The Sailing Gourmand: A Turkish Gulet of Local food and Local Flavors

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Once again, the Turkish Turquoise Coast has beckoned us from halfway ‘cross the world. What better way to while away an early October week than aboard a traditional Turkish sailboat?

According to our beloved Wiki: “A Gulet is a traditional design of a two-masted or three-masted wooden sailing vessel from the southwestern coast of Turkey.

Built in the coastal towns of Bodrum and Marmaris, similar vessels can be found all around the eastern Mediterranean.”

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We depart port from Bodrum on one of these mighty sailing vessels.

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Israel Morales Delivers Hope for The Future as OTA’s Farmer of the Year

OTA 09.11.19On September 11th, The Organic Trade Association honored Israel Morales Sr. from JV Farms Organic with the Organic Farmer of the Year Award.

Israel Morales Sr. is JV Farms Organic’s lead grower with over 40 years of farming experience.

Israel has extensive experience not just in knowing what produce matches the type of soil but is also a master of soil health. He has a direct influence on the growing practices on all of the acres in his operation.

Some describe him as living and breathing organic farming. He has both an old-school mentality on how to grow organically with a flair for innovation.

Israel is a successful large-scale organic farmer, known as a steward of the land. He minimizes disturbance and maximizes soil cover, biodiversity, and the presence of living roots.

His focus is soil health, habitat diversity and reducing or eliminating organic pesticide use if he can. Israel has developed an innovative farming system using conservation tillage beds that allows him to use cover crops on 80 to 90 percent of his acreage during the winter fallow. Continue reading

Lynn Coody on Making Her Dreams Come True Growing the Organic Community

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On September 11thfriends and peers gathered at the Organic Trade Association’s awards dinner to celebrate Lynn Coody’s lifelong dream. On that evening, the OTA honored her with the Growing the Organic Community Award. Continue reading

The Organic Center’s Confluences: Embrace Organic Agriculture To Fight Our Climate Crisis

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I’ve written quite a lot about the Climate Crisis because it should be top of mind for all of us.

NOAAjust confirmed that this summer matched 2016 as the hottest on record. Ice coverage in the Arctic shrunk to the second smallest ever recorded.

The Organic Center’s Confluences Conference, last week at Expo East, drove home the fact that organic agriculture is a solution we must embrace. Continue reading

Climate Change Takes Center Stage at Expo East Next Week

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As I write this, Dorian, whose winds are the strongest ever recorded so far north in the Atlantic Ocean, is laying waste to the Bahamas. It threatens to wreak havoc along the Eastern States.

The Amazon rainforest continues to burn, threatening the very survival of many species – including ourselves.

July was the hottest month on record for the planet, edging out the previous record-holder in July 2016. The record warmth shrank Arctic and Antarctic sea ice to historic lows.

Next week I travel to Expo East in Baltimore – and yes, I must ride a carbon belching chariot – but my focus will be on ways to reverse this climate emergency through food and agriculture.

If you care about the survival of life as we know it – and – you’ll be attending Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore – it would behoove you to attend and participate in several key events. Continue reading