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    Cooking Can Be Complicated

    Posted on September 12, 2014 by in Blog, Research

    by Sarah Bowen Recently, several members of the VIA team published our first article based on our research.  We have gotten a lot of attention in the news media – and some controversy. In the article, we talk about the pressures that mothers face in cooking and feeding their families on a daily basis.  Lately, […]

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    Lee County Mini-Grant Updates: Part II

    Posted on September 8, 2014 by in Blog, Lee County

      by Josephine McKelvy, Erinn Brooks, and Lilly O’Connell As promised, read on for more information about the rest of our Lee County 2014 mini-grantees! Stevens Center The Stevens Center in Sanford strives to bring together members of the community who have developmental disabilities with people who are not disabled. Right now, the center has […]

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    Turning the Tables on Talking About Food

    Posted on September 5, 2014 by in Blog, Research

    by Josephine McKelvy One researcher’s experience as a participant highlights how easy it is to feel judged and what can be done to build trust so that we can turn voices into action. Last year when we were visiting with moms on grocery shopping trips or doctor’s appointments, it was easy to wonder how we […]

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    Lee County Mini-Grant Updates: Part I

    Posted on August 29, 2014 by in Blog, Lee County

    by Josephine McKelvy, Sarah Bowen, and Marissa Sheldon We are so excited about the great work of our 2014 mini-grantees! Read more below about the exciting things happening at three of our sites in Lee County.  Peace and Unity Community Garden You’ll see houses along the cul-de-sac on Hudson Avenue in Sanford, but something you […]

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    Roasted Zucchini and Yellow Squash Recipe

    Posted on August 28, 2014 by in Blog

    by Kristin Larson Try out the recipe below using fresh zucchini and squash from your garden or local farmer’s market for a simple and delicious way to eat your summer vegetables!   Roasted Zucchini and Yellow Squash Ingredients -6 cups zucchini, cut into large chunks -6 cups yellow squash, cut into large chunks -2 tablespoons […]

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    Eat Local

    Posted on August 22, 2014 by in Blog

    by Helen Herrera I often hear our families mention that the price of fruits and vegetables is increasingly rising. I agree. My family is blended and quite large and over time I had to reconsider healthy ways to feed my family while staying on a budget. Because I know that many families are in similar […]

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    From Conflict to Catalyzing Action

    Posted on August 15, 2014 by in Blog

    by Susan Jakes Working in volunteer groups to make your community better is hard work!  Some times many diverse ideas in the room can cause conflict.  Today I am going to talk a little about some ideas that come from the group method called Dynamic Governance.  While Dynamic Governance is a complex method that takes […]

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    Eat Well on $4 a Day

    Posted on August 8, 2014 by in Blog

    by Cassandra Johnson* It can be difficult to find ways to eat good and cheap.  What if I told you about a cookbook with tasty-looking foods and recipes… and that was designed for anyone who eats on a tight budget… and that the cookbook is free? Are you interested? Leanne Brown created this cookbook – […]

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    Watermelon!

    Posted on August 1, 2014 by in Blog

    by Lorelei Jones Once we get past Memorial Day each year, I begin to crave the sweet succulent taste of watermelon.  Watermelon is a tasty treat any time of day.  It is also widely available in North Carolina through the end of August and some of the best prices can be found right now. One […]

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    What’s in Store for Year 3

    Posted on July 25, 2014 by in Blog, Research

    by Lilly O’Connell As we rounded the bend of the year’s halfway point, the VIA research team took to the field for the next set of our interviews, reconnecting with the mothers and grandmothers we interviewed in the first year of our project. During the first half of this year, we worked hard to incorporate […]

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