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kerrygold ballymaloe litfest of food and wine!

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The Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine is a weekend filled with fascinating facts, inspirational stories, intriguing discussions, incredible knowledge, fantastic music, fabulous dancing and of course, delicious food and drinks.

It is the only festival of its kind in Ireland and has created an important hub for food and drinks enthusiasts worldwide to meet and share ideas with each other.

To learn more, click HERE!


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irish food art chick

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Katie Sanderson is a chef on the move. For the past five years she’s been putting on imaginative food events in locations around Ireland: a café for artists in a Dublin gallery; raw food dinners in a forest in Wicklow; a seaweed-themed restaurant in a boatshed in Connemara. She’s nomadic in her home life too. When we track her down, Katie is doing a residency in the newly-renovated stables behind Dublin’s wonderful Fumbally café. This means that for the next six months she’ll be sleeping in a communal area above the development kitchen, with the life of a busy café humming around her.

To read more, click HERE!


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TPP signing represents corporate wish list; farmers, consumers and the environment lose

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The newly released IATP statement on the Feb. 3 signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership reflects the major flaws with the trade agreement and the growing TPP opposition in the U.S. and around the world. The signing doesn’t mean the TPP is a done deal. It’s now up to Congress to authorize changes to US laws under Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority to make them compliant with the trade deal–a controversial and uncertain process that can still be stopped. Read the statement.


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who owns organic?

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An updated version of Dr. Phillip H. Howard’s Who Owns Organic info graphic is now available here. When Howard, who is an associate professor at Michigan State University, first made the info graphic is 2012, a number of independent organic brands had been acquired by larger food corporations. Howard updated the chart because, as he writes, “A second wave of acquisitions has been occurring since 2012. Few companies identify these ownership ties on product labels.”

For those of you out there who try to be as social responsible as possible with your dollars, information like this may be overwhelming and, perhaps disempowering– but there’s a small silver lining in this story. For your sake, we’d like to note that Howard has a different chart showing major independent organic food brands and their subsidiaries. You can still feel good about supporting these guys!

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yeah baby! cover cropping makes the NYT front page

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David Kasnic for the New York Times

I can almost hear organic farmers across the country rolling their eyes, cover cropping: this is news? And, I know, I know, you’ve been doing this for years— but, yes, actually there’s some real good news here: New York Times writer Stephanie Strom’s report, “Cover Cropping: A Farming Revolution with Deep Roots in the Past,” indicates that the tide of mainstream agriculture may be moving towards more sustainable practices.

Case-in-point #1: Some large-scale midwestern grain growers are actively working cover crops into their rotation.
Case-in-point #2: In Maryland, “the state reimburses farmers for the cost of cover crop seed and has been informing them about the impact that fertilizer runoff has on Chesapeake Bay.”
Case-in-point #3: Even Monsanto is investigating cover crops. “Monsanto, together with the Walton Family Foundation, recently put up the money to support the Soil Health Partnership, a five-year project of the National Corn Growers Association to identify, test and measure the impact of cover cropping and other practices to improve soil health.”

We were skeptical of a few of the articles claims– namely that “new” no-till technology contributes to erosion and degrade microbiology in the soil– but we’re still ready to count this article as a victory for all the extension agents and small-scale farmers who have been championing this technology from the beginning.

“We’ve never seen anything taken up as rapidly as using cover crops,” said Barry Fisher, a soil health specialist at the Natural Resources Conservation Service, an agency within the Agriculture Department.


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baby goats to a good home, west cornwall, vermont

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Photo compliments of twigfarm.com

Greetings from Twig Farm! We’re a small goat dairy in West Cornwall, Vermont. Kidding season will soon be upon us, and while baby goats are unquestionably most adorable animals of all time, sadly we cannot keep all of our darling doelings. That’s where you come in! Our registered Alpines boast superb genetics, bred for hardiness and superior milk production. (Papers and milk records available upon request.) We’re asking $50 per doeling and are willing to negotiate a reduced fee for larger orders. Happy to disbud them for you free of charge if you like. These ladies will certainly be incredible additions to your herd, enviable backyard milkers or the most personable pets you’ve ever had.

They’ll be available beginning the week of March 7th. To reserve your babies, email laurengitlin@gmail.com with Twig Farm Doelings in the subject. We will notify you when your kiddos have arrived, after which time, you will have a week’s window to retrieve them. For each additional day that we hold them, a small surcharge for food and care will be added to your total. We look forward to hearing from you!

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