COMMENTARY

September 8, 2018

The world has changed considerably in the forty years since I attended my first NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) Conference--then also billed as a “celebration of rural life.” So too has the organization, which has gone from a marginal little group of ideal...

When I heard about the devastating double whammy of two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico last fall, I understood that the island’s economy would never be the same. As the stories and images emerged, including total destruction of the power grid, impassable roads, and tr...

February 12, 2018

A new organization called the Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition (VHSC) is fast becoming an important vehicle for my local activism. A focused but diverse interest group, VHSC states its intention to “shift the paradigm of how people interface with the land. We operate un...

May 29, 2017

I tend to be a big picture thinker, and have always just assumed that the connections between organic agriculture and social justice were self-evident. Yet clearly many others don't see this connection, and believe that with the advent of a federally mandated organic c...

March 26, 2017

Spring greetings!

This has been an upside-down winter season in so many ways. February's record breaking warmth came to a crashing end as temperatures plummeted the first two weekends in March, sending wind-chill readings well below zero. Then a howling nor'easter blizz...

January 26, 2017

My brief Mexican vacation has come to an end, and watching from a distance the disaster of what has become of US national politics I felt more than a little anxious about going back. But really, there is no place to escape it--certainly not the beaches of Puerto Escond...

December 13, 2016

Acknowledging Our Soil & Water Protectors


Before offering any of my own thoughts, I wish to thank the peaceful and courageous water protectors of the First Nations. Water is life. Please support the Standing Rock camp in any way you are able. 

Post-Thanksgiving Tour

The...

November 21, 2016

Like most of my friends and associates, I watched the election results on the night of November 8th with horror and disbelief. Determined to focus on the immediate task at hand, the next morning I stumbled over to the small house that serves as headquarters of NOFA-NY...

October 12, 2016

A couple of weeks ago I headed to Baltimore for Natural Products Expo East — the annual trade show that features speakers, seminars, and parties to inform and celebrate the hugely successful natural and organic products industry. In years past I have attended these eve...

September 5, 2016

 “Does the revolution begin with food?” was the title of a panel discussion held on August 20th in Marshfield, VT as part of the Institute for Social Ecology’s annual summer gathering. As chronicled in Organic Revolutionary, the field of social ecology has been my inte...

Please reload

RECENT COMMENTARY
Please reload

SEARCH BY TOPIC