innovative agriculture

Our Heroes: 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.

Food Ark

Industrial agriculture and monocropping has caused the extinction of thousands of breeds of fruits, vegetables and livestock. The July issue of National Geographic highlights the hopeful work of seed preservation in this article, Food Ark.

Our Heroes: Will Allen of Growing Power

This week's hero is Will Allen, the now-legendary urban farmer from Milwaukee whose organization Growing Power is at the forefront of the "good food revolution."

Our Heroes: Julie Bass, 'Outlaw' Front Yard Veggie Gardener

The city of Oak Park recently dropped misdemeanor charges against Julie Bass, but not before threatening her with 93 days in jail. Here, she speaks with us about her love of gardening, why she chose to fight the good fight and how her experience has affected her view of the food movement.

Our Heroes: Doug DeCandia of the Food Bank for Westchester

As Food Growing Project Coordinator at the Food Bank for Westchester, Doug DeCandia manages a joint production-vocational program to grow fresh produce for those who experience food insecurity in Westchester. [Podcast length: 27 min.]

Brewing Better Local Economies with American Craft Beer

In which our resident home brew hobbyist and clean water advocate argues that craft beers strengthen communities and explores some characteristics (most of which also apply to the good food movement) of the better beer movement, particularly as it concerns local production and consumption.

Our Heroes: Carole Morison of Bird's Eye View Farm

Perhaps best known as the chicken farmer from Food, Inc., Carole Morison is a long-time poultry producer, sustainable agriculture activist and outspoken critic of the industrial food system. Here, she discusses her transition from industrial producer to sustainable farmer.

Conservation Technology Information Center

CTIC is a national, nonprofit public-private partnership that works to promote soil and water quality. Their site includes technical documents, as well as educational activities for teachers.

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