sustainable farms and communities
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leah Mayor is the sweetest force to be reckoned with you'll ever meet. A community leader in food sustainability and eco-travel, Leah has just launched her newest project combining the two, Taking Root.
The Greenhorns sprung from the dream of making a film documenting the burgeoning movement of young farmers in order to provide hope for a culture viewed as struggling and dwindling. Now, after nearly three years of production, the film is ready to take its audience by storm.
For young farmers nationwide, Severine von Tscharner Fleming is a fearless leader. A farmer, activist and organizer based in the Hudson Valley, New York, Severine speaks for a generation of young farmers, yet is acutely aware of the need for each farmer to tell his or her own story.
Marianne Cufone, Executive Director of the Recirculating Farms Coalition, talks about hurricanes, tilapia and how recirculating aquaculture systems can be produce seafood sustainably.
Hurricane Irene caused the worst flooding eastern upstate New York and Vermont have seen in centuries, devastating farms and dairies throughout the Northeast. We've mapped as many as we could find, as well as local events organized to support them.
When Hurricane Irene hit New York City on August 28th, turning out to be a nonevent, residents breathed a sigh of relief, but many upstate farms were not so lucky, including Monkshood Nursery, where several Ecocentric bloggers had a CSA membership.
The Real Dirt on Vegetables is the companion book to the movie The Real Dirt on Farmer John, the story of Farmer John Peterson’s journey into the world of organic and community-supported farming. The Real Dirt on Vegetables is peppered with essays by Farmer John himself, letters from Angelic Organics CSA shareholders, excerpts from Rudolph Steiner (founder of the biodynamic method of farming), and other interesting tidbits and stories, plus beautiful color photographs of Angelic Organics farm life.
Although the average age of US farmers continues to rise, many young people are starting to pursue careers in sustainable agriculture.
Farmworkers and other food sector employees have the critical responsibility of feeding our nation. Learn about the deplorable working conditions they often face.
You've read about sustainable food and you're ready to make a change, but how do you find it? Here are some resources to help you shop sustainably.
"All I need is a song in my heart, food in my belly, and love in my family," sang the second grade class of the Tuckahoe School on Earth Day. The school, in Southampton, New York, recently won a grant to build a community garden on school grounds, one of five across Suffolk County awarded funds through the Heart Links Project of Stony Brook University Medical Center.
An Ohio farmgirl at heart, Deb is a tour de force in the good food movement, as the voice of the Farm to School Network and the burgeoning "domestic peace corps" called FoodCorps, which places young people directly in schools districts to provide them a better connection with local farmers.