Beyond Farmers Markets: Why Local Food Belongs on Grocery Shelves

There are tremendous untapped opportunities for producers to sell their products locally, further fueling the U.S. economy and expanding agriculture's impact.

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Vertical farm: Farmer takes crops to new heights

Alegria Fresh is the first hydroponic, vertical farm on the West Coast, and Cutter is hoping to become a model for high-yield, resource-efficient growing. The farm – 150 7-foot-tall towers that hold more than 8,000 plants – produces everything from arugula to zucchini, and in only 1,200 square feet.

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Connecting kids to water and wildlife

The project provides a living laboratory for students from kindergarten through high school. The young scientists conduct field studies in the ranch's restored wetlands—testing water quality, identifying wildlife, collecting insects, practicing mapping skills and helping maintain the private conservation area.

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A Meal Without a Mexican? Your Food Has Already Migrated!

Not even a decade has passed since Sergio Arau filmed A Day Without a Mexican, but 2012 may go down in history as the Year of No Meals Without a Mexican because of labor shortages in American fields and orchards.

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California Authors series: Rites of spring

Spring arrives with the first warm breezes and fogless mornings in our Valley. On our 80-acre organic farm south of Fresno, I disk our soil, breaking winter's crust.


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Looking ahead to food politics in 2012

Nutrition and public policy expert Marion Nestle answers readers' questions regarding 2012 food politics agenda.

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Hyper-local markets provide big economic boost

Local specialty grocery store is fueling the neighborhood's economy, not just by bringing other businesses to the street but by supporting other Bay Area companies.

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For One Ala. Farmer, Workers Are Still Scarce

Now, as the planting season nears for next year's crop, some farmers are worried they won't have enough workers due to Alabama's tough immigration law passed earlier in the year.

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Putting Farmland On A Fertilizer Diet

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a document yesterday that got no attention on the nightly news, or almost anywhere, really. Its title, I'm sure you'll agree, is a snooze: National Nutrient Management Standard.

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Fighting Childhood Obesity: It’s A Family Affair

With more and more children in the U.S. becoming overweight, many parents are wondering how to talk to their children about weight. The Packard Pediatric Weight Control Program for families is remarkably straightforward and successful.

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