sustainable farms and communities

The Danger of Monocrops: Lessons from the Irish Potato Famine

While each immigrant story carries its own unique lessons for modern life, in the case of the Irish Diaspora, one of the most useful takeaways lies in the tragic role that unsustainable agricultural practices played in leading to the mass starvation and exodus of the Irish people.

Our Heroes: Four Country Gals in Beryl, Utah

Meet more of Ecocentric's sustainable farmer heroes this week: "We are DHA Family Farms aka the Four Country Gals, located in the middle of nowhere, Beryl Utah. We have a cow, 17 sheep, 4 dairy goats, 3 pygmy goats, 4 breeding rabbits, 35 or so chickens, and 6 very useless dogs. We love all of them!"

Our Heroes: Menno Beiler of Fairview Fruit Farm

Over the winter, Ecocentric interviewed farmers across the country from our Eat Well Guide in an effort to highlight both the challenges and triumphs of sustainable farmers across the country. Join us as we delve in to discover what it means to be a farmer in the 21st century.

Our Heroes: John Cahill of Real Food Farms

Over the winter, Ecocentric interviewed farmers across the country from our Eat Well Guide in an effort to highlight both the challenges and triumphs of sustainable farmers across the country. Join us as we delve in to discover what it means to be a farmer in the 21st century.

Our Hero: Deb Eschmeyer, Farm to School Network & FoodCorps

An Ohio farmgirl at heart, Deb is a tour de force in the good food movement, as the voice of the Farm to School Network and the burgeoning "domestic peace corps" called FoodCorps, which places young people directly in schools districts to provide them a better connection with local farmers.

Tuckahoe Students Get Their Hands Dirty

"All I need is a song in my heart, food in my belly, and love in my family," sang the second grade class of the Tuckahoe School on Earth Day. The school, in Southampton, New York, recently won a grant to build a community garden on school grounds, one of five across Suffolk County awarded funds through the Heart Links Project of Stony Brook University Medical Center.

After The Hurricane: CSAs and the Power of Community

When Hurricane Irene hit New York City on August 28th, turning out to be a nonevent, residents breathed a sigh of relief, but many upstate farms were not so lucky, including Monkshood Nursery, where several Ecocentric bloggers had a CSA membership.

After Irene: Impacted Northeast Farms and How You Can Help

Hurricane Irene caused the worst flooding eastern upstate New York and Vermont have seen in centuries, devastating farms and dairies throughout the Northeast. We've mapped as many as we could find, as well as local events organized to support them.

Our Hero: Severine von Tscharner Fleming of The Greenhorns

For young farmers nationwide, Severine von Tscharner Fleming is a fearless leader. A farmer, activist and organizer based in the Hudson Valley, New York, Severine speaks for a generation of young farmers, yet is acutely aware of the need for each farmer to tell his or her own story.

The Greenhorns: A Movie and a Movement

The Greenhorns sprung from the dream of making a film documenting the burgeoning movement of young farmers in order to provide hope for a culture viewed as struggling and dwindling. Now, after nearly three years of production, the film is ready to take its audience by storm.

Our Hero: Leah Mayor of Taking Root

Leah Mayor is the sweetest force to be reckoned with you'll ever meet. A community leader in food sustainability and eco-travel, Leah has just launched her newest project combining the two, Taking Root.

Our Hero: Brian Gotreaux of Gotreaux Family Farms in Scott, Louisiana

Brian Gotreaux never made the conscious decision to become an organic farmer-- it was simply a matter of getting healthy. After years of hard work, Brian and his wife Dawn successfully run an organic farm, a CSA and a farmer's market all while educating their community about the benefits of organic farming.

When Life Hands You Lemons, Make Farm Aid

On the 25th anniversary of Farm Aid, we're taking a look at one community in Maryland that channeled the spirit of farm-friendly fundraisers to support one of their local farms with an event appropriately titled Barn Aid.

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