Posts Tagged: Land Stewardship Project

Denying the Science, Derailing the Solutions

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I talked to a Todd County farmer yesterday who uses 100 percent no-till  and other conservation measures to raise his crops. Conserving soil is important to him, and so he’s quite upset at how mobile humus has been on neighboring farms this fall/early winter. “You know that little skiff of snow we got the other… Read more »

Conversations with the Land

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Many good arguments can be made for supporting a type of agriculture less reliant on energy, technology and Wall Street, and more on soil, communities and people: it’s better for the environment, produces good food and keeps more Main Street businesses open, to name a few. But after reading Jim Van Der Pol’s just-published collection… Read more »

Why ‘Middleman’ Doesn’t Have to be a Dirty Word for Farmers

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At a time when we’re all scanning the dark horizon of recession land for any economic spark, local food systems look to be a flare-up that’s got some staying power. The past several weeks have been full of signs that both in  Minnesota and nationally producing and consuming food in our own collective backyard isn’t… Read more »

Help Make Urban Ag a Vibrant Part of Our Community Next Week

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By Anna Cioffi If implemented correctly, the proposed city zoning code text amendments recommended by the Urban Agriculture Policy Plan for Minneapolis could play a key role in supporting urban farms, community gardens, farmers’ markets, farm stands and other elements of a vibrant urban agriculture economy. But to create a good final plan, we need… Read more »

D.C. Takes a Dive on Livestock Market Reform

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Happy 90th Birthday Packers and Stockyards Act. One present you won’t be getting is a new set of teeth. This week, decision makers in Washington let down family farmers, rural communities and the free market when the USDA announced it intends to publish only limited portions of the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA)… Read more »

The Food Desert’s Hidden Oasis

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While spending time in western Minnesota’s Big Stone County recently, I came across a lot of talk about food deserts—those places where people don’t have good access to healthy, affordable food. But while interviewing LSP organizer Rebecca Terk for this week’s podcast, an interesting twist emerged: a type of food desert can exist even when… Read more »

How Gov. Dayton Can Keep Pheasant Openers Part of Minnesota’s Future

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Minnesota’s first ever Governor’s Pheasant Opener next week couldn’t come at a better time in terms of highlighting the need for supporting working lands conservation. After Gov. Dayton has a chance to enjoy some of western Minnesota’s finest bird hunting, he should take part in an Oct. 15 Land Stewardship Project tour at nearby Moonstone… Read more »

Putting Out the Welcome Mat for New Agrarians

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There are numerous ways of communicating the value society places on having more family farmers on the land, not fewer. This morning, the USDA announced it was awarding $18 million in grants to groups that are helping beginning farmers nationwide. That sends an important message that the federal government, thanks to initiatives put in the… Read more »

Hope for a Healthy Food System

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By Anna Cioffi LSP and Hope Community in Minneapolis have come together to create a project called Growing Neighborhood Access to Healthy Food. Why has an organization known for its rural organizing teamed up with an urban community group? Because a truly sustainable food and farming system requires that everyone have access to healthy, affordable… Read more »