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Why Farmers Joined Occupy Wall Street

The OWS movement is focusing national attention on the grossly skewed distribution of wealth and power and this is reflected in our nation’s food production systems, which are dominated by industrial agribusiness. For farmers to join the OWS movement is a natural dovetailing of the issues.

December 12th

Is Locally Grown Food a Booming Business?

The total dollars for local food sales are much bigger than expected- a whopping $4.8 billion in 2008, and almost double that number is predicted for 2010 according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report. And even though the percentage of local food sales are small when compared to total food sales nationally, they are significant for their impact at the local level.

November 21st

Grants for Small Farmers

Now is the time for small farmers to apply for grants. A number of organizations offer grants ranging from a few hundred dollars to several thousand. Every grant has different requirements. Some grants specifically target women or minorities. Some are limited to a geographical location. And some organizations offer grants for projects that will further […]

November 22nd

URGENT: Tell Your Senators You Support Family Farms

As many of you mentioned in the comments when we asked for your thoughts about the Food Safety Modernization Act, the Tester-Hagan Amendment is critical to protect family farmers in this broadly-worded bill.

The final vote on this bill is expected to happen this week, so it’s urgent that we act now to support family farms!

November 18th

Small Farmers Fear FDA Crackdown

[social_buttons] Amid recent outbreaks of E. coli and salmonella in everything from ground beef to cookie dough to spinach, Congress is considering new legislation to make food safer. Given how often the industrial food industry violates safety procedures, more regulation seems like a no-brainer. But a story in the San Fransisco Chronicle highlights fears that […]

April 29th