Winter meetings that farmers plan for other farmers concentrate
more good ideas in one weekend than about any event going. The more
years you gather with your regional peers, however, the more relationships
you have to nurture, setting up the awful/wonderful choice between
necessary conversations and learning new innovations.
We pulled ourselves away to attend two events that were rich with
practical applications, enthusiastic farmers of all ages and evidence
that regenerative farming is alive and kicking like never before.
If you’re good at growing flowers but don’t like farmers’
markets, Oklahoma’s Vicki Stamback has a relationship-based
wholesale approach worth studying. If your local farmers’
market has supporters who want to grow its potential, ponder the
dynamic work being done in Cleveland to create high-impact farmer
opportunities. And check out what a Midwestern organic group did
to honor one of its own, with some help from The Rodale Institute.
The Rodale Institute
research: We frequently get asked about the Institute’s
healthy soil research and the hard data that backs up our claims
that organic agriculture is better in so many ways. We’ve
put up a permanent link on our homepage to give you easy access
to our peer-reviewed research papers and other publications. Just
click on the TRI
RESEARCH in the homepage sidebar, and you’ll be linked
to a list of publications and abstracts, organized by date. Most
of the titles are available through The
Rodale Institute bookstore.
Forum reform: In
response to reader frustration over an increased level of auto-spam
in our forums, we've gone back to requiring user registration. We
hope folks don't find this too much of a hassle and that it alleviates
p.s. Between prepping the planter, seeding your flats, and watching
for the first day of grazing, send
us the most important insight that came to you this winter –
before it slips into that great mental compost pile at the back
of your brain.