Editor’s note: Civil Eats is taking the week off. To tide you over until we return to our regularly scheduled programming, we present a collection of highlights from the first half of 2017. We’ve highlighted some of our most hopeful stories—signs of progress at a time when progress seems rare. Our work aims to spotlight the powerful work happening in communities around the country, as well as the good work of people fighting to stay on course toward an economically, socially, and environmentally just food system.
In Letters to a Young Farmer, Joel Salatin, Temple Grandin, Karen Washington, and many others share their wisdom, advice, hopes, and concerns for young farmers.
As the seed industry consolidates, open source breeders hope to preserve a handful of important varieties for the farms of the future.
A discussion by Mark Bittman and Professor Nicholas Freudenberg about uniting food activists in New York City with the larger Trump resistance offers lessons and tools to create positive change everywhere.
A new Philadelphia restaurant makes soup from leftover chicken and donates 100 percent of its profits to a nonprofit fighting hunger and homelessness.
The Center for Food Safety rolls out a new site for seed saving and seed swapping, aimed at the tech-savviest generation of growers.
A two-acre farm in Detroit’s North End neighborhood offers free food, green space, and hope to the community.
Paul Hawken, the editor of a new book, Drawdown, has found that changing the way we grow and eat food has surprising potential to reverse climate change.
Giuseppe “Joe” Pennisi, a third-generation fisherman based out of the San Francisco Bay, is reconnecting Bay Area eaters with fish from their local waters.
An internal USDA memo shows a glut of funds remains available to reimburse farmers for organic certification.
Rematriating native seeds allows Native American communities to collect, plant, and trade foods that strengthen their heritage.
The Perennial Plate aims to change peoples’ minds about immigrants and refugees through storytelling that breaks through the red-blue divide.
A Montana farmer dedicated decades to khorasan wheat, and it’s finally taking off.
The Lunch Express, a project from the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee, aims to feed kids and families during summer break in a region where one in four children lives at or below the poverty line.
While Capitol Hill begins another round of Farm Bill negotiations, grassroots leaders gathered to discuss the people, places, and issues that have too often been shut out of funding.
A program launched this month in Northern California aims to make buying local fruits and vegetables in grocery stores more affordable for low-income shoppers.
Scientists now say incentivizing soil health would improve food security and sustainability, especially as the climate changes.
The buy one, give one model puts heirloom seeds in the hands of those who struggle with food access.
Dreaming Out Loud’s new farm hopes to provide jobs, business incubation, and more in a city ward that has often been overlooked.
Can new modular, USDA-compliant meat processing units tucked into shipping containers help make small- to mid-scale farms more successful and sustainable?
Industrial agriculture is reshaping the world, from our atmosphere to our dinner plates. Familiarize yourself with the current landscape: Meet your meats.