APIOPA CSA: Winter Season Hiatus Explained!

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Please Note: This applies to Los Angeles CSA sites ONLY. All Orange County sites will still be active during the Winter season. The Los Angeles CSA sites will resume starting APRIL 2016!

By Kyle Tsukahira and Paul Nguyen

On behalf of the team here at Roots CSA and the small Asian American farmers we work with, we would like to personally thank you for your support this past year. The Winter season has usually been a bit difficult for Roots CSA. Due to the colder weather, the farmers are limited in what they are able to grow which means the CSA has much less variety/more leafy greens than usual. We have been hearing lots of great feedback on how we can not only improve our Winter season, but also the CSA in general and have decided to take a break during the 2016 Winter CSA season in order to take a step back and reevaluate the program. As we have these talks over the next few months, we’d love if you could fill out this survey so we can gather your thoughts, comments, suggestions, and feedback regarding your experience with the Roots CSA program: Read More

Special Delivery in the APIOPA Sedan (aka Scott’s Corolla)

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By Scott Chan

APIOPA has been fortunate to find some funds to help us deliver MORE produce and conduct MORE cooking workshops in 2016. We made a big haul of much-needed supplies, including bins, bowls, pots, stoves, carts and much more. It barely…just BARELY fit in my Corolla. 🙂 Stay tuned to hear more about our upcoming CSA and cooking workshops!

A Sense of Urgency

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By Sina Uipi

Last week, FAB wrapped up the last session of 2015, which was about creating a sense of urgency for the health in the Tongan community. In our first session on December 10th, we had special guest Reverend Sione Ngauamo of the Hawthorne United Methodist Church, join us and teach us the meaning of this month’s proverb; ‘OSIKI ‘A VELENGA. It means that we should utilize our energy and knowledge to the best of our ability. ‘Osi means complete and velenga means duty, or calling. The Reverend encouraged us to reach our highest potential in the most effective way possible, and to not settle for less because then we are lifeless. Mo’ui means life and lelei means good, or well; so to be healthy means to be mo’ui lelei. It embodies our overall health and well-being; physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.  If we can give our all to other parts of our lives, why can’t we give the best to our health as well? How do we tie ourselves to our culture when it comes to health? Our own language tells us that life and health are intertwined, that our life is dependent upon how well we are, how healthy we are. “Hold on to our culture, it will give you mo’ui (life),”– Reverend Ngauamo.

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Linking Air Pollution, Climate Change, and Obesity

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By Scott Chan

Over the past year, APIOPA received a grant to work with the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) to conduct workshops with local middle schools, high schools and colleges around air pollution.

Wait, what is APIOPA doing with air pollution? Mission drift much?

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Fighting for the Asterisk aka Fighting for Park Equity

 

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By Scott Chan

The Dept. of Parks and Rec. is currently undergoing one of the largest assessments ever done regarding parks in Los Angeles County. I have written about it in previous blog posts, so this is more of an update.

It is an ongoing battle to ensure that API voices are heard in this Parks Needs Assessment. As the only Asian American (there were no Pacific Islanders chosen) to serve on the steering committee for the assessment, I have fought tooth and nail to ensure that there are real efforts to engage and include our communities’ concerns around access to parks. They say they might do this assessment of ALL the parks in LA County again sometime, but let’s be real; this is a huge undertaking and there probably isn’t going to be another chance at this for quite some time. The report that comes from this assessment could dictate the quality and quantity of parks in our neighborhoods for decades to come. Read More

Bike with APIOPA!

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Oh you heard right! Bike with APIOPA this December. Dean Truong, one of our awesome interns, is coordinating a ride of the LA River!  Soak in the LA River as you comfortably ride on the bike path. 16 miles total ride for the day.

RSVP with Dean at dean.truong@outlook.com or go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1052133274831708/

Hike with APIOPA on the Gabrielino Trail!

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Join us the day after Xmas to walk off that holiday meal! Hike will be around 5-6 miles long, and we will see some great historic sites along the way!

RSVP with Scott at schan@apiopa.org.

This Holiday Season…More Wok Less Talk!

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Looking for a holiday gift for that special someone in your life who gets things done?

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Looking for a passive way to tell people in your meeting that it’s time to do something?

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Looking for a holiday gift for a person who loves puns about Asian cookware?

Back for a limited time, buy your own “More Wok Less Talk” shirt and support a good cause (APIOPA) this holiday! The shirt is $15, with a $2 delivery fee added in.

Purchase your shirt (wok the wok) by clicking here

Walk the Walk Challenge January 2016!

Check out the promo video for our big WALK the WALK challenge coming up January 2016. Sign up now and find out how you could WIN MONEY by being healthy!

More info here: http://www.apiopa.org/walk-the-walk/

New Report Released! Advantaging Communities: Co-Benefits and Community Engagement in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund

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“Advantaging Communities focuses on environmental justice policy recommendations for GGRF investments in “disadvantaged communities” (DACs) that maintain a primary focus on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reductions, while maximizing environmental, public health and economic co-benefits, and engaging in authentic community partnerships.

This report promotes targeted objectives for DACs, including quality of life improvements, greater resilience for vulnerable populations, and community-determined investments. Co-benefit maximization is sought through cross-cutting investment strategies, stronger baseline requirements and incentives for individual programs; high road labor practices; proactive anti-displacement measures and specific methods of community engagement.”

Advantaging Communities 09-21-2015