Monthly Archives: July 2009

White House Garden Brings Local Agriculture to National Forefront

The importance of locally-grown produce is finally returning to the forefront of American consciousness, thanks in part to the new organic garden First Lady Michelle Obama has had planted at the White House. If you’re reading this blog, chances are that you already know about this garden, and are also well-aware of the benefits of sustainable agriculture. Still, I thought it would be nice to take a moment to acknowledge this action, which marks only the second time in history for such a feature to occupy the Presidential property – the first being Eleanor Roosevelt’s World War II victory garden.
The garden serves as both as a talking piece for the American public – with Obama admirers hopefully taking note of the First Lady’s decision, and starting to think about how they can incorporate gardening into their own lives – as well as an educational tool, as local schoolchildren helping to first dig and plant the garden, and are now returning to harvest the produce and learn about healthy eating by preparing the foods with the Obama’s chef in the White House kitchen.
In this era of industrial agriculture-induced environmental destruction, as well as nutrition-related chronic diseases that are ravaging the country, the First Lady should be commended for her efforts to illuminate how fresh produce, local agriculture, and organic practices are attainable means of working to combat these problems.
For more information about the White House garden, follow these links:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/20/dining/20garden.html
http://www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/food/2009/06/19/2009-06-19_first_lady_michelle_obamas_garden_growing_well_white_house_harvesting_plenty_of_.html
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/A-Healthy-Harvest/
Happy Gardening!!

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Field Training Course Tackles Weeds

Spring and Summer Field Training Courses are underway! On Thursday, June 25th, a dozen or so of our New Entry farmers and other would-be farmers joined Mackenzie at Richardson’s Farm for a course in Weed Management. A bit of theory coupled with a lot of hands-on trial and error with farm equipment and tools made this two-hour session a great opportunity for students to first learn and then feel exactly what it’s like to remove those pesky weeds from a patch of earth. Stay tuned to our blog to see some photos from this and other trainings!
These sessions have been happening every other Thursday since late-March, and have included such essential farming skills as: Equipment Use and Maintenance, Pest Management, Irrigation Setup, and Record Keeping.
There are still two trainings left in the series: a Cover Cropping field trip, and a session on Soil Testing and Nutrient management. If you’d like to join us, or just want a bit more information, head to our website:
http://nesfp.nutrition.tufts.edu/about/calendar.html

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Celebrate Local Food on the 4th!

Greetings!
Harvest season has returned, and with that, so has New Entry Sustainable Farming Project’s blog! We have lots to tell you about what we’ve been doing and what we have planned, but for now – just a quick heads up about a great campaign happening in honor of the 4th of July:

FoodIndependenceDay.org
wants you to help celebrate America’s sustainable food producers this weekend, by eating a locally-sourced holiday meal, or serving one at your backyard barbeque. Invite your friends and neighbors to join you, tell them about the great farmers’ market where you bought your lettuce, the friendly farmer who sold you the beef for your burgers, and encourage everyone you know to explore the benefits of sustainable agriculture.
And if you have some free time before the fireworks, sign FoodIndependenceDay.org’s petition, or send a letter to your local politicians telling them how important this issue is to you!
Have a safe and happy weekend!

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