Farmers Dream in Winter

During the spring, summer and fall farm seasons it is easy for farmers to lose touch with one another. Everyone get really busy and conversations tend to be focused on immediate needs like engines failing, extreme weather forecasts or what local chefs need now. Winter is when farmers have time to plan, think, dream and socialize. Many of us are ordering seeds, planning upcoming seasons, adjusting websites and doing bigger picture thinking and planning. Winter is also the most popular time for farmers to get together for meetings. Maryland farmers gathered for two important meetings this past month, the Future …

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Fear the Turtle: FDA’s One Sided Food Safety Regulations

The FDA is accepting public comments through November 15th on a draft set of regulations based on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Shining a spotlight on food safety is a great idea and something that consumer advocates have been working toward for a long time. Clearly there are safety problems with our nation’s food system, and we have seen what happens when unsafe food gets into the marketplace. Unfortunately, the draft rules have some real problems and could undermine small vegetable farms like my own. Please take action by hopping over to the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s website where …

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It is time to Comment on New Farm Safety Regs

A Guest Post by Michael Tabor, Maryland based farmer and activist.  Note from Tanya: Michael Tabor is  a great friend and one of my mentors in the farming world.  He runs a mixed vegetable farm and is always engaged in making the world a better place.  This piece responds to proposed regulations that could have far reaching impacts on all, sustainable and organic farms nationwide. Mike will be on a panel about this issue at the upcoming Maryland Food and Farmers Association Meeting. For those of us in the sustainable farm community, we are at the crossroads and the clock …

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The Fiscal Cliff and the Little Farmer

The following is a piece I wrote for my the Maryland Organic Food and Farming newsletter.(MOFFA).  If you live in DC or MD, come to our winter meeting (the 22nd annual!): details below. At the very end of the year, in the midst of fiscal cliff madness, Congress passed a controversial farm bill extension. Maybe you saw headlines like this one from the the Center for Food Safety, “Congress Passes Damaging Farm Bill Extension in “Fiscal Cliff” Package”. The extension of the farm bill contained many disappointments and has left the sustainable and organic agriculture community with lots of work …

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