Is U.S. agricultural policy fundamentally flawed? Since the Nixon administration, when then Secretary of Agriculture, Earl Butz, led the drive to invigorate agriculture production by encouraging farmers to become bigger, and to maximize production even as commodity prices would likely fall over time; sales quantity, and the opening of foreign markets to U.S. farmers were [...]
New to the life of farming, a middle-aged couple make a career change. First mentoring under Joel Salatin, they raise pasture fed cows, pigs, chickens, ducks, lambs, and sheep.
March 07, 2010 Exposed to her parents interest in horticulture as a young child, Joya Parsons grew to embrace her green thumb. “By the time I reached my early twenties, I was bitten by the horticulture bug.” Her interest in growing things was played out on the land her parents went on to buy in [...]
February 20, 2010 Denise O’Brien has begun a new series on the Blog for Iowa website about sustainable agriculture. O’Brien (co-founder of Women, Food & Agriculture Network) and her husband Larry Harris have been growing organic produce for over 30 years and sell through their Rolling Acres CSA. She will be discussing the different issues [...]
January 27, 2010 As the time for public comments draw to a close, a look at a local hazelnut orchard and tree farm in Clackamas County – one of the counties in the Portland metro area deciding where to place urban and rural Reserves for future populations and possible development. Peter McDonald is concerned farms [...]
January 27, 2010 It wasn’t just the big stone axes they were wielding, it was the ability to cultivate food themselves that was attractive to hunter-gathering women 10k+ years ago. Apparently the farming tools were not just practical and handy, but “revolutionary”. “It was the foundation of modern civilization and so there’s a big scientific [...]
January 22, 2010 Raising grass-fed cattle to save the planet – Eliot Coleman and Barbara Damrosch are building a barn and plan on adding livestock to their Four Season Farm…because they care. “Once he[Coleman] and Damrosch have brought in their livestock, they’ll “be able to use the manure to feed the plants, and the plant [...]
January 12, 2010 At a press conference held yesterday in Portland, OR, several conservation and farming organizations came together and provided a map (PDF) reflecting what they thought would be a acceptable outcome for the urban and rural reserves, which is currently under review and being determined by Metro and Washington, Clackamas, and Multnomah counties. [...]