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Long overdue… "So a program that would pay off United States Department of Agriculture-guaranteed and direct farm loans ...
03/04/2021
Opinion | Black Farmers May Finally Get the Help They Deserve

Long overdue… "So a program that would pay off United States Department of Agriculture-guaranteed and direct farm loans and associated tax liabilities of Black, Indigenous, Hispanic and other farmers of color would not only be surprising, it would be historic. And yet it looks as though that may happen: Such a measure is included in the pandemic relief package wending its way through Congress."

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/04/opinion/black-farmers-covid-relief.html

A debt-relief program would be a step in repairing more than a century of discrimination by the Department of Agriculture.

"To survive the unforgiving geography, residents of the Barroso have, over time, developed a complex farming system that...
11/23/2020
Snapshots of Daily Life in a Remote Region of Portugal

"To survive the unforgiving geography, residents of the Barroso have, over time, developed a complex farming system that relies on the collective management of the water, forests and pastures used by their animals. This method has helped keep the soil fertile, the rivers and springs clean, and the landscape unblemished.

It is a system based on self-sufficiency, where residents eat what they grow, bake their own bread (often in their village’s ancient community oven), step on grapes from their orchards to make wine, and slaughter hogs to make sausages and ham — which they smoke above their kitchen’s fireplace."

The Barroso is one of Portugal’s most isolated areas, known for its rough terrain, abiding agricultural traditions and stunning beauty.

" “It’s really the size of the celebrations that has changed,” said Joel Brandenberger, president of the National Turkey...
10/09/2020
A Disrupted Thanksgiving Leaves the Turkey Business Guessing

" “It’s really the size of the celebrations that has changed,” said Joel Brandenberger, president of the National Turkey Federation. “How that translates to the size of the bird people want is something we are a little less clear on.” "

Without big gatherings, will Americans buy whole birds? Smaller ones? Just parts? Farmers and retailers are already placing their bets.

"On this week's Special Sauce we talk to Dan Barber, executive chef and co-owner of Blue Hill, about the huge changes be...
09/19/2020
Special Sauce: Kenji on Dried Herbs; Dan Barber on the Outlook for Small Farmers

"On this week's Special Sauce we talk to Dan Barber, executive chef and co-owner of Blue Hill, about the huge changes being brought about in the food culture by the Covid-19 pandemic. The startling conclusions he's come to are the result of a survey he and his team sent out to more than 500 farmers." More on the podcast:

https://www.seriouseats.com/2020/07/special-sauce-dan-barber-farms-1.html

Dan Barber on how the pandemic is affecting small farmers; Kenji weighs in on dried versus fresh herbs.

Very interesting read - how our buying habits have changed because of the pandemic. Will some continue into the future?
09/09/2020
7 Ways the Pandemic Has Changed How We Shop for Food

Very interesting read - how our buying habits have changed because of the pandemic. Will some continue into the future?

Oranges and frozen foods are being snapped up. Shelves have fewer choices. And customers are steering their carts in surprising new directions.

This Vertical Farm Was Born in the Pandemic. Sales Are Up.
09/04/2020
This Vertical Farm Was Born in the Pandemic. Sales Are Up.

This Vertical Farm Was Born in the Pandemic. Sales Are Up.

The Vegetable Co. sits in a shipping container on the edge of a Malaysian parking lot. It’s one of many small farms around the world selling directly to consumers.

“It is a new thing, though, to make farm life into reality TV.”
08/07/2020
In a Wistful Age, Farmers Find a New Angle: Chore TV

“It is a new thing, though, to make farm life into reality TV.”

It’s hard for small farmers to earn a living selling crops. Enter the “farmer-influencer,” who can earn more by streaming farm life, in all its comforting monotony, to a growing online audience.

“Pretty much every Black person knows someone who's incarcerated or who's been murdered at the hands of the state. And w...
07/28/2020
Soul Fire Farm’s Leah Penniman Explains Why Food Sovereignty Is Central in the Fight for Racial Justice

“Pretty much every Black person knows someone who's incarcerated or who's been murdered at the hands of the state. And when you’re dealing with that, how are you then going to be thinking about, like, orchards? So I think the bigger issues of white supremacy and systemic racism need to be addressed for us to heal the food system and society as a whole.”

The author of “Farming While Black” on growing food, and empowering Black and Brown farmers, in a time of plague and racial reckoning.

07/25/2020

UPDATED to reflect new reporting instructions! https://agr.wa.gov/about-wsda/news-and-media-relations/news-releases?article=31411

Today we received reports of people receiving seeds in the mail from China that they did not order. The seeds are sent in packages usually stating that the contents are jewelry. Unsolicited seeds could be invasive, introduce diseases to local plants, or be harmful to livestock.

Here's what to do if you receive unsolicited seeds from another country:

1) DO NOT plant them and if they are in sealed packaging (as in the photo below) don't open the sealed package.

2) This is known as agricultural smuggling. Report it to USDA. Information in our latest press release on how to report: https://agr.wa.gov/about-wsda/news-and-media-relations/news-releases?article=31411

Exciting news from Rebecca Thistlethwaite, author of The New Livestock Farmer and other books: “Super excited to announc...
07/23/2020
The Western Meat School

Exciting news from Rebecca Thistlethwaite, author of The New Livestock Farmer and other books:
“Super excited to announce that enrollment is open for the first ever Western Meat School, a hybrid in-person and online school for learning how to direct market high-quality meat. This is a collaborative effort of 5 states, but producers in other states can take it too. This is like turning my book, The New Livestock Farmer, into an interactive class. It's so exciting. Take a look at the website and consider enrolling today! Classes start on November 4th!”

https://westernmeatschool.com/

November-December 2020

" As a result of the looming labor shortage, the government started a “Pick for Britain” campaign in April to attract Br...
07/08/2020
British Workers Try Their Hand at an Unfamiliar Job: Berry Picking

" As a result of the looming labor shortage, the government started a “Pick for Britain” campaign in April to attract British workers. Prince Charles released a video in which he said the country needed “pickers who are stickers.” "

When farmers realized many European laborers couldn’t arrive for strawberry season, out-of-work Britons responded.

Shop update! There are planters, some vases, lots of entertaining chickens, and the first three farmers from Rebecca Ger...
06/30/2020

Shop update! There are planters, some vases, lots of entertaining chickens, and the first three farmers from Rebecca Gerendasy Clay Art 's ongoing urban/small farmer series! All are one-of-a-kind ceramic pieces for the home or yard. Visit rebeccagerendasy.com to see the new collection!

How many hundreds of billions in sales from this one product over the decades? This will hardly discourage bad behavior ...
06/24/2020
Roundup Maker to Pay $10 Billion to Settle Cancer Suits

How many hundreds of billions in sales from this one product over the decades? This will hardly discourage bad behavior by manufacturer’s in the future.

Bayer faced tens of thousands of claims linking the weedkiller to cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Some of the money is set aside for future cases.

"But here’s the hitch: Picking soft berries and leafy greens requires considerable skill and backbreaking physical toil ...
05/25/2020
Prince Charles wants furloughed workers to pick berries. Farmers wonder if Brits are up to the task.

"But here’s the hitch: Picking soft berries and leafy greens requires considerable skill and backbreaking physical toil for low pay. Farmers are worried that of the thousands of Brits who have forwarded applications, many won’t show up or won’t last the season, especially after they get their hands dirty."

The coronavirus has restricted migrant labor and left Western Europe short on farmworkers.

Our Food System Is Very Much Modeled on Plantation Economics"And that system—you know, I’ve referred to this term of “th...
05/23/2020

Our Food System Is Very Much Modeled on Plantation Economics
"And that system—you know, I’ve referred to this term of “the structure of agriculture”—is a system that looks very much like a social hierarchy that many of us will remember from grade school, where we had slaves at the bottom of the pyramid and the pharaoh or king up at the top of the pyramid, fewer and fewer people benefiting as you go up the pyramid. In agriculture, we still have pretty much that system." - Ricardo Salvador, senior scientist and director of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Read entire article: https://fair.org/home/our-food-system-is-very-much-modeled-on-plantation-economics/

"In the face of threats to our farming future such as climate change, people are innovating to protect and regenerate ou...
05/21/2020
Growing Solutions

"In the face of threats to our farming future such as climate change, people are innovating to protect and regenerate our most vital resources – soil, water, seeds, and our farmer workforce. Growing Solutions features a centuries-old water conservation method, a farmer who’s growing topsoil faster than most thought possible, a seed-saving high school, a farmer training program for military veterans, and researchers who are developing a perennial style of agriculture that mimics the prairie." Watch the 42 minute documentary:

In the face of threats to our farming future such as climate change, people are innovating to protect and regenerate our most vital resources – soil, water, ...

The Sickness in Our Food Supply
05/20/2020
The Sickness in Our Food Supply

The Sickness in Our Food Supply

“Only when the tide goes out,” Warren Buffett observed, “do you discover who’s been swimming naked.” For our society, the Covid-19 pandemic represents an ebb tide of historic proportions, one that is laying bare vulnerabilities and inequities that in normal times have gone undiscovered. No...

"But along with the illusion of self-sufficiency, the normally plentiful reasons to not try making pie crust or English ...
05/17/2020
Americans Have Baked All the Flour Away

"But along with the illusion of self-sufficiency, the normally plentiful reasons to not try making pie crust or English muffins have vanished. Dough that needs to proof or chill for a few hours? No problem; you’ll be around."

The pandemic is reintroducing the nation to its kitchens.

To Fight Waste and Hunger, Food Banks Start Cooking
05/14/2020
To Fight Waste and Hunger, Food Banks Start Cooking

To Fight Waste and Hunger, Food Banks Start Cooking

As farmers throw away produce and other Americans line up for food, relief groups are connecting the two by turning those ingredients into meals.

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This reminds me of 7th grade science where we tested ourselves ability to taste different compounds for bitterness and other characteristics. The surprise was in discovering that we are not all the same and in fact there was a wide range of differences among our class. Does this account for why some people like a particular food and others not, the difference in taste among each? Or, not liking a particular food more to do with preference? Or, some combination of both?