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Pheonix Obrien
Pheonix Obrien, one of MOFGA's farmers in residence, cultivates just-germinated carrots. Photo by Megan Gardner.


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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Only Sixteen States Eligible for Organic Cost Share Funding
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition - 8/23/2013.
The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) released a notice of funds availability for the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Organic Certification Cost-Share Program earlier this week in the Federal Register. The notice invites 16 states (New England states plus Hawaii, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming) to submit a grant application to AMS for organic certification cost-share funds, totaling over $1.3 million. Without a new Farm Bill and due to extension of the bad bill in January, says the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, the national program is on hold and has no funding.
Farm to Fork Across America: Quality U.S. Grown Food IS Our Homeland Security
Huffington Post - 8/23/2013.
By Julie Ann Fineman - Winding my way from Reno, down some of the most scenic highways in California, redwood, pine and fir greened the way to Heaven and Earth Farm as I traveled to meet legendary farmer, teacher and soil scientist Amigo Bob Cantisano. A ninth generation Californian, he bears the genetics of a fearless Spanish Lieutenant responsible for the first land route between New Spain and Alta California circa the late 1700's.
Are Food Banks Selling Out to Corporate America?
Take Part - 8/23/2013.
By Steve Holt - Food banks, once humble distributors of excess food thrown off by supermarkets and manufacturers, have become corporate enablers of the industrial food system, according to one longtime food activist.
Farmers Sound Off on Rules
Valley News - 8/21/2013.
By By Ben Conarck - Farmers from both sides of the Connecticut River crowded Alumni Hall Tuesday afternoon to share concerns about proposed federal food safety rules that could end up requiring weekly tests of water used for irrigation and changing the ways farmers spread manure on their crop fields.
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