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Blackfeet Researcher Leads Her Tribe Back to Traditional Foods
by J. Gabriel Ware
Forced assimilation destroyed most nations’ diets, but now Native youth are learning to integrate local foods back into their daily lives.
School District Switches to Local and Organic Meals, Cuts Carbon Footprint—and Saves Money
by Melissa Hellmann
A new report revealed surprising results when Oakland overhauled its lunch menu at 100-plus schools by serving less meat and more fruits and vegetables.
From Grocery Stores to Labor Unions, Cooperatives Were the Answer
by Liz Pleasant & Araz Hachadourian
Worker-ownership economics catch on in Ohio, Nevada, and North Carolina.
This Small Town Refused to Settle for Wal-Mart When Its Last Local Grocery Store Closed
by Melissa Hellmann
After 10 years without an independent grocery store, the residents of Iola, Kansas, found a way to bring one back.
In One of the Nation’s Unhealthiest Places, This Hospital Prescribes Fresh Food From Its Own Farm
by Liza Bayless
In an industry usually focused on medicine and procedures, a Philadelphia-area hospital decided what its patients needed was a farm and advice about food.
We Need Young Farmers, and Colleges Can Help
by Chelsey Simpson
The documentary Occupy the Farm shows the positive impact universities could have if they leveraged their resources to create more farms and farmers.
The School That Put Local, Healthy, and Homemade on the Lunch Menu
by Kaylee Domzalski
When the school district pulled out, parents at a Eugene, Ore., charter school stepped in to reinvent how lunch is done.
I Took a Side Job Selling Cherries at Pike Place—And Now Love the Farming World
by Fan Kong
There is a profound sense of community born from the gathering of people and the exchange of goods at a market.
In This Food Desert, Kids Learn to Farm Veggies—Out of the Back of a Truck
by Rachel Shulhafer
For the past year, the Food Literacy Project in Louisville, Kentucky, has sent its garden-on-wheels to local food deserts, connecting people to healthy eating and changing the lives of young people.
The World’s Biggest School Meal Program Is Keeping Local Farmers in Business
by Chris Arsenault
Emphasizing local food under a radical policy of “zero hunger,” Brazil’s school lunch initiative helps small farmers buy the land they’ve been farming for generations.
Urban Foraging: Weeds You Can Eat
by Jasleena Grewal
6 edible weeds that can reduce anxiety, provide protein—or even predict the weather.
Can Industrial Hemp Save Kentucky’s Small Farms?
by Catherine V. Moore
As tobacco declines, some hope that hemp can be a “gateway crop” to financial sustainability for the state’s small farms.
For Decades, the USDA Was Black Farmers’ Worst Enemy. Here’s How It Became an Ally
by Sylvia A. Harvey
Through partnering with local farmers, the USDA has begun to tackle its racist past.
Tiny Houses Are Cute, But Can You Actually Cook a Meal in One?
by Ellie Lillstrom
As an avid cook I wondered what orchestrating a sizable meal would be like in the two-burner kitchen of a 250-square-foot home. So I gave it a try with my favorite recipe.
After a Century In Decline, Black Farmers Are Back And On the Rise
by Leah Penniman
These Black farmers don’t stop at healthy food. They’re healing trauma, instilling collective values, and changing the way their communities think about the land.