Entries of interest tagged with: farming & farmers

Growing and Cultivating Successful New Farmers

by Heidi Secord & Gary Bloss In a recent discussion with experienced direct market farmers we asked ourselves how we and the communities we serve can encourage the next generation of farmers; and how new and beginner farmers can identify … more

Sustainability Doings: November 27, 2015 – “Best/Worst of Times?”

A time to celebrate. A time to mourn. President Obama announced his rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline on November 6. Calls to celebrate the victory are in from 350.org; Sierra Club; CREDO Action; Berks Gas Truth; NRDC; and others. … more

Agriculture

Agriculture is at the root of the local economy and of viable, sustainable communities. It provides resources – food, fiber, and more – as well as productive work, community cohesion, opportunities for engagement, and stewardship responsibilities. In order to understand … more

Saying No to Toxic Waste Dumping

by Anna Maria Caldara Bangor, Pennsylvania was once the slate-producing capital of the world. Now the abandoned quarries are candidates for toxic dumping. For over 30 years, one particular quarry has been receiving truckloads of ash from the GenOn coal … more

A Growing Community

by Jennifer Bell The Lafayette College Community Garden is my favorite place to be. But what makes it so special? The essence of community: I’m not just growing food for myself, but we’re all growing food for ourselves and our … more

Jenn Bell: A Growing Community

The Lafayette College Community Garden is my favorite place to be. But what makes it so special? The essence of community: I’m not just growing food for myself, but we’re all growing food for ourselves and our loved ones, together. … more

Sewage Sludge

One reliable & comprehensive source of information about sludge and the dangers associated with its use is the Sludge-Free Alliance, based in nearby Berks County. Here’s an introductory paragraph from their website: For just one moment, think of everything that gets flushed or rinsed … more