New Row Farm Nurseries Thu, 23 Jun 2022 17:16:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New Row Farm Nurseries 32 32 A vertical farming facility from the Netherlands is to open at Howard Co. Thu, 23 Jun 2022 17:16:56 +0000

HOWARD COUNTY, MD – Netherlands-based global urban agriculture company Infarm will expand into Howard County by building its third US grow center in Colombia. The company already has a vertical farming facility in Seattle, Washington, and recently announced that it will build one in Austin, Texas.

Infarm plans to deploy its network of cloud-connected agricultural facilities covering more than 500,000 square feet from coast to coast. The new Maryland grow center will add approximately 200,000 square feet to Infarm’s US portfolio and produce up to 45 million crops per year. The growing center will create more than 50 jobs in Howard County.

“It’s exciting that one of the largest urban farming operations in the world is bringing its new facility here in Howard County, which is attracting innovative companies like Infarm,” said Calvin Ball, Howard County Executive. “Our Gateway District continues to be an engine of economic growth, and Infarm’s investment is creating more jobs in our community with a welcome focus on sustainability. Infarm is revolutionizing the way we grow and consume food locally and we look forward to a long partnership to advance the sustainability of our food system.

Erez Galonska, CEO and Co-Founder of Infarm, added that Howard County is “an excellent strategic location that will allow us to serve more than 23 million consumers in the Tri-State and Mid-Atlantic regions.” .

“With the opening of this new Grow Center, we are now entering a region where vertical farming is already widely adopted and green innovations are thriving. Once fully operational, our Growth Center will provide the North- is from the United States a new food production capability that minimizes climate and supply chain risk by growing more than 75 types of plants locally, sustainably and reliably 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year,” Galonska said.

Over 50% of the new grow center is already pre-ordered with the first harvest scheduled for spring 2023. The remaining capacity will be added in early 2024.

Infarm’s grow centers are made up of modular, cloud-connected farming units – each occupying 430 square feet of floor space and 33 feet in height – producing over 500,000 plants per year while saving 95% of space ground and 95% water. To date, Infarm has saved over 30 million gallons of water.

Infarm offers over 75 products, such as herbs, leafy greens, ready-to-eat salads, microgreens and mushrooms. This year, 40 additional products such as strawberries, peppers, cherry tomatoes and peas will be added.

As Russia cuts gas, German industry grapples with painful choices Thu, 23 Jun 2022 08:45:00 +0000

FRANKFURT, June 23 (Reuters) – German companies that power Europe’s biggest economy are considering painful output cuts and resorting to dirty forms of energy previously considered unthinkable as they adapt to the prospect of running out of Russian gas.

The reduction in Russian deliveries has accelerated German industry’s efforts to find alternatives to keep factories running and limit the economic cost.

Chemicals giant BASF (BASFn.DE) is looking at which factories might cut production first and rival Lanxess (LXSG.DE) might delay the shutdown of some coal-fired power plants.

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As Gazprom (GAZP.MM) cut flows through the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany by 60% last week, Proctor & Gamble (PG.N) supplier Kelheim Fiber weighed a decision to spend millions to upgrade its gas-fired plant to run on oil.

The 86-year-old Bavarian supplier of viscose fibers used in hygiene products and filtration has asked the state to help fund the renovation which would cost at least 2 million euros ($2.10 million) .

“The economic situation has continued to deteriorate and our available reserves are rapidly running out,” said executive Wolfgang Ott.

“Oil has only one advantage: the supply is secure,” he added, saying that a modernization of the plant would take 6 to 8 months.

Ott added that the group was also in talks on lines of credit from state lender KfW (KFW.UL), which has drawn up a support package for businesses hit by a gas price spike.

Aurubis (NAFG.DE), Europe’s leading copper smelter, said it was also looking for substitutes, but adapting power plants was expensive and time-consuming.

The companies are among the country’s energy-intensive companies paying €17 billion for energy every year.

Until the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, they focused on reducing carbon emissions in line with Germany’s efforts to meet EU climate goals.

Today, the top priority is survival, even if that means slowing down efforts to fight global warming.

German Economy Minister Robert Habeck, a member of the Greens, said greater reliance on coal as an energy source would lead to an increase in Germany’s carbon footprint.

“There’s no way that can please anyone walking through today’s world with their eyes open,” he said.

Burning oil for electricity, like coal, is highly polluting and was largely phased out of Europe a decade ago.

Historically, oil and gas cost more and coal was the cheapest way to run a power plant. Today, all energy is expensive and markets are volatile, making calculations extremely difficult. European electricity and gas prices hit record highs in response to concerns over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.


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The country’s energy regulator on Tuesday outlined plans to reduce the use of industrial gas through a tendering system that would encourage manufacturers to consume less.

“Hundreds of thousands of companies are working on it (to save energy),” said Siegfried Russwurm, president of German industry association BDI.

BASF, the world’s largest chemical company by sales, is working on contingency plans for its site in Ludwigshafen, Germany’s biggest consumer of industrial electricity which accounts for more than 1% of the country’s total demand .

Provided supply does not fall below 50% of the site’s maximum natural gas demand, BASF could continue to operate Ludwigshafen, which spans around 200 production sites and needs 6 terawatt hours of electricity. each year, but at reduced capacity.

The exact reduction would depend on the availability of gas, as well as oil as a substitute, BASF told Reuters, but said if supply were to fall significantly below 50% for an extended period, production would have to be shut down.

BASF said prioritizing which factories closed first would follow discussions with customers and politicians and that some of its products were essential for food production, the pharmaceutical industry and automakers.

“If things go wrong, we have to discuss with the Federal Network Agency which factories we should close,” the company said, declining to comment further on its Ludwigshafen emergency plan.

At small specialty chemicals maker Lanxess, which spun off from Bayer (BAYGn.DE) in 2005, management is looking for ways to avoid closures.

One option is a possible delay of a planned phase-out of the coal-fired power plants it still operates at its German sites in Leverkusen and Krefeld.

This, he said, would hurt his carbon footprint.

“But if we exclude ourselves from the market in terms of products, we will have to close the factories and hundreds of jobs will then be threatened.”

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Niche processed products made from Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grapes Wed, 22 Jun 2022 22:38:42 +0000

“Tenuta Arabona is the continuation of the family farm founded by my parents in the 1960s, who were passionate winegrowers. After finishing my agricultural studies, I dedicated myself to the farm with the aim of increasing its size, to diversify the production chain,” said Domenico Radica, co-owner with and Maria Antonietta De Acetis, of the Tenuta Arabona winery.

“Since 1991, we have adopted organic farming methods on our 20 hectares of land, with the aim of transforming the products directly in the fields, in order to offer customers a product with a controlled chain.”

Maria Antonietta De Acetis and Domenico Radica, owners of Tenuta Arabona

In addition to wine production, since 2006 the company has been transforming native grapes into grape juice, jams and cooked grape must, made from one of the most widespread and oldest grape varieties in Abruzzo, the Montepulciano.

“With climate change and prolonged drought, farms are going through a difficult time. That’s why I think staying grounded also means embracing a way of life in which only strong passion outweighs daily struggles. .”

“The processing of grape jam has a long tradition linked to the territory, which has been passed down from generation to generation. After the hand harvesting of the whole berries, picked at an optimal point of ripeness – with different methods from those of the wine production – they are crushed, always by hand and with patience, by the traditional operation of “scrocchiatura”. They are then cooked briefly over low heat, then the skin and the remaining seeds are separated using of a sieve”, explains Maria Antonietta De Acetis.

Consumers who generally buy these processed products aim for those who express tradition and service, but above all, appreciate the healthy aspect associated with organic and environmentally friendly agriculture.

There are two formats available, one of jam of 230 and 750 grams, and the other of grape juice of 250 and 500 ml. The high raw material content, the long-lasting taste and the know-how of the processing, without the addition of sugar, thickeners or preservatives, are among the main selling points.

In addition to the basket of products, the company deals with small batches of chili pâté, pumpkin jam and Pera d’Abruzzo tomato puree. The latter is a local vegetable, brought back to the fore by the local guardians of biodiversity, who collected the seeds and valorized it. It is a niche product, with particular characteristics, being very delicate, since it lacks those resins that rather characterize hybrid products.

“Our cooked grape must is a niche product whose particularity characteristic is a high Brix degree. It is processed using strictly traditional methods, which is why it is in great demand as a condiment to accompany cheeses and meats. In Abruzzo it is mainly used for the preparation of typical desserts.”

“Current critical issues include rising production costs and difficulty in finding raw materials, including cardboard and glass, the latter of which has increased by an average of 30%. Italy and abroad (USA, Denmark and Belgium) where the quality brand made in Italy is in great demand and stands up to the competition.”

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Farm workers face obstacles in finding formula for their babies Wed, 22 Jun 2022 17:08:00 +0000
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For years, Rosa Diaz has helped put food on America’s table, working five days a week picking squash, pumpkins and other vegetables from the fields around Homestead, Florida. But lately, she has struggled to feed her own child.

Nine-month-old Jennifer lives almost entirely on formula, which remains hard to find even a month after President Biden announced extraordinary measures to help ease a nationwide shortage. Diaz, 30, who doesn’t own a car, is often forced to pay for trips from store to store to track down the yellow cans of Enfamil her daughter is drinking.

Last week, Diaz’s husband found a single container, enough to last about three days. Once exhausted, she does not know what they will do.

“My pediatrician told me to boil some vegetables and puree them,” said Diaz, a mother of three who stopped working outside the home after Jennifer was born. With the baby on her hip, Diaz keeps moving, bending down to pick up toys and put them in a trash can as she sneaks into the apartment’s small kitchen to take stock. “I can’t find enough of a formula. I used to go to a store to find it.

The crisis that has sent parents across the country scrambling to find formula for their babies continues, hitting low-income families particularly hard, including in farmworker communities such as Homestead. As more affluent parents turn to expensive European brands or comb through the internet, sometimes willing to pay exorbitant markups when they find what they need, mothers, including Diaz, are often forced to rely on the variety they can find at their local stores, even if sudden dietary changes make their babies sick. Others are turning to homemade options that pediatricians say can be dangerous for infants.

The difficulties experienced by low-income women add to the financial burdens caused by inflation. Diaz now pays $21 a can for a formula that used to cost $14, she said. She says she gets a few cans a month from the WIC food assistance program, but Jennifer drinks 12. Repeated trips to the stores come at a financial cost in the age of $5 gas. And in an agricultural area where everything is spread out, the journeys are not short. They are also often unsuccessful.

Formula makers have ramped up production and the shortage is expected to ease in the coming weeks. But progress is often two steps forward, one step back: This month, a recently reopened formulas plant in Sturgis, Michigan, whose closure had been at the heart of the shortage, closed again after storms caused flooding at the facility. Across the country, retail store restocking progress remains slow: store shelves were 76.5% full for the week ending June 12, down slightly from the previous week, according to the cabinet. IRI studies.

Abbott’s formula factory closes again due to flooding

In Homestead, an agricultural area south of Miami, many of those struggling to feed their children are farmhands. About half of agricultural workers say they live with minor children, according the most recent national survey of agricultural workers, compared to a quarter of all adults. About a third of agricultural workers are women, according to the survey. Most farm workers are of childbearing age and 8 out of 10 are Hispanic, most from Mexico.

Many depend on formula milk when their children are babies – some by choice, but many because they spend long days in the fields where it is difficult, if not impossible, to breastfeed or pump to maintain their milk supply.

“Women farmworkers are always the worst off, and there are so many levels of disadvantage,” said Rick Nahmias, founder of Food Forward, a California food nonprofit. “They deal with sexual harassment and the burden of raising children. And because women are squatting in a field for six to nine hours a day, there is no opportunity to express breast milk or bring milk to their children.

Farmhand Elia Funez, 34, picks pumpkins, corn and squash in Homestead. Like Diaz, she struggled to find formula for her 5-month-old baby Victoria. A single mother living in a rented caravan with her daughter and three boys, aged 5, 7 and 10, Funez says she earns about $80 a day and doesn’t have the time or money to take on this new challenge.

After working a 10- or 11-hour day, she grabs her kids and sets off to find infant formula, traveling up to 45 minutes and paying up to $50 per box, she said. She said she initially breastfed Victoria, but was unable to do so afterwards. She tried switching brands when she managed to find them, she said, but they often make Victoria sick, she said.

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Undocumented workers have found themselves at a particular disadvantage amid the formula shortage as they are ineligible for some food safety net programs. But even legally residing immigrants are often hesitant to take advantage of these programs because of a Trump-era “public charge” rule that threatened to deny green cards to immigrants who used food stamps or other benefits. public. The Biden administration rolled back the public charge rule last year, but many immigrants still fear that taking public assistance will hamper their ability to live and work legally in this country.

Many food charities in agricultural areas have been unable to secure formula milk to give to needy families, said Melissa Acedera, executive director of Polo’s Pantry, a food charity in southern California. It has been supplying non-profit organizations in the Coachella Valley, including Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, with infant formula and diapers for several months.

“We really felt it as soon as the shortage hit,” Acedera said. “We literally did the shopping ourselves. I went to 10 different stores and was only able to get 15 cans because they all had limits [on how many cans shoppers could buy]. Target and Walmart had bare shelves.

There is a shortage of grocery stores in neighborhoods and farming communities, so some of the convenience stores are able to charge extortionate prices, Acedera said.

FDA reaches agreement with infant formula factory to resume production

“The level of access farm workers have to these necessities just isn’t there,” she said. “And they don’t have the salaries to pay what’s being billed. We fundraise specifically to purchase infant formula.

The Federal Trade Commission recently launched an investigation to determine whether small retailers and independent retailers had particular difficulty accessing limited supplies of formula compared to large chains, and to identify online scams.

Language barriers can also make it difficult for farm workers to find what their families need. This population is also susceptible to scams, said Mily Treviño-Sauceda, executive director of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, an advocacy organization for women agricultural workers. The fear of complaining to authorities can put them at particular risk, she said.

“These women say they go to family convenience stores, the only stores nearby, and often much more expensive than going to a supermarket, which are often too far without a commute, or with gas prices so high. Some will use public transport, but there are not enough routes,” she said, so they often have to pay the exorbitant “scarcity” prices that small independent shops charge for formula .

Alianza Nacional de Campesinas calls on the FTC and the Department of Justice to hold accountable those who have left some of the country’s most vulnerable workers without recourse.

“It gives me chills to think how bad it is with these families,” Treviño-Sauceda said.

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Laura Ann Farms will have its last harvest in July Mon, 20 Jun 2022 20:47:38 +0000

In 1973, Laura Ann Cuomo and her brother Anthony, young entrepreneurs, opened a fruit and vegetable stand in the Federal Plaza parking lot on County Rd., Route 17 in Monroe. They later moved across the street to what became known as Laura Ann Farms. A small van was stocked with fruits and vegetables seven days a week. They developed a reputation for caring – helping families choose the right pumpkin for Halloween or the right flowers for a special occasion.

Within five years, the roadside fruit stand grew and the Cuomos purchased land for greenhouses, flower design and a farm at Anthony’s, where they grew much of the produce. The Cuomos are a close family who worked hard for decades, and their children eventually joined them in developing the garden center.

As they grew their business and family, becoming Laura Ann Farms, Garden Center & Greenhouse, they also ventured into community improvements, donating plants for storefronts, lampposts, plazas and even toll booths. Laura Ann’s Garden Center has become a community staple, but will close at the end of July with their retirement, after 49 years. Laura, Anthony and Doreen Cuomo are moving to Florida, they said.

As they go their separate ways, they leave the Village of Monroe a $5,000 donation for fireworks. “We’re going out with a bang!” said Laura and Anthony.

What is the best non-dairy milk for you? Here’s how to choose and use them. Mon, 20 Jun 2022 14:08:18 +0000
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Although they have been around for thousands of years, plant-based milks are increasingly found in grocery stores and home kitchens. The wide range is a boon for cooks, although it can also be daunting.

Here’s a guide to what to consider when choosing a plant-based milk for your recipe, as well as an overview of some options.

When it comes to using plant-based milks for traditional dairy, “you can pretty much do it 1 for 1,” says recipe creator and blogger Jessica Hylton Leckie of Jessica in the kitchen.

In one piece about oat milk on Serious Eats, Elazar Sontag shares insights from baking expert and cookbook author Stella Parks. Parks says dairy is often used primarily for hydration, while it also helps with browning (from its natural sugars) and body (it’s thicker than water). Plant-based milks can serve many of the same purposes. Parks only warns against plant milks in recipes where the primary flavor is dairy, such as vanilla custards.

“People assume they’ll taste bad,” Hylton Leckie says of non-dairy milks. With so many extra options and upgrades, that’s increasingly unlikely.

Gan Chin Lin, a vegan recipe developer and writer, says soy and oat milks are among the most neutral in flavor. Some people may be sensitive to some of the bitter compounds in almonds. Keep in mind that flavors may dissipate once cooked, but you should use milk that you like the flavor of.

Rice is neutral, while you’re more likely to get stronger flavors with nut or hemp milks. If you’re leaning into a nut-based dessert, says Gan, an almond or cashew milk might be perfect. Check out Hylton Leckie’s Vegan Eggnog Cookies in our 2021 Holiday Cookie Collection.

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Doron Petersan, cookbook author and owner of the Washington Vegan Sticky Finger Bakerysays store-bought milks tend to have a more neutral flavor than fresh or homemade versions.

There is an array of textures when it comes to non-dairy milk. “Soy is magical in that it holds 100 times its weight in water,” Petersan says of his favorite option. It is full of starches which gelatinize and give a thick and creamy texture. Oats are similar in this way. Coconut milk (the canned version, not the chilled drink) is thick due to its high fat content.

You’ll find rice, flax, hemp, and almond milks on the thinner side.

Consistency and flavor can vary between brands, even among a single type of milk, so you may need to try a few to see what you like.

Plant-based milks can be fortified with vitamins and minerals such as calcium, vitamin D or vitamin B12 to help people following a vegan diet.

Other additives “are there to keep the milk from separating and give it a better mouthfeel,” says Petersan. Examples include gellan gum, locust bean gum, soy lecithin and, in the case of oat milk, vegetable oil. Even with additives, it’s important to shake plant milk well before using it, says Gan.

Avoid baking or cooking with flavored (i.e. vanilla) milks. Milks labeled “original” may contain added sugar. Hylton Leckie says these have better texture and color, “closer to the creaminess and texture of dairy milk”, ideal for cereals and recipes. “It’s not necessarily ‘sweetened’ but is that milk you might drink by the glass.” If you want fewer calories or less sugar, use unsweetened milks, although they are thinner with a different flavor.

If a recipe calls for a particular type of plant milk, use that if possible. The consensus, however, of everyone I spoke to was that herbal options are largely interchangeable. Although you may have variations in results based on fat content or thickness, generally “it will work,” says Petersan. Muffins, pancakes, waffles and cookies are examples of indulgent recipes where the type of milk is not too heavy. Likewise, with an oil-based chocolate cake, where cocoa is the predominant flavor and oil the predominant fat, don’t worry too much about the type of milk.

Let’s take a side-by-side look at cow’s milk and some plant-based options. I will address flavor, consistency, where they are good substitutes (King Arthur cooking provides helpful tips, although not hard and fast rules) and nutritional information per cup, unless otherwise specified, in some common store brands. Some offer blends with multiple types.

Cow milk (all generic). Calories: 150; Total fat: 8 g; Saturated fat: 4.5 g; sodium: 95mg; Carbohydrates: 12g; Dietary fiber: 0g; Sugar: 12g; Protein: 8g

Almond. Stronger flavor. Thin. Substitute skim, reduced or low-fat milk.

Nutrition (Original Almond Breeze): Calories: 60; Total fat: 2.5g; Saturated fat: 0 g; Sodium: 150mg; Carbohydrates: 8g; Dietary fiber: 0g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 1g

Coconut. Stronger flavor. Canned substitute for whole milk (may curdle if cooked too long at high heat); The coconut milk drink is ideal for drinking or as a substitute for skimmed, reduced or low-fat milk.

Nutrition (Thai Kitchen canned unsweetened, per 1/3 cup): Calories: 120; Total fat: 12 g; Saturated fat: 11 g; Sodium: 30mg; Carbohydrates: 2g; Dietary fiber: 0g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 1g

Nutrition (SO Delicious original organic drink): Calories: 70; Total fat: 4.5 g; Saturated fat: 4 g; Sodium: 30mg; Carbohydrates: 8g; Dietary fiber: 0g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 0g

Hemp. Stronger flavor. Thin. Substitute skim, reduced or low-fat milk.

Nutrition (Original Pacific Foods): Calories: 140; Total fat: 6 g; Saturated fat: 1 g; Sodium: 130mg; Carbohydrates: 19g; Dietary fiber: 0g; Sugar: 12g; Protein: 4g

Oats. Neutral. Thick. Substitute for whole milk.

Nutrition (Oatly-original): Calories: 120; Total fat: 5 g; Saturated fat: 0.5 g; Sodium: 100mg; Carbohydrates: 16g; Dietary fiber: 0g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 3g

Rice. Neutral. Thin. Substitute skim, reduced or low-fat milk.

Nutrition (Original rice dream): Calories: 130; Total fat: 2.5 g; Saturated fat: 0 g; sodium: 95mg; Carbohydrates: 27g; Dietary fiber: 0g; Sugar: 12g; Protein: 0g

Soy. Neutral. Thick. Substitute for whole milk (cashew also works well here).

Nutrition (original silk): Calories: 80; Total fat: 4 g; Saturated fat: 0.5 g; Sodium: 75mg; Carbohydrates: 3g; Dietary fiber: 2g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 7g

]]> Guest Editorial: From Chub to Trout: Farming for Drinking Water in the Keystone State | Editorial Sun, 19 Jun 2022 22:00:00 +0000

Growing up on a 200 acre registered Angus cattle farm in Huntingdon County, I was lucky enough to fish Emma Creek, a small tributary that runs through our farm and into the Juniata River. When I went fishing with my grandparents, our catches weren’t very impressive. Most of the time we caught brook chub – a fish that is an indicator of poor water quality. A generation later, when I fish Emma’s Creek with my 3-year-old daughter, Quinn, (and soon-to-be twins, Connor and Sully), we catch a variety of trout (rainbow and brook) as well only sunglasses. How did it happen?

Over three decades, our farm has implemented over 30 conservation practices which are regularly maintained and monitored. These practices have not only improved fish diversity, but they also add value to our smallholding by increasing the efficiency of our farm, improving the health of our livestock and reducing flooding during heavy rains.

But these practices are not cheap. Projects such as building a heavy-use livestock area, installing a fence along a creek, and planting creekside pads can come with price tags at six. figures. With most Keystone State farmers operating on extremely thin margins, implementing these field conservation practices on their own is often prohibitively expensive. Indeed, the future of agriculture in Pennsylvania is uncertain given the immense financial pressures of running a farm, especially on the next generation of farmers.

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This challenge is why Pennsylvania is so desperate to pass the Clean Streams Fund (CSF). This act includes $125 million to provide financial assistance directly to farmers or landowners to implement conservation practices on their land. And these practices don’t just help the farmer. Adopting the CSF would provide a desperately needed boost to local economies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, injecting millions of dollars into local contractors and businesses such as construction companies, tree nurseries and plant businesses. environmental engineering.

But perhaps the most critical impact of the CSF is how it will help protect and restore one of Pennsylvania’s most vital resources – our local rivers and streams. A constant from generation to generation, farmers are continually placed in a position to sell their produce at cost, feeding the nation, while facing directives to improve local water quality. Farmers want to do this work, but they cannot do it alone. With the adoption and funding of the CSF, farmers can lead the way in reducing pollution entering Keystone State waterways.

In the years to come, I hope to take responsibility for our family farm. I do not take this responsibility lightly. While I want to carry on the legacy of stewarding our land for sustainability, I know I’m not the only farmer of my generation who worries about financial pressures. It is critical that our elected officials in Harrisburg take action and invest in agriculture and the families that feed our Commonwealth, and especially the next generation of Pennsylvania farmers.

If they do this by adopting the Clean Streams Fund, we will reap the full harvest. We will boost one of Pennsylvania’s key industries, boost the economy across the Commonwealth, and clean up our rivers and streams. And if we play our cards right, farmers across the Keystone State can take their kids and grandkids fishing the local waterways and marvel at what happens on the other end of the line.

John Dawes is a fourth generation Huntingdon Farm farmer and founder of The Commons. He writes from Franklin County.

Kevin Hart is opening a plant-based fast food restaurant: Hart House Sun, 19 Jun 2022 14:00:27 +0000

Kevin Hart is getting into the plant-based food industry with his new vegan fast food restaurant called Hart House. Hart House will open its first location later this summer and will only serve plant-based foods and sustainable, irresistible produce.

The Hart House will be 100% burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, nuggets, fries, toddlers and plant-based oat milk shakes. The menu will also be completely free of hormones, artificial colors, preservatives and high fructose corn syrup. Hart wants the menu to appease even the biggest carnivores.

“If you were to just go out and say to people, ‘Come to my vegan restaurant,’ automatically there’s two-thirds of the country that just wouldn’t go because they were like, ‘Oh, vegan food n ‘is not. not as good as other foods. I think it’s important for us to be a restaurant that first and foremost serves a product that we want people to go out of their way to consume, and then at the end, we’re like, “Hey, by the way, it just happens to be all plant-based,” CEO Andy Hooper said in Los Angeles during a private tasting of the new concept.

The plant-based food market is booming, and research suggests it could offset 7.7 percent of the global protein market by 2030. With a value of $29.4 billion in 2020experts suggest the plant-based foods market could be worth more than $162 billion by the end of the decade.

Hart recently revealed his switch to a plant-based diet on an episode of the Joe Rogan podcast. He said a near-death experience in an accident encouraged him to lead a healthier life. He no longer eats red meat, fish or seafood.

Hart wants to eat sustainably and doesn’t want to sacrifice flavor. With Hart House’s menu, customers will get sustainable, delicious and affordable meals that are far less harmful to their health and the planet than meat products.

Hart House will be run by restaurateur and now CEO, Andy Hooper. Hart House did not reveal the locations of the two new restaurants, however, one will be in Los Angeles and the other in Hollywood. They currently have a food truck in operation which is used for special and private events.

The meatless meat was quickly expansion in the United States and throughout Europe. Companies like Dunkin’ Donuts and Burger King are offering meatless options to consumers. Beyond meat and impossible burger continue to grow as they are found in more and more grocery stores and restaurants across the country.

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