First-Year Favorites: Farmers & Gardeners
What a fantastic first year of meeting farm and gardening experts who've shared what's happening in their corners of the green economy! Here are a few that stood out in 2010 and early 2011:
Free-range farm life:
The Downing family welcomed me onto their family farm in Oklahoma, where they showed off their young cattle and talked about free-range poultry.
Why does it matter how your Christmas tree is grown? A winter visit to Curtis Buchanan's family tree farm explained organic Christmas trees.
The granddaughter of famous publisher J.I. Rodale talked with me about a look back at the vintage organic gardening encyclopedias that have been around for so long (and also out in a new edition).
An early spring visit to a family's organic greenhouse brought new discoveries and growing lessons.
The academic world offers aspiring vegetable growers hope for trying more sustainable techniques.
Inspiring new company
A new seed company is already growing deep roots in the local and larger community.
Tomorrow: how my family and others are making efforts to eat better.