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We're very much missing you all! We wanted to share a glimpse of the work that is still being done on the farm by our tiny, yet mighty, staff. They are still working in the fields, but being mindful of staying safe and practicing physical distancing.
Resources & Reads
We hope you enjoy these interesting resources and reads that have been curated for you from our 21 Acres team. Be sure to see the last section, Just for Fun! 
Hello all – At 21 Acres our email inboxes are full with interesting newsletters, academic research, intriguing articles and more. We find ourselves often wanting to share but we don't want to inundate you. So, we’re starting with an occasional email with the most relevant readings related to the local food economy, agroecology, regenerative farming and climate change. As always, we welcome your feedback. Please let us know what you find interesting, ask if you have questions, or share if you’d like to know more about certain topics. We miss you all in this time of physical distancing and would love to hear from you.
 

Robin Crowder


PS. The geese that nest on our living roof have babies! They hatched today. Pretty remarkable how far they fall to be able to get up and toddle away without injury.
Hot off the presses! Preview our new educational section on the 21 Acres website, Virtual Learning. We're just getting started. Much more to come! 
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Favorite Publications


Do you know about Grist? It’s one of our favorite publications. They have a number of email newsletters that are always interesting, but one that we follow particularly carefully is, Climate in the Time of Coronavirus. Link
 
We also love Yes! Magazine. So many articles about hope and positive momentum. Link.

If you’re as obsessed with food issues as we are, check out Civil Eats, for interesting and well-researched article after article. Link

Regenerative Agriculture


Case studies show how soil health practices increase farm profitability, Link
Evidence builds for economic and environmental benefits of soil health efforts, creating a library of on-farm examples for use by farmers and service providers across the country.
 
Hormone produced in starved leaves stimulates roots to take up nitrogen, Link
Scientists identify a hormone produced in nitrogen-starved leaves that stimulates roots to take up nitrogen from soil.

Farmworkers


Food and Farmworkers Have Always Been Essential, Link
As essential workers, the people who grow, harvest, process, transport and sell the food we eat are more likely to get exposed to the coronavirus.
 
Essential but unwanted: Coronavirus reveals another American double standard, Link
Maybe nowhere has the onset of the pandemic spotlighted the hypocritical realities of modern American life more clearly than in the farm fields of Washington.

Coronavirus


Why food isn’t the problem with coronavirus, Link
By now, you’ve probably heard that the main way to avoid the coronavirus is to minimize contact with people, not food. Here are 3 reasons why that’s good advice. 

Pandemic could empty Washington food banks in two weeks, Link
Government officials are worried about "trading one public health crisis for another," as food supplies quickly disappear due to high demand.

Climate Action


Climate 101, Link
Free, hands-on activities, videos, and discussion questions about the planet's most pressing issue.

Designing an end to a toxic American obsession: The Lawn, Link
If attitudes toward lawn care are shifted these grassy green patches represent a gigantic opportunity.


More pavement, more problems, Link
For every percentage point increase in roads, parking lots and other impervious surfaces that prevent water from flowing into the ground, annual floods increase on average by 3.3%.

Farmer Heroes Across the USA


Many good things are happening all across the USA related to regenerative agriculture. We’ll share some of them on occasion. For example, Iowa Farmers Union is hosting a Lunch & Learn webinar series sponsored by Organic Consumers Association to help people hear directly from farmers about how they’re incorporating regenerative agriculture practices into their operations to build soil health, clean up Iowa’s lakes and rivers, produce nutrient-dense food – all while fighting global warming. Link

Community Resilience


The Moment for Food Sovereignty is Now, Link
From panic planting to cooperative gardens, farmers focused on equity and food justice know that ‘if you can feed yourself, you can free yourself.’
 
Do you bake bread? You just might be a community activist, Link
By, for, and with the people’ studies exploring everything from crop pests to sourdough cultures are reshaping food and ag research. 

How the Climate Change Generation Is Redefining Community, Link
Yes! Editors offer up their thoughts.
                         
Getting real about rural resilience, Link
Rural areas are not monolithic or all in decline. Many are succeeding in innovative and creative ways.

Waste


Governor Signs Bill to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags Statewide, Link
The legislation, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2021, bans retailers from giving out single-use plastic carryout bags and requires an 8-cent charge for other bags.
 
Reusable Takeout Containers Aim to Take Out Trash, Link
People all over the world are looking for a local solution to single-use plastics for take out.

Food Safety


3-Ways you can eat safely during the Covid-19 outbreak, Link
Center for Food Safety provides guidelines.

Things to do


If you find yourself with time on your hands, consider doing what Kelly Rankich, our facilities manager, has done: Following the advice in this article about how to remove yourself from mailing lists and eliminate junk mail. Link
 
Watch “The Migrant Kitchen” on PBS. It explores Los Angeles’ food scene through the eyes of a new generation of chefs whose cuisine is inspired by the immigrant experience. Link
Take an online course at a University. Cornell University has one that is free titled, The Ethics of Eating. Link
 
Listen to one or more of the Five Best Podcasts About Food. One of which is The Female Farmer Project, produced by Audra Mulkern, local photographer, author, advocate and public speaker.
 
Learn about gardening! There are so many resources available out there. Here’s just one from Rodale Institute that is good for kids and adults. Link
 
Watch a documentary. Here are 12 Amazing Documentaries on Sustainability and Regeneration.
 
Check out this resource: King County has created a beta-version Climate Change GIS Open Data portal for GIS professionals to support the use of spatial analysis in preparing for and adapting to the impacts of climate change.
 
Want to feel a sense of hope and that progress is being made locally? Sign up for Farm King County newsletters and learn about what’s happening close to home. Link

Youth

New app aims to Reconnect Youth with Wonders of the Natural World, Link
Kids need more quality time outdoors: Studies and documentaries have highlighted that fact.

Just for Fun!


Why does your cotton towel get stiff after natural drying? Link
We wondered and thought you might be wondering too.

How to Support Farmers


If you’re interested to know more about how to support local farmers, visit 21 Acres webpage for resources. Here’s an easy link. If you’re inspired to learn more about the local food economy and how to contribute, we have a list with live links including many organizations, websites and tools that will be helpful. Link And, a reminder that our Farm Market is considered an essential business and it is open. Please spread the word to those whom you know. We’ve put into place even more food safety measures and we’re addressing public health best practices. Learn more.
 
And, last but not least, consider giving to the Washington Food Fund. To support the people most impacted during this difficult time, Governor Jay Inslee and Philanthropy Northwest have teamed up to launch the WA Food Funda new statewide relief fund that coordinates and distributes supplies to food banks and pantries across the state.

Donations will be directed to three organizations that provide assistance to every food bank, from cities to rural communities: Food LifelineNorthwest Harvest, and Second Harvest.
Considered an essential business, the 21 Acres Farm Market is open and providing an important source for local food. Learn more about how to shop the Farm Market and other ways that you can support farmers. Link.
See the most recent Farm Market Fresh Sheet
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