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Slow Food, Slow Growth: Emotional Capital and the Challenges of Large-Scale Solutions for Small-Farm Food

Cathy Erway | Posted 08.03.2016 | Taste
Cathy Erway

A year ago, Wen-Jay Ying was feeling depressed. Her for-profit CSA business, Local Roots NYC, was four years old and looking around the industry, it seemed like there were suddenly many similar businesses who were in talks with investors, getting huge boosts of capital or moving into big warehouses and new markets, creating massive scale. The kind of scale that could have the potential to change, or "disrupt," our entire food system. Ying had never started her business with that kind of scale in mind.

Defending the Land: Young Veterans Take Up Sustainable Farming

Jim Luce | Posted 01.07.2017 | Impact
Jim Luce

Michael wanted to make a plan, wanted to know what he'd be doing for the winter. He started thinking about those farmer-training programs he'd read about, and decided to apply.

Toxic Farms, Climate Change

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 12.01.2016 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Small farms are our best defense against predatory plantations. They are also vital in the regeneration of the soil in capturing and sequestering carbon, giving us enough time to eliminate the burning of fossil fuels and slow down the global engine of climate change.

Chef Bruce Sherman of North Pond Restaurant: The Real Deal

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 11.16.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Long before food was a fad and long before farm-to-table was something one said to impress one's date, North Pond Restaurant was creating dishes that aimed less to impress and more to satisfy by focusing on the natural goodness of local produce.

Will Feds Bankrupt Small Farms With Food Safety Rules?

Jim Slama | Posted 11.07.2013 | Home
Jim Slama

To grow the supply, we need federal policies and programs that support, not hinder, existing and new farmers in their efforts to grow more fruits and vegetables for local markets.

Lessons From the Field: The Future of the Local Food Movement

Rafi Bildner | Posted 06.03.2013 | Green
Rafi Bildner

Our nation was built upon a network of small, diversified farms. While it's clear that the local food movement is thriving in many regions, as a producer, it became apparent to me that there are serious policy issues that must be addressed before this movement can fully thrive.

Accidental Locavore: Top 6 Blog Posts For 2012

Anne Maxfield | Posted 03.05.2013 | Taste
Anne Maxfield

'Tis the season for year-end round up lists and The Accidental Locavore is as good at lists as anyone else. So, here are the top six blog posts for 2012, based on very little scientific research.

Urban Growth Boundary Concerns Local Farmer (Video)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Rebecca Gerendasy

Bill Zimmerman, a small farmer in Vancouver, Washington talks about the approaching urban growth boundary (UGB) that may soon encompass his farm.

From Farms to Family Planning: Investing in Women on World Contraception Day

Melinda Gates | Posted 11.28.2012 | Impact
Melinda Gates

Today is World Contraception Day. I am celebrating by visiting a cassava farm in Tanzania. It might seem like a strange way to observe the day, except for this fact: the women who do the majority of the labor on small family farms are often the very same women who are asking for contraceptives.

G8 Summit: Putting Food on the Table Through Investing in Small Farmers

Andrea Riccardi | Posted 07.16.2012 | Impact
Andrea Riccardi

Recognizing small farmers and their organizations as primary stakeholders in development means more than paying lip service to them in global meetings.

"Christmas Tree Tax" Was Not a Tax, Not Obama's, But Local Farms Trying to Help Themselves

Paul Snyder | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics
Paul Snyder

Firstly, this wasn't exactly a "tax" because it wasn't meant to raise government revenue. And it wasn't Obama's proposal. In fact it's a fee to be paid by growers, not sellers, who "requested" the idea in 2009.

Should Every Restaurant Have A Farm?

Liza de Guia | Posted 11.06.2011 | Home
Liza de Guia

"Last year we had way more produce than we could use, so this year, we tried to scale back a little bit to hit the sweet spot a little more closely." ...

A Visit to My Kitchen: Peggy Drexler

Maria Rodale | Posted 09.20.2011 | Home
Maria Rodale

Peggy Drexler is in my kitchen today talking about her Philly food roots, a favorite tool for tea in the kitchen, and where she gets her food news.

Large-Scale Coffee CSA Debuts

Slashfood | Kristine Hansen, Posted Apr 11th 2011 @ 12:00PM | Posted 06.12.2011 | Home

Today, a new coffee CSA (it's actually called Coffee CSA) debuts as a project from Pachamama, a global cooperative of coffee farms. Though there are s...

Small Farms and the Farm Subsidies Scandal

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Daniel Krotz

From 1995 to 2009, taxpayers shelled out nearly a quarter-trillion dollars in farm subsidies. But while ten percent of farmers received 74% of this money, 62% of American farmers got no subsidy at all.

Babies, Recovery and No TV on The Fabulous Beekman Boys

James Frey | Posted 07.29.2010 | Green
James Frey

Looks like this episode of The Fabulous Beekman Boys is all about babies. I love babies. How can you not love a baby? Even a goat baby. This is going to be fun.

Ghosts, Goths, and Galas at the Fabulous Beekman Boys Farm

James Frey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
James Frey

It's episode six of The Fabulous Beekman Boys, and we get our first notion that Beekman is haunted! It looks like there's some serious paranormal activity going at the farm.

Mapping a Local Food Trail for the Obamas' Vineyard Vacation

Susie Middleton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Susie Middleton

By all accounts, the Obamas are planning a quiet vacation this week on Martha's Vineyard. The Vineyard Gazette reports this morning that the First Fam...

Who's Going to Grow Organic Food for Our Kids?

Jenna Woginrich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jenna Woginrich

I've always assumed there were lots of young folks like myself out there, wishing they could be out in a field with rams or snap peas. But recently I realized how alone I am in this dream.