Food.Farmer.Earth Newsletter: Corn has become organic farmer Anthony Boutard’s passion, so much so that he wrote a book about it called “Beautiful Corn: America’s Original Grain from Seed to Plate.” Chef and restaurateur Kelly Myers of Xico, in Portland, Oregon, shows us how to make a quick form of enchiladas she refers to as street style, they are cooked on a grill or stovetop without any baking.
Organic farmer, and former forester, Anthony Boutard, speaks about the meaning for him of his cornfield. Not just during the more active periods of the growing seasons, but over the dormancy of winter, his cornfields serve as a sanctuary for insects, birds, and other wildlife, helping preserve a vibrant ecosystem that extends beyond just the idea of producing yields of edible corn.
Many of the city’s premier chefs soon heard about the quality and unusual variety of Ayers Creek’s produce, especially the chicories, tomatoes, garlic and the polenta that Anthony grinds from heirloom flint corn.
Coming next, Kelly Meyers of Xico demonstrates how to make a quick variation of enchiladas, and Anthony Boutard takes us into his world as he shares his knowledge and passion about corn.
Channeling America’s largest growing commodity crop—corn—40% of it to be exact—toward ethanol production for fuel, may be less than a stellar idea.
Earl Blumenauer feels that the 2012 Farm Bill should benefit the majority of hard working farmers— not a small minority as currently exists.
Brief summary: from the New York Times, July 30, 2010— Even before the recent BP oil spill disaster, the Gulf of Mexico has been America’s dumping grounds for decades dating back to the 1930′s. In part, the dumping of old weapons ordinances, yearly oil spills from nearby land seepage, and refinery operations, along with agricultural […]
Frank Morton, an organic seed breeder from Philomath, Oregon, explains the current structure of the global commercial seed industry, as part of our ongoing series, Seeds of Life. (see related: Animated Charts Showing the Seed Industry Structure from Phil Howard, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University.) On the surface, understanding the organizational structure of the seed […]
Paul Hawken eloquently explains how the price of food is divorced from its true costs, and what this really means for society.
Dan Forgey, of Cronin Farms, describes his ongoing research with cover crops, this time looking at how they might be grown in sync with a cash crop of corn.