Meet the Korean Adoptee Saving Seeds of the East Asian Diaspora

How does the punk kid who wandered New York City become a farmer rooted in California? Talk to Korean-American farmer Kristyn Leach and you’ll find that seeds—most notably, culturally important heirlooms—will do it. Out in Winters, California, Leach works her Namu Farm by hand while accompanied by her toddler and dog. When she shares seed-saving … Read more

Meet the Gay Goat Guys, a Modern Couple Committed to Putting Animals First

While they are known as the “Gay Goat Guys,” neither Chad Snelling nor Jeff Wince had any plans to market themselves that way—or to raise goats, for that matter. Neither man grew up on a farm, and Wince had only a passing knowledge of farming. But living in Columbus, Ohio, the pair had a dream … Read more

Meet the Farmer Pushing for a Guaranteed Basic Income for Agricultural Workers

Mai Nguyen has been growing heirloom wheat varieties in California’s Sonoma County for eight years. But this spring was the first time in their career when they didn’t plant a crop at all. “I was planning for another major drought year, but we had rain, and I’m trying to not kick myself,” they say. The … Read more

To Meet the Demand for Organic Crops, We Need to Produce More Organic Seed

Twenty-two years ago, when the US Department of Agriculture finalized the standards for its National Organic Program, produce breeders went back to the drawing board. There was little organically grown seed available for farmers to purchase or for breeders like Oregon State University’s Jim Myers to use to develop more of them. “There were some … Read more

To Meet the Demand for Organic Crops, We Need to Produce More Organic Seed | Agriculture and Farming Forum – AG machinery and technology

Twenty-two years ago, when the US Department of Agriculture finalized the standards for its National Organic Program, produce breeders went back to the drawing board. There was little organically grown seed available for farmers to purchase or for breeders like Oregon State University’s Jim Myers to use to develop more of them. “There were some … Read more

Meet the Modern Farmer Saving Turkey’s Heirloom Seeds | Agriculture and Farming Forum – AG machinery and technology

When Mehmet Öztan moved to the US in 2006, he never imagined he’d one day become a seed farmer in West Virginia or that he would become the caretaker of one of the largest collections of Turkish seeds in the country. Öztan originally came to the United States to pursue a PhD in civil engineering … Read more