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Dr. Joshua A. Cable Day Honors Hinds County Farmers for Community Service

Joshua Cable owns and operates Kingdom Cities Network, a business-focused ministry, alongside his wife, Monica Cable. After receiving Mayor Lumumba’s signed proclamation on Feb. 1, 2020, Cable has annually used the honor to spotlight members of the Jackson metro community and their own contributions to lifting up those around them. This year, Cable partnered with the Best of Mississippi awards to present certificates of honor to local farmers: D.J. Baker, owner of Esculent and a food consultant for public and private food businesses and edible-landscaping projects; Foot Print Farms President and Chief Executive Officer Cindy Ayers Elliott; and Chris and Caroline Ratliff, owners of Ratliff’s IronHorse Ranch in Raymond, Miss.

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Gleaning, Saving Expired Food from Homes and Farms Can Feed Mississippi’s Hungry

When Mariam Ebeid arrived at the University of Mississippi Medical Center for her studies, she wondered what happened to food waste, considering how many patients, faculty and staff the institution feeds daily. “I figured there would probably be some excess food,” the Mississippi native says. She was right, and that led her to start a Food Recovery Network here in Mississippi to gather the leftover food and redistribute to those who need it.

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Feeding Local: Mississippi CSAs, Farms Beacons of Light During COVID-19 Pandemic

“I wanted to be able to sell to somebody like me when I was younger. I live in the middle of a 1,000 acres of cattle, and I was having to go to Walmart myself and buy the crappy meat,” Jaclyn Rogers of Honestly Beef says. “I wanted to be able to sell to the local people, not just the restaurants or the people who had the money to buy a whole cow.”

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