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1/22/15
My most popular blog post by far at World.edu is called "Sustainable agriculture jobs after college?" In this essay, I try to tell the truth about the jobs situation in sustainable agriculture based on my experience working with young women and men graduating college. My conclusion is that while there is much work that needs to be done, well-paying, meaningful jobs that offer a sense of security
1/15/15
Each year, The Food Project welcomes participants from all around the United States to participate in their Winter Institute. Attendees of the Institute learn how to create a successful model to empower youth and strengthen communities through growing and distributing healthy, sustainable food. The Institute also connects youth workers and sustainable growers from around the country to share
1/11/15
This fall, a new food co-op opened its doors in downtown Orange, Massachusetts - the result of an unusual partnership between a food buying club and a land trust. The Quabbin Harvest Co-op offers an example of how land trusts can advance their farm conservation missions by helping to rebuild the local food system. Located in the North Quabbin region of central Massachusetts, Orange is a former
12/18/14
Urban Oaks Organic Farm has an improbable history. It is recognized state-wide by high-end restaurants and by out-of-town farm stand customers as the best—and only– year-round local source of fresh, delicious, high-quality certified organic vegetables. The greens, especially the lettuces and arugula, have won awards as the best in the state. And regular customers to the farm stand insist that the
12/15/14
On Friday, December 12, 2014 Equity Trust hosted a first-of-its-kind event: a one-day regional symposium on developing models of secure tenure for urban community farms. The gathering brought together over 35 urban agriculture practitioners and representatives of land trusts and other support organizations, from across the Northeast region of the US, to share experiences and challenges around
12/4/14
The New England Farmers Union (NEFU) is a regional chapter of the National Farmers Union. Its mission is to keep family farming viable through educational opportunities, co-operative endeavors and civic engagement. NEFU works with the Congressional delegates of the six New England states and with government officials to ensure that federal agriculture programs are fully funded and that they
11/27/14
This post was originally published in Just Roots' November newsletter. Heritage Breed Turkeys If you want to help preserve threatened breeds of livestock, eat them. That statement is one that I have found to be the most challenging for folks to accept when they come to listen to my “turkey talk.” I had the opportunity to showcase a few of my rare-breed heritage turkeys at the Just Roots Fall Farm
11/17/14
Community Input Sets the Stage The Ashland HEAL community coalition and many community volunteers worked for over a year on engaging partners to plan and install a new Community Garden in Ashland, New Hampshire. After receiving a grant from Healthy Eating Active Living ( HEAL) New Hampshire , Ashland HEAL solicited feedback during several community-wide forums to hear what types of healthy eating
11/9/14
In July 2011, a listeriosis outbreak spread across 28 states. By the time it ended, 143 people had been hospitalized and 33 people had died. The culprit was cantaloupe contaminated with the bacterium Listeria . Earlier that year, President Obama had signed into law the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) aimed at nipping such food-related outbreaks in the bud. Since then, the Food and Drug
10/22/14
Brian Donahue, one of the authors of A New England Food Vision , discusses farming and the Vision in this interview in the Boston Globe . Donahue is a farmer and Associate Professor of American Environmental Studies at Brandeis University. He advocates for growing more vegetables on urban and suburban land and has direct experience with how this model can be successful in the region: in 1980

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