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Valentines Love Organic Chocolate

In this unpredictable world, it’s good to remember that there are positive actions, even pleasurable ones, that we can take in our own lives and communities.  One is to follow the simple injunction to “love one another.”  And there’s no better way (in my humble opinion) to do that around Valentine’s Day than with organic …

February 13th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Health & Wellness, Organic Farming


Butter is Better from Pasture-Raised Animals

Butter is, in the words of the Irish poet Seamus Heaney, “coagulated sunlight.”   For the first half of my life, I was deprived of that sunlight, having had the misfortune of being born in the era when butter, eggs, and cream were demonized. They clogged arteries!  Brought on heart attacks!  Made you fat! And so …

December 29th, 2016  |  Published in Grass Up!, Health & Wellness, In the Kitchen


Thanksgiving, from Plymouth Rock to Standing Rock

Thanksgiving is a holiday that puts food and people front and center: meat and vegetables, Pilgrims and Indians. But ever since I visited the Sacred Stone Encampment of the Standing Rock Sioux, I’ve been thinking more deeply about the foods and people commonly linked to Thanksgiving, and about the complicated nexus of culture, history, mythology, …

November 23rd, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues


Have a Local, Organic Thanksgiving, Naturally!

Thanksgiving is the easiest time of year to “eat local and organic,” for the simple reason that nearly everything that appears on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner table has its roots in local, seasonal, organic foods. And that’s because Native Americans, and the Pilgrims they shared their food with, ate organic food long before it was called organic. Our …

November 17th, 2016  |  Published in Earth Dinner, Featured Post, In the Kitchen, Organic Farming, Sustainability


Find Yourself a Great Pumpkin: Local, Organic, and Heirloom

Every October, stacks of orange orbs materialize in front of grocery stores. But if want to make  pumpkin pie, bread, soup, or another culinary delight, these Jack o’ Lantern pumpkins are a trick without a treat. Their flesh tends to be tasteless, watery, and stringy, since they’ve been bred only for their size, large hollow …

September 22nd, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post


Heirloom Floriani Corn, Lost and Found

Of the many edible gifts native peoples of the Americas have given to the world, the most important is, arguably, corn. And yet, of the tens of thousands of maize varieties Native Americans developed to thrive in every soil, altitude, and climate, most were irretrievably lost. In the past hundred years, even more corn varieties …

September 1st, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Sustainability


Adapting to Our Changing Climate

For most of us, climate change is something that afflicts different neighborhoods, distant cities, or future times.  And while many people know something about California’s drought, or Miami’s drowning, few are aware that climate change has arrived in the Heartland, the breadbasket of our nation, and will affect all of us. This is because nearly …

August 24th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Sustainability


Stop (and Eat) Food Waste

Food waste in the United States is turning out to be even worse than previously thought.  According to a recent article in The Guardian, “Americans throw away almost as much food as they eat because of a ‘cult of perfection,’ deepening hunger and poverty, and inflicting a heavy toll on the environment.” It’s high time …

July 18th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Sustainability  |  3 Comments


Loving the Many Benefits of Biodiversity

Have you ever taken delight in a field of wildflowers buzzing with bees and bustling with butterflies? Or enjoyed the bright, citrusy taste of a Green Zebra tomato alongside the mellow sweetness of a Rose de Berne? If so, you’ve experienced a few of the many benefits of biodiversity. Biodiversity is short for “biological diversity,” …

June 15th, 2016  |  Published in Food & Ag Issues, Sustainability


Spray Season, Chemical Drift, and Killer “-cides”

Unmistakeable signs of spring and early summer include singing birds and greening fields. But if you live in farm country, particularly in the mono-cropped Midwest, there’s a more sinister sign of spring. It rolls along country roads on gigantic tires, with metal wings folded tightly along each side. When it pulls into a field, it …

June 9th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming


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Terra Brockman is the fourth of five generations of a central Illinois farm family, and a James-Beard-nominated author. When she's not writing or speaking about food and farming, you're likely to find her working for food on her brother Henry's vegetable farm or her sister Teresa's fruit farm.