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post carbon institute interview with severine, greenhorns director: healing the land for our collective good

Vicki Robin, activist and best-selling author on sustainable living, interviews Greenhorns director, Severine con Tscharner Fleming, on the Post Carbon Institute's continuing podcast series, What Could Possibly Go Right?. In this series, Vicki talks with "provocative thought leaders about emerging possibilities and ways humanity might step onto a better, post-pandemic path." In Severine's interview, she […]

Posted: October 15 2020
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how much money is going into agricultural supports? peering into big Ag's relief packages

Marion Nestle of Food Politics poses the question: how much money is going into agricultural supports? Beyond huge subsidies already provided by the Farm Bill, Nestle writes: "The USDA has given producers more than $10 billion in Coronavirus assistance. This includes nearly $1 billion to Iowa farmers. Lesser amounts went to producers in Nebraska, California, […]

Posted: October 8 2020
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robin wall kimmerer: what does the earth ask of us? - a keynote address

****Video/Audio only available until October 20th, so watch soon!***** "We are showered every day with the gifts of the Earth and yet we are tied to institutions which relentlessly ask, what more can we take? Drawing upon both scientific and Indigenous knowledges, this talk explores the covenant of reciprocity." As part of UMass's A Planet […]

Posted: October 7 2020
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ferment for food justice: online workshop fundraising for BIPOC-led food justice organizations

EVENT LINK: FERMENT FOR FOOD JUSTICE (OCT 10-11, 17-18, workshops streaming via Zoom and Instagram Live from 10am-8pm EST) Zoom link TBA; check out their Instagram, @communitycultures, for full schedules and the upcoming Zoom link in their bio. Organizer Jess Canose writes: "We've got some amazing topics, interviews, and demos with sessions ranging from topics […]

Posted: October 7 2020
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seed: the untold story - a documentary following the history and perilous future of food crop biodiversity

Over the last century, "94% of our seed diversity has disappeared". In this documentary, follow passionate seedkeepers and activists to unbury the history and future of seeds. From the directors, Jon Betz and Taggart Siegel: "The story of our seeds is a defining story of our time. Caught between the runaway juggernaut of industrial agriculture […]

Posted: October 2 2020
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study warns unprecedented wave of land privatization

DRIVING DISPOSSESSIONTHE GLOBAL PUSH TO“UNLOCK THE ECONOMIC POTENTIAL OF LAND” [pdf] From the Oakland Institute: Driving Dispossession: The Global Push to “Unlock the Economic Potential of Land,” sounds the alarm on the unprecedented wave of privatization of natural resources that is underway around the world. Through six case studies—Ukraine, Zambia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, […]

Posted: July 22 2020
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NYT op-ed, "America, This Is Your Chance"

"Our only hope for our collective liberation is a politics of deep solidarity rooted in love." READ THIS ARTICLE! From Michelle Alexander (civil rights lawyer, advocate, legal scholar and the author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness) comes this goosebump raising-ly powerful op-ed, published June 8, 2020 in the […]

Posted: June 11 2020
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rebirthing 'the commons' for racial justice

Taking Action to Support Black-led Organizations on the Land How do we engage the energy of this moment? Steeped in historical, legal and social disenfranchisement, the ongoing violence against black lives calls for long term, place-based and collaborative work. What would it look like to be in solidarity with all life? What would it look […]

Posted: June 5 2020
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rhubarb and resilience: women share inspiration

Lisa Kivirist, Senior Fellow and Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems at the University of Minnesota, authored a beautiful piece published in the Monroe Times: Rhubarb and Resilience - Women Share Inspiration And a note from Lisa: Here in my southern Wisconsin farm-hood, with my local women farmer summer potluck scene on COVID hiatus (and unfortunately […]

Posted: May 31 2020
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Native food sovereignty in the face of coronavirus

A "Seeds and Sheep" project in Utah is one of many innovative programs seeking to help Native communities become more food sovereign and self-reliant. A beautiful article from writer Erik Ortiz, As the coronavirus pandemic strains supplies, Native Americans fight food insecurity. Read to discover the initiatives in food and seed sovereignty in Native communities […]

Posted: May 26 2020
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USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) Applications Open Today

From FUTURE HARVEST, the Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture: Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the new Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to provide $16 billion in aid to farmers who suffered economic losses due to the coronavirus pandemic, making it the largest single payment in history to our nation’s farmers. Today through August 28, 2020, farmers […]

Posted: May 26 2020
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weekend reading: Coronavirus, meat, and food systems

From Marion Nestle's remarkable blog Food Politics, three articles not to miss out on this weekend: "Three exceptionally thoughtful and interesting pieces by people who have been writing about food and food systems for a long time".... Jane Ziegelman in the New York Times: America’s Obsession With Cheap Meat Eric Schlosser in The Atlantic:  America’s Slaughterhouses Aren’t […]

Posted: May 23 2020
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what to make of this?

From Vice: Man Who Has Never Had an Actual Job Encourages Laid-Off Workers to Pick Fruit Some have criticized Prince Charles' suggestion that people out of work due to coronavirus sign up for underpaid physical labor. "Charles name dropped Pick for Britain, the government's newly launched campaign to find seasonal help for farms and farmers […]

Posted: May 23 2020
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Blow Up the Restaurant Industry and Start Over

A system that relies on exploitation isn’t one that should survive the pandemic. There’s a better way to feed people and care for workers. Check out this rad article about reimagining the restaurant industry. Full of potent anecdotes woven together by author Marian Bull and published May 21 in The New Republic: founded in 1914 […]

Posted: May 23 2020
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the agrihood

Have you heard about agrihoods? The concept has been gaining popularity over the last few years and the term is short for "agricultural neighbourhoods". Agricultural neighbourhoods is an unusual concept. Agricultural tends to conjure images of rural living, open spaces and sprawling farmland. Neighbourhoods on the other hand bring to mind images of suburbia or […]

Posted: August 7 2018
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solar farm in oregon tackling fossil fuel dependence and colony loss

SolarCulture (a PineGate Renewables project), is an initiative developed to enhance environmental stewardship, promote sustainable agriculture, and collaborate with the community to support research with a goal of encouraging smarter solar through science. They have just recently opened a solar apiary in Jackson County, Oregon. The project is two pronged, it aims to tackle both […]

Posted: July 26 2018
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repurposed: agricultural waste in construction materials

As the interest in environmental sustainability continues to grow, many are curious as to how to reuse or re-imagine materials and substances that may be considered agricultural or construction waste. This interest may be partly fueled by pending shortages and rising input prices. For example, insulation companies have developed alternative insulation materials from agricultural waste […]

Posted: June 13 2018
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flintsburg, the perils of privatization of water services

Dangerously high levels of lead in Pittsburgh's drinking water It has recently emerged that a lack of corrosion control in the water system in Pittsburgh has caused dangerously high levels of lead in the city's drinking water. According to Dr. Marc Edwards, levels recorded in Pittsburgh are even higher than the levels recorded in Flint […]

Posted: May 31 2018
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maine governor blames land trusts for states rising property taxes

This message is sent on behalf of Tim Glidden, President at Maine Coast Heritage Trust.  Dear Maine Land Trusts, Last night, Governor LePage delivered his final State of the State address. As we expected, right out of the gate he blamed land trusts for Maine's rising property taxes. He relied upon many statistics to make […]

Posted: March 8 2018
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a digital map leads to reparations for black and indigenous farmers

Check out this awesome article written by very good friend of the Greenhorns, Jean Willoughby for Yes! Magazine. Jean writes about the recent changes within the farming movement. Her article focuses on the increase in the number of voluntary transfers of land and resources to people of color as a means of reparations for past […]

Posted: February 24 2018
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intergenerational succession?

'If there's no water, what's the point?' Female farmers in Arizona – a photo essay Debbie Weingarten and Audra Mulkern, December 19th 2017, The Guardian  Despite the fact that women have always farmed, they have been left out of our agricultural narrative. An incomplete story has real consequences: women have been left off land titles and […]

Posted: December 20 2017
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how does change happen on the land?

The Edmund Hillary Fellowship just published this great article about Severine!  There is a question we need to ask when talking about food production. The question is, “Who is telling what story, and on whose behalf?” Is it a story that goes with dinner? Or does it perhaps focus on the “We feed the world” […]

Posted: November 23 2017
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kiss the ground: book and documentary about the hidden power of soil.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhUd1X_Ni58?ecver=1&w=640&h=360] Discover the hidden power soil has to reverse climate change, and how a regenerative farming diet not only delivers us better health and wellness, but also rebuilds our most precious resource—the very ground that feeds us. Josh Tickell, one of America’s most celebrated documentary filmmakers and director of Fuel, has dedicated most of his […]

Posted: November 21 2017
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why rural farming matters to the city

The following article was submitted to the Greenhorns by Freya Yost. Freya is Director of Operations at Cloudburst Foundation, an Italian-based non-profit working closely with the Commonwealth to address climate change and meet the UN SDGs. Her background is in information science, specializing in areas of government information and policy, open source technologies, and digital rights […]

Posted: November 21 2017
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chasing coral - run to see this!

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6fHA9R2cKI?ecver=1&w=640&h=360] A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling adventure to document the disappearance of the world's coral reefs, this documentary is the result of 3 years work and hundreds of hours of underwater footage. Corals are a fundamental part of the planetary and oceanic ecosystem (supporting 25% of marine […]

Posted: November 15 2017
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two rivers tells the tale of indigenous tribes defending america's most important rivers from industry

1,500 miles apart, two rivers flow. One alongside rolling hills and blue skies of the North Dakota high plains, the other tumbles past volcanoes, down narrow gorges, and through rugged mountain terrain. Beyond the distance and difference that separates these rivers is a similar story that begins over 500 hundred years ago, with their shared […]

Posted: November 12 2017
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have you heard about regroup farm?

ReGroup.Farm is the tale and reality of a group of Boomers, Gen X-er's and Millennials found themselves on a farm in the Midwest. They recognized that something very interesting was happening in society at large, that in spite of all the division and decay of rural towns, that these phenomena can be reversed. In fact this […]

Posted: November 11 2017
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can we really restore degraded landscapes?

[vimeo 231744267 w=640 h=360] New and exciting things are happening at the Permaculture Skills Center. The Eco-Landscape Mastery Course is already underway! It couldn't be a more opportune time to continue our work educating our communities and ourselves!  It's a degraded world out there. So many acres/hectares of landscapes have been destroyed and it's having negative consequences […]

Posted: November 9 2017
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sam clovis withdraws nomination for agriculture department chief scientist

We've written about his preposterous nomination before due to his sheer inadequacy for the job and thankfully Sam Clovis has finally withdrawn his nomination for chief scientist of the agriculture department. Clovis is a climate change sceptic and was just another cog in the anti-science Trump administration. However make no mistake, his lack of qualification for […]

Posted: November 5 2017
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great article about the social implications of pesticide use

"We live and die by chemical agriculture". In the age of rampant use of chemicals such as the dreaded dicamba, truer words have perhaps never been spoken. Zachary Michael Jack, Iowa View contributor recently writes in the Des Moines Register about stark contrast between pesticide and herbicide spraying in the 80's during his childhood versus the […]

Posted: November 4 2017
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save the date: april 2018 in aloha valley new zealand

Register your interest HERE 

Posted: November 3 2017
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community finance, resilience and agriculture

Growing Magazine recently published a good examination of community finance, community resilience and community agriculture - the CSA model. They profile 3 different farms: Brookford Farm in NH, Norwich Meadows Farm NY, and Prairierth Farm IL, all of whom are practicing a modified, diversified form of CSA and are thriving! 

Posted: November 3 2017
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canada bans soylent as it is not real food

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency have banned food replacer Soylent as it does not meet the criteria of real food as it does "not meet a select few of the CFIA requirements for a ‘meal replacement". The CFIA strongly recommends that it not be consumed and the meal replacement product manufactures do not understand the […]

Posted: November 3 2017
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gipsa decision favors big ag, harms family farmers

The USDA recently made their final decision on GIPSA - to pull the pending Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rules designed to level the playing field for poultry and livestock producers. These rules have been languishing since the 2008 farm bill, and today’s action firmly places this administration on the side of large […]

Posted: October 31 2017
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rich people farming

The NY Times published an interesting article recently about Kimbal Musk's (brother of Elon) foray into farming. Mr. Musk is promoting a philosophy he calls “real food,” which nourishes the body, the farmer and the planet. It doesn’t sound much different than what writers like Michael Pollan and everyone who has ever helped start a […]

Posted: October 30 2017
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check out this wonderful new podcast series

Down to Earth is a podcast about hope. As climate change collides with our industrial food system, we focus not on doom but instead on people who are developing practical, innovative solutions. We invite you to meet farmers, ranchers, scientists, land managers, writers, and many others on a mission to create a world in which […]

Posted: October 30 2017
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citizen science vs. dicamba

This citizen science group at PublicLab is starting to corral expertise, team-craft and discover potential scientific inquiry methodologies to look at this terrifying trend of toxic and ever more toxic agrichemicals. Conventional farmers, as well as organic farmers, are profoundly concerned by this militarization of agronomy, it becoming a situation of “Spray or be Sprayed”. […]

Posted: October 29 2017
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watch: keep the soil in organic

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Op3J5GFmfzo&w=640&h=360] Since last July there have been 15 Rallies to Protect Organic. Some of these Rallies were big, and some were small. They happened from California to Maine. The central theme of the Rallies has been to honor healthy soil as the essential foundation of organic farming. There is one more Rally still to come; […]

Posted: October 28 2017
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monsanto sues arkansas over dicamba ban

In the most recent development in the dicamba scandal Monsanto have filed a lawsuit in Arkansas’ Pulaski County Circuit Court, suing state regulators for blocking dicamba for the 2018 growing season. The herbicide is controversial to say the least, increasing yields in resistant crops but simultaneously killing all other life in the region through drift […]

Posted: October 28 2017
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the family farm bulks up

Lon Frahm may represent the future of farming. Inside a two-story office building overshadowed by 80-foot steel grain bins, he points to a map showing the patchwork of square and circular fields that make up his operation. It covers nearly 10% of the county's cropland, and when he climbs into his Cessna Skylane to check […]

Posted: October 28 2017
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