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Young Farmers: Zoe

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After a chaotic day at school, Zoe's orderly veggie garden offers some welcome relief

The front yard garden at Zoe's place, while not exactly as fussy and meticulous as a French formal garden, is nevertheless an orderly place, one that provides a welcome respite from the hectic city outside. Zoe contrasts her steady, reliable botanical friends with her erratic, hormonal classmates at high school, who never seem to do what the teachers want. With plants, she says, all she has to do......read more

Young Farmers: Jeff

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A young greenie leads the food shift

Our man Jeff is an expert gardener who attributes his interest in growing his own food to his family, for whom eating healthy, organic and local has always been par for the course. In this episode, we roll with Jeff to his garden plot, where he treasure hunts for potatoes and weird Siamese twin cucumbers. Then we get a glimpse of his first-rate grilling skills, as he cooks up fresh veg from......read more

Young Farmers: Willa

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A green-thumbed high school student shows off her impressive veggie garden

You know something is embedded in your brain once you start dreaming about it. For Willa, another of our Young Farmers, that would include her garden, the subject of a recent dream (nightmare?) involving some missing lettuce. Now in high school, the enthusiastic planter has been at the gardening game for many years, thanks to her mom and grandma, who got her into plants early on. Here, we......read more

Young Farmers: Mitch

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With his gardening business thriving, Mitch discusses what planting means to him

In this episode of Young Farmers, we visit with young gardening enthusiast and erstwhile SHFT contributor Mitchell Flexo, whose experience in college ignited his eco ideals, not to mention his curiosity about growing food. With no childhood planting experience, Mitch was left to his own devices in transforming his yard into a garden. Now, he has his own little gardening business, helping......read more

Can Aquaponics Change the Way We Eat?

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Roman Gaus, CEO of UrbanFarmers, on the farming technique that may revolutionize our food system

The city farming movement conjures images of growers covered in soil, planting and picking in community or rooftop garden plots. But perhaps the most promising technique for urban agriculture involves pumps and pipes in squeaky clean labs. It's called aquaponics, and it may revolutionize the way we eat. In a piece for The Atlantic Cities, UrbanFarmers CEO Roman Gaus describes how it......read more

Sow Seeds, Not Greed

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Farmers bring the sustainable food movement to Wall Street

It's been a long time since farmers congregated in downtown Manhattan -- around 350 years, to be exact. The folks who populate Wall Street and rural America don't cross paths much these days. It's easy to forget that Wall Street used to be rural America; in 1644, the area contained so many cows that the Dutch colonists had to erect a cattle guard to keep them from straying.......read more

Airdrop

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Award-winning irrigation gadget looks to ease the effects of drought on farmers

In no place have the cataclysmic environmental effects of climate change been felt more strongly than southeastern Australia. There, a prolonged, 12-year drought has wrought havoc on local ecosystems and caused catastrophic damage to agriculture, which suffered record losses and sent rural communities into a tailspin.  Enter Australian inventor Edward Linnacre, a Swinburne University......read more

Daniel Handal: Between Forest and Field

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Young farmers head back to the land in New York's Hudson Valley

Like we recently mentioned, the sustainable farming movement is alive and growing in New York's Hudson River Valley. NYC photog Daniel Handal documents the back-to-the-land movement thriving in the area with a collective portrait called Between Forest and Field. These are not old and crusty farmers, desperately hanging on to a rural life their children have left behind. No sir. These are......read more

Anna Mia Davidson: Stewards Of The Land

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Stirring portraits of sustainable farmers in the Pacific Northwest

Anna Mia Davidson is an acclaimed documentary photographer whose editorial clients include The New York Times and Vanity Fair. Anna's personal interest in sustainability and rural America led her to travel around the Pacific Northwest, shooting farmers of organic food.   "These individuals represent the resurgence of sustainable farmers in the Pacific Northwest, who are passionate,......read more

Wind Power Windfall for Oregon Farmers

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Money pours into to windy patch of rural Oregon

In Sherman County, Oregon, just south of the Columbia River Gorge, the howling winds are attracting more than just kiteboarders and windsurfers these days. They're also blowing in money. Hundreds of wind turbines now stretch across the farm landscape, generating clean energy for power lines — and cash for county coffers.  In the New York Times, Lee Van der Voo writes: Sherman......read more

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