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July 12, 2021| Food and Farms
Photo credit: Kelsi Eccles

Earlier this year the Urban Food Forest at Browns Mill captivated a global audience around the idea of a free food forest built to address food access and health issues for residents in the community. Sitting just a few miles south of Atlanta’s city center, the Browns Mill community has historically struggled to get access to fresh fruits and vegetables. The food forest now provides many of those residents with fresh healthy food, greenspace, and educational and workforce opportunities.

We spoke with Celeste Lomax, Food Forest Steward and owner of Celestial Care Solutions, about why this greenspace is so important, what it means to provide fresh produce and holistic care for her community and what other urban conservation organizations can learn from her success.

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March 1, 2021| Food and Farms
Off-Farm Income podcast with Matt Brechwald

America’s farmers are some of the greatest stewards of the land we have. They live on the land, they’re livelihood depends upon it, and caring for and sustaining it long-term is in their best personal and economic interest. And while farmers haven’t always liked the term “conservation,” there are many creative ways that agriculture and environmentalism can work hand in hand to ensure a more sustainable farming future.

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December 14, 2020| Food and Farms
Photo by Ezra Gregg.

The land we protect and the food we eat are incontrovertibly connected. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, food supply chains have been massively disrupted and, in many under-resourced communities, food has been harder to come by. We’ve worked in concert with local food hubs in North Carolina to ensure food insecure families have enough to eat without taking on any unnecessary risk.

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December 9, 2020| Food and Farms
Photo by Ivan LaBianca.

Currently, half of the earth’s habitable surface is used for agriculture production. And the $5 trillion global industry is only getting bigger. Leading Harvest, a newly formed sustainable agriculture nonprofit, seeks to influence the industry for the better by improving transparency and ensuring everyone has access to healthy soil, food, and water for generations to come.

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November 23, 2020| Food and Farms
Photo by Stacy Funderburke.

Over the last few decades, America’s local farms have been disappearing at an alarming rate. High costs, low margins, increasing consolidation, and aging farmers have put our food supply in a precarious position. In mid-November, The Conservation Fund gathered a panel of partners from its Working Farms Fund to discuss the plight of the American farm and propose solutions for a healthier, more equitable and resilient food system. Here are the major takeaways.

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November 11, 2020| Food and Farms
Steve Prince, a former U.S. Army medical evacuation (medevac) pilot.

SAVE Farm was founded to give military service members meaningful skills and job opportunities in agribusiness (farming and farming-related commercial activities) upon returning to civilian life. To date, SAVE Farm has trained more than 500 veterans, and more than 90% of these students have gone on to hold jobs related to farming. Find out how SAVE Farm provided one former Army helicopter pilot the opportunity and skills to turn his passion for helping people into a new career… goat farming!

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May 26, 2020| Food and Farms
Farmers—the folks who spend their days in the dirt and bring fresh food to our tables—have always been some of the most resilient and critical members of American society. This was true long before the COVID-19 pandemic underscored the importance of access to fresh food. 

Nicolas Donck is one of those people. He’s a farmer, and one of the many unsung American heroes helping meet our needs during these uncertain times. Nicolas owns and operates Crystal Organic Farm, one of the very first USDA certified organic farms in the state of Georgia, conveniently located an hour east of downtown Atlanta. He has always been forward-thinking about the evolving needs for farms and farmers—setting a precedent for how other small and mid-size farms can run profitable businesses, create new markets, and grow the local food needed to sustain communities. 

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January 13, 2020| Food and Farms
Photo by Yesenia Cuello.
Social change is taking root in the soils of North Carolina via a growing youth food justice network. In support of this movement, The Conservation Fund’s Resourceful Communities Program recently hosted a Peer Learning Visit specifically for entrepreneurial youth of color interested in farming. We gathered 19 young participants to learn about how minority-led agricultural enterprises can flourish in North Carolina, and also change the way we think about and grow food.

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November 20, 2019| Food and Farms
The global aquaculture industry is more dynamic than ever, and this year’s Fish 2.0 Global Innovators Forum, held November 5-6 in Stanford, California, faithfully continued its tradition of connecting seafood businesses to interested investors. The Conservation Fund’s Will Allen reports on his top takeaways from the conference and the future of the seafood industry.

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November 18, 2019| Food and Farms
24-year-old Demetrius Milling. Photo by Stacy Funderburke.
As the number of working farmers declines in America, some new growers are entering the field—bringing hope, energy and a fresh mindset to the business. Many young and beginning farmers do not come from farming families but are looking for a way to experience what they feel is too frequently overlooked in the modern age: a connection to nature, stewardship of the land and sustainability.

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August 30, 2018| Food and Farms
Garner's Produce, LLC

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July 23, 2018| Food and Farms
Raul Lozano, Founder of Valley Verde, San Jose, CA. Photo by Whitney Flanagan.

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June 3, 2018| Food and Farms
Josephine Chu

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November 29, 2017| Food and Farms
Kata Sharrer

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October 2, 2017| Food and Farms
Kenny Fahey

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August 14, 2017| Food and Farms
Jennifer “Tootie” Jones

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March 13, 2017| Food and Farms
Jeffrey Lewis

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January 9, 2017| Food and Farms
Jena Thompson Meredith

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