Essays & Articles
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 […]
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 […]
Dave Champan from Keep the Soil in Organics discusses the movement and the latest developments at the Nation Organic Standards Board.
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 […]
An interesting wind powered sailing initiative that is documenting different low-tech solutions from around the world.
Supporting agrarian knowledge one over-sized journal at a time.
A journey through the underworld of life and capitalism to find inspiration in precarious places.
In the Age of Trump, it's important to never forget who you are. Write your biography!
A great read on open source in agroecology-- its history, potential, and-- ultimately-- its utter necessity.
Move over Lamb Chop: a market for mutton could be a huge boon for New England farmers.
Why are California farms struggling with a labor shortage?
"...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 […]
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?
A great initiative coming out of Amsterdam, that brings a community, professionals, and artists together to solve a food waste challenge
Author and activist David Bollier makes a case for commons based economics.
Stay vigilant: "Save the Rainforest" is not a past decade's issue.
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 […]
New research demonstrates bees pack more smarts into their tiny little brains than we thought.
California may be climbing out of its drought, but much of West Africa is struggling with the effects 0f climate change.
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 […]
The Four Horsemen of the Good Food Movement: identifying weaknesses to make the movement stronger!
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.
Tech companies and the digital economy don't have to be all bad!
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?
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.
Seed saving and small scale cacao farming in Costa Rica.
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 […]
A little preview of Artemisia Rae's farmer life inspired, erotic romance novel.
Scarier than fiction - A look at protest posters and resistance art that draw from literature.
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.
Amazing facts and ways to protect the world's pollinators.
Festival of food and drink takes place in Ballymoe, Ireland this coming May.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
We are cultivated by the land. Thoughts on the daily act of farming.
A new study shows that Roundup can cause a serious liver disease and other longterm health issues.
Interviews, coloring books, stories, and thoughts from female farmers across the globe.
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 […]
The little pond the keeps on giving, what we can learn about climate change from Walden 163 years after Thoreau.