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December 12, 2011
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December 12, 2011
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I participated with Food First as part of a very localized fellowship program. It gave big picture context to my work. It is a very get out what you put in situation. They love self-starters and people with good ideas. The staff are great, and I learned so much from them. They know how to appreciate the work of their unpaid interns, because the organization depends on them. I gained a lot being part of the intern team. It's best if you can come in more than once a week, and have a specific project you want to work on. Also, lunch cooking rotation was great!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 3, 2011

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September 3, 2011

If a bad feeling comes up during your lectures, while watching the news or driving through profitable rural landscapes, the institute will help you locate it, help you explain it for youselves, and help you find out what to do about it. There is a wealth of information that concerns anyone who feels uncomfortable with the status quo.

Food First deals with the symptoms of the problem, the problem itself, but also with a wide range of solutions under the name of 'agroecology'. Therefore, although you will learn more and more about famine, poverty and greed, it may well happen that every week at the institite you grow more optimistic. The people at Food First are happy folk, there's good food and conversation over lunch, and I suppose this has to do with the fact that fierce critique goes hand in hand with a proposal. For us young folk, students or simply aroused individuals searching for a sustainable and just future, being at the institute is highly comforting.

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seeing agriculture in an integrated fashion, as being an biological system and a social system, intertwined closely

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

enlarge it

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 29, 2011
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August 29, 2011
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Food First is a place for people with open minds. Such an attitude can help you make the most out of the interactions with people from all walks of life that visit or are involved with FF. These people have enriched my own thinking and action, and some of them include David Hilliard from the Black Panthers, Lucas Benitez from the CIW, Graduate students from UC Berkeley and Great Britain, amazing peers from Germany and the US, etc. And of course, among the FF staff there are hidden treasures waiting to be discovered.

Food First is also a place for radicals. Radicals in the sense that the organization pushes for structural change like no other NGO or think tank does out there. For a change, people you talk to will not think anarchism is a synonym of chaos, will be aware that the Black Panthers were not the violent gun waiving terrorists that the media and the government would like us to believe, will know what is capitalism, how it operates, what are its contradictions, etc. Its people who see the system for what it is. (AKA, unplugged from the Matrix)

Lastly, Food First is a place for people who love to cook/eat/share good food and meals. There is a gorgeous garden that provides some of the veggies for the daily vegetarian lunches. You will definitely miss sitting by the stairs with everyone, enjoying a good talk with good food and plenty of sun.

On the flip side, you will definitely find some things you dislike. Like everything in life, Food First is not a perfect organization, but its purpose is essential to the struggles of those who suffer, and its people are genuine. it is absolutely worth your time, energy, resources, commitment and hope.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The way the term Food Sovereignty has become more and more well-known. There is a reframing of food issues from security and sustainability towards ownership.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Organize interns differently to focus their efforts in a narrower scope. Fewer projects, more depth.

August 12, 2011

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August 12, 2011

My time at Food First was extremely beneficial to me personally and academically. The concept of Food Sovereignty and the knowledge that Eric and the Food First staff hold was vital to my MA research . I learnt about movements and issues that I wouldn't have been exposed to if I'd stayed home. I also grew on a personal level, meeting people from various backgrounds who all had different interests and experiences in the food movement. The volunteer group atmosphere is great and I made some amazing friends. The staff at Food First encouraged us to get involved in food events in the Bay area and they lovingly cooked us lunch every day - that was awesome! I think Food First is a great place to volunteer for if you're interested in food justice and food sovereignty, or if you want to learn more about food through researching and writing updates for their very active website! As a volunteer you are recognised as a crucial person in the Food First family and supported to take on new challenges and achieve your own goals.

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The Coalition of Immokalee Workers came to talk to the interns one day and I learnt a lot about how important Food First was in supporting and promoting the campaigns and struggles within the food movement. I was so inspired that a group of us went to San Francisco to march in protest outside Trader Joe's (demanding fairer working conditions and a penny per pound more for tomato pickers)

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I really can't think of anything I would change.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

friends, understanding of the issues, confidence in my written work, contribution to my research.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 2, 2011

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March 2, 2011

Food First responds to my indigenous understanding of Food Sovereignty: Food sovereignty is much more than producing, processing and consuming our own food. Food sovereignty responds to our cosmic way of understanding life as a whole, as being part of nature and the universe. Our life is anchored in values, principles and rules that stand for culture, cooperation living among people, equilibrium with nature, and protecting the common good for the benefit of communities, nations and the people that haven’t yet been born. We try to build a synthesis between spirituality and conduct. That is why I share, learn and work with engaged people at Food First.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I know and I work to destroy the myths about hunger in the world informing that the people is able to produce enough food being just, that free market will not end hunger and, that the only way we are able to be free is when we are food sovereign.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would have more people training young community people to research and inform what happens in their communities related to food.

December 12, 2010

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December 12, 2010

I have always been impressed with the quality of publications they produce, and the way their work gets to the heart of the matter. It made a big difference to my understanding of the complexity of situations when I was a freshman in college, which has affected the way I am able to make an impact today. They are an amazing group that deserves top support.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

reading their publications as a young student, educating myself.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase its visibility in the US and worldwide.

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

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How likely are you to donate to this group again?

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What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Looking for a group that changes the roots of hunger.

December 10, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
December 10, 2010

I became acquainted with Food First after attending a course from Executive Director Dr. Holt-Gimenez. Reading Food First's publication "Food Rebellions" really put global food issues into perspective for me. Later, volunteering at Food First was a great experience. Their work approaches global and local issues in a thoughtful way that is fully informed by historical precedents.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The organization is very supportive to staff, interns and volunteers. They create a learning environment where people get things done and move projects forward. Results cover both research and activism. This is not a plodding nonprofit; Food First is all about action!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to see them receive enough funding to create larger, more stable project teams.

December 3, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
December 3, 2010

I met Eric in Bamako and his pasion and comcern for food and the depth of knowledge on sound alternatives to the false promisses being brandished around by business was infectious. His ideas stimulated a nunmber of African CSOs to resolve to work even harder together to demonstrate that communities in Africa have the solutions to their food problems and if given the right policy support can implement their ownn genuine green revolution.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Policy infleuncing for food sovereignty

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would advocate that they extend their research into poptentials for interfacing "industrial" and "family" farmimng to enhance food sovereignty while meeting increasing food demands (quality and quantity).

December 2, 2010
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Review from Guidestar
December 2, 2010
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I was a young mother, inspired by Frances Lappe's work, when I became aware of Food First. We had five children and very little money, and I wanted to feed our family as well as possible. Food First helped me realize that we were like all parents of humble means, all over the earth, who love their children. Food First affirmed my understanding of our one single human family, and the absolute importance of sharing what we have so that there can be enough for all, and no one's plate need be empty. I'm a grandmother now, and I haven't lost my admiration for the quiet, intelligent, disinterested, and noble goals Food First has faithfully pursued all these years, for the benefit of us all.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my thinking and in that of family members.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't have a suggestion here.

December 1, 2010
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Review from Guidestar
December 1, 2010
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As a german woman working in the field of agriculture and rural development, I have been living and working in Chiapas, Mexico for nearly 9 years.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In all this, sometimes we tend to forget what is happening in other parts of the world. Food First always reminds me of that, provides interesting and helpful information and, not least, of stories of success happening all over the world. Thanks!!!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide more information in spanish.

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