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Farmworker Union Leader Offers Inspiration to Local Activists

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September 27, 2018 – By Andy O’Brien, The Free Press – When Baldemar Velásquez was growing up, he spent a lot of time feeling angry and powerless. The 71-year-old Mexican-American labor activist began working in the fields with his family at the age of 4, traveling every year from their home in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas up into the Midwest to plant, weed and harvest crops like tomatoes, cucumbers, sugar beets and berries.

I’m Just Curious: The meaning of “Unity”

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September 26, 2018 – By Debbie Walker, The Town Line – One of the definitions for the word Unity is ‘harmony.’ If the town fathers named the town of Unity for its harmony I’ll bet they never pictured this past weekend. The Common Ground Country Fair is the ultimate of proof of unity (harmony) in their little town.

New Farm Bill may undercut chemical safety measures inspired by West explosion

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September 26, 2018 – By Matt Dempsey, Houston Chronicle – A little-known provision tucked into the Farm Bill could exempt the entire chemical manufacturing industry from key workplace safety rules and jeopardize workers’ health, according to one of the government agencies charged with overseeing safety in the chemical industry.

Blood, Guts and Truth from Red Tomato

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September 26, 2018 – By Laura Edwards-Orr, Red Tomato – On August 29th, after 13 years of supplying their regional apple program, Red Tomato received notice from our largest customer that they would be sourcing 4 of 5 apple varieties elsewhere. The harvest was underway. Shipping and warehousing contracts were in place. More than $100,000 of custom packaging sat in inventory. The news came in an email. To this day, our voicemails and meeting requests remain unanswered. Through the grapevine, we learned that we were underbid on one variety by $.01 per pound. This is today’s wholesale market.

New Climate Debate: How to Adapt to the End of the World

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September 26, 2018 – By Christopher Flavelle, Bloomberg Businessweek – At the end of 2016, before Puerto Rico’s power grid collapsed, wildfires reached the Arctic, and a large swath of North Carolina was submerged under floodwaters, Jonathan Gosling published an academic paper asking what might have seemed like a shrill question: How should we prepare for the consequences of planetary climate catastrophe?

Eliot Coleman: Sharing His Experiences with Organic Farming

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September 25, 2018 – By Jennifer Rooks, Maine Public – Eliot Coleman is a pioneer of the organic farming movement. He joins us to discuss the revised and expanded edition of his classic work. He presents the simplest and most sustainable ways of growing top-quality organic vegetables and updates practical information on marketing the harvest, small-scale equipment, and farming and gardening for the long-term health of the soil.

Camden, Washington composting venture gets state grant for business lift-off

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September 25, 2018 – Penobscot Bay Pilot – The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has is granting $17,550 to a Camden-Washington venture for an on-farm commercial composting facility. The grant was made as part of a state package of grants to recycling and organics management projects.

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