I grew up in rural eastern North Carolina, where farmers and their families were my neighbors, my friends and my family. In this place, Deep Run, where I now live with my husband and two children at the end of long gravel driveway that flanks a wheat field, there’s not a whole lot going on. There aren’t any stop lights or fancy grocery stores, but there are at least a half-dozen produce stands and four times as many fields full of turnip greens and corn.
Dear Blueberry Muffins and Pancakes: I'm sorry. This bread pudding brings everything you do to the breakfast table and it can be assembled the night before.
If you search “farmer” on Google, you’ll get dozens of images of raggedy men in overalls, straw hats, muddy boots and a pitchfork in hand. While this is typically the image that comes to mind when we imagine a stereotypical farmer, it’s a common misconception that this is what today’s farmers look like.
The International Responsible Farming Council has announced the appointment of Danny Kushmer as their new Executive Director.
For the past two decades, the Environmental Working Group (EWG)—a group that claims to fight “for consumers' rights to live healthier lives in a healthy environment”—has instilled a false fear in produce consumers around the country by releasing an annual list called “The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™”, otherwise known as the “Dirty Dozen™”.
On our farm, my dad used to tell me, “You know, you are drinking the same water the dinosaurs drank."
Everyone eats. Regardless of what your dietary needs or preferences are, there’s no argument about that. In fact, according to a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average American consumes approximately 1,996 pounds of food per year—nearly one ton!
For generations, parents, guardians and nutritionists alike have been trying (and often failing) to get kids to eat their vegetables. Even with the promise of dessert after “a few more bites of broccoli”, many simply give up and decide that dessert in their bellies is better than nothing at all.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle means more than just working out and eliminating junk from your diet—it means putting in the good stuff, too. And though we’ve all heard how important it is to eat your fruits and veggies, there are some foods that are just brimming with nutrients your body naturally craves.
Last month, IMPAC was honored to be mentioned in a Growing Produce article, "How Precision Agriculture Is Helping Farmers Win Over Consumers." In the article, it highlights the organization's mantra, mission, key team members, instructions for becoming IMPAC certified and more.
Read the full article to learn more about how our Florida-based group is working hard to deliver locally grown, eco-friendly food that's produced efficiently, sustainably and responsibly.