Posts Tagged: Land Stewardship Project

Weakening Factory Farm Rules in the Midnight Hour

Posted by & filed under Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Water.

What’s a sure sign that legislators are not carrying out the wishes of the general public? Answer: when their actions have to be carried out in secret, behind closed doors, in the dark of night. That’s literally what happened Tuesday night-Wednesday morning when the Minnesota Legislature passed the Environment Finance Bill. As part of the… Read more »

Homegrown Homeland Security

Posted by & filed under Food and Sustainable Agriculture.

While sitting in a western Wisconsin high school auditorium listening to farmers and other rural residents discussing urban sprawl the other evening, I was struck by an epiphany of sorts: the argument for saving farmland near our cities and suburbs has evolved beyond the “let’s save our pretty viewscapes” phase. Protecting prime farmland from the… Read more »

Stripping Erosion Control to its Bare Essentials

Posted by & filed under Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Water.

While walking through a knee-high prairie planted on a central Iowa hillside Tuesday, I happened to look down. Trapped amongst all that vegetation was an impressive amount of rich, black glacial soil, the kind that produces record crop yields. And just a few feet away was the source of that soil: a soybean field planted… Read more »

Relax Farmers: Climate Change is Good for You (Not)

Posted by & filed under Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Global Warming.

In 1989, I worked for a farm magazine that claimed global climate change, if real, would actually be good for agriculture since rising carbon dioxide levels would act as some sort of mega plant growth promoter. During the past seven days, I’ve seen firsthand what happens when extreme weather—which many scientists say is an offshoot… Read more »

Fresh Greens Deposited in the Food Bank

Posted by & filed under Food and Sustainable Agriculture.

For Hugo Community Food Shelf Director Mary Schaefer, eating healthy is an option that should be available to everyone, no matter what their income level. That’s why she’s excited about Fresh Green Buck$, a new initiative that gives grocery shoppers a chance to put fresh fruits and vegetables straight into the hands of food shelf… Read more »

Making Community Gardens Feel at Home

Posted by & filed under Food and Sustainable Agriculture.

By Megan Smith How many times have you wandered through a community garden and noticed its beautiful smells, creative architecture, stunning colors and abundant produce? Each garden is a wonderful and productive part of our metro area. This summer, one thing that became clear to me is the central importance in the Twin Cities of… Read more »