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News for January 14, 2010

Stirring interest in organic foods

Standing amid rows of lush, multicolored vegetables, Jeanette Orrey of England basked in the sunlight drawn to the main greenhouse of the Baltimore school system's Great Kids Farm at the Bragg Nature Center. She ate a handful of leafy sprouts, urged on by her enthusiastic tour guide. She shook her head with approval.

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Family finds new future in food

Jan. 14, 2010 - Charcuterie, which translates loosely from the original French into "the cooking of meat," is an Old World discipline that Lawrence and Lee Ann Kocurek are quickly bringing up to date.

The couple started Kocurek Family Charcuterie in the fall, not long after Lee Ann became pregnant with the couple's first child. Lawrence, a former chef, and Lee Ann, who has a strong background in the wine business, decided to do what they loved and see if they could make a living at it.

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USDA Encourages Farmers Within Chesapeake Bay Watershed to Signup for Conservation Program

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service's Acting State Conservationist, Dave Brown, is encouraging Pennsylvania agricultural producers located within the Chesapeake Bay watershed to apply for conservation assistance under the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative (CBWI).

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Meeting the Demand: Growing Markets for Sustainable Meat and Dairy

A conference for institutional consumers, investors and sustainable meat and dairy producers

March 3rd, 2010

“Meeting the Demand” will bring together producers, investors and institutional consumers (hospitals, schools, religious communities and congregations, hotels and restaurants) with scientists and experts in food safety, worker health and safety, and agricultural sustainability for a day-long conversation about the costs, benefits, challenges and opportunities for growing local and regional markets for sustainable, ethical meat and dairy products.

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Lake County farms vanishing

Pete Tekampe's farming roots in Lake County go back to 1870, when his great-grandfather emigrated from Germany and bought several acres in Mundelein. Over the decades, the farm grew to 400 acres, and its produce, dairy cows, goats and chickens provided a livelihood for generations of Tekampes.

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