It's impossible to look at shuttered prisons without recognizing that they're taking away what is often one of few sources of employment in an already struggling area. So if the prisons go, what is supposed to take their place? This is where agriculture comes into play.
Most of us are familiar with food banks and soup kitchens, where donated food goes to feed hungry people in the community. Yet we rarely talk about the connection between mental illness and hunger and how access to food can do more than just provide a full stomach.
We say that we're for "best practices" in agriculture but I'm not convinced that any of us -- whether we're part of the food movement or the biggest of Big Ag -- are ready to concede that we might not be right all the time. I've certainly had a hard time with it.
"When you think of a farmer, you don't automatically think of a woman." Marji Guyler-Alaniz, the photographer behind FarmHer said. Yet she knew that women were farming -- it just wasn't being reinforced to the public through stories or photos.
Farm Forward is developing an application called BuyingPoultry.com, which will be an answer for people who are willing to spend a little bit more for humanely raised products but are confused by the labels.
When most people think of a farm, it's fresh eggs and produce in the morning, milking cows, and, sometimes, sending animals to slaughter. Not so if you're an intern at Farm Sanctuary, a vegan-run haven for rescued animals.