sustainable crop farming

All is Fair (Trade) in Love and Chocolate

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.

When Life Hands You Lemons, Make Farm Aid

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.

Our Hero: Brian Gotreaux of Gotreaux Family Farms in Scott, Louisiana

Brian Gotreaux never made the conscious decision to become an organic farmer-- it was simply a matter of getting healthy. After years of hard work, Brian and his wife Dawn successfully run an organic farm, a CSA and a farmer's market all while educating their community about the benefits of organic farming.

Our Hero: Jack Algiere of Stone Barns

Come spring, Jack Algiere won't have much time to talk; he'll be too busy teaching apprentices and Farm Campers, and overseeing the hundreds of varieties of crops growing at Stone Barns. Good thing we caught him before the thaw.

Move Over, Farmville: Virtual Farming with UK-based MyFarm

The intersection of new media and sustainable food systems has been a longtime passion of ours, and getting to learn about and participate -- albeit, digitally -- in the challenges facing an operating organic farm is an opportunity we couldn't pass up.

Our Hero: Doug DeCandia of the Food Bank for Westchester

As Food Growing Project Coordinator at the Food Bank for Westchester, Doug DeCandia manages a joint production-vocational program to grow fresh produce for those who experience food insecurity in Westchester. [Podcast length: 27 min.]

Pesticides

Pesticides are used extensively by industrial crop producers. Find out how these toxins damage the environment and compromise human health.

Heritage Animal Breeds and Heirloom Crop Varieties

Traditionally, farmers throughout the world raised thousands of different animal breeds and plant varieties. Though industrial farms now rely on only a few types of livestock and crops, traditional heritage breeds and heirloom varieties are still used by sustainable farmers.

Sustainable Crop Production

Sustainable crop production is a way of growing or raising food in an ecologically and ethically responsible manner. This includes adhering to agricultural and food production practices that do not harm the environment, that provide fair treatment to workers, and that support and sustain local communities.

Sustainable Agriculture - The Basics

Sustainable agriculture involves production methods that provide healthy food for consumers, do not harm the environment, respect workers, are humane to animals, provide fair wages to farmers, and support farming communities.

Take Action

Want to change the food system? Our handouts, action steps and social media strategies will give you the tools to educate others and spread the word.

Sustainable Agriculture

Learn how we can create a sustainable food future, feed the world without damaging the environment or threatening human health.

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