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Oran Hesterman of the Fair Food Network and me Over the past month, I’ve quoted and commented from the book, Fair Food, by Dr. Oran Hesterman PhD. On Monday, I had the unique opportunity to drive with Oran from Ann Arbor to Detroit to attend the Fighting Hunger Summit hosted by United Way of Southeastern…

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Till last week, I’d kept a peripheral view of the Occupy Wall Street demonstration. As satellite protests popped up around the country and the world, I began paying closer attention to the declaration of these activists. Having outgrown its address, the movement is now being referred to as the NYC General Assembly. The uprising is…

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One of the venues at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival Six years ago, I went to my first Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, CA. At the time I was there representing festival sponsor, Patagonia. During one particular film, Broken Limbs, I was hit with an a-ha moment…”I had to take these…

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Last week, I was sad to read an article on Yahoo news that said agriculture was the #1 useless college degree. Last time I checked, I still needed food to live. How can farming be useless, if that’s how we get our food? Maybe the author thinks food just comes from a big factory. The…

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Gene with one of his 16″ ears of corn I feel truly honored, The Rodale Institute reposted one of my most favorite posts on their website today. It is an interview I did with Gene Logsdon entitled,”A Field day with Gene Logsdon.” It was originally published here at the Food Chronicles on October 2, 2011….

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Nathan Harkleroad, Incubator Program Manager, with Pablo Perez of J & P Organics Every since I learned about the ALBA farm model, I haven’t been able to stop talking about it. At least once a week, I find occasion to preach it’s gospel. It definitely deserves a re-post. I visited ALBA while I was taking…

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This morning I saw the sunrise! No, it’s not what you think. I was not out all night celebrating New Year’s. Although, that would have been fun too. Instead, i was clear headed and full of hope and possibility. I was up at 3:45am to work a side job with a private limousine service taking…

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Farm Abbondonza…Rich, & Shanan and family in front with me. The crew sitting behind! I’m feeling a little reflective and decided to repost one of my very, first blogs. The following rerun originally aired on July 1st when I finished my first farm internship. It was entitled, “Graduation Day!” 160 hours and four weeks later…

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Ever heard of a noble lie? This regal term dates back to Socrates and Plato’s time. By definition, it’s a myth told by the elite to keep social harmony. As an example, Plato was criticized for calling religion a noble lie. In a recent Huffington Post article, organics was called a “noble lie.” The author,…

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Defining one’s foodshed can mean different things to different people. I recently became a member of our fabulous, local food co-op in Reno, The Great Basin Community Food Co-op. As a working member, you volunteer to support the paid-staff on duty. A new customer drawn by the colorful exterior of the building came in asking…

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