Changing Roles in the Local Food Economy →
Who is the farmer? The distributor? What do they, and others, do? This essay begins to place some theoretical structure about (perceived) changes in the food economy. I’m still not convinced that this movement is of economic significance beyond a smattering of individual consumers and producers, but I’m certainly game.
Changing Regulations for a Growing Movement →
I can’t wait for my next visit to Nanaimo in 2012 to see the impact of the changes, and find a local economist with whom to chat. ___________ landusejournal: The City of Nanaimo, British Columbia is considering changes to its zoning regulations that would allow food production on city lots. Parcels must measure at least 600 square meters (about 6,500 square feet), and the zoning law...
Nonprofit connects young farmers with land, leases →
The url for this CA program is given as http://www.modbee.com/2011/05/15/1689685/nonprofit-connects-young-farmers.html , but similar programs exist in many states. One of the pioneering programs is the “Land Link program” still operated by the prescient Center for Rural Affairs (www.cfra.org). landusejournal: Santa Rosa-based FarmLink “keeps a database of landowners who would like...
New 16-Month Calendar from California Small Farms... →
publicbench: One of my favorites Photo: Denise Neuman
TFI Daily News: On Small Farms, Hoof Power Returns →
newstfionline: By Tess Taylor, NY Times, May 3, 2011 SHEFFIELD, Mass.—On a sunny Sunday just before the vernal equinox, Rich Ciotola set out to clear a pasture strewn with fallen wood. The just-thawed field was spongy, with grass sprouting under tangled branches. Late March and early April are farm-prep time…
World Blues 2011: Is Agricultural land the next... →
I’ve been fretting about this since I took renewed notice of land prices in eastern Nebraska. I greatly concerned that neither the commodity prices nor the land prices which they support are sustainable in the mid-term (2-5 years). econblues2011: world blues 2011 posts at 8 25 pm 5-5-2011 - from a partial Slate e-book dated today Likewise, home prices have been booming over...
Compost: The Forgotten Link in the Food System... →
landusejournal: We’re in the middle of International Compost Awareness Week. In the United States alone, about 24.3 million tons of food is wasted each year (about 80 pounds of vegetables and nearly 80 pounds of fruit per person at the consumer or retail level in 2008 alone.) This article suggests a few solutions, including advocating locally for municipal compost collection, starting your own...