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In Search of a Peasant Culture in Upstate New York

by Johann Strube “Pheasants? I love pheasants!” This was just one of many disbelieving reactions I got when I told people I was trying to find traces of a peasant culture around Ithaca, NY. As a student at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (Austria), I was able to visit many small … Read More

Register to Count in the USDA Agriculture Census

In just a few months, America’s farmers and ranchers will have the opportunity to make a positive impact on their operations and communities by taking part in the Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census captures a complete count of all U.S. Farms and ranches … Read More

A Charter for CSAs in the USA and Canada

Farmers weigh in on the benefits of CSA’s for farm and community by Elizabeth Henderson Similar to what happened in Japan after 30 years of Teikei, CSA in the US is facing something of a crisis.  Across the country, CSAs that once had waiting lists are now having trouble finding enough members. So, individual CSAs and … Read More

Making Connections through Soil Health

Local Farmers in Western New York are working together to create a network of local soil conservation knowledge through the newly formed WNY Soil Health Alliance. by Jena Buckwell Modern agricultural pollution is a widespread crisis throughout the United Sates that alters both the health of our natural landscape and our communities. Agricultural runoff of sediment … Read More

Binghamton Farm Share: Supporting Local Farms and Communities

by Kate Miller-Corcoran Community Supported Agriculture or CSAs are important in connecting consumers to farmers.  CSA members invest in a farm for an entire season, pledging support in return for a weekly box of produce harvested directly from the land they are investing in.  These shares are picked up at a specific location, giving people … Read More

Farmers, Farmworkers and Students Unite

An Open Meeting on Domestic Fair Trade for the Northeast by Elizabeth Henderson Responding to the call to a gathering on domestic fair trade in the Northeast, two dozen farmers and farmer organizers, farmworker organizers, student and union activists, and service providers for low-income workers came together for an intense 3 hours on August 14, … Read More

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

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