The Imperial Stock Ranch, which began in 1871, faces a new and serious challenge to its very survival: how to create new markets for its products to compensate for longstanding existing markets that have declined or shifted overseas. Some bold steps were needed to rethink what to do with the wool from the sheep they raise on their 30,000 acre ranch in Eastern Oregon. Their solution? Direct, value-added marketing to yarn retailers and apparel designers.
We travel from the field to the factory, to see how the freshest green beans are picked, processed, and canned at a “Food Alliance” certified plant.
Sustainable, yes, natural, no. Home ownership is the great American Dream. To own the land (and the structures on the land) is pretty much the pinnacle of capitalist endeavor. For TwoJunes, our house is our savings, our retirement, a hobby, a joy, and occasionally, sheer terror. Admittedly, it is enormously gratifying to have control over […]
This is part of an ongoing series; Heather Jones shares her first-hand experiences as she attempts to bring a farmer’s market to her small rural community of Woodbine, New Jersey, population: 2800. Who knew it could be this hard? You guys know the expression that “Time is of the essence”. Well I’m starting to think […]
Two friends form a close bond through their mutual food preservation efforts.
Cooking Up a Story is pleased to announce a unique partnership with the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program, commonly known as “SARE”.
I made up my mind to search out a local farm/purveyor where I could purchase, organic, sustainable meat and poultry, none were close-by.
Fred Kirschenmann points out that much of modern industrial agriculture was possible because of mild and stable climate conditions, and cheap oil. Those advantages are over.
Fred Kirschenmann warns us, conventional agriculture, and its heavy dependence upon fossil fuels and water is not the future of agriculture.
Listening to Michael Pollan on a recent Terry Gross, Fresh Air interview, he reminds us where our modern agricultural policy began, and its intent.