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The Lasting Legacy of the First Farmland Preservation Program

Since 1974, the Suffolk County initiative has helped save more than 11,000 acres of Long... (more)

Hannah Selinger
Study Finds Black Farmers Have Lost $326 Billion in Land

And that’s likely a conservative estimate.

Dan Nosowitz
May 7, 2022
The Surprising Home of Arbor Day Celebrates 150 Years of Planting Trees

Nebraska City wasn’t known for trees. That is, until a former US Secretary of Agriculture... (more)

Emily Baron Cadloff
April 29, 2022
A Shift to Farming Made Our Ancestors Shorter

Humans lost inches in height when they switched from hunting and foraging to farming, likely... (more)

Lindsay Campbell
April 28, 2022
Tracing the Link Between Slavery and Peanut Farming

A new book delves into the history of a crop that affected indentured and enslaved... (more)

Debra Freeman
April 19, 2022
Honoring the Ukrainian Roots of American Wheat

‘If you’ve ever eaten a slice of bread, you can thank Ukraine.’

Amy Halloran
March 11, 2022
Tobacco Field Where Martin Luther King Jr. Worked Preserved as Historic Site

The Connecticut property, where King worked in college, has important connections to the Civil Rights... (more)

Emily Baron Cadloff
January 17, 2022
The Legacy of Campbell Soup’s Tomato Breeding Program

How the canned food company helped the Garden State become synonymous with luscious red tomatoes.

Jeff Quattrone
January 12, 2022
Why Do We Eat Black-Eyed Peas on New Year’s?

Tracing the tradition back to its southern roots.

Debra Freeman
December 27, 2021
The Great American Chestnut Tree Revival

More than a century ago, billions of American chestnuts were wiped out by an invasive... (more)

Shea Swenson
December 20, 2021
The History of the Maligned and Misunderstood Fruitcake

The polarizing dessert that people love to hate became a holiday mainstay thanks, in part,... (more)

Jeffrey Miller
December 19, 2021