|The drought of 2012: an organic farmer’s perspective|
Smith Meadows Farm - 8/22/2012. By Forrest Pritchard – My heart goes out to my fellow farmers who live within the drought stricken region that now stretches almost nationwide. As you can see from the map, my own farm hasn’t been immune to the lack of rainfall (most of Virginia is currently experiencing ‘abnormally dry’ to ‘moderate drought’ conditions), but my region is in vastly better shape than most of the country.
|Marching to the bleat of a different drummer|
Portland Press Herald - 8/22/2012. By Meredith Goad – Windham and New Gloucester: Phil Webster gestures out to the rolling hills of Collyer Brook Farm in New Gloucester and points out a fuzzy line of white heading in the general direction of the barn. The thin line of animals marching in single file is part of a larger flock of 500 to 600 that Webster and his wife, Lisa, keep here on about 650 acres of leased land.
|New local nonprofit spins compost from your leftover food scraps|
Portland Press Herald - 8/22/2012. By Avery Yale Kamila – For less than a month, Sable Sanborn and Tyler Frank have been seeking customers for their new venture, Garbage to Garden, that picks up food waste outside people's homes and then transforms it into compost. The not-for-profit cooperative began accepting customers during August's First Friday Art Walk, and already has more than 100 households participating in the program.
|Wasted: how America is losing up to 40% of its food from farm to fork to landfill|
Natural Resources Defense Council - 8/21/2012. Food is simply too good to waste. Even the most sustainably farmed food does us no good if the food is never eaten. Getting food to our tables eats up 10 percent of the total U.S. energy budget, uses 50 percent of U.S. land, and swallows 80 percent of freshwater consumed in the United States. Yet, 40 percent of food in the United States today goes uneaten.