Environment

Take a Hike! with Dreamgoats

The cold weather is arriving in Michigan, but that doesn’t stop Dreamgoats from enjoying the great, wintry outdoors. Since July of this year and throughout November and December, a herd of five fun-loving, floppy-eared Nubian goats are sharing their walks with anyone who wants to join them. A hike through forty acres of woods, marsh […]

in Agriculture, Environment, Grand Rapids, West Michigan

Feeding Neighbors by Day and Worms by Night: Luis Chen Does It All

Luis Chen is hard at work in Grand Rapids, feeding his community locally sourced produce through the YMCA Veggie Van as the Operations Manager, as well as running his own composting company, Wormies. He enjoys connecting with local farmers and bringing their produce to communities in need, as well as learning about growing healthy food […]

MAEAP Verification is a Worthy Investment for Your Farm

For this farmer, MAEAP recognition proves he’s doing the right things to keep his farm running for another 100 years Ron Stadler’s family has been farming since 1896. The family farm sits on 120 acres in Monroe County and has seen its fair share of cash crops and livestock come and go over the years. […]

in Agriculture, Environment

A Word on Waste: Part IV

This article is part of a four-part series on buying, storing, preserving and composting foods to prevent waste There is no ‘away’ to throw things. When food ends up in landfills it decomposes anaerobically which releases methane, a greenhouse gas 25x more effective at trapping heat than carbon dioxide. Since Americans throw away around 150,000 […]

in Agriculture, Authors, Climate Change, Environment, Food Waste

Combating Climate Change: Creating Climate-resilient Orchards

In my previous post of this Climate Change series, (see the first and second post here), I discussed how tree fruit growers in Michigan are faced with adapting to a “new normal” due to climate change. Pest and disease profiles are shifting, frost dates are less predictable, and precipitation is becoming more erratic. Growers adapt to […]

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A New Normal for Michigan Orchards

This is the second post of a three-part series. Before reading this, make sure you read the first post of the series here! To quickly recap, in the last article I mentioned how climate change will have unique impacts on tree fruit agriculture due to long-term growing requirements of growing perennials. This means that fruit […]

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