By Kate Duesterberg My colleagues and I have been on the Vermont back roads for months, visiting all kinds of farms and talking with all varieties of farmers, from Franklin County mega-dairies to [...]
Nitrogen fertilizers and sewage sludge runoff from factory farms are responsible for creating an enormous dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. As fertilizer runs off farms in agricultural states like Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri and others, it enters the Mississippi River, leading to an overabundance of nutrients, including nitrogen and phosphorus, in the water. ... See MoreSee Less
Our water quality dollars could be used to help farmers transition to regenerative organic practices. This article identifies three problems: 1) the economics of conventional dairy aren’t working for farmers; 2) Vermonters are already paying millions of dollars to prop up Vermont agriculture through current use and other programs; and, 3) our water systems can’t handle the phosphorous run-off. ... See MoreSee Less
Wishing you all a very happy new year filled with growth, positivity, and prosperity! Our goals for 2018: bring people together on common ground, introduce the next generation to the beauty and wonder of soil, and demonstrate what’s possible if we look to the soil for solutions to global challenges. We can’t wait to share with you all that we have in store for this year, including some very big news that we are itching to announce!!! Stay tuned.