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Go Co-op! Solving Problems, Changing the World with the Neighboring Food Co-op Association

There are probably as many reasons to shop at your neighborhood food co-op as there are shoppers: One person likes the sweet, fresh, organic fruit; another seeks food to fit strict allergies; a third wants to keep her food budget local by purchasing produce grown on area farms. But how many shoppers choose the co-op …

June 14th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Power of We


Feeding Everyone Well at the Jefferson County Farmers Markets

  Everyone deserves to eat well. That’s an ethic that most can agree to in principle. In practice, however, millions of people go hungry in the U.S., and many live in “food deserts” with little access to high-quality groceries. Researchers like Mari Gallagher have shown that low-income neighborhoods across the U.S. are more likely to …

May 31st, 2017  |  Published in Power of We


The Land Connection: Farm Dreams to Farm Success

Much has been written about the “graying” of American farmers; they are, as a group, getting older. As of the 2012 USDA Farm Census (the most recent), the majority of our farmers were 55 or older. But there are signs that younger farmers are getting into the business. Nearly 20 percent of the new farms …

May 17th, 2017  |  Published in Organic Farming, Power of We


From Industrial Revolution to Food Revolution: Mill City Grows

Lowell, Massachusetts. The name is synonymous with the Industrial Revolution—not only its remarkable achievements, but the darkest chapters of its abuses: exploitation of children, bloody battles for workers’ rights, and the concentration of wealth in the hands of the owner class. If you haven’t checked in with Lowell since high school American History, you might …

May 11th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Gardening, Power of We


Schoolyard Farms

Today’s kids are tomorrow’s leaders. And if that’s the case, it makes good sense to focus on education if we truly want to build a healthy, sustainable, and just food system. A number of organizations do just that: Encourage school children to learn about growing, preparing, and enjoying healthy organic foods. Farm-to-cafeteria programs, school garden …

December 28th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Power of We


Slow Money

Every year, bright tech graduates leave engineering school to launch their savvy ideas in Silicon Valley and San Francisco—to the tune of billions of dollars. Venture capitalists put up the funds (about $30 billion last year) figuring that for every five bad ideas, a good one will return on their losses. Fair enough—but what about …

November 30th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Power of We


A Thriving Community of Women Farmers

Thirty percent of all farmers, according to the USDA, are women. And even more serve as equal partners with men. Yet despite their prevalence in the industry, women are underrepresented in programs designed to support and assist farmers. The Women Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN) aims to correct this gap. Founded in 1994 by farmer …

November 16th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Power of We


Giving Organic Grassroots a Voice

If you flip on the TV or click through YouTube, sooner or later you’ll run across an advertisement for soda pop, sugary snacks, or other processed food of questionable nutritional value. The food and beverage industry spends more than $100 million annually on advertising, and millions more on in-store displays to catch our attention. And …

November 9th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Power of We


Defining Sustainability in Deeds

It seems that virtually everyone, from nano-scale non-profits to massive multinationals, claims to be pursuing an agenda of “sustainability.” But while the term may be de rigueur, the practice is a little harder to pin down. And that’s left many scratching their heads: What, exactly, does sustainability mean? One Madison, Wisconsin-based organization has an answer …

October 26th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Power of We, Sustainability


Healthy Soil—Healthy You

If you pick up a handful of rich, black dirt, you’ll be holding a lot more than soil. That’s because healthy soil is a tiny ecosystem, complete with plants and animals. And it’s a good thing, too. This “organic matter” provides nutrients to plants—nutrients that you eat to make your body healthy. Healthy soil isn’t …

October 11th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Power of We