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Rolling Out the Red Carpet for Soil

United Nations Declares 2015 as International Year of Soils by Amy Overstreet While we might not think about the soil underfoot every day, soil is essential to human survival. Soil grows the food we eat, the flowers and trees that surround us, and provides the foundation for the recreational activities that we enjoy. We walk on … Read More

Feeding a Vision

Maine Could Produce More Than Enough Food to Feed Itself. But Will it? by John Piotti Russell Libby had a head for numbers. An economics major at Bowdoin who later served as statistician for the Maine Department of Agriculture, he could spot patterns and trends in figures not everyone saw. I witnessed this repeatedly when … Read More

Growing for No Profit

Non-profit organizations can offer a low-risk and highly collaborative route for young or beginning farmers to enter into agriculture. By John Welton Neither Emma nor myself grew up on a farm or received significant agricultural training during childhood. This lack of exposure has led to steep learning curves in what we might now consider the … Read More

Reconnecting Refugee Farmers to Their Agricultural Roots

With support, Somalian Refugees find their way back to farming and community on peaceful ground. by Laura McCandlish It’s a crisp Saturday in mid-February at the largest indoor farmers’ market in the whitest state in America, housed in a grand old textile mill on the banks of the Androscoggin River in Brunswick, Maine. A rainbow … Read More

Food Recovery Q&A

An interview with Theresa Snow of Salvation Farms on ‘gleaning’ and agricultural surplus management by Laurie “Duck” Caldwell While many people across the Northeast are working to increase local food production, there are a handful of organizations focused on capturing the surplus and making it available to the most vulnerable people in their communities: the … Read More

Rhubarb or Bust: Farming Notes from Interior Alaska

A rancher’s hope for more farms and food security in a land of extremes by Ruby Peck-Hollembaek While reading all about Cornell University’s Small Farms Program in the Small Farms Quarterly, I decided that I should make a trip to learn more about the program. So, that’s just what I did. The trip gave me … Read More

The Cheney Letters: The Night the Willys Went Skinny-Dipping

by Stuart Cheney Introduction In late February of 2012 I received a letter bearing the name of Stuart Cheney. A native of Brattleboro, Vermont, Stuart wrote to tell me that he enjoyed my memoir piece “Slaughter Daughter” featured in the Winter, 2012 issue of this magazine. I was flattered and surprised to receive such a … Read More

The Cheney Letters

78 year old Vermont farmer shares memoirs with Lindsay Debach, daughter of a Pennsylvania-based butcher, after reading her Small Farm Quarterly piece “Slaughter Daughter”. by Stuart Cheney Introduction In late February of this year I received a letter bearing the name of Stuart Cheney. A native of Brattleboro, Vermont, Stuart wrote to tell me that … Read More

Growing Communities

By Mason Donovan In the beginning of our humble American nation, we had strong communities tied around local family farms.  As we grew in population, the farms decreased along with the community connection.  There is a resurgence lately to not only source locally, but to once again re-establish our communal connections to farms and each … Read More

Gleaning More of New York’s Harvest

by Rebecca Schuelke Staehr A new collaboration among farmers, Cornell University and New York’s food banks aims to increase the amount of gleaning, or food donated directly from farms to the state’s hungry. Gleaning is an ancient concept, thought to date to Old Testament times, and carried through the medieval feudal system, when farmers and … Read More

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