Sign up for News & Updates

AOLC General

By Constance McCarthy

One of the places that makes my heart happiest is Angelic Organics, a biodynamic farm in northern Boone County. But wait. Isn't this series supposed to be about biodiversity? Indeed, it is. As biodiversity refers to the diversity of plant and animal life within a particular area, I don't think that it is constructive to draw lines around certain parcels of land within which we're concerned about biodiversity, while overlooking the overall biodiversity of all the land within an area.

image

The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University released a multi-state economic impact study on increases in fruit and vegetableimage production in a six-state area (including Illinois and Wisconsin) that was released this past week. Fresh Taste and the Illinois Local Food, Farms and Jobs Council, partners to the project, released the report in Illinois with a press conference on April 28th. As a co-chair of the Council that released the report in Illinois, I see...

image

Last week, our aging draft horse Babe came down with colic.   As I waited with her for the vet to come, I heard something I’d never heard before in all my years at the farm.  From the distance, 4 or 5 times, I heard a faint whinny from another horse.  This surprised me, as the nearest horses are probably three quarters of a mile away as the crow flies.

 

In retrospect, I believe that the other horse knew that Babe was in distress, and was calling out to her.

 

Over time, I’ve thought a lot about...

Food Policy Councils: Lessons Learned

 

Published by Food First and Community Food Security Coalition, December 2009 

 

By Alethea Harper, Annie Shattuck, Erik Holt-Giménez, Alison Alkon and Frances Lambrick. December 2009, 66 pages.

 

Based on an in-depth survey of 48 Food Policy Councils, the authors found
that despite dozens of successful case studies, Food Policy Councils
tend to encounter similar challenges, challenges that can sometimes
stymie progress, and must be countered with careful planning and
evaluation. This report contains tips and case studies for successful
...

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - AOLC General