Farm and Food News 12/16

Olive oil from Georgia?!

A Georgia farm is returning to the state’s roots in olive trees, which means fresh  commercial olive oil is available from Georgia for the first time since the late 1880s. The oil has already been used in southern restaurant kitchens and will hopefully be available in larger quantities next year in order to supply other restaurants and increase regional sales.

Getting your hands dirty in education

Students in six Sonoma County, California, high schools have the opportunity to enroll in the Farming and Resource Management for Sustainability (FARMS) program. The unique program, put on by the Sonoma County Resource Conservation District, teaches students about “caring for the land,” using local farms as the classroom and laboratory.

New classes on old subjects

For three years, Madison High School in Portland, Oregon, has offered students an innovative a sustainable agriculture class. The class is part of a larger effort by the district to create a career technical education (CTE) program in sustainable agriculture.

Residents discuss the importance of farmland

Residents of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, joined together to plead for more county funding for farmland preservation and green space initiatives this week, citing the importance of saving land now before it’s too late.

Steps towards preservation

The Northern California Regional Land Trust has committed itself to preserving farmland in Butte, Glenn and Tehama counties with agricultural conservation easements. This push for preservation is occurring along the long-standing “Greenline” in Southwest Chico, which separates prime farmland and from land marked for future development.

New manure and fertilizer recommendations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released new recommendations for manure and fertilizer use on farmland. According to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the new recommendations will benefit the land, waterways and farmers themselves.

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