Jan. 22 2014
It’s a little-known fact that pigs, like birds, build nests for their young. “This is what they want to do when they give birth,” said Laurie Thorp, a professor in Michigan State University’s...
Dec. 26 2013
It’s been an exciting year for local food and agriculture, adding to the impressive progress that’s been made over the last decade
Nov. 20 2013
There’s a wide selection of farms and vendors in the Lansing area offering Thanksgiving turkeys that ORGANIC are fresh (not frozen), all natural (no use of antibiotics or hormones), certified organic...
Oct. 31 2013
From the road, Lansing’s Smith Floral and Greenhouses, 1124 E. Mt. Hope Ave., appears quaint and unassuming. Even a quick stop ORGANIC in can be deceiving if you stick to the front of the store....
Sept. 25 2013
I’m a semi-regular shopper at The Better Health Store, the natural and organic grocery store located across ORGANIC from Frandor Shopping Center in Lansing Township. Until recently, however, I hadn’t...
Sept. 11 2013
Most people around here haven’t heard of Capac. A village about an hour north of Detroit and 90 minutes from Lansing, Capac has a population of less than 2,000 and a rural landscape historically...
Aug. 28 2013
Don’t put Ben Tirrell or his family farm in a box. “Everybody’s big on labeling things,” he said, seated at a shaded picnic table at his farm in Charlotte. He’s talking about...
Aug. 14 2013
Never make a promise you don’t plan to keep. You never know when someone will stick around for, oh, say, 15 years and hold you accountable. The Student Greenhouse Project has been chasing a promise...
July 31 2013
As farmers markets continue to boom and local and organic agriculture remain in high demand, the produce sections of many grocery stores are trying to get in on the trend. In Lansing-area Kroger and Meijer...
July 23 2013
Monday, July 22 — By foot, by bike or by hybrid school bus — you have your choice of locomotion if you attend the Greater Lansing Food Bank Garden Project’s Community Garden Tour on Thursday....
June 26 2013
We devoted last month's article to decoding some of the trickier language associated with organic farming, but that merely skimmed the surface. This month, we've created a dictionary of common organic-related...
June 12 2013
Imagine making a trip to the grocery store to find that every food item available had someone standing behind it. This person could tell you about how that product was grown, harvested, processed, sold...
May 22 2013
"Organic" has become a buzzword that seems to be everywhere these days. Essentially, organic refers to agriculture that's conducted without synthetic chemicals, but as with any trend, there are a flurry...
April 24 2013
A hand-painted sign, marking one of Village Summit's five community gardens, reads: "This is made to feed everybody." It's a powerful statement in the middle of a food desert. Village Summit, a community...
March 27 2013
Rebecca Titus of Titus Farms in Leslie defines community supported agriculture as a subscription to local, seasonal vegetables
Feb. 27 2013
I recently saw a clip from the show "Portlandia" in which a dining couple asks their server an absurd list of questions about the local origins of the chicken on the menu. When the server produces the...

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