For immediate release Contact: Bonnie Bucqueroux
517-349-4752 Editor & Publisher
http://www.sustainablefarmer.com Email: email@example.com
Sustainable Farmer is a new multimedia online magazine for people raising food and fiber with respect for the future of all living things
As food and fuel prices rise, a new generation of farmers is looking to sustainable agriculture as a way to provide fresh local food to local consumers in ways that protect the planet. Sustainable Farmer is a new independent journalistic voice that offers them the information and advice that they need to succeed. (www.sustainablefarmer.com)
“With gas at $4 a gallon, it no longer makes sense to ship
• Farm profiles – Text and video packages on sustainable farmers exploring new ways to feed their communities using environmentally sound practices.
• Growing food/raising animals – Reliable information from experts and growers.
• Marketing matters – Strategies for farm markets, community-supported agriculture and using the Web to reach new customers.
• Catering to cultures – A unique section on producing foods for ethnic and cultural groups, from soul food to Asian vegetables to goat’s milk. The section includes information how to select and grow crops (including where to find seed), as well as advice on showing respect for cultural traditions.
• Sustainable Farmer Forum – A place where experienced growers and researchers in sustainable agriculture can mentor newcomers to the field.
• Food for thought – Essays, book reviews and blogs, including publisher Bonnie’s Blog with commentary and first-hand stories of building a “hoophouse.”
• Energy options – Cutting-edge information on alternative energy strategies.
• Business basics – From building a business plan to shopping for insurance.
“Sustainable Farmer will also analyze what federal, state and local government must do to cut red tape and support this growing movement,” says Bucqueroux. “We need a reliable, affordable and safe local food supply that we can count on, and Sustainable Farmer is here to help make that goal a reality.”
NOTE ABOUT THE PUBLISHER:
Editor and publisher Bonnie Bucqueroux recently retired from
“I saw the increasing industrialization of agriculture firsthand, as farms became factories,” says Bucqueroux. “This was the era when U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz urged farmers to use every chemical in their arsenal to grow field crops fencerow to fencerow. I watched in horror as pigs found themselves crammed together in smaller and smaller spaces. And visiting a 50,000-bird poultry farm, with its de-beaked chickens stuffed in cages, quickly made me a vegetarian.
“Then came the PBB poisoning of Michigan, when this toxic fire retardant made its way into animal feed and then into us. That tragedy should have been a warning to us all that many of these new systems were unsustainable and incompatible with long-term health. Those experiences persuade me that I want to be a part of the sustainable agriculture movement. We must move quickly to invent a new food system that serves us all, while protecting the planet in the process.”
Terry Link, Director
Office of Campus Sustainability
412 Olds Hall
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