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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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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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