Catherine Elliott worked for GRACE's program team and blogged for Ecocentric until she left the foundation.
Kellee James is the Founder and CEO of Mercaris, a market data service and trading platform for organic, non-GMO and other identity-preserved agricultural commodities. Kellee offers perspective on the challenges and rewards of bringing innovative food system solutions to life.
When it comes to growing your own food, there's a lot to keep in mind. We've created a handy infographic to help you stay on track with garden tasks and projects all year long. Here's to happy gardening!
The first step to a a flourishing garden is choosing high quality seeds that fit your climate and harvest goals. Make sure you seed for success by purchasing from sustainable seed sources, considering important seed characteristics and understanding the seeding process.
Most chicken produced in the US is raised by farmers contracted by multi-national meat corporations. While contractor companies promise farmers a market for their poultry, these deals often end up pushing them into cycles of debt, with no opportunity for recourse.
"If you can tell the difference between a bunch of parsley and a bunch of cilantro at the store, then you know how to do plant identification." Meet Leda Meredith, forager, author and teacher of hands-on engagement with local, sustainable food systems.
"Our vision is to create healthier school environments for children to learn and grow. In order to achieve this vision, our chefs and our coaches are in schools every day, working side by side with school communities." Meet Nancy Easton, founder and executive director of Wellness in the Schools.
Customers looking for grassfed products have a lot of information to wade through. Since the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service revoked their grassfed standard in January, consumer and agriculture groups have called upon the Food Safety and Inspection Service for updated guidance. Learn more about the value of grassfed products as well as options for reliable sourcing.
Across the US, lots of organizations are providing opportunities for children to engage with healthy and sustainable food. School garden organizations and cafeteria-food oriented programs give kids access to nourishing food options. Check out this snapshot of some of the great work that's being done!
While industrial agriculture perpetuates climate change, sustainable agricultural practices can help reverse its impacts. Carbon farming utilizes regenerative agriculture techniques to draw carbon out of the atmosphere and store it in sustainably managed soil and plant systems.
As the scope and resonance of the sustainable food movement increase, so do opportunities for working in this field. New kinds of careers are born from the growth of businesses and organizations offering new options for consumer participation in sustainable food systems.
Those living in small spaces or cold places can grow their own food with indoor gardening! Reap a harvest right from your kitchen or living room with these tips for indoor growing conditions and easy-to-grow plant varieties.