The Straw That Broke One Farm’s Certification

LD104218farmshots063_webDrew and Joan Norman have been farming One Straw Farms since 1983 when they purchased 83 fertile acres in northern Maryland. Since those early days, they adopted organic farming practices that respected the soil, water, and the opulent biodiversity gracing the rolling countryside.

They learned how to battle weeds and pests and navigate market conditions, but never dreamed the USDA would pose the biggest battle of their farming careers. Continue reading

Will This Year’s Farm Bill Serve Organic?

farm-bbEvery 4 years or so Congress passes a far-reaching piece of legislation that influences what food is grown, how it’s grown, and who gets access to healthy food. This, in turn, affects our soils, the quality of our water and the people who grow our food.

The Farm Bill addresses hunger, nutrition, and access to healthy local food.

It is also the primary funding for most Organic programs in the US. Continue reading

A Few Moments with Organic Maven Lynn Coody

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Lynn Coody photo courtesy Chris Roddy of Oregon Tilth

I will never forget my first NOSB meeting which is where I met Lynn Coody. She was a firecracker of knowledge and expertise with an even manner that was disarming and gentle. Her smile was as wide as her breadth of knowledge, and I knew right away we would be friends and that I had much to learn from her.

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The Last Chapter of My Career: Opportunity, Change and Growth

  • Melody DCIt was the beginning of a new millennium. The year 2000 had come with no calamities or misfortunes, but it did bring the winds of change.

I had built a small brokerage business that for six years had linked organic produce growers with receivers across the country. Yet a wrinkle was forming in the fabric of my business model that would change my life forever. Continue reading