Media/News Archive

Organic Farms Boost Local Economies

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: Organic farms bring jobs, as well as healthy food, to their communities. A recent report by Penn State Agricultural Economist Dr. Edward Jaenicke details the benefits organics bring to local economies.

Organic: Improving lives by improving the economy
The Organic Report
by Maggie McNeil

Source: Damanhur

Research shows organic hotspots” create real opportunities in rural areas

Six farmers’ markets in six rural communities where there were none. Twenty-two year-round employees where there were just five or so seasonal workers. Saturday get-togethers drawing local families with plate lunches featuring garden-fresh treats, live music and fun hands-in-the-dirt experiences for the kids on a farm dedicated to the health of its soil and of its neighbors. A successful and community-engaged organic farm growing produce, grains and pecans and raising grassfed livestock where a conventional commodity farm with tenant farmers had existed for decades. Read Full Article »

Purple Carrots are More Than Just a Pretty Face

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: Unusual crops are not widely available in the industrial farming paradigm, although they often have great value in terms of increasing biodiversity, growing crops locally, and providing nutrition.

Surprising Health Benefits Of Purple Carrots
Rodale’s Organic Life
by Denise Foley

Source: Deidre Woollard

They have all the good bits of their orange counterparts, and then some.

Purple carrots aren’t simply a novelty. Purple carrots’ unique color reflects their healthy phytochemical constituents. Not only does the Purple Haze variety have the vitamin A and beta-carotene of ordinary carrots, it’s also rich in anthocyanins, the antioxidant compounds that give blueberries their distinctive color and superfood health benefits. Studies have found that these blue and purple pigments in purple carrots can improve memory, enhance vision, protect against heart attacks, act as anti-inflammatories, and even help control weight. Read Full Article »

The Rare Organic Hop

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: As organic farming grows, many farmers experiment with to soil how they perform in an organic managed environment. Here’s a success story with hops from a Washington state canyon that resulted in a rare fresh hop beer coveted by local Washingtonians.

Fresh Hop Ale springs from organic farming experiment
Yakima Herald
by Kate Prengaman

Source: Paul Miller

A lemon scent wafted through the air as workers harvested hops at a small farm at the mouth of Cowiche Canyon last week. Less than 24 hours later, that same aroma was steeping in a wildly popular seasonal beer bearing the canyon’s name at a Seattle brewery.

Fremont Brewing’s Cowiche Canyon Fresh Hop Ale is the result of the match between the brewery’s sustainability bent and an organic hops experiment launched in the canyon six years ago.

“You can see the beauty here,” said landowner Ron Britt of his 2-acre hop yard nestled up against the 5,000-acre Cowiche Canyon Conservancy, a nonprofit land trust that protects sagebrush covered hills, basalt cliffs, and creek habitat to the west of Yakima. “I felt we had to go organic because of the conservancy.” Read Full Article »

Reconsidering Halloween Candy

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: Conventional Halloween candy is troubling in terms of what it contains, how it is made, and how much of it kids eat at this time of year. Below, find some interesting ideas on how to navigate and find some other options for the candy holiday.

The Halloween Quandary
Nourishing Our Children
by Sandrine Love

Source: Amanda Tipton

For some, Halloween isn’t a quandary because they simply opt out of it altogether or conversely they embrace it as a yearly experience, candy and all. For others, concerns about the sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial ingredients and the like in candy arise in our community forums. We often see this question posed at this time of year: “So how does everyone deal with Halloween candy?”

There is The Teal Pumpkin Project for an Allergy-Friendly Halloween that I recommend folks take a look at. Meanwhile, parents in our community have reported that they offer small toys, temporary tattoos, and glow sticks at Halloween: Read Full Article »

Indigenous People Reclaim Traditional Harvest

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Cornucopia’s Take: The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is documenting the health of traditional plants in hopes of regaining the tribe’s right to harvest them sustainably for food and medicine. Many native plants have been over-harvested for gourmet restaurants and up-scale markets, resulting in a ban on all harvesting in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Wild plants should always be harvested ethically.

Mending a Native Food Web
North Carolina Health News
by Catherine Clabby

Source: Michael Hicks

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are using research and new partnerships to expand access to wild foods at the heart of their culture.

On an Appalachian Mountains slope coated with trees and low plants, Tommy Cabe got on his knees to look for shiny black seeds inside a late-season ramp patch.

“Here there are five seedpods but no seeds,” the forest resource specialist for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians pronounced, adding quickly, “Here’s one!” Read Full Article »