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Light Up the Farm with New Haven Farms!

Light Up the Farm with New Haven Farms!

New Haven Farms is having a fundraiser!! This Saturday night, November 10th from 5-7pm at the Edgerton Park Carriage House. Please join us this weekend as we honor Harvey Koizem...

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Food Summit Success!

Food Summit Success!

New Haven, CT - Will Allen, CEO of Growing Power, has been to many a food summit. Many a local food conference, many small farm fundraisers. He travels around the...

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Chef Jenny Huston's Organic Food and Agr…

Chef Jenny Huston's Organic Food and Agriculture Update

Oakland, CA -  This week's highlights on organic food news include: US farmers turn to gummy worms, fruit loops to feed cows after corn shortage http://goo.gl/jhTqz Monsanto Seed Paten Case Gets US Supreme...

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Chef Jenny Huston's Organic Food and Agr…

Chef Jenny Huston's Organic Food and Agriculture Update

Oakland, CA - Get your news of our weird food world here! This week's highlights on organic food news include: Stay out of the water: A Toxic algae slideshow http://goo.gl/HyTmA The same...

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October 2012 is Food Month!!!

October 2012 is Food Month!!!

  New Haven, CT - October 24 is National Food Day but New Haven is taking it a big step further and is declaring October to be Food Month! Chairwoman Tagan...

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Chef Jenny Huston's Organic Food and Agr…

Oakland, CA: This week's highlights: America: Becoming a Land Without Farmers http://goo.gl/Sf3YR NYT: Room for Debate: Organic Food Worth the Expense? http://goo.gl/LhhH9 Big Organic Joins Monsanto in Fighting Prop 37 http://goo.gl/kXM0w Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s Force...

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Goat is the New Chicken

Goat is the New Chicken

Milwaukee, WI - When we sat down to lunch during last week’s Growing Power National and International Small Farm Conference, a woman with a plate of food in her hand...

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Eating Well After the Supermarket Runs O…

Eating Well After the Supermarket Runs Out of Food

Do you have a relationship with the farmer that grows your food? Currently, for most people, the answer to that question is no. They get their food from a supermarket....

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Chef Jenny Huston's Organic Food and Ag …

Chef Jenny Huston's Organic Food and Ag Updates!

Oakland, CA - This week highlights on Chef Jenny Huston's Organic Food and Agriculture Update: ‘Food Hubs’ Connect School Districts With Farmers, Why You Need to Eat More Lard, Factory...

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Does Your Community Make You Money? It S…

Does Your Community Make You Money? It Should

Does your community make you money? When I ask that question, almost everyone says no (not only no, but hell no!). In fact, most people make the assumption that communities shouldn't make...

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Chef Jenny Huston's Organic Food and Agriculture Update

Oakland, CA - This week on Chef Jenny Huston's Organic Food and Agriculture Update: Bhutan Goes 100% Organic, How 40% of Our Food Goes to Waste,and a Leaked Memo Shows EPA Doubts...

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Book Takes A New Look at Urban Farms Acr…

Book Takes A New Look at Urban Farms Across U.S.

It was an overcast but hot and humid Sunday July afternoon when 50 volunteers arrived to clear a sizable lot of land at Phoenix Press in New Haven, Connecticut, underneath...

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Chef Jenny Huston's Organic Food and Agriculture Update

Oakland, CA - This week on Chef Jenny Huston's Organic Food and Agriculture Update - Raj Patel's Summer Vacation, $600 a day fine against Philadelphia woman for feeding needy neighborhood kids,...

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The Cornucopia Institute Prop 37 Shopper…

The Cornucopia Institute Prop 37 Shopper’s Guide:

Agribusinesses Owning Natural/Organic Brands Betray Customers: Fund Attack on GMO Labeling Proposal in California. By using Cornucopia’s Proposition 37 funding guide, consumers can invest their food dollars in organic and non-GMO...

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Chef Jenny Huston's Organic Food and Agr…

Chef Jenny Huston's Organic Food and Agriculture Update

Oakland, CA - This week on Chef Jenny Huston's Organic Food and Agriculture Update - Jealous Bees, Melted Squirrels and Family Heirlooms! Get your news of our weird food world...

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Will Allen, CEO of Growing Power, to Vis…

Will Allen, CEO of Growing Power, to Visit New Haven

New Haven, CT - Will Allen, Founder and CEO of Growing Power and author of The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities, will be giving the keynote...

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America's Underground Economy

America's Underground Economy

Growing your own food is a good thing. Growing your own business for the sake of self-sufficiency is even better. Craig Ballantyne from Early to Rise tells you how to...

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Joel Salatin: We Are the Solution, as We…

Joel Salatin: We Are the Solution, as Well as the Problem

"There is nothing inherently environmentally damaging about human participation. Yes, I admit it and repent in sackcloth and ashes for all of the human devastation that has been caused throughout...

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Can a Major City Grow All Its Own Food?

Can a Major City Grow All Its Own Food?

Portland, OR - Tim Donovan, farm manager at Project Grow, an urban farm that grows food for local neighborhood CSA members with help from adults with disabilities, shares his views...

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Keep Fighting the Good Fight Against An …

Keep Fighting the Good Fight Against An Epidemic of Dependency

Here’s a little midweek pick me up. A reminder that the prevailing culture of dependency we find ourselves in, doesn’t always win. This little victory was won by Karl Tricamo of...

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Chef Jenny Huston's Organic Food and Ag Updates

Another reality check from Chef Jenny Huston, member of the Oakland Food Policy Council, who brings us the latest news on the world of organic food and agriculture. In the news this...

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My Backyard is My New Food Supply

My Backyard is My New Food Supply

I just recently closed on this house here in the lovely and quirky neighborhood of Fair Haven, located within the city of New Haven, just blocks from the Quinnipiac River....

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Can Participatory Food Make Local Food Abundant?

I love the idea of participatory food. In fact, participatory food may be the way we achieve better and more abundant food in the future.

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Making the Most Out of the “Weeds” in Your Garden: Purslane

When a weed not a weed? When its edible. And delicious. Find out how to use purslane as food and medicine:

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Your Organic Food and Ag Update is here! Chef Jenny Huston from Oakland, California brings you the latest news on the world of organic food and agriculture. This week's news includes:...

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Growing Micro Greens and Organic Produce for Restaurants

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Immigrant Nation: Microenterprise Farming Begins in Iowa

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The Rise of Phoenix Pharm

The Rise of Phoenix Pharm

New Haven, CT - To the average observer, the site in the photo might look like an uninhabitable, barren moon-scape vacant lot but to us at New Haven Farms, it’s...

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Buy Compost and Get Free Hot Water?

Buy Compost and Get Free Hot Water?

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farmageddonfarmageddonNew Haven, CT - Last Saturday, 70 people showed up on a beautiful late sunny afternoon at Barnard Environmental School to view the school garden, one of the best in New Haven, and to support the New Haven Bioregional Group while enjoying a delicious pot luck dinner and watching the film Farmageddon, a disturbing look at the U.S government’s recent and constant attacks on the small family farmer. The scenes become numbingly déjà vu – over and over we see armed government guards entering small family farms and food buying coops, often at 5am, with guns blazing, ordering shut downs of local business and demanding the turn-over of innocent animals who are put to death for a disease that the USDA could never prove existed.  

Raw milk is the red flag for many government actions against the small family farmer. Before pasteurization was adopted as a standard practice in milk production, raw milk was drunk by all Americans for hundreds of years. Today, raw milk is considered by many as dangerous, potentially a carrier of the deadly E.coli bacteria and hence, much defensive regulation has ensued to protect Americans from themselves. As Weston A. Price Foundation President Sally Fallon Morell points out in the film, each state regulates its own raw milk sales which has caused a lot of confusion among dairy producers and consumers and that is where the government has found the wiggle room to step in and shut down many raw milk producers. [CT law allows the sale of raw milk in retail stores for instance whereas New York state allows only direct purchase at farms.]

A New York State farmer is shut down for producing raspberry yogurt. Vermont farmers have their East Friesian milking sheep confiscated and put down. Rawesome Foods, a local food coop in Venice, CA, is surrounded by a SWAT team and thousands of dollars of produce confiscated. This unwarranted and unreasonable government intervention is the reason why Kristin Canty, mother of four, made this film – one of her sons was severely afflicted with asthma and allergies and after trying many Western medicine remedies, heard that raw milk could get rid of the problem so she bought some and it worked. It worked so well her son went completely off the steroids. Kristin soon learned about these raids on family farms and decided to do something about it. And Farmageddon was born. Canty says this is her first AND only film.

Bill Duesing, executive director of CT NOFA was there to answer questions after the screening, along with Cob Carlson, editor of Farmageddon and former president of the Hartford Food Coop way back when [he also volunteers for Farm Aid back in his hometown of Boston.]

Many people in the audience asked “What can we do?” [With sales of the recently released DVD now putting Farmageddon at #5 on iTunes, many must be wondering the same thing.]

Bill Duesing offered up: “Get involved, support HR3286, the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act, introduced by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree from Maine. She is a lone voice in Congress that is supporting the protection of the family farmer. We are hopeful that our Congresswoman Rosa De Lauro will sign it too.”

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree introduced HR3286, the Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Act to support the local-food movement. It has over 65 cosponsors in the House and Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio has introduced a companion bill, S.1773, in the Senate.

Many of these farmers and food buying coop owners lives have been irrevocably changed and their businesses continue to suffer. Cob told us that Rawesome Foods in Venice never recovered from that raid and has been shut down completely. “And it was in business for years, it was a local staple.” The Vermont farmers who lost their sheep now teach cheesemaking using cows’ milk from neighboring farms.

Polyface Farm owner and sustainable agriculture guru Joel Salatin asks in the film Farmageddon, “What does the government have against freedom?” In response to that question, it seems that this Local Food, Farms and Jobs Act is good start to what ails the family farm business. Folks can also support the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund which seeks to defend the rights and broaden the freedom of family farms. Let’s hope for all our sakes that protection happens sooner than later. Or think about buying your own cow. 

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