Whether you want to take a day trip to learn how lavender is farmed or stay a few days on a working farm to learn about organic agricultural methods, there are a multitude of agritourism experiences available right here in America.
Last spring, the city of Seattle announced plans for the nation’s first food forest, and people around the country immediately took notice. News of the 7-acre public park to be converted into a free, open, public food forest spread through blogs and other news publications and before long others decided to embrace the idea for their own community.
Ron Finley wants everyone to understand “growing your own food is like printing your own money.” The group he founded is LA Green Grounds. Their mission: “Growing, working, teaching: changing turf into edible gardens in South Los Angeles.”
Gleaning is the practice of gathering food that is left behind after harvest, usually to feed those in need. Modern-day permutations of this ancient practice are bringing food to the hungry and reducing food waste in America.
With commercial composting starting to take off, innovative businesses are harnessing the profit potential of turning everyday organic waste into compost for sale – savings tons of food from the landfill and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Shipping on the Mississippi River has returned to normal levels after a threatened shutdown due to the drought, but the scare exposed one more way our food supply is vulnerable to extreme weather events.
A diverse food system is a more secure food system. With extreme weather and other pressures on our food supply, age-old practices like seed sharing are becoming more important for the future.
EPA mandates for cellulosic biofuel blends cannot be met as production is literally non-existent. How the EPA manages the mandates for 2013 may have a direct effect on food prices at the grocery store in the near future.