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Farms don't have to be outside anymore

Aug 3, 2021
Irving Fain, CEO of Bowery Farming, hopes growing crops in warehouses near cities will increase access to fresh produce.
Bowery Farming has two vertical farms in the Northeast, with another under construction. "All of our supply chain exists in this one building," CEO Irving Fain says.
Photo courtesy Bowery Farming

A California farm battles drought: “We're out here trying to survive"

Jul 16, 2021
A historic drought threatening crops in the West could send food prices higher.
Terranova Ranch in California's Central Valley was forced to re-drill two of its wells after they ran dry.
Courtesy of Terranova Ranch

Raising prices helped this greens farmer stay afloat

May 11, 2021
Scott Snair raised his prices before the pandemic shut down travel. When things got tough, that decision helped him stay in business.
Scott Snair purchased his Hawaii produce business in late 2019, shortly before travel dropped off and his restaurant clients stopped buying.
Courtesy Scott Snair

For an Iowa farmer, corn and soybean prices are "double what we could sell months ago"

Apr 27, 2021
Farmer April Hemmes says exports are strong and a supply shortage is pushing up prices.
April Hemmes' commodities are fetching high prices, due in part to poor growing conditions in Brazil and strong demand from China.
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How a Puerto Rican coffee farmer is rebuilding, years after Hurricane Maria

Feb 17, 2021
The storm destroyed 80% of the island's coffee crop. It also revealed a hidden "gold mine."
Storms have ravaged Puerto Rico's coffee farms. But Hurricane Maria also presented an opportunity for one grower.
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How a California goat ranch is recovering from the pandemic and wildfire

Feb 2, 2021
The pandemic wiped away Angeles Crest Creamery's ecotourism revenue. Then the Bobcat Fire hit, wiping out the free food source for its goats.
Gloria Putnam, owner of Angeles Crest Creamery, with a baby goat.
Photo courtesy Gloria Putnam

New generation is helping to revive Black-owned farms

Feb 2, 2021
Black farmers have struggled, but young entrepreneurs are finding ways to support them.
Gabrielle E.W. Carter and Derrick Beasley of Tall Grass Food Box, which strengthened Black growers' supply chain to get fresh food to customers.
(Photo by Leoneda Inge)

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How some farmers are feeling about Biden's election

Nov 10, 2020
Iowa corn and soybean farmer April Hemmes says farmers are wondering how quickly Biden will undo some of Trump's policies.
"I had 8 inches of rain the whole growing season when I was supposed to have 22 normally," says farmer April Hemmes.
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Smaller gatherings. Smaller Thanksgiving. Smaller turkeys?

Oct 23, 2020
Making last-minute pivots in farming isn't too easy. "We only have so much control over their rate of growth," one farmer says.
John Peterson, a third-generation turkey farmer, is slaughtering birds earlier to meet consumer demand for smaller turkeys.
Courtesy John Peterson

Coronavirus is driving people to one family farm

Oct 15, 2020
"I guess, thanks in large part to COVID, we had a lot of people looking for outdoor picking and being outside at farms," says Red Apple Farm owner Al Rose.
Al Rose says in New England, people associate fall with going apple-picking.
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