Posted by Aaron Zueck | Aug 20, 2010
After 4,521 miles and 18 pretty rad community potlucks, we’ve finally crossed the finish line. We rode through a swarm of bees, teetered on a foot-wide dirt rim of a washed out road 30 feet above the river and rubble below, threatened farm dogs with pepper spray and our own vicious barks, climbed 10,000 foot mountain passes, and pushed with might through 50-mph headwinds. Most importantly, we have had the chance to become a part – however small – of the 18 communities we shared meals with across the country.
Posted by Aaron Zueck | Jul 28, 2010
We recently applauded a new CSA farm set up in Schoharie Valley, New York that provides for residents in the South Bronx – a community that is in dire need of healthy and affordable food. You can read about it here if you missed it. The Community Supported Agriculture model is a really powerful way to get good food to communities that need it. But it isn’t the only way.
The Farmers’ Market
When most people think of local food, they think of the farmers’ market. We’ve been asked quite a bit on our trip if we are going to visit the local market – and sometimes we do. But we never considered farmers’ markets to be a major part of our trip.
Posted by Robert DuBois | Jul 20, 2010
Recall all of those daily votes you cast at the inception of Bikeloc, helping us win a Refresh grant to partially fund our project?
A film crew from GOOD Magazine followed us to our picturesque potluck hosted by Marty and Kris Travis at Spence Farm near Fairbury, Illinois; we had about 50 attendees from surrounding rural and urban areas.
It’s unclear whether the Shaker Reproduction furniture, rustic buildings, happy chickens, or abundance of food has caused it, but Spence Farm always has a little magic in the air. All who visit leave having learned something about the food we eat, and feel hopeful and inspired about the future of our food system.
And do you recall Annabeth? This is where we captured her story.
Posted by Robert DuBois | Jul 09, 2010
Heard of Glyphosate? Perhaps not.
Most home-owners know it as a simple spray that kills weeds in the yard, most farmers know it as an herbicide that kills weeds, allowing their crops to grow strong. It’s also known as Roundup, and it’s used on about 90 percent of soybean crops, and 70 percent of corn and cotton crops.
Over the last few years, Round Up’s efficacy has started to slip; for some, the herbicide is no longer working. So, what’s a farmer to do? One solution is to roll back to weed-killers that preceded glyphosate – in our current system, a debatably reasonable remedy – but let’s bring to the fore a crucial point that has lurked in the shadows of the Roundup conversation: the potential health and environmental implications of using these chemicals.
We caught up with Nick Swetye of the Green Triangle, a permaculture-based organization in Cleveland, about his view of Round Up, herbicide-resistant weeds, and the potential health and environmental implications of rolling back to older chemicals as a Roundup replacement.
Please share your reactions.
Posted by Robert DuBois | Jun 23, 2010
When we visited Schoharie valley in upstate New York, we learned about a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program that connects farmers in that area with residents of the South Bronx, 150 miles away. The program recently delivered its first produce – with biweekly subscriptions and an income-based pricing model, rather than the typical season-long and fixed-price model – to the area.
When Richard Ball, who is one of the farmers working with the project, first told us about it back in May, the idea and the action really inspired us – the CSA is a powerful model for getting fresh, local, seasonal produce to the table, and this program gives those who most need it the access they deserve.
This is a prime example of extending locally-produced food beyond the farmer’s market, expanding its reach to those who have limited access to food or live in a food desert.
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