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As part of our Bring Back the Bees partnership with the Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation, we’re working with a group of farmers this year to establish significant areas of pollinator-friendly plants on their farms to sustain bees and other pollinators. We’re excited to have Hickory Meadows Organics as a participant in the project. We also appreciate their willingness to let us use their farm as a living, natural laboratory to experiment with incorporating these types of crops onto working farmland.

Bringing (Burt’s) Bees to the Farm


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We know you've been working hard this summer, and we at RAFI invite you to take a break from the heat and join us for our upcoming webinars on Small Farm Risk Management. We'll host one in English on August 24th and one in Spanish on August 25th. Sabemos que han estado trabajando muy duro este verano, y aquí en RAFI les invitamos a tomar un descanso de trabajar bajo tanto calor. Les invitamos a nuestro seminario virtual sobre la gestión de riesgos para las granjas pequeñas. Tendremos una versión en español de nuestra presentación el jueves, 25 de agosto a las 4:30pm hora del este.

Small Farm Risk Management Webinar / Seminario virtual sobre la gestión de riesgos para ...




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Ninety-seven percent of the chicken we eat is produced by a farmer under contract with a big chicken company. In 2015, people consumed 112,000,000 metric tons of chicken globally. That’s an unfathomable quantity. So here’s one way to visualize it: That amounts the weight of two-thirds of all the cars on the road today in the United States—in chickens.  

Big Chicken Companies Own or Control Everything Except the Farm, But Why?


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Poultry farmers are a major contributor to the statistics on rising debt levels in American farming. The contracts they have with Big Chicken companies are also the premiere model for production contract agriculture, which is spreading across agricultural industries. As other agricultural industries move in this direction, they are systematically exposing more farmers to higher stakes in debt related risks. The current combination of rising farm debt with decreasing farm income means that farmers are facing a financial squeeze, and that should raise serious red flags about the health and sustainability of our agricultural system.

What Debt in Chicken Farming Says About American Agriculture


Geoff Seleen, culinary expert at the Piedmont Biofarm
We spoke with Geoff Seelen of Piedmont Biofarm about the farm’s innovative project to create an on-farm experience that combines the operation’s talents in farming, culinary skills, and education to create a new enterprise that adds to the farm’s overall profitability.

2016 Grant Recipient Geoff Seelen on “The Farm Kitchen”



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Check out the trailer for the film "Arc of Justice," a new documentary that traces the remarkable story of the nation's first community land trust, New Communities, and tells a deeply inspiring story of racial justice, community organizing, and perseverance in the face of enormous obstacles.

Shirley Sherrod Presents “Arc of Justice” Film at RAFI


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Our pollinators are in jeopardy and so are the important ecosystem services they provide. The Burt’s Bees brand has supported honeybee health since 2007, and we’ve worked to inform employees and consumers about the issues facing our pollinators. Still, many people aren’t aware of the threat to honeybees.

RAFI & Burt’s Bees #BringBacktheBees: March 8 – June 30


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June 1st kicks off National Pollinator Month. It’s a great time to learn more about pollinators like the famed honey bee. It's also time that we show these hard-working pollinators a little respect. After all, one mouthful in three of the foods you eat depends on pollination by honey bees, according to the USDA.

Bee Ready: June is National Pollinator Month