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With Focus on Pasture-Raised Livestock, Two 1st Generation Farmers Forge Sustainable Path in the Ozarks (Part 2)

May 24, 2012 |

The following is Part 2 of the interview (Check out Part 1 here) with Cody Hopkins of Falling Sky Farm. This portion of the interview focuses on the farm’s business model, how Cody and Andrea found the funding to start the farm and advice to budding sustainable farmers just starting out. Read More

USDA Seeks Peer Reviewers for Farmers Market Promotion Program Proposals

May 16, 2012 |

USDA National Program for Genetic Improvement of Feed Efficiency in Beef CattleNews Release – WASHINGTON, May 16, 2012 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture invites individuals to share their expertise in reviewing project proposals for the 2012 Farmers Market Promotion Program grants.

The Farmers Market Promotion Program is a competitive grant process designed to expand farmer-to-consumer market opportunities in the United States. The grants, which are administered by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), help provide and expand direct market opportunities for farmers throughout the country. Approximately $10 million is available for marketing operations such as farmers markets, community supported agriculture, roadside stands and agritourism. Read More

Going Beyond Organic, Family Farm in Arizona Grows Crops on Vegan Diet

May 15, 2012 |

Do you ever wonder what your produce eats? The Smith family, which owns and operates Sunizona Family Farms in Wilcox, AZ, does. Concerned with animal cruelty and the environmental impact of sourcing manures containing blood, bone and fishmeal from factory farms, the Smiths pioneered a strictly plant-based organic growing method that does not use any animal byproducts. They call it ‘veganic growing’. Read More

Cape Cod Community-Supported Fishery Offers New Line to Sustainable Fishermen with Eye Toward Profit

May 14, 2012 |

Seafood has long been a great source of pride for New Englanders and is as well known around the country as the region’s r-less accent. President Obama had clam “chowda” shipped from Boston for his inaugural celebration in 2009, and lobstermen in Maine have been shipping lobsters all over the U.S. for years. Unfortunately, in many parts of the region, heavy fishing has led to depleted fish stocks, which in turn have spurred stricter quotas for fishermen, putting a squeeze on their livelihoods.

Dave Henchy grew up on Cape Cod and has seen first hand the plight of the local fishermen who always keep an eye trained to the north. For decades now, the National Marine Fishery Service has found both the Gulf of Maine and George’s Bank fisheries’ stocks of haddock and cod to be overfished. Read More

Web Dev Company Seeks to Arm Small Farmers with Suite of Sustainability Enhancing Tools

May 8, 2012 |

Simon Huntley likes to say he puts a face on food, an electronic face that is.

Huntley’s Pittsburg, PA-based company, Small Farm Central does just that by providing website development, hosting, ecommerce and CSA-management solutions for direct to market farmers. The company represents the marriage of his childhood spent on a farm and his college education in information technology.

For the majority of Small Farm Central’s clients, a direct connection to their customers is a vital part of their business. “These are not row-croppers selling to major distributors,” Huntley explains. Read More