Members of congress have introduced a bill aimed at reducing the United State’s contribution to global green house gas emissions. This legislation must include actionable agricultural policy that supports small-scale, family farms.
David Shields is the 2018 SnailBlazer award winner for Biodiversity. He is the Chair of the Ark of Taste Southern Region and his critical research has helped revive over thirty crops including benne.
Congress passes a new Farm Bill that continues to fund significant programs for Good, Clean, and Fair food within the US. However, it’s policy falls short when it comes to restricting the expansion CAFO’s, and the new bill continues to provide millions of dollars in subsidies to high-profit commodity croppers.
An advertising executive who quits her job and farms an olive grove in southern California: it’s the perfect premise for a late-nineties or early-aughts romantic comedy. But for Theo Stephan, who owns and operates Global Gardens, the first extra-virgin olive oil farm in the Santa Ynez valley, owning her own food business has not always played out like a movie. There were many tough lessons along the way and some that Stephan is continuing to learn as her business continues to evolve.
Fourth generation hog farmer Greg Gunthorp sold his first hog to a restaurant twenty years ago. Since then he has become a leader in sustainable, family-farming practices in a region that has become dominated by large-scale factory farms. Greg highlights the importance of small-scale farming and some of the advantages it still holds over big agra.
Healthy soils are productive soils. Programs that aid farmers preserving agricultural lands are at risk during current revisions to the 2018 Farm Bill. Take action and contact your Representatives to make sure they know you care about farm policy.