when farms are not fair

posted March 7, 2017

Fair Food: Field To Table is a video project of the California Institute for Rural Studies, a nonprofit research organization whose mission is to “increase social justice in rural California for all residents, building sustainable communities based on a healthy agriculture.” Their research takes a keen look at the often-obscured lives of California farm workers in the form of research reports, videos, and action plans. They form strong relationships with grassroots organizations and farm worker communities in order to “turn research into action.”

Needless to say how important and progressive this work is.

Tune into the Greenhorns Radio on Heritage Radio Network tomorrow at 4:00 P.M. to hear us speak with Ildi Carlisle-Cummins, the Project Director at CIRS and learn more. Or, download the podcast any time!


plant more trees, if only for the glowing geckos!

posted December 7, 2016

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Hey, we mostly all know by now that trees are pretty nifty things. But, did you know that some scientists are using the migration patterns of glowing geckos to prove just how important trees are in the protection of both flora and fauna on your farm?

What better way to show that climate change is adversely affecting the environment than to find a really cute reptiles, dust them with glowing powder and watch them move around at night.

The research found the geckos can identify habitat at 40 metres away, but not 80 metres away, suggesting that the loss of trees would reduce the amount of habitat for many species and reduce connectivity of already fragmented landscapes for some migrating species.

Yep, yep, if you were thinking of dropping a few acorns in the ground, or perhaps planting a hedge next to that old field next spring, know that the geckos (among others) around the country will rejoice.

Check out the article here



save the bees (3 ways)

posted August 5, 2015

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  1. Watch this short interview: Tree Hive Bees- Scientific Research to Save the Honeybees
For those who are concerned about the plight of the honeybees, here’s a recent interview with a bee researcher who is doing novel work to try and find solutions. This may be a timely video given that there are still groups out there denying that Colony Collapse Disease is even a real problem.
Indirectly, it’s a wake-up call for government to increase funding to enable basic research, as time may be running out.

2. Read this article: Pesticides Are Killing Greece’s Bees: Honey Industry Suffers Amid Broader Economic Turmoil

3. Watch this film: Vanishing of the Bees narrated by Ellen Page