SUSTAINABLE FOOD

CRANBERRIES PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE

No matter where you sit down to your Thanksgiving meal this Thursday, your cranberries may well have been grown in Wisconsin.  We produce more cranberries here than any other state.  Cranberries were grown here before Wisconsin achieved statehood in 1830.  Your cranberries may have come from one of  13 commercial […]

TOURING ROOT CELLARS

To live sustainably, we have to learn how to use the sun’s energy in real time – the way people used to do it before we began to depend on the super-charged sun power of fossil fuels.  Some solutions are high tech like solar panels and some solutions are low […]

FOOD DAY OCTOBER 24

Next Monday, October 24, is Food Day, sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit watchdog group.  This organization has been working for safer food since 1971.  They promoting meals built around vegetables, fruits and whole grains instead of processed packaged foods.  They have coordinated many […]

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 […]