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Black Food Sovereignty: Urban, Rural, and International Connections

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:21:00 GMT


Food sovereignty and not merely security, land ownership not tenancy, and thriving not just surviving are the goals of an Earthcare Coalition mobilizing around the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent.

‘Insurgent Architecture’ Students Built a Mobile Greenhouse to Overcome Urban Farming Challenges

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:50:00 GMT


It is believed to be a world first: a fully functioning greenhouse on wheels that plugs in much like an RV and that could offer up solutions to some of urban farming’s biggest challenges.

A Merry Menagerie

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:09:00 GMT


Tucked in the golden, rolling hills just north of Vacaville, California, Menagerie Hill Ranch is a small, family-run alpaca ranch .

After Flint Failure, EPA Refocuses Federal Drinking Water Role

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:52:00 GMT


The lead contamination scandal that unraveled in Flint the last two years and the failure of local, state, and federal officials to address it brought drinking water safety to the forefront of U.S. public policy.

Food Waste Pioneers: David Rodriguez + Jonathan Bloom

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:19:00 GMT


Five years ago, when we first started covering the food waste issue, America was throwing away enough food to fill the Rose Bowl every day.

Go with your Gut

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:46:00 GMT


The part played by our gastrointestinal microbiome – the rich world of bacteria and fungi that populates it – in the body’s chemical signalling and communication system is becoming ever more evident.

Sustainable Agriculture Institute Arms Returning Veterans with Tools to Become Farmers of the Future

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:32:00 GMT


Returning military often find themselves struggling to return to normality after serving overseas.

What Would it Take to Mainstream "Alternative Agriculture"

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:08:00 GMT

(image) The industrialized food system, studies have shown, is linked to greenhouse gas emissions, algal blooms, pesticide pollution, soil erosion and biodiversity loss, to name a few ecological troubles.

Getting to Yay!

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:21:00 GMT


I promised to do a few newsletters on helpful points about how to be more competent, especially on food and city issues. So here goes.

In Collaboration with Underserved Community an Outsider Helps Establish First Urban Farm in Dallas

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:48:00 GMT


In what some might describe as a midlife crisis and others an epiphany, Daron Babcock, the executive Director of urban farming organization Bonton Farms, quit his all-consuming job in the corporate world and moved to Bonton, an impoverished inner city community in Dallas, Texas.

The Places in Between

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:39:00 GMT


One of my favorite spots on our farm is not so much a destination as it is a place to pause along the way.

Feeding the Rest of Wessex

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 10:47:00 GMT


Let us beat a retreat from the troubling politics of the real world and pay another visit to the Peasant’s Republic of Wessex, where all is sweet accord.

Ten Reasons I’m Thankful This Thanksgiving

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 10:52:00 GMT


I’m thankful this Thanksgiving that…

SHARECITY100: Exploring Food Sharing in 100 Cities

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:34:00 GMT


SHARECITY100 is a database of more than 4000 food sharing enterprises across 100 cities around the world, including Asia, Africa, Australia, North and South America, and Europe.

Factoring Sustainable Labour into the Sustainable Food Equation

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:08:00 GMT


What makes food sustainable?

Rising Land Prices Push Urban Farmer to Develop Creative Solutions to Increase Food and Land Access

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 18:46:00 GMT


Salt Lake City-based Green Urban Lunch Box (GULB) is one such endeavor that is utilizing innovative growing models to ensure urban farming fills the gap traditional farming cannot afford to maintain.

Huston Textile Company: A Reintroduction into the Local Apparel Chain

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:13:00 GMT


Yet, while we exist in this intimate relationship with cloth, we often know surprisingly little about how it was made, where it was made, and who it was made by.

Grassroots Activists Tackle Food Waste and the Refugee Crisis

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:12:10 GMT


What does food waste and the refugee crisis have in common?

What's the Best Way to Improve Bee Habitat?

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:09:28 GMT


Large-scale landscape change — loss of wildflower-rich prairies to crop monoculture or conversion of open lands to suburban development, for instance — is a threat to pollinators and may play a major role in declines by making it harder for bees and other pollinators to find a meal.

Why I'm still a Populist Despite Donald Trump - Elements of a Left-Wing Agrarian Populism

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:33:00 GMT


When Trump and the Brexiteers fail to deliver on their promises, as they surely will, a political moment might arise when (perhaps helped with a wave of the wand) there’s a chance to install a left-wing, agrarian-oriented, internationalist form of populism.

As Primary Goal, Two Decades Old Community Farm in Tennessee Teaches People to Grow Food Sustainably

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 14:04:00 GMT

(image) Initially established in a Knoxville, Tennessee, food desert, CAC Beardsley Community Farm has been donating its fruits and vegetables to area hunger relief organizations for almost two decades.

The True Cost of Food

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 11:22:00 GMT


For true cost accounting to work, we must share knowledge and data, and adopt a more systemic way of thinking.

A Fever in the Night

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 11:30:00 GMT


My worst imaginings are for uncertainties for which you can’t model an outcome.

Farming Formerly Vacant Lots, Urban Ag Program Grows New Farmers and Fresh Produce for Food Deserts

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 12:15:00 GMT


An urban farming project in West Sacramento, California, aims to fill the area’s food deserts with fresh produce and create new farmers in the process.

Reinventing Farming for Better Food and a Better Future

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 12:28:00 GMT


Old McDonald of E-I-E-I-O fame would feel right at home on Essex Farm, a 600-acre spread in the Adirondacks where the future of American agriculture is being radically reconceived.