header image

Our Blog

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,…

Read More

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….

Read More

I have two weeks until I start my third farm project which will be based in Northeast Ohio on George Jones Memorial Farm on the outskirts of Oberlin. In the meantime, I’m going to weave a book club style format into the blog posts starting with chapter commentaries from Eric Freyfogle’s book, The New Agrarianism….

Read More

Using “organic” as a buying guideline is definitely smart but is not a panacea. Many foods are grown or raised using organic practices but lack certification due to cost, a single criteria or principle. Yet another reason to ask questions about your food and where it comes from. You could be missing out on some…

Read More

We see at them every day but probably don’t read them nearly enough. I’m talking about…nutrition labels. Those things on the back of canned goods and cereal boxes telling us the ingredients and the percentage of carbs and calories. Now, if food labels were a little bit more sexy and easier to understand, we may…

Read More

I had dinner with some girlfriends this evening on a backyard deck with Lake Tahoe in the distant background. Not a bad spot! Each of us catching the other up on our summer adventures against setting skies. They were eager to hear about what I’ve been learning on the farm and in my ag courses….

Read More

Skull & Crossbones aren’t what I really picture when I think of sweet strawberries or any happy field of green for that matter. I snapped this photo last week while on my agroecology course at UCSC. We were passing a monocrop of conventioanly grown strawberries in Salinas, CA. We were laughing at the absurdity but…

Read More

I was sitting on the back stoop at friend’s BBQ the other night typewritering through an ear of corn. I commented on how much I love corn-on-the-cob. Others nodded in agreement mumbling words of happiness through kernel laced grins. Then it occurred to me…We don’t mind respecting the seasonality of sweet corn anticipating it’s summer…

Read More

It was like Christmas morning when I opened my Roots of  Change list serve today. Just yesterday, I was commenting on the shortcomings of a tax on junk food to subsidize healthy food. Today, I learned about the NEW California Fresh Works Fund which is a public-private partnership that will loan $200 million to increase…

Read More

A friend forwarded me an article from The New York Times this weekend by Mark Bittman entitled, “Bad Food? Tax It, and Subsidize Vegetables.” Then today, Grist.org’s Tom Laskawy commented on the article in his blog post. Thought I would chime in with my two cents… The title pretty much sums it up…tax junk food…

Read More