James Saracini is the communications manager at GRACE, where he manages social media strategy and contributes to various communications projects. Having spent years helping manage small and large organizations' communications efforts, he's excited to work at the intersection of food and the environment. James also volunteers for community-building organizations, another cause he cares a lot about. He holds a BJ in Journalism and a BA in English from the University of Missouri. James' family owns a small farm in Missouri and he loves talking about stewardship and sustainability.
While you may agree with one of our staff, who said Valentine's Day (the holiday responsible for the sale of 58 million pounds of chocolate) is "mostly a lamentable shakedown perpetuated to promote superfluous consumption," we also know you probably care a lot about chocolate. So here are the details!
So, it's 2017. The new year. Lots of changes will be taking place in 2017, most of them we can't control. Which is why our personal food choices matter now more than ever. This is where New Year's resolutions can come in handy. Resolving to be more sustainable in the new year is a great way to make the world a better place and your life a healthier one.
Since it's our mission to help everyone make more sustainable choices (even exasperating relatives), we're here with tips to help you make some headway when it comes to convincing them that sustainability matters. Fun practice sheet included!
We'd wager that at some point in your life, probably when you were a little kid, you stood under an oak tree holding an acorn and looked up thinking, "that big tree came from this little thing?" You may be surprised to learn that for many cultures' ancestors, the acorn was more than just a symbol of the wonders of life - it was a major food staple.
We first met Michael Lewis of The Growing Warriors Project at Farm Aid 2015 where he and his fellow farmers presented the first United States flag to be made of American-grown hemp in nearly a century. We're excited to report that the partnership that made the flag was featured in a great new documentary, titled "Harvesting Liberty."
In this Ecocentric Heroes series we shine a light on food, agriculture and sustainability educators in higher education around the US. This installment features the amazing Rose Hayden-Smith, the historian, food system advocate and inspiring writer behind UC Food Observer.
The woods of North America are a veritable cornucopia of food - plenty of it really yummy. A great example is the pawpaw, America's largest indigenous fruit! With a tropical taste, a variety of culinary uses and a large range, it's a shame that pawpaws aren't a snack staple. Go out and get a hold of one of these super local fruits!
We're proud to have been part of Farm Aid's HOMEGROWN Village so that we could share the Eat Well Guide with so many family farm supporters! Click through our photo slideshow to get a feel for the Farm Aid festivities!
The production of milk - overwhelmingly milk from cows - is a massive industry that employs thousands of people. And, with wide differences between how milk is produced in Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations versus the methods of smaller sustainable farmers, knowing what milk to buy is important.
Whether or not you eat beef or consume dairy, America's relationship with cattle is incredibly important to understand. And, if you want to get truly informed about the state of the cattle industry and how we could improve it to be more sustainable, there's no more exhaustive book out there than "Cowed" by Dennis Hayes and Gail Boyer Hayes.
To commemorate Farm Aid's 30th year, we'll be joining other good food advocates at the Farm Aid 30 concert! This year it will be held in downtown Chicago at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island on September 19!
It's a cryin' shame that blackberries and raspberries get such prime billing when fresh mulberries are more common - and often free. Unlike money, they literally grow on trees! Whether you're a newbie or a longtime mulberry lover, it's a safe bet that there's a mulberry tree near you somewhere - go out and eat some before they go to the birds!
Since gardening was "invented" around 12,000 years ago, the skills and tools associated with the craft have evolved constantly. In fact, the traditional approach to gardening is to always update how it's done. To help you keep on the cutting edge, we'll cover a myriad of ways modern techniques and tools can be used to improve your gardening game.
Sassafras is kind of a big deal. Without it the whole history of the US might have played out differently. Also, we wouldn't have root beer or filé gumbo. Depending on whom you ask, sassafras is either a folk remedy or a dangerous carcinogen. We'll leave you to decide: bad seed or beneficial buddy?
Ever found yourself in a grocery aisle stymied over competing labels and claims, wondering which food is the best buy for you? Good news - help is here! And regardless of how much you know about the healthiness of food, Stefanie Sacks' astoundingly helpful new book has something for you.
When you care as much as we do about sustainable food, it kind of seeps into the other parts of your life. We gathered a list of food TV shows that feature some of the farmers, fishers and ranchers you can find in Ecocentric's Heroes series and in our Eat Well Guide.