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Eye of the Stockwoman

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:07:30 GMT


On the voyage from corporate life at Williams-Sonoma to the running of a 210 acre ranch with over 100 animals, Kelli has developed a different kind of eye along the way; the eye of the stockwoman.

A Conversation with RSF Social Finance CEO Don Shaffer

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:06:49 GMT


"People get buried in a blizzard of financial terms that obfuscates—makes opaque—what is going on, furthers the paradigm of, “We’ll just take care of you. Here are the reports—full of jargon and charts and analytics that are virtually meaningless to you."

Trade Winds of Change: Charting a New Course

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:06:08 GMT


Corporate interest-driven trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are undermining the very principles of government by the people, and if approved, would continue to reverse hard-won progress for environmental integrity, social justice and economic development. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Born of Triumph and Tragedy, Social Justice Org Fosters Health Equity and Well-being of Communities of Color

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:42:00 GMT


Though D’Artagnan Scorza grew up economically disadvantaged amidst a food desert in South Los Angeles, his family created an oasis of fresh fruits and vegetables that left him wanting for nothing at home.

A European Vision for Sustainability

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:19:00 GMT


The referendum vote in favour of Britain leaving the EU is causing uncertainty in many areas, not least in the future direction of agricultural policy.

These East African Countries Show How Teamwork and Technology can Thwart Illegal Fishing

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:37:00 GMT


Composed of the six countries that drove out the Premier, along with Madagascar and Somalia, FISH-i Africa seeks to form a united front against illegal — or “pirate” — fishing.

Review: "The Local Food Revolution: How Humanity Will Feed Itself In Uncertain Times"

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 16:08:00 GMT


Author Michael Brownlee is inciting a local food revolution, and this revolution is far more expansive, far more radical, and far more life-altering than creating a few farmers markets and promoting one’s local economy. According to Brownlee, our industrial food system “has itself become the greatest threat to humanity’s being able to feed itself.”

LA Green Grounds Digs in to Build Urban Farms and Strengthen Community

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:57:00 GMT


Making vegetables a visible part of the community is what has guided LA Green Grounds ever since its founding in 2010.

Crowdsourcing the Food Commons Transition: De-commodifying Food one Movement at a Time

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 11:14:00 GMT


Today, the purchasing power of any given person determines how much and which type of food he can get access to – or physically produce it by own private means- as almost every single piece of food on Earth is already a private good. Or not?

We Need Young Farmers, and Colleges Can Help

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:03:00 GMT


On Earth Day 2012, a group of University of California, Berkeley, students, former students, and other community members marched to the padlocked gates of UC Berkeley’s Gill Tract carrying shovels, protest signs, seedlings, and hay bales.

Community Connection Helps Small Organic Farm in Florida Overcome Challenges and Thrive

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 07:17:00 GMT


For other growers looking to expand into community farming, Leonard recommends harnessing community connections in all ways possible.

Climate Change could Push Risk of ‘Megadrought’ to 99% in American Southwest

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 07:10:00 GMT


A megadrought spanning several decades could be almost certain to hit the American Southwest this century if greenhouse gas emissions are not curbed, a new study say

Meat from the Moors: Is there a Future for Upland Sheep Farming?

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:56:00 GMT


Does hill farming have a place in the management of moorland or as George Monbiot argues, is it the scourge of the countryside?

Preserving Family and Farming: Skyelark Ranch

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:08:00 GMT


There’s a lot to understand and even more to do on the ranch, but, for the Skyelark farmers, sharing this work as a family is what sustains their business.

EPA Announces National Wastewater Nutrient Pollution Census

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 11:38:00 GMT


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency calls nutrient pollution the “single greatest challenge to our nation’s water quality.” Rising concentrations of nitrogen and phosphorus in waterways, the agency reports, are a significant threat to human health, ecosystems, and local economies.

Speaking of Death Speaks of Us

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:23:00 GMT


Farming has always been an intimate exercise in finding and maintaining a path to where we own the acts that sustain our lives — a path where killing (rather than thrilling) humbles and strengthens a respect for the fragility and value of life.

Growing Espalier Trees

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 14:02:00 GMT


Almost anyone who has a backyard or garden would do well to plant fruit trees for the years ahead.

The Elephant in the Room is Capitalism. Maybe.

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 09:58:00 GMT


That brings me to my main point:...actually, when it comes to a lot of things – if we want to talk about ‘the elephant in the room’, it isn’t human population. It’s capitalism.

The School That Put Local, Healthy, and Homemade on the Lunch Menu

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 11:26:52 GMT


The Village School is reinventing how a public school feeds its children.

To Sure Up Island Food Security, Hawaii’s ‘Mahiai Match-Up’ Competition Offers Farmers Land and Seed Money

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 11:02:00 GMT


In marked contrast to the past, Hawaii imports approximately 85-90 percent of its food, aspiring local farmers face high barriers to entry due to exorbitant land prices, equipment that must be imported from the mainland or elsewhere, and a lack of sufficient farmer training.

Farmers’ Markets Play a Vital Role in America’s Changing Economy

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 11:56:00 GMT


Drive across America today, and there’s one thing you’re guaranteed to see more of: farmers’ markets.

Standing Firm at Standing Rock: Why the Struggle is Bigger Than One Pipeline

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 11:36:00 GMT


For indigenous people, the fight to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline is about reviving a way of life.

The Small Moments of the Early Morning

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 09:09:00 GMT


 Brian tells the story of one early morning on the farm.

Native Americans and Conservationists Collaborate to Return Vital Flow to the Rio Grande

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 08:53:02 GMT


Earlier this year when I learned about an innovative idea spearheaded by Audubon New Mexico to return some flow to the Rio Grande at its driest time of year, I felt a surge of hope for the river and the life it supports.

Terracing: A Double-Edged Solution for Farming Difficult Landscapes

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:16:00 GMT


Beyond geological and technical concerns, investing in terracing requires social, political, and financial stability.