Winrock International

Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources. Winrock matches innovative approaches in agriculture, natural resources management, clean energy and leadership development with the unique needs of its partners. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.
Jan 15, 2015

Mata no Peito Forest Fund Update

Nike, together with Winrock, seeks to bring together a committed and visionary team of partners in the Mata no Peito Initiative to raise funding and awareness for the strength of join actions to protect and replant forests in Brazil.

We are grateful for the generous support to date from 155 individual donations via Global Giving as well as from committed corporate and nonprofit partners including the U.S. Tennis Congress, (USTC), Sustain:Green, the 2013 Environmental and Clean Energy Presidential Inaugural Ball, software development company iObit, Nissan, London Carbon Markets and Hub Culture.

To date, individual and corporate Mata no Peito partners have collectively raised $40,000 and removed 19.5 million pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere via retirement of carbon credits to offset their carbon footprints – equivalent to taking 1,825 cars off the road for a year. All donations will be pooled to provide funding to projects that protect and replant forests in Brazil and demonstrate community engagement and enhanced livelihoods.

We look forward to announcing the first Mata no Peito funded project in the coming months!

Dec 15, 2014

Quiet Before the Storm!

It's been a slow season at the NGFN Webinars... but it has NOT been slow in the Good Food world! The thousands of practitioners in the NGFN are making incredible process in getting healthy, fair, affordable, green food to all communities.

We are excited for the upcoming year of NGFN webinars! We have some incredible topics planned with the best minds, and the most experienced practitioners there to share their wisdom with you. We're not quite ready to announce most of them, but topics include looking at the roots of success and failure of food hubs, the "million dollar question" about how big an aggregator/distributor must be to be viable, creative ways to access capital, updates on the Food Safey Modernization Act, and more, more, more! This is looking to be onw of the most exciting years of webinars to date!

Here's one we are ready to announce!

January 22, 2015

Talk Is Cheap … and Efficient - Facilitating value chain development without costly new infrastructure

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Let's face it: food hubs are sexy! So are other Good Food infrastructure projects, such as region-scaled meat processing plants.

And for good reason: these businesses are often filling gaps or bottlenecks in regional and local food systems.

However, those of us who support Good Food systems across the country are noticing that sometimes it's not a LACK of infrastructure that leads to bottlenecks - it is incomplete or inefficient USE of the infrastructure.

This webinar digs DEEP into many ways people are building a stronger Good Food system... without actually BUILDING anything!

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AND AS ALWAYS - review our large and growing library of recorded webinars: http://ngfn.org/webinars

Dec 9, 2014

Market Win-Win for Businesses and Community

Mistletoe Market brings holiday sales to vendors
Mistletoe Market brings holiday sales to vendors

The Arkansas Women’s Business Center (AWBC) held its fourth Annual Mistletoe Market on Saturday, November 8th in El Dorado, Arkansas. The event that began as an idea to give local businesses an opportunity to sell their products has quickly grown into one of the communities’ favorite and well-anticipated holiday events. With over 1,400 shoppers and over 50 businesses coming from Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas, the 2014 Mistletoe Market was the largest to date. The shoppers always compliment the wide variety of products they have to choose which ranges from hand-crafted items to baked goods. This year there were several new additions for the shoppers to enjoy such as a hot chocolate bar, a chance to win two Seaport airline tickets, and free trolley rides. If you missed out on this wonderful holiday event, details of upcoming events and Mistletoe Market 2015 will be posted on Mistletoe Market’s Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/arkansas.mistletoe.market.

Since the AWBC is staffed by only two people, it depends and relies heavily on volunteers with event and projects like Mistletoe Market. The AWBC is grateful to have so many wonderful people who support its mission. With the AWBC in its fifth year of operation, it has provided over 300 business owners with one-on-one training, held over 10 successful Operation JumpStart classes, and in 2015 will offer two Operation JumpStart classes in northern Louisiana. Your donation demonstrates how much you value small businesses and allows the AWBC to further achieve its mission by helping countless more women business owners be successful. For more information about the AWBC visit Facebook page: www.facebook.com/arkansas.womens.business.center.  

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