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A Food Desert in Paradise: Solving Hawaii’s Fresh Vegetable Problem
Sam Kalalau, a Native Hawaiian who lives in the isolated, rural town of Hana on Maui’s eastern edge, has a dream for his people, many of whom suffer from chronic conditions with dietary links such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. Hana is known mostly for its lushness, postcard-perfect beaches, and spectacular oceans views, and less so for its fertile fields. But this produce whisperer helps run Hana Fresh Farm, a seven-acre, certified organic farm situated on a gentle slope and filled with tropical fruit trees, heirloom greens, and fragrant herbs.
Silos Loom as Death Traps on American Farms
Even as the rate of serious injury and fatalities on American farms has fallen, the number of workers dying by entrapment in grain bins and silos has remained stubbornly steady. The annual number of such accidents rose throughout the past decade, reaching a peak of at least 26 deaths in 2010, before dropping somewhat since.
CBJ: Local Food Hub shares secrets to growing success
The Daily Progress
Since its founding in 2009, the Local Food Hub has grown a broad, stable and self-sustaining customer base of local farmers whose crops support a wholesale distribution network for their locally produced fruits, vegetables, meats and eggs.
Local Alaska foods make way into school lunch menus
School officials and Alaska farmers are raving about a program that’s putting substantial state money toward school meals for the first time, saying the $3 million grant has improved student diets across the state and given challenged growers a reliable market.
Farmers Watching Their Water Use
Wall Street Journal
For decades, farmers here have tapped a vast underground reservoir to irrigate their fields to grow corn, soybeans and wheat. Now they are reluctantly starting to reduce their water use, fearing a dwindling supply could otherwise make them the last generation to grow bumper crops in this arid patch of the High Plains. (more…)