Just say YIMBY: Weed expert Nancy Gift talks about lawns for dinner

By Holly Hickman vs. Recently, a man I know sprayed his front and back lawns with a brand of weed killer he'd bought from the store and administered himself. He had lived for years in Long Island, the capital of "green carpets," and now insists that the only acceptable lawn is a uselessly beautiful,...

“Food, Inc.” the book: Picking up where the documentary left off

By Joshua J. Biggley Summer blockbusters are often contrived, schlocky representations of the books on which they are based. But the documentary "Food, Inc.," which drew heavily on the nonfiction bestsellers "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and "Fast Food Nation" for its subject matter, has produced an accompanying...

One step forward, one step back in food-growing progress

We want old-style soy! Enough growers want to move away from Roundup Ready soybeans that Kansas State University is starting trials on conventional varieties, because few such kinds are available anymore. (KSU) Eye spy one positive side effect? Never mind that pesticides have been in use for decades,...

Glean a little goodness: California groups forage for fresh food

This piece about gleaning and foraging groups in California first appeared in the most recent e-newsletter from the Northern California chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local Campaign, a project of the Community Alliance with Family Farmers. To sign up for the monthly e-newsletter, visit the Buy Fresh Buy Local...

Dispatch from Germany: An agroecology student dives deep into organic

By Renee Ciulla Although many days I would prefer to just pick up a shovel and start farming, I am forging ahead with a Master of Science degree in Agroecology. I am currently studying for a year in Germany, and the more I learn about organic farming and local-food initiatives, the more I see how they can...

The lesson of ‘less’: Why ‘The End of the Line’ seafood documentary doesn’t go far enough

By Twilight Greenaway I walked out of the screening of “The End of the Line” feeling deeply uneasy. Most of my discomfort had been carefully orchestrated by the film’s director, Rupert Murray, who filled the 80 minutes with straight-talking scientists and image upon image of wild fish being violently...

The right to bear farms: Severine von Tscharner Fleming, young-farmers champion

Editor's note: Severine von Tscharner Fleming first inspired me back in 2006, when she was just an undergraduate activist at Berkeley. Since then, this wild-haired, scabby-shinned force of nature has been featured in the New York Times several times and elsewhere for her work trying to grow a new crop of...

Fujimotos’ departure from Monterey Market a tough blow to local food chain

By Carol Ness Calling Bill and Judy Fujimoto's forced departure on Wednesday from Berkeley's Monterey Market — after two years of family dissension over their vision for the business — a tragedy isn't a stretch. For those who don't know it, Monterey Market is one of the pillars of the Bay Area food scene, a...

Nourishing Ohio’s downtowns, through community-food partnerships

By Kelly Ferry A food revolution is afoot in the downtowns of Ohio, and if you’re lucky, it’s marching your way. Our own farmers market in Kent, Ohio opened two weeks earlier this year and has doubled in size over the last three years. Some restaurants in town are considering sourcing local foods for menu...

Foraging and building tomato cages in Oakland

By Stephanie Paige Ogburn I’ve always found store-bought tomato cages to be utterly unsatisfactory. First of all, there’s the aspect of price. How a garden store can reasonably charge $6.99 for a piece of cheaply soldered metal that barely holds together is beyond me. (And of course one needs six to ten of...

Unfair fare: Why prices for meat from small local farms are too high

Editor's note: New York part-time farmer Bob Comis sent us a link to a post on his Stonybrook Farm blog for consideration in the Digest, but we liked it so much we asked him if we could publish an edited version in its entirety. His opinions are going to raise some hackles, not to mention hocks, but we...

Meet menhaden – before this ecologically critical fish vanishes

By Alice Friedemann Ever heard of menhaden? Probably not, although perhaps you're familiar with the fish’s other names: bunker, pogies, mossbacks, bugmouths, alewifes, and fat-backs. You may be surprised to learn they’re the most important fish in the Atlantic and Gulf waters. Menhaden are the vacuum...

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