Trying to meet the demand for organic
milk: Consumer demand for organic milk has been
outstripping supply month after month. Organic dairy companies are
feeling more and more urgency to identify and sign up new dairy
producers, or convert conventional dairy farmers.
a wonderful new article, ag journalist Rocky Womack
goes south to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley to report on an
event sponsored recently by the Virginia Department of Agriculture
and Consumers Services that featured presentations to farmers by
competing organic heavyweights, Horizon and Organic Valley. Both
companies made the case for conversion—and there does seem
to be some movement in that direction, even though the infrastructure
and support for organic dairy in Virginia and the South as a whole
is minimal. While there’s currently only one organic dairy
farmer in Virginia, eight others are either considering it or are
already in transition.
Rocky’s informative look at organic dairy as
it begins to emerge in Virginia.
The New Farm Locator® expands
farms to restaurants and businesses: Local flavors.
Seasonal celebrations. Relationship marketing. Regional economies.
These dynamic elements are the building blocks of the emerging
“local food” movement. They address the aspirations
of people who want their food to mean something, and who want their
food dollars to build the kind of world they want to live in.
New Farm Locator® now provides a way for farmers
and food buyers to match their needs in this “values-added”
marketplace. This online tool began in 2003 as a way for consumers
to have a quick-and-convenient way to find farmers selling their
products directly to end-users. Nearly 1,100 farmers in the US and
Canada have no-cost profiles telling as much as they wish about
their farms, crops, livestock, goals and marketing efforts.
With funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Bureau
of Market Development, we added business-to-business (B2B) information
for farms selling commercially and expanded the site to include
chefs, restaurants and other food buyers.
Our expanded profiles cover the essential data either party needs
to explore a new food connection. Farmers indicate their “post-harvest”
abilities to wash, sort, pack, refrigerate and deliver their goods.
Restaurants tell what they buy from farmers, how they want to order,
their willingness to plan ahead of the season, and their level of
interest in promoting the food with farmers.
Search to find participating farmers or businesses by ZIP code,
farmer/business owner, farm/business name, state, county or product.
Also search for farmers by how they market, and search businesses
by type of operation. The online tool works nationally, but is just
as useful for buy-local campaigns needing a Web presence.
Featured new business on The Farm Locator: RX
Restaurant, Philadelphia. This purveyor of organic,
seasonal fare is just one of many food businesses now located on
the Farm Locator. The Philadelphia BOYB opened in 2001 with a vision
of serving a wholesome, carefully selected menu. And according to
owner Greg Salisbury, Rx is always on the look out for new producers
and new items --“Just give me a call and let’s see if
there is a fit.” The best time to call? Late morning.
Tell us how Farm Locator
helps you make connections--and spread the word to farmers,
chefs and grocery stores you know to add their profiles so they
can contribute to more flavor, more freshness and more local vitality
in food. Browse
Farm Locator now.
Chris Hill, Executive Editor
Susan Willsrud and Tom Zimmer have managed to coax flowers, herbs
and vegetables from the permafrost for the 45 members of their CSA
See below for more.
Organic dairy rises up slowly in
The demand is strong, and a number of Virginia dairy farmers like
James Wenger, above, are starting to transition.
For more, see at left.
Bring it on, Iron Chef!
When it comes to changing the food habits of Americans, small farmers
can wrestle the Iron Chef to a draw, says Andy Griffin.
See below for more.
Questioning King Corn
New York Times Magazine writer and author of such books as The Botany
of Desire documents the damage done by corn to our health and our
See below for more.