Record Number of Farms Apply for Grants

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.

Gravenstein Farmers Get Cash Money

Hungry for Farmland

Clear Spring Farm, PA. Clear Spring Farm, PA.

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.

The Farm Bill

Know Your Farmer

“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.

Talking About The Weather

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.

Sustainability, Resources, Food Safety are Hot Topics

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.

The Rural Measuring Stick

Obama Signs Food Safety Act into Law: Small Farms Are Exempted from Some Provisions

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.

New Food Safety Bill Passes Senate: Amendments Support Smallest Farms