On the Front Lines
One of my favorite bits of trivia is that several midwestern states have laws or state constitutional amendments that restrict corporate farming. The strongest of these is in Nebraska, where “Initiative 300” disallows corporate ownership of farms (though it included a grandfather clause for corporate farms already in existence as of 1982, when it went into effect.
The Center for Rural Affairs, an organization that was founded to help establish I-300 and which has continued to be a terrific supporter of socially, culturally, economically, and environmentally sustainable agriculture ever since, now reports that a federal district court judge has ruled I-300 unconsitutional. Nebraska has appealed the case to the 8th circuit court.
Friends of Chelsea Green should follow this case and encourage their local papers to report on it. Hopefully Nebraska will win its appeal, and if it does so, that will establish the constitutionality of restrictions on corporate farming. Then all we have to do is repeat the success of I-300 everywhere else.
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When it comes to starting your first seedlings, are you a pothead or a blockhead? We’re talking about using pots versus soil blocks and no matter which you choose, our authors offer step-by-step methods and troubleshooting advice. Master gardener Eliot Coleman is an advocate for soil blocks. In the excerpt below from The New Organic Grower,…Read More
Like hot sauce? Fermenting? Wild greens? This Fermented Hot Sauce with Wild Greens recipe from The New Wildcrafted Cuisine has it all! Wild foods are becoming increasingly popular, as more and more people want to learn how to identify plants and forage for their own ingredients, but self-described “culinary alchemist” deeply explores the flavors of…Read More
William Wordsworth was right when he said, “Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” Nevertheless, the cold, dark days of winter can still get the best of even Nature’s most tenderhearted admirer. What’s one to do? We here at Chelsea Green have concocted the perfect cabin fever remedy with our suggested winter reading…Read More
Caring for the soil is the farmer’s number one task; if the soil is healthy, the crops will look after themselves. As the average age of America’s farmers continues to rise, we face serious questions about what farming will look like in the near future, and who will be growing our food. Many younger people…Read More