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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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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….

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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…

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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…

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