agriculture

USDA Releases New Planting Map

USDA Releases New Planting Map

This post has a little something for the geeks among us, the home gardeners and environmentalists:  the USDA has released its new plant hardiness zones map.  It is on the agency website in interactive form.  It is the first update in over 20 years.  For the geeks, it is an interactive app, for the home […]

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Seen Mr. Joad or Preacher Casey around these parts?

Seen Mr. Joad or Preacher Casey around these parts?

As if the news isn’t depressing enough. Check out this report from the Christian Science Monitor.

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Quasi-Rural Innovation

Quasi-Rural Innovation

No, quasi-rural isn’t a farmer with back problems.  The term refers to small metropolitan areas, like Burlington, VT.  These places sometimes can produce some interesting economic innovations.  (Did you know that the first US patent was granted to a Vermont farmer?)  A recent article in the Burlington Free Press highlights some of the latest in […]

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Too many Farmers’ Markets?

Too many Farmers’ Markets?

That’s the question explored in a recent New York Times piece: Farmers in pockets of the country say the number of farmers’ markets has outstripped demand, a consequence of a clamor for markets that are closer to customers and communities that want multiple markets. Some farmers say small new markets have lured away loyal customers […]

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While Boehner & Company continue to fiddle. . .

While Boehner & Company continue to fiddle. . .

. . . the Economist reports that individuals are threatened with hunger and important counter cyclical programs are being damaged when America needs them most: Take food stamps, a programme designed to ensure that poor Americans have enough to eat, which is seen by many Republicans as unsustainable and by many Democrats as untouchable. Participation […]

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Detroit Gets Serious About Local Food

Detroit Gets Serious About Local Food

Detroit is undergoing a profound transformation.  To get a sense of it, click on the image at the right to see a residential neighborhood 3 miles from the downtown (the equivalent distance from the Battery to Penn Station for New Yorkers or from Downtown Crossing to the Back Bay/Fens, for Bostonians).  Given this context, New […]

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