Farm-to-table dinner raids and government attacks on small farmers – AKA why we need the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund

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It's no secret that I'm passionate about local, sustainable food and humane animal agriculture. I've posted about local farms, I've talked about my own foibles with gardening and raising chicks, I've interviewed sustainable agriculture legend Joel Salatin, Jimmy and I even pulled up roots and moved to the middle of nowhere with the intention of growing our own food. So when I hear about government officials targeting small farms, it gets my britches in a bunch. Bigtime. I found out about the Continue Reading

Our farm neighbors: Flint Ridge Farm

Portable chicken coop at Flint Ridge Farm

Flint Ridge Farm is a beautiful, fifth-generation family farm in Hayfield, Virginia. The land has been in the family since 1897. They're about a 15-minute drive up the road from us. We'd admired their gorgeous property each time we drove by, and then I made the connection that the eggs I was buying from the local market and this farm were one in the same. I gave the owner a call and he said I could come out and check out their setup. Flint Ridge is in the pastured egg Continue Reading

Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

Gorgeous yarn colors at Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival was a super fun time! Held at the Howard County Fairgrounds, near Frederick, Maryland, it's a huge, free, annual festival put on by the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association. It's like a big county fair crossed with a huge yarn market crossed with a showcase of hundreds of sheep breeds. The sheepdog trials were one of my favorite things I saw all weekend. It was so fascinating to watch these dogs work, only going on hand signals or whistles from their Continue Reading

Practical tips for living sustainably: an interview with Joel Salatin (part 5 of 5)

Polyface Farms

In part 1 of this 5-part video interview series, we heard a short history of Polyface farms and its' owner Joel Salatin. In part 2, Joel talked about the issue of "real food" education and whether we should really try to convert everyone. In part 3, we asked the big question - isn't this whole sustainable food thing really just an elitist movement? In part 4, we heard Joel talk about land ecology ethics, our role as caretakers of the land, and why a long term view is so important. In Continue Reading

Caring for the land: an interview with Joel Salatin (part 4 of 5)

Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms

In part 1 of this 5-part video interview series, we heard a short history of Polyface farms and its' owner Joel Salatin. In part 2, Joel talked about the issue of "real food" education and whether we should really try to convert everyone. In part 3, we asked the big question - isn't this whole sustainable food thing really just an elitist movement? In this video: Does a farm's size or scale have anything to do with how sustainable or ethical it is? How does Polyface farms measure Continue Reading