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    Country Legend and the Family Farm
    April 20, 2015

    Country legend Willie Nelson tells Grist’s Darby Minow Smith, “There is a lot of organic farming going on these days and it’s helped out the small family farmer. The farm-to-table markets are doing well,” he said. “People have learned to buy locally and sustainably, and it’s turning into a better situation than it was, but it’s not perfect. There are still a lot of farmers out there in trouble.” Read the whole article: Willie Nelson: The man, the myth and what […]
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    Report Reveals Rising Interest in Farmland Worldwide
    April 20, 2015

    Seventy-five percent of the world’s poor live in rural areas, and most are involved in agriculture. In the 21st century, agriculture remains fundamental to economic growth, poverty alleviation, and environmental sustainability. The World Bank’s Agriculture and Rural Development publication series presents recent analyses of issues that affect the role of agriculture, including livestock, fisheries, and forestry, as a source of economic development, rural livelihoods, and environmental services. Read Rising Global Interest in Farmland from the World Bank  
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    Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles
    April 15, 2015

    From Food First: We, social movements, grassroots organizations and civil society organizations engaged in the defense of the rights to land and water, gathered in October 2014 in Dakar at the African Social Forum. We are fighting and protesting against natural resource grabbing, especially water and land grabbing of our Commons, and against the systematic violations of the associated human rights. Sharing our ideas led to acknowledgement of the essential linkage between our struggles, given the inextricable nature of land […]
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    Approaches to Farmland Preservation in the Northeast, 4/29
    April 15, 2015

    An event for funders discussing farmland preservation will be livestreamed Wednesday 4/29 from 11:30am – 2pm EST From Community Food Funders: Farmland throughout the nation is disappearing due to more lucrative opportunities for land use, such as commercial or housing development and private estates.  This is especially true in our region.  Loss of land and high land prices are preventing small farmers from accessing farmable land, and creates an incentive for established farmers to sell their land for non-agricultural uses.  This situation […]
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    Webinar This Morning 4/14: Climate Change and The Farm
    April 14, 2015

    From the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy: 10:00 AM CST / 11:00 AM EST / 3:00 PM GMT Register now Discussions about climate change often lead to how agriculture is a major contributor of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. It is also true that agricultural communities are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, as they are often those most closely linked to natural ecosystems for their economic, social and environmental well-being. The challenge is to find practical […]
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    Land Gifting Gets a Head Start in Iowa
    April 13, 2015

    The Sustainable Iowa Land Trust (SILT), just out of the gates is revolutionizing the was Iowans look at the land. From SILT: You may not know which neighbor has been thinking about the transfer of their land to the next generation, but help us hold social gatherings or speak at a scheduled event and see who turns up. You could end up with a beautiful, diverse food farm closer to home than you could imagine and protected in perpetuity from development […]
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    Passing on the Farm: The Not So Simple Life
    April 13, 2015

    This first hand account of succession shows just what kind of struggles even farmers with a plan may face. From Yes Magazine by Shannon Hayes: I take a tentative step on the woodland trail I’ve been breaking in all winter. The snow is too soft today. I sink to my knees. Sighing, I call to the dogs. We abandon the woods and sludge instead through the muddy driveway and out to the road for our morning walk. As I step […]
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    Investing in Our Neighbors
    April 9, 2015

    As Agrarian Trust and our partners try to create a new framework where farmland commons are created by investors and worked by farmers in the community, we also are beginning to ask who can invest. Is there a legal framework for small lenders, and if not, how do we create one. From MinnPost.com: In January, new legislation was introduced in the Minnesota Legislature that would open up business investment opportunities to everyone in our state in a way that is now only […]
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    The Human Cost of Food
    April 9, 2015

    Late last year, science reporter Liza Gross came to us with a project that examined pesticide use near schools in California. One high school in Oxnard that Gross focused on had the misfortune of being surrounded by strawberry fields that get dosed with a greater volume of toxic fumigants than any other community in the state. Most of the students at this school are Latino, which isn’t unusual. Gross found that Latino students were nearly twice as likely as whites […]
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    Did the City Build the Farm?
    April 8, 2015

    A blogger from zompist.com looks into the legacy and teaching of Jane Jacobs: Not enough people have read Jane Jacobs. Many have; her The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961), a celebration of city neighborhoods and a warning that they were being destroyed by the czars of urban renewal, has gone in forty years from iconoclasm to curriculum. But even better are the less read The Economy of Cities (1970) and Cities and the Wealth of Nations (1984), twin volumes which […]
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