Community Reflections

Interviews

  • An Interview with Jessica Babcock, Farm Manager at Greenbank Farm
    by Erica Romkema Greenbank Farm’s collection of red buildings springs up from the slim green stretch that is Whidbey Island. North and a leap over the...
    April 24, 2013
  • Interview with Luane Todd
    Questions by Ryan Sitler Q: Give the readers a little introduction to you, where you’re from, and what it is you do these days? Luane: I’m a nat...
    March 23, 2013
  • Interview with Dr. Temple Grandin
    Contributed by Tommy Otey We are honored and proud to share a conversation with Dr. Temple Grandin, one of the leading designers and thinkers in human...
    April 21, 2011
  • Vandana Shiva: Traditional Knowledge, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Living
    Dr. Vandana Shiva needs little introduction as a prominent environmental, social justice and anti-GM activist.  In 2010, she received the Sydney Peace...
    April 11, 2011

 

Topics and Opinions

  • Ethics in Agriculture: The Necessary Foundation of the New Farming Movement
    By Alan Wright Books, magazines, and the internet provide diverse scientific and anecdotal information demonstrating how industrial agriculture is p...
    March 20, 2013
  • Beginning Farmers: Learning, Networking, and Connecting to Place
    by Erica Romkema It’s no secret that more and more young people in the U.S. are looking to establish careers in local, organic, and small-scale farmi...
    February 7, 2013
  • Del Cabo founder Larry Jacobs rebukes recent New York Times article
    A statement from Larry Jacobs: The New York Times recently published an article that erroneously implied organic farmers in Los Cabos are growing un...
    January 13, 2012
  • Mid Season Tune Up
    Feeling a little overwhelmed? Is the needle on the stress-o-meter topped out?  Need one more thing to do in August? It’s been a busy season up until n...
    October 3, 2011
  • The Source Project
    By Jason Taylor I call my work on agriculture “The Source Project.” The farmers, the real farmers of the world are the source of all knowledge – knowl...
    June 16, 2011
  • Expert Panel Calls for 'Transforming US Agriculture' to More Sustainable Farming
    A group of leading scientists, economists and farmers is calling for a broad shift in federal policies to speed the development of farm practices that...
    June 3, 2011
  • EU Agriculture Chief Slams GMOs, Expresses Strong Support for Natural Agriculture
    In a bold move that goes against the mainstream flow, European Union (EU) Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos recently denounced genetically-modifi...
    June 1, 2011
  • Peak Oil and Biointensive Gardening
    At the Black Mountain North Carolina Community Garden, Laura Lengnick, Ph.D Soil Sciences and Director of the Sustainable Agriculture Program at Warre...
    May 18, 2011
  • Two Tips For Beginning Farmers -- Richard Wiswall
    Starting up a farm from scratch is a lot of work. That said, many have done it successfully. I’d like to share two thoughts that may speed the process...
    May 11, 2011
  • But Why Can’t I Just Farm?
    Summer and Fall harvest can be an incredibly satisfying time of year. Picking the fruits of your labor, packing boxes full of product, and loading tru...
    May 4, 2011
  • Pastured Meats: the Vegetarian Alternative
    Little more needs to be said about the atrocities of confinement animal feeding operations (CAFOs) or any other part of industrial animal production i...
    March 17, 2011
  • An Overview of Organic Agriculture in the United States: Part 1: What it Means to Be and Buy Organic
    An Overview of Organic Agriculture in the United States: A Three Part Essay Series This series of essays will focus specifically on the USDA National ...
    March 13, 2011
  • Alfalfa Follows Suit as GMOs Continue to do More Harm than Good
    As a representative of AGC, I want to express our concern regarding the recent decision by the US Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, to allow unre...
    February 21, 2011

 

Farm Profiles

  • McGill University Students Take on Ecological Agriculture in Montréal, Québec
    By Vanessa Ventola About the McGill, Macdonald Student-Run Ecological Gardens Forty kilometers west of downtown Montréal lies the quiet town of Sainte...
    October 24, 2013
  • Eric Swarts: Representing a New Generation of Emerging, Climate-Conscious Farmers in South Africa
    by Filippa Harrington-Griffin “I want to be able to sleep at night. I want to know that the food I’m selling people is going to help their health, not...
    October 8, 2013
  • Permaculture in Kosodo Village
    Written by Caleb Omolo and Steve Wheat Not many truly American stories begin in a place like Kosodo village. Every once in a while though, we come acr...
    September 11, 2013
  • A Farm Beyond Food
    by Laura Jean Sutton Community Farm in London, England is the city’s largest arable community farm. From the seven-acre plot, London’s skyline can be...
    September 10, 2013
  • Bostans: Istanbul’s Urban Gardens
    Bostans: Istanbul’s Urban Gardens By Andrea Quinn Photos by Jennifer Hattam “As you pass through one of the gates entering into the ancient city, you...
    August 27, 2013
  • Camphill Village Farm, Sauk Centre, Minnesota
    By Stephen Briggs, Farm Manager Camphill Village Minnesota (CVM) is part of a worldwide movement of more than 100 intentional communities which strive...
    March 29, 2013
  • Cultivating the Next Generation of Visionary Farmers: Growing Power’s Approach to Urban Agriculture
    by Freesia McKee In 1993, Growing Power began as a small organization employing young people from a nearby housing development to grow food for its ro...
    January 30, 2013
  • Permaculture in Perak, Malaysia
    Initially established as a permaculture project in 2008, we are now growing to be an educational center that teaches people about ways they can incorp...
    March 15, 2012
  • The Lord's Acre -- a not for profit garden in Western North Carolina
    The Lord’s Acre is a not for profit 501(c)3 garden in western North Carolina. All the organic produce grown is given away to our local food pantries, ...
    February 29, 2012
  • Smoking J’s Fiery Foods and Farm -- Asheville, NC
    Nestled in a holler in the Hominy Valley, a few miles outside of the mountain town of Asheville, North Carolina, is a small family farm. Though it is ...
    February 22, 2012
  • The Food Bank for Weschester, NY: A Holistic Food Growing Program
    By Doug Decandia, Food Growing Project Coordinator The Food Growing Program is a project initiated by the Food Bank for Westchester, of Westchester Co...
    January 24, 2012
  • Joyner Community Garden in Asheville, NC
    Submitted by Tommy Tepper As a part-time community gardener at the Joyner Community Garden in Asheville, North Carolina, I am writing this piece to a...
    October 17, 2011
  • Biodynamic Agriculture at Granja Las Ondinas, a Farm just outside Buenos Aires -- Argentina
    Granja las Ondinas (or Farm of the Fairies) is situated just after the immense urban sprawl of Buenos Aires finally gives way to the vast expanse of t...
    July 28, 2011
  • Pasture Raised Chicken: Flexibility & Functionality at Coq Au Coin—Saint Francisville, Louisiana
    Coq Au Coin Pasture Raised Chicken is a flexible operation that is able to use minimal land on leased acreage to provide a pastured bird product that ...
    May 27, 2011
  • The Aloha Natural Farm, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines
    The Aloha Natural Farm is located in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines on 2.8 hectares (7 acres, 17 rai). A century ago this land was tropica...
    April 7, 2011
  • The Panya Project
    Essay submitted by Christian Shearer, owner of Panya Project and permaculture consultant for Terra Genesis International. www.panyaproject.org Locatio...
    March 2, 2011
  • Warren Wilson College Farm -- Swannanoa, NC
    The Warren Wilson College Farm (WWC Farm) has been in continuous operation for 117 years, when the college opened as the Asheville Farm School in 1894...
    February 21, 2011
  • Hickory Nut Gap Farm -- Fairview, NC
    We have a very diverse farming enterprise with a focus on raising grass-fed beef, pastured/ forested pork, and pastured poultry. Beyond growing meat w...
    February 17, 2011
  • Robin Hollow -- Rhode Island
    Robin Hollow Farm is a small, diversified ornamental farm, with a focus on sustainably grown cut flowers. We chose to switch from certified organic ve...
    February 5, 2011
  • Grassland Organic -- Skowhegan, Maine
    We are the second generation of Sarah’s family farming on this land. My father bought the farm in 1987 and we bought it from him in 2007. We have been...
    February 4, 2011
  • Pine Trough Branch Farm -- Reidsville, NC
    Our farm is in a phase of reestablishment. I started managing my family’s land in the winter of 2010. I am a new farmer, working with a few years expe...
    February 4, 2011
  • Indian Ridge Farm -- Norwood, Colorado
    Indian Ridge Farm & Bakery, located at 7,000 feet in elevation, is a 100-acre diversified farm operation that includes grass-fed pastured poultry...
    February 4, 2011
  • Grass Dairy -- Dodgeville, Wisconsin
    Grass Dairy is composed of 300 acres of rolling grasslands in what is known as the driftless region of Southwest Wisconsin, just south of the Wisconsi...
    January 31, 2011