I”ve been working to change the zoning laws in my hometown, Amherst MA so that more of us can raise hens. Here is an article describing my backyard hens. Click here. (the source link may be down for a short time – if it is, please try again later – or look at this “backup version” for now).
Check out this New York Times article about how Botanical Gardens, long known for their amazing floral displays and specimen plants, are now growing food plants and highlighting locally grown food! A sign of the times! Read it here.
There are many young people in New England looking to get established as new farmers. Quite a few of my former students are taking the plunge and having some success. While it isn’t easy, the economy and market are making this more possible. It looks like the same trend is occurring in the west! Check out this simple “how to get started” web page. Click here.
I just created a short (6 minute) video on raising hens in our backyards. This is becoming a trend nationally but there are a few barriers, one of them being local zoning laws. A few of us are trying to get this changed (click here)for the town of Amherst, MA. To see the video on getting started raising hens and eggs, click on the picture below!
Busy people in Boston and nearby communities have access to a new service that will pick up and deliver local food from the farmers markets right to their door. One of the criticisms of Community Supported Agriculture has been the time it takes to stop by the farm. While many people, especially those with children, value this experience – others find it inconvenient. There is no longer an excuse not to buy, “just food now.” This service also provides incentives for changing other aspects of your life (like quitting throw-away plastic water bottles for a more sustainable alternative). Check out the Gogreenologist.