Category Archives: Agriculture & Food

Cacao Travels: Grenada – Cacao Farm Stay

In mid-January, I stayed on a cacao farm in Grenada for a week to get involved in its daily operations and increase my understanding of producer/community dynamics. (See other posts for background on the purpose of the trip, and visits to cacao … Continue reading

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Cacao Travels: Grenada and the Dominican Republic – Overview

In January-February 2012, I spent one month exploring cacao farming, processing and trade in Grenada and the Dominican Republic. It was a fantastic experience that enriched me personally and professionally in many ways. This is the first in a series … Continue reading

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Media Coverage on ACDI/VOCA volunteer placement in Jordan

The Mail Tribune and Daily Tidings ran articles on my volunteer placement in Jordan through ACDI/VOCA. Mail Tribune piece below. Ashland woman helps Jordanian farmers It’s a lesson in marketing and the possibility for growth  September 13, 2011 By John … Continue reading

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Harvesting Hops, Brewing Hope for Sustainable Agriculture

This Labor Day weekend, I worked, volunteering with the harvest at Alpha Beta Hops, an organic Cascade hops producer in Ashland, OR. What better way for a small-scale, sustainable, organic agriculture advocate to spend Labor Day than supporting family farmers who … Continue reading

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ACDI/VOCA Jordan Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer Assignment Recap

ACDI/VOCA sent me to Amman, Jordan for three weeks to work with the Jordan Exporters and Producers Association for Fruit and Vegetables (JEPA), a nonprofit association of producers, exporters and allied service providers that promotes the export of fruit, vegetables, … Continue reading

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Letter to the Editor: Food Insecurity is a Local Reality

My local newspaper recently ran an article questioning USDA’s classification of part of our municipality as a “food desert.” I wrote a letter to the editor which was published, and is below. A food desert is defined as an area … Continue reading

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Webinar Presentation: Measuring & Managing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

I coordinated and presented in another webinar for the Food Trade Sustainability Leadership Association, focused on “Managing GHG Emissions to Save Energy, Costs and the Environment.” My presentation focused on the issues analysis and business case, and slides are available as … Continue reading

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