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My Dad handed me a receipt the other day with the price of two milks circled…one was organic at $4.69/half-gallon and the other was a non-organic brand at $2.39/half-gallon. It demonstrated the dilemma consumers have every day…which do you buy? It’s easy to guess that organic is better for you (and better tasting) but at…

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A sincerely, important protest is happening right now in Washington D.C. against the proposed Keystone-XL pipeline which will bring oil from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada to the United States. Climate Action Network has organized a 2-week sit-in outside the White House starting last Saturday, August 20th. This act of civil disobedience will hopefully…

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When I was working for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival last year, I stumbled across some videographies about eight Maine farmers. I was entranced by their stories clicking through each 8-minute video like a kid opening presents on Christmas morning. I couldn’t wait to hear what insightful visions the next farmer would share. The…

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If your not already involved in the local, food movement, but want to be, it can feel a little like playing double-dutch jump rope…your on the sidelines wanting to play but something is holding you back. It’s hard sometimes to know when to stop watching and just jump into the mix. And if you are…

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Sexy, isn’t she? This is the Somat Pulper 3000. Okay, it’s just called the Somat Pulper but 3000 better describes its powers. It looks like a widget maker but this little beauty gives a whole new meaning to “it slices, it dices.” Feed it a mixture of food scraps and paper products and it will…

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See the August 3rd post for the introduction to the book blog. Brian Donahue’s essay, Reclaiming the Commons, had me grabbing for a pen. I know it’s a good article when I want to underline, highlight or take notes. In this context, “The Commons” refers to the shared lands of a region by ALL it’s…

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See the August 3rd post for the introduction to the book blog. I first met David Orr at a TOOLS conference for environmental groups back in 2009. He gave an inspiring speech which hailed the power of grassroots activists. When I saw that David had also written an essay for the “The New Agrarianism” entitled,…

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See the August 3rd post for the introduction to the book blog. The essay by Gene Logsdon, “What Comes Around,” is the reason I wanted to do the book blog. When I first picked up the book, “The New Agrarianism,” I opened right to Gene’s chapter. One word in particular jumped off the page, “Malabar.”…

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With unemployment rates fluctuating, there is one job ripe for the picking…organic farming. And many reputable news agencies think so too…Fast Company, E Magazine, MSN, etc… They all rated “organic farming” in their Top 10 Green Jobs report. And if organic farming isn’t your bag, by just  supporting organic farming at farmers markets and CSA’s,…

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See the August 3rd post for the introduction to the book blog. Before there was Michael Pollan there was Wendell Berry – farmer, poet, activist. In his agrarian essay, “The Whole Horse,” he asks us to use agrarian values and start at the local level when tackling some of our biggest environmental and economic problems….

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