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Organic Farmer of Year builds community while growing vegetables in Missouri

Liz Graznak has been selected as the Organic Farmer of the Year. Liz has earned this honor by raising outstanding organic vegetables while expanding the borders of organic food through her CSA and market stand, her community-building efforts, and her engagement with other farmers. Read more.


Coalition asks Biden Administration to put Organic back on safe footing

The Biden-Harris Administration has an opportunity to immediately tackle some issues that would put organic agriculture back on solid footing now and in future years. Much of the immediate work that is needed involves getting several key organic rulemakings and programs back on track after years of delays or outright regulatory rollbacks by the Trump Administration. Read more.


Groups in Twin Cities join forces on creative solution to help farmers access markets during pandemic 

The Local Emergency Assistance Farmer Fund (LEAFF), a Twin Cities metro area collaboration, is a perfect example of community-building and creative solutions for farmers. It’s a unique program that’s helping small-scale farmers thrive during the pandemic while providing food for their communities. Read more.


By the numbers: What it’s like to serve on board that shapes Organic standards 

5, 4, 3, 2, 1… That’s the countdown many members of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) follow as they work toward the end of their five-year appointed term. The NOSB is one of the most active USDA advisory boards. Read more.


Changemaker Hannah Breckbill is building community for LGBTQ+ farmers

The MOSES Board of Directors is recognizing Hannah Breckbill of Humble Hands Harvest in Decorah, Iowa, as a 2021 Changemaker. Hannah serves on several boards and is a community organizing force. She has also shared her farm as a gathering place for queer farmers from all over the country to build a vibrant, healing community. Read more.


Changemakers at Sustain DuPage feed community, build connections

MOSES is proud to honor Lindsay Zimmerman and Andrew Ruggiero Van Gorp as Changemakers. Lindsay and Andrew are LGBTQIA2+ community organizers for Sustain DuPage, a nonprofit building agricultural and nutritional literacy in DuPage County, Illinois. Read more.


Farmers, researchers form Grassland 2.0 to expand beneficial grassland agriculture 

Grassland 2.0, a newly formed collaboration based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is bringing together farmers, researchers, state and local agency staff, milk and meat processors, and citizen groups to seek transformative solutions to the social, economic, and environmental challenges facing Midwest food and farming systems. Read more.


Additional Content in PDF

PDF of January | February

  • From the ED: Time to think differently about challenges we face together
  • Ask a Specialist: Carve out time now to set goals for growing season
  • MOSES Conference food donors contribute to La Crosse area food drive
  • Organic farming businesses, agencies show support for Growing Stronger virtual conference
  • New guide sheds light on organic crop insurance options
  • OGRAIN provides opportunities for organic grain farmers to connect, learn from each other
  • Mother Earth News offers book discounts during Growing Stronger Conference
  • News Briefs
  • Organic Classifieds
  • Community Calendar

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