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WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- If Americans and people in most other developed countries ate according to their nationally recommended dietary guidelines, they would consume less red meat and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are fueling climate change, new research shows. But
Like many farms, we have taken the paper pot plunge. The paper pot system is a simple and efficient way to seed and transplant crops using paper chains that unravel through a non-motorized transplanting tool designed for one person to pull from a com
Fish food made with spent grains from breweries and distilleries may be part of the answer to the fish meal problem in aquaculture.
Six years ago, Jenna Huntsberger started selling handmade pies, quiches, and cookies, from a stall at a farmers market in Washington, D.C. Now, her baked goods company, Whisked!, relies on wholesale accounts for the bulk of her sales. In addition to
In an extraordinary career, Gus Schumacher was instrumental in harnessing government programs and public budgets to accelerate participation of low-income people at farmers markets as customers, helping them access the health benefits that go along w
These bourbon balls are holiday treats with a kick! Cocoa, powdered sugar and pecans help balance out the booze, making these a favorite at holiday parties.
Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center catches most people by surprise. The large, idyllic, white Craftsman home sits atop a hill, standing out from the small, suburban ranch homes that surround it in the working-class town of National City, Californi
Charcoal is a naturally occurring form of carbon. Charcoal is a byproduct of burned ecosystems such as forests and prairies that captures the carbon in plant matter and preserves it in a form that can stay in the soil for between several hundred and
Indian-style, Southern-fried chicken? It's marinated with Indian spices and the gravy is made with cashew nuts and almonds and coconut.
The last Farm Bill cost taxpayers an estimated $489 billion. But less than 1 percent of that funding was spent on agricultural research. And a tiny piece of that 1 percent went specifically to organic agriculture research, via the U.S. Department of
Marketing is the other half of the battle My first few years as a flower farmer were a thrilling mix of hard work and overwhelming beauty. Through trial and error, and a staggering amount of work, I slowly learned how to grow top quality flowers. But
Have you every wondered what your favorite spot in the woods might taste like in a beer? Wild Pitch Yeast might make that possible.Have you every wondered what your favorite spot in the woods might taste like in a beer? Wild Pitch Yeast might make th
With their sights now firmly trained on 2018, Democratic strategists and liberal pundits have an opportunity to re-think populism and re-define it to better include farmers and rural communities. Many Democrats still cant figure out how to approach w
Marketing is the other half of the battle My first few years as a flower farmer were a thrilling mix of hard work and overwhelming beauty. Through trial and error, and a staggering amount of work, I slowly learned how to grow top quality flowers. But
Jazz up your Hanukkah celebration this year with a new twist on traditional latkes.
No consumer, farmer, or activist participates in the food system without also participating in capitalism. To Eric Holt-Gimnez, the director of Food First, this is a basic truth thats too often overlooked in the struggle to change our broken food sys
This is the first of a two-part article about using permaculture techniques to improve the profitability and resiliency of market gardens. The purpose of this article is to introduce readers to key concepts and practices needed in the transition to a
A chemical in the weed killer Round Up is the subject of Carey Gillam's book Whitewash. Harvest Public Media interviews Gillam about the controversy.
It’s a cold November night in Brooklyn, and more than 200 people, nearly all of them queer, are gathered at Cmon Everybody, a local event space. A crowd mingles outside the entrance, catching some fresh air. Inside, theres barely room to mo
With word that Amazon has purchased Whole Foods, farmers can be sure that the downward pressure on prices will continue. Farmers in many regions report declining CSA memberships and farmers market sales. Producers will have to think hard about the su
Capturing and storing carbon in soil is an easy solution to global climate change - but is it enough?
Mark Fischer surveys the boxes of organic Redeemer wheat sitting on the worn wood floorboards of his Castle Valley Mill, awaiting pickup. Like most of the grains Fischer cleans and grinds here on the banks of Southeastern Pennsylvanias Neshaminy Cree
For years, my wife and I have been considering offering a winter CSA, but have been hesitant. This hesitation stemmed mostly from not having any real experience growing over winter (beyond the kale and collards that persist until January in our field
China has announced plans to phase out at least 10 more toxic pesticides within the next five years in a bid to improve food safety and soil health.
December 5 marks the United Nations World Soil Day, which recognizes the crucial role soil plays in human health, food production, and climate change mitigation. To mark the occasion, Diana Donlon, director of the Center for Food Safety (CFS)s Soil S
Sisters grow native perennials in Florida and New York Annie Schiller and her sister, Rachel Andre-Schiller, could hardly have escaped lives dedicated to wildflowers. During their early childhoods and summers, their maternal grandfather William Kelle
"Our starting point is that the term 'Indian food' is actually only a lazy way of people describing the food of a continent," says Ranjit Mathrani.
Growing up in Shafter, a small city in Californias Central Valley, Faith Florez would pass farmworkers stooped over in the fields each morning on the way to school. There were strawberries, carrots, almonds, cottoneverything you could imagine, she sa
Sisters grow native perennials in Florida and New York Annie Schiller and her sister, Rachel Andre-Schiller, could hardly have escaped lives dedicated to wildflowers. During their early childhoods and summers, their maternal grandfather William Kelle
These pecan chocolate chip cookies are warm, gooey and nutty. Perfect for Santa and perfect to share with your friends.
Despite the frantic pace of life around the holidays, winters short days and cold weather bring a perfect time to both reflect on the past year, and to settle in for some serious reading. Whether youre starting your holiday shopping or looking for yo
Let’s come clean about sustainable farming’s dirty little secret; it’s heavily reliant on plastic! Plastic products have become a staple in all aspects of production, including: drip irrigation, greenhouse poly, floating
Senators sound the alarm. They want an ag-cost analysis for any changes to NAFTA.
Its midday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and visitors are starting to trickle into the cafe for lunch. But theres not a pre-made sandwich, limp-leaf salad, or can of soda in sight. Instead, the air is filled with the warming aroma of potlikker.
Let’s come clean about sustainable farming’s dirty little secret; it’s heavily reliant on plastic! Plastic products have become a staple in all aspects of production, including: drip irrigation, greenhouse poly, floating
Is it better to donate food to a holiday food drive, or to give money to a local non profit providing food assistance? The answer: it depends.Is it better to donate food to a holiday food drive, or to give money to a local non profit providing food a
As students stream into the cafeteria at the Manassah E. Bradley Elementary School in East Boston, a buzz builds as they notice whats for lunch. Its taco day! one boy yells, adding a joy-filled jig to his exclamation. Despite the fact hes brought his
Organic no-till and mulching systems are a huge time saver on our farm. They’ve allowed us to increase production while reducing labor on our six acres of vegetable production. This spring was our easiest year yet even though an illness in
The most tedious part of this simple dessert is placing a whole almond on the center of each diamond on the cake.
This has been a tremendous year for journalism, and especially for independent media. At a time when the media landscape has become increasingly polarized and difficult to navigate, were proud to be a trusted news source that produces meaningful, nua
Organic no-till and mulching systems are a huge time saver on our farm. They’ve allowed us to increase production while reducing labor on our six acres of vegetable production. This spring was our easiest year yet even though an illness in
Don't let the pomegranate intimidate you. With a few tips, you can master this compelling tasty fruit.
Like many who awoke to the smell of smoke in the early hours of October 9th,Agustin Vivienda and his family raced out of their home and tumbled into the family car. As flames streamed into their neighbors backyard, Viviendas wife had just enough time
Build community at a different kind of conference I’ve been part of a different kind of conference for the last 3 winters: a farmer retreat. The retreat aims to bring our region’s farmers together to provide each other with techni
A third large food company has left the Grocery Manufacturers Association as the industry grapples with changing demands from consumers.
Changing the food system is the most important thing humans can do to fix our broken carbon cycles. Meanwhile, food security is all about adaptation when youre dealing with crazy weather and shifting growing zones. How can a world of 7 billionand gro
Build community at a different kind of conference I’ve been part of a different kind of conference for the last 3 winters: a farmer retreat. The retreat aims to bring our region’s farmers together to provide each other with techni
"When we can't be in our river, can't eat our fish, it kind of takes our purpose away..." Annelia Hillman
Tomatoes crushed by hand, simmered into a large Dutch oven, with garlic, salt, and pepper to flavor. Chunks of ground beef, adobo seasoning, and fresh parsley rolled into ball shapes and sauted in a cast iron skillet. Once complete, its served with a
A potentially important component of a successful farm’s business is working with wholesale buyers, such as chefs at restaurants, schools, institutions, and retail stores. While sales to wholesale buyers are often at a lower overall price p