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A Path to Dairy Farming, Not College

GenDIY | Posted 06.08.2015 | Education

Megan Culhane Galbraith When my teenage sons, Jesse (19) and Sam (17), decided college was not for them, our family had a moment of panic....

Farming for Peace in Syria

William Lambers | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

Summer is when we get to enjoy fresh and yummy fruits and vegetables. Just by taking a walk down the street you may see a farmer with their food stand all set up and ready for business.

This 14-Year-Old's Homework Assignment Sparked a Mission to Feed America's Hungry

NationSwell | Posted 06.04.2015 | Impact

When she was in the third grade, Katie Stagliano received a homework assignment that changed her life: to grow a cabbage from a single seedling. Hers grew to about 40 pounds. She took the cabbage to the local soup kitchen, where it was served with ham and rice to around 275 people.

10 Facts of Life Only Farmers Know to Be True

Molly B. Heilman | Posted 06.02.2015 | Women
Molly B. Heilman

Your friends that don't come from a farm sometimes find it strange that all your pictures on your social media are of nothing but animals, barns, tractors, and crops. Or maybe it's simply the fact that you only take selfies with your livestock that puzzles them.

Drought-Hit North Korea Seen As Able To Avoid Food Crisis

Reuters | Posted 05.31.2015 | World

By Jack Kim and James Pearson SEOUL, May 31 (Reuters) - North Korea has updated farming methods and switched crops that could help sof...

Foodie Travel Gems Outside Washington DC

Andrea Poe | Posted 05.27.2015 | Travel
Andrea Poe

The Piedmont region of Virginia has earned a reputation as a serene escape, especially for those living in the hectic Washington, D.C. corridor. The area springs alive with an abundance of horse farms and wineries less than an hour outside of the city.

Delaying TPA Threatens Rural Economy

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Sec. Tom Vilsack

Today, our farmers, ranchers and rural communities are more prosperous and successful thanks to strong trade agreements.

Cheeseburgers, Climate Change And The California Drought

Nathan Runkle | Posted 05.12.2015 | Green
Nathan Runkle

When the commercial and residential sectors are responsible for a mere 20 percent of the state's water use, shorter showers will offer barely more than a drop in the near-empty bucket. The real culprit is not the water wastage in our bathtubs and fountains, or even on our golf courses -- it's on our plates.

My Old Kentucky Home: A Derby Weekend Brunch at Historic Woodland Farm

Steve Wilson | Posted 05.05.2015 | HuffPost Home
Steve Wilson

For the past several years, on the Sunday following the Kentucky Derby my wife and I welcome a group of friends and family to our home at Woodland F...

How I Came to Milk a Cow

Tim McDonald | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Tim McDonald

This April, I found myself walking on a wet concrete floor, wet and covered with mud and manure, surrounded by cows.The smells might not have been too uncommon, but the scenery was anything but normal for this suburban boy.

One Website Is Making It Easier For Food To Get From Farm To Table

The Huffington Post | Alison Spiegel | Posted 04.22.2015 | Taste

While it may be overused, the phrase "farm-to-table" is more than just a buzzword -- it represents an important cultural shift over the past 10 years ...

Composting With Coppola at Blancaneaux Lodge, Belize

Rebecca Louie | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Rebecca Louie

With such bounty, keeping the soil healthy is key. How does the Blancaneaux team do it? Compost, compost, compost! During a private garden tour, I learned about the resort's super soil practices, large-scale compost strategy, and gardening techniques.

Every Day Is Earth Day on a Farm

Val Wagner | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Val Wagner

But, Earth Day should not be limited to one day. It takes a lifetime of commitment to ensure that our resources are protected for our children and grandchildren. And it takes constant reminders to keep us on task.

Why Human Values Vary So Much

Ian Morris | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
Ian Morris

I imagine that most people who read the news every day wonder how anyone could think what Boko Haram and ISIS are doing is right. And yet some people clearly do; the more bigoted, sexist and violent these groups' behavior becomes, the more volunteers flock to their banners. Nothing, it seems, varies quite so much as people's values.

In the Weeds

Harriet Sanford | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Harriet Sanford

Through an innovative aquaponics program that teaches students about healthy eating and entrepreneurship, it's at the heart of a sustainable future for Fernwood's students and their neighborhood.

ICYMI: An Infuriating History Of Breast Cancer And The Psychological Depth Of ‘YOLO'

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 04.18.2015 | Healthy Living

ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week. This week, we took a closer look at psychology across disciplines. We were fascinated that 18t...

Farmer Grows Gigantic 33-Pound Turnip, All Is Turnt In The World

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 04.21.2015 | Taste

The colossal root veggie is larger than most toddlers.

Why Dr. Bronner's Supports the Organic Check-Off Program

David Bronner | Posted 06.13.2015 | Green
David Bronner

The unfortunate reality is that most downstream organic processors and brands are now owned by largely non-organic companies who are not paying anything to promote organics. This check-off program leverages funds that would not otherwise be doing anything remotely good for organics.

Dispatch: Living the Farm Sanctuary Life With Gene Baur

Miriam Ava | Posted 04.09.2015 | Green
Miriam Ava

Consider California's first-ever water-restrictions just recently put into place. The majority of the state's water is used for livestock intended for meat production. Growing plants, on the other hand, is dramatically easier on the environment.

Leapfrogging to Nutritious Food Systems

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

By 2030, more than 60 percent of the world's populations will live in cities. This creates an enormous food system challenge, particularly when you consider that most of the urban growth between now and 2030 will occur in Africa and Asia.

Your Easter Basket Has More Power Than You Think

Fair Trade USA | Posted 06.05.2015 | Impact
Fair Trade USA

Easter is the second top-selling confectionery holiday behind only Halloween. That's a lot of chocolate going into Easter baskets across the country, and it's a huge opportunity for consumers to make a difference in farmers' lives.

Global Food Industry Reluctant Leaders of Smallholder Farming Revolution

Hugh Locke | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Hugh Locke

In recent years the global food and beverage industry has surpassed development agencies and donor governments when it comes to improving the productivity and income of smallholder farmers in developing countries.

A Deeper Look at GMOs With Mark Lynas

Donald Carr | Posted 05.25.2015 | Green
Donald Carr

The attention Lynas's "conversion" brought made him an in-demand speaker for agriculture-related groups. The following interview focuses on Lynas's current interactions with American farmers and his thoughts on other aspects of the GMO debate.

The Government Is Revising The Definition Of Farming

AP | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is revising its definition of what it means to farm, meaning some people who receive farm subsidies but don't do an...

GMO Science Deniers: Monsanto and the USDA

Andrew Kimbrell | Posted 05.20.2015 | Green
Andrew Kimbrell

Perhaps no group of science deniers has been more ridiculed than those who deny the science of evolution. What you may not know is that Monsanto and our United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are among them.