Kinship and Sacrifice

(By Ashley Chesser, Executive Director) As fruit tree blossoms emerge and daylight lingers into the evening, I take comfort in the reliability of the natural world in a time of uncertainty. I prepare my garden beds and inventory my seeds for the upcoming growing season. Continue reading

Lessons from Organic Citrus Growers

(By Christina Stucker-Gassi, Healthy Food & Farms Program Coordinator) While a slew of canceled travel plans have caused me to rethink the next several months, the situation has also provided an opportunity to slow down and reflect on a trip I took in late January. I traveled to the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, a stone's throw from the US-Mexico border, for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) winter meeting. Food system reform advocates from across the country gathered in the warm, subtropical climate, a welcome respite from the bitter cold back home. Continue reading

Farming without Chlorpyrifos

(By Ashley Chesser, Executive Director) I signed in and grabbed a seat before the room filled and a crowd stood bunched up at the entry. For an action that should be pretty straightforward ­­– preventing brain damage and cancer in children and farmworkers – it remains a contentious issue. This was my second time testifying at the Oregon Capitol for a bill to ban the insecticide chlorpyrifos, and it wouldn’t be the last. Continue reading

Washington State Takes Action to Protect People from Chlorpyrifos

Exposure to neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos can cause permanent health damage to babies and children. NCAP joined Columbia Legal Services, Earthjustice, Toxic-Free Future, United Farm Workers, and Community to Community in a coalition of organizations that helped advocate against continued use of chlorpyrifos. Continue reading

Building Upon a Legacy

By Ashley Chesser, Executive Director Last May, I had the sad privilege of looking through NCAP’s archives for newspaper clippings, photos and other memorabilia detailing the contributions of Bonnie Hill. Bonnie had recently passed away and, at the request of her community, her family was putting together a remembrance room at the Alsea, Oregon library.  Continue reading