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In Memory of Don "Pete" Nofziger

Farmer Don "Pete" Nofziger supported FRB with an individual growing project for more than ten years and at every FRB event he attended would ask the deeper questions with his humorous but serious grin.  Article 2 of his will includes a message to his FRB friends:
07/26/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

An FRB Volunteer's Story


One warm spring day after church, my wife, Gladys, and I stopped at the table on the lawn manned by Marv Baldwin. He was explaining the Growing Project that was a joint endeavor between our First Congregational Church of Western Springs, IL and Park Congregational Church of Mazon, IL. Mazon is a farmland town about fifty miles from our church in suburban Chicago. He told us that FRB was tackling world hunger by helping third world villages establish sustainable improved agriculture that will allow them to feed themselves, earn a modest income and be able to pass along their new-found expertise to neighboring villages.

07/23/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Sweet Corn in Yolo County, California


I had the pleasure of visiting with Tom, Saskia and Fritz of the Yolo County growing project in Woodland, CA last week. Hosted by the David Presbyterian Church, Farmer Fritz and a highly motivated group of volunteers have been growing a quarter-acre of organic sweet corn on land donated by Fritz. Fritz prepared the soil and the group hand planted half the land while the other half was machine seeded. The groups has helped weed and will start harvesting this weekend. Churches throughout the county have been putting in their sweet-corn orders and I hope to get in on the action when I visit again next week, along with our guest from the India-Banka program, Dhrubaa.

07/19/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Nyama Choma Recipe

Nyama choma, or fire-roasted beef, is very popular and goes well with ugali and a good Kenyan beer.


07/09/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Sukuma Wiki Recipe

Sukumu wiki, a dish of greens and tomatoes, is probably the most common accompaniment to ugali.


07/03/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Ugali Recipe

Ugali, a starchy gruel, is the foundation of the Kenyan diet. This thick cornmeal porridge is usually served with stews, such as sukuma wiki.  


06/26/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Mafe Recipe

When I lived in Senegal one of my favorite meals was Mafe cooked by my sister Djibue.  Mafe is a traditional dish that is very similar to a stew made with a base of peanuts and tomatoes.  There are many different versions that vary by the amount of ingredients available and the cooks that are preparing them. 

06/18/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

What is a Growing Project?


Growing  Project.  I keep hearing that term, but what does it mean? Does growing something mean I have to put a seed in the ground, water and fertilize it so life springs forth?  Since I would consider myself a “city girl,” growing something isn’t at the top of my list of skills and I can definitely attest to having that well-known “brown thumb.”  Upon moving to Michigan, I soon learned that I was in the minority when it came to growing something. Then I began volunteering at Foods Resource Bank and found that term “growing project” just kept popping up everywhere. It was then I decided I needed to know more about what a growing project really was.

06/14/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

A Report of Travel with FRB on a Youth Scholarship

As part of my internship with Week of Compassion, I was allowed to participate in an international cultural-work trip with one of the partners, Foods Resource Bank during my spring break. The area that the trip focused on was in Nicaragua, more specifically the Carazo region. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and puts the conditions of the country into more perspective.

06/04/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

And the Rains Came Down in Dodoma, Tanzania

A community in Dodoma in east-central Tanzania started construction of a new sand dam and well in June of 2011 and completed the work in November of the same year, just a few weeks before the expected rainy season was to start. The short rains usually come in late November or early December, but this year, after a six-month drought, the area got a lot of rain on November 7th.

05/29/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More