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Loren Cardeli, the founder and president of A Growing Culture, implores us to embrace farmers. He shares his views about the importance of farmer autonomy and farmer rights, connecting social justice and environmental justice, and the need for community. Loren wants to change the our view of the food movement, moving farmers to the forefront […]
Paul Willis, farmer and founder of Niman Ranch Pork Co., talks about changing food by not changing. Going against large factory farms and sticking with what he knew – high animal welfare, certification, animals raised without antibiotics, by family farmers – Paul created a space for changing food by not changing what he was doing.
Tessa Edick, founder of the FarmOn! Foundation, talks about the struggles with succession in farming, and teaching the next generation to be excited about the opportunity. FarmOn! Foundation helps to shift the paradigm, teaching kids the business of food with real skill sets as they live on the property, using the farm as a classroom.
Cary Junior, general manager of SEMPA, a rural farmer cooperative for farmers of color, is creating a local food system to get good food into food insecure areas in Detroit. They are creating jobs, supporting farmers, creating a connection with young urban farmers and rural farmers between Detroit and Ann Arbor. These two equations are […]
The backdrop of Angela Moran’s childhood ranged through rust-belt towns; from Niagara Falls, ON to Detroit, MI, and more. Boarded up downtown cores and dilapidated buildings were completely normal sights… until Angela planted a tree as a teenager.
Please Pick Project is a small example of how we can revolutionize our relationship with food and address many of the health and hunger problems that plague communities around the country and around the world. The initial purpose of this project was to create an edible town in Nyack, NY, thus connecting people to real […]
Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA — in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where “the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.”
Author, activist and academic Raj Patel introduces a novel “technology” to global farming that can help decrease chronic child malnutrition and ensure food sovereignty.
We’re headed towards a global food crisis: Nearly 3 billion people depend on the ocean for food, and at our current rate we already take more fish from the ocean than it can naturally replace. In this fact-packed, eye-opening talk, entrepreneur and conservationist Mike Velings proposes a solution: Aquaculture, or fish farming. “We must start […]
How much do you know about the food you eat? Have you ever wondered how far it travels to get to you, or how much water was consumed to produce it? The more you know, the more you’ll be interested in the future of food and its increasingly important role in the design of our […]
Since 2010, Tim and his wife have gone from a measly little tomato patch to six tenths of an acre (the equivalent of roughly 65 yards of a football field). They have planted over 50 fruit and nut trees and two dozen berry beds, set up two chicken coops and two beehives, and now have […]
Kendra Kimbirauskas discusses the problems with factory farms or CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations). More than ever, we are experiencing unprecedented growth of factory farms in rural communities, even though consumers are more educated. Despite all of the good work of the Good Food movement, factory farms continue to expand across the United States. Kendra discusses […]