[LESS INFO] 22 VIEWS | ADDED 03:30:41 04/02/10
From one organic dairyman's perspective, his work, and that of his dairy herd, it all begins with the health of the soil. As Jon Bansen explains in this short video, by relying upon the manure from his cows, along with some additional inputs, he is able to keep his soil healthy, and by doing so, produce nutritious grass that his jersey cows depend upon much of the year for their food. For Bansen, healthy soil ultimately translates into tastier, and more nutritious milk.
[LESS INFO] 11 VIEWS | ADDED 20:49:38 03/30/10
Part 1: Alison Barratt, from the Monterey Bay Aquarium?s Seafood Watch program discusses the health of the oceans in relation to native fish populations, and the decline of their ecosystems. In the last 50 years, industrial fishing practices have severely lowered fish populations, altering the balance of species diversity within ecosystems.
[LESS INFO] 11 VIEWS | ADDED 04:25:32 03/22/10
Opening day at the Portland Farmers Market brings thousands of visitors, and customers looking for fresh, local food, drink, music, and just plain fun. But how do the farmers feel about the market, especially the first early morning of the year when they are unloading, and readying their products for sale, and gearing up for their first day of business (and social interactions) at the public market?
[LESS INFO] 18 VIEWS | ADDED 01:00:21 03/17/10
Their numbers are well documented on government statistics, and survey results. Their highest counts are located in the following 10 States: Mississippi, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Maine, South Carolina, Georgia, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri*. There are 36.2 million of them; 12.4 million are children. For the most part, this group does not comprise the mentally ill, criminals, or those we may criticize as being lazy or stupid; indeed, many are of the working poor. They are like you and I perhaps, except for one thing: they live just above (or below) the poverty line, and they must struggle at times to obtain food to eat. They are the silent citizens of the food insecure nation, America.
[LESS INFO] 8 VIEWS | ADDED 22:39:55 03/16/10
Lon Rombough, author of The Grape Grower: A Guide to Organic Viticulture shares his passion for plants and growing grapes; a lifetime of study and practice as a world renowned plant breeder and grower. He shares his unique story while pruning grape vines and fruit trees on his farm property.
[LESS INFO] 14 VIEWS | ADDED 03:10:59 03/15/10
New to the life of farming, a middle-aged couple make a career change from a professional life in Silicon Valley to commercially raising pasture fed animals on their newly purchased farm in Oregon. First mentoring under Joel Salatin, they now raise pasture fed cows, pigs, chickens, ducks, lambs, and sheep.
[LESS INFO] 86 VIEWS | ADDED 23:25:03 03/10/10
Throughout much of agriculture, a remarkable span of 10,000 years, farmers were largely the stewards of the land and the crops that they grew. Seeds collected from one year's harvest were selected, stored, and used again for successive growing seasons. As an organic seed breeder explains in this segment, the role of the farmer at the center of agriculture began to change with the advent of hybrid seed development beginning with corn in the 1930's.
[LESS INFO] 14 VIEWS | ADDED 21:37:31 03/07/10
The pictures can be tantalizing. Some even cause us to stop and stare. Join us for a behind the scenes look at a food photographer and his team, as they create sumptuous images out of fresh ingredients that seem to jump off the page.
[LESS INFO] 27 VIEWS | ADDED 01:11:13 03/03/10
As the Seeds of Life series continues, embattled farmer, Frank Morton, a Willamette Valley organic seed breeder shares his expert knowledge of how plant breeding techniques have evolved, and the importance of the selection process in producing organic seeds that carry the desired mix of plant traits.
[LESS INFO] 11 VIEWS | ADDED 04:13:38 02/22/10
First, Ivy Manning visited with Shari Sirkin, of Dancing Roots Farm, and learned more about kale. Now it’s time to take that kale into the kitchen and create something delicious and easy to make, with ingredients that are commonly found in most kitchens!
[LESS INFO] 23 VIEWS | ADDED 06:17:23 02/17/10
Part 2: Raj Patel, author of The Value of Nothing, explains what food sovereignty means, and why people around the world are fighting to have a say in their own food system. This is as much a fight for social justice as it also is a fight to preserve the environment, and have fair access to food, and the ability of communities, states, and nations to determine their own food policies.