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Before I left for Boulder last June to embark upon my food project at the Abbondonza Farm, I got pocket dialed by an old friend, Iain Paterson. It been a while so I called to catch up and found out he was living in Boulder. It was serendipity. Otherwise, I would have never known. We…

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A common misconception is that chemical based fertilizers and pesticides didn’t exist till after WWII when Monsanto wanted to unload their reserve of biological arms on American farmlands in an effort to access cheap fertilizers and increase yields for a growing global population. The debate between conventional vs. organic, however, began many years before. In…

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In the wake of Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, resigning and a new Italian government on the horizon, it makes you wonder, “is it really that easy?” Out with the old government and in with the new? All of a sudden, some of my more radical ideas started to seem not so extreme. So I…

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Where has our democracy gone? Perhaps our government is playing a game of neener-neener-neener in retaliation to the Occupy movement…The house and senate agriculture committees have been tasked with fast tracking the 2012 Farm Bill which isn’t set for its five-year renewal till September 30, 2012. Let your congressman know how you feel, CLICK HERE…

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After two and a half months in Ohio, I return to Tahoe to get boots on the ground. It’s time to take what I’ve learned over the past five months and start working within my community to build a more sustainable food future. From a farm in Boulder and an agroecology course in Santa Cruz…

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I’ll admit…ever now and then, the point of purchase displays with candies and sweets will get the worst of me. I blindly grab for the Reese’s or Kit Kat hoping no one will notice as it tumbles into my pile of groceries on the counter. I call it a vice but really, it’s something I…

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Aunt Dororthy in front of her house in Salem, Ohio When I was younger, my siblings and I would each get to spend solo weekends with my Aunt Dorothy. We cherished the one-on-one time. It was an experience of our very own away from the chaos of home. Those are special times in a kid’s…

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Food Day was Monday October 24th. Schools, farms, communities and kitchens everywhere celebrated in a feastly fashion to recognize the need for more thoughtful consideration of the nation’s food system. One of the founding fathers of the special day, Michael Pollan, was found in Cleveland. He was the special guest of Cuyahoga County Public Library’s…

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If you haven’t heard, Monday, October 24th is FOOD DAY! Let’s get out there and show food how much we appreciate it. It’s not a stretch-your-stomach pre-Thanksgivng. It’s more of a Stomachs Across America which dovetails perfectly with the Occupy Wall Street campaign…Justice in our food system! Justice in our economic sector! National organizers want…

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“Whoa Becky! That’s a lot of milk you got there!” (her name really is Becky) My Sundays are starting to become synonymous with farm tours. But today’s tour was of a slightly different variety…a non-organic dairy. To understand the food movement, we have to look at all sides. Within organic practices there are many disparities…

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