A robust spring poem from Walt Witmann.
In this video blog we meet the pigs and talk about how animals are intergrated into organic production at Stoney Acres Farm.
“ We wanted to look at prices for some of the fresh foods that might be found in a typical Iowan’s shopping cart,” said Rich Pirog, Leopold Center associate director who collaborated with Iowa State University graduate student Nick McCann on the project. “ We found that during peak season, produce items at farmers’ markets were very competitive and in several cases lower than prices for the same non-local items found at supermarkets.” Click here for the complete story and study.
We recently spent three days innoculating 224 40' Red Oak sticks with shitake mushroom spawn. Our summer interns, Lynn, Justin, and Matt were here to help as well as friends from Madison Shaun and Matt. Here's our first video blog demonstrating the process.
Nicholas Kristof, columnist for the New York Times, explains the one of the fundamental differences between factory farming and family farming. "On a summer visit back to the farm here where I grew up, I think I figured out the central problem with modern industrial agriculture. It’s not just that it produces unhealthy food, mishandles waste and overuses antibiotics in ways that harm us all.
More fundamentally, it has no soul. Click here to read more.