Did you eat today – thank a food worker

The most under-reported  and neglected aspect of the good food movement is the 20 million workers who toil every day—often under inhumane conditions—harvesting fields, killing and cutting up animals, packing boxes, driving trucks, cooking meals, ringing up Continue reading Did you eat today – thank a food worker


To create a sustainable food system – start with a clear vision

Feature Article
Envisioning a Sustainable World
Donella Meadows

Reprinted from Solutions, September 2012
(originally published in 1994)

This is an edited transcript of part of a talk given by Donella Meadows at the 1994 meeting of the International Society for Ecological Economics in San José, Costa Rica, and recorded by Peter Griesinger. Meadows, cofounder of the Balaton Group, passed away in 2001, but she has inspired a generation to hold onto, build, and share their visions of a sustainable world. A video of her full talk can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiUJaliYw5c.

Donella Meadows, one of the founders of the Balaton Group and an early advocate of systems thinking. Courtesy of the Donella Meadows Institute.

We need clarity about our goals. We need to know where we are going. We need to have vision. And that vision has to be articulated, it has to be socially shared, and Continue reading To create a sustainable food system – start with a clear vision

America’s First Public Food Forest

Daily, our eating turns nature into culture, transforming the body of the world into our bodies and minds. –Michael Pollan

–by Clare Leschin-Hoar, Original Story, Jun 08, 2012

Hungry? Just head over to the park. Seattle’s new food forest aims to be an edible wilderness. (Photo: Buena Vista Images)

Seattle’s vision of an urban food oasis is going forward. A seven-acre plot of land in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood will be planted with hundreds of different kinds of edibles: walnut and chestnut trees; blueberry and raspberry bushes; fruit trees, including apples and pears; exotics like pineapple, yuzu citrus, guava, persimmons, honeyberries, and lingonberries; herbs; and more. All will be available for public plucking to anyone who Continue reading America’s First Public Food Forest

The art of systems thinking in driving sustainable transformation

According to this blog post in The Guardian: Sustainable Business Blog systems thinking helps us to “change systems and help multiple stakeholders find a common vision.”


Systems thinking may represent the next phase in the evolution of sustainability, but it is not an arena for corporations to enter lightly.

While collaboration may offer the best opportunity for scaling up change, it is far from easy and requires a certain skill set, including a sense of humility and sensitivity, that seemingly all-powerful corporations are often not well versed in.

So I thought it would be good to outline some of the essential ingredients for a successful systems change programme.

I give the credit for these guidelines to two women I met at the SXSW Eco conference in Austin, Texas; Sarah Severn, director of stakeholder mobilisation at Nike, and Darcy Continue reading The art of systems thinking in driving sustainable transformation

Can we survive off the land?

By By RICHIE DAVIS Recorder Staff

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Can Franklin County feed itself?

A new farmland and food supply study completed for the Franklin Regional Council of Governments says yes, assuming that we can continue to preserve farmland, convince farmers to modify their crops and convince others to change eating habits.

And while being entirely sustainable would require 45,000 acres of farmland — about 8,000 acres more than now — the 80-page study recommends an easier way to achieve “self-reliance,” focused on what we already grow well, requiring 34,000 acres.

The study, completed by Conway School of Landscape Design, looked at how much farmland is needed to meet the nutritional needs of residents, how much farmland there is Continue reading Can we survive off the land?

UMass Stockbridge School, Wildwood embark on grow local partnership

By By NICK GRABBE Staff Writer

Thursday, October 25, 2012

AMHERST — Wildwood School kindergarteners and Principal Nick Yaffe, sat in a circle Thursday around a hole in the ground where an apple tree was about to be planted.

Ryan Harb, coordinator of the permaculture program at the University of Massachusetts, who carted in two semidwarf apple trees, asked the children if they had ever eaten apples. Every hand shot up.

“The reason we came here and want to plant this apple tree is that we’re really passionate about growing food, so we wanted to give you an opportunity to grow some food with us,” he explained.

They shook out the dirt from the sod that Harb and his colleague, Tripper O’Mara, had dug up. One child found a large worm, and as his classmates gathered around to look at it, Continue reading UMass Stockbridge School, Wildwood embark on grow local partnership