Beautiful Corn is a ‘how-to’ from planting to eating. I provide a practicum of corn growing from seed selection through seed production, based on my experience as a farmer and gardener.
Farmer Rick Steffen, and culinary instructor Katherine Deumling share their views about the future of small family farms.
Rick Steffen is a small farmer for all seasons. That’s because he grows a variety of crops, some unusual like his fruit orchards—inside 55 greenhouses, some a half-acre in size.
When you sit down to a meal, do you ever wonder where the ingredients come from?
I had just finished biking 30 miles in the hot summer sun and so I decided it was appropriate to take a quick rest on the dilapidated porch and admire the lush pastures speckled with beautiful dandelions that swayed gently in the cool breeze. Excerpt 2.
November 18, 2010 The Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) is being considered in the Senate today. One of the amendments, the Tester amendment (to protect family scale producers), was just ratified to be included in the Managers Amendment. So if the bill goes forward, the Tester amendment will be part of it. When asked […]
February 08, 2010 Virginia has recently spearheaded efforts to preserve working farmland. One key method to preserve farmland is to pass the farm to the next generation. In order to help current farmers through this transition, the State has created agriculture license plates to raise money for workshops – thus keeping the small farm active, […]
January 18, 2010 In 1961, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote a letter to the newly elected president, John F. Kennedy, asking for changes in the USDA: “The department could be of tremendous assistance to Negro farmers who are now denied credit simply because of their desire to exercise their citizenship rights. To wipe out […]