Agriculture

Farm Aid Collaborates with Dollars & Sense Magazine for a Special Issue on the State of Agriculture in the U.S.

Dollars & Sense magazine collaborated with Farm Aid to create a special issue examining the economic state of agriculture in America today. Featuring: John Ikerd on the failure of industrial agriculture and the need to embrace alternatives now. Farm Aid co-founder Willie Nelson on the need for new definitions of wealth that recognize the importance…

Making Iraq Safe for American Rice

A Brief Exploration of Contemporary Imperialism imperialism: noun – A policy of extending a country’s power and influence through colonization, use of military force or other means.  – Oxford Dictionary. Betsy Ward, president and CEO of the USA Rice Federation, was fuming recently when the Iraqi Grain Board (IGB) neglected, once again, to purchase American rice from…

Forty Years On, Wendell Berry’s “Culture of Agriculture” May Be More Important Than Ever

Forty years ago this month, Kentucky writer and farmer Wendell Berry traveled to Washington to address the “Agriculture for a Small Planet” symposium in Spokane. Invited to the West Coast to give voice to a “Labor Intensive Micro-Systems Viewpoint” – a phrase he promptly took issue with – Berry’s presentation eventually became the foundation of…

Petaluma Grange Plays Host to a Farmers’ Bill of Rights Meeting with California State Grange Pres. Bob McFarland, June 23 at Lydia’s

Bay Area folks are invited to join us in Petaluma on June 23 for a discussion of a Farmers’ Bill of Rights. The growing California State Granges have, since 2012, been conducting meetings at Granges across the state to determine how best to support farmers, food producers and the rest of us in creating the…

The Pentagon’s Hemp Farm

Here’s a fascinating photo of USDA botanist Lyster Dewey, with his Arlington Farm hemp crop, on the site of what will later be the Pentagon.

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photo courtesy of the Hemp Industries Association

A Special Screening of Women On The Land at the San Francisco Art Institute, February 25

Here’s a screening coming soon of a beautiful documentary that deserves a much wider audience – Women On The Land – Creating Conscious Community – at the San Francisco Art Institute. This is one of the loveliest, most inspiring films I’ve ever seen. The film touches upon the work of several generations of women on the Northern…