Anthony Wagner's family has been farming since 1910. He's the fourth generation of Wagner Farms, currently farming over 300 acres of produce in Coralles, New Mexico, just north of Albuquerque, and Socorro, 90 miles south. The farm grows many varieties of New Mexico green chiles and a number of other fruits and vegetables. Now, the next generation has gotten in on the family farming gig. Read on to learn more about Wagner Farms.
The USDA is taking public comments on the twice-delayed implementation of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule, which is designed to make improvements to certified organic animal welfare standards. The deadline of June 9, 2017 is fast approaching.
On May 11, Dr. Scott Gottlieb was sworn in as the 23rd Commissioner of Food and Drugs. As a medical policy expert and public health advocate, Gottlieb has worn many hats in the federal government over the past decade. Dr. Gottlieb also has many deep ties to the pharmaceutical industry - which he will now be regulating in his role at FDA.
Estimates vary, but Americans put back at least several billion burgers each year. Veggie and other burger bases are out there, but the majority are still made from ground beef. After a bad couple of years in the press, will the ick factor kill Americans' burger fetish? Not likely.
Dave Llewellyn is the Director of Farm Stewardship at Glynwood, a non-profit organization supporting food and farming professionals across New York's Hudson Valley. Learn more about the advice Dave has for high school and college students interested in a career in farming and how Glynwood is responding to the challenge that climate change poses to agriculture.
Evidence of the importance of reducing food waste continues to mount. With up to an estimated 40 percent of food in the US going to waste annually, researchers have now calculated the nutritional value of the wasted food.
"The Reducetarian Solution," Brian Kateman's new book about eating less meat, is a collection of essays about how large-scale, factory-farmed meat production is hard on the planet, bad for health and causes animal suffering. At an upcoming summit, Kateman and other leaders of the reducetarian movement will explore how individuals, organizations, communities and societies can work to decrease meat consumption.
Well over a quarter of a million farms were lost in the 1980s Farm Crisis, and with them went businesses and eventually whole communities. A new short documentary film produced by Farm Aid tells the story of the farmer advocates who learned the law and fought the foreclosures, helping an untold number of farmers stay on their land.
Lettuce really represents the highs and the lows of urban gardening. Is anything more satisfying than seeing the bright neon green of Amish Deer Tongue Lettuce peeking up through the dirt? Or more soul-crushing than discovering that your perfect head of Speckled Bibb has been nibbled to the ground by a flock of rough-and-tumble Brooklyn sparrows?
More dairies are becoming organic, but not every organic dairy farm is operated the same way. Here is a quick overview of some of the larger USDA certified organic milk brands on the market, and what to look out for.
A growing body of research is finding that local food systems provide substantial benefits to local economies. But studies must move beyond simple metrics like jobs and income and look at the benefits that local food production provides for the environment, our communities and health.
You know pansies, roses, hibiscus... but do you know nasturtium, chervil, day lilies, crocuses, lilacs, geraniums? All of these flowers are beautiful, of course, but they also taste great! In this week's installation of Real Food Right Now, what to look for, what to look out for - and, as always, recipes.
Federally funded programs that protect major US water bodies survived the budgetary chopping block - for now. The targeting of these programs is costly and counterproductive to the long-term health of the waters, our food and the economy.
Take the Better Burger Challenge when you grill your burgers! Go for an all veggie burger or try a veggie and sustainably raised beef blend. Help make the iconic hamburger into a force for a healthier, more humane and more environmentally responsible food system!
The Senate recently confirmed Sonny Perdue as the next US Secretary of Agriculture. Less than a week into office he's already announced that he's rolling back Michelle Obama's signature initiative to create stricter nutrition standards for school lunches. Is this an indication of what's to come from USDA under the Trump Administration?
Mother Nature doesn't wait for us to get organized, and nettles may be in the dappled limelight of a forest near you right now. But if you dally, poof (!), they'll be long gone. With nettles, you're not just cooking in the season. You're cooking in the moment.