Martha Wagner

Doing Thanksgiving Differently During the Pandemic

Doing Thanksgiving Differently During the Pandemic

If you trust infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci’s advice about COVID-19, you may know that he’s advised Americans to have smaller Thanksgiving celebrations this year, acknowledging that his three adult daughters will not be flying home for the holiday this...

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Worried about Enough Fresh Food? Grow Your Own!

Worried about Enough Fresh Food? Grow Your Own!

In the past decade, it seemed that many Americans were enjoying a love affair with farms and the idyllic image of small farms—think farmers markets, farm-to-table restaurants, CSA farms, school garden programs, and farm-stay vacations. Bounty From the Box: The CSA...

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What the Pandemic Means for Farmers and CSAs

What the Pandemic Means for Farmers and CSAs

This is the second of a special three-part series by Martha Wagner and Mi Ae Lipe about how COVID-19 is transforming local food systems—farmers markets, local farms, and community and backyard gardens. ____________________ As we all know, no part of our lives has been...

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Giving Differently This Holiday

Giving Differently This Holiday

As the countdown of shopping days begins and many of us start to plan holiday meal menus, it’s easy to get caught up in the search for perfect gifts and just the right recipes. I don’t do a lot of holiday gift giving or entertaining, but a column I read on...

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Looking for Work? Food? Try Good Food Jobs!

Looking for Work? Food? Try Good Food Jobs!

If you’re reading this blog, you likely know that food-related jobs today are no longer confined to restaurants, food production, food service, farms, and farmers markets. They’re found in school gardens, college food studies programs, meal delivery businesses like...

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Organizations Investing in Food as Medicine

Organizations Investing in Food as Medicine

It was Hippocrates who long ago declared, “Let medicine be thy food and let food be thy medicine.” Today, the idea of food as medicine is the foundation of health initiatives being developed collaboratively by hospitals, health organizations, local health departments,...

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What Does It Mean To Take Ownership of Our Food?

What Does It Mean To Take Ownership of Our Food?

We like this blog post from the website of Our Table Cooperative, a 58-acre, certified organic CSA farm in Sherwood, Oregon, south of Portland. The co-op’s farm operates as a not-for-profit land trust with the goal of keeping the land in sustainable agriculture...

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Keeping Markets Honest—A Guest Post

Keeping Markets Honest—A Guest Post

Do you take for granted that the produce you buy at your local farmers market is grown by the people selling it, or have you ever had some doubts? The Tampa Bay (Florida) Times recently ran a “Farm to Fable” series looking into food fraud at local farmers markets as...

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