This 50-minute film by Caroline Paras explores how food enterprises in Portland, ME are scaling in size with an inspiring commitment to the triple bottom line. Good use of a gloomy October weekend.
Listen to this five part broadcast of stories that paint a picture of both the joys and the challenges faced by the growing number of small suburban and urban farms in New England. Brought to you by WGBH public media. LISTEN HERE!
Calling all farm crews and musical historians!
Saturday October 17th, 7:00 pm-10:00 pm $10-$20 suggested donation
Bring a tent and gather ’round the campfire to sing songs and make friends.
Sunday October 18th, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, FREE to all farmers
“People throughout time and across cultures have used song to bring joy, efficiency and connection to their work alone and with others. The hope of this workshop is to re-awaken this inherent joyous and wise practice and what a better place to do so then in relationship growing, harvesting and processing wholesome food! Farm crews are especially encouraged to come to the workshop together and bring songs and inspiration back into their own fields. Individuals and families are also encouraged to come and help rekindle and experience the joy of work when done in “harmony!”
Calypso Farm and Ecology Center, located in Fairbanks, Alaska, is now accepting applications for their 2016 farmer training program! Calypso’s Training Program is an intensive experiential education program focused on providing the skills, inspiration and experience necessary for participants to embark on starting their own small farm with confidence. A small group (5-6 people) of aspiring farmers participate in the program each year — allowing for a high level of personalized attention.
This training program immerses you in farming and self-sufficiency, therefore the majority of the training is experiential and field and farm based, however the program also includes, topical workshops, a creative farm business planning project, discussion groups, visits to other farms and involvement in farm-based youth education. For more information about the program click HERE.
Dates: May 2nd – October 5th, 2016
Tuition: $3,500 for the season
Before it was over, the Salmonella outbreak of 2008-2009 infected hundreds of people, killed nine, and was traced to peanut butter from the Peanut Butter Corporation of America. Seven years later, the CEO of the company, Stewart Parnell, has been sentenced to 29 years in prison for his role in the outbreak. Parnell, his brother, and another executive of PCA knew about Salmonela contamination in their peanut butter and still continued to ship it to consumers. In an email to a plant manager awaiting Salmonella tests, Parnell wrote, “Just ship it anyway.”
The CEO was found guilty of a whopping total of 72 counts of conspiracy, fraud, and other federal charges and his sentence is the most severe punishment ever given to anyone in a food illness outbreak in this country. Personally, we have to ask, nine people died and he only got 29 years?! That’s only nine more years than this guy got.
Lest we forget why we care so much about this whole sustainable ag movement… Tyronne Hayes and Penelope Jagessar Chagger on “The Toxic Baby,” or how the chemicals in our world– especially in our food– affect our unborn children.
AGRICULTURAL REFORM HAS NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT.
This. Conversation. We think it’s the one the whole country should be having. (Get money out of politics. It’s a no brainer.)