At the Mechanic Shop with Kirsten Gillibrand

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Donna Williams, founder of Field Goods I started the morning chatting with Adrian Ooms in the mechanic shop of his 2,000-acre dairy farm in Valatie, NY. We were discussing the massive and aged John Deere tractor resting next to us. Not much of a choice between fixing the thing or buying a new one for $500,000, “so long as you … Read More

Will Trump’s Wall Strangle the Local Food Movement?

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Modern Farmer published an article on January 10, 2017 titled “If Trump Builds the Wall, What Will Happen to our Food System?.” We are going to take the article one step further and talk about how immigration policy does and will impact small farmers. The conversation about farm labor must take into consideration that small farming is a fundamentally different business … Read More

Produce: An Exceptional Wellness Return

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Wellness programs often find their way to the bottom of the priority list. Questions about what, when, how much to spend and what levels of participation are projected often instill inertia among managers. Yet, companies have a huge financial stake in employees’ health and engagement. The cost of chronic diseases to employers is staggering. The insurer Empire Blue Shield estimates that … Read More