to our expanded Farming for Credit Directory! New
Farm editor Laura Sayre has included information on course offerings
and hands-on experiences at more than 70 colleges and universities
around the country. These represent those ag programs with the most
well-developed organic and sustainable curriculums.
What Laura discovered in researching the directory was the organic
and sustainable agriculture has revitalized agricultural education
in this country. The most dynamic programs, attracting lots of new
students, focus on organic production. They range from Michigan
State University, with it's dynamic student farm and expanding organic
curriculum, to smaller colleges like Sterling College in Vermont,
which offers an undergraduate major in sustainable agriculture.
Enjoy the directory, and tell your younger friends to check
Steingraber, part 2:
I also strongly recommend reading the second installment in Sandra
Steingraber's keynote address from this year's Eco-Farm conference.
She is scientifically rigorous and honest in discussing the impact
of farm chemicals on pregancy and human development, but passionate
and lyrical in her defense of life.
After undergoing amniocentesis, Steingraber imagines her amniotic
fluid's frail and wonderful connection to the life around her, writing:
"When I hold in my hands a tube of my own amniotic fluid, I
am holding a tube full of raindrops. Amniotic fluid is also the
juice of oranges I had for breakfast, the milk I poured over my
cereal, the honey that I stirred into my tea. It is inside the green
cells of spinach leaves and the damp flesh of apples...." See
below for more.
Chris Hill, Executive Editor
Stink is in the pink
Garlic fests around the country are getting farmers and consumers
fired up about the pungent bulb and its opportunities.
See below for more.
A small patch of
paradise in Senegal
In the old colonial capital
of Saint-Louis, Doudou Diallo's organic-by-default vegetables are
in high demand.
See below for more.