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Meg Wilcox

9 February 2021

Fairfield, Maine, United States

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Stonyfield, an organic dairy company, is working with six of its suppliers to pilot how farms can measure the amount of carbon it’s trapping in soil through regenerative farming practices as a way for the company to a...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Klaus Sieg

18 December 2020

Normandy, France

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An unusually robust crop yield is stunning scientists at a small family farm where traditional farming techniques have replaced machinery, pesticides, and fertilizers. The French farmers implemented tips and tricks fr...

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Bridget Huber

3 December 2020

Bavaria, Germany

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Environmental advocates got 1.75 million signatures to change Bavarian farming laws to protect biodiversity. The Save the Bees Campaign calls for using subsidies to nearly triple the amount of organic farming, creatin...

Hothouse Solutions

Jenny Splitter

10 November 2020

Paxton, Illinois, United States

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On his organic farm in Illinois, Will Glazik is experimenting with different types of agricultural methods to increase his crop yield while also avoiding the harmful impacts of industrial farming. He’s part of a growi...

Richmond Confidential

Cameron Nielsen

5 November 2020

Richmond, California, United States

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Urban Tilth, an urban farm in California, is providing food directly to communities in need and upending the traditional food supply chain so they can help people access healthy and sustainably-grown food. They have b...

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Katy Lee

7 October 2020

Bordeaux, France

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A French startup is turning urine into an environmentally-friendly fertilizer that could replace chemical products. Early tests suggest that the urine mixture created by Toopi Organics can compete with synthetic ferti...

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Kalpana Sunder

10 September 2020

Gopalganj, Bihar, Bangladesh

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Bangladeshi communities are reviving a traditional method of crop cultivation known as floating vegetable gardens to grow food during monsoon season. On these floating organic beds, farmers can grow vegetables like ok...

Ensia

Jodi Helmer

28 August 2020

Hoosick, New York, United States

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Some food producers are helping dairy farmers transition away from animal agriculture and into growing crops for plant milk. For example, Hälsa Foods, makers of plant-based milk products, contracted with an organic fa...

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Morgane le Cam

27 August 2020

Koubri, Burkina Faso

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After realizing that chemical fertilizer was doing more harm to the land than good in Burkina Faso, a Burkinese agronomist created a fertilizer from organic waste that has allowed the land to once again become fertile...

Mongabay

Sandra Weiss

30 July 2020

Gandú, Bahia, Brazil

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Ernst Götsch, an agronomist and cocoa farmer in Brazil, uses a different method of agriculture that could be more beneficial to small farmers. His method, known as syntropic agriculture, is an agroforestry system wher...

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Kwon Moon

24 July 2020

Seoul, South Korea

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There’s a subterranean, organic farm in one of Seoul’s subway stations that could be another way to approach sustainable urban farming. The “vertical” farm, known as Metro Farm, uses a mineral nutrient solution instea...

Global Sisters Report

Doreen Ajiambo

16 July 2020

Chilanga, Zambia

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In Zambia, where severe drought due to climate change has negatively affected agriculture, the Daughters of the Redeemer are practicing organic farming to feed hundreds of children and families whose basic needs are n...

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Brianna Baker

30 April 2020

Metuchen, New Jersey, United States

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In order to keep local farms and businesses afloat, the Metuchen Farmers Market in North Jersey went virtual. Volunteers for the market enlisted the help of the Canada-based Local Line to build the market's platform, ...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Samantha Melamed

27 April 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Across Philadelphia, people are turning to seeds to source their food instead of grocery stores and supply chains, which have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Philadelphia is home to the Cooperative Gardens Co...

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Tom Garmeson

23 April 2020

Paris, France

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To "ease the strain" on the food supply chain, some restaurants in large cities, such as Berlin and Paris, are turning to their own crop production using in-house vertical farm systems. Although these farms have not y...

The Guardian

Anne Pinto-Rodrigues

25 February 2020

Kohima, Nagaland, India

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By reviving millet farming, farming communities are adapting to climate change. In India, the Millet Farmers Group, organized by a women’s rights nonprofit, the North East Network (NEN), helps farmers cultivate millet...

Mongabay

Basudev Mahapatra

10 February 2020

Odisha, India

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By returning to indigenous varieties of crops, farmers can increase ecological diversity and reliance to climate change. In India, hundreds of farmers in the state of Odisha have been returning to indigenous crops, li...

BBC

Mikki Cusack

6 February 2020

Manjimup, Australia

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An unusual mixture of biochar — a charcoal-like substance that is produced by burning organic matter — and dung beetles is one way farmers could reduce their cows’ methane emissions to combat climate change, while als...

NationSwell

Monica Humphries

31 December 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Cultivating a more diverse generation of farmers requires training and mentorship. In New York, GrowNYC’s FARMroots program trains new farmers of diverse backgrounds. The FARMroots Beginning Farmer Program offers cour...

Comstock's Magazine

Sena Christian

17 December 2019

Guinda, California, United States

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Drastic solutions to climate change tend not to pan out (like trying to get everyone to stop eating meat), but careful adaptation is making real progress. In California, many smaller-scale farms are trying out new met...

BBC

Hannah Long-Higgins

10 December 2019

Bluffton, Georgia, United States

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Pastures are able to replenish when livestock can move around. By permitting cattle to travel between pastures for feeding, Will Harris’ ranching technique allows the soil to retain more carbon. The carbon captured by...

The New York Times

Johnny Magdaleno

27 November 2019

Salinas, California, United States

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Farm incubators provide aspiring farmers with training, land, and access to business networks. Across the United States, organizations like California’s Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) are worki...

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...

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Dougal Shaw

11 November 2019

Paris, France

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Mushroom farms are popping up in underground parking lots in Paris. The city, facing a surplus of lots as car ownership declines, has been holding competitions to find creative, new purposes for them. Urban farmers, C...

Yes! Magazine

Biba Adams

4 November 2019

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Whereas urban farms provide supplemental nutrition, agricultural neighborhoods make farming one of their central features. In Detroit, Michigan, the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) has grown from a local comm...

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