Posts By Fred Gerendasy

Interest in Small Farms Grows

Interest in Small Farms Grows

March 10, 2011 As the season begins to change to Spring, I’ve noticed a lot more attention being paid to the small farmer. Last week the New York Times ran a piece on the growing interest of small farming with 20-30 year olds. “Garry Stephenson, coordinator of the Small Farms Program at Oregon State University, […]

“Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?” Begins International Tour

“Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?” Begins International Tour

March 04, 2011 Another great film by Portland-based filmmaker Taggart Siegel is about to hit the screen nationwide and Canada, starting today in 5 cities. Following on the heels of his widely acclaimed film, The Real Dirt on Farmer John, Siegel began working on Queen of the Sun in 2006. Documenting several beekeepers throughout the […]

Who’s a ‘Real Farmer’?

Who’s a ‘Real Farmer’?

March 03, 2011 This question has popped up on occasion when trying to define certain subjects in the past such as ‘backyard gardening’ or ‘urban farming’. Is it farming or is it gardening? What defines the difference? Representative Nancy Smith (Maine) is a farmer, in the traditional sense of the word, and she has something […]

Chickens and Goats in Urban Backyards

Chickens and Goats in Urban Backyards

February 28, 2011 An ordinance to make it easier to raise food producing animals (FPAs) in the city of Denver is under consideration. While various city committees review the proposed ordinance (PDF), the director of Denver Urban Homesteaders, James Bertini, is working on a ballot initiative to let the citizens of Denver vote on the […]

Leading Plant Scientist Sounds Alarm—USDA GM Alfalfa Decision Under Possible Review

Leading Plant Scientist Sounds Alarm—USDA GM Alfalfa Decision Under Possible Review

February 24, 2011. “For the past 40 years, I have been a scientist in the professional and military agencies that evaluate and prepare for natural and manmade biological threats, including germ warfare and disease outbreaks. Based on this experience, I believe the threat we are facing from this pathogen is unique and of a high […]