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Map of farmers markets in the Washington area - The Washington Post

Map of farmers markets in the Washington area - The Washington Post | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it
Browse by location more than 140 farmers markets in Maryland, Virginia and the District.

 

Nice tool for Washington, DC area. Every major metro newspaper should offer the same.

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Genetic Weapon Against Insects Raises Hope and Fear in Farming

Genetic Weapon Against Insects Raises Hope and Fear in Farming | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it
Scientists, looking for new weapons against insect pests in farming, have developed gene-silencing agents. But skeptics are concerned about potential threats to nontarget insects and even humans.
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This new GMO tactic could have unintended consequences.  You know Murphy's Law?

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A Win for the Raw Milk Movement

A Win for the Raw Milk Movement | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it
On July 31 Armand and Teddi Bechard entered into a consent
agreement with the State of Missouri, ending a case that began in
2009.
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Organic Farmers Appeal Case Against Monsanto

Organic Farmers Appeal Case Against Monsanto | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it
One month after a District Court judge dismissed their case against biotech giant Monsanto, organic farmers have filed a notice of appeal...
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Fence Post Economics

Fence Post Economics | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it
Ever leaned up against an old fence post while you chatted with a friend, or simply paused along a roadside fence to admire the view?
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Map of farmers markets in the Washington area - The Washington Post

Map of farmers markets in the Washington area - The Washington Post | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it
Browse by location more than 140 farmers markets in Maryland, Virginia and the District.

 

Nice tool for Washington, DC area. Every major metro newspaper should offer the same.

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New Fish Farms Move from Ocean to Warehouse | Worldwatch Institute

New Fish Farms Move from Ocean to Warehouse | Worldwatch Institute | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it

This just may be the future of sustainable fisheries: moving them indoors! This article describes a Universit of Maryland project to raise fish in an indoor farm.

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2011 Was A Lot More Snowy Than 2012 — ANIMAL

2011 Was A Lot More Snowy Than 2012 — ANIMAL | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it

Farmers know that a snowless winter can mean a too dry summer.

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Who Are The Young Farmers Of 'Generation Organic'? : NPR

There's a surge of youthful vigor into American agriculture — at least in the corner devoted to organic, local food. Thousands of idealistic young people who've never farmed before are trying it out.
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Cutting hay the old fashioned way, just for the joy of it

Cutting hay the old fashioned way, just for the joy of it | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it
RUPERT - It's back to the future for one farm boy who is
spending his golden years cutting hay fields with an early 20th
century hay cutter.
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Modern Coops for Modern Chickens

Modern Coops for Modern Chickens | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it

Yesterday we saw how architecture could extend beyond its service to man to serve man’s best friend, as evidenced in Frank Lloyd Wright’s sophisticated doghouse for Eddie, a 4-year-old black Labrador. After all, why can’t our domesticated friends enjoy the fruits of good design? The same can be said for the rising population of domesticated chickens, one of the more recent species to join the urban migration. As more hens are shacking up in our cities, more designer chicken coops are entering the market, aiming to makeover our feathered friends from country bumpkins into city slickers. The latest to catch our eye comes from Portland-based architecture firm Wright Design Office (no relation to Frank, I presume), and it offers a modern dwelling made of recycled cedar and metal or fiberglass roof panels. The roof of the structure can even double as a coop-top garden.

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Who We Are: National Sustainable Agriculture Project

Who We Are: National Sustainable Agriculture Project | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it
ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service provides information and other technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, Extension agents, educators, and others involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States.
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Dependence & Gratitude « Polyface Hen House

Dependence & Gratitude « Polyface Hen House | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it

“Eating with the fullest pleasure – pleasure, that is, that does not depend on ignorance – is perhaps the profoundest enactment of our connection with the world. In this pleasure we experience our dependence and our gratitude, for we are living in a mystery, from creatures we did not make and powers we cannot comprehend.”
–Wendell Berry

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Where and How to Find High-Quality Organic Eggs

Where and How to Find High-Quality Organic Eggs | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it
Your best source for fresh, organic eggs is a local farmer that allows his hens to forage freely outdoors. (Organic, Cage-Free, Free-Range or Pastured...
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A fresh, free range egg tastes "eggy" and a dozen of them is well worth $5.

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Highest-Quality Eggs are Organic, Free-Range, Pasture-Raised


The best sources for high-quality eggs are Organic, Free-Range, and Pasture-Raised. However, labels can be somewhat misleading because of the way in which government regulations operate with respect to the classification of farm raised eggs. 


For instance, some commercial farm egg operations claim that their eggs are "free-range", despite the fact that the foraging conditions for chickens are far from how chickens would normally forage for their food in a natural state. 


What makes choosing the healthiest source of eggs even more difficult is that government regulations which classify eggs as "free-range" don't give particulars as to how much time hens must stay outdoors or the amount of outdoor space that hens must have access to. Moreover, regulations don't indicate that hens must have access to a pasture diet. 


Educate yourself and read this Article about Natural Source Eggs


True free-range eggs, now increasingly referred to as "pasture-raised," are from hens that roam freely outdoors on a pasture where they can forage for their natural diet, which includes seeds, green plants, insects, and worms.

Large commercial egg facilities typically house tens of thousands of hens and can even go up to hundreds of thousands of hens. Obviously they cannot allow all of them to forage freely. They can still be called "cage-free" or "free-range" though, if they're not confined to an individual cage. But these labels say nothing about the conditions they ARE raised in, which are still deplorable.

So, while flimsy definitions of "free range" and "cage-free" allow such facilities to sell their products as free range, please beware that a hen that is let outside into a barren lot for mere minutes a day, and is fed a diet of corn, soy, cottonseed meals and synthetic additives is NOT a free-range hen, and simply will not produce the same quality eggs as its foraging counterpart.  There's also the issue of veterinary drug contamination. As reported in the featured article1:

"Formally certified organic accreditation - which is a membership-based process and comes with it a logo on packaging - signifies whether the chicken is free from unnatural additives or processes. Most brands don't actually hold this accreditation.

 [C]ertified organic poultry is the only poultry product that is 100 per cent guaranteed to be antibiotic-free. "Antibiotics can be fed to conventional chickens to accelerate weight gain and treat or prevent disease. "Free-ranging chickens can be treated with therapeutic antibiotics under veterinary direction and sold with the use of coccidiostats [a chemical agent added to animal feed]", says Sally, author of Eat Yourself Healthy in 28 Days..."

So to summarize, what you're really looking for is chicken and eggs that are both certified organic and true pasture-raised. Barring organic certification, which is cost-prohibitive for many small farmers, you could just make sure the farmer raises his chickens according to organic, free-range standards, allowing his flock to forage freely for their natural diet, and aren't fed antibiotics, corn and soy.

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........................................................................................Dr. Mercola


Source Mercola.com



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Celebrate the Farmer!

Celebrate the Farmer! | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it

Bittman writes in the New York Times: To give more people access to our bounty of fresh food, we need to support real farmers, not businessmen riding half-million-dollar combines.

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University strikes back against Occupy the Farm

University strikes back against Occupy the Farm | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it

Throwing themselves on the gears.

 

Those occupying the Gill Tract, a 10-acre plot just outside of Berkeley, say they won't leave until they know it will be farmed sustainably. Meanwhile, the University of California -- owner of the ...

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I Recommend: Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms - by Nicolette Hahn Niman with Foreword by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

I Recommend: Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms - by Nicolette Hahn Niman with Foreword by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it

I'm  2/3rds of the way through this book. Provides great reporting on factory farming--how it abuses animals, pollutes the environment, and produces cheap but bland-tasting and less nutritious food.

 

Official book website for Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms, by Nicolette Hahn Niman with foreword by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

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Burger King Pledges to Go Completely Cage-Free

Burger King Pledges to Go Completely Cage-Free | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it
In a surprising announcement, the major restaurant chain has pledged to change the way its food is produced.
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Origin of Modern Cows Traced to Single Herd

Origin of Modern Cows Traced to Single Herd | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it
By Duncan Geere, Wired UKA genetic study of cattle has claimed that all modern domesticated bovines are descended from a single herd of wild...
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From Record Store to Mushroom Farm

From Record Store to Mushroom Farm | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it

Former Seattle record store becomes a mushroom farm that utilizes coffee ground compost.

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Chickens Flying North for the Spring? | Smith Meadows

Chickens Flying North for the Spring? | Smith Meadows | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it
Each fall, as our chickens are out foraging for late season grasshoppers and finishing off the last of the frost-nipped clover, wild geese are flying...
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Inside Polyface Farm, Mecca of Sustainable Agriculture

Inside Polyface Farm, Mecca of Sustainable Agriculture | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it
A writer joins hordes of farmers and tourists for a once-every-three-years look at Joel Salatin's pioneering "grass-farming" operation...
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How Local is it? | Smith Meadows

How Local is it? | Smith Meadows | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it
We were mentioned in the Washington Post this week in an article called In Winter, farmers markets turn into value (added) villages. by Tim Carman.
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Back to the Start

Coldplay's haunting classic 'The Scientist' is performed by country music legend Willie Nelson for the soundtrack of the short film entitled, "Back to the Start." Download the song now available on iTunes. 

 

This is acually advertising for Chipolte Mexican restaurants. Chipolte does make an effort to source sustainably raised pork, beef, and chicken, but only a fraction of their meat comes from sustainable sources. 

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