Our mission is to create a farmer-controlled and consumer-oriented food and fiber system, based upon democratically controlled institutions that empower farmers to speak for and respect themselves in their quest for social and economic justice.
Lately, we've been having cold (below freezing) nights and warm (above freezing) days -- the exact conditions needed for maple sugaring. The change in temperature is what makes the sap rise and spill out of taps into waiting buckets.
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is also home to the Stone Barns Farm market and the Blue Hill Cafe. Public Programs Director Nena Johnson took us on a tour of everything from the greenhouse to the bee hives to the forced-air composter...even a patch of pasture being tilled by a couple of nosy sows.
In which the GRACE team tastes and rates 11 brands of Fair Trade, Organic and Rainforest Certified chocolates. Buying Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance Certified chocolates is an easy way to ensure that your purchasing power supports chocolate growers with sound human rights policies.
Notes from "Meeting the Demand: Growing Markets for Sustainable Meat and Dairy Production," a conference organized by the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR). Lots of big ideas; lots of inspiring solutions.
Outdoor concerts and summertime go together. Imagine the scene - the band is loud, the weather is hot, there are throngs of people dancing, singing and sweating. Down around your feet is a sea of plastic bottles and trash. Indoor venues can be just as dirty.
What Howard seems to take away from the project is the singular idea that, hey, he doesn’t have to buy eggs anymore when he can get them from his chicken. Really? That’s all? I wasn’t expecting a zealous conversion to the merits of urban farming, but I did expect more reflection on how The Farm, despite its failures, fit within the larger context of the sustainable food movement.
Ecocentric bloggers have a soft spot for cool stuff on roofs. Check out a slideshow of our latest venture above street level and read about sub-irrigated planting systems, a diy technology that could revolutionize urban food production.
On the 25th anniversary of Farm Aid, we're taking a look at one community in Maryland that channeled the spirit of farm-friendly fundraisers to support one of their local farms with an event appropriately titled Barn Aid.
Birke Baehr, and 11 year old future organic farmer, is making waves throughout the sustainable food movement. Already a YouTube sensation, Birke hopes to use his fame to change the future of our food system.
Since 1930, Rockland County, New York has lost most of its 900 farms. As land was bought up by developers, the county that once provided food to Manhattan became a landscape dominated by supermarket chains. Enter the Rockland Farm Alliance.