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transnational corporations, factory farms and the economic colonization of rural america

John Ikerd, August 3rd, 2017, In These Times  "The sense of impotence and dread in rural America is a consequence of decades of economic extraction and exploitation carried out in the guise of rural economic development. Rural areas are suffering the consequences of prolonged “economic colonization”—a term typically used in reference to neoliberal economic development […]

Posted: August 7 2017
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SAFN award deadlines extended until july 28th 2017

The Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition has just announced that the deadlines for both the Christine Wilson Award and the Thomas Marchione Award have been extended until July 28th. Eligible candidates do not need to be either an anthropologist or a member of SAFN to apply. The Thomas Marchione award is presented […]

Posted: July 21 2017
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letter from keep the soil in organics!

Dave Champan from Keep the Soil in Organics discusses the movement and the latest developments at the Nation Organic Standards Board.

Posted: May 10 2017
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the shortage of livestock veterinarians is reaching "crisis levels"

Even after the lamb comes, the ewe continues to strain. Sticky with afterbirth, the ram lamb calls to his mother in quavering tenor, but though she lifts her head in his direction and lets out a low moan of response, her heaving sides won’t let her rise and go to him. In the compounded darkness […]

Posted: May 9 2017
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accessible innovation

An interesting wind powered sailing initiative that is documenting different low-tech solutions from around the world.

Posted: May 8 2017
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the small farmers journal sends their thanks

Supporting agrarian knowledge one over-sized journal at a time.

Posted: April 19 2017
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a mushroom with a story

A journey through the underworld of life and capitalism to find inspiration in precarious places.

Posted: April 7 2017
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how to be your own light in the age of trump

In the Age of Trump, it's important to never forget who you are. Write your biography!

Posted: April 6 2017
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the open source ethos in agroecology

A great read on open source in agroecology-- its history, potential, and-- ultimately-- its utter necessity.

Posted: April 5 2017
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a market for mutton "would change everything"

Move over Lamb Chop: a market for mutton could be a huge boon for New England farmers.

Posted: April 3 2017
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wages, immigration, and a labor shortage on california farms

Why are California farms struggling with a labor shortage?

Posted: March 30 2017
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insights from peaceful resistance

"...why the things are what they are, how the things would be if they were as they should be, and how a path can be made from the things as they are to the things as they should be." These are the words of Peter Maurin who, along with Dorothy Day, cofounded the Catholic Worker […]

Posted: March 29 2017
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farm or three ring circus? maybe both

In this feature on the Brooklyn Grange, one of the premier urban farms in the country, we ask: are there ways that rural and urban farms can work together to reform the food system?

Posted: March 27 2017
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it's art, it's recycle, it's fuel, it's interfaith, it's awesome

A great initiative coming out of Amsterdam, that brings a community, professionals, and artists together to solve a food waste challenge

Posted: March 11 2017
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thinking like a commoner

Author and activist David Bollier makes a case for commons based economics.

Posted: March 6 2017
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save the rainforest: revisiting an old battle

Stay vigilant: "Save the Rainforest" is not a past decade's issue.

Posted: March 4 2017
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staple bedside reading material

Greenhorns, we want to point you in the direction of two texts on contemporary farm life! The first is The Journal if Peasant Studies, a publication that focuses rural politics and development. If you're a farmer, researcher, activist, or just plain curious about the breadth of the agrarian perspectives this is a great starting point! You can download […]

Posted: March 3 2017
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more reasons why bees are awesome

New research demonstrates bees pack more smarts into their tiny little brains than we thought.

Posted: March 2 2017
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california is blessed with rains, but what about other regions?

California may be climbing out of its drought, but much of West Africa is struggling with the effects 0f climate change.

Posted: February 24 2017
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agrarian economics: a letter from a young farmer

I met Kevin Morin in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, a town on the outskirts of Montreal, and home to some of the last vestiges of agricultural land on the island metropolis. At the time Kevin was working for the Cooperative farm Tournesol. Recently Keven and Nikaela Lange both won the Beingessner Award for Excellence in Writing for essays outlining hopes for the new […]

Posted: February 24 2017
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the four horsemen of the good food movement

The Four Horsemen of the Good Food Movement: identifying weaknesses to make the movement stronger!

Posted: February 23 2017
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greenhorns feature: resilient farming in a changing new england

Liza Bemis grows veggies on her great-great grandfather's farm and spoke with us about how to create and maintain resilient farms in an ever-changing world.

Posted: February 22 2017
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before you throw rocks, read this book

Tech companies and the digital economy don't have to be all bad!

Posted: February 22 2017
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rerural: notes on engaging with our towns

In a time of heated rhetoric and disillusion how do we find ways to participate and join in with the communities and rural populations that we are moving to?

Posted: February 15 2017
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know your abattoir: there's a shortage of local slaughterhouses, and it's kind of a big problem

There's a bottleneck problem in sustainable meat: increasingly more producers and consumers and fewer slaughterhouses equipped to get meat from one to the other.

Posted: February 10 2017
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know your chocolate: a resurgence in small cacao farms in Costa Rica

Seed saving and small scale cacao farming in Costa Rica.

Posted: February 10 2017
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in defense of hydroponics

The latest post in our ongoing discussion about the inclusion of hydroponics in the National Organic Production standards comes from Helen Lee, a sustainability specialist, consulting and promoting local and sustainable businesses who currently works as a brand ambassador for a maple water company and holds a Master of Science degree in Sustainable Food Systems from Green Mountain College in […]

Posted: February 9 2017
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erotic farm fiction

A little preview of Artemisia Rae's farmer life inspired, erotic romance novel.

Posted: February 3 2017
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fictional playbooks for totalitarian dystopia

Scarier than fiction - A look at protest posters and resistance art that draw from literature.

Posted: February 1 2017
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occupied territory farmers tell their needs

Delegation from farm and peasant organizations in Spain meet with rural Palestinians to discuss their needs and ongoing resistance to political, economic, and social repression.

Posted: January 30 2017
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"bee" kind to pollinators!

Amazing facts and ways to protect the world's pollinators.

Posted: January 27 2017
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ballymoe litfest, ireland, may 19-21

Festival of food and drink takes place in Ballymoe, Ireland this coming May.

Posted: January 25 2017
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tomorrow on greenhorns radio! jeff conan on the devasting effects of palm oil production

Tomorrow January 25th on the Heritage Radio Network, Greenhorns radio talks to Jeff Conan, Senior Forest Campains Manager at Friends of the Earth, a global activist network that campaigns for international environmental and climate justice. Much of Conan's work focusses on the toxic legacy of palm oil production in Gautemala. Maybe you already knew that the […]

Posted: January 23 2017
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raising hell(gate) in urban farming

Throughout its seven years, Hellgate Farm has always done things a bit differently than other urban farms in New York City- from raising backyard chickens and housing an apiary, to producing its own hot sauce. Hellgate Farm is not your typical urban farm. Last season, crops were grown in over seven plots of land throughout […]

Posted: January 23 2017
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"hydroponics is not organic — it’s not even agriculture"

Last week we asked the Greenhorns network what you think about the vertical farm. A perennially contentious idea, are hydroponics the way to the future or are they a hackneyed and ultimately artificial solution to the current crises of our food systems. The following submission on hydroponics comes from Matthew Hoffman, a Fulbright Scholar, Norwegian Centre […]

Posted: January 22 2017
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resistance of the heart against business as usual

We are cultivated by the land. Thoughts on the daily act of farming.

Posted: January 20 2017
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keep saying "no" to roundup!

A new study shows that Roundup can cause a serious liver disease and other longterm health issues.

Posted: January 20 2017
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blog and podcast focused on women in agriculture

Interviews, coloring books, stories, and thoughts from female farmers across the globe.

Posted: January 18 2017
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man writes the NYT advice column in a panic that his son want might volunteer on an organic farm

This one here is a good laugh for all of us who may or may not be the black sheep of the family. (My grandma clipped the above cartoon out of the New Yorker and promptly sent it to me without any card when I started farming six years ago. I like to think she was smiling […]

Posted: January 17 2017
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walden today might have thoreau turning in his grave

The little pond the keeps on giving, what we can learn about climate change from Walden 163 years after Thoreau.

Posted: January 16 2017