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Growing Green Awards

Investing in our 'AgGems' for Regional Vitality

Sibella Kraus | Posted 07.20.2014 | Green
Sibella Kraus

For a fraction of the dollars moving through the virtual-tech world, the Bay Area's working landscapes could be permanently protected. And the clean air, water and foodsheds that we all rely upon could be safeguarded.

Bring Back the Monarchs!

Chip Taylor | Posted 07.16.2014 | Green
Chip Taylor

Monarch Watch is built on the idea that all of us acting together can be a powerful force for good. By planting milkweeds and other nectar rich flowers, we can throw a lifeline to monarchs and their fellow pollinators.

Financial Stability on the Farm: John Reganold Is a 2014 NRDC Growing Green Award Winner

Claire O'Connor | Posted 07.14.2014 | Green
Claire O'Connor

If you ever visit Washington State University's certified organic teaching farm, chances are you'll find Regents Professor John Reganold there, bent over and closely examining a handful of soil, but don't mistake him for being myopic.

Smart Soil: Transforming American Agriculture One Class at a Time

John Reganold | Posted 07.15.2014 | Green
John Reganold

The Growing Green Award means that I've had an impact on building healthy food production systems. Yet, perhaps more importantly to me, it says that I've contributed to the transfer of knowledge about those systems.

From Factory Farm to Grass-fed Moneymaker

Will Harris | Posted 07.14.2014 | Green
Will Harris

We are dedicated to producing food that is as healthy to eat as it is sustainable to raise. Our farming practices are literally returning vitality back to the farm, while allowing our animals to live the way Mother Nature intended.

A Good Bug Doesn't Mean a Dead Bug

Larry Jacobs | Posted 06.12.2013 | Green
Larry Jacobs

The reality of our dependence on toxic pesticides in the United States and around the world can be hard to stomach. The toxic chemicals we spray on our crops aren't just killing pests.

Fresh, Healthy Food: Coming to a Corner Store Already Near You

Brianna Almaguer Sandoval | Posted 06.09.2013 | Green
Brianna Almaguer Sandoval

While corner stores are often viewed negatively and blamed for contributing to the obesity epidemic, I've had the privilege over the past four years to view corner stores in a new light: as critical allies in improving the health of our communities.

Renewing Our Community's Agricultural Life From Loss in South Central Los Angeles

Tezozomoc | Posted 06.08.2013 | Green

Too often, the same people who work our fields during the day, planting and harvesting fresh produce, spend their evenings in line at the local food bank.

From Superbugs to Sustainability: a Fifth-Generation Producer's Mission to Raise Pigs without Antibiotics

Russ Kremer | Posted 04.05.2013 | Green
Russ Kremer

With this award, I continue to share my life's purpose to educate, demonstrate, and evangelize the need for sustainable food systems that public health first. There's no greater joy than to give life to these new models of hope.

Pioneers in Sustainable Food Show We Can Eat Well and Protect Environment

Frances Beinecke | Posted 06.03.2013 | Green
Frances Beinecke

People are starting to realize that if we change the way we eat, we can change the way the food system works. We can grow food that is good for our health, good for our communities, and good for the planet. The winners of the Growing Green Awards are showing us how.

Know Any Good Food Heroes? Nominate Them for the Growing Green Awards

Francesca Koe | Posted 01.09.2013 | Green
Francesca Koe

For the fifth year in a row, the Natural Resources Defense Council is searching nationwide for exciting leaders who are making our food system healthier for us, more sustainable for the planet, and more equitable for food workers.

Organic Food Legend: Organic Valley's CEO George Siemon

Laura Klein | Posted 08.27.2012 | Green
Laura Klein

We caught up with George on the heels of winning the NRDC's fourth annual Growing Green Award, given for his efforts in making our food system healthier and more sustainable.

Field Notes on Food Justice: Why Your Local Grocery Store Makes Farmworkers Poor

Greg Asbed | Posted 07.22.2012 | Green
Greg Asbed

"Fresh and Fair from Florida"... Five words that would look so beautiful stamped on your next tomato purchase. Five words that would signify a revolution in agricultural working conditions.

Connecting the Dots: The Journey From Farm to Cafeteria Tray

Andrea Northup | Posted 07.21.2012 | Green
Andrea Northup

The journey from seed-to-cafeteria tray is long and complex. My role is to shepherd the process from start to finish, and help local schools actionably transform the quality of their food.

Regenerating Landscapes for a Sustainable Future

Gabe Brown | Posted 07.18.2012 | Green
Gabe Brown

Let's start by taking a look at the root of the problem. Production agriculture today is one of man imposing his will on nature.

Nature Is Our Teacher: A Social Experiment Disguised as a Business

George Siemon | Posted 07.17.2012 | Green
George Siemon

Food and agriculture must be a large focus of the environmental movement. Indeed, one could say we could eat our way through major threats by eating food that is grown with respect to nature.

Growing Green Awards: Winners Produce Food that Nourishes People and the Planet

Frances Beinecke | Posted 07.16.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Today, NRDC announces the winners of the 2012 Growing Green Awards. These awards celebrate the farmers, business owners, and bold thinkers who are transforming America's food system.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint By Eating Sweeter, More Flavorful Strawberries

Jonathan Kaplan | Posted 02.04.2012 | Home
Jonathan Kaplan

NRDC Growing Green Award winner Jim Cochran grows organic strawberries on the California coast. Those who have tasted them will confirm that Jim's berries are among the sweetest, most flavorful strawberries you'll ever try.

Calling All Sustainable Food Leaders: NRDC Growing Green Awards Season Starts Now!

Francesca Koe | Posted 01.03.2012 | Green
Francesca Koe

Each year around this time we publish a call for nominations to win the NRDC Growing Green Awards, our effort to recognize leaders who advance more sustainable food systems.

Old Roots Spring Anew in Young Farmers

Molly Rockamann | Posted 07.23.2011 | Green
Molly Rockamann

With young people revolutionizing the good food movement, it's slightly ironic that at 29, I'm farming on one of the oldest agricultural landmarks in Missouri.

253 Pounds: Americans Throw Away Their Weight in Food Every Year

Valerie Jaffee | Posted 07.13.2011 | Green
Valerie Jaffee

According to a staggering report from the Food and Agriculture Organization, nearly one third of food produced for human consumption globally is lost or wasted every year.

One Day, You Too Can Be an NRDC Growing Green Winner!

Maria Rodale | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

By using less plastic, hanging more unmentionables on the clothesline, and stocking our cabinets with Chocolate Blasters instead of Coco Pops, many of...

Why is our Food Making us Fat?

Nicolette Hahn Niman | Posted 06.07.2011 | Green
Nicolette Hahn Niman

With diet related problems like obesity and type II diabetes reaching dangerous levels, public officials finally seem poised to take action on what has grown into a crisis.

Women Farmers: Nourishing Body and Soil

Wendy Gordon | Posted 05.28.2011 | Green
Wendy Gordon

Women think on a whole systems level which is why I'm impressed though not surprised to learn that women are running more farms and ranches, operating more land and producing a greater value of agricultural products than they were five years ago.

Increasing Age of Farmers Puts Our Food System at Risk

Valerie Jaffee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Valerie Jaffee

Our food system sits on the shoulders of hundreds of thousands of farmers in their 60s and 70s who are on the cusp of retirement. When they turn in their tractors, who will replace them?