The Bean and Grain Project – Outperforming Chemical Agriculture (248)

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The Southern Williamette Bean and Grain Project is exploring bean, grain, and edible seed varieties which can be added to those already grown in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Oregon Tilth co-founder and farmer Harry MacCormack shares wisdom and stories about farms … [Read more...]

A Longtime Farmer Shares His Wisdom, part 2 (245)

For over forty years, Nash Huber has grown healthy plants, soil, seeds — and now future farmers. He nurtures soil fertility with compost, cover crops and chicken tractors. He saves seeds from plants that are best suited to local growing conditions — that's how he developed … [Read more...]

A Longtime Farmer Shares His Wisdom, part 1 (244)

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Nash Huber is famous for his delicious carrots — crunchy, sweet and alive. He started farming in Washington state's northeast Olympic Peninsula by cultivating backyard gardens and many relationships. His team grows over 100 varieties of vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds and … [Read more...]

Meet Farmer George and His Pastured Animals

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Skagit River Ranch nestles beside a sweeping bend in the Skagit River in northwest Washington. Salmon stir the waters while on land verdant pastures are dotted with grazing cattle, pigs, sheep, turkeys and chickens. These pastured animals are lovingly cared for, roaming out … [Read more...]

Bees Come In For a Landing at the Airport

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Beekeeper John Woodworth and I suited ourselves up in protective garments. Robyn videoed from a distance as John opened a bee box lid and lifted up a wood frame. Dozens of bees walked around on the waxy honeycomb they'd built inside. He pointed out the queen. Nearby … [Read more...]

Prairie Fire – Revolutionize the Food System (219)

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Novelist Dan Armstrong's Prairie Fire is a fast-paced thriller whose characters forge unlikely alliances to revolutionize the American food system. It's spearheaded by farmers squeezed by skyrocketing oil prices while marketeers get whopping price gains. This revolution is … [Read more...]

The Straight Poop on Sustainable Farming (211)

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Innovative farmer Joel Salatin says sustainable agriculture requires both perennials (like native grasses) and herbivores (like cattle) to build soil. Mimicking patterns from nature, this maverick Virginia farmer rotates cattle followed by chickens into short-term pasture … [Read more...]

The Vegetarian Myth (191)

What we eat is destroying both our bodies and the planet, according to author Lierre Keith, a recovering twenty-year vegan and author of The Vegetarian Myth. While she passionately opposes factory farming of animals, she maintains that humans require nutrient-dense animal … [Read more...]

Eating to Save the Earth

February 19-20, 2011. We came to the Bay area on Saturday to view the San Francisco premiere of "END:CIV" a documentary by Franklin Lopez based on Derrick Jensen's monumental book Endgame. We had taped a conversation with Derrick in December 2010 (to be produced), and found … [Read more...]

Innovation Bears Fruit for Family Farm (162)

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Tour the century-old organic Chaffin Family Orchards where even the animals are "farm hands." Visit chickens in their egg-mobile, scratching for bugs and pooping fertilizer in the heirloom stone-fruit orchards. Goats chomp off low branches from the olive trees, so no fuel or … [Read more...]