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The more I read and observe, the more I struggle with the variance in organic farming practices. The organic label allows pest & weed applications derived from “natural sources” like roots and flowers. Some are crafty, homemade concoctions made from garlic, cayenne and eggs to ward off aphids. Sounds honest enough. But many of the…

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Thursday was my last day working at George Jones Memorial Farm. I’m sad to miss the rest of the growing season and the birth of the farm cat’s kittens but this Saturday’s event is something I will miss seeing unfold as well…Weed Dating! Fox News even came out to the farm to do a segment…

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On this Labor Day, I’m going to share an inspirational story for all the hard work we are doing to better the way we grow and distribute food. I’m reading the new book by Oran Hesterman, Fair Food. It‘s right up my alley…”growing a healthy, sustainable food system for ALL!” At the end of Chapter…

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I have a new favorite word…”Agtivist!” Saw it on Grist.org the other day. They have a whole series profiling different food activists. If the Oxford Dictionary can select “Unfriend” as the 2009 Word of the Year, then Agtivist must have a chance. Usually you see folks like Michael Pollan and Alice Waters gracing these Top…

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I weaved through gorgeous farm country this past weekend to go mountain biking just north of Columbus. Unlike the Amish country of last week, the landscape here was bordered by magnificent forests and ground that undulated with slopes and valleys. It had just rained so the green was exceptionally vibrant. Big corn country! Stakes stood…

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Phase three of my food journey began today…a 6-week internship on George Jones Memorial Farm in Northeast Ohio. I’ve landed in some pretty amazing places along the way starting in Boulder this past June on the Abbondonza Seed & Produce Farm then the agroecology course in July at UC Santa Cruz and now here. George…

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It was just past 8am as we rumbled along country roads through the rolling hills of Amish country south of Oberlin. The humidity index was already pushing 80% as thunder clouds hovered above treetops. It was going to be a hot and muggy day. We would spend the better part of the morning visiting seven…

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