|We Need an Organic Farm Bill|
The New York Times - 2/25/2012.Op-Ed by David Murphy is the founder and executive director of Food Democracy Now! In order to meet the serious challenges of the 21st century, U.S. agricultural policy in the farm bill must shift from its focus of creating cheap commodities and artificially propping up income for farmers, toward implementing best agricultural practices for sustainable and organic production methods.
|The tale of a gardener, a book, and a pledge drive|
Bangor Daily News - 2/25/2012.By Janine Pineo – Maine gardeners are an independent lot, but if there’s one thing to be said about them as a rule, they love to share their gardening know-how. Lisa Colburn of Orono found this out firsthand, with the results coming together in a new book, “The Maine Garden Journal: Insider Secrets from Maine People Who Love to Put Their Hands in the Dirt.”
|Sap, syrup already flowing at Maine maple sugarhouses|
Bangor Daily News - 2/25/2012.By Kevin Miller – Ellsworth: The tapping of the maple trees, that sweet and sticky ritual that signals the changing seasons in New England, has started early this year for many of Maine’s maple syrup producers. Whether this year’s syrup season will be a boom or bust depends on what the weather decides to do next, however.
|New York should make milk, not prisons|
Thirteen.org - 2/25/2012.By Brenden Beck – Casimer Trybuskiewicz has been a dairy farmer his whole life, and his father before him was, too. He runs Casey Dairy Farm with his family in Attica, N.Y., a small town about 30 miles east of Buffalo. A short drive from Casey Dairy and its 45 cows are two prisons.