When fifth generation farmer Joe Mickelson transitioned to small-scale diversification, he discovered that raising pigs in the open air was a new—and much more enjoyable—experience.
In the face of climate change, environmental degradation, and rising demand for animal-source foods, a lot of farmers try to find solutions from nature to meet the demand while minimizing the negative impact of livestock farming on the environment.
Aja Yasir fights to produce good food and good mental health on her regenerative urban farm in a food desert in Gary, Indiana. The city doesn’t like the use of woodchips on her lawn and is threatening to end Yasir’s family’s multigenerational farming history.
Farmer Friday’s Aaron Williams describes his gratitude toward Niman Ranch and the economic importance of supporting small local farmers.
Jennifer Schmidt, a farmer and leader in the sustainable farming movement, spoke with Food Tank about a variety of issues facing the agricultural system, like climate change and diminishing opportunities for new farmers, and shared some solutions to these problems.
Roger Johnson tells the importance of supporting family farms and encouraging a more transparent food system to spark consumer engagement. He will be speaking at the Washington D.C. Food Tank Summit in February.