Posts By Fred Gerendasy

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service—ATTRA

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service—ATTRA

Congress has terminated funding in this year’s (2011) federal budget for the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, commonly known as ATTRA. For those who may not be aware, this program provides a wealth of online sustainability information to farmers, educators, and the public. Without obtaining additional financial support, their databases, publications, and technical services may […]

Heritage Apple Orchard for the Community

Heritage Apple Orchard for the Community

April 22, 2011 An abandoned apple orchard, originally planted in 1911 by University of Minnesota (Duluth) horticulturists, was discovered nestled behind pine trees. “The last known map of the orchard, with records that identified trees by variety, was drawn in 1948. By the 1970s the orchard was abandoned. But a new generation of apple fanciers, […]

Urban Sprawl as Documented by Arizona Farmer

Urban Sprawl as Documented by Arizona Farmer

April 04, 2011 As farmland is lost to developers, Arizona farmer (and artist) Matthew Moore creates house floorplans in nearby fields to represent these soon-to-be buildings. Part art, part warning, these expressive works reminds us of “23 million acres (and counting) of farmland swallowed up by urban development in the US during the last 25 […]

Inventory of Farmworker Issues and Protections in the United States

Inventory of Farmworker Issues and Protections in the United States

March 31, 2011 The United Farmworkers Union (UFW) and the Bon Appétit Management Company released a report today entitled, Inventory of Farmworker Issues and Protections in the United States (PDF). “More Americans than ever are interested in knowing where their food comes from, but even the most conscientious eaters and food industry professionals are usually […]

Saving Civilization—Our’s—on PBS, Television Tomorrow

Saving Civilization—Our’s—on PBS, Television Tomorrow

It’s a fast approaching train, and it’s heading directly our way. Visionary author Lester R. Brown warns civilization is heading toward collapse…