“I’m an environmental journalist, not an environmentalist.” I’ve said this countless times over the course of my career, usually to make a distinction between myself and the people I write about. But last year, while reporting on a growing number of climate crises, I realized I could no longer pretend that I was just a journalist. I am an environmentalist, in the sense that I believe humans should modify their behavior for the benefit of the planet. I just hadn’t acted much on that belief—until now. I started eating mostly vegetarian. I bought a metal straw. And, most importantly, I changed how I got my fruits and vegetables. The latter was most important to me. I wanted to do my part in the fight against food waste. Every year in America, between 30 to 40 percent of food available for consumption goes uneaten. The majority of that is thrown away at home and at restaurants, but anywhere from 11 to 16 percent—about 20 billion … [Read more...] about Does Your Box of “Ugly” Food Really Help the Planet?
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In February of this year, Tommy Stauffer of Vitruvian Farms in McFarland went to meet with UW Health. Vitruvian had been selling salad greens, tomatoes and microgreens to the hospital’s cafeterias for more than three years. “We met with the whole chef team,” said Stauffer, who runs Vitruvian with Shawn Kuhn. “They reaffirmed to me they were going to be keeping us on board, buying the same stuff. They talked about expanding a few things they were not getting locally.” A few weeks later, Stauffer got a brief letter from a University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority employee he’d never met. “A decision has been made to move this business to another vendor,” it said. The termination date was 30 days later, the Capital Times reported. For the past four years, UW Health has touted its wide-ranging commitment to local farms and sustainable sourcing. UW’s goal to source 20% to 30% of its meat, cheese … [Read more...] about Producers grapple with UW Health’s shift from local food
For Kim Bryant, becoming co-owner of Two Chicks and a Farm is a reinvention of a career whose previous focus was first as a plant nursery worker and then as a social worker. For her partner Jen Russomanno, it's an additional career as she continues to work in the public health field while farming and pursuing her doctorate in public health at the University of Tennessee. As if that doesn't keep them busy enough, they also organize a Garden Delivery CSA with eight other vendors that serves customers at six weekly drop-off locations. They recently added 150 chickens (all have names) to their operation to provide eggs to their inventory, and they also recently purchased an additional 18 acres of land on which to grow produce, making their total available planting capability 49 acres distributed in three Jefferson City/New Market locations. More: East Knoxville to get farmers market beginning Sunday at Tabernacle Baptist Church Growth … [Read more...] about Two Chicks and a Farm keeps on growing through markets, CSA
Shopping for your "Nice list" this holiday season? It's so easy to just take the Amazon.com route (I'm guilty of it, too) but rather than algorithm-suggested presents, how about a delicious, made-with-love gift straight from Louisville instead? I'm here to share some tasty ideas that are on my own wish list, and that would make any food lover on your list very happy this holiday season. Anything from Bourbon Barrel Foods 1201 Story Ave., Suire 175; 2710 Frankfort Ave.; bourbonbarrelfoods.com. For as long as I've been traveling, I've been packing treats from Bourbon Barrel Foods when I need to take a gift overseas. This small company, founded by Matt Jamie, was ahead of the all-things-bourbon curve, and local cooks in the know have long relied on the bourbon smoked paprika and, of course, the small batch soy sauce. Offerings have expanded over the years, but personally, I'd be ecstatic to see the Eat Your Bourbon Gourmet Original Gift Box ($75) under my Christmas tree. … [Read more...] about The 10 best made-in-Louisville gifts for food and drink lovers
In a CSA, short for Community Supported Agriculture, you prepay a farm for a share of its produce In a CSA, short for Community Supported Agriculture, you prepay a farm for a share of its produce (and sometimes eggs and meat, too) each week from a farm. Most have pre-set pickup days and locations. The benefits for the buyer is guaranteed fresh food all summer, and the farms get much needed cash to get their crops into the ground and keep their farms running. There are CSAs all over the Lower Hudson Valley. If you don't know where to start, the Hudson Valley CSA Coalition is a good resource. It offers links to farms that participate and it's not hard to find one near you. Go to hudsonvalleycsa.org for a list. GROWING: 5 ways to get your kids to start a garden FARMERS MARKETS: Find indoor markets VEGGIES: 5 foods to eat in 2017 and where to find them Here are a few local ones; be aware that deadlines to sign up are looming, so if you're … [Read more...] about How to join a CSA