Raise Broilers Right For Great Meat, Good Quality Of Life

With the recent concerns around food supplies nationwide, there has been an increased interest in homesteading, sustainable living and local food sourcing. Commonly, meat chickens are the first attempt at raising one’s own meat source. The most popular choice is usually Cornish cross broilers, which grow quickly and can weigh a whopping 6 pounds in … Read more

Yes, the Government Really Does Stash Billions of Pounds of Cheese in Missouri Caves

If you had millions of pounds of cheese—along with butter and dry-milk powders—where would you keep it? If you’re the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the answer is obvious: in a series of caves outside underneath Springfield, Missouri. It’s not as wacky as it sounds. The USDA has a large presence in Kansas City, … Read more

How More Than a Century of Antarctic Agriculture Is Helping Scientists Grow Food in Space

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Figuring out how to feed people in space is a major part of a larger effort to demonstrate the viability of long-term human habitation of extraterrestrial environments. On May 12, 2022, a team of scientists announced that they had … Read more

10 New Cookbooks We’ve Been Cooking From This Spring

Spring is always an exciting time for new cookbooks, and this year’s releases are particularly thrilling. Whether you’re looking for inspiration for what to do with your bounty of fresh spring vegetables or feel like diving into a new-to-you cuisine or method of cooking, there’s something for everyone. Colu Cooks: Easy Fancy Food I’ve been … Read more

How Saving Seeds Is Helping This Modern Farmer Reconnect With Her Roots

When Tiffany Traverse thinks about growing and eating the same food that her ancestors ate, she gets excited. “I want others to feel that way, too! We should all be able to feel that connection to place and food,” says the Indigenous farmer. Traverse and her husband own and operate Fourth Sister Farm, a small … Read more

How High-Pressure Processing Is Helping Remote Farmers Bring Fresher Foods to Market

Humans have invented myriad ways to make the most out of an abundant harvest. Pickling, drying and canning are effective in killing microbes and stretching expiration dates, although each has its limits to capturing the goodness of ripe, just-picked produce. But, recently, a cool sterilization method is pumping out a new category of freshly preserved … Read more

Add A Farmhouse Porch Swing For Seasonal Fun

Having worked my way through nine seasons of Little House on the PrairieI recently decided it was time to try out its iconic 1970s rival: The Waltons. I quickly learned that despite amusing overlap in character actors and plot lines, there were some significant differences between the two shows as well. Most importantly: The Waltons … Read more

Can Biodigesters Save America’s Small Dairy Farms?

Small dairy farms in Vermont teater chronically on the brink of insolvency. Nearly half of Vermont’s dairies have gone out of business in the past 10 years, primarily small farms. Things got even worse during the pandemic, with volatile prices and supply chain shifts. The pattern is similar among dairies throughout New England. Stabilizing revenues … Read more