A few of your favorite orgs: Ever
since New Farm was launched, we've been planning a resource directory
listing organizations, agencies, web sites and publications devoted
to organic, sustainable and local agriculture. Other projects intervened,
but finally, it's here--a directory that's searchable by keyword,
topic, type of organization, state or region. We've started with
around 200 listings, but will be adding new organizations on a weekly
basis. To check out the Resource Directory, click
here. Got a suggestion for an organization we should
add to the directory? Email
senior editor Dan Sullivan.
information ... Another thing we've been wanting
to do is offer a classified page, allowing you to list farm-related
products and services you're seeking ... or offering. The impetus?
Over the past year, dozens of readers have written us looking for
a source of organic hay, or for someone who can process their organic
oilseed. We've also had numerous people looking for farmers who
can manage their organic acres. We didn't have the ability to manage
these requests in a technologically sophisticated way, so we let
But at a recent New Farm staff meeting it
occurred to us ... Why not take the simple approach. So that's what
we're doing. We're inviting you to send us information on
products and services you'd like to buy or sell, using
a simple pop-up form. We'll post these classifieds on a simple web
page every two weeks. The more entries we get, the more useful it
will be. So
click here to take advantage of this free opportunity.
See you at Pike Place Market: New
Farm staffers will be out in front of Pike Place Market in Seattle
this Thursday and Friday talking to folks about the web site, and
distributing brochures detailing the true cost of conventional production
and the tangible benefits of local and organic. It's part of a collaborative
effort sponsored by Farm Aid, which is holding its concert in Seattle
this year. If you're in the area, come by and say hi. For an online
version of the brochure, which you can print out and give to your
Help us improve New Farm, Part 2:
Several hundred of you have already filled out our
annual New Farm reader survey. Thanks to all of you for the dozens
of pages of comments and observations you sent our way. In a few
weeks we'll share the results of the survey with you. For those
of you who haven't filled out the survey, we hope you'll consider
doing it now. It only takes about 5 minutes of your time, and will
give us much needed information on what you like and dislike about
the web site so we can channel our energies into improvements that
matter to you. We'd also like your feedback on new features we're
thinking about adding in the next half-year. To take the survey,
Farm politics is messing with valuable
programs, again. Time
to take ACTION. Consider sending a note to decision makers about
the following three critical ag issues:
Act before Sept. 20! Want
real farm conservation? Speak now or forever hold your peace
We now have one week to build the Conservation Security
Progam back into the real conservation contender it was meant to
be ... before Congress mangled it.
Act before October 1! Support
Farm-to-School Serious about connecting our children
with their food--and how it gets to the supermarket shelf? Then
make sure Congress funds this program.
the meat markets! End packer ownership and stop closed-door deals
Four companies control more than half of all U.S. hog slaughter,
and more than 80 percent of U.S.-fed cattle slaughter. The market
manipulations of these large companies cost family farmers more
than 1 billion dollars a year.
Farm Locator update. We've
added over 100 new farms from Washington State to our Farm Locator
listing, and are continuing to add farms with help from farmer organizations
around the country. We hope you'll add your own farm, if you haven't
yet ... and if you work for an organization that serves farmers,
we'd like to partner with you to get the farmers you represent on
the Farm Locator. To check out the Farm Locator, click
here. If you're interested in working with us to get
farmers on the Locator, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris Hill, Executive Editor
forget to check out our latest Organic
Price Index. All new today, September
14: Prices for the Grassroots OPX from 20 markets
in 14 states.
Too hot to handle!
Padron peppers are 20 bucks a pound if you pick
'em just right ... which is easier said than done. More
How an ill-fated cross-country motorcycle
trip yielded an award-winning organic orchard.
See below for more details.
The house that built Hentry Wallace:
A birthplace museum pays
living tribute to legendary ag secretary Henry A. Wallace.
See below for more.