Market

EBT At Your Local Farmers Market: Getting Organically Grown Foods To Those In Need

EBT At Your Local Farmers Market: Getting Organically Grown Foods To Those In Need

Your local farmers market may now be accepting EBT—providing healthier, locally grown foods to a wider consumer base. EBT, or Electronic Benefit Transfer, is a means for people who are receiving government financial assistance to buy basic necessities.  These government-issued food credits are sometimes referred…

Humanely Raised Eggs & Enriched Colony Housing

Humanely Raised Eggs & Enriched Colony Housing

People pay a premium for eggs with a Humane certification, yet different certifiers have differing definitions of what constitutes a humanely raised hen. Until there is some clarity on this issue, we will be treated to more opaque, nuanced labels that may or may…

The Scandalous Honey Trade

The Scandalous Honey Trade

Known as "honey laundering," one of the most pervasive international food scandals of our time is centered on illegal honey trading. Chinese honey tainted with heavy metals or banned antibiotics is flooding the global markets. Find out how to avoid buying fake or tainted…

What You Need To Know About Citric Acid

What You Need To Know About Citric Acid

Citric acid is one of the most common food additives in use today. You may think it is a harmless derivative of lemons, and that used to be so. Today's citric acid is a whole different story. Here's what you need to…

HOME GROWN

Hyper Local Foodshed: Neighborhood Food Sharing In Altadena

Hyper Local Foodshed: Neighborhood Food Sharing In Altadena

Free. Fresh. Local. What's not to love about neighborhood food sharing? Seven years ago, a bounty of blackberries and a few generous neighbors inspired Gail Murphy to become one of the driving forces in Altadena’s local food renaissance. Murphy is the founder of one of…

Eat Organic Tomatoes For Less

Eat Organic Tomatoes For Less

Is there any way to grow your own food without dedicating all your free time to tending a garden and spending as much as you would in a grocery store for organic veg and fruit? I sincerely believe so, and this ongoing series of…

Changing Laws As Cities Make Way for Urban Agriculture

Changing Laws As Cities Make Way for Urban Agriculture

With the growing demand for the return of agriculture to urban spaces, cities are removing legal barriers to urban farming. …

ETHICAL FOODON A BUDGET

Ethical Food On A Budget: CSA

Ethical Food On A Budget: CSA

Buying organic, local and sustainably raised food can wreck your grocery budget. Joining a Community Supported Agriculture scheme can help keep costs down, while providing you with an abundance of clean, locally produced food. …

INTERVIEWS

Foraging Your Dinner: Iso Rabins of forageSF

Foraging Your Dinner: Iso Rabins of forageSF

As a cook, entrepreneur and food advocate, Rabins is something of a pioneer. In just six short years he has developed San Francisco's first foraged food delivery service, started a highly popular roving underground supper club, and his formerly under-the-radar Batch Made Market events are…

Lexicon of Sustainability: What’s in a Word?

Lexicon of Sustainability: What’s in a Word?

These days, the word sustainability has become fairly ubiquitous, but what does it actually mean? Through innovative photographic collages, short films and a traveling exhibition featuring some of the leading thinkers in food, farming and conservation, this constantly evolving project is helping change the…

Interview With Mark Shepard of New Forest Farm

Interview With Mark Shepard of New Forest Farm

Mark Shepard has created something of an environmental oasis at his Wisconsin homestead, New Forest Farm. Shepard, a farmer and author, is a longtime proponent of restoration agriculture, the practice of recreating healthy, naturally occurring, economically viable perennial farms.…

Labeling

Humanely Raised Eggs & Enriched Colony Housing

Humanely Raised Eggs & Enriched Colony H…

People pay a premium for eggs with a Humane certification, yet different certifiers have differing definitions of what constitutes a humanely raised hen. Until there is some clarity on this issue, we will be treated to more opaque, nuanced…

The Scandalous Honey Trade

The Scandalous Honey Trade

Known as "honey laundering," one of the most pervasive international food scandals of our time is centered on illegal honey trading. Chinese honey tainted…

Natural vs Organic Meat

Natural vs Organic Meat

When it comes to meat labeling, nothing is as confusing as understanding the difference between Natural and Organic meat. Here's what you need to…

Community

Child Poverty & Hunger During The Holidays

Child Poverty & Hunger During The Holida…

Many children who live in low income families depend on free or subsidized school meals, without which they would literally go hungry. But what happens when the winter holidays arrive? For some children, poverty doesn't just mean a lack…

Petaluma Bounty Hunters Gleaning Food For The Poor

Petaluma Bounty Hunters Gleaning Food Fo…

The Bounty Hunters glean fresh food that might otherwise go to waste—from back yard fruit trees and gardens, from local orchards and farms. The organization…

New Orleans Food Network Creates Community Support For Urban Farms

New Orleans Food Network Creates Communi…

In a city ravaged by natural disaster, one organization works to create a solid community food network to support New Orleans urban farms, public awareness…

Waste-Free Lifestyle

The Solar Powered Kitchen

The Solar Powered Kitchen

Will the kitchen of the future run on alternative energy? …

Waste-Free Lifestyle: Reusable Lunchbox Kit

Waste-Free Lifestyle: Reusable Lunchbox …

Who knew that bringing that brown bagged lunch to school or work every day added up, not just in cost…

Books & Media

Book Review: Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal

Book Review: Everything I Want To Do Is …

Helen Cameron, co-owner of the 2013 awarded "Greenest" Restaurant in America, Uncommon Ground, recommends Everything I Want To do Is Illegal: War Stories From The Local Food Front by Joel Salatin. In his book, Joel Salatin writes about the struggle…

Book Review: Nourishing Traditions

Book Review: Nourishing Traditions

Mark McAfee, owner of Organic Pastures, recommends Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.…

SUSTAINABLERESTAURANTS

Shanti Allen of Alchemy Bali Raw Vegan Restaurant

Shanti Allen of Alchemy Bali Raw Vegan Restaurant

Ubud, in central Bali, Indonesia, is fast becoming a raw, vegan and organic foodie's paradise. Healthy, creative and delicious food has taken a foothold in this unlikely place and attracts people who want to create it, learn about it…

Chef Daniel Corey of Luce San Francisco

Chef Daniel Corey of Luce San Francisco

From sustainably produced wines to locally sourced tomatoes, Luce is proving that a great meal starts with a solid commitment to sustainability. Chef Daniel Corey talks to us about seasonal menus, Luce's green certification and the trend toward sustainability in…

Onsite Restaurant Farms

Onsite Restaurant Farms

Restaurants with integrated onsite farms invite diners beyond the table to the garden beds and chicken hutches that contribute to their meal. We look at two San Francisco Bay Area restaurants that are growing their own food.…

Chef Art Smith Interview: Restaurants Going Green

Chef Art Smith Interview: Restaurants Going Green

The colorful eatery is one of a growing network of restaurants around the country to embrace sustainability and become a Certified Green Restaurant. Southern Art and Bourbon Bar took an impressive 49 steps to conserve energy, eliminate waste and offer…

Ça Va Brasserie Chef Patrick Malone

Ça Va Brasserie Chef Patrick Malone

Ça Va, a 95% net-zero waste eatery, focuses on seasonal, local ingredients, and offers diners a chance to stick to their values as they step out for a bite. Restaurants across the country are going green and embracing sustainability in…

URBAN FARMING

What Happens To Urban Chickens When They Stop Laying?

What Happens To Urban Chickens When They Stop Laying?

AMERICA has lately taken up chicken-keeping with the enthusiasm normally reserved for the latest kitchen-appliance craze. Once a sign of poverty and infra dig for any middle-class household, home egg-production has become broadly acceptable, and even……

Urban Rooftop Farms

Urban Rooftop Farms

In cities, farmers are looking to rooftops to provide fresh food for urban populations. One of the major environmental and aesthetic problems with urbanization is the lack of available open space and the distinctive absence of greenery in lieu of concrete and asphalt. One of…

TOURSFARM & PRODUCER

Coastal Hill Farm Eggs: Life Outside The Cage

Coastal Hill Farm Eggs: Life Outside The Cage

On our tour of Bobby Foehr's egg farm, he explains what it takes to start a small chicken farm, the difference between pasture raised and free range eggs and why he is not certified organic.…

Artisan Cheese Making: Cowgirl Creamery

Artisan Cheese Making: Cowgirl Creamery

Author Eden Canon interviews Sue Conley, co-founder of Cowgirl Creamery, to discuss the practice of artisan cheese making, the importance of sourcing locally, and the environmental impact of cheese production. When we pick up groceries at the store, we rarely consider each product’s environmental impact…