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Worcester food and Clive living policy council

Worcester food and Clive living policy counciltired of the same old same old macaroni and potato salad sides at you cookouts? Check out these recipes  from the Worcester Food and Active Living Policy Council. They include some yummy ways to use locally grown herbs and produce, including:

Arugula pesto
Arugula pesto from Simply Recipes
Basil chimichurri
Basil Chimichurri from Melissa D’Arban at Food Network

While you’re there, poke around and learn about the advocacy work the group is doing around making Worcester a healthier city where everyone has access to nutritious, fresh food and physical activity opportunities. Their current working groups include one on Urban Agriculture, one on  WalkBike Worcester and one for outreach on SNAP benefits. The organization’s advocacy priorities include promoting healthy school food, healthy retail food choices and initiatives to make Worcester a mor walkable/bikeable city. Aiming the things they’re already working on:

  • Chicken Ordinance
  • School Gardens Curriculum
  • Act FRESH Campaign (with MA Public Health Association)
  • SNAP Benefits & Budget
  • Farm Bill
  • Priority bike Lane locations
  • Local Complete Streets approach
  • Monitoring MassDOT hearing notices
  • Monitoring City Council, CC Standing Committees, and land use board agendas and meetings for opportunities to comment
  • Facebook & Twitter Outreach
  • Present at schools, universities, conferences.

Chicken ordinance? Oh, hells, yeah!

And a bonus recipe from my own Worcester kitchen and front porch garden:

Watermelon salsa with fresh mint and cilantro
Watermelon salsa from Herb Profiles

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