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Organic Standards Stem from the Soil
Organic Standards Stem from the Soil
Organic Standards Stem from the Soil
Rose Marcario

For almost 20 years since the “organic” certification first passed, there has been a debate surrounding growing methods. Some foods are grown in soil, and others are grown hydroponically in large buildings and under lights. There is a reason for both growing methods, but it is important that they be labeled differently. Since the 1920s…

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Join Us: The Journey to Regenerative Organic Certification
Photo courtesy of KAMUT
Join Us: The Journey to Regenerative Organic Certification
Rose Marcario

Working closely with Rodale Institute, Dr. Bronner’s and other key allies, we created Regenerative Organic Certification to establish a new, high bar for regenerative organic agriculture. The certification is the result of a lively and cooperative effort among a coalition of change-makers, brands, farmers, ranchers, nonprofits and scientists, all with a clear goal: to pave…

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El jardín al fin del mundo
El jardín al fin del mundo
El jardín al fin del mundo
Javier Soler

Si el presente status-quo de erosión de suelos, contaminación por carbono y calentamiento planetario continúa, estamos ante tan solo 60 cosechas más antes que podamos dejar de cultivar el 95% de los alimentos de los que dependemos los humanos para vivir.  Al mismo tiempo, la manera de prevenir esta calamidad  está al alcance de la…

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Save the Planet, Drink Beer
Save the Planet, Drink Beer
Save the Planet, Drink Beer

These beer cozies are made from reclaimed Patagonia wetsuits. They fit bottles and cans, and are perfect for post-session rehydration situations. Get yours today and start saving the planet immediately.

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What Comes Down Must Go Up
What Comes Down Must Go Up
What Comes Down Must Go Up
Johnie Gall

Melinda Daniels is huddled under the shelter of her purple tent waiting for the rain to start, which only seems odd when you consider the context: she’s in the middle of a farm on a blindingly sunny day.

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Chasing a Flavor
Chasing a Flavor
Chasing a Flavor
Patagonia & Patagonia Provisions

A yearslong quest to find the right chile.

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Liberation on the Land
Liberation on the Land
Liberation on the Land
Jeff McElroy

A Conversation with Leah Penniman, Author of Farming While Black.

6 min Read
Food Closer to Home
Food Closer to Home
Food Closer to Home

A couple of weeks ago, we had nice conversation about organic garlic, grown in China and purchased here in the USA. Although the garlic was indeed flavorful, the distance it traveled to reach my plate left a bad taste in my mouth. Fortunately, the wild blackberries around Reno are ripe.  It seems fitting not only…

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Tortilla Español
Tortilla Español
Tortilla Español
Brittany Griffith

Here’s a recipe that every dirtbag should learn to make; it’s exotic sounding, yet relatively simple to make from basic, easy-to-find ingredients. Also, since it requires nothing much more than a fry pan, spatula, bowl, and plate, this one can be made in your van or campsite. I first became familiar with the ubiquitous Spanish…

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Meeting the Ethically-Raised Cows Who Provide Milk to Intelligentsia Coffee
Meeting the Ethically-Raised Cows Who Provide Milk to Intelligentsia Coffee
Meeting the Ethically-Raised Cows Who Provide Milk to Intelligentsia Coffee

There’s alotta milk in a latte. Fact is, coffee bars in the U.S. serve more milk than they do coffee. So in my quest to understand what all goes into my coffee, I ended up taking in a fair amount about milk. If so much milk is going onto coffee, shouldn’t the quality of the…

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Brittany Griffith’s Recipe for Exploding Freezer Beer Pasta
Brittany Griffith’s Recipe for Exploding Freezer Beer Pasta
Brittany Griffith’s Recipe for Exploding Freezer Beer Pasta
Brittany Griffith

We leave for Sicily tomorrow and I have to admit that despite new-route potential on 300-meter-tall Mediterranean seaside cliffs, I’m almost as excited to eat and drink wine. I read in the Lonely Planet guide that, “Most Sicilian dishes fall into the category of cucina povera (cooking of the poor), featuring cheap and plentiful ingredients.”…

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Brittany Griffith’s Recipe for Her Secret-Weapon Spicy Peanut Noodle Thing
Brittany Griffith’s Recipe for Her Secret-Weapon Spicy Peanut Noodle Thing
Brittany Griffith’s Recipe for Her Secret-Weapon Spicy Peanut Noodle Thing
Brittany Griffith

“Remember that spicy, peanuty sesame noodle thing you make? We want that again!” requested Sue this past spring. Sue had allowed me to stay in her house in Yosemite West for no less than 37 weeks over the course of a decade, and although it had been a few years since I had cooked for…

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Stories From the Gulf: Where Oil and Seafood Mix
Stories From the Gulf: Where Oil and Seafood Mix
Stories From the Gulf: Where Oil and Seafood Mix
Jim Little

This summer, Patagonia teamed up with non-profit environmental and social justice group, Louisiana Bucket Brigade (LABB), to assist with a project massive in scale and ambition: to track the full impact of the greatest ecological disaster in American history, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of Spring 2010. The impacts of this disaster extend well beyond…

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From Seed to Shot: Thoughts from a Sustainable Coffee Afficionado
From Seed to Shot: Thoughts from a Sustainable Coffee Afficionado
From Seed to Shot: Thoughts from a Sustainable Coffee Afficionado

I never used to like coffee; it was too bitter. I could only drink it diluted (with milk) and sweetened (with sugar). But two years ago a couple of colleagues at Patagonia turned me into an aficionado. Betsy introduced me to the simple pleasures of the beverage. “Coffee should never be consumed with sugar,” she…

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Sons of Sacred Mountains
Sons of Sacred Mountains
Sons of Sacred Mountains
Chef Nephi Craig

In Western Apacheria, a tradition of cooking in the ground endures.

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Singing to the Sake
Singing to the Sake
Singing to the Sake
Masaru Terada

Harmonizing with invisible organisms, and other Japanese brewing wisdom.

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Why the Conventional Agriculture Industry Is Afraid of Organic Gardening
Why the Conventional Agriculture Industry Is Afraid of Organic Gardening
Why the Conventional Agriculture Industry Is Afraid of Organic Gardening
Patagonia

The industry in question is the agroindustrial genetically manipulated monocrop chemicalification conglomerate. It’s a mouthful, which is why folks in this business like to refer to themselves as representatives of “conventional agriculture,” companies like Monsanto, Dow AgroSciences and DuPont Crop Protection. Let’s leave aside for a moment the fact that our friends in the agroindustrial…

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Simple Pleasures at Good Times Farm
Simple Pleasures at Good Times Farm
Simple Pleasures at Good Times Farm
Sonnie Trotter

  A blister formed on the palm of my hand, between my forefinger and my thumb. I always thought I had tough hands. I mean, I’m supposed to be a professional rock climber and my hands are supposed to be like leather right? But not this part, not at all. This part’s soft and tender,…

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Why Can’t It Just Be ‘Milk’? An Organic Conversation
Why Can’t It Just Be ‘Milk’? An Organic Conversation
Why Can’t It Just Be ‘Milk’? An Organic Conversation
localcrew

Wholesome. It’s one of the first words that comes to mind when someone says “milk.” What about milk isn’t wholesome? It is a basic product of mammalian life that–when delivered from mother to offspring–is unassailably pure. It is so fundamental and unadulterated that its nature and constitution are seldom questioned. Which is why it caught…

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Give the Fish Phone a Call for Sustainable Seafood
Give the Fish Phone a Call for Sustainable Seafood
Give the Fish Phone a Call for Sustainable Seafood

You might not be organic, sustainable, fair trade, or free range, but you try to make sure your shopping is. When it comes to fish, you know it’s a healthy choice, but are also aware of the impact of industrial fishing practices. Perhaps you’re even aware of Blue Ocean Institute’s unique Guide to Ocean-Friendly Seafood.…

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What One Small Farm Can Teach Us About Our Broken Food System
What One Small Farm Can Teach Us About Our Broken Food System
What One Small Farm Can Teach Us About Our Broken Food System
Lionel Astruc

In 2008, two little-known farmers, Perrine and Charles Hervé-Gruyer, decided to embrace the principles of permaculture. 12 years later, the success and lessons of Bec Hellouin Farm spark a movement in Europe.

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A Farm Grows In the Jungle
A Farm Grows In the Jungle
A Farm Grows In the Jungle
Birgit Cameron

The path to more fruitful farming.

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Regenerative Organics: Drawing a Line in the Soil
Illustration: Lake Buckley
Regenerative Organics: Drawing a Line in the Soil
Rose Marcario

In recent years, we’ve seen a boom in production and sales of organic foods worldwide. The global organic food market is expected to grow by 16 percent between 2015 and 2020, a faster rate than conventionally-grown foods. This seems like good news—but in truth, organic farming makes up just a tiny fraction of the global agriculture…

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What’s a Fish Foodie to Do?
What’s a Fish Foodie to Do?
What’s a Fish Foodie to Do?
Langdon Cook

Sustainable Solutions from a Seattle Seafood Chef

6 min Read
From the Ground Up
From the Ground Up
From the Ground Up
Kate Rutherford

For this climber, good food is activism.

5 min Read
Don’t Till On Me
Don’t Till On Me
Don’t Till On Me
Andrew O’Reilly

A soil junkie explains no-till practices for regenerative agriculture.

7 min Read
Unbroken Ground (en-gb translation)
Unbroken Ground (en-gb translation)
Unbroken Ground (en-gb translation)

Revolutions start from the bottom

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A Painful Conversation with Skier and Hot Sauce Maker Carston Oliver
A Painful Conversation with Skier and Hot Sauce Maker Carston Oliver
A Painful Conversation with Skier and Hot Sauce Maker Carston Oliver
Sakeus Bankson

As seen in the November 2019 Journal. For the recipe behind Carston’s Spicy Magic Sauce, scroll to the end of the story. Although my tongue felt as if it might melt, Carston Oliver assured me I was not, in fact, going to die. “That’s just the capsaicin,” he told me, as he calmly ordered some…

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Standing Up Against Industrial Fish Farming at a Unique Australian Beachbreak
Standing Up Against Industrial Fish Farming at a Unique Australian Beachbreak
Standing Up Against Industrial Fish Farming at a Unique Australian Beachbreak
Sean Doherty

Standing Up Against Industrial Fish Farming That Would Forever Alter A Unique Australian Beachbreak The day we arrived on King Island we drove out to Martha Lavinia Beach, where we stood in the dunes and watched waves running down the beach—long left-handers breaking so fast they were almost impossible to surf. However, Martha Lavinia wasn’t…

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Iceland, Open-Net Fish Farms, and the Final Frontier for Wild Atlantic Salmon
Iceland, Open-Net Fish Farms, and the Final Frontier for Wild Atlantic Salmon
Iceland, Open-Net Fish Farms, and the Final Frontier for Wild Atlantic Salmon
Mădălina Preda

In the last 20 years, the expansion of salmon farming in open-net pens has led to the loss of half the wild salmon population in Norway. On average, 200,000 farmed fish escape from open-net pens and many of them swim up rivers in Norway and breed with wild stocks, contributing to species decline. According to…

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Why Regenerative Organic Agriculture Is All About Farming Down
Why Regenerative Organic Agriculture Is All About Farming Down
Why Regenerative Organic Agriculture Is All About Farming Down
Liz Carlisle

The promise of regenerative organic agriculture. “The problem is that we’re all taught to farm up,” David Oien says, leading me into a field of low-growing plants that I will later learn to recognize as lentils. I try to think of what alternative there might be to farming upward. Outward? As I puzzle over this,…

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Workwear Video Series: Farmer and Agronomist Heather Darby
Dr. Heather Darby harvests corn by hand at Borderview Research Farm. Alburgh, Vermont. Photo: Colin McCarthy
Workwear Video Series: Farmer and Agronomist Heather Darby
Patagonia

As the seventh generation of her family to farm the same land, working from sunup to sundown comes naturally to Heather Darby. The fourth profile in our Workwear series takes a look at the perpetual motion required to be both a research agronomist at the University of Vermont and the backbone of a 200-year-old, certified…

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Granjera y agrónoma: Heather Darby
Dr. Heather Darby harvests corn by hand at Borderview Research Farm. Alburgh, Vermont. Photo: Colin McCarthy
Granjera y agrónoma: Heather Darby
Patagonia

Como la séptima generación de su familia en cultivar la misma tierra, trabajar desde el alba al ocaso es algo natural para Heather Darby. El cuarto perfil en la serie Workwear le da una mirada al movimiento perpetuo que se requiere para ser, por un lado una agrónoma investigadora en la Universidad de Vermont y,…

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Develamos nuestra certificación orgánica regenerativa
Apricot Lane Farms is a certified organic and biodynamic farm that grows and nourishes a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and animals. Moorpark, California. Photo: Keri Oberly
Develamos nuestra certificación orgánica regenerativa
Rose Marcario

El sábado, en la Natural Products Expo West, la Alianza Orgánica Regenerativa develó nuestra nueva certificación. Aquí un extracto de mi discurso y los invito a no dejar de ver nuestro video. En 2012 comenzamos Patagonia Provisions, una empresa de alimentos enfocada en productos obtenidos de formas innovadoras que beneficien y regeneren el planeta. Y mientras más aprendemos de…

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La noche en que bajaron a los orgánicos
La noche en que bajaron a los orgánicos
La noche en que bajaron a los orgánicos
Dave Chapman

El revisar la reunión del Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (USDA por su sigla en inglés) en Jacksonville, me inundan la ira, el dolor y un sentido de urgencia por seguir avanzando. La reunión del Directorio Nacional para Estándares Orgánicos (NOSB en inglés) fue un hito crucial para el Programa Nacional Orgánico (NOP en inglés). Fue…

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A Blueprint for Cooling the Earth
A Blueprint for Cooling the Earth
A Blueprint for Cooling the Earth
Brad Wieners

A conversation with regenerative agriculture pioneer Charles Massy

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