The version of the FY2013 agriculture appropriations bill passed by the Appropriations Committee of the US House of Representatives today would overturn a rule that provides important protections from unfair treatment to thousands of American contract poultry growers.
Danny and Jackie Peed have been in the business of slaughtering, processing, and distributing eastern North Carolina meat for over thirty years. But what they’re most excited about are their new vegetable boxes. In the spring of 2011, the Peeds received a small grant from RAFI’s Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund to purchase equipment that would allow them to sort and process produce from local farmers and deliver low-cost produce boxes to homes throughout northeastern North Carolina.
Representative Pricey Harrison is introducing an amendment to SB820, the North Carolina fracking bill, that would address many of our major concerns with the bill. We are grateful to Representative Harrison for taking action to protect the rights of North Carolina landowners. We hope that legislators will support this amendment as they consider the bill today. Here's a quick breakdown of what the amendment does.
Our friend Fred Bahson recently wrote an article for Heiffer International on the Wesley Storehouse and Crossfire UMC, a biker church that runs a garden, greenhouse, local meat CSA, and food storage/distribution facility in Wilkesboro, NC.
This year’s Farm Bill should direct more research dollars to classical breeding projects that result in finished, publicly owned plant and animal varieties, according to a letter from more than 100 farm organizations and scientists.
In 2007, Reverend James Joyner and other church members started the Conetoe Family Life Center, which provides mentorship, resources, and after-school programs to the town's youth. In its search for a project that would inspire and educate youth, the Center piloted a two-acre community garden.