As the Second World War loomed on the horizon, writer Louis Bromfield abandoned his celebrity-filed life in France to farm in his native Ohio. His writings and activism presaged the contemporary sustainable food movement and stand as an early parallel to Pope Francis’s environmental message in Laudato Si’.

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Earlier this month, I sat down with Matt Russell, Executive Director, Iowa Interfaith Power & Light, to discuss his organization’s work to change the narrative surrounding farmers and climate change. Matt’s own farm, Coyote Run Farm, has become a de facto political stop for presidential candidates in Iowa.

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Like so many others living under this coronavirus quarantine, walking the dog is a blessed excuse for getting out of the house, at least for a few minutes, for a breath of fresh air and the occasional wary nod of confession to other dog-walkers. “Yes, I know she doesn’t really need to go out, but…

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Earlier this winter, I received an invitation from a Twitter friend to a March 9th screening of Forgotten Farms, a documentary capturing the travails of New England dairy farmers . Although I had marked my calendar and long looked forward to the event, I considered bailing on the day of it. Why? The coronavirus.

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