Farm and Food News 9/23/11

Merced farmers sell land to preserve agriculture

The Central Valley Farmland Trust recently secured another 211 acres of protected farmland in California. The protection of 12,500 total acres in the valley is due in part to federal funds from the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program and through state support.

Cultivating community

In Denton County, Texas, rising interest in local food has brought consumers and farmers together through community supported agriculture (CSA).  Some of the CSA partners include restaurants and even a music venue.

The Farm Bill course at NYU

Farm and food policies are taking center stage in the Big Apple with a new course on the farm bill offered this fall at New York University. Marion Nestle is leading the course, which will cover nutrition, public health, environmental studies and the law.

Ingredients film awakens students to better eating

A new documentary, Ingredients, highlights local farms and food and the benefits of seasonal eating. The film points to the eating local trend as one that increases interest in farming.

See preserved farms on Scenic Hudson cycling tour

Scenic Hudson is providing a unique way to enjoy a fall weekend by offering its third annual Farmland Cycling Tour in New York’s Hudson Valley. The tour offers four options to see farms protected by conservation easements.

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