sustainable livestock husbandry

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.

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.

Move Over, Farmville: Virtual Farming with UK-based MyFarm

The intersection of new media and sustainable food systems has been a longtime passion of ours, and getting to learn about and participate -- albeit, digitally -- in the challenges facing an operating organic farm is an opportunity we couldn't pass up.

Erin Fairbanks of Heritage Foods USA

Erin Fairbanks is the project director of No Goat Left Behind, an initiative through October to connect goat farmers around the US with chefs and increase consumer knowledge about goat meat.

We Asked, You Answered: Favorite Sustainable Burger Joints

Smart restaurant owners see that consumers are making smarter choices when it comes to personal health as well as the environment and as a result, they are offering more local, seasonal produce, vegetarian options as well as grass-fed beef, pastured pork and free range organic chicken.

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.

Our Heroes: Jake and Karen Fairbairn, Lazy Crazy Acres

In which we talk to Karen Fairbairn, co-owner of Lazy Crazy Acres Farm & Creamery, about life as a dairy farmer as well as the challenges with organic certification, and her recommendation to add "American Farming" to public school curriculum. We're in.


Of the many foods associated with the winter holidays, few are as tied to the season as eggnog. This article explores the origins and evolution of the decadent beverage.

Heroic Endeavor: Cindy and Mike Ridenour’s Meadow Maid Foods

Learn how Cindy and Mike Ridenour, along with their daughter, Mary, have successfully operated Meadow Maid Foods - a sustainable producer and purveyor of grassfed beef and numerous vegetables - by integrating water and energy inputs to make their ranch nearly self-sufficient.

Animal Welfare

Industrial livestock facilities compromise the health and welfare of the animals they confine. Find out what they do wrong - and what you can do about it.

Talking Turkey

Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to come together and give thanks. It's the most celebrated (and most heavily traveled!) time of the year. Thanksgiving is a time to share, to give, and to be grateful for all that we have. It's also a time to eat. The centerpiece of most Thanksgiving dinners is a turkey, surrounded by home cooked, delicious vegetables, dressings, condiments and pies. In the spirit of the holiday, we've brought you a selection of our favorite recipes, as well as some information on the food that you'll be eating. We've also included links to other sites.

Heritage Animal Breeds and Heirloom Crop Varieties

Traditionally, farmers throughout the world raised thousands of different animal breeds and plant varieties. Though industrial farms now rely on only a few types of livestock and crops, traditional heritage breeds and heirloom varieties are still used by sustainable farmers.

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