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Indiana Environmental Reporter

Violet Baron

4 December 2019

Orleans, Indiana, United States

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Small farmers in Indiana are working together to "manage the spaces they share, and to use those resources to improve their community by growing healthy food, and distributing that food to the people around them." Alt...

The Colorado Sun

Nancy Lofholm

28 November 2019

Colorado, United States

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The Four Corners region in southwest Colorado has become home to nearly 500 varietals of apples, revitalizing the industry as a whole, thanks to the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project. The practice of researching a...

The Daily Evergreen

Sydney Brown

13 November 2019

Kooskia, Idaho, United States

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In Kooskia, a rural area in Idaho, local farmers are finding success in working with residents to make sure produce is being used to its fullest. From using the leftover apple chunks from cider-making to feed livestoc...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Melissa Brown

16 October 2019

Auburn, Alabama, United States

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Several colleges in the U.S. use a third-party corporation to manage their dining services, but Auburn University's contract is unique in that it specifies 20 percent of all food must be locally sourced. This partners...

The Colorado Sun

Adrian Miller

25 September 2019

Colorado, United States

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As congregations are struggling to engage younger people in faith communities, many are turning to food to energize young people. These "food-based ministries" span Jewish and Christian communities alike to connect wi...

Rappler

Keith Anthony S. Fabro

1 June 2019

Palawan, Philippines

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Empowering women to practice sustainable agriculture promotes resilience and enables communities to protect biodiversity. The Kusor Upland Farmer’s Association, sponsored by the United States Agency for International ...

Washington Post

Jane Black

Brent Cunningham

10 April 2019

Huntington, West Virginia, United States

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After gaining attention in 2008 for having an obesity crisis, the city of Huntington, West Virginia started making slow and steady changes that have culminated into positive changes in the community's overall health. ...

Deutsche Welle (DW)

Caleb Okereke

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9 April 2019

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

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For many poachers near Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, hunting is crucial to their livelihoods, even as regulations against the practice have increased. To help combat this, social enterprises like Gorilla...

Mongabay

Ethan Bien

10 December 2018

Cuetzalan, Puebla, Mexico

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Tosepan Titataniske, an indigenous cooperative in Mexico's Sierra Norte mountains, emphasizes local control at the heart of solar programs. Over the last four decades, the organization has incorporated 410 community-l...

Mongabay

Tesfa-Alem Tekle

4 December 2018

Bule, Ethiopia

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Farmers in Bule, Ethiopia, are practicing agroforestry, a diverse cropping method that mimics natural ecosystems. A survey found a stunning average of 16 crop species, including 21 species of tree, on farms. The benef...

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Virginia Gewin

23 October 2018

Lima, Peru

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At Expo Amazonica in Lima, chefs are working to build a taste for traditional Amazonian foods, in an effort to promote biodiversity conservation and slow deforestation. But against a huge global demand for palm oil, g...

Civil Eats

Annelise Jolley

3 October 2018

United States

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Throughout the United States, farmer co-ops are gaining popularity as a means to share work and resources with fellow small farms with the goal of keeping rural communities alive. Although this model can look slightly...

Urban Omnibus

Nina Sparling

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12 September 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Eagle Bridge, a small-scale Hudson Valley slaughterhouse, works to bring non-feedlot, regional meats to New York City. While demand for sustainable meat products is growing, competition with national feedlot operation...

Yes! Magazine

Lynsi Burton

29 August 2018

Lynden, Washington, United States

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Many farmers in the United States toil under exploitative working conditions, enduring long hours, low pay, and exposure to dangerous chemicals; after taking their battle for better conditions to the legislature, a gr...

NationSwell

Joseph Darius Jaafari

29 August 2018

Rockford, Michigan, United States

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Across the United States, communities and local churches are coming together to create farming projects that utilize unused, church-owned land. The farming ventures typically benefit students and families throughout t...

News Deeply

Robert Kibet

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10 August 2018

Chamari, Kenya

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When a national park was created in Kenya, the local Waata hunter-gatherer community was displaced and forced to take refuge elsewhere while also adapting to a farming lifestyle. Choosing to cultivate pineapples becau...

The Guardian

Amanda Holpuch

8 August 2018

Puerto Rico

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When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, not only were the local communities devastated, but so were 80 percent of the country's crops. With the farmlands wiped cleaned, farmers seized the opportunity to start from scrat...

NPR

Catalina Jaramillo

2 July 2018

Peach Bottom, Pennsylvania, United States

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Cows will produce the same amount of milk no matter the demand for the product, and with supply staying steady and demand decreasing, a surplus of milk is thrown out routinely. Through a collaborative effort by farmer...

Yes! Magazine

Leilani Clark

2 July 2018

Paicines, California, United States

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Churches across the U.S. own a staggering amount of land that often goes unused and untended. FaithLands is an intersectional group of church leaders who are seeking to encourage churches to parcel off some of this la...

The Christian Science Monitor

Sara Manisera

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20 June 2018

Sessa Aurunca, Italy

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A cooperative in Italy has repurposed land once owned by the Mafia to produce pasta and organic vegetables, and its employees are using this land to reclaim their lives. Beyond the Dreams’ provides meaningful work for...

Yes! Magazine

Adam Lynch

15 June 2018

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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In Jackson, Mississippi, a series of community-led cooperatives are creating opportunities for affordable home ownership. This is part of a trend across the country to create community land trusts. They are financed t...

KSJD

Cara Pallone

29 May 2018

Colorado, United States

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An income qualified farm-to-community incentive program has found its place within the Coloradan San Miguel County. Allowing farm shares to be distributed at Mountain Village Farmers’ Market, both communities win thro...

Daily Nation

Leopold Obi

Brian Okinda

19 May 2018

Runyenjes, Nairobi, Kenya

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The Karurumo Self-Help Group in Kenya initially started as a way to avoid agriculture exploitation. However, it has now evolved into a way to reduce post-harvest waste through the implementation of value addition and ...

Orion Magazine

Kimberly Meyer

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4 April 2018

Houston, Texas, United States

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Plant It Forward, a nonprofit in Houston, is leveraging the skills of refugees to set up urban farm plots. By providing training and start-up support, the organization helps these farmers not only to earn a decent inc...

The Guardian

Ignacio Amigo

25 January 2018

Ribeirão Preto, Brazil

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In Brazil, 45% of agriculturally viable land is owned by 1% of tenants. To combat this inequitable ratio, the Landless Workers’ Movement formed and took a stand for seizing lands that are "not fulfilling a productive ...

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