail, and institutional demand.”
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The Hot Spots Tour

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By Scott Chan

Last Saturday, Kyle and Scott joined our partner agency From Lot to Spot, on a bike tour of Hawthorne and Lennox. This was called the HOT SPOTS tour, and it was put together with FLTS, CICLE, and Metro. The goal was to recruit a large group of community members and encourage them to ride through their own streets without fear. Another element of the ride was to show the health work that FLTS has done, which included rebuilding the native flora on the local bike trail, the creation of a community garden, and also the creation of a small pocket park (seen below).

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FAB Walks Lennox

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By Sina Uipi

In early March, the F.A.B. took some members from the Lennox Tongan United Methodist Church on a walking tour. We walked to Lennox Park, and the first question asked by a concerned mother, Akesa Ahoia, was if law enforcement helps to keep the park safe. We assured her that we work closely with local sheriffs and that they are always willing to help the Tongan community, especially when it comes to safety. Although there is a history of gang violence that has taken place at Lennox Park, there is an effort to create a more safe and accessible environment for both the Latino and Tongan communities.

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FAB Hosts Our First Gardening Workshop in Lennox

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By Sina Uipi

F.A.B. has recently become a part of the Lennox Community Garden, which began a few years ago by a local non-profit organization called From Lot To Spot. They promote health by creating green spaces such as this, along with parks and trails, in urban low-income communities in Los Angeles. It’s the first and only garden in Lennox and we hope there will be more in the near future. The best part is that it is organic and pesticide free!

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