Small, independent, and family-run farms need all the help they can get, as evidenced by the record number of applicants for The FruitGuys Community Fund’s 2016 sustainable agriculture grants: in a 55 percent increase from last year, 110 farms and agricultural nonprofits from across the country detailed sustainability projects aimed at increasing pollinators; conserving soil, water, and energy; and increasing harvests and food access to low-income communities.
Since 2006, The FruitGuys has supported the famed and endangered Gravenstein Apple by offering a special Gravenstein box each August that benefits Sonoma County's few remaining Gravenstein apple farmers.
If you live in an eco-conscious region fighting to preserve its local family farms, chances are you’ve seen bumper stickers such as ““Know your farmer, know your food.” “I don’t buy food from strangers.” And “Who’s your farmer?” maybe on a beat-up pickup truck bringing boxes of kale to your local farmers market or on the Volvos and Priuses parked by shoppers stocking up on just-picked organic peaches.
Why Farmers Need to Be Activists
By Tanya Tolchin
Courtesy of Food Politic, Journal of Food News and Culture
“Organic” Label May Not Tell the Whole Story
By Mary Risley, reprinted with permission from Tante Marie’s Cooking School
Aren’t you getting tired of all the talk about organics? Recently, the media was full of news about a report by Stanford University analyzing 237 studies that said there were not necessarily any more nutrients in organic versus conventionally grown foods.
By Chris Mittelstaedt
There’s a fast-paced smart device game called “Fingerzilla” that lets you rain Godzilla-like destruction down upon virtual cityscapes and towns using only your finger. While being at the helm of such fiery chaos may make users feel invincible, the truth is that we are all at the mercy of the elements in ways we often forget.
Winter Farm Conferences
By Heidi Lewis
The Monterey Peninsula is one of the most beautiful spots in the world, but it wasn't just the sparkly ocean breeze dancing through the pines that brought a near sell-out crowd to this year's Eco Farm Conference held February 1-4. It was the exchange of important ideas and sharing of issues that concern family farmers that brought more than 1,500 attendees.
On January 4, 2011, President Obama signed into law the $1.4 billion Food Safety and Modernization Act, the most sweeping overhaul of the nation’s food industry in 70 years.
The law will give the Food and Drug Administration sweeping new powers to order food recalls, increase inspections and recordkeeping, and institute new food safety protocols on farms. The US Department of Agriculture would still oversee meat and poultry products.
The U.S. Senate passed The Food Safety and Modernization Act (S. 510) on November 30th, the most sweeping overhaul of food safety regulations of the century, spurred by food-borne illness outbreaks during the past decade.