The Farmer Veteran Coalition has an answer to the crisis caused by the aging population of farmers: they are helping returning veterans become farmers at a time when the farmer workforce is dwindling.
A young farmer-poet captured the struggles of the organic farmer in this heartfelt poem with a message to America. She wrote it on her phone, at the 2012 EcoFarm Conference…
A smooth and well-funded PR campaign, along with aggressive legal tactics towards farmers who resist Monsanto’s stranglehold, have bought ample success for Goliath biotech company Monsanto. Unfortunately, this trend has persistently not translated to success for farmers, workers, or consumers. Recent lawsuits and protests shine a harsh and unflattering light on Monsanto’s practices and corporate behavior, as farmers and consumers around the country reach for a slingshot and take aim.
Listen, laugh & learn with the Green Divas (and Green Dude Scott) anytime – Podcast here! You are going to hear us talking a lot this year about “gettin’ local wherever you [ … ]
Passionate, committed people that believed in a saner, healthier approach to growing and preparing food as a core value drove California’s local food movement. The film Ripe for Change tells the story of California’s role as a key player in the movement for local organic food production through the stories of its foodie rock stars, and highlights the issues that still persist today for small farms.
If The Cornucopia Institute really wants to “clean up” the organic industry, they should start by demanding routine field testing.
We don’t seem to get a lot of good news when it comes to GMO vs organic legislation. But the courts have been more friendly to the rights of organic farmers and consumers than government administrators and legislators in the U.S., and an appeals court in Minnesota follows that trend.
This season I went from being a lowly farm intern to managing a 5-acre organic farm. So yeah, I’m in way over my head. But I’m learning fast, and a lot of what I’m learning might be applicable to the challenges you’re facing in your home garden!
Too many soldiers return from being on the front lines in Iraq, Afghanistan, and find it very difficult to fit back into civilian life. There are not enough programs to [ … ]
Sure, you can learn a lot about food production by reading, but you’ll learn even more by watching people actually do it. Here are some of my favorite resources for free video tutorials and interactive ‘webinars’ on farming and gardening.
Organic farmer Steve Marsh is no longer an organic farmer. Monsanto’s Roundup Ready canola has contaminated 70% of Mr. Marsh’s crops.
The Economist magazine is sponsoring an online debate about whether biotechnology is sustainable. It’s not quite the same old GMO vs. organic farming argument. The Economist has rounded up some of the top people in the field to state their position for or against. There’s room there for your own rebuttals and arguments, if you choose. And there’s a poll.
Whether you’re interested in starting a garden or you just want to try some new varieties of produce next year, seed catalogs are a great way to research what will work for you. Here are my three favorite sources for seeds. What are yours?