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UMass Sustainable Food and Farming · 4h ago

Soil Power! The Dirty Way to a Green Planet

The last great hope of avoiding catastrophic climate change may lie in a substance so commonplace that we typically ignore it or else walk all over it: the soil beneath our feet. The earth p...
UMass Sustainable Food and Farming · 6M ago

On our way to a “nation of farmers” in Amherst, MA

Michelle Chandler made a decision shortly after September 11, 2001 – she was going to be less dependent on fossil fuels and begin to live a more sustainable lifestyle.  The result is 100 rab...
UMass Sustainable Food and Farming · 2W ago

A growing number of young Americans are leaving desk jobs to farm

By CAITLIN DEWEY | The Washington Post – November 24, 2017 Liz Whitehurst dabbled in several careers before she ended up here, crating fistfuls of fresh-cut arugula in the early-November chi...
UMass Sustainable Food and Farming · 4W ago

UMass Professor Reports on Pesticides

According to Dr. Lili He, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, “our food system is indeed very vulnerable. It can be contaminated intentionally and unintentionally by many agents. G...
UMass Sustainable Food and Farming · 2M ago

Jason Silverman on his farming experience

CONWAY — Aging farmers own a collective $1.8 billion in farming infrastructure and land throughout Massachusetts, according to Land For Good, a nonprofit promoting New England agriculture. T...
UMass Sustainable Food and Farming · 2M ago

Climate Change and Organic Agriculture

By Bill Duesing….. Many of us participated in the inspiring People’s Climate March on 9/21/2014 in New York City. Marchers represented a wide variety of religious, educational, environmental...
UMass Sustainable Food and Farming · 2M ago

Women in Agriculture Series at UMass

Women make up nearly half of the global agricultural workforce but receive much less funding, land, input, and training than men. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has spotlig...
UMass Sustainable Food and Farming · 3M ago

How to Prepare for WHATEVER Comes Next

NOTE:  Joanna Macy is a scholar of Buddhism, systems thinking and deep ecology.  I rely on her work when I teach STOCKSCH 379 – Agricultural Systems Thinking.  I had her permission to modify...
UMass Sustainable Food and Farming · 3M ago

DEEP DENIAL: The Persistence of White Supremacy in United States History and Life

Join Gardening the Community and Undoing Racism Organizing Collective for a reading from DEEP DENIAL: The Persistence of White Supremacy in United States History and Life by David Billings, ...
UMass Sustainable Food and Farming · 6M ago

The Shambhala Worker Prophecy

As students return to universities around the world and I return to my role as a professor of Sustainable Food and Farming, I am thinking about how to maintain the freedom of thought and act...