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Power of We: Giving Farmers a Leg Up at Viva Farms

By now, you’ve likely heard of the “graying” of American farmers. While existing farmers grow older, barriers for new farmers—which include capital investment for machinery and land, knowledge and community, and other factors—remain high. The result? Farmers are fewer and older than ever. A host of dire problems, including climate change, soil degradation and water …

May 9th, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Power of We, Sustainability


FeelGood: The Future of Campus Activism

Among the world’s many pressing problems, hunger seems pretty straightforward. We have the food and the resources to feed all 7 billion of us on the planet. So why should anyone go hungry? In actual practice, of course, the solutions are more complicated. In part, that’s because it’s increasingly clear that hunger is linked to …

April 8th, 2018  |  Published in Power of We


Supporting Emerging Farmers Across Gender & Ethnicity

If you’re interested in where your food comes from, you’re not alone. Most Americans, it seems, want food that is local, organic, and natural. According to recent research, an overwhelming majority of households in U.S. states—70 to 90 percent— purchase at least some organic foods for their families. That’s a big change in consumer demand …

January 24th, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Power of We


Food System 6: Accelerating a Food System Evolution

Farmers cultivating healthy soil to give us crops and livestock: That’s the backbone of a robust, sustainable food system. But a backbone without a body ain’t gonna feed the world. All food has to get from the farm to the table before it can do any good. Supply chain logistics, as it’s called, may not …

December 6th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Power of We


The Conscious Alliance’s Ripple Effect

American citizens are increasingly educated—and concerned—about the dramatic and unprecedented class divisions in the United States. The Occupy movement, in particular, drew attention to the gap between the richest one percent of Americans and the rest of us. A tiny sliver of the population, a few families really, control some 22 percent of all the …

November 1st, 2017  |  Published in Power of We


Drumlin Farm: Fostering Healthy, Productive Biodiversity

Nature-versus-humankind. For centuries, many thinkers (including environmentalists) have applied this construct to try to understand our place in the natural world. Nature is something that thrives in the absence of human interference—in remote jungle rainforests or vast untouched wilderness preserves, while the human-built environment of our great cities show the work of our brains, hands, …

October 12th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Power of We, Sustainability  |  1 Comment


Regional Food Hubs: Connecting Dots for Small Businesses

What do you think about as you browse the grocery store for the raw and processed ingredients of your next meal? It’s likely you are focused on flavor and nutrition, for starters. But for a growing number of consumers, the journey their food takes to reach the table is just as important. And that journey …

September 20th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Power of We


Orleans County Natural Resources Conservation District

Droughts. Floods. Hurricanes. Tornados. Mass extinctions. A glance at current headlines explains the urgency that so many of us feel about the devastating effects of ecological degradation, habitat loss, climate change, and other grave environmental problems. It’s easy to feel that we are the first to face such devastating impacts, the first to care in …

September 6th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Power of We, Sustainability


Cultiva Youth Project: Cultivating Future Leaders

We tend to think of leadership as an inherent trait. Some are “born leaders,” the thinking goes, while the rest of us are content to follow. But the fact is that good leadership involves much more than traits like charisma and charm. Listening and communication, collaboration and delegation—these are skills that can be taught. And …

August 23rd, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Power of We


Pollinator Friendly Alliance: Creating a Pollinator Friendly City

A sandwich made with cheese and sun-ripened tomato, bursting with flavor. A jug of red wine. A plate of strawberries and cream. Call it the ultimate picnic lunch. Or call it a meal brought to you by the humble bumble bee. None of these foods, it turns out, would be possible without the help of …

August 9th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Gardening, Power of We