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pesticides show up in rainwater in four agricultural watersheds


Image from Wikipedia.

Read this 2008 study on the University of Nebraska’s Digital Commons. The study publishes research supported by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program done in 2003 and 2004, which found statistically significant levels of herbicides and insecticides in rainwater in Maryland, Indiana, Nebraska, and California. We’d like to know how these levels are changing over time as high pesticides continue to be sprayed around the country.

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coca cola is brewing up super milk

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Ever feel like your milk just wasn’t milky enough?

Well our friends at Coca-Cola are looking out for you.

According to NPR, a new “megadairy” in Indiana is working on separating milk out into its components and recombining it into super milk. Coca-Cola is a recent partner in this project that started two years ago.

As if reinventeing milk were not enough, the dairy also serves as a milk-themed theme park.

Read the full article HERE.

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green bridge growers

A unique and inspiring model.  Here’s the scoop from one of the founders.

An exciting project is under way in Indiana, which I am proud to be a part of. Green Bridge Growers is an urban farming business in South Bend that my mom, Jan Pilarski, and I have founded together. Our business is in the area of aquaponics, which uses fish and plants together in the same system. Green Bridge has a social mission, which is to employ people on the autism spectrum (like myself). 90 percent of adults on the autism spectrum are unemployed, a problem that we seek to address. Also, 90 percent of the food we eat here in Indiana is shipped in from out of state. So we decided to start Green Bridge Growers to tackle both of these 90-percent problems. Continue reading

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wholesale trainings

wholesale has recently received funds from the USDA to organize trainings for farmers to begin and succeed selling into wholesale markets.Partnering with local organizations that have extensive farmer networks, we hope to reach 2500 farmers with our Wholesale Success training program, which includes access to an in person workshop, a free copy of Wholesale Success: A Farmer’s Guide to Food Safety, Postharvest Handling, Packing and Selling Produce, and one on one post-training assistance for farmers.

Trainings are led by Atina Diffley, a pioneer in the organic farming community who will offer first hand expertise and step by step recommendations for small farmers hoping to sell wholesale. Atina Diffley of Organic Farming Works is a contributing author to Wholesale Success: A Farmer’s Guide to Selling, Postharvest Handling and Packing Produce and has years of organic farming and training experience.

Click here for a list of trainings. Space is limited and attendance is tracked by our on the ground partners, contact them with questions.

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Mumford Farms

Help fund Anna Mumford’s film about her family’s Indiana Farm!  15 days to go on her kickstarter campaign.

A year ago, inspired by the work I’d been doing with the local food community in NYC, I began a film project about my family’s corn and soybeans farm in Indiana. The farm, located in Griffin, Indiana near the confluence of the Wabash and Ohio Rivers, has been in my family for six generations. At first the land was used for hunting, but in the late 1800 it was logged and converted into pasture land for mules and other stock animals. Continue reading

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farm manager wanted – indiana

the deadline to apply is Friday!

Stranger’s Hill Organics seeks a dedicated, energetic and skilled Farm Manager for our historic 81-acre organic farm just 6.5 miles west of Bloomington, IN. A successful candidate will combine demonstrated farm skills, dedication to organic food production, a winning personality and a commitment to the success of Stranger’s Hill Organics as a business enterprise. Deadline for applications is Jan 14, 2011.

For information and application instructions please visit… at