SUSTAINABLE FOOD

WHAT GARDENERS ARE GROWING AND WHY

Here is an article I wrote that appeared this week in Isthmus, Madison’s weekly newspaper: A first-of-its-kind study analyzes how much Madison-area gardeners produce and why Surprise, it’s not just about food! Denise Thornton on Thursday 09/15/2011 When Vincent Smith came to Madison to study urban agriculture, he picked fertile […]

MAKING FARMERS’ MARKETS AFFORDABLE

Have you ever found yourself singing the praises of your farmers’ market only to have your conversation mate say they can’t afford such expensive food? There are so many answers to that statement. In most cases, it’s merely a matter of priorities and grasping the real cost of agribusiness food-like […]

FARMER JOHN PLOWED UNDER

I am away from my desk attending a family reunion.  To get to bucolic Monticello, Illinois, I have driven through countless miles of land that was once prairie and then small farms and is now an endless stretch of massive sterile mega-fields servicing agribusiness.   While I am reconnecting with […]

ENJOY YOUR VEGETABLES. AVOID E. COLI

Remember 2006 when suddenly everyone was afraid to eat spinach because there were reports of contaminated greens in a couple of taco restaurant chains.  It turned out to be contaminated iceberg lettuce that caused at least 276 cases of illness and 3 deaths. How much good produce had to be […]