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From The Dumpster Back To The Big Top

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 01.08.2016 | Women
Johnathan Lee Iverson

The first thing anyone ever notices about Jenny Vidbel is her smile. It's the purest smile I've ever seen. It emanates from a soul steeped in genuine gratitude, abundant joy and love for her craft.

One Man's Trash Is Another Man's Treasure

Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso | Posted 12.06.2015 | Green
Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso

Here at Schools for Sustainability Inc., we dream of a waste free world. In this world, all food scraps are transformed into nutrient rich compost yielding healthy crops, all aluminum cans are converted into new cans, building facades or bicycles, all plastic bottles are transformed into furniture, clothing, or home décor.

Living on a French Farm Was Not A Sexy, Romantic Daydream At All

The Cut | Posted 11.03.2015 | Travel
The Cut

The farm lay six kilometers past the end of the paved road that winds from Béziers into the mountains overlooking the Mediterranean in the Languedoc, a part of France that's high, windy, and rarely traversed by outsiders. Its name was taken from an old French phrase.

Crops Ahoy: Farms That Float

XPRIZE | Posted 08.28.2015 | Impact

No Land? No Problem. If Barcelona-based Forward Thinking Architecture has its way, farms of the future will operate autonomously as they float on the open sea. Stretching eco-friendly concepts to the limit, the ambitious design firm has come up with the idea of Smart Floating Farms.

To Walk a Cow

Karin Schott | Posted 08.14.2015 | Divorce
Karin Schott

As a stay-at-home mom, who had to return to the lagging labor market after my divorce, finding work was a challenge. I was a homesteader for many years. I grew food, I made things with my hands, I cared for my sons -- all skills that somehow had to translate into employment.

Cowboy Country in New Jersey

Melissa DeCastro | Posted 07.15.2015 | Travel
Melissa DeCastro

This is a part of New Jersey where the local college offers glass blowing and hones skilled artisans, and the local schools keep farming alive in clubs dedicated to the love and pursuit of preserving the land.

Uber, Airbnb, and the Food System: How We Can Make Local Food More Affordable

Jennifer Goggin | Posted 05.10.2015 | Green
Jennifer Goggin

How can we move food more directly from local farms to the end consumer, ensuring that a greater number of people are able to afford these fresh, healthy products?

They Tried To Keep Their Abuse Secret. Then The Drones Arrived. | Posted 02.04.2015 | Green

We're not used to hearing about drones doing good. Here's an example of technology being used to end abuses, rather than perpetuating them....

The 10 Coziest New England Inns For Fall

Oyster | Posted 12.02.2014 | Travel

If you're conjuring up images of historic mansions, elegant antiques, thick oriental rugs, and cozy fireplaces for those crisp fall nights -- well, you're right on the money.

Fixing the Food System From the Base of the Supply Chain

Don Shaffer | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
Don Shaffer

Social equity in the food supply chain was a strong thread running through the annual Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders forum this June in Denver.

A Tale of Two Meals

Liz Neumark | Posted 11.03.2014 | Green
Liz Neumark

What resonates so wonderfully is that both meals created a strong sense of community, which in turn strengthens our resolve to work together to find solutions to the problems confronting us and help us commit to mentoring and guiding one another.

Raised to Farm

Ken Cook | Posted 10.28.2014 | Green
Ken Cook

Working with nature is not simple. But you can make a good living at it when you get your business model and growing system in place.

Six Surprises About the State of the American Farm

OnEarth | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green

A few early-summer visits to the local farmers market are usually all it takes to turn us into cheerleaders for the American farm. But if you really want to know about the current state of farming in the U.S.A., you'll need some real, hard facts.

Miracle, Schmiracle

Charlie Carillo | Posted 06.28.2014 | New York
Charlie Carillo

It's hard for someone who's worked in newspapers and TV as long as I have to feel any sense of wonder over miracles, because we peddle miracles faster than McDonald's slings Big Macs.

Are Humane Farming Practices Entering Into the Public Conscience?

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 06.04.2014 | Home
Elysabeth Alfano

Indeed it seems that no one can even agree on the terminology of what signifies humane treatment. Cage-free? Free range? Pasture-raised? And what about processing?

Is Monsanto The Enemy Of Family Farmers?

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 07.14.2015 | Taste
Elizabeth Kucinich

Monsanto is cozying up to the reputation, authenticity and wholesomeness of family farmers -- and hoping the all-American nostalgia many associate with the small scale farmer rubs off on them.

Live Baby Chick Cam: Meet Our Polar Vortex Miracle!

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by Leah Zerbe, an online editor at The cyclical nature of life is perhaps nowhere more apparent than on a farm. The trusty tomato pl...

Cultivating Resilience to Feed the World

Dr. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman | Posted 05.26.2014 | Green
Dr. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman

For many farmers across the country and around the world, all this extreme weather -- on top of ever-intensifying environmental and economic stresses -- is pushing them to their edge.

Too Soon to Celebrate New SNAP Incentive Program in the Farm Bill

Michele Simon | Posted 04.12.2014 | Home
Michele Simon

There are still a lot of details to be ironed out. Under the program, the funding averages $20 million a year (for five years) in an $80 billion annual program with more than 47 million participants. If every SNAP participant were included, that would amount to less than 50 cents of incentives per person for the entire year.

5 Things We All Need to Learn From Temple Grandin

Maria Rodale | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Maria Rodale

Photo: (cc) Steve Jurvetson/Flickr I recently had the great pleasure of hearing Temple Grandin speak at the Ecofarm conference in California. She is ...

Key Food Safety Rules Delayed Again

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 12.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says it will revise sweeping food safety rules proposed earlier this year after farmers complaine...

Do Farmers Have Choices?

Jenny Dewey Rohrich | Posted 02.09.2014 | Green
Jenny Dewey Rohrich

I was interested in what the farmers themselves have to say about their seed choices, how they choose the seed they do, and why do they CHOOSE to plant GMOs or maybe they don't? So I asked several farmers some questions... and here's what I found.

A Man, A Turkey: Thanksgiving Unplugged

Mike Lescarbeau | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Mike Lescarbeau

I hereby decree that on Thanksgiving Day, our family and guests will observe a three-hour abstention from any technology more advanced than a hand-cranked eggbeater.

"Internationalism between Peoples": Dessalines Brigade Wins the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance Award

Beverly Bell | Posted 12.15.2013 | Green
Beverly Bell

Interview by Beverly Bell, Other Worlds Jose Luis Patrola is a history professor, farmer, and member of the Brazilian land reform group, the Rural La...

Uh Oh, That's My Wife Sailing Through the Air

Bob Comis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Bob Comis

Horses are beautiful. They are majestic. They are amongst the most incredible athletes on the planet. But, they are also very dangerous.