Video Gallery Archive

Proposed Credit Union Aims to Fund Small Farmers

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: One of the enduring and biggest struggles for small farmers is access to capital and financing from lenders. This credit union in Maine would loan money on attractive terms to farmers and food producers to help re-localize Maine’s food systems, revitalize rural communities, rehabilitate soils, and reverse the food system as a vector of disease.

Maine Harvest Credit Project Master

by Maine Harvest Credit Project

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Remote Working Means More Support for Food and Farm Mission

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: Since its founding 14 years ago, Cornucopia has been virtually officed. Although we have a volunteer who distributes mail, a board member, and farmer-members in the Cornucopia, Wisconsin area, our staff work from home offices across the country. Cornucopia’s cofounders and key staff live and work in the upper Midwest, Colorado, Oregon, and Maine, while our newest policy analyst, an attorney with training in agricultural law, resides in California.

This allows Cornucopia to better utilize contributions to support our mission upholding the integrity of organic and local food and farming, rather than for occupancy and overhead expenses related to physical office space. It also eliminates commuting, which is beneficial for the environment, and allows staff to spend more time with their families and communities. Most importantly, being virtually officed has helped us conduct nationwide recruitment campaigns that have resulted in a uniquely qualified, talented, and passionate staff who are truly dedicated to supporting economic justice for family-scale farms across the country.

Video: Telecommuters leave the car at home, and work from home, too
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
by Rick Barrett

Click on the image above to watch journalist Rick Barrett interview Cornucopia cofounder Mark Kastel. Read Full Article »

Organic Soil-based Farming Benefits All Life

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: Soil health is foundational to all living things. Organic farming has enormous benefits for human and environmental health. While hydroponic container growing has merit in particular conditions, it is not organic agriculture.

The Organic Center Digs Deeper on Soil Health
by The Organic Center

When you buy organic, you’re buying into a type of agriculture with many benefits. Here’s the scoop on Soil Health. Read Full Article »

Rally in the Valley to Keep the Soil in Organic

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: Over 250 organic farmers and eaters attended the Rally in the Valley to show their support for keeping soil in organics.  This 5 minute video captures some of the highlights. Despite the law requiring certified organic farmers to maintain soil health, the National Organic Program has been allowing soil-less growing systems (aka hydroponic) to be certified as organic for the last several years. This has become a huge issue for the National Organic Standards Board.

Keep the Soil in Organic “Rally In The Valley” Excerpt

The debate in the USDA continues about whether fertile soil is the foundation of organic farming. The massive influx of hydroponic vegetables and berries being certified is the result of corporate interests successfully redefining “organic” in the USDA. Please watch this short video of hundreds of farmers and eaters protesting the erosion of the organic standards. It includes short clips of many tractors plus Eliot Coleman and Senator Patrick Leahy speaking at the Rally In The Valley. Organic means something. Send a comment to the USDA telling them you don’t want hydroponics to be called organic: Read Full Article »

Returning Home to Farm

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Cornucopia’s Take: This video depicts the efforts of a Chinese organic farmer to feed her community and educate local children about where food comes from.

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Real Food Media

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