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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Weather Drama

I am determined to get back to writing again in the next week, but for now I will share my latest piece that just ran in the fall Maryland Organic Food and Farming Association fall newsletter. For those of us farming in Maryland (and most everywhere else) climate change is hitting home.  Whether it was the release of the new USDA Plant Hardiness Zone map, this summer’s drought, last summer’s flooding, or learning the new word “derecho”, we have all been facing pretty regular weather drama.  My children know exactly how to handle a tornado warning now and it seems …

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