|Wendell Berry: Large-scale farms killing land as well as towns|
Common Dreams - 12/4/2009.By Ted Strong – Charlottesville, Va: A passive populace obsessed with easy answers has led to an economy that is destroying America's land, author Wendell Berry told a packed-in crowd at the University of Virginia on Thursday evening. "Simple solutions will always lead to complex problems, surprising simple minds," he said.
|Federal chemicals policy a gift that would keep on giving|
Bangor Daily News - 12/4/2009.Op-ed by Gail Carlson – Dear Santa, I know this is a busy time of year for you and most of your letters come from children rather than their parents, but I am compelled to write to you, because there is something I really want for Christmas – a healthy future for my family.
|Community-focused enterprises seek home-grown financing|
Portland Press Herald - 12/4/2009.By Ann Kim – Portland: The Local Sprouts Cafe is meant to be a community-centric space. Foods grown and produced locally will be served up to members and customers. The space will be a real-world classroom for job skills and a venue for art and educational offerings. With that kind of approach, it made sense to look to the community for assistance. Organizers hope supporters will lend a good portion of the money they need to renovate the space in a former dormitory.
|Organic Christmas trees in demand|
Vermont Public Radio - 12/3/2009.By Charlotte Albright – Christmas trees have been sprouting in roadside retail stands and "cut-your own" fields since Thanksgiving weekend. That's when Adam Parke was loading his organically grown evergreens onto tractor-trailers bound for New York City. Taking a hot tea break near the woodstove in his cozy Barton kitchen, he says he launched his export business in the mid 1990s, after he got out of dairy farming.