If you’re interested in alternative investments or the implications of non-farmers owning massive tracts of farms and timber, you’ll want to pick up this book. Though there’s lots of meaty information about how the process of financialization took place, the author also discusses the implications of trading in something so essential to human well-being:
Is your farmer an orchestra conductor? Joy Combs likens the regeneration of Providence Farm to an orchestral concert, with each of the animals playing the part of a musical artist.
What happens when a landowner dies without a will? What happens if the person who passed without a will has multiple children? And then when they pass without a will? Keep reading to learn more about heirs property.
A bit about cocoa – origins, production, and trade plus a listing of local chocolatiers.
I thought it’d be fun to devote a short post to delve a bit into peaches – where they come from, how nutritious they are and the like. Just in case you don’t read till the end, could you please eat more peaches? (Keep reading to find out why I’m asking.)
Farmers don’t always start with the passion for farming – sometimes it’s the love of the outputs that lead to the love of the inputs. In Olga’s case, it was her love of Manchego cheese (a specialty of Spain) that led to her love of sheep. In her 40s, she decided something in her life had to change, and she pivoted from the insurance business in Durham to farming west of Burlington.
I often find myself rolling my eyes at claims like “natural”, “gluten free”, and “cage free”. What do these things mean? Does it mean the product is better for me than the one next to it without such a claim? Maybe…but it often requires some reading and perhaps some homework to discern the truth. This post has a bit of the background of food labelling in the United States, an overview of some of the more common labels (and commonly confusing) as well as links to resources to find more information.
The Taste of Country Cooking weaves the biography of a community into a cookbook. More than an autobiography, Ms. Lewis documents her childhood in Freetown, a community of Black farmers in the middle of Virginia.
Will I recommend this book to friends? No. This could’ve been a great book if he’d had more time to bolster his arguments. Instead, it was good mainly based on his ability to string together compelling phrases and ideas.
Review of the 2018 book, The Food Explorer, by Daniel Stone
If I had known there was a job called “agriculture explorer” when I was a kid, that’s exactly what I’d have told everyone I was going to be when I grew up. David Fairchild was the first of a select group that had that title with the now defunct Office of Seed and Plant Introduction at the US Department of Agriculture. They introduced over 200,000 species and varieties of plants to the US from 1898 to about 1930.
Yellow Cottage Farms is a new farm south of Livingston, Texas, that is bringing fresh and healthy crops to local and nearby markets.
To be happy in life, develop at least four hobbies: one to bring you money, one to keep you healthy, one to bring you joy, and one to bring you […]
Two of my first memories of North Carolina when we moved here back in 2005 came from food experiences: 1) trying NC “barbecue”; and 2) visiting the farmer’s market. Realizing […]
Review of the 2018 book, Freedom Farmers, by Dr. Monica M. White
“Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement” is the subtitle to the book and if the concept of agriculture as a resistance movement doesn’t pique your interest, you should read it to learn more about the history of the intersection of agriculture and Black freedom in the United States. She gives depth to important historical figures, particularly the work of Fannie Lou Hamer, George Washington Carver, W.E.B. DuBois, and Booker T. Washington as well as to the much-underappreciated Black cooperative movement, which continues today.