Citrus Disease With No Cure Is Ravaging Florida Groves

LIZETTE ALVAREZ (The New York Times — May 9, 2013)

A tree hit by citrus greening. JASON HENRY FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES Florida’s citrus industry is grappling with the most serious threat in its history: a bacterial disease with no cure that has infected all 32 of the state’s citrus-growing counties. Read More »

WCW Profile: Shelby King

Carol J. Darling (West Coast Woman — May 2013)

Image by Evelyn England A fifth generation resident of Manatee County, Shelby runs King Family Farm with her husband, Ben. The farm grows vegetables such as purple carrots, fennel, eggplant, peppers, heirloom tomatoes, celery, herbs, greens, beets, kohlrabi, and cabbage. They also have 20 acres of blueberries and 10 acres of peaches along with livestock, sheep, and horses. Read More »

CLUCK Clears Hurdle For Backyard Coops

John Rehill (Bradenton Herald — March 28, 2013)

Backyard_coup With a slim vote of 4-to-3, Manatee County commissioners will now ask staff to prepare an ordinance that will allow residents to keep chickens in their backyard. Read More »

Slowing Down and Chipping In

Tyler Whitson (Sarasota News Leader — April 5, 2013)

Children and families learn about beekeeping at one of the Crowley Folk School booths at the Eat Local
Week Festival of Reskilling at Phillippi Estate Park on March 12. Photo by Arielle Scherr Third annual Eat Local Week encourages community members to buy local food, invest in local farms and businesses. Read More »

Manatee County Students Help Plant White House Garden

EMMA KANTROWITZ (Bradenton Herald — April 5, 2013)

First lady Michelle Obama and Emilio Vega plant seeds for the White House kitchen garden in Washington, D.C., Thursday, April 4, 2013. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT) While the rest of his classmates were stuck in school Thursday, Emilio Vega, 11, planted bread wheat seeds with first lady Michelle Obama in her garden on the South Lawn of the White House Read More »

Local Food Makes Up 20 Percent of Florida’s Eat-At-Home Market, UF Study Shows

Tom Nordlie (University of Florida News — March 25, 2013)

Screen shot 2013-03-27 at 5.15.19 PM The study was based on a statewide consumer survey. Prior estimates from other states had local food accounting for about 5 percent of all food sales. Read More »

Eat Near: It’s all about the Benjamins at Eat Local Week No. 3

Cooper Levey-Baker (Ticket Sarasota — March 22, 2013)

SLOW MONEY HOPEFULLY FEWER PROBLEMS: Slow Money Founder and Chairman Woody Tasch / COURTESY ERIKA VAN ZANDT When Woody Tasch went on tour to promote his book, Inquiries Into the Nature of "Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered," he had no idea his collection of musings on how to spark investment in local agriculture would turn into a movement. Read More »

To Manatee County Commission: Say Yes to Backyard Hens

(Bradenton Herald — March 16, 2013)

Hens forage for food in a backyard in West Bradenton. Members of the Manatee chapter of Citizens Lobbying for Urban Chicken Keeping, also known as CLUCK, plan to appear during a workshop session March 19 to urge adoption of an ordinance allowing people to raise hens in yards in residential neighborhoods. According to CLUCK, under the current Land Development Code, chickens are illegal in Manatee County in residentially-zoned neighborhoods. PAUL VIDELA/Bradenton Herald Backyard coops may be springing up around Manatee County soon thanks to the Manatee chapter of Citizens Lobbying for Urban Chicken Keeping. Read More »

Immokalee Farmworkers Group Marks Progress with March

Jessie Van Berkel (Herald-Tribune — March 8, 2013)

Fair Food Program supporters march along U.S. 41 in Venice on Friday during the Coalition of Immokalee Farmworkers' event, March for Rights, Respect and Fair Food. STAFF PHOTO / ELAINE LITHERLAND Gonzalo is one of about 100 people marching along U.S. 41 from Fort Myers to Lakeland. The group is celebrating the rights farmworkers secured. They are also protesting Publix. Read More »

Guide to Local Farmers’ Markets

Cooper Levey-Baker (Ticket Sarasota — March 4, 2013)

GREATEST OF ALL TIME: The only reason you need to visit the Old Miakka Farmers Market / COOPER LEVEY-BAKER When I set out to put together a comprehensive guide to all of our markets, my list just wouldn't stop growing. Whenever I would chat with a vendor, I'd learn about a market I had no idea existed. Read More »

From Jams to Cookbooks, Small Farmers Turn to Creative Endeavors to Keep Farms Sustainable

GOSIA WOZNIACKA (Newser — June 22, 2013)

In this photo taken Friday, June 7, 2013, farmer David Mas Masumoto inspects the peaches on a tree in his orchard in Del Rey, Calif. Masumoto and his family use creative projects such as a recently published...   (Associated Press)

“The new agriculture is about story-based farming. It cares about the community, the farmworkers and the environment,” farmer David Mas Masumoto says.

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Breaking the Grass Ceiling: On U.S. Farms, Women Are Taking the Reins

Lori Rotenberk (Grist — June 3, 2013)


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service reported last month that the number of woman-operated farms more than doubled between 1982 and 2007.

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This Is What Our Grocery Shelves Would Look Like Without Bees

Sammy Medina (Fast Company — June 20, 2013)


A Whole Foods store in Rhode Island made it crystal clear to customers how their favorite fruits and vegetables depend on bees.

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Farmed Fish Production Overtakes Beef

Lester Brown (Treehugger — June 12, 2013)


More than just a crossing of lines, these trends illustrate the latest stage in a historic shift in food production—a shift that at its core is a story of natural limits.

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Cook. Real Food. From Scratch.

Kristina Sepetys (Edible East Bay — Summer 2013)

Michael Pollan (photo courtesy of Penguin Press)

In Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, Michael Pollan turns his journalist’s sensibility and straightforward, thoughtful analysis to how we transform plants and animals into meals and why cooking matters.

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Wisconsin Raw-Milk Trial Draws Food Activists

KELSEY GEE (The Wall Street Journal — May 24, 2013)

Organic dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger. PHOTO CREDIT: Kyle McDaniel - Wisconsin State Journal

Scores of small farmers and food activists have descended on this tiny town for the trial of farmer Vernon Hershberger, who faces up to a year in prison after selling a raw version of this state’s signature product: milk.

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Farm Equipment That Runs on Oats

ANNE RAVER (The New York Times — May 15, 2013)

Stephen Leslie plowing a field at his farm in Vermont with Cassima, left, and Tristan, a pair of Norwegian Fjord draft horses. Stacey Cramp for The New York Times

“People are attracted to the way of working with animals, of being back in touch with nature, of regaining a kind of rhythmic elegance to our lives.”

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Supreme Court Hands a Big Win to Monsanto on GMO Seeds

Claire Thompson (Grist — May 13, 2013)


In a blow to opponents of GMOs and Monsanto, the Supreme Court today ruled unanimously that an Indiana soybean farmer violated the company’s patent by saving its trademark Roundup Ready seeds.

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Local Food — Put a Sticker on It!

Lori Rotenberk (Grist — May 2, 2013)


Chicago Grown and efforts like it are a natural next step for the “buy local” campaigns started in the ’90s.

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Replanting the Rust Belt

JULIA MOSKIN (The New York Times — May 7, 2013)

The chef Jonathon Sawyer at the Greenhouse Tavern, in Cleveland. Jeff Swensen for The New York Times

Until recently, the American food revolution seemed to bypass this region, leaping from Chicago to Philadelphia without making stops in places like Toledo, Cleveland, Akron and Pittsburgh.

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