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PCC Farmland Trust: Preventing Rural Gentrification, Preserving Farmland Forever

Most of us picture “gentrification” as an urban phenomenon. Developers move in on poor or immigrant neighborhoods to take advantage of depressed land values; residents are driven out as rents go up. In rural areas, the same forces are at work, and the stakes are arguably even higher—affecting every plate in the nation. As shopping …

July 25th, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Power of We

Hands-on, Farm-based (and FUN) Education at Zenger Farm

It is perhaps the longest running education debate we have: Should students learn by studying books, or by hands-on experience? A century ago, proponents of “learning by doing,” including the illustrious John Dewey, faced an uphill battle with their argument that students learn best when immersed in hands-on learning. Today, however, the emergence of “project-based’ …

July 17th, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Power of We

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

Exciting Research Breeds Seeds for Microclimates

The following is a guest contribution by Michael Sligh and Kelli Dale of RAFI-USA.  Organic farmers across the Southeast have identified one of the major barriers to greater organic expansion in the region—a lack of regionally adapted organic seeds. You might assume that corn grown in Iowa will grow just as well in North Carolina, …

April 25th, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Grass Up!, Organic Farming, Power of We

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

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