Have you ever wondered how the Non GMO Project Verified seal was developed? This article interviews Barry Deutsch of Deutsch Design Works to give perspective of how the logo process evolved to become the celebrated butterfly icon used today.
2014 Conference on the Development of Our Local Whole-Grain Economy
Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT), Oakland, CA
A Progress Report & To-Do List
Intact Whole Grain–Why Is It Important?
Michael Pollan, Professor, Graduate School of Journalism, UC, Berkeley, author, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation–What I’ve learned about grain. Where does it lead?
David Jacobs, PhD, Professor, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota–Food synergy and food patterns: are whole foods more than the sum of their individual nutrients and bioactive substances?
David W. Killilea, PhD, Staff Scientist, Nutrition and Metabolism Center, Children’s Hospital Oakland Institute–If you take it apart, can you put it back together? Knowing what’s in your flour. Continue reading
…would be incentives for other regions to begin and expand vegetable production. Indeed here they are, stepping high!
Imagine the job creation potential…OH WAIT, you don’t have to: Leopold Center did an Iowa jobs report.
by Michael Moss for the New York Times
John D. Jackson lives in the heart of the Corn Belt, where most of the corn has nothing to do with sweet kernels on the cob. His farm in Southern Illinois typically grows field corn, the high-starch variety that is turned into ethanol and cattle feed. He also works as a logistics manager for Archer Daniels Midland, the agricultural giant that produces the other big artifact of this crop: high fructose corn syrup.
But on 10 of his 700 acres, Mr. Jackson broke from this culture of corn last fall by planting something people can sink their teeth into. With a tractor and an auger, he drilled four-foot holes in his soil, added fertilizer and put in 48 apple trees bearing Gold Rush, Jonagold, Enterprise and the sweet-tart blushing globe called the Crimson Crisp. This year he plans to add more apple trees, blackberry bushes and possibly some vegetables.
Mr. Jackson is part of a small but eager cadre of corn farmers who are starting to switch sides, as it were, lured by a little-appreciated fact of farm economics: There is vastly more money to be made in growing other vegetables and fruits. While an acre of corn is projected to net average farmers $284 this year after expenses, and just $34 if they rent the land, as is common, an apple orchard on that same acre will make $2,000 or more, according to crop analysts. A sophisticated vegetable operation using the popular plastic covers called high tunnels, which increase yields and extend the growing season, can push that figure as high as $100,000.
For those of you out there interested in permaculture and needing camaraderie in the young farmers growing perennials for a living realm, meet Grant Schultz of Versaland. He’s transforming a 145 acre corn and soybean farm in Iowa into a broad acre perennial farm, capturing grants from the USDA, implementing farm hack strategies (electric tractor), and offering workshops.
He was recently interviewed on the Permaculture Voices Podcast. Click to learn more about Grant and how he’s making it all happen.
Here’s the scoop:
Growing Innovation Online Library & Book
We will build an online library of agricultural innovations developed by farmers and create a book celebrating their ingenuity.
The Growing Innovation project was inspired by farmers. At our small nonprofit organization, we work with farmers who amaze us everyday with their ingenuity and determination. Over the past 17 years, we’ve documented hundreds of successful farmer-led projects. We want to celebrate and share their innovative ideas by creating an online library and a new book.
The online library will include interactive maps of farm projects along with detailed plans, budgets, and other useful information. The book will feature some of the most exciting projects we’ve seen yet.
read more HERE
A great model, courtesy of Planting Justice.
We’ve already seen the transformative power of a garden for adults while incarcerated: reduced recidivism rates, job skills, and internal healing. It is important that we provide incarcerated youth with these same opportunities because by nurturing and caring for a young plant you learn to nurture and care for yourself and others. Continue reading
Maine farmer, seed curator forms new grass-roots group
By Mary Pols for the Portland Press Herald, February 16
After a rift in the community of seed-savers, Will Bonsall takes matters into his own hands to continue protecting hundreds of varieties of potatoes and other plants.
Another worthy kickstarter campaign: Growing Innovation.
Our goal is to create an online library of innovative farm projects and publish a book highlighting exemplary farmer-led projects from our archives.
Kickstarter campaigns are all or nothing, which means that we need to meet our funding goal or all the funds will be returned. We think this project has a lot of potential and we hope you’ll agree.
For 17 years, we’ve allocated grants to innovative farmers to help them put their own ideas to work. Their projects have included a diverse bunch of agricultural enterprises and initiatives: a farm-to-table cooperative, a tool-lending library, myriad farm inventions, ethnic produce projects, re-purposed poultry houses, transitions to organic production, and sustainable farms started by returning veterans. Continue reading
Who received the award at Eco Farm for her tremendous work for food justice and the agricultural justice project.
Thank you. This is a great honor. Not just for me, but for the Agricultural Justice Project team – working together since 1999 to give new energy to fairness in organic and sustainable agriculture. Leah Cohen, our director, and Michael Sligh of RAFI are here with me this evening, Marty Mesh of FOG and Nelson Carrasquillo of CATA, the other founding parents, are busy elsewhere.
While some people come to a commitment to social justice through some crisis or transformative experience, I drank social justice with my mother’s milk. My parents, Laura and Sydney Berliner, had a life-long commitment to peace and justice – and they were already the second generation in our family – my mother’s uncles fought for freedom from oppression in the Revolution of 1905 in Poland, then fled to the US to avoid conscription into the tsarist army, and spent their lives as union activists. It gives me great satisfaction that the 4th generation carries on this work – my son Andy Henderson devotes his talents and energies to teaching youngsters here in CA in a double-emersion Spanish-English program, helping children grow up to be literate active citizens. Continue reading
The Country Quarterly is a smokin’ new quarterly magazine specifically for those folks who have ran away from the cities in search of a simpler, saner, and more fulfilling life. All content is written by fellow rural punks and is intended for a rural punk audience. On grid or off, a vegan gardener or a hunter/trapper, lone wolf or married with kids, in small towns, deep in the bush, tucked away in the mountains, or on a farm in the prairies…this magazine was invented for all kinds of punks* to share skills, ideas, projects we’re working on, and what’s important.
New Gokul is Bhaktivedanta Manor’s dairy farm and visitor centre, located in Hertfordshire. We have a mixed herd of 57 animals, some of whom give milk, some who are working oxen, and some who are retired or in their childhood. We operate a system of cow protection. This means that unlike most commercial farms we don’t slaughter any of our cows, bulls or calves, regardless of whether they give us milk or not.
- No cow or bull is ever slaughtered.
- Calves suckle from their mothers.
- Oxen are engaged in work.
- Cows are hand milked.
- Cows and bulls are fed appropriate, natural food.
Cow protection means looking after cows in the way that Krishna looked after them.
Cow protection at New Gokul operates on five main principles, which are all based on information from the Vedas, given by Krishna Himself, which guide us in how to take care of these sacred beings. Continue reading
The Sustainable Agriculture Tool Lending Library came to be through George O’Neal of Lil’ Farm and his girlfriend Kelly Owensby: realizing how difficult it was for George, as a young farmer, to rent or buy equipment for his farm in Timberlake, they came up with the plan to become a cooperative with ten other farmers to buy farm tools together and share.
The Lending Library uses a Google calendar to manage who gets what tool when. The Library also collects yearly membership fees that go towards future tool buying, insurance, and maintenance of the tools, and different farmers are assigned to different positions (ie. secretary, treasurer…) to help the cooperative run smoothly and be self-sustaining.
We love TXYFC podcasts!
Episode #7 features A+S Farm, based out of Moulton, TX. Shaun and Amy Jones raise heritage Gulf Coast Sheep for meat, utilizing an intensive pasture management system called “Mob Grazing”. We dive into the details on this, as well as the nitty gritty of moving from an urban setting to a rural one, with tips on how to get out into the country as painlessly as possible. They are making it happen super legit style – much to learn from these trailblazers!
We know that many of you are writing books, or working on other projects, right now, and we wanted to share information about this amazing Adirondack retreat/residency center which has an application period ending in February.