Nine miles east of Marshfield, Vermont is where I traveled to visit Wellspring Farm. The farm is surrounded by gentle rolling hills and the swift Winooski River.
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 [...]
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, [...]
During the summer of 2009, Nathan Winters spent 5 months pedaling across the country—4300 miles— to rediscover our food system. Along the way he interviewed farmers, activists, educators, food entrepreneurs, and others, to capture the rich flavors of those strongly connected to the land and to creating a sustainable future. As he applies the finishing [...]
An inside look at the Willamette Valley Fruit Company plant that freezes fresh, and locally produced fruits, for year-round uses.
February 11, 2011 The TED talks have garnered a following and popularity throughout the world – many folks like to listen to passionate thinkers and doers who are on the cutting edge in their field, whether it be design, science, technology, global issues…they are “riveting talks by remarkable people.” These talks have inspired other communities [...]
“Ecology is permanent economy”— Sunderlal Bahuguna, environmental activist and active crusader in the Chipko Movement Dr. Vandana Shiva founded the Research for Science, Technology, and Ecology, (RFSTE) organization, inspired by her earlier involvement with the Chipko movement. In 1973, in a mountainous region in the Himalayas, women villagers, in heroic and desperate fashion, clung to [...]
Text written by SARE Tom Trantham was one of South Carolina’s top producing dairymen back in the 1980s. But he wasn’t making much money. He ran a typical confined feeding operation and his feed bill alone ate up 65 percent of his gross income. Then something happened that changed his life. One day in April [...]