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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 Featured Post, 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

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

Ceres Community Project: Youth Feeding Their Community

In recent years, the conversation about natural, organic, and local foods has tended to focus on flavor. Celebrity chefs and home gourmets alike know that fresh, organic foods simply taste better than those picked green and shipped across the world. Flavor is important; after all, who wants to eat anything other than delicious meals? But …

July 26th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Health & Wellness, Power of We

Bringing Amber Waves of Grain Back to Long Island

Once upon a time, Amagansett, New York, like most of Long Island, was farmland serving the burgeoning port city of New York. It produced, among other things, abundant wheat crops, which were ground by local mills into flour to support the urban population. Today, the hamlet, which lies near the tip of Long Island, about …

July 12th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Power of We

City Growers: Connecting with Nature & Food on NYC’s Rooftops

The story of post-settlement United States, writ large, is the story of urbanization. Since the birth of the nation, we’ve slowly evolved from a farm-based, rural population to a densely packed urban one. One casualty of this mass migration is our relationship to our food. One hundred years ago, nearly everyone grew at least some …

June 27th, 2017  |  Published in Food & Ag Issues, Organic Gardening, Power of We

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

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