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Betting on the Farm

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Popular farming internships teach people how to plant and plow.

It ain't no cushy, high-paid summer position, but these days it's just as coveted. Farming internships are being flocked to by people of all stripes, eager to learn the tangible skills of food production. In the New York Times Sunday Magazine this week, Christine Muhlke writes about the increasing popularity of farming internships. She pays a visit to Tantre Farm in Chelsea, Michigan,......read more

Organic Orange Orchard

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Isabelle Cossart accidently joins the local food movement.

It's been a tumultuous few years for Isabelle Cossart. First, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, then Hurricane Katrina tore through her neighborhood, then her husband left her for her best friend. In the ensuing divorce she was left with a three-plus acre fruit orchard, and was suddenly transformed into a farmer. Turns out she's pretty good at it. The produce from Cossart's......read more

Going Nuts

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An Oregon couple's hazelnut orchard takes off.

In this week's NYT Mag, Christine Muhlke writes about the plight of Barb and Fritz Foulke, a middle-aged Oregon couple who left behind their professional careers to become hazelnut farmers. What they quickly realized is that growing, making, and selling food is a full-time job — and then some.  After a rough start involving broken down equipment and lots of second guessing ("If......read more

Anna Mia Davidson: Stewards Of The Land

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Stirring portraits of sustainable farmers in the Pacific Northwest

Anna Mia Davidson is an acclaimed documentary photographer whose editorial clients include The New York Times and Vanity Fair. Anna's personal interest in sustainability and rural America led her to travel around the Pacific Northwest, shooting farmers of organic food.   "These individuals represent the resurgence of sustainable farmers in the Pacific Northwest, who are passionate,......read more

Back to the Land in Upstate New York

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A fashion photographer heads back to his roots

We'd be hard-pressed to think of two livelihoods more diametrically opposed than fashion photography and farming. There are plenty of dual careers out there that make sense: actor/model, director/producer, artist/designer. Farmer/fashion photographer does not. But that unlikely pairing is exactly the situation NYC fashion photog Fabio Chizzola found himself in when he and his wife Laura......read more

A Year on the Road: Prinzessinnen-Garten

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This community garden is the green lung of urban Berlin

Imagine a modern city where natural resources are protected and conserved, food and inspiration are shared commodities, and every spare urban space is used to let biodiversity and fresh food thrive. This is the future that Marco Clausen and Robert Shaw have imagined for Berlin, Germany. They were so inspired by Cuba’s “agricultura urbana” that they broke ground at Moritzplatz in......read more

A Year on the Road: A Farm in Italy

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Visiting a sheep farm in medieval Abruzzo

Life in the rugged mountains of Central Italy is much like anywhere else in the country, but a little bit more wild and a lot less visited. As you enter the landscape of deep valleys and towering mountains, this becomes all the more apparent as does its profound beauty. I borrowed a car to mill around in and soon found myself chatting with locals in a restaurant in the center of a small town......read more

A Year on the Road: Brooklyn Grange Farm

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A rooftop farm thrives just beyond the Manhattan skyline

A few years ago, a sprawling urban farm was started in one of the most improbable places of all: Queens, NY. On top of the mammoth Standard Motor Products Building, ground broke and an acre was cultivated using over a million pounds of soil to supply local restaurants, shops and foodies with fresh, organic produce.  As the last days of the summer season loomed, I ventured out to Brooklyn......read more

A Year on the Road: Apple Annie's Orchard

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Making the most of Arizona's bountiful apple season

The fruits of the autumn season have ripened across the United States over the last few months. Having missed apple season on the East Coast by a matter of weeks, I decided to find an apple orchard in my unlikely location - Arizona. Little could I imagine what I'd find once I started looking. During a stopover in Tucson for some car repairs, I decided to venture out one Sunday in search of the......read more

Food Tripping Across America: Austin, TX

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Searching for delicious in the heart of Texas

Summer’s almost upon us and to SHFT that means one thing: hitting the road and of course, discovering incredibly delicious food as we go. To make the journey a little bit easier, we have Food Tripping — an app we created with Ford Motor Company specifically to help locate local, healthful, artisanal, sustainably-minded spots wherever you are on the road. Each week, we......read more

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